100 GK for Competitive Exams
GK for Competitive Exams Questions and Answers Part 1 (questions 1-25)
1) What is the name for this punctuation mark: &?
2) The Niagara Falls is at the boundary between Ontario and which US state?
Answer: New York.
3) Which island was the only home of the Dodo?
4) In which film did actor Chiwetel Ejiofor play Solomon Northup?
Answer: 12 Years a Slave.
5) Fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine comprise which periodic table group?
Answer: The Halogens.
6) In which US state were both basketball and volleyball invented? Texas, Nebraska, South Carolina, or Massachusetts?
7) In response to which novel did Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issue a fatwā against Salman Rushdie?
Answer: The Satanic Verses.
8) Which American President oversaw the Louisiana Purchase?
Answer: Thomas Jefferson.
9) What is the principle ingredient of guacamole?
10) Which city generates the largest gambling revenue? Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Macau, or Reno?
11) Which website was founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger? Twitter, Wikipedia, eBay, or YouTube?
12) On which Hawaiian island is Honolulu situated?
13) Which number on the Beaufort scale designates “Hurricane force”?
14) What 2014 film, directed by Richard Linklater, depicts twelve years in the life of Mason Evans?
15) In mathematics, what name is given to the following sequence of numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…?
Answer: The Fibonacci sequence.
16) How long is each quarter in American football?
Answer: 15 minutes.
17) What name did Balzac give his novel sequence? The Divine Comedy; The Human Comedy; The Odyssey; or The Divine Tragedy?
Answer: The Human Comedy.
18) Which country became the first independent nation in the Caribbean in 1804?
19) Which band has four albums in the top ten of Rolling Stone Magazine’s greatest all-time albums list?
Answer: The Beatles.
20) What colour are the two most expensive properties in Monopoly?
Answer: Dark blue.
21) Which letter is represented in Morse code by a single dash?
22) Which American state is divided into the three counties: Kent, Sussex and New Castle?
23) The vampire finch of the Galapagos Islands feeds on the blood of other living birds. True or False?
24) In which film does Andy Dufresne say “I guess it comes down to a simple choice: get busy living, or get busy dying.”?
Answer: The Shawshank Redemption.
25) In computing, what does the abbreviation USB stand for?
Answer: Universal Serial Bus.
GK for Competitive Exams Part 2 (Questions 26-50)
26) What shape is the field in Australian rules football? Rectangular, Oval, Square, or Circular?
27) Which language were Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire, Pnin and Lolita originally written in?
28) What was the last country in the western world to abolish slavery?
Answer: Brazil (in 1888).
29) If the 4th is “Tragic”, the 6th “Little” and the 9th “Great”. What is the 8th?
Answer: “Unfinished”. They are names of symphonies by Schubert.
30) In what field are Breguet and Patek Philippe famous names?
31) The Chinese New Year can fall in which two months of the Gregorian calendar?
Answer: January and February.
32) Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla are the second, third and fourth largest cities in which country?
33) The tibia is larger and stronger than the fibula. True or False?
34) Who informs Daniel LaRusso “Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.”?
Answer: Mr. Miyagi (in The Karate Kid).
35) The thorny dragon (or thorny devil) is a lizard native to which country?
36) GS, GA, WA, C, GD and WD are abbreviations for positions in which sport?
Answer: Netball ( GS: Goal Shooter, GA: Goal Attack, WA: Wing Attack, C: Centre, GD: Goal Defence, WD: Wing Defence).
37) Who built a cabin near Walden Pond and wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life…”?
Answer: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, or Walt Whitman?
Henry David Thoreau.
38) What territory did Britain gain as a result of the First Opium War?
Answer: Hong Kong.
39) What is the meaning of the musical direction rallentando?
Answer: Becoming slower.
40) Parejo, Perfecto and Presidente are common shapes of what object?
41) Which country does Nutella come from?
Answer: Italy (it is manufactured by Ferrero in the Piedmont region).
42) Which modern day Egyptian city is home to The Valley of the Kings?
43) What is by far the heaviest living species of bird?
Answer: The Ostrich.
44) In which film does actor Jim Carey deliver the line, “In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”?
Answer: The Truman Show.
45) How many paintings did Van Gogh sell during his lifetime? Zero, One, Two, or Three?
Answer: One (Red Vineyard at Arles).
46) The winners of which competition are awarded the Webb Ellis Cup?
Answer: The Rugby World Cup.
47) Complete the quotation from Ernest Hemingway: “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called…”
Answer: Huckleberry Finn.
48) Which was the only European power allowed to trade with Japan during the Sakoku period?
