General Knowledge Questions (433)


  1. What maritime vessel prefixes these words to make five new words: Lime; Due; Merge; Mission; Stance?
  2. Roughly how many planet Earths would fit into the Sun? 100; 1,000; 10,000; or 1 million?
  3. The Levant, alluding to rising sun, is a historical European term for the lands of Eastern: Japan; Scandinavia; Mediterranean; or Canada?
  4. The wine grape Shiraz (Syrah) is widely said to originate from which nation's city of Shiraz: Spain; Iran; Russia; or China?
  5. Put the Ebay logo letters in correct order (EBAY): Green Blue Red Yellow?
  6. The lowest freshwater lake on Earth, called Tiberias/Kinneret/Gennesaret, fed by the River Jordan is more commonly known as the Sea of: Crete; Sardinia; Tranquility; or Galilee?
  7. The area of a right-angle isosceles triangle whose short sides are 3 metres each, is how many square metres: 3.3; 4.5; 6; or 7.5?
  8. A lichen is a composite organism arising from the mutual dependence/merging of (which two of): Coral; Algae; Fungus; Moss; or Weeds?
  9. Odin, from which the day Wednesday is named, is a prominent: French mountain; Cabbage variety; Norse/Germanic god; or Mediterranean eel?
  10. The 100-link 'Gunter's Chain', introduced 1620 by English mathematician Edmund Gunter, later replaced by the theodolite, is a distance of (What?) and device for measuring (What?) (two answers required): 50cms; 12 inches; 10 yards; 66 feet; (for measuring) Heads for hats; Football pitches; Potatoes; or Parcels of land?
  11. The Greek mythological lover of Aphrodite, and modern nickname for a beautiful man is: Zeus; Atlas; Hercules; or Adonis?
  12. The hormone epinephrine (adrenalin/adrenaline) is associated with what human reflex: Love-at-first-sight; Fight-or-Flight; Obsessive cleaning; or Gag?
  13. Hanukka is a November/December eight-day festival of: Catholicism; Judaism; Paganism; or Vegetarianism?
  14. Zeitgeist, from German words for time and ghost/spirit means: Surprise; Forgetting something; Daydream; or Popular mood?
  15. Zorbing is an activity requiring the participant to be inside a large: Maze; Bath; Ball; or Pantomime horse?
  16. "And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.." is the last verse from The Day is Done, a famous poem by (also the author of The Song of Hiawatha): Shakespeare; Longfellow; Chaucer; or Wordsworth?
  17. The Katana is a: Samurai sword; Koala bear; Chilean province; or Egyptian god of gravity?
  18. Popularized in 1940s Afro/Hispanic-American culture, a flamboyant wide-shouldered jacket with high-waisted tight-ankled trousers is called a (What?) suit: Shoot; Boot; Root; or Zoot?
  19. Appalachia is a region associated with mountainous countryside in Eastern: Russia; Chile; USA; or Ireland?
  20. Which genius/writer's '3rd law' states: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" : Charles Dickens; Arthur C Clarke; JK Rowling; or Enid Blyton?


General Knowledge Answers (433)

  1. What maritime vessel prefixes these words to make five new words: Lime; Due; Merge; Mission; Stance? Sub
  2. Roughly how many planet Earths would fit into the Sun? 100; 1,000; 10,000; or 1 million? 1 million (technically c.960,000 spherical earths, or 1.3m Earths by volume, squashed)
  3. The Levant, alluding to rising sun, is a historical European term for the lands of Eastern: Japan; Scandinavia; Mediterranean; or Canada? Mediterranean
  4. The wine grape Shiraz (Syrah) is widely said to originate from which nation's city of Shiraz: Spain; Iran; Russia; or China? Iran (the Iranian origin is a widely held opinion, not proven fact..)
  5. Put the Ebay logo letters in correct order (EBAY): Green Blue Red Yellow? Red Blue Yellow Green
  6. The lowest freshwater lake on Earth, called Tiberias/Kinneret/Gennesaret, fed by the River Jordan is more commonly known as the Sea of: Crete; Sardinia; Tranquility; or Galilee? Galilee
  7. The area of a right-angle isosceles triangle whose short sides are 3 metres each, is how many square metres: 3.3; 4.5; 6; or 7.5? 4.5 (a right-angle isosceles triangle is half of a square; a 3m x 3m square is 9sqm, so half of this is 4.5sqm)
  8. A lichen is a composite organism arising from the mutual dependence/merging of (which two of): Coral; Algae; Fungus; Moss; or Weeds? Algae and Fungus
  9. Odin, from which the day Wednesday is named, is a prominent: French mountain; Cabbage variety; Norse/Germanic god; or Mediterranean eel? Norse/Germanic god
  10. The 100-link 'Gunter's Chain', introduced 1620 by English mathematician Edmund Gunter, later replaced by the theodolite, is a distance of (What?) and device for measuring (What?) (two answers required): 50cms; 12 inches; 10 yards; 66 feet; (for measuring) Heads for hats; Football pitches; Potatoes; or Parcels of land? 66 feet for measuring Parcels of land (an acre measured 10 square chains - a chain is an old unit of distance measurement of 66ft, or 22yards, and also the length of a cricket pitch)
  11. The Greek mythological lover of Aphrodite, and modern nickname for a beautiful man is: Zeus; Atlas; Hercules; or Adonis? Adonis
  12. The hormone epinephrine (adrenalin/adrenaline) is associated with what human reflex: Love-at-first-sight; Fight-or-Flight; Obsessive cleaning; or Gag? Fight-or-Flight
  13. Hanukka is a November/December eight-day festival of: Catholicism; Judaism; Paganism; or Vegetarianism? Judaism
  14. Zeitgeist, from German words for time and ghost/spirit means: Surprise; Forgetting something; Daydream; or Popular mood? Popular mood (like the thinking/ideas/trend among a society, and typically not the result of a visible campaign or movement - rather a natural shared collective feeling - there is no direct English word equivalent)
  15. Zorbing is an activity requiring the participant to be inside a large: Maze; Bath; Ball; or Pantomime horse? Ball
  16. "And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.." is the last verse from The Day is Done, a famous poem by (also the author of The Song of Hiawatha): Shakespeare; Longfellow; Chaucer; or Wordsworth? Longfellow (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet and educator, 1807-82)
  17. The Katana is a: Samurai sword; Koala bear; Chilean province; or Egyptian god of gravity? Samurai sword
  18. Popularized in 1940s Afro/Hispanic-American culture, a flamboyant wide-shouldered jacket with high-waisted tight-ankled trousers is called a (What?) suit: Shoot; Boot; Root; or Zoot? Zoot
  19. Appalachia is a region associated with mountainous countryside in Eastern: Russia; Chile; USA; or Ireland? USA
  20. Which genius/writer's '3rd law' states: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" : Charles Dickens; Arthur C Clarke; JK Rowling; or Enid Blyton? Arthur C Clarke (his 1st and 2nd laws are genius too: 1. "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." 2. " The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.")


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