Can You Pass This Tough General Knowledge Quiz?


By: Stella Alexander

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About This Quiz

Are you ready for the Ivy Leagues? Harvard is one of the best-known universities in the entire world! While everyone might want to wear a sweatshirt that says Harvard on it, most people who wear them might have never been a student there! Harvard University has a 5.4 percent acceptance rate, but we don't have enough time to check your transcripts! Take this general knowledge quiz and we'll tell you if you can fake your way into Harvard.

When it comes to applying to schools, admissions counselors look at a series of things, from your GPA to your SAT scores to your extracurricular activities. Since Harvard is one of the few Ivy League schools in the United States, you can expect them to set their bar high for their students. Often considered one of the top two schools in the country, could you fake your way into Harvard?

While Harvard students might be forced to know AP Calculus and Chemistry before they are accepted, general knowledge is probably ingrained in these students. Don't worry about calculus or chemistry because we're keeping the information basic for you! Can you handle a few general knowledge questions? Do you know the name of the table on which the scientific elements are organized? Who is the author of the Harry Potter series? Which U.S. president served the longest term? If you can answer these questions, you might be able to fake your way into Harvard!

Take this quiz and let's find out if you can add Harvard University Alum to your resume!

What is the world's longest river?

While it is often debated between the Nile and the Amazon, the Nile is often considered the longest river in the world. One of the only rivers that flow north, it is over 4,200 miles long.


Which of these countries is part of the U.K.?

The U.K. is made up of four-ish countries. You have England, Scotland, and Wales. There is also Northern Ireland.


Which of these countries shares a name with its capital?

There are a few countries around the world that share a name with their capital. Singapore's capital is Singapore. A few other countries are Vatican City, San Marino, and Morocco.


Which U.S. state has the highest population?

California is the state with the highest population in the United States. As of 2017, it has a population of more than 39 million people.


Who founded Apple Inc.?

Apple Inc. was founded in 1976 by three men, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. Steve Jobs is often the biggest name associated with the company because in addition to being a co-founder, he also acted as the company's chairman and CEO.


Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler are two characters from which popular classic film?

"Gone with the Wind" is the popular 1939 film based on the Margaret Mitchell novel of the same name. The film starred actors Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. When adjusted for inflation,"Gone with the Wind" is the best-selling film of all time.


What country sent the first man to the moon?

While Russia was the first country to send an object to the moon, the United States was the first country to have a man walk on the moon. During the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface. Astronaut Michael Collins, who was also part of the crew, stayed on board the space capsule, circling the moon.


Earth is what number planet from the sun?

To remember the order of the planets, all you have to do is remember the mnemonic device: My Very Energetic Mother Just Sent Us Notebooks, or any such sentence to help remember the order.


Which of the following is not a primary color?

When it comes to the color wheel, there are only three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Green, orange, and purple are secondary colors.


When it comes to blood type, what is the universal receiver?

When it comes to blood type, AB is known as the universal receiver. This means that people with an AB blood type can receive blood from people with A, B, or O blood types. O blood type is known as the universal donor meaning a person with an O blood type can donate to anyone else.


Which state is known as the "Empire State"?

New York is known as the "Empire State." The state got its nickname during the 1800s. One of its most famous buildings, the Empire State Building, can be found in New York City.


Poor Richard's Almanac was originally published by whom?

Every year, from 1732-1758, Benjamin Franklin would release "Poor Richard Almanac," a pamphlet that included weather predictions and various forms of entertainment.


Which "honest" president couldn't tell a lie?

The very first President of the United States was George Washington who is known for his quote, "I cannot tell a lie." As the story goes, Washington said this as a young boy when he attempted to cut down his father's cherry tree.


The Battle of the Alamo happened in which state?

The Battle of the Alamo happened during the Texas Revolution in 1836. In took place in modern-day San Antonio.


Ring ring! Who is credited with the invention of the telephone?

Alexander Graham Bell is credited with the invention of the telephone. His invention is dated to July 1874.


What is the capital of Turkey?

Since Istanbul is Turkey's largest city, many people automatically assume that it is also the country's capital. They'd be wrong! Turkey's capital is Ankara.


Who is the lead singer of English band, The Police?

Sting is the lead singer of the English rock band, The Police. The group formed in 1977. Sting began his solo career in 1985.


What is the world's largest animal?

The Blue Whale is the largest animal in the world. On average, it is 100 feet long and can weight around 200 tons, that's 400,000 pounds!


What is the most common eye color in the world?

Brown eyes are the most common in the world. Around 55 percent of the world's population has brown eyes.


What is the first state of the United States?

Delaware is known as the "First State" of the United States. This means that it was the very first state to ratify the Constitution, which happened in 1787.


What does the D in FDR stand for?

FDR, or Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was the 32nd President of the United States. He is also the president to have served the most terms. While he served three full terms, he died in the beginning of his fourth.


What country is responsible for car brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz?

Karl Benz was a German inventor who is credited with the creation of the first true vehicle. He would go on to help found what is today known as Mercedes-Benz. Two other German brands are Audi and BMW.


How many branches are part of the United States Armed Forces?

There are five branches of the United States Armed Forces. They are the: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.


Who is the author of the "Harry Potter" series?

J. K. Rowling is the popular author of the "Harry Potter" book series. The first novel was released in 1997 and was followed by six others.


What is the name of the popular performing arts school located in New York City?

Julliard might be one of the most famous performing arts schools in the world. Dozens of celebrities have attended the school, from Robin Williams and Kelsey Grammer to Miles Davis and Christopher Reeves.


What relation does Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, have to Queen Elizabeth II?

Don't let his title of "Prince" fool you! Prince Philip is Queen Elizabeth II's husband! He also comes from royal lineage. His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark.


How many cards are in a full deck?

There are 52 cards in a full deck. There are four suits, and within each suit there are 13 cards ranging from ace to king.


What animal group do dolphins fall under?

Dolphins are mammals for two particular reasons. They are warm-blooded and they also use lungs to breathe.


Who is the NHL's all-time leading scorer?

Wayne Gretzky is often considered the greatest player ever in the NHL. He holds many, many records, one of which is NHL's all-time leading scorer with 894 goals.


How many bones are in the human body?

The adult human body has 206 bones. As babies, we are born with more, but this is because many of them fuse together.


What is the best-selling fictinal book of all time?

"Don Quixote" is the best-selling individual book of all time with more than 500 million copies sold. It was written by Miguel de Cervantes and first published in 1605.


Which NBA team has won the most championships?

The Boston Celtics are the most decorated team in the NBA. They have 17 championships, 11 of which were won in a 13-year period.


What is the human body's largest organ?

While many people don't think it's an organ, the skin is the largest organ of the human body! If you were talking about internally, the liver would be the largest.


What was the first animated Disney film?

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the first animated film. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1937.


Who is often referred to as the King of Pop?

Michael Jackson is often referred to as the "King of Pop." A musical powerhouse, Michael Jackson's 1982 album, "Thriller," is the best-selling album of all time.


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