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A good General Knowledge question is one that everyone should know the answer to, but still has to be challenging. In our quizzes, these questions often have an answer which isn't obvious or will take a bit of working out. The General Knowledge round is a great way to start a quiz all contestants can get involved even if their strengths in other topics.


Although we have all the main question categories in our quiz packs, there are certain topics that won't fit into any of the categories. This is where we use the General Knowledge round as a place to ask those questions.


General Knowledge Questions and Answers
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Who was the third child born to Queen Elizabeth II?
Prince Andrew
What is the currency of Iran?
Rial
On a computer keyboard, which letter is below H and J?
N
‘Because You’re Worth It’ is the strap-line of which brand?
L’Oreal
Which bank was founded first, Lloyds or Barclays?
Lloyds
Which country landed a spacecraft on the dark side of the moon in 2019?
China
How much funding did Donald Trump need to raise to build his wall - $3bn, $5bn or $8bn?
$5bn
How many cards are dealt to each player at the start of a game of Bridge?
13
Approximately how many cassette albums were sold in 2018 - 20,000, 35,000 or 50,000?
50,000
What were ‘Starburst’ sweets formerly known as?
Opal Fruits
A Big Mac has how many calories, 408, 508 or 608?
508
If it’s 2am in New York on the 13th January, what time is it in Zurich?
8am
Who was the UK Foreign Secretary in January 2019?
Jeremy Hunt
Which female-named hurricane devastated New Orleans in 2005?
Katrina
In the zodiac, which animal is linked with Capricorn?
Goat
In which year was the Duke of Edinburgh born - 1921, 1924 or 1927?
1921
What was the currency of Greece before the Euro?
Drachma
What is the first name of Donald Trump’s first wife?
Ivana
Who was the mayor of London before Boris Johnson?
Ken Livingstone
Omar Al-Bashir was the leader of which country between 1989 and 2019?
Sudan
In which month is Australia Day?
January
In a 2019 Halifax Bank survey, where was the best UK place to live - Chelsea, Orkney or Rutland?
Orkney
Which specialised agency of the United Nations is known by the initials WHO?
World Health Organisation
How old was Marilyn Monroe when she died - 27, 32 or 36?
36
Excluding the DLR, how many tube lines are there in London?
11
Who became the US President in 1981?
Ronald Reagan
From which country does the car brand Nissan originate?
Japan
What is the nationality of Pope Francis?
Argentina
In which year was the first iPad released - 2008, 2010 or 2012?
2010
The 2020 Chinese New Year was the year of which animal?
Rat
What is the third colour of the rainbow?
Yellow
What flies when it’s born, lies when it’s alive, and runs when it’s dead?
A Snowflake
Who became leader of the Labour Party in 2010?
Ed Miliband
McCarran International Airport is in which city?
Las Vegas
What is the first name of Ms Pelosi, the US House of Representatives Speaker?
Nancy
What did school children in the UK go on strike for on Friday 15th February 2019?
Climate Change
Which company uses the strapline ‘Think Differently’?
Apple
What number does the Roman numeral ‘L’ stand for?
50
What does a Milliner do?
Makes or Sells Hats
With which company would you associate Karl Lagerfeld?
Chanel
What is the name of the Wikileaks founder?
Julian Assange
As at the 1st January 2020, how much did a first class stamp cost for a standard letter?
70p
The 2019 Oscars was the 71st, 81st or 91st Academy Awards?
91st
In the board game Cluedo, which suspect is represented by the blue piece?
Mrs. Peacock
In which country did President Trump first meet Kim Jong-Un?
Singapore
Which Labour MP was sentenced to 3 months in prison for perverting the course of justice?
Fiona Onasanya
What is the American word for ‘corn’?
Maize
Where would you find the ‘Sea of Tranquility’?
The Moon
If it’s 2pm in Hanoi on new years day, what time is it in Brussels?
8am
Which company had the highest share price in June 2020 - Facebook, Google or Amazon?
Amazon
What is the name of the company that launched the Dragon capsule into space?
SpaceX
Which stretch of water was used by Donald Campbell for his water speed record attempts?
Coniston Water
If it’s 5pm in Beijing on the 1st March, what time is it in Rome?
10am
Who said ‘They think it’s all over, it is now’ in the 1966 World Cup final commentary?
Kenneth Wolstenholme
What was the name of the Austrian currency prior to being replaced by the Euro?
Schilling
Who is the eldest of the Queen’s grandchildren?
Peter Phillips
What two colours appear on the flag of San Marino?
White and Blue
Alongside Richard Curtis, who co-founded Comic Relief in 1985?
Lenny Henry
‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’ was a strap line for which car manufacturer?
BMW
At 8am in Nairobi, Kenya on the 1st March, what time was it in Edinburgh?
5am
Which Apollo mission number was the first moon landing?
11
Which brand has the strap line ‘Eat Fresh’?
Subway
Who was the speaker of the House of Commons until 2019?
John Bercow
Which two UK supermarkets had their merger blocked in April 2019?
Sainsbury's and Asda
How many stripes are there on the American flag - 12, 13 or 14?
13
YouTube was founded in which year - 2003, 2005 or 2007?
2005
The first solo transatlantic flight started in New York, but in which city did it finish?
Paris
Where is the Forbidden City?
Beijing, China
Which former US President died in December 2006 at the age of 93?
Gerald Ford
If it’s 2pm on the 1st April in Monaco, what time is it in Montreal?
8am
What is the name of Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account?
sussexroyal
ABTA represents which group of people?
Travel Agents
The French President occupies which official residence?
Élysée Palace
Which company owns the online database IMDb?
Amazon
Which member of the royal family opened the NHS Nightingale Hospital?
