Do You Think You Can Pass This General Knowledge Quiz?

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You're an ace at all things trivia, but are you the cream of the crop? Are you a genie among geniuses? Do you REALLY know-it-all? We've put together the ultimate quiz to test your brains. Warning: It's not for the faint of heart.

Don't get us wrong! We don't doubt that you have what it takes to be an astrophysicist. But it takes more than a truly high IQ to pass this quiz! You've got to have a burning desire for knowledge. What kind of knowledge? ALL kinds of knowledge. So you're secretly an expert at archaeology. But can you also take the heat in the kitchen? And were you a dog breeder in a past life? If so, then maybe you stand a chance...

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1. Which fantasy author donated $160 million to charity, thereby giving up her billionaire status?

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  1. J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter"
  2. Charlotte Brontë, "Jane Eyre"
  3. Charles Darwin, "Origin of Species"
  4. Ursula K. LeGuin, "The Earthsea Cycle"
In 2011, J.K. Rowling donated 16 percent of her net-worth ($160 million) to charity. The proceeds from her 2016 edition of the book, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", all went to the charities.
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2. Ancient Egyptians famously built which landmark?

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  1. The Thinker
  2. The Sphinx
  3. Stonehenge
  4. The Statue of David
The Great Sphinx was probably built for the Egyptian Pharaoh, Khafre, who ruled between 2603-2578 BC. While the sphinx is not painted today, traces of pigment suggest that it once may have been.
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3. Where is your patella?

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  1. Your lungs
  2. Your stomach
  3. Your knee
  4. Your neck
You can find your patella in your knee. Did you know that babies don't actually have bones in their knees? These develop between two and six years of age.
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4. Which eye color is the least common?

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  1. Green
  2. Brown
8% to 10% of the world have blue eyes. 5% of the world have amber eyes. 5% of the world's population have hazel eyes. Only 2% of the world's population have green eyes!
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5. In the Book of Genesis, where did Eve pick the apple?

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  1. The Garden of Eve
  2. The Garden of Eden
  3. The Garden of Adam
  4. Heaven
In Genesis, God created the Garden of Eden as the home of Adam and Eve. They lived there -- without having to work for a living -- until they ate a forbidden apple from the Tree of Knowledge.
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6. Where is the southernmost point of the continental United States?

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  1. Arizona
  2. South Carolina
  3. Utah
  4. Florida
The southernmost point in the continental United States lies in Key West, Florida. The southernmost point in the United States is Ka Lae, Hawaii.
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7. Is it safer to travel by plane or by train?

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  1. By plane
  2. By train
It's true! It's safer to travel by plane! In 2018, there were 439 plane-related fatalities in the United States, compared to 769 railway-related fatalities.
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8. Vegans should NOT eat:

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  1. Cheese
  2. Avocados
  3. Strawberries
  4. Beer
Vegans, who do not eat anything produced by animals, should not eat cheese! Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that switching to a plant-based diet may prolong your life by up to four years!
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9. Name one gift that the Wise Men brought to Jesus.

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  1. The internet
  2. Gold
  3. Teddy bear
  4. Coal
The Wise Men brought baby Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Frankincense, or olibanum, is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree. Myrrh is a natural tree resin with medicinal properties.
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10. Which dog breed is the largest?

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  1. Greyhound
  2. Shih Tzu
  3. English Mastiff
  4. Golden Retriever
While the Great Dane is probably the largest dog breed in terms of height, the English Mastiff is one of the largest dog breeds in terms of weight. The largest English Mastiff ever to be recorded weighed 343 pounds.
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11. Botanically, what are tomatoes?

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  1. Flowers
  2. Trees
  3. Fruits
  4. Root vegetables
Why are tomatoes fruits? They are formed from flowers and have seeds that help the plant's reproduction process.
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12. Who wrote: "To be or not to be, that is the question"?

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  1. William Shakespeare
  2. Mark Twain
  3. Sylvia Plath
  4. George Orwell
Shakespeare! Did you know that Hamlet, the play that contains this famous line, has been translated into Klingon, the fictional Star Trek language?
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13. Which medicine was invented during World War II?

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  1. Chemotherapy
  2. Penicillin
  3. Nyquill
  4. Diazepam
Penicillin was discovered in 1928, but it wasn't until 1938 that work began in serious on the antibiotic. During World War II, thanks to penicillin, the death rate due to bacterial pneumonia was less than 1% -- compared to 18% during World War I!
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14. In the Bible, who parted the Red Sea?

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  1. Moses
  2. Eve
  3. Isaac
  4. Mary Magdalene
Moses may have parted the Red Sea. Then again, researchers at the University of Colorado have simulated how, under natural conditions, wind and wave combinations could have produced the dry land bridge described in Exodus.
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15. What is the longest-running cartoon in history?