Answer: The Netherlands.
49) Which Harry Potter book has a two-part film adaptation?
Answer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
50) What are Koh-i-Nur, Hope, and Cullinan?
Answer: Famous diamonds.
GK for Competitive Exams Part 3 (Questions 50-75)
51) Who painted “The Garden of Earthly Delights”?
Answer: Hieronymus Bosch.
52) What and where is “Offa’s Dyke”?
Answer: An earthwork, built by Offa, King of Mercia, to divide Wales from the Anglo-Saxons extending from the River Dee to the River Wye.
53) Which Greek prefix is matched with a misleading translation?
Answer: Para – distant.
54) “A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed. One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud”, whose lines are these?
55) Who is the patron saint of music?
Answer: Saint Cecilia.
56) Who is the ruler of the sign Cancer?
57) Who painted the Uffizi’s famous Birth of Venus?
58) What is called the heart of an automobile?
59) How many cities are bigger than Los Angeles in the US?
60) In which script Buddhist principles are inscribed?
61) Who compiled a book of words (published in 1852) that were arranged according to their meanings?
Answer: Peter Mark Roget.
62) What is the real name of Bono, the lead singer of the Irish rock band U2?
Answer: Paul Hewson.
62) What was the last film made by the actor James Dean before he was killed in a car accident in 1955?
Answer: Rebel Without A Cause.
64) Where was the legendary seat of King Arthur?
65) Which president was succeed upon his death by Lyndon Baines Johnson?
Answer: John F. Kennedy.
66) What became known as the ‘F-word’ at the 1991 Maastricht summit, where Britain wanted it removed from the treaty?
67) What do you call a grouping of badgers?
Answer: A cete of badgers.
68) The area between the backshore and the coast is:
Answer: Coast line.
69) Which is the world’s largest continent?
70) Men adapt to their environment by:
Answer: Trail and error.
71) Who discovered the Sandwich Islands?
Answer: James Cook.
72) Who wrote: “King Solomon’s Mines”?
Answer: H. Rider Haggard.
73) Ancient forms of written communication in Mesopotamia were called what?
74) What is the full form of I.S.R.O?
Answer: Indian Space Research Organisation.
75) Who was the author of the book Collected Fictions
Answer: Jorge Luis Borges.
GK for Competitive Exams Part 4 (Questions 75-100)
76) How did the statuette get its nickname Oscar?
Answer: Due to its reported resemblance to Academy librarian Margaret Herrick’s uncle Oscar.
77) In 1988, which singer was elected Mayor of Palm Springs, California?
Answer: Sonny Bono.
78) Which lab introduced 70 mm film processing facility in India?
Answer: Prasad studios in Madras.
79) The breed of horses known as Clydesdales originated in what country?
80) Which were the principal organs of the League of Nations?
Answer: The Assembly, the Council, the Secretariat and the Permanent court of International Justice.
81) What was the theme song of the movie Billy Jack?
Answer: One Tin Soldier.
82) Alfred Nobel was born on:
Answer: 21“ October, 1833.
83) Which of the following animals did Diane Fossey spend her life protecting?
Answer: Mountain Gorillas.
84) Who was the athlete who, in the space of 40 days in 1979 broke the world records for the 800 meters, 1500 meters and the relay?
Answer: Sebastian Coe.
85) In which country is the Great Barrier Reef?
86) What is the size of the goal area?
Answer: 8 yards wide and 8 feet tall.
87) When at aphelion, a planet is in its orbit which is farthest from the sun. True or False?
88) in which year was the first accepted laws of cricket made?
89) What country achieved independence from NSW in 1841?
Answer: New Zealand.
90) What name was given to the sport by its originator?
91) Who was the Messenger of the Gods God of Thieves?
92) Who donated the Davis Cup?
Answer: Dwight F. Davis (USA).
93) What is the name of the largest bell in the carillon of London’s Houses of Parliament?
Answer: Big Ben.
94) Which comedy tries to arouse scorn?
Answer: Satiric Comedy.
95) What fifty-something-year-old Hank Ketcham cartoon is about a mischievous boy who is always five years old?
Answer: Dennis the Menace.
96) What was the name given to the process of making photography paper?
Answer: Calotype or talbotype.
97) In fashion, which former Baywatch actress has her own line of swimwear called “Yaz”?
Answer: Yasmine Bleeth.
98) What is the rename God given to Jacob?
99) The movies “Get Shorty” and “Out of Sight” were both based on novels by which writer?
Answer: Elmore Leonard.
100) What is the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell who is an English writer?
Answer: John le Carré.