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The Hardest General Knowledge Quiz You'll Take Today

Ten topics, five questions each. You can use a pen and paper if you like.

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  1. 1. Which word completes this sentence?

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    "were"
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    "was"
  2. 2. Which word traditionally meant "to feel sick"?

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    "nauseated"
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    "nauseous"
  3. 3. What is a pronoun?

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    It's a word that fills in for a noun.
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    It's a word that goes before a noun.
  4. 4. What's the definition of the word "principal"?

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    The first or most important.
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    A value or rule governing behaviour.
  5. 5. Which is the independent clause of this sentence?

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    "Bob is good at maths"
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    "but Alice is better"
  6. 6. Which part of the sun is hotter?

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    Its atmosphere
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    The surface
  7. 7. Which part of your brain regulates the sleep-wake cycle?

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    Suprachiasmatic nucleus
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    Hippocampus
  8. 8. What is added to iron to make steel?

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    Aluminium
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    Carbon
  9. 9. What is the actual purpose of mitochondria?

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    Making ATP
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    Making RNA
  10. 10. When you leave wine exposed to the air, the ethanol in it reacts with oxygen to form what?

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    Ethanoic acid
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    Ethyl acetate
  11. 11. Which book is this quote from?

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  12. 12. Where is Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse set?

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    Anglesey
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    Isle of Skye
  13. 13. What is Ms Trunchbull's first name in Roald Dahl's Matilda?

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    Henrietta
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    Agatha
  14. 14. What year was the first volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy published?

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    1954
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    1967
  15. 15. What was Jane Austen's first published novel?

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    Sense and Sensibility
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    Mansfield Park
  16. 16. What's the name of a triangle with no sides of equal length?

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    Isosceles
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    Scalene
  17. 17. What is two-thirds of 108?

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    64
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    72
  18. 18. What is (2+y)³ written out in full?

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    8 + 12y + 6y² + y³
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    6 + 8y + 4y² + y³
  19. 19. What function does this plot represent?

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    cos(x)
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    sin(x)
  20. 20. What measure of average can have more than one value?

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    Mode
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    Median
  21. 21. What album does this cover detail come from?

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    Blur's Parklife
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    Suede's Coming Up
  22. 22. What name did the band Little Mix originally go by?

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    Lil Miss
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    Rhythmix
  23. 23. What year did Dizzee Rascal win the Mercury Music prize for Boy in da Corner?

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    2002
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    2003
  24. 24. What song was the UK's 2014 entry to the Eurovision song contest?

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    "Children of the Universe"
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    "Calm After the Storm"
  25. 25. Complete the Taylor Swift lyric:

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    "tragedy"
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    "disaster movie"
  26. 26. Which of these countries does NOT border Brazil?

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    Ecuador
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    Uruguay
  27. 27. What is the name of the tallest waterfall in the world?

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    Victoria Falls
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    Angel Falls
  28. 28. In what country would you find this mountain?

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    Ethiopia
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    Tanzania
  29. 29. What is the capital of Azerbaijan?

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    Baku
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    Yerevan
  30. 30. To the nearest thousand miles, what is the circumference of the Earth at the equator?

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    24,000
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    27,000
  31. 31. In which sport do players compete for this trophy?

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    Sailing
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    Tennis
  32. 32. In which city were the 1976 Olympic Games held?

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    Moscow
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    Montreal
  33. 33. Which player has scored more Premier League goals?

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    Frank Lampard
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    Thierry Henry
  34. 34. Which golfer has won the most majors?

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    Tiger Woods
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    Jack Nicklaus
  35. 35. Which of these is NOT an Olympic sport?

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    Squash
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    Badminton
  36. 36. How many colours are there in the South Korean flag?

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    3
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    4
  37. 37. Which of these is the flag of Ireland?

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  38. 38. Which country’s flag looks very similar to the flag of the USA, but with one large star, instead of 50 small ones?

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    Liberia
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    Algeria
  39. 39. How many legs does the emblem on the flag of the Isle of Man have?

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    3
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    4
  40. 40. What country's flag does this symbol appear in the middle of?

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    Ivory Coast
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    India
  41. 41. Who is older?

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    Sir Patrick Stewart
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    Dame Helen Mirren
    Dame Helen Mirren
  42. 42. What is the name of the lawyer who gets eaten while sat on the toilet in Jurassic Park?

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    Donald Genelli
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    Donald Gennaro
  43. 43. For which film did Russell Crowe win the Oscar for Best Actor?

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    Gladiator
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    A Beautiful Mind
  44. 44. Name this movie:

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    Dirty Dancing
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    Road House
  45. 45. Which Robin Williams film was released first?

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    Hook
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    Aladdin
  46. 46. Which British actor was recently discovered to be a descendant of Richard III, after the latter was discovered in a car park in Leicester?

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    Tom Hiddleston
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    Benedict Cumberbatch
  47. 47. Which US president was in office immediately before JFK?

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    Harry S. Truman
  48. 48. Which event happened first?

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    India gains independence from the UK
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    West Germany is founded
  49. 49. Which Vietnamese city was formerly known as Saigon?

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    Hanoi
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    Ho Chi Minh City
  50. 50. Which country was this man dictator of between 1973 and 1990?

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    Venezuela
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    Chile
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