If You're A Trivia Expert, Prove It by Getting at Least 23/35 On This Quiz


By: Robin Tyler

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About This Quiz

Calling all trivia experts!

If you love general knowledge covering about every possible subject, then you are in the right place.

Do you have weird facts, interesting titbits and other snippets of information bouncing around your brain? Well, then they might just come in useful in this fiendishly difficult trivia quiz.

If you can manage 23/35 questions right then, you truly can call yourself a trivia expert. In fact, put it on your business card, because we say you should!

Yes, it's that difficult. 

Yes, it will test your knowledge to the full! 

But about what exactly? Well, a range of subjects from pirates (uh huh), to presidents (well that follows naturally, doesn't it), sport, music stars, countries, the solar system, space travel and more. Is that diverse enough for you? It should be. We took many hours painstakingly finding just the right questions to keep you on your toes.

As a trivia expert, you should have most of them covered; the rest you can guess or if you really stuck, use our wickedly clever clues to help you along. Don't worry; we won't tell anyone.

Good luck and if you ace it, remember what we said about your business card!

Which country flies the flag known as the 'Stars and Stripes'?

You knew that, didn't you? The 'Stars and Stripes' is the national flag of the United States. The 50 stars represent the 50 states of the country.


What does UNO stand for in world politics?

The United Nations Organization was formed after World War II, October 24, 1945 to be exact. It was formed to prevent another World War from happening again.


Bill Gates is the owner of which tech company?

Microsoft was started by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. Today, it is one of the biggest software giants in the world thanks to its Windows operating system.


What is the nickname of New York City?

The name 'The Big Apple' was first made popular in the 1920's by a journalist called John J. Fitz Gerald. It kinda stuck ever since. New York is also known as the 'City That Never Sleeps.'


The Summer Olympic Games are held ever _____ years.

The first Summer Olympic games were held in 1896 and every four yers after that, except during World War I and World War II.


What does CIA stand for?

CIA stands for the Central Intelligence Agency. It was first formed on September 18, 1947. It is a foreign intelligence service, or spy network in layman's terms.


Where does the Queen of England live?

Buckingham Palace was first built in 1703 and known as Buckingham House. It was bought in 1761 by King George III.


Which American state is known as the 'Lone Star state'?

Texas is fondly known by those living there as the 'Lone Star' state. It is so called due to its struggle for independence from Mexico in the 1800's.


According to the proverb, all roads lead to _______?

In ancient times, at the height of the Roman empire, all road certainly did. This proverb was first used as early as the 1100's.


In which country are pandas found?

Pandas are only found in China. There are close to 2,000 in the wild, with numbers increasing from just 1,000 odd in the 1970's.


What is the Australian term for 'hello'?

G'day or good day is one of the Australian ways to say hello.


Where would you find the Pyramid of Giza?

The Pyramid of Giza, built in 2560 BC, is found in Egypt. It took around 20 years to build.


On which date did Japan attack the US base at Pearl Harbor?

A Japanese carrier task force brought the United States firmly into World War II by attacking the naval facility at Pearl Harbor. Although many ships were destroyed or damaged, US aircraft carriers were not at the base at the time and spared destruction. They would play a significant role in the Battle of Midway, handing Japan their first defeat of the war.


What is the famous stretch of road that crosses the United States?

Crossing the United States from east to west and vice versa, Route 66 was completed in 1926. Although it technically does not cross the whole of the US, it does connect Chicago with Santa Monica in California. It is over 2,200 miles long.


Name the first astronaut to set foot on the moon, please.

Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut of the Lunar Lander of Apollo 11. He set foot on the moon on July 21, 1969.


Who was the first president of the United States?

George Washington was appointed president on April 30, 1789 and served till March 4, 1797.


Who assassinated Abraham Lincoln?

Lincoln was assassinated by actor John Wilkes Booth in 1865 while watching a play at Ford's theater. Booth was sympathetic to the Confederate cause and believed killing Lincoln would help the south.


Donald J. Trump is the _____ president of the United States.

Inaugurated on January 20, 1917, Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.


The tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, is part of which mountain chain?

The Himalayas have some tall mountain in the range. In fact, a little over 50 mountains in the range are 7,200 meters or higher.


A century comprises how many years?

Simply put, a century is a 100. For example, the 20th century was a period of a 100 years from January 01, 1901 to December 31, 2000.


The flag of a pirate ship was known as the ________

The Jolly Roger was the flag of choice for many pirates in the early 1700's.


In science, the periodic table consists of how many elements?

The period table consists of 118 elements including precious metals such as gold, various gases including oxygen and many other elements. A Russian chemist, Dimitri Mendeleev, started the table in 1869, ordering known elements by their atomic mass and as new elements were found, they were added.


In what year did the American Revolutionary War start?

The American Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775. It ended formally with a peace treaty signed in Paris on September 3, 1783.


Can you name the planet nearest the sun?

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. It is situated 57,91 million kilometers away.


A kilometer consists of how many meters?

1,000 meters in a kilometer. A kilometer is around 0,62 miles.


In what year did Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, die?

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died on June 25, 2009. He died of died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.


How many sides does a hexagon have?

Hex = 6 therefore a hexagon has six sides.


The United Kingdom comprises which countries?

When one speaks of the United Kingdom, the countries associated with it are England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland. If you are speaking of Great Britain, Northern Ireland then falls away.


Where did the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occur?

The nuclear plant at Chernobyl in the Ukraine suffered a meltdown on April 26, 1986.


What sea is found along the coast of Italy?

Italy and all countries in the Mediterranean region are surrounded by the Mediterranean sea.


Who are the current World Champions in soccer?

France are the current soccer world champions. They beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in July 2018.


In what sport would you score a 'try'?

A try is a five-point score in the sport of rugby union. It is the highest scoring option available to a team and only happens when a player dots the ball down behind the opposition try line.


In which year did the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrate on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

The Space Shuttle Columbia broke up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003.


Who are the All Blacks?

The national rugby team of New Zealand, the current world champions, are called the All Blacks. They are called the All Black thanks to their all-black kit.


In what year did the cryptocurrency Bitcoin start?

Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, was started in 2009 by a group of unknown persons under the name Satoshi Nakamoto.


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