General Knowledge Quiz #290 - Questions and Answers

The 290th free trivia quiz in our general knowledge series at BusinessBalls.com. Suitable for team building, pub quizzes or just general entertainment. Try General Knowledge Quiz #289 here.

General Knowledge Quiz #290 - Questions


1.     Natural sponges cannot be which one of: Seawater; Freshwater; Animal; or Vegetable?

2.     What word prefixes fold, punch, field, board, spread and stage?   

3.     In Arthurian legend Excalibur is a: Horse; King; Lake; or Sword?

4.     What Italian wine translates as 'grape of the wild vine'? Frascati; Pino Grigio; Chianti; or Lambrusco?

5.     What grows in the stages of egg, avelin, fry, parr, smolt, kelt: Chickens; Frogs; Salmon; or Snails? 

6.     Lava-formed hexagonal columns such as N.Ireland's Giant's Causeway, California's Devil's Postpile, and India's Kavadia Mountain are: Sandstone; Clay; Basalt; or Chalk?   

7.     Website sabotage (e.g., by query/registration overload or similar) abbreviated to DDOS means Distributed (What?) Of Service?

8.     Formula One's exclusive tyre/tire supplier from 2011 to 2018 is: Goodyear; Dunlop; Pirelli; or Michelin?

9.     A UK school ban of what fairy story was unsucessfully suggested in 2017, because it 'advocated kissing a girl without consent'?

10.  Invented in China c.500BC the oldest board game still played is: Chess; Draights; Go; or Monopoly? 

11.  Analysis of human skeletons from c.5,000BC found Neolithic women's (What?) were of 'superhuman' strength: Arms; Legs; Neck; or Teeth?

12.  Centrifugal and centripetal are opposite forces in circular motion relative to: Gravity; Centre; The Sun; or Water?

13.  Celestial (of sky, space) is from Latin 'caelum' meaning: Sun; God; Heaven; or Air?

14.  Name the BBCTV 1970s-founded information service, a phonetic portmanteau of 'seeing' and 'fascimile'?  

15.  The sousaphone is a marching-band version of the: Trombone; Saxophone; Tuba; or Xylophone?

16.  The chess notation O-O and O-O-O refer to different types of Check; Checkmate; Resignation; or Castling?

17.  Callisthenics refers to vigorous exercise using: Gym equipment; Balls; Water; or Body-weight?

18.  What is 149.6million km from Earth: The Sun; The Moon; Zero gravity; or The highest clouds?

19.  What border has seen the most failed fatal crossings in the 21st century to date: Red Sea; Mediterranean Sea; USA-Mexico; or Russia-China?

20.  Which three numbers have two possible formats in seven-segment digital displays (e.g., calculators, clocks)?

21.  Mythical Greek creatures centaur, pegasus, unicorn and hippocampus share what element: Eagle; Horse; Goat; or Rhinoceros?  

22.  A lodestone or loadstone is another word for a: Paperweight; Plumbline; Paving slab or Magnet?

23.  “A quantity representing the power to which a fixed number must be raised to produce a given number” is a: Tangent; Digit; Logarithm; or Fraction?

24.  The Goths (comprising Visigoths and Ostragoths) triumphed in: Harry Potter; Star Wars; Waterloo; or The Roman Empire?

25.  What is the major US agency missing from this list: Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), CSA (Canada), and CNSA (China)?

General Knowledge Quiz #290 - Answers 

1.     Natural sponges cannot be which one of: Seawater; Freshwater; Animal; or Vegetable? Vegetable

2.     What word prefixes fold, punch, field, board, spread and stage? Centre 

3.     In Arthurian legend Excalibur is a: Horse; King; Lake; or Sword? Sword

4.     What Italian wine translates as 'grape of the wild vine'? Frascati; Pino Grigio; Chianti; or Lambrusco? Lambrusco

5.     What grows in the stages of egg, avelin, fry, parr, smolt, kelt: Chickens; Frogs; Salmon; or Snails? Salmon

6.     Lava-formed hexagonal columns such as N.Ireland's Giant's Causeway, California's Devil's Postpile, and India's Kavadia Mountain are: Sandstone; Clay; Basalt; or Chalk? Basalt  

7.     Website sabotage (e.g., by query/registration overload or similar) abbreviated to DDOS means Distributed (What?) Of Service? Denial

8.     Formula One's exclusive tyre/tire supplier from 2011 to 2018 is: Goodyear; Dunlop; Pirelli; or Michelin? Pirelli

9.     A UK school ban of what fairy story was unsucessfully suggested in 2017, because it 'advocated kissing a girl without consent'? Sleeping Beauty

10.  Invented in China c.500BC the oldest board game still played is: Chess; Draights; Go; or Monopoly?  Go

11.  Analysis of human skeletons from c.5,000BC found Neolithic women's (What?) were of 'superhuman' strength: Arms; Legs; Neck; or Teeth? Arms (11-16% bigger than modern Olympic rowers, theorized due to grain-grinding and similar work)   

12.  Centrifugal and centripetal are opposite forces in circular motion relative to: Gravity; Centre; The Sun; or Water? Centre (fugal means fleeing; petal means seeking.. 'the centre') 

13.  Celestial (of sky, space) is from Latin 'caelum' meaning: Sun; God; Heaven; or Air? Heaven

14.  Name the BBCTV 1970s-founded information service, a phonetic portmanteau of 'seeing' and 'fascimile'? Ceefax

15.  The sousaphone is a marching-band version of the: Trombone; Saxophone; Tuba; or Xylophone? Tuba

16.  The chess notation O-O and O-O-O refer to different types of Check; Checkmate; Resignation; or Castling? Castling (kingside and queenside)

17.  Callisthenics refers to vigorous exercise using: Gym equipment; Balls; Water; or Body-weight? Body-weight (e.g., push-ups)

18.  What is 149.6million km from Earth: The Sun; The Moon; Zero gravity; or The highest clouds? The Sun

19.  What border has seen the most failed fatal crossings in the 21st century to date: Red Sea; Mediterranean Sea; USA-Mexico; or Russia-China? Mediterranean Sea (Africa to Europe, 33,000 deaths 2000-17)

20.  Which three numbers have two possible formats in seven-segment digital displays (e.g., calculators, clocks)? 6, 7, 9 

21.  Mythical Greek creatures centaur, pegasus, unicorn and hippocampus share what element: Eagle; Horse; Goat; or Rhinoceros? Horse

22.  A lodestone or loadstone is another word for a: Paperweight; Plumbline; Paving slab or Magnet? Magnet

23.  “A quantity representing the power to which a fixed number must be raised to produce a given number” is a: Tangent; Digit; Logarithm; or Fraction? Logarithm

24.  The Goths (comprising Visigoths and Ostragoths) triumphed in: Harry Potter; Star Wars; Waterloo; or The Roman Empire? The Roman Empire (substantially from Sweden having migrated to Poland, defeating the Western Roman Empire, c.500AD, at the start of the medieval European period)

25.What is the major US agency missing from this list: Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), CSA (Canada), and CNSA (China)? NASA (USA)



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