103 Basic General Knowledge Questions and Answers
Basic General Knowledge Questions and Answers Part 1
Basic General Knowledge Questions 1-25
1) If you had pogonophobia what would you be afraid of?
2) Who was the author of the book Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
Answer: Samuel Beckett.
3) Which sport is called “the sport of kings”?
Answer: Horse racing.
4) What was the original use of the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
Answer: Bell tower.
5) Who would take silk as part of their job?
6) On the TV sitcom Seinfeld, what is Kramer’s first name?
7) If you are celebrating your diamond anniversary, how many years have you been married?
8) What talk show did Janis Joplin regularly appear on?
Answer: The Dick Cauett Show.
9) Who won an Oscar for the African Queen?
10) Which of the following scientists studies the oceans?
11) In which year was the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima?
12) Which is the largest and deepest of the Great Lakes of North America?
Answer: Lake Superior.
13) Who sang the theme song in 9 to 5?
Answer: Dolly Parton.
14) Are Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto also called the gas giants?
15. What is the world’s largest bird? Answer:
16) How many millions of whites lived in Australia in 1877?
17) What in business terms is the IMF?
Answer: International Monetary Fund.
18) Who was the God of the Underworld?
19) Are there more men or more women in the world?
20) Which is the largest church in Europe?
Answer: St. Peter’s Basilica.
21) Ringo Star narrates which children’s TV series?
Answer: Thomas the tank engine.
22) On television, what Chicago native plays detective Andy Sipowicz on N.Y.P.D. Blue?
Answer: Dennis Franz.
23) If you suffer from xenophobia, what are you afraid of?
24) Rutgers University is located in which U.S. state?
Answer: New Jersey.
25) Which country grows the most fruit?
Basic General Knowledge Questions and Answers Part 2
Basic General Knowledge Questions 26-50
26) What president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association appeared on a U.S. dollar coin?
Answer: Susan B. Anthony.
27) Which language in the world has the most native speakers?
Answer: Mandarin Chinese.
28) What do you call the unit of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius?
Answer: A calorie.
29) Which company is owned by Bill Gates?
30) Hund’s has a … about electrons and orbitals.
31) What is the most common element on Earth?
32) What is the body’s largest organ?
33) What would you do with a maris piper?
Answer: Eat it (it’s a potato).
34) What is a male goose called?
35) Which nation gave women the right to vote first?
Answer: New Zealand.
36) What is the lowest point on land in the world?
Answer: The Dead Sea.
37) In Casablanca what is the name of the nightclub?
38) What animal is a yak?
Answer: A yak is a large, long-haired ox native to the high plateaus and mountains of Tibet, where the climate is cold and dry The males are more than six feet high at the shoulder and weigh more than one ton. The wild yak, which is larger than the domesticated yak, is considered to be an endangered species.
39) In what year did the Berlin Wall come down?
40) The nearest spiral galaxy apart from the Milky Way galaxy is:
41) What was the first James Bond book? Answer:
42) The process performed by cells to obtain energy from sugar and oxygen is:
43) What is the capital of Venezuela?
44) The change of state from a solid to a liquid is termed:
45) What kind of animal is a lurcher?
46) Water can break down rocks because:
Answer: Water expands when it freezes in cracks in rocks.
47) Which 3 countries does Luxembourg have borders with?
Answer: Belgium, France and Germany.
48) Balanced forces act on objects that are:
49) What is the currency of Austria?
50) What is the name common to three Scottish kings, eight popes and three tsars of Russia?
Basic General Knowledge Questions and Answers Part 3
Basic General Knowledge Questions 51-75
51) How many sides does a heptagon have?
52) What is the strong inelastic material found in a human tendon?
53) What is the Islamic equal to the Red Cross?
Answer: Red Crescent.
54) In what year was the Cuban Missile Crisis?
55) Which is larger: the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific Ocean?
Answer: The Pacific (is twice as large).
56) Which of the following countries has a green flag?
57) In fable who sold a cow for five beans?
Answer: Jack (and grew a beanstalk).
58) Which state of the U.S. has recorded the fastest surface wind?
Answer: New Hampshire.
59) What do the letters FBI stand for?
Answer: Federal Bureau of Investigation.
60) January 3 was the perihelion. What does that mean?
Answer: The earth was closest to the sun.
61) How did Alfred Nobel make his money?
Answer: He invented Dynamite.
62) Which country will have the highest estimated net increase in population between 1995-2000 (16 million more people)?
63) What is the largest man made structure on Earth?
Answer: The Great Wall of China.
64) Kazakhstan lies at approximately the same latitude as which other country?
65) Who was the first man to run a sub four minute mile?
Answer: Roger Bannister.
66) What is the capital of French Polynesia?
67) What is the capital city of New Zealand?
68) The Mandara Mountains lie on the border of Nigeria and which other country?
69) What are Munros?
Answer: Mountains in Scotland.
70) The Crimean War of the 1850s was fought between Russia and Turkey, Sardinia, Britain, and which other country?
71) What year was John F Kennedy shot?
72) Zulia is a province of which country?
73) Which car company makes the Celica?
74) Which country’s Antarctic claim covers the greatest swath of longitude?
75) In Islamic law, how many wives is a man allowed to have?
Basic General Knowledge Questions and Answers Part 4
Basic General Knowledge Questions 75-103
76) Which city was once named York?
77) Air Lingus is the national airline of which country?
Answer: Republic of Ireland or Eire.
78) Which book about totalitarianism is not a work of fiction?
Answer: The Gulag Archipelago.
79) What is the capital of the Philippines?
80) “Tin Men,” “Always” and “Nuts” are films starring this actor:
Answer: Richard Dreyfuss.
81) Who discovered radium?
Answer: The Curies.
82) “Sister of the Road” is the depression-era memoir of:
Answer: Boxcar Bertha.
83) In what year was Nelson Mandela released from prison?
84) Who would use a creel?
85) What does an alopecia sufferer lack?
86) On which instrument was Frederic Chopin a virtuoso?
Answer: The piano.
87) Riga is the capital of which country?
88) Which artist’s name of Alessandro di Mariano Flipepi was changed to his brother’s nickname meaning ‘little barrel’?
89) Who painted The Haywain?
Answer: John Constable.
90) How many cents are there in an American nickel?
91) What do the letters IBM stand for?
Answer: International Business Machines.
92) Jared was 962 years old when he died, but he was still not the oldest guy in the Bible. Who was the oldest?
93) Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of what?
Answer: Number 13.
94) The composer Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel were both born in the same year. What year was it?
95) If you are celebrating your Silver Anniversary, how many years have you been married?
96) Who had a hit in 1966 with “Wild Thing”?
97) What is a baby rabbit called?
Answer: Kit or Kitten.
98) Which president was succeed upon his death by Andrew Johnson?
Answer: Abraham Lincoln.
99) Which travels faster: light or sound waves?
100) What do you call a grouping of bacteria?
Answer: A culture of bacteria.
101) Which is the largest state in the United States?
102) What country did Hernando Cortes conquer?
103) Which of the following is NOT one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?
Answer: The Great Wall of China.