How High Can You Score on This Intellect Quiz?


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

So you think you have what it takes to be in the 99th percentile of people in terms of general knowledge.

You pride yourself on your ability to remember obscure facts that you read many years ago, keeping them compartmentalized for the day you faced a quiz as tough as this.

And now, all you want to do is show us what you are made of and ace this really, really tough general knowledge quiz.

Well, you better have your wits about you because a score of 27/35 would be an unbelievable effort. 

So what can you expect in this quiz? Well, the range of general knowledge subjects we cover is vast. It includes a few of the following - sports, space, US presidents on mountainsides, hobbies, music, movies, some maths and a little bit of geography thrown in for good measure!

Luckily, you can take your time, eliminate those answers that are obvious red herrings and if you are still very stuck, use our useful clues that will put you on the right path quickly.

So what are you waiting for? Show us what a general knowledge buff you are and ace this quiz!

Remember to take your time!

Good luck!

How would you write the year 2017 in Roman numerals?

MM = 2000, X=10, VII = 7, so therefore 2017. Those Romans were clever!


Of these celestial bodies, which is the odd one out?

The universe is the odd one out in this group. Why? Well, the Earth, Sun and Mars all form part of our galaxy we inhabit, the Milky Way. That, in turn, is part of the universe.


What is the currency used in India?

The rupee is named after a coin from the 16th century. Called the Rupiya, this silver coin was issued by Sultan Sher Shah Suri.


What is the imaginary line that circles the earth directly through the middle?

This imaginary line, also known as the circle latitude, splits the earth in half. Days and nights on this line are exactly the same length of time throughout the year.


What American City is known as the 'Big Pineapple?'

It stands to reason that Honolulu would be known as the big pineapple. It is also called 'Crossroads of the Pacific'.


Name the political prisoner that spent 27 years in jail, 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 jail. 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.


Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1998?

Of course, the massive success of "Titanic" put James Cameron in pole position for the Best Director Oscar in 1998. He duly won and claimed to be 'King of the World' when accepting his award.


In 1871, James McNeil Whistler painted a picture of __________ that is now a famous American art piece.

James McNeil Whistler chose his mother because the model he was meant to paint simply didn't show up. Her mistake... she could have been famous.


Name the first American fighter plane to successfully escort bombers all the way to the German capital of Berlin.

It is said that when the chief of the German Luftwaffe (air force) was told that American fighters had the range to escort bombers to Berlin, he knew the war was over. With drop tanks, the Mustang could provide fighter cover to all major targets in Europe that the 8th Air Force were bombing at the time.


Can you name the largest bird found on earth?

A male ostrich can weigh over 300 pounds and grow to 9.2 foot tall. And they can be very aggressive, especially during mating season.


Name the rock band that featured John Bonham on drums and Jimmy Paige on guitar?

Formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin went on to become the biggest rock group in the world, with their fame driven on by songs like 'Stairway to Heaven' and 'Kashmir.' The band came to an end in 1980 when drummer John Bonham died, although a few reunion shows have taken place.


In mathematics, if you were dealing with angles, triangles and equations which include sin, cos, and tan, which branch of math would you be working with?

Trigonometry is the branch of mathematics that angles, triangles and the relationship between sides.


What is the word that is the complete opposite to calm?

If one is the opposite to calm, they are said to be excited. That may lead to them being rowdy and possibly confident.


Name the sport that includes these terms: penalty, whistle, free kick, dropkick and scrum.

Legend has it that William Webb Ellis invented the game of rugby by catching a football and running with it in 1823. Today, rugby is watched by millions all over the planet. The current world champions are the New Zealand All Blacks.


What were the names of the rival games in Westside Story?

Actually, that's pretty cool names for gangs don't you think! They sound a little less intimidating.


Mount Rushmore was carved to honor a number of great American presidents. Which of these are found there?

Carving started in 1927 with the president's faces completed by 1939. The incredible works were carved by Gutzon Borglum.


Name the tissue that covers the tooth, providing protection.

Four tissue types make up our teeth with enamel the final part covering the crown and providing protection.


Who invented the sport of baseball?

An army officer, Abner Doubleday is said to have invented baseball in Cooperstown, New York in 1839. This is highly disputed to this day.


Who created the cartoon "Peanuts?"

"Peanuts" was first syndicated in 1950 and ran until the year 2000. Schulz created a number of endearing characters such as Charlie Brown and Linus but most people loved Snoopy the Dog.


In 1985, Palestinian terrorists hijacked an Italian cruise liner. What was it called?

The terrorists took the ship on October 7, 1985 during the hijacking threatened to kill American and British citizens. Sadly, they followed through on their plan, killing Leon Klinghoffer, a man in an wheelchair.


What is the square root of 2401?

A tough one indeed. Let's hope you got it right.


Which organization did Nelson Mandela represent? It was banned at the time of his incarceration.

Of all the banned black political organizations, the African National Congress was by far the biggest and most influential within South Africa.


Who was the vocalist of Led Zeppelin?

Robert Plant's unique vocal style is as big a part of Led Zeppelin as Jimmy Paige's guitar licks. Many other singers often cite Plant as the standard bearer for how rock vocals should sound.


In chess, a knight may only move_____

Knights are very unique pieces in chess. They can be in a very effective manner because of their ability to move in an L-shape.


Who invented the sport of basketball?

Dr. James Naismith is recognized as the inventor of basketball, a game he came up with to keep athletes fit during the winter months. The original baskets used were peach baskets.


What was the name of the American space station launched in 1973?

Skylab launched into space on May 14, 1973. It re-entered the Earth's atmosphere in 1979 with most of it burning up while some parts did fall in Australia.


Name the first man in space, please.

Yuri Gagarin was the first man to leave the earth and enter space. He did so on April 12, 1961.


When did the first World Series take place?

The World Series is over 100 years old having first taken place in 1903. The Boston Americans faced off against the Pittsburgh Pirates with the Americans running out 5-3 winners over eight games.


What was the first music video broadcast by the channel?

And what an apt chose that was!


Out of these, choose the one that does not belong.

While the cube would seem to fit in, it doesn't. Why? Well all the others are two-dimensional while the cube is three-dimensional.


Who wrote the children's story, "Hansel and Gretel?"

The Grimm Brothers wrote the tale of "Hansel and Gretel" that was first published in 1812.


Name the first book in the epic fantasy series by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings."

"The Fellowship of the Ring" is the first part of the trilogy "The Lord of the Rings." The Hobbit is related to these books but does not form part of the trilogy.


In what year did MTV start?

MTV firs started on August 1, 1981.


In which year did Queen vocalist, Freddie Mercury, die?

Queen vocalist Freddy Mercury died from complications from AIDS in 1991, at the age of 45.


Who directed the 80's classic 'Back to the Future?'

Robert Zemeckis not only directed the first movie in the trilogy but the second and third too.


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