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  1. The Jetsons
  2. Scooby Doo
  3. The Simpsons
  4. King of the Hill
The Simpsons, with 673 episodes, is the longest-running cartoon in history. What's behind the Simpsons? South Park, with 307 episodes.
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16. What percentage of a day does a cat spend grooming?

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  1. Up to 2%
  2. Up to 50%
  3. Up to 10%
  4. 100%
Cats spend anywhere from 15 to 50% of their day grooming. For cats, grooming is about more than just cleanliness. The distribution of saliva over fur keeps cats cooler during hots days!
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17. Who wrote the hit song, "Billie Jean"?

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  1. Frank Sinatra
  2. Jennifer Lopez
  3. Michael Jackson
  4. Lady Gaga
Michael Jackson is history's most-awarded artist! During his career, Jackson broke 23 Guinness World Records, was awarded 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys, and 26 American Music Awards!
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18. What Americans call "French fries", the British call:

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  1. American fries
  2. Chips
  3. Biscuits
  4. Canadian fries
So you think there's no difference between "french fries" and "chips"? You're wrong. French fries can come in many different forms -- waffle, crinkle cut, and curly, among them. Chips, on the other hand, are slightly thicker than traditional American fries and more closely resemble "home fries".
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19. How do you pronounce "colonel"?

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  1. Kallinal
  2. Koonel
  3. Klonrel
  4. Kernel
Why is "colonel" pronounced "kernel"? The word's pronunciation is a result of old Italian, French, and Spanish influences.
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20. As Forrest Gump says, "Stupid is as stupid _____."

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  1. Eats
  2. Does
  3. Says
  4. Sings
"Stupid is as stupid does." Tom Hanks, who played Forrest Gump, was not actually paid a salary for the part. Instead, he accepted a percentage of the profits.
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21. On which contintent is Bangkok?

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  1. Asia
  2. Europe
  3. Africa
  4. North America
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is in Asia. In Thai, the name of the city means "City of Angels". Its full Thai name is 169-characters long: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit.
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22. Freedom of speech is protected by which amendment?

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  1. 33rd
  2. 1st
  3. 5th
  4. 27th
The first amendment of the United States stipulates: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
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23. Which actor won his first Oscar for his role in "Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood"?

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  1. Morgan Freeman
  2. Harrison Ford
  3. Nicolas Cage
  4. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt! Brad Pitt has been in serious relationships with three Hollywood actresses. He was engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow, and married to both Jennifer Anniston and Angelina Jolie.
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24. In 1819, the composer Beethoven...

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  1. Married
  2. Was knighted
  3. Turned deaf
  4. Turned blind
Ludwig van Beethoven began turning deaf in 1800, but it wasn't until 1802 that he realized the condition was irreversible. By 1819, he had become totally deaf.
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25. Which country has 20% of the world's oil reserves?

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  1. Yemen
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Uruguay
  4. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia! The country's largest oil field has enough oil to fill 4,770,897 Olympic swimming pools.
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26. Which classic American novel did John Steinbeck write?

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  1. "The Grapes of Wrath"
  2. "The House on Mango Street"
  3. "The Scarlet Letter"
  4. "The Bell Jar"
Steinbeck wrote the classics "The Grapes of Wrath", "Of Mice and Men", and "East of Eden". The latter apparently cost the author over 300 pencils in graphite to write!
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27. Lima is the capital of...

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  1. Venezuela
  2. Iceland
  3. Peru
  4. Mongolia
Lima, the capital of Peru, is the second-largest city to have been built on top of a desert. What's the first? Cairo, Egypt.
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28. Who is on the US $5 bill?

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  1. Ernest Hemingway
  2. Michael Jordan
  3. Abraham Lincoln
  4. George Washington
Abraham Lincoln -- who only had about 18 months of formal schooling -- practiced law without a degree.
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29. Do you recognize this Superman?

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  1. Christopher Reeves
  2. Woody Allen
  3. George Lucas
  4. Marlon Brando
Christopher Reeves is the only actor to star as Superman in more than three movies! He's also the youngest actor to have played Superman.
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30. Who invented bifocals?

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  1. Socrates
  2. Henry Ford
  3. Benjamin Franklin
  4. Robin Williams
Benjamin Franklin became rich as a print shop owner, land speculator, and publisher of “Poor Richard’s Almanack”. He became so rich that he was able to retire at just 42 years of age and dedicate his time to inventing things like the lightning rod and bifocal glasses.
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31. What is the capital of Austria?

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  1. Prague
  2. Tirana
  3. Taipei
  4. Vienna
Vienna is the second-most livable city in the world, behind Melbourne, Australia, thanks to its safety, education, infrastructure, and healthcare.
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32. A leader in ancient Egypt was called a:

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  1. Ferow
  2. Phuru
  3. Farroh
  4. Pharaoh
Cleopatra was the last of roughly 170 Egyptian Pharaohs. She committed suicide in 30 BC.
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33. What is the biggest mammal in the world?

