Wednesday, 1 April 2020

General Knowledge Quiz

General Knowledge Quiz answers

Test your general knowledge against ... yourself! Here are 20 questions for you to try. If you submit your entries to I will let you know your score, but I will post the answers here in due course. GOOD LUCK!

1. Which country has so far had 27 different national flags? The differences have sometimes been quite tiny. The USA

2. Which long-serving actress called her memoirs End of an Earring? It was published in 2015, three years after she had left the show. Pam St Clement

3. The pupils of which school wear tails, often said to show they are in mourning for George III? Eton

4.Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Tom Sawyer, as well as being the title characters of novels, are all what? Orphans

5. In 1905, who became the first and so far the only US president to give an inaugural address without using the word  'I'? Theodore Roosevelt

6. Who is older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan? Gary Numan

7. 'Here is a myst'ry/ About a little fir tree/ Owl says it's his tree/ And Kanga says it's her tree'.
Who composed those lines? (Two possible answers - either accepted)Winnie the Pooh or A A Milne

8. What did the Spurs, Barcelona and Scotland footballer Steve Archibald memorably describe as 'an illusion glimpsed in the aftermath of victory'? (It's a two-word phrase) Team spirit

9. Which gaseous element was observed on the Sun in 1868 (during a solar eclipse) but not actually found on earth until 1895? Large reserves of it were discovered in US natural gas fields in 1903, and the US is still the largest supplier today.Helium

10. When the present Duke of Edinburgh dies, who will reportedly be given the title?
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

11. Doug Sanders, Bruce Crampton and Macdonald Smith were each runners-up four times in golf's major championships, without ever winning one. Who was the only man to be be runner-up five times without ever winning?Colin Montgomerie

12. Which British bank, which no longer exists, played a leading role in the Louisiana Purchase of 1802, handling the transaction that saw Napoleon sell 530 million acres of land to the American Government? Barings

13. There are two countries in the world whose names, in English, include three consecutive letters of the alphabet. Name the countries, for a point each.Afghanistan and Tuvalu

14. Which pub chain was named by its founder after a schoolteacher who had told him that he would never amount to anything? Wetherspoon

15. When Jimmy Perry and David Croft were first putting together Dad's Army, which Doctor Who was offered the role of Captain Mainwaring? Jon Pertwee

16.For which crime, in August 1911, was Pablo Picasso questioned by Paris police? He denied all knowledge and was eventually allowed to go free. The theft of the Mona Lisa

17. Which cricketing twins had the nicknames 'Junior' and 'Tugga'? Mark and Steve Waugh

18. In 2015, which American actress revealed that, at the age pf 37, she had been told that she was 'too old' to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man?Maggie Gyllenhaal

19. Whose third symphony, composed between 1893 and 1896, is the longest symphony in the standard orchestral repertoire? Gustav Mahler

20. According to a 2013 biography, which US President suffered from'abdominal cramps, spastic colitis, high cholesterol, urinary tract infections, deafness, and a malfunctioning adrenal gland' - not one of which played any part in his death? John F Kennedy

I hope you enjoyed trying these questions.

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