Can You Get Every Question Right on This Easy-Peasy General Knowledge Quiz?

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Jonnathan Chadwick

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About This Quiz

If you're like everybody else, your days are likely full of difficult decisions - what to wear, what to eat, where to go, when to sleep - so answering a bunch of questions about rocket science at lunch might not be ideal. That's why this quiz exists. It's like a cup of coffee. It's a little jolt of energy to remind you how much random knowledge you've stored over the years. Every question is just an affirmation reinforcing that you are a master of general knowledge. Doing one of these a day will work wonders for your psyche and self-esteem. All you have to do is get the answers right.

So what do you know about general knowledge? Can you remember when the Declaration of Independence was adopted and what the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says? Do you know the population of the world or where the pope lives? How's your basic Spanish and Italian? You probably know more than you think you know, and you've surely learned the answers to all of these questions at some point in your life. Whether you remember them or not is a different story, but it's time to check. If you like easy quizzes, this one's for you. Do you think you can get every question right on this easy-peasy general knowledge quiz?

What does 2 X 2 = ?

Two multiplied by two equals four, and two is one of the most important numbers in the world. It determines whether a number is even or odd, and it can halve or double any number. It symbolizes partnership, opposition, balance and conflict all in one.

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What rock band included John Lennon and Paul McCartney?

The Beatles took the world by storm in the 1960s and were also known as the Fab Four. The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. By 1970, the group had dismantled and in 1980 Lennon was killed by a crazed fan.

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Billions of people around the world use Facebook or one of its services. Who is the founder of Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his Harvard dorm room in 2004. Today it is considered one of the big four tech companies along with Google, Apple and Amazon. The network has billions of users worldwide and is one of the most popular destinations on the web.

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How do you say "hello" in Italian?

Ciao can be used to say both hello or goodbye in Italian, making it similar to other greetings around the world, and it's well known all over. Dozens of languages use variants of the word like "chao," "chaw," "ciau," "tsao" or "tchau" to say hello or goodbye.

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The United States of America is almost 250 years old. Who is America named after?

It is unknown who exactly named America America, but common theory says it was named after explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who arrived at the Americas after Christopher Columbus and Leif Erikson, but was credited with the discovery. The first maps labeled the New World as America and the name stuck.

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How many quarters are in one dollar?

A quarter dollar is worth 25 cents and four of them equals one dollar. The coin was first minted in 1796 and the George Washington quarter has been the regular issue quarter since 1934. Earlier designs were made of silver but today's coin is 75% copper and 25% nickel.

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The pope is one of the most powerful people in the world. Where does he live?

The pope is the leader of the Catholic Church and the head of Vatican City, which is the city-state where he resides. His official residence is the Sistine Chapel, and although Vatican City has close to 1,000 residents, it doesn't have a commercial housing market.

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What movie franchise initially follows the story of Luke Skywalker as he tries to save the universe?

The Star Wars films make up one of the largest movie franchises in the history of cinema, and creator George Lucas originally thought it would flop. He was so worried that instead of going to the premiere he went on vacation with Steven Spielberg and began brainstorming a new film franchise, Indiana Jones.

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There are more than 2.5 billion smartphone users in the world. What company creates the iPhone?

The Apple iPhone was released in 2007 and it revolutionized the smartphone universe. More than 1,000 Apple employees began working on the first iPhone—code named Project Purple—in 2004, and in 2007 it debuted at $499 and sold out nationwide.

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Humans are made of about 200 bones and more than 600 muscles. How many chromosomes are in the human body?

Chromosomes are responsible for carrying gene instructions, and the human body has 23 pairs to equal a total of 46 individual chromosomes. The 23rd pair of chromosomes is the only one that differs between males and females and is responsible for the reproductive organs.

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There are hundreds of millions of Spanish speakers in the world. How do you say "three" in Spanish?

The Spanish word for three is tres and it is similar in several European countries. The Italian word is "tre," the German word is "drei," French is "trois" and Slovenian is tri. The word tres means many different things in different languages, but the numerical word stemmed from the Latin "tres" or "tris" which stood for the number three.

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If you get 10% off a $50 item, how much does it cost?

Ten percent of $50 is five bucks, and if you get five bucks off from $50, it equals $45. You can find 10% of any number by adding a decimal point to the end of the number (i.e. $50 = 50.) and then moving the decimal one spot to the left (5.0).

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The first American colony was Jamestown in 1607. Who was the first president of the United States?

George Washington served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. He was sworn in at Federal Hall in New York City and never lived in the Washington, D.C. White House, as it didn't open until 1800.

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What HBO show follows the stories of several families vying to rule the Iron Throne in the fictional kingdom of Westeros?

Game of Thrones debuted on HBO in 2011 and was one of television's most popular shows for close to a decade. It was based on the fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin and its last show aired in 2019.

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The Internet is at the center of the digital revolution. What is the most popular search engine in the world?