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  1. The lion
  2. The great white shark
  3. The blue whale
  4. The wild pig
The blue whale is the largest mammal in the world! It can eat almost 36,000 kg of krill a day.
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34. The abbreviation "i.e." stands for "in other words". What does "e.g." stand for?

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  1. For example
  2. End game
  3. And so on
  4. Extra grit
E.g. -- which means exempli gratia -- means “for example”.
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35. Who was the second president of the United States?

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  1. John F. Kennedy
  2. Arnold Schwarzeneger
  3. James Madison
  4. John Adams
Of the first five US presidents, John Adams was the only one NOT TO own any slaves. He was not, however, in favor of abolition.
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36. Which planet is closest to the sun?

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  1. Pluto
  2. Saturn
  3. Mercury
  4. Earth
Mercury -- the planet closest to the sun -- is also the smallest planet. It does not have any moons. Did you know that 1 year on Mercury lasts 88 Earth days?
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37. How do you know if an egg has gone bad?

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  1. It won't scramble
  2. It will float in water
  3. Eggs don't go bad
  4. Its yolk will turn green
To test if an egg has gone bad, fill a bowl with old water, and gently drop your egg into it. If it's bad, it will float to the surface.
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38. What does a rheumatologist study?

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  1. The brain
  2. Blood
  3. Musculoskeletal diseases
  4. Insects
Common musculoskeletal diseases studied by rheumatologists include osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain, tendinitis, and lupus.
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39. Who wrote the poem on the Statue of Liberty?

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  1. Marilyn Monroe
  2. Andy Warhol
  3. Alfred Hitchcock
  4. Ema Lazarus
Ema Lazarus, who became a friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote the poem on the Statue of Liberty. How does it start? "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore"...
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40. What is the boiling point of water?

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  1. 32 Fahrenheit
  2. 212 Fahrenheit
  3. 70 Fahrenheit
  4. 0 Fahrenheit
212 Fahrenheit, and 100 Celsius, is the boiling point of water. When water is boiled, its molecules move more quickly, forming gaseous molecules that become bubbles.
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41. Which animals hold hands when they sleep?

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  1. Sea otters
  2. Sea squirrels
  3. Cats
  4. Walruses
Sea otters -- especially mothers and their children -- hold hands while sleeping so as not to float away from each other.
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42. Which tennis player has 20 Grand Slam wins?

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  1. Serena Williams
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Magic Johnson
  4. Roger Federer
Roger Federer may be known as a tennis star now, but as a child, he played badminton, cricket, football, and basketball.
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43. Who was the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty?

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  1. Hera
  2. Aphrodite
  3. Poseidon
  4. Frigg
Aphrodite's legendary powers supposedly lie in her belt, which has magical abilities to compell love.
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44. What is the MEDIAN average of this series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7?

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  1. 7
  2. 2
  3. 4
  4. 4.5
To find the median of a set of numbers, simply find the number located halfway into a data set, when arranged from least to greatest.
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45. What kind of rock is formed by a volcanic eruption?

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  1. Igneous rock
  2. Sandstone
  3. Claystone
  4. Quartz
95% of the upper section of the Earth’s crust is igneous rock!
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46. Which Disney princess needed to be kissed or she would lose her voice forever?

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  1. Belle
  2. Pocahontas
  3. Ariel
  4. Mulan
Ariel -- the fourth Disney Princess -- was almost a blonde. She became a redhead in order to complement the green in her tail.
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47. What is the most venomous animal in the world?

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  1. The scorpion
  2. The wasp
  3. Mexican beaded lizard
  4. Box jellyfish
The box jellyfish is, quite possibly, the most venomous animal in the world. Found off the coast of Asia and Australia, the jellyfish is all the more dangerous because it is nearly invisible.
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48. The square root of 9 plus the square root of 25 is:

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  1. 0
  2. 25
  3. 10
  4. 8
8! The square root of 9 is 3. The square root of 25 is 5. To square a number, multiply it by itself. To calculate the square root of the number, find the original number that was squared.
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49. Pay for your dinner in Sweden with:

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  1. Crowns
  2. Sceptors
  3. Dollars
  4. Pesos
Sweden has been using Swedish Crowns (Swedish Krona) since 1873 when this currency replaced the Riksdaler. It did not change to the Euro when it joined the European Union.
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50. In 2012, the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, bought...

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  1. Nike
  2. AOL
  3. American Airlines
  4. Instagram
Facebook bought Instagram -- originally created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger -- in March 2012, for $1 billion dollars.
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