Big Quiz of the Year: 2018 - Questions and Answers

The end of the year - and the beginning of 2019 - is upon us! 

This quiz will take us back through the highs and lows of 2018 with a little trivia, to see what you remember. 

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Big Quiz of the Year: 2018 - Questions

1. Former Russian operative Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in which English city?

2. Which famous physicist, the focus of The Theory of Everything passed away in Cambridge in March 2018?

3. Which film about a giant, extinct shark species debuted at cinemas around the world in August?

4. In May, which member of the Royal family married American actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony at Windsor Castle?

5. France won the World Cup, but which English player received the Golden Boot for his 6 tournament goals?

6. Greece and the Republic of Macedonia agreed on a deal to add which word to the latter's name?

7. One Kiss by Calvin Harris and which female singer ended the year as one of its highest-selling singles?

8. In December, Mary Poppins returned to the silver screen portrayed by which English actress?

9. Which German tennis player defeated Serena Williams to become the 2018 Wimbledon women's champion?

10. Which man won Best Actor at the 2018 Oscar's ceremony for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour?

11. The 2018 Winter Olympics took place in Pyeongchang in which East Asian country?

12. In October, which G20 nation became the second in the world to nationally legalise marijuana for recreational use?

13. Which American rapper went double platinum with his April album Beerbongs & Bentleys?

14. Which social networking site was caught up in a scandal after it was revealed to have been secretly sharing personal information with political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica?

15. In May, President Trump announced the United States would be unilaterally withdrawing from its nuclear agreement with which Middle Eastern nation? 

16. In March, which major fast-food restaurant was forced to close many UK branches due to a shortage of chicken?

17. Which athlete - the first in history to record a sub-4 minute mile - died in March 2018?

18. At a referendum in May, Ireland voted to repeal a ban on which medical practice?

19. Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan sign an agreement on territorial claims to which inland sea, the world's largest?

20. In November, New Caledonia voted to remain an overseas territory of which European nation?

21. Borobi the Koala was the mascot for which sports and athletics games, held in Australia's Gold Coast?

22. In January, the inhabitants of which US state received a false warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack?

23. Which British Formula 1 driver for Mercedes won his 5th World Championship?

24. In February, controversial leader Jacob Zuma resigned as president of which country after 9 years in power?

25. Which Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder was the recipient of the 2018 Ballon d'Or?

26. Black Panther was the first film to be shown in which country, who re-opened cinemas for the first time since 1983?

27. November 11th 2018 saw the 100th anniversary of the armistice in which major worldwide conflict?

28. Which team beat the New England Patriots 41-33 to win the Superbowl LII?

29. Which former US President (the 41st, from 1989-1993) died at the age of 94?

30. In August, a road bridge collapsed in which Italian city, killing 44 people?

31. In September 2018, the Supreme Court of which major South Asian country decriminalised homosexuality?

32. Debuting in April, Infinity War was the third instalment in which series of Marvel superhero movies?

33. In November, NASA's InSight probe successfully landed on the surface of which celestial body?

34. What name was given to the third son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, born in April of this year?

35. The Giles Jaune movement led to widespread civil unrest, predominantly in which European nation?

36. In June, Donald Trump became the first US President to meet the leader of which reclusive and aggressive Asian nation?

37. In August, which company became the first to achieve a market value of over $1 trillion?

38. Which (not strictly European) country won the 2018 Eurovision song contest in Lisbon?

39. Which country this year officially changed its name to eSwatini?

40. Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul; but for which American newspaper did he write?

41. Which Canadian rapper spent 8 weeks at the top of the UK singles chart for his song God's Plan?

42. Solo was a spin-off from which popular long-running sci-fi movie series?

43. Earlier this year, 12 youth football players and their coach had to be rescued from a cave after heavy rainfall in which south-east Asian country?

44. Which rugby nation ended the year as the 2nd highest ranked team, after a Six Nations Grandslam and a home victory over World Champions New Zealand?

45. In April, which animated TV series passed Gunsmoke's 635 episodes to have the highest episode-count of any in history?

46. On December 18th, which man was sacked as Manchester United manager, once again in his 3rd season at a club?

47. Which Youtuber is currently the most-subscribed-to on the site, after a long battle with Indian media company T-Series?

48. Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record over which running distance?

49. Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness were announced as new presenters of which popular motoring show?

