Keep Your Brain Sharp With This General Knowledge Quiz

Talin Vartanian

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About This Quiz

The human brain can deteriorate over time, so one way to keep your brain sharp is to exercise it with trivia. In fact, that's what this general knowledge quiz is all about! If you aced a wide variety of subjects in school, then you should have no problem scoring a 100% on this quiz!

Trivia questions don't just make you sound smart in front of all your friends, they also help to train various parts of your brain. For example, did you know that your memory actually improves over time when you remember random trivia facts? And since these types of random questions and facts utilize different parts of your brain, you'll become more intelligent with regard to both creativity and critical thinking. 

Answering trivia questions can also help to reduce your stress levels in a healthy way, as it can help to distract your mind from certain life obstacles. Overall, you'll become a more well-rounded person by answering our trivia questions and that's the ultimate purpose of this quiz! So if you think you know what the capital of North Carolina is or what all of the tertiary colors are, take our random trivia quiz now!


You're probably familiar with the four oceans of our planet, but which one is the largest?

The Pacific Ocean is a monster of an ocean, as it has a depth of 14,040 feet and an area of 62.46 million mi². It has also been responsible for past hurricanes like Hurricane Lane, Hurricane Hector and Hurricane Norman.

There are many beautiful waterfalls in the world, but which of these is the tallest?

If you want to be exact, Angel Falls is located on Auyán-tepui, a mountain in Parque Nacional Canaima in Bolívar, Venezuela. This waterfall also towers at 3,212 feet high with an elevation of 4,209 feet!

Wisconsin isn't just known for their cheese, because this state is also the home of which of these official state animals?

Ever heard of Wisconsin being called the "Badger State?" That's because its state animal, the badger, has been utilized within the state's flag and coat of arms, among several other official aspects of the state.

One of these flowers is the national flower of Russia, but can you identify which one it is?

Next time you drink a cup of Chamomile tea, know that you're consuming the national flower of Russia. Known as Matricaria chamomilla, this flower can be found in almost all areas of Russia.

There are plenty of large and small countries in this world, but which of these countries is the largest?

Tell those other countries to move aside, because Russia has an area of about 6.3 million square miles. It also takes up about 11% of the Earth's landmass and is popular for cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

We have USD in the United States, but which of these currencies matches to Sweden?

If you're ever visiting Sweden, be sure to bring some Krona with you. One USD is equivalent to about 9.56 Krona, which has the ISO code of "SEK." There are also four types of coins in this currency: 1, 2, 5 and 10 kr.

You've likely seen at least one of the Lord of the Rings movies, but do you know who directed this trilogy?

Peter Jackson directed all three of the Lord of the Rings movies, as well as all of the Hobbit movies (which are prequels to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy). He's also known for directing The Lovely Bones and King Kong (2005).

The following famous movie line, "Here's looking at you, kid" is from which of these classic films?

Casablanca is known for many famous movie lines, such as "Round up the usual suspects" and "Go ahead and shoot. You’ll be doing me a favor." This classic film also stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Three of these flowers are poisonous and one is 100% edible. Do you know which one it is?

Next time you make a salad, add some clover to the mix for some tasty flavors. Most clovers have three leaves, but there are rare four-leaf clovers as well, which are also a sign of good luck!

Bobby Fischer was a grandmaster of which of these popular board games?

There were many highly skilled chess champions, but no one really came close to Bobby Fischer. He was a grandmaster of Chess and won many US championships and Olympiads. He died in 2008 in Iceland.

Which of the following colors is not considered to be a secondary color?

Yellow is actually one of the primary colors, which also consist of red and blue. When you mix two of these primary colors together, you get one of the secondary colors. For example, blue and yellow make green.

Let's test your culinary skills! Which of the following sauces is not considered to be a type of mother sauce?

If you've ever eaten pasta with meat sauce, then you've consumed a type of bolognese sauce. However, this is not one of the five mother sauces. The other two would be hollandaise sauce and velouté sauce.

The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings of all time, but do you know who painted this masterpiece?

Leonardo da Vinci was known as a polymath who excelled in many types of subjects. One of these was painting, where he garnered fame with masterpieces like Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and Salvator Mundi.

Let's go back to the past with some war facts! How long did the Cold War last?

The Cold War was fought between the United States and the Soviet Union (now known as Russia), lasting about 45 years. Specifically, this war was also fought between 1947 (right after World War II ended) and 1991.

Which of the following gemstones is associated with the color green?

Each Zodiac sign correlates to a type of birthstone color, and Leo just so happens to be linked to the peridot gemstone. Specifically, this gemstone is associated with an olive-green color, with mining locations in Nevada, New Mexico and Brazil.

If you travel to ___________, you'll find the famous Forbidden City, which officially opened in 1420.

You'll find the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, which is a palace that contains thousands of rooms. One of its largest halls is the Hall of Supreme Harmony, where elaborate ceremonies were held.

