Can You Get More Than 29/35 On This Tricky General Knowledge Quiz?

Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

Some people take pride in their general knowledge. 

But what is general knowledge exactly? Well, in a nutshell, the name gives it away. It's about having a broad understanding of a range of subjects. But there is slightly more than that. Why? 

Well, it's not just about subjects in your frame of reference. It includes topics that you might not deal with daily, things like history, science, geography. It's not just about knowing what the current number on the Billboard chart is because you heard it yesterday.

And it includes a range of time frames as well. General knowledge is not only in the present, but it's also about the past and even future.

In this quiz, we are going to test your general knowledge to the limit. Even if you are a bit of a general knowledge buff, expect to be stumped by some of our questions. 

A score of 29/35 would be incredible. Full marks... well, that's probably not possible but go on and surprise us! 

Before you are 35 questions about a range of subjects including wars, US presidents, singers, countries, cities, geographic features, US states, and Hollywood.

Let's see how well you do!

Good luck, you got this!

What is the largest city in the United States of America?

New York has a population of 8.5 million people. It is more than double the size of Los Angeles.

Which is the largest city in the world?

Unbelievably, China has the two biggest cities in the world. Shanghai is home to 24 million inhabitants.

What is the highest mountain in the world?

At 8848m high (over 8 km), Everest is the tallest mountain in the world.

Which of these is the longest river in the world?

Measuring in at 6,992 km long, the Amazon is the longest river in the world. The Nile is the second longest at 6,853 km.

Which of these is the largest ocean on Earth?

The Pacific Ocean is the largest on Earth. It covers 59 million miles!

Can you name the largest desert in the world?

Situated on a large part of the African continent, the Sahara desert covers 3.5 million miles.

Where would you find the Sea of Tranquility?

Yes, the Sea of Tranquility is found on the moon. It is a large depression made of basalt but is not filled with water.

Of all the states in North America, only one begins with the letter P. What is it?

Pennsylvania was established in 1787 and was the second state to enter the union.

The capital of Spain is?

Madrid, the capital of Spain is home to around 3.2 million people. It was founded in the 9th century.

Which actor played 'Neo' in the Matrix trilogy?

Keanu Reeves was a Hollywood veteran by the time the Matrix came along in 1999. This trilogy, however, pushed him into super stardom.

Name the nuclear powerplant in the Ukraine that had a meltdown in 1986, spreading radio activity across Europe?

The Chernobyl catastrophe sent shock waves around the world. Thanks to many people who braved the plant to stop the chain reaction, a massive worldwide tragedy was averted.

Name the capital of Canada, please.

Situated on the Ottawa river, the city of Ottawa was established in 1826. It was first called Bytown, becoming Ottawa in 1855.

Name the European city where the streets are mostly canals.

Venice has over 26 miles of canals and is one of Italy's biggest tourist attractions.

In what year was the Berlin Wall demolished?

With the end of the Cold War in 1989, the Berlin Wall, which split the city in half, came down. Family members, who had not seen each others in over 40 years, were reunited.

In literature, what is an e-book?

With the advent of smartphones and hand held reading devices, e-books have become the new way to read the latest work from your favorite author.

What will you find wrapped around sushi?

Most pieces of sushi are wrapped in edible rice.

Name the inventor of the telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876. And the first words spoken? Well, they were to his lab assistant - 'Mr. Watson—come here—I want to see you.'

Who invented the antibiotic, penicillin?

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. He won a Nobel prize for his efforts in 1945. Interestingly, he made his discovery quite by accident.

The United States has how many states?

The United States consists of 50 states. These include New York, California and Texas to name but a few.

Who did Prince Charles marry in 1981?

Lady Diana Spencer was just 20 years old when she married Prince Charles of the House of Windsor. She went on to capture the hearts of the British and world public thanks to her humanitarian work.

In what year did World War I start?

World War I started officially on July 29, 1914. This was the result of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary.

In what year did World War I end?

World War I ended on November 11, 1918, with Germany signing an armistice agreement. Many punitive measures were put in place against Germany following the war after all parties signed the Treaty of Versailles.

Who was the American President during the first Gulf War in 1991?

George W. Bush, Sr was the US president that ordered the invasion of Iraq in 1990. It was divided in two phases. The first saw a build up troops to encourage Iraq to leave Kuwait, which they had invaded earlier. Afterwards, coalition forces invaded Iraq.

Who was the German leader at the start of World War II?

Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany in 1933. He started World War II by ordering the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. France and Britain declared war two days later.

Who painted the Mona Lisa?

One of the most famous paintings in the world, Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1506.

How many signs of the Zodiac are there?

There are 12 signs of the zodiac. They are Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

When did World War II start?

Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland by German forces on September 1, 1939. As Britain and France had warned Germany that those actions lead to war, both countries had no other choice. They declared war against Germany on September 3, 1939.

And when did World War II end, with victory over Japan?

Germany surrendered on May 9, 1945, but Japan still fought on, despite losing their ally. The United States dropped Atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August and Japan then surrendered on September 2.

The famous equation, e=mc2 was derived by?

The theory of relativity, shown by the equations e=mc2 was formulated by Albert Einstein. He introduced the concept in a scientific paper in 1905.

A chess board consist of how many squares?

A chess board consists of 64 squares, 32 white and 32 black.

Which chess piece can move anywhere it wants?

The queen in chess is able to move over any distance (as long as nothing is in the way) and in any direction.

Which language consists of the most words?

Yes, English has the most words of any language in the world. There are over 171,0000 words currently in use in the English language.

Which crooner is best known for the song 'My Way'?

Frank Sinatra recorded "My Way" in 1969. Written by Paul Anka, it went on to spend 75 weeks in the UK Top 40.

Who invented the light bulb?

Of his 1,093 patents, Thomas Edison's most famous is perhaps the light bulb. This incredible invention, which we do take for granted, was invented in 1879.

Where does the US president live?

The White House has been the official home of the US president since 1800 with John Adams the first president to live there.

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