50. In May, which singer's music was removed from Spotify after sexual abuse allegations?

Big Quiz of the Year: 2018 - Answers

1. Former Russian operative Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in which English city? Salisbury

2. Which famous physicist, the focus of The Theory of Everything passed away in Cambridge in March 2018? Stephen Hawking

3. Which film about a giant, extinct shark species debuted at cinemas around the world in August? The Meg

4. In May, which member of the Royal family married American actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony at Windsor Castle? Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

5. France won the World Cup, but which English player received the Golden Boot for his 6 tournament goals? Harry Kane

6. Greece and the Republic of Macedonia agreed on a deal to add which word to the latter's name? Northern

7. One Kiss by Calvin Harris and which female singer ended the year as one of its highest-selling singles? Dua Lipa

8. In December, Mary Poppins returned to the silver screen portrayed by which English actress? Emily Blunt

9. Which German tennis player defeated Serena Williams to become the 2018 Wimbledon women's champion? Angelique Kerber

10. Which man won Best Actor at the 2018 Oscar's ceremony for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour? Gary Oldman

11. The 2018 Winter Olympics took place in Pyeongchang in which East Asian country? South Korea

12. In October, which G20 nation became the second in the world to nationally legalise marijuana for recreational use? Canada

13. Which American rapper went double platinum with his April album Beerbongs & Bentleys? Post Malone

14. Which social networking site was caught up in a scandal after it was revealed to have been secretly sharing personal information with political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica? Facebook

15. In May, President Trump announced the United States would be unilaterally withdrawing from its nuclear agreement with which Middle Eastern nation? Iran

16. In March, which major fast-food restaurant was forced to close many UK branches due to a shortage of chicken? KFC

17. Which athlete - the first in history to record a sub-4 minute mile - died in March 2018? Roger Bannister

18. At a referendum in May, Ireland voted to repeal a ban on which medical practice? Abortion

19. Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan sign an agreement on territorial claims to which inland sea, the world's largest? Caspian

20. In November, New Caledonia voted to remain an overseas territory of which European nation? France

21. Borobi the Koala was the mascot for which sports and athletics games, held in Australia's Gold Coast? Commonwealth Games

22. In January, the inhabitants of which US state received a false warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack? Hawaii

23. Which British Formula 1 driver for Mercedes won his 5th World Championship? Lewis Hamilton

24. In February, controversial leader Jacob Zuma resigned as president of which country after 9 years in power? South Africa

25. Which Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder was the recipient of the 2018 Ballon d'Or? Luka Modric

26. Black Panther (the highest grossing worldwide in 2018) was the first film to be shown in which country, who re-opened cinemas for the first time since 1983? Saudi Arabia

27. November 11th 2018 saw the 100th anniversary of the armistice in which major worldwide conflict? World War I

28. Which team beat the New England Patriots 41-33 to win the Superbowl LII? Philadelphia Eagles

29. Which former US President (the 41st, from 1989-1993) died at the age of 94? George HW Bush

30. In August, a road bridge collapsed in which Italian city, killing 44 people? Genoa

31. In September 2018, the Supreme Court of which major South Asian country decriminalised homosexuality? India

32. Debuting in April, Infinity War was the third instalment in which series of Marvel superhero movies? Avengers

33. In November, NASA's InSight probe successfully landed on the surface of which celestial body? Mars

34. What name was given to the third son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, born in April of this year? Prince Louis

35. The Giles Jaune movement led to widespread civil unrest, predominantly in which European nation? France

36. In June, Donald Trump became the first US President to meet the leader of which reclusive and aggressive Asian nation? North Korea

37. In August, which company became the first to achieve a market value of over $1 trillion? Apple

38. Which (not strictly European) country won the 2018 Eurovision song contest in Lisbon? Israel

39. Which country this year officially changed its name to eSwatini? Swaziland

40. Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul; but for which American newspaper did he write? The Washington Post

41. Which Canadian rapper spent 8 weeks at the top of the UK singles chart for his song God's Plan? Drake

42. Solo was a spin-off from which popular long-running sci-fi movie series? Star Wars

43. Earlier this year, 12 youth football players and their coach had to be rescued from a cave after heavy rainfall in which south-east Asian country? Thailand

44. Which rugby nation ended the year as the 2nd highest ranked team, after a Six Nations Grandslam and a home victory over World Champions New Zealand? Ireland

45. In April, which animated TV series passed Gunsmoke's 635 episodes to have the highest episode-count of any in history? The Simpsons

46. On December 18th, which man was sacked as Manchester United manager, once again in his 3rd season at a club? Jose Mourinho

47. Which Youtuber is currently the most-subscribed-to on the site, after a long battle with Indian media company T-Series? PewDiePie

48. Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record over which running distance? Marathon

49. Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness were announced as new presenters of which popular motoring show? Top Gear

50. In May, which singer's music was removed from Spotify after sexual abuse allegations? R. Kelly


Happy new year!


Last modified: Friday, 22 March 2019, 5:06 PM