Can You Pass this General Knowledge Quiz?


By: Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you know how much you really know? There are certain facts and figures that everyone takes for granted, but how accurate are they? Even more often, things get lost or left unexplained all the time because people just assume everyone knows them. This can lead to mistranslations, miscommunications and a lot of things just slipping right through the cracks. Sometimes, people don't even know what they don't know. 

General knowledge is the basics that get taken for granted by most people. No one thinks they have to teach them or pay particular attention to them.  From math to science to literature to even art and pop culture, there is a lot that everyone just assumes to be correct, whether it is or not. People do not question these supposed truths, but some of them are far trickier than meets the eye at first. Some things have been repeated for years and even for generations, contributing to confusion rather than illumination. Do you have what it takes to walk the winding road between fiction and fact and come out on top? 

If you think you are general knowledge savvy, tease your brain and put it to the test with this colossally huge general knowledge quiz! 

Who invented Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg is the most famous inventor of Facebook. It began as a way for men to rank their female classmates.


Who wrote Harry Potter?

British author JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books. She is now one of the richest people on earth.


What structure did the ancient Egyptians famously build?

The ancient Egyptians famously built large pyramids. Many of them were tombs for royalty.


During which process is a woman most likely to conceive a child?

Ovulation is when a woman is most likely to get pregnant. Many women who are trying to conceive keep track of this cycle.


What is the rarest natural hair color?

Statistically, most of the world is Asian, which often, but not always, means dark hair. While people from all backgrounds can potentially be born with red hair, it is such a recessive gene that it is uncommon.


Did Jesus write the entire New Testament himself?

Different parts of the new testament are ascribed to different authors both historically and according to religious tradition. The events of Jesus's life are described by others.


What is the state of Florida?

Florida is a peninsula. This means that it is a piece of land surrounded by water on 3 sides.


Statistically, is it safer to be in a car or an airplane?

Statistically far more people get hurt or die while in a car than in an airplane. This is partially because far more people drive than take airplanes.


What don't vegans eat?

Vegans do not eat or use any products derived from animals. This includes things like leather, makeup tested on animals and cuts of meat.


Who is the main prophet of Islam?

Muhammad is the most important figure in all of Islam. He transcribed the Koran.


Which breed of dog is bigger?

German shepherds are a distinctive and popular breed. They are also quite large.


How do avocados grow?

The popular and trendy avocado in fact grows on trees. But are they vegetables or fruits?


Which author is credited with inventing many of the common words of the English language?

Shakespeare was an English playwright. He invented many words English speakers use today, like lonely.


Where did the US drop the atom bomb during World War Two?

The US dropped atom bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was the only time nuclear weapons have been used in warfare.


Which King of Israel was known for his wisdom?

King Solomon prayed to God for the wisdom to rule his people. In turn, God said he would give him more wisdom than anyone ever had before or will have again.


Which of these myths did Monty Python spoof in a famous film?

The Film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is a comedy classic. This 1975 spoof of Arthurian legend has a global cult following.


Is there such a thing as cat breeds?

While cat breeds are often not as big of a deal as dog breeds, they are still very much real and very distinctive. For example, a Siamese cat and a chartreux look entirely different.


Which song is by Michael Jackson?

This song by Michael Jackson is one of the biggest selling and most successful of all time. It features Vincent Price in a chilling vocal cameo.


What is soccer called outside America?

Outside America, soccer is called variants of football. There is a big difference between American football and the football the rest of the world enjoys.


How is the Scottish city of Edinburgh pronounced?

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. It's a small rainy city known for its old architecture.


What is the longest-running sitcom of all time?

"The Simpsons" has nearly 30 seasons, making it the longest-running scripted show on American primetime TV. It has had over 600 episodes.


On which continent is much of the Middle East?

The Middle Eastern world is usually considered to include North Africa and parts of Western Asia. Most of it is actually in Asia.


Which amendment protects free speech in America?

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech. This means that the government cannot make any law restricting this freedom and cannot punish people for exercising this right.


What money do they use in the UK?

In the UK, pounds are used. This includes England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.


Does the actor Nicolas Cage have an Oscar?

In 1996, Nic Cage won a Best Actor Academy Award for the film "Leaving Las Vegas." He was nominated for the same award for the 2003 film "Adaptation."


Which composer wrote "Ode To Joy"?

Beethoven is one of the most famous composers who ever lived. He wrote "Ode to Joy," and some of the most famous music on earth, when he was going deaf.


What does PEMDAS pertain to?

PEMDAS is the order of operations used to solve math problems. That would be Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction.


Is Canada rich in oil?

Canada is actually one of the most oil-rich countries on earth. Only Venezuela and Saudi Arabia have larger oil reserves.


Who wrote "The Catcher in the Rye?"

"The Catcher In The Rye" is a novel written by JD Salinger. It was published as a novel in 1951.


Where is Montevideo?

Montevideo is the capital of the South American country Uruguay. It is the country's largest city, with a population of over 1 million.


y=mx+b is the equation used to find:

This is a basic algebraic equation used to find the slope of a line. Teens often come across this in school.


Who is on the US $10 bill?

The face of Alexander Hamilton is on the tenner. He was the first US Secretary of the treasury.


Did Marilyn Monroe have plastic surgery?

Marilyn Monroe is often remembered as a glamorous natural beauty, but this is not entirely accurate. She had a nose job and surgery on her chin to change their appearance.


Who introduced macaroni and cheese to America?

Thomas Jefferson first had macaroni and cheese while working on US government business in France. He liked it so much that he brought the idea back to the states with him.


Where is the city of Paris?

Paris is the capital city of France. It is a world famous city of art, food, culture and love.


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