49 of the best general knowledge quiz questions

Dusty Baxter-Wright
·5-min read
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From Cosmopolitan

Whoever does the PR for quizzes has had the best 12 months of their lives. While the coronavirus pandemic is the reason we're all staying indoors (for a third time), virtual quizzes have been a constant since last March, with our diary currently full of Zoom-based commitments.

Admittedly not all of them are quiz-based, and yet, our general knowledge feels like it has to be top notch at all times, in case someone whacks out some questions.

In order to keep those around us safe, we're all confined to our homes for a third time, meaning keeping in touch with friends and family has gone virtual once again. If you, too, are quizzed up to your eyeballs, you might be running low on inspiration for your next online competition.

Maybe you need some creative round ideas, or celeb-based questions. Or maybe you just need a full on, quiz of random facts that has already been written for you. Which is where our round up of the best general knowledge quiz questions come in, which will sort you out for your next video call. No cheating, yeah?

This quiz takes every subject area into consideration and will basically make you feel like you're on The Chase. Expect questions about celebrities, questions about animals, questions about cheese (yes really) and some sporting trivia thrown into the mix, too. Good luck!

The best general knowledge quiz questions

  1. What's the biggest animal in the world?

  2. For one point, put the following Kardashian-Jenners in order of age, oldest to youngest: Khloe, Kylie, Rob, Kourtney, Kendall, Kim, Kris

  3. How many times has Andy Murray won Wimbledon playing singles?

  4. Which country is brie cheese originally from?

  5. In what franchise would you find the character Katniss Everdeen?

  6. What year was Heinz established?

  7. At the time of writing (May 2020), who is fifth in line to the British throne?

  8. What is the capital of Iceland?

  9. Who came second in the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019?

  10. What year did Margaret Thatcher die?

  11. What does IPA stand for?

  12. Who painted the Mona Lisa?

  13. Which planet is closest to the sun?

  14. What is Queen Elizabeth II's surname?

  15. Who plays Delboy Trotter in Only Fools And Horses?

  16. What is the largest country in the world?

  17. Which fashion designer reportedly had a relationship with Winston Churchill?

  18. How many valves does the heart have?

  19. What is the name of the school in Sex Education?

  20. In Harry Potter, what is the name of The Weasley's house?

  21. Put these Tom Hanks films in chronological order: Catch Me If You Can, Forrest Gump, The Terminal, Bridge Of Spies

  22. Typically, what four ingredients go into a cosmopolitan cocktail? (For one point)

  23. Who has been the First Minister of Wales since December 2018?

  24. Which city had the first ever fashion week?

  25. What nut is in the middle of a Ferrero Rocher?

  26. What's a baby rabbit called?

  27. How many minutes in a game of rugby league?

  28. Typically, what's the strongest muscle in the human body?

  29. Name one landlocked country in Europe

  30. Who did Anne Hathaway play in Les Miserables?

  31. What fruit takes the scientific name Mangifera indica?

  32. What does He stand for on the periodic table?

  33. What does LGBTQ stand for?

  34. What did Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams collectively create?

  35. To a single decimal point, many kilometers in a mile?

  36. Where in England would you find the themepark Dreamland?

  37. What month was Prince George born?

  38. For two points, if all of the states of America were placed in alphabetical order, what would be first and last?

  39. Who is the highest spiritual leader of Tibet?

  40. What is the Papaver rhoeas flower better known as?

  41. Who plays Emily in the hit Netflix show, Emily In Paris?

  42. Which rapper's real name is Dylan Kwabena Mills?

  43. Who is manager of the England football team as of 2020?

  44. For one point, which of these actors is Scottish? Jamie Dornan, Michael Sheen, James McAvoy, Daniel Craig

  45. How many episodes of Scrubs were there? Closest wins the point.

  46. What year was Google images invented, and for a bonus point, what prompted its creation?

  47. What was the most streamed show on Netflix in 2020?

  48. How many Olympic gold medals does Sir Mo Farah have?

  49. How many elements are there in the periodic table?

The best general knowledge quiz answers

  1. The blue whale

  2. Oldest to youngest: Kris, 64, Kourtney, 41, Kim, 39, Khloe, 35, Rob, 33, Kendall, 24, Kylie, 22

  3. Twice - in 2013 against Novak Djokovic and in 2016 against Milos Raonic

  4. France

  5. The Hunger Games

  6. 1869

  7. Prince Louis Of Cambridge

  8. Reykjavík

  9. Netherlands

  10. 2013, on the 8th April

  11. Indian Pale Ale

  12. Leonardo da Vinci

  13. Mercury

  14. Windor. Her full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor

  15. David Jason

  16. Russia

  17. Coco Chanel

  18. Four - the mitral, tricuspid, aortic and pulmonic valves

  19. Moordale High

  20. The Burrow

  21. Forrest Gump (1994), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Bridge Of Spies (2015)

  22. Fresh lime juice, vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec/cointreau/orange liqueur

  23. Mark Drakeford

  24. New York, in 1943

  25. Hazelnut

  26. A kit

  27. 80 minutes

  28. The masseter - the main jaw muscle

  29. Any of the following 14 countries: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Vatican City.

  30. Fantine

  31. Mango

  32. Helium

  33. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (or queer)

  34. Twitter

  35. 1.6km

  36. Margate

  37. July

  38. First: Alabama. Last: Wyoming

  39. The Dalai Lama

  40. A poppy!

  41. Lily Collins

  42. Dizzee Rascal

  43. Gareth Southgate

  44. James McAvoy is Scottish. Jamie Dornan is Irish, Michael Sheen is Welsh and Christian Bale is English.

  45. 181 episodes.

  46. July 2001, as a result of mass Google searches in February 2000 when Jennifer Lopez wore a jungle print dress, designed by Donatella Versace, to the Grammy Awards.

  47. The Umbrella Academy season 2, with 43million streams.

  48. Four Olympic gold medals. He first was at the London 2012 Olympic games when he finished the 10,000m in a time of 27:30.42. He won gold the same year for the Men's 5,000m, which he completed in 13:41:66. At the Rio 2016 Olympics, he won another gold medal for the 10,000m, and a fourth gold medal for the 5,000m.

  49. 118 elements

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