25 Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers – The Ultimate Online Trivia Quiz 2018
1. Canonization is a process by which the Christian church declares a deceased person to be a saint. During the canonization process of the Roman Catholic Church, a lawyer was appointed to argue against the canonization of the person. It was this person’s job to take a skeptical view of the candidate’s character, to look for holes in the evidence and to argue that any miracles attributed to the candidate were fraudulent. What was the popular name given to such a lawyer?
Answer: Devil’s Advocate. Today a person who advocates an opposing or unpopular cause for the sake of argument or to expose it to a thorough examination is called a devil’s advocate.
2. After the Eagles broke up, fans and reporters repeatedly pestered them with the question, “When will Eagles reunite?” To convey that this reunion would never occur, Don Henley (the lead singer) said, “Eagles will reunite when _____ _____ _____.” Fill in the blanks!
Answer: Hell Freezes Over. When Eagles reunited after 14 years for a live album, they named it Hell Freezes Over.
3. They are classified as Class II devices and their production is governed by IS0 4074 standard. They undergo a series of tests such as the Electrical Conductance Test, Airburst Test and the Tensile Strength Test before being marketed. What product?
4. I was named after the author of the book “Field Guide to Birds of West Indies” and my family motto is “Non Sufficit Orbis”. I majored in Far Eastern Studies at Cambridge and was married to Teresa Di Vicenzo for a short while. I work for an organization which uses the cover name Universal Exports. Who am I?
Answer: James Bond. For those interested, “Non Sufficit Orbis” means “The World is Not Enough.”
5. It was a large aerial bomb capable of destroying an entire city block. However, today it is used to denote a movie or book that has become immensely popular. What word?
6. In 1512, a Dutch merchant searching for ways to transport large quantities of wine found that by boiling the wine he could remove the water in it and thus transport more wine in the same volume. He called the resulting liquid brandewijn (Dutch for burnt wine) and at the destination he would just add the missing water. But he found that people were more interested in the boiled concentrate than the wine and made a killing by selling the boiled concentrate. How do we better know this boiled concentrate?
7. What is the common name for a college publication distributed at the start of the academic year by university administration with the intention of helping students get to know each other better? (Clue: Today it is famous in a totally different context)
8. According to the website of the Colchester tourist board, during the English Civil War a large cannon was placed strategically on the wall of the castle. A shot from the parliamentary army managed to destroy the wall under the cannon and caused it to tumble to the ground. The Cavaliers (who were loyal to the King) tried to raise the cannon but could not do so as it was too heavy. What was the name of the cannon and how has it been immortalized?
Answer: Humpty Dumpty. It is widely believed this story of the Colchester Cannon is the origin of the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.
9. According to the Greek mythology, he is the God of marriage and specifically the marriage hymn. He holds a burning torch in one hand and is considered the protector of female virginity. Give me the name of this Greek God.
10. What are algorithms like the layer method, the block method, the corner method and the super-flip used to solve?
Answer: These algorithms are used to solve the Rubik’s cube.
11. According to Hebrew mythology, on the occasion of Yom Kippur two goats were brought into the Temple of Jerusalem. The high priest would confess the sins of the people of Israel, place his hand on the head of one of the goats and transfer these sins onto this goat. This goat was led away and later pushed over a distant cliff. What word (meaning the practice of singling out any party for unmerited negative treatment) derives from the name given by Hebrews to this goat?
12. Given its position between the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, ancient civilizations believed this water body to be in the middle of the earth. Hence, its name in Latin when translated to English means middle of the earth. Work it out and tell me what water body are we talking about?
Answer: The Mediterranean Sea (from Latin; medius meaning middle and terra meaning land).
13. This game, a variant of an older game named Halma, was invented in 1892 in Germany. It was originally introduced under the name Stern-Halma due to the star shaped board on which it was played. It was introduced in the US by Bill and Jack Pressman under a different name as a marketing ploy to make it sound exotic and that is the name we know it by. Which game?