The lowest point in the United States can be found in which of the following states?

Head on over to Death Valley National Park in California where you'll find the lowest point in the US: Badwater Basin. It's currently about 282 feet below sea level and primarily consists of salt flats.

One of these groups of colors can be found on the official flag of France, but can you tell which ones they are?

The official flag of France contains blue, white and red colors and was designed by Jacques-Louis David and Lafayette. There are also several variations of this flag, mainly with regards to different shades of the blue and red colors.

If you're a fan of exotic foods, then you'll love balut, which can be found in the Philippines. But, what exactly is balut?

Balut is a delicacy in the Philippines, which contains a bird embryo inside of its shell. This is also known as a fertilized duck egg and is best eaten by simply taking a fork and eating the embryo from the shell itself.

It's time for some number conversion fun! How many ounces are in one pound?

There are 16 ounces in one pound. And if you want to talk heavy numbers, there are also 128 (fluid) ounces in one gallon, 224 ounces in one "stone," 32,000 ounces in one ton and 35,840 ounces in one imperial ton.

Iron is one of the elements of the periodic table, but do you know what its symbol is?

Believe it or not, Iron is actually abbreviated as Fe. This element also has an atomic number of 26 and a density of 7.874 grams. Human blood is also red because of the reaction between iron and oxygen.

"Hey Jude" is a popular song that was performed by which of these famous bands?

If you're a fan of The Beatles, then you've likely heard the song "Hey Jude." Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this song, with McCartney as the lead vocals. The final act of this song is sung by all four of the band members.

There are many Zelda games that are quite popular in the video game world. What was the first Zelda game that was ever released?

The Legend of Zelda was the first Zelda game that was released and incorporates both action and adventure themes. The game stars Link, many types of puzzles and the large kingdom known as Hyrule.

You're probably familiar with Atari, Inc., but do you know what their first video game was?

In 1972, Atari released its first video game ever: Pong. The game was designed by Allan Alcorn and features a table tennis-style gameplay between two players. The first one to reach 11 points is the winner.

Greenland is known for its cold winters and glaciers, but can you identify its capital?

Nuuk is the capital of Greenland and resides on the southwestern border of this country. You can also find several landmarks here, including the University of Greenland, the Nuuk Cathedral and the Qornok.

"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" explores various types of scary sea monsters! Can you guess who wrote this classic novel?

Jules Verne is the author of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," a novel that was published in 1870. The plethora of adventure and science fiction themes has also served as a foundation for the 1954 film of the same name.

Formerly known as "disme," the US dime contains how many ridges on its outer border?

There are exactly 118 ridges on the outer border of the US dime. This small coin also has a famous face on it: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served our country as the 32nd president.

The nickel is used on a daily basis in the United States, but whose face is on this coin?

You'll find Thomas Jefferson's face on the nickel (as well as the $2 bill), with the coin's production starting in 1938. This 5 cent coin is also made up of 75% copper and 25% nickel (it also used to be made up of silver and manganese).

Hermione Granger is one of the main characters in the Harry Potter series. What is her middle name?

Her full name would be Hermione Jean Granger and she's considered to be one of the most intelligent students at Hogwarts. She also belongs to the Gryffindor House and has a Patronus of an otter.

Texas may be known for its BBQ, but it's also known for which of the following state birds?

The state bird of Texas is the Northern Mockingbird, which has the scientific name of "Mimus polyglottos." This type of bird also loves to sing and can be found all over Texas, no matter what the season is.

This state is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," even though it contains much more than that! Can you name it?

You'll find plenty of activities in Minnesota, as well as a plethora of lakes! Some of the more popular ones include Mille Lacs Lake, Lake Vermilion and Leech Lake. Fun fact: the Mississippi River also starts in Lake Itasca, Minnesota.

Europa is the name of a moon that orbits which of these planets in our solar system?

Jupiter has many different moons that orbit it, and one of them is called Europa. Other well-known moons are Callisto, Ganymede and Io. In fact, all four of these moons were discovered by Galileo Galilei.

Yosemite National Park is known for El Capitan, Half Dome and beautiful scenery. Where is this park located?

Located in northern California, Yosemite National Park is home to plenty of mountains, including Mount Lyell, Mount Dana and Mount Gibbs. You can also view a rare "firefall" sighting here, but it depends on what time of year you visit.

Like humans, animals also need water to survive, but which of these animals uses their skin to absorb water?

Frogs don't drink water like humans do, as they utilize their skin to absorb all types of liquids. Specifically, the area that acts as a sponge for frogs is known as the "drinking patch."

Autophobia is a type of extreme phobia that is associated with which of the following fears?

The fear of being abandoned is also known as "autophobia." It specifically relates to close friends and/or family members that might potentially leave/abandon a person, which may have likely happened to them in the past.

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