Google controls close to 70% of search-engine activity worldwide and according to Global Rank by Alexa, it is the No.1 website in the world. The Chinese search engine Baidu controls close to 20% of all search traffic and ranks as the No. 4 website in the world.

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What is the population of the world in 2019?

There are a bit more than 7.5 billion people on Earth, and the global population has a net gain of one person every 17 seconds. The most populous countries in the world are China and India, with each counting more than 1.3 billion citizens.

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If one person splits $100 with you so you both have an equal amount, how much money do you have?

If you divide 100 by two, it equals 50. The number 100 is evenly divisible by 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and it's a pretty important number. It is the foundation for percentages, currency, temperature and more.

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When was the Declaration of Independence ratified by the Thirteen Colonies?

The reason why July Fourth is a holiday is because it is the day the Thirteen Colonies of the United States approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. The original copy is held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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What American singer and actor is known as the "King of Rock and Roll"?

Elvis Presley was born in Mississippi but famously lived in his Graceland estate located in Memphis. He has been known as the King of Rock and Roll for decades and is the best-selling solo artist of all time.

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What website began as an online book retailer in the 1990s and grew to become the largest e-commerce site in the world?

Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994 as an online book retailer and eventually expanded to sell a multitude of products. Today it is the biggest online retailer in the world and also owns bricks-and-mortar stores.

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What are people born between 1981 and 1996 known as?

The Millennial Generation consists of those born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s. Those born between the mid-'90s and late 2000s are part of Generation Z. People born between 2010 and 2025 are part of Generation Alpha.

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There are more than 2,000 Asian languages. Where is Thai the official language?

The official language of Thailand is Thai and the language isn't really spoken much outside the country except in some parts of Cambodia and Malaysia. Taiwanese Mandarin is the official language of Taiwan.

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How do you numerically write 1 billion?

A billion is a one followed by nine zeroes. It originally stemmed from the prefix "bi" added to "million" and was commonly abbreviated as bilione in Italy in the late 15th century. The Roman numeral for 1 billion is M.

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Who was the 16th president of the United States?

Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United States in 1861 and served until his assassination in 1865. He served in Congress for two years and ran for Senate in 1858 but lost to Stephen A. Douglas.

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Michael Jordan won six championships while in the NBA. What basketball team did he play for?

Michael Jordan was drafted third overall in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and played with the team until his second retirement in 1998. He returned to the NBA in 2001 and played with the Wizards until retiring for good in 2003.

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What movie follows the lives of passengers on a doomed 1912 luxury ship?

"Titanic" was written and directed by James Cameroon and was released in 1997 to much fanfare. The film won 11 Academy Awards and went on to earn more than $2 billion worldwide.

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North America is made up of 23 countries and countless natural treasures. Where is Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley is an area in California consisting of several cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The nickname came from the large number of silicon chip manufacturers in the area and today is home to tech giants like Netflix, Apple and Facebook.

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There are several different heads of state around the world. What were Ancient Egyptian rulers called?

Pharaohs ruled Ancient Egypt from about 3000 BC to about 30 BC, when the Roman Empire ultimately took over. Ramses II (aka Ramses the Great) is considered the most successful pharaoh and reigned for 66 years. He is said to have fathered more than 160 children.

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Which individual right does the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protect?

The First Amendment of the Constitution might be the most powerful law in the world, and it upholds the freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom to peacefully assemble, freedom to petition the government and lays the foundation for the separation between church and state.

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What weighs more: a pound of feathers or a pound of gold?

A pound of feathers and a pound of gold both weigh a pound. A pound of feathers will take up a lot more space than a pound of gold and a pound of gold will likely be worth a lot more than a pound of feathers.

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In what year did Neil Armstrong land on the moon and say, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"?

The first men to ever walk on the moon were part of the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong maintained until his death that he said "a man" not "man," and that listeners back on Earth didn't hear it correctly.

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Knowing Internet slang is a part of life in the 21st century. What does "lol" stand for?

The acronym "lol" might be the most popular example of Internet slang since the invention of the Internet. It has meant many different things over the decades, but is commonly understood to stand for "laugh out loud."

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Planets orbit stars and moons orbit planets. How many moons does Earth have?

Earth only has one moon, and it is said to have formed billions of years ago when the planet was getting bombarded with meteorites and asteroids. A chunk of Earth broke off and became the moon. Jupiter has the most moons of any planet, with 79.

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There are thousands of languages spoken on Earth, but what language has the most native speakers?

Mandarin Chinese has more than 900 million native speakers, making it the most spoken language on Earth even though it's only spoken in 13 countries. English is spoken in 137 countries but has less than 400 million native speakers.

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More than 70% of Earth is covered by water. How many countries are on Earth?

The United Nations recognizes 193 member countries and two observers for a total of 195 countries in the world. Africa has more than 50 countries and Asia has just less than 50. North America has 23 countries.

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