Quiz: Can You Pass This Hard General Knowledge Quiz?
Can You Pass This Hard General Knowledge Quiz?
By: Olivia Seitz
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About This Quiz

Calling all trivia junkies! Let’s jump right in and see just how smart you are. Can you name which math symbol has no value? What about the U.S. state that’s home to Area 51? Can you give the name for a group of ravens? What’s the capital of Australia?

If you answered zero, Nevada, congress or unkindness, and Canberra, then you’re probably a trivia master.

But here’s a “trivial” question for you: Do you know where the word “trivia” comes from? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word comes from the Latin trivialis, meaning “found everywhere, commonplace.” This is derived from the Latin noun trivium, "a meeting place of three roads.” The general belief is that this meeting place, or “crossroads,” would be about the same as a modern-day street corner, where so-called “common” folk would pass through and have everyday, common (hence, “trivial”) conversations. This is why the word “trivial” carries a meaning of “little value or importance,” according to the Oxford Dictionary.

That said, we like to think that no matter how seemingly “unimportant” trivia facts are, that doesn’t make ’em any less interesting or fun. In fact, we believe that being a trivia master earns you the ultimate bragging rights among your friends. After all, if you can recall, for example, which U.S. president made the first presidential radio broadcast, then you must be pretty smart!

So, take pride in your general knowledge abilities!

But, being a trivia master is so much more than memorizing facts and being smart. If you’re good at trivia, then you probably have at least a few of the following qualities. You have a love of knowledge and, if you don’t have an answer, you have a burning desire to find one. You’ve always got your eyes and ears peeled for new information, soaking it up like a sponge. Books are your best friend; you read voraciously. You’re not afraid to explore new topics — you might be an expert in ’80s movies and WWII planes, but you’re still willing to learn about world languages (by the way, do you know the most widely spoken language in the world? It’s Chinese). You stay on top of current events and have plenty of sources for your news. You most likely killed it at Brain Quest as a kid. There’s a lot of information out there, but you know how to soak it up, compartmentalize and build a database, and then recall the facts quickly when needed.

So, are you still up to trying the Hardest General Knowledge Quiz You’ll Take Today? Think you might know which creature can lift up to fifty times its body weight? Or, where the Serengeti is located? Or which vitamin is responsible for giving carrots their bright orange color? Or, which bug sometimes has six legs and sometimes eight? Or, what was the first music video played on MTV?

If any of those questions ring a bell, don’t wait — see if you’re smart enough to ace this quiz!

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The sun rises in the east and sets where?
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Dorothy and her dog Toto are characters from which famous movie?
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Every living thing is made up of...
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Which ingredient helps baked goods rise?
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Who co-founded the tech company, Apple?
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Which one of these aquatic creatures needs to breath air?
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What vegetable is used to make pickles?
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What color is traditionally believed to make bulls angry?
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Which creature can lift up to fifty times its body weight?
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Where is the Serengeti?
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Athens, Greece, was named after which Greek god?
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Which vitamin is responsible for giving carrots their bright orange color?
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Who was the second president of the United States of America?
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Which of these bugs sometimes has six legs and sometimes eight?
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Which cartoon character encouraged children to eat their spinach?
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The "universal donor" blood type is...
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Milk was traditionally delivered in what type of container?
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Which famous singer was known for many hits, including "My Way" and "New York, New York?"
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What is on the national emblem of the United States of America?
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The common term for an extraterrestrial being is what?
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What word do the British use instead of "cookie"?
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What is the fourth planet from our sun?
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Which of these dinosaurs had a really long neck?
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Which of the following is not a primary color in classic (RYB) color theory?
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Which country's astronauts landed on the moon first?
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What is it called when a woman gives birth to four children at the same time?
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What is the main ingredient in ice cream?
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Which war spurred the development of the internet?
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Which of the following is not a type of tooth?
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What is the shape of the Earth?
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What is the German word for "bless you"?
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What term does Wall Street use to describe a downward-trending market?
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What chemical is no longer used in thermometers, due to safety concerns?
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