Quiz: 93% of People Can't Ace This General Sports Knowledge Quiz. Can You?
93% of People Can't Ace This General Sports Knowledge Quiz. Can You?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

When you think about it, few human activities are quite as diverse as sports. Some of them are the kind that a lot of us play recreationally or do for exercise; these include swimming or basketball. But there are others we can only watch, because we don't have the money or we aren't in the physical condition for it, or we live in the wrong part of the world. These would include downhill skiing or boxing.

Some of these spectator sports are ones we can watch nearly every day (in season) like baseball. Others, we become passionate about for two weeks during every Olympics, then forget for four years. (We're looking at you, figure skating!)

And what defines a sport, really? You might have heard the joke about golf: "If you can eat and drink while doing it, it's not really a sport." Yet golf IS considered a sport, while people don't always grant that name to professional bull riding or ballroom dancing. 

How much do you know about this fascinating and diverse world, its popular figures, and its great moments? To help you test your knowledge, we've designed a quiz that includes a little bit of everything, from swimming to MMA, sports you can play at the Y, and the ones you can only watch on TV. So if you've got that competitive itch, settle in and test your sports savvy now!

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What is generally considered to be the world's most popular sport?
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Which of these is the most popular sport, in terms of attendance, in the United States?
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Which sport did Michael Phelps excel in?
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In which sport do players win a Cy Young Award?
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Which of these strokes in swimming is generally considered the most challenging?
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What sport did James Naismith create?
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A hockey game is divided into _____.
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In which of these sports does the defense have the ball?
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In what sport did Junior Johnson compete?
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Which sport caused an astounding 19 deaths in its early professional days?
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Which sport has "Marquess of Queensbury" rules?
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What sport did Sen. John McCain call "human cockfighting"?
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Who did Muhammad Ali fight in the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle"?
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Which of these sports has a "scrum"?
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Which sport debuted at the 1998 winter Olympic Games?
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Which sport has sub-classifications of epee, foil or saber?
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Which of these states is particularly known for its devotion to high school basketball?
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Which of these countries is a hockey-loving nation?
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In what sport did the "Miracle on Ice" take place?
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Who is the most medaled Olympian of all time?
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"The Natural," Bull Durham" and "Eight Men Out" are all about which sport?
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In 2001, WWE chief executive Vince McMahon tried to create his own league of which sport?
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Are the Harlem Globetrotters part of the NBA?
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In which sport did Kurt Angle win gold for the U.S. in 1996?
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In which track-and-field event would you see a "Fosbury flop"?
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Which of these sports is a forerunner of baseball?
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Dock Ellis, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, threw a no-hitter under what odd condition?
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In which sport would you watch the Six Nations tournament?
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In recent years, which of these nations has provided many rising stars to figure skating?
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Which of these is NOT considered a sport?
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In what sport might you encounter the Sicilian Defense?
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