Answer: Chinese Checkers.
14. David Webb is a career foreign service officer and a specialist in Far Eastern affairs. He married a Thai woman named Dao and had two children Joshua and Alyssa. He was recruited into a top secret government project code named Medusa by Alex Conklin. How do we better know David Webb?
Answer: Jason Bourne.
15. Bomis.com is an adult website and its primary source of revenue is online advertising. It was founded by Jimmy Wales and Tim Shell in 1996. They, however, used the revenue from Bomis to launch and support a more famous initiative in 2001. What initiative?
16. He was an avid fisher and he holds the record for maximum marlins caught in one day (seven). Additionally, he was the first person to boat a giant tuna in an undamaged state. He enjoyed boxing and offered $100 to anyone who could last a few rounds with him in the ring. He also setup a counter-espionage and spy ring, known as the Crook Factory, in Cuba. He ended his life by blowing his brains out with a twelve-gauge shotgun. And, before we forget, he is also a Nobel Prize winner. Who?
Answer: Ernest Hemingway.
17. Sean Lennon, son of the legendary John Lennon, criticized the baby boomer generation for many of the problems plaguing the society. A famous singer from the generation that was being criticized offered a rebuttal to this criticism in a particularly innovative way. This singer showcased that the problems Sean was talking about have always existed and that the baby boomer generation was not responsible for those problems. Who was the singer and what was his response?
Answer: Billy Joel; “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
18. In 1895, Wilhelm Rontgen was investigating external effects from various types of vacuum tube equipment when he made an interesting discovery. While studying the properties of his discovery, he temporarily termed it X – the mathematical designation for anything unknown. What discovery are we talking about?
19. This word is used to describe any literal or metaphorical force regarded as unstoppable and will crush anything in its path. It is derived from a Sanskrit word which when translated to English means “Lord of the World” or “Lord of the Universe”. What word?
Answer: Juggernaut. The term is a metaphorical reference to the Ratha Yatra of Lord Jaganath, which was reportedly unstoppable.
20. According to CNN – Dennis Hwang may be the most famous unknown artist in the world — his work doesn’t hang in galleries or museums, but it’s been viewed hundreds of millions of times. Where would you view Dennis’s work?
Answer: Dennis is the artist who designs the special Google logos (doodles) on various festivals and important days.
21. On March 31, 1929, a woman named Bertha Hunt informed the press that she and her friends would be lighting “torches of freedom” in the interest of equality of sexes and to fight another gender based taboo. How do we better know these “torches of freedom”?
22. Saint Ambrose had to visit Rome on a mission. However, he was concerned about which holy day to fast on. You see, the Romans fasted on another day than was the tradition of other places. So Saint Ambrose wrote to Saint Augustine requesting guidance. What famous piece of advice did Saint Augustine give to Saint Ambrose?
Answer: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
23. If Umami is the fifth, what are the other four?
Answer: Sometime back, Umami was officially accepted as the fifth basic taste. Therefore, the other four are sour, salty, bitter and sweet.
24. Over the years, various toys like Hot Wheels, Hula Hoops, Roller Skates, Game Boy, Skateboards, Jack in the Box etc. have been inducted into the Toys Hall of Fame. This item, famously called “The Greatest Toy Never Sold”, was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2005. Additionally, according to Dr. Benjamin Spock, with a little imagination, this item could turn into a doll’s house, a town or a farm. What item are we talking about?
Answer: Cardboard Box.
25. According In her book Fairy Tale Ending, Ursula Sautter offers this hypothesis: After the defeat of the Danes at the Battle of Bornhoved, their lands became available for colonization by the Germans. The German rulers sent out glib recruitment officers offering rich rewards to those who were willing to move to the new lands. Thousands of children and young adults from Lower Saxony headed west leaving their parents behind. What incident is she trying to explain?
Answer: Pied Piper of Hamelin, luring away the children of the town of Ham.