If You Think You Can Beat This Tough General Knowledge Quiz, You're Wrong



By: Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

Image: pexels

About This Quiz

Do you think you have what it takes to take on this tricky general knowledge quiz? While it is easier to learn more about more topics than ever before thanks to the internet, there is also a lot out there to learn in general. Areas of knowledge and study span the arts, history, math, sciences, film, sports, pop culture, and more. With so much out there to learn about and grasp, it takes someone with a special knack for learning and a high level of intelligence to know about a wide range of topics. When it comes to general knowledge especially, there is so much out there. Whether it's little things or big things, it would be difficult for any one person to know it all.   

There are several words used to describe those who are well learned across a wide range of areas. These people excel at different skill sets and are broadly learned. They have been referred to as polymaths and renaissance men throughout history. Whether its languages, history, science, music, sports, or geography, do you think you have it all down? Then put what you know to the test with this tough as nails general knowledge quiz! 

What does the "F" in JFK stand for?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He is commonly referred to as JFK.


What is soccer called outside of America?

Soccer is known as football in most other parts of the world. There is a big difference between what Americans consider football and what the rest of the world does.


Which of these protect the body from infections?

White blood cells protect the body from infection and disease. They are also known as leukocytes.


How many colors are in a rainbow?

The colors of a rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. That's seven colors.


Jimi Hendrix is known for playing:

Jimi Hendrix is a famous figure of the psychedelic music scene. He is known for his innovative guitar work.


Mount Fuji is in:

Mount Fuji is actually an active volcano. It is located 60 miles away from Tokyo, Japan.


Alexandre Dumas wrote which book?

"The Count of Monte Cristo" was written by French author Alexandre Dumas. It was completed in 1844.


Where is the world's tallest waterfall?

Angel Falls in Venezuela is known as the world's tallest water fall. It is over 3,000 feet high.


What is a baby frog called?

Baby frogs are known as tadpoles. They are not the only animal with a specific name for the babies of the species.


Where is the Taj Mahal?

The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, India. A ruler had it built as a tomb for his wife.


How many consonants are in the English alphabet?

There are 21 consonants in the English alphabet. There are 26 letters overall.


How many sides does a hexagon have?

A hexagon is a polygon. This type of shape has six sides.


In which body of water did the Titanic sink?

The Titanic sank in 1912. It sank in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean.


When do human noses stop growing?

Human noses and ears grow throughout a person's entire life. This means they do not stop growing until death.


She wanted to go to the movies _________.

Too is the proper word to use here. It means also.


When did World War I begin?

World War I began in 1914. It lasted until 1918.


How many players are on the ice at one time during an​ ice hockey game?

There are six players on the ice for any team at one time. This involves five skaters and one goalkeeper.


Which layer of the earth is made up of tectonic plates?

The earth's crust is made of tectonic plates. They move and sometimes fracture which causes earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, and oceanic trenches.


Which of these toppings traditionally goes on a Hawaiian Pizza?

Hawaiian pizzas are popular across America. They usually have sauce, cheese, ham, and pineapple on them.


What is the capital of Sweden?

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. This country is located in Northern Europe.


Vanatua, The Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea are part of which region?

Melanesia is a subregion of Oceania that includes Pacific islands from New Guinea to Fiji. All of these islands are considered to be a part of Melanesia.


Which of these cannot be found in animal cells?

Cell walls are only found in plant cells. Animal cells do not have them.


Where were mangoes first grown?

Mangos are native to India. They were first grown more than 5,000 years ago.


"But" and "or" are examples of what?

These words are conjunctions. Conjunctions link clauses in a sentence.


When a liquid turns into a gas it is called:

Evaporation is when a liquid turns into a gas. Gas turning into a liquid is condensation.


Three quarters of 100 is:

One quarter of 100 is 25. Therefore, three times that is 75.


Madonna played a role in which movie?

Madonna was cast alongside Rosie O'Donnell in the classic '90s film, "A League of their Own." The film is about an all-female baseball team.


The ________ gets cold in the winter.

Weather refers to the climate. This is the proper word to use in this context.


The human brain is 80 percent _______.

Human beings are largely made up of water and the brain is no different. It is 80 percent water.


Which of these is a Philadelphia sports team?

The Eagles are the football team of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their colors are green, black, charcoal, and silver.


A triangle with two equal sides is:

Scalene triangles have two equal sides. A scalene triangle has no equal sides and in an equilateral triangle all of the sides are equal.


When was the Berlin Wall taken down?

The Berlin Wall was put up overnight in 1961 to separate communist and capitalist Germany. It was taken down in 1989.


Why are plants green?

Plants are green because they contain chlorophyll. This helps them absorb light and nourish themselves.


What language is spoken by most people in Iran?

Persian is spoken by about half of the people of Iran. Many languages are spoken there however, including Azerbaijani, Kurdish, and Arabic.


Where is the Golden Gate Bridge?

This iconic bridge can be found in San Francisco, California. It is painted international orange.


Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!