GK for Competitive Exams – 100 GK Questions


GK for Competitive Exams – 100 GK Questions


GK for Competitive Exams


GK for Competitive Exams Questions and Answers Part 1

GK for Competitive Exams 1-25

1. What is the name for this punctuation mark: &?
Answer: Ampersand.


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?
Answer: Mauritius.


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?
Answer: 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?
Answer: Avocado.


10. Which city generates the largest gambling revenue? Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Macau, or Reno?
Answer: Macau.


11. Which website was founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger? Twitter, Wikipedia, eBay, or YouTube?
Answer: Wikipedia.


12. On which Hawaiian island is Honolulu situated?
Answer: Oahu.


13. Which number on the Beaufort scale designates “Hurricane force”?
Answer: 12.


14. What 2014 film, directed by Richard Linklater, depicts twelve years in the life of Mason Evans?
Answer: Boyhood.


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?
Answer: Haiti.


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?
Answer: T.


22. Which American state is divided into the three counties: Kent, Sussex and New Castle?
Answer: Delaware.


23. The vampire finch of the Galapagos Islands feeds on the blood of other living birds. True or False?
Answer: True.


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 Questions and Answers Part 2

GK for Competitive Exams 26-50


26. What shape is the field in Australian rules football? Rectangular, Oval, Square, or Circular?
Answer: Oval.


27. Which language were Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire, Pnin and Lolita originally written in?
Answer: English.


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?
Answer: Watchmaking.


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?
Answer: Colombia.


33. The tibia is larger and stronger than the fibula. True or False?
Answer: True.


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?
Answer: Australia.


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?
Answer: Cigars.


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?
Answer: Luxor.


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 Questions and Answers Part 3

GK for Competitive Exams 51-75


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?
Answer: Shelley’s.


55. Who is the patron saint of music?
Answer: Saint Cecilia.


56. Who is the ruler of the sign Cancer?
Answer: Moon.


57. Who painted the Uffizi’s famous Birth of Venus?
Answer: Botticelli.


58. What is called the heart of an automobile?
Answer: Engine.


59. How many cities are bigger than Los Angeles in the US?
Answer: 1.


60. In which script Buddhist principles are inscribed?
Answer: Pali.


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?
Answer: Camelot.


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?
Answer: Federalism.


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?
Answer: Asia.


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?
Answer: Cuneiform.


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 Questions and Answers Part 4

GK for Competitive Exams 76-100


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?
Answer: Scotland


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?
Answer: Australia.


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?
Answer: True.


88. in which year was the first accepted laws of cricket made?
Answer: 1744.


89. What country achieved independence from NSW in 1841?
Answer: New Zealand.


90. What name was given to the sport by its originator?
Answer: Sphairistike.


91. Who was the Messenger of the Gods God of Thieves?
Answer: Hermes.


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?
Answer: Israel.


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.


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