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About This Quiz
General knowledge is difficult to pinpoint. For most people, it's not all that important for daily life, yet for others, having an expanded general knowledge is vital. Why? Well, if you know enough about a range of subjects, you can fit in just about anywhere.
And it's not that hard to pick up. General knowledge is about following what's going on in the world around you. Try to catch a news bulletin every day. Instead of spending hours on social media, open a news site and get up to date with the world around you. Read about things in history that interest you. We guarantee it will lead you to even more exciting finds.
The key is starting off with things you like to learn about, then moving on from there. But you knew that, didn't you? You are here to try your luck at our tough general knowledge quiz, where you can expect questions about just about anything! A range of questions faces you, taking in many different general knowledge subjects. These questions span many ages, from ancient history to modern times, planes, trains and automobiles... OK, maybe not!
How do you think you will fare? Will you pass with flying colors? Well, why not take the plunge and let's see what you can score. Good luck!
Which of these below are the reason a blood cell is colored red?
Hemoglobin, which is effectively the level of iron in your blood, is the reason blood is colored red. This comes from the reaction between the oxygen and iron in the blood, and is why someone with a lighter red blood color has a low iron count.
Kiwi's are small flightless birds found only in New Zealand where they mostly live in forests. There are five distinct species of Kiwi birds. They are characterized by their round bodies and long pointy beaks.
Golf balls on the moon? Yes, thanks to Alan Shepard, there are three golf balls on the moon. Shepard modified a collection tool, fitting an 8 iron head to it to allow him to launch the golf balls at low gravity!
Which structure divided Berlin during the Cold War?
After World War II, Germany was split into an east and west section, with the Russians controlling the east and the Allies, the west. Berlin was also split, with the Russians eventually constructing a wall that separated East Berlin from West Berlin. Even families were split with no one allowed to cross over between the east and west section.
In the world of music, which of these is a famous country music star?
Over the course of his career, Hank Williams had 11 No. 1 country singles. However, he had a drink and drug problem and on Jan. 1, 1953, while he was being driven to a New Year's Day concert, Williams died from a hemorrhage near his heart. He was just 29 years old.
In the biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," which actor played singer Freddie Mercury?
After Sasha Baron Cohen was originally cast in the role of Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek took over the role once Cohen was dropped. Malek had made a name for himself in the cyber series, "Mr. Robot," but had appeared in other acting roles, including "The Pacific."
Joseph Stalin was the feared leader of the U.S.S.R. for a period of 30 years from 1922 to 1952. Not only did he lead the Soviets in defense of their homeland after the German invasion in 1941, after they were repelled, he ordered his troops to launch attacks into Germany, eventually taking Berlin in 1945. Stalin also led a purge of what he called "enemies of the working class" in which 700,000 Soviets were executed in the late 1930s. Stalin died in 1953.
From this list, can you pick the only mammal born with horns?
That's right, the giraffe is the only mammal to be born with horns already growing. In fairness, although we call them horns, they are nothing like the pointy bits on other animals, but more like stumpy bits growing out of their heads.
Can you name the forerunner to the United Nations?
League of Nations
The League of Nations was formed after World War I. The exact date? Well, that was January 10, 1920. The purpose of the organization was to prevent another world war. Although it was the idea of American President Woodrow Wilson, America did not join.
Name the political prisoner who spent 27 years in prison, most of them on Robben Island.
Nelson Mandela was found guilty of treason at the Rivonia Trial in the early 1960s and sentenced to life in prison. He spent much of it working in a quarry on Robben Island with other political prisoners but was freed by the South African government in 1990. He went on to become the first black president of South Africa.
In a cartoon series, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
SpongeBob Squarepants is a much-loved cartoon that first aired on Nickelodeon in 1991. Over the years, 242 episodes have been produced. The whole world of Bikini Bottom was created by Stephen Hillenburg, who recently died recently.
Can you give the nickname of the Boeing B-17 bomber from World War II.
The B-17 Flying Fortress is one of the most famous aircraft of World War II. Designed as a bomber, it was primarily used in the West, flying daylight missions against Nazi Germany. The B-17 could hold 9,600 pounds of bombs and had 11 to 13 machine guns as defensive armament. It first flew in 1935 and entered service in 1938.
What was the name of the first James Bond novel published by Ian Fleming?
Casino Royale, the only James Bond book to be filmed as a movie twice, was released on April 13, 1953. Written by Ian Fleming, it not only introduces us to Bond but to his CIA friend, Felix Leiter. Fleming sold the film rights to the book for $6,000.
From the list below, name the band that won a Grammy Award in 1990 but was then found to be lip synching.
In a move that shocked the world, music sensation Milli Vanilli was found to not be singing on their tracks at all, including studio albums. In fact, Rob and Fab, who were the two people in the group, could not sing at all. They gave their Grammy back, of course.
A red round ball on a white background is the flag of which country?
Legend has it that this form of the Japanese flag was first used in 701 AD by emperor Mommu. Evidence shows it was used in the 1300s when Japanese shoguns fought off invading Mongols. The flag itself represents a rising sun, hence Japan has the name, "Land of the rising sun."
True or false? TV dinners were invented in the 1950s?
True! Swanson and Sons used the term, "TV Brand Frozen Dinner," in 1953. And what was the first meal they made available? Well, it was Thanksgiving turkey with all the sides and trimmings. This dinner, which came in a tray made from aluminum, was then heated in the oven.