General Knowledge Questions (420)

  1. The famous high Alpine mountain The Matterhorn (or Monte Cervino) is on the border of which two of these: France; Italy; Switzerland; or Holland?
  2. Ancient Greek for "a square tablet strewn with dust" is probably the origin of the word: Calculator; Abacus; Slide-rule; or Protractor?
  3. What word for a pouch prefixes the following: Battleship, Book, Knife, Money?
  4. The two Mediterranean islands of France and Italy separated by the 11km Strait of Bonifacio are: Corsica; Sicily; Sardinia; or Cyprus?
  5. Match these metals to their chemical symbols: Gold, Silver, Mercury, Lead - Hg, Au, Pb, Ag?
  6. Australian 1930s slang based on French for 'white' is considered the origin of what informal term for cheap wine?
  7. Jovian and Jovial refer to and derive from which Greek god and planet in our solar system?
  8. Which one of these has not been subject to controversial EU regulation: Fishing quotas; Vacuum cleaner power; Size of army; or Banana shape?
  9. Paleontology (or palaeontology), the study of earliest life up to c.11,700 years ago, essentially combines which two of: Biology; Astrology; Geology; or Psychology?
  10. David Hockney is a famous English: Poet; Artist; Playwright; or Chef?
  11. The Kindle electronic book product is designed/launched (2007)/owned by: Microsoft; Amazon; Google; or Apple?
  12. Which one of these is a real phone payments app, launched 2015: Microsoft Sents; Google Tip; Apple Pay; or Ebay Dosh?
  13. "When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" opens Shakespeare's: Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth; Hamlet; or A Midsummer Night's Dream?
  14. Shakespeare's famous opening line: "When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" refers to three: Kings; Children; Witches; or Fairies?
  15. In a classic 'colour wheel' (based on primary colours and blends), orange is opposite: Blue; Green; Brown; or Purple?
  16. Yellow fever, resurging in parts of the world in the 2010s, is spread by: Rats; Mosquitoes; Sneezing; or Chickens?
  17. What exercise device takes its name from Italian for 'stilts' and uses potential energy of springs?
  18. An attempt to stop (What?) in June 2016 became the most signed petition (4m+) on the UK government website: Trident nuclear deterrent; Donald Trump's UK visit; Brexit (Britain leaving the EU); or A new Harry Potter film?
  19. The cube root of an eighth (1/8) is a: Half; Quarter; One; or Sixty-fourth?
  20. What highly popular Chinese duality concept, represented by the Taijitu black and white round symbol, is based on complex complementary ideas including female/hidden/moon, contrasted with male/open/sun?

General Knowledge Answers (420)


  1. The famous high Alpine mountain The Matterhorn (or Monte Cervino) is on the border of which two of these: France; Italy; Switzerland; or Holland? Italy and Switzerland
  2. Ancient Greek for "a square tablet strewn with dust" is probably the origin of the word: Calculator; Abacus; Slide-rule; or Protractor? Abacus
  3. What word for a pouch prefixes the following: Battleship, Book, Knife, Money? Pocket
  4. The two Mediterranean islands of France and Italy separated by the 11km Strait of Bonifacio are: Corsica; Sicily; Sardinia; or Cyprus? Corsica and Sardinia
  5. Match these metals to their chemical symbols: Gold, Silver, Mercury, Lead - Hg, Au, Pb, Ag? Gold = Au, Silver = Ag, Mercury = Hg, Lead = Pb
  6. Australian 1930s slang based on French for 'white' is considered the origin of what informal term for cheap wine? Plonk
  7. Jovian and Jovial refer to and derive from which Greek god and planet in our solar system? Jupiter
  8. Which one of these has not been subject to controversial EU regulation: Fishing quotas; Vacuum cleaner power; Size of army; or Banana shape? Size of army
  9. Paleontology (or palaeontology), the study of earliest life up to c.11,700 years ago, essentially combines which two of: Biology; Astrology; Geology; or Psychology? Biology and Geology (life and fossils basically, and excluding human life, which is dealt with in Archaeology)
  10. David Hockney is a famous English: Poet; Artist; Playwright; or Chef? Artist
  11. The Kindle electronic book product is designed/launched (2007)/owned by: Microsoft; Amazon; Google; or Apple? Amazon
  12. Which one of these is a real phone payments app, launched 2015: Microsoft Sents; Google Tip; Apple Pay; or Ebay Dosh? Apple Pay
  13. "When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" opens Shakespeare's: Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth; Hamlet; or A Midsummer Night's Dream? Macbeth
  14. Shakespeare's famous opening line: "When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" refers to three: Kings; Children; Witches; or Fairies? Witches (in Macbeth)
  15. In a classic 'colour wheel' (based on primary colours and blends), orange is opposite: Blue; Green; Brown; or Purple? Blue (interestingly the colour wheel was originated by Isaac Newton in 1666)
  16. Yellow fever, resurging in parts of the world in the 2010s, is spread by: Rats; Mosquitoes; Sneezing; or Chickens? Mosquitoes
  17. What exercise device takes its name from Italian for 'stilts' and uses potential energy of springs? Trampoline (or a smaller gymnastics version called a trampette - from 'trampoli', stilts, referring to the frame legs)
  18. An attempt to stop (What?) in June 2016 became the most signed petition (4m+) on the UK government website: Trident nuclear deterrent; Donald Trump's UK visit; Brexit (Britain leaving the EU); or A new Harry Potter film? Brexit (Britain leaving the EU) (ie, a demand for a repeated or 2nd EU referendum)
  19. The cube root of an eighth (1/8) is a: Half; Quarter; One; or Sixty-fourth? Half (1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 = 1/8)
  20. What highly popular Chinese duality concept, represented by the Taijitu black and white round symbol, is based on complex complementary ideas including female/hidden/moon, contrasted with male/open/sun? Yin and Yang

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