Prince Charles
Which brand uses the slogan “Good things come to those who wait”?
Guiness
Which was London’s first railway station - London Bridge, Euston or Waterloo?
London Bridge
Which billionaire is the chairman of the Arcadia retail group?
Sir Phillip Green
What is the currency of Argentina?
Peso
Which social media platform came first - Snapchat or Instagram?
Instagram
In which city would you find Notre Dame Cathedral?
Paris
Which pop superstar did Sean Penn marry in 1985?
Madonna
Covent Garden Tube Station is on which London Underground line?
Piccadilly Line
How many points does the word ‘trivia’ score in a game of Scrabble?
9
In which year was the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un born - 1974, 1984 or 1994?
1984
What colour is 36 on a roulette table - red or black?
Red
True or False, the Rumba originated in Cuba?
TRUE
Which colour is Oxford Street on a standard London Monopoly board?
Green
Australians and New Zealanders call them ‘capsicums’, what do Brits call them?
Peppers
Which company uses the slogan ‘Believe In Better’?
Sky
If the 12th March falls on a Friday, what day does the 12th April fall on?
Monday
In which year did Prince Andrew marry Sarah Ferguson - 1983, 1986 or 1989?
1986
What is the currency of Thailand?
Baht
What name is given for rolling two one’s on a pair of dice?
Snake Eyes
What is the first name of Harry and Meghan’s first born son?
Archie
What is the name of the 100 year old fundraiser who raised over £30m for the NHS?
Tom Moore
How many sides does a 20p have?
7
If it’s 1am in London on the 1st May, what time is it in Cancun, Mexico?
7pm
In the board game Risk, what colour is the continent of Asia?
Green
In a game of chess, which piece starts in each corner of the board?
Rook
Haneda airport serves which capital city?
Tokyo
What was the currency of Malta prior to the Euro?
(Maltese) Lira
What does a pair of crossed swords symbolise on a map?
Battlefield
Which beer was introduced last - Stella Artois, Guinness or Heineken?
Stella Artois
What is the first name of Boris Johnson’s father?
Stanley
How many portraits are carved into Mount Rushmore?
4
Which word can go after ‘colour’ and before ‘spot’?
Blind
In 2020, £1 buys approximately how many Yen - 37, 137 or 237?
137
If it’s 5am in Singapore on the 24th May, what time is it in Paris?
11pm
What is the currency of Nigeria?
Naira
If it’s 8pm in London on a June evening, what time is it in Mexico City?
2pm
How many stars are there on the Chinese flag?
5
In which US state was Coca Cola first made - Georgia, Florida or Massachusetts?
Georgia
Which airline is the flag carrier for Germany?
Lufthansa
In which city was Boris Johnson born - London, Paris or New York?
New York
On which London Underground line can you find Bethnal Green station?
Central
Which prime number comes after 37?
41
In which year did Hong Kong transfer from British to Chinese rule?
1997
Which side of a boat is starboard?
Right
Which was Jeremy Hunt’s first role - Foreign Secretary, Culture Secretary or Health Secretary?
Culture Secretary
In which Strait did Iran shoot down a US military drone in 2019?
Strait of Hormuz
By what name was William Henry McCarty better known?
Billy The Kid
Which star sign comes after Leo?
Virgo
Which cloud based workplace solutions company IPO’d on the New York Stock Exchange in June 2019?
Slack
In which year was Jeremy Corbyn born - 1939, 1949 or 1959?
1949
In which county is Glastonbury?
Somerset
On the 1st April 2019, how much did a colour TV licence cost - £147.50, £154.50 or £161.50?
£154.5
Which company uses the slogan “It Does Exactly What It Says on the Tin.”?
Ronseal
If it’s 2pm in Sydney on the 1st July, what time is it in Tokyo?
1pm
Which US president was the first to reside in the White House - John Adams, Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln?
John Adams
How many numbered compartments are there on a standard European roulette wheel?
37
In which country is the Marina Bay Sands hotel which has the world’s highest rooftop pool?
Singapore
How tall is the Eiffel Tower in metres - 324, 354 or 384?
324
Q and which other letter does not appear in the periodic table of the elements?
J
How many litres of champagne are there in a Magnum - 0.75, 1.5 or 3?
1.5
In a standard pack of playing cards what does the queen of hearts hold in her hands?
Flowers
What is the currency of Sweden?
Krona
Which UK ambassador to the US resigned in 2019 following his criticism of the Trump administration?
Sir Kim Darroch
Regent’s Park can be found on which London Underground line?
Bakerloo Line
The ‘DAX’ stock index is based in which country?
Germany
KLM is the flag carrier airline for which country?
Netherlands (Holland)
‘Brad’s Drink’ was the original name for which carbonated soft drink brand?
Pepsi
How many points does the word ‘President’ score in scrabble?
12
If you dialled the number ‘123’ in the UK, what would you be calling?
Speaking Clock
How many months were there in the old Roman year?
10
Who became the leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2019?
Jo Swinson
What was the name of the captain of the ‘Titanic’?
Edward Smith
Which company were the sponsors of Love Island in 2019?
Uber Eats
Which airline made £2.2billion from extra charges in 2018/19?
Ryanair
What is the main currency of Malaysia?
Ringgit
What was Elvis Presley’s middle name - John, Aaron or Walter?
Aaron
What was the trade of Charles Lewis Tiffany?
Jeweller
What is the name of the Derbyshire town evacuated in 2019 due to a nearby dam on the verge of collapse?
Whaley Bridge
What is the first name of Boris Johnson’s girlfriend who he moved into Downing Street with?
Carrie
The mariachi musical style/band belongs to which country?
Mexico
What is the cube root of 343?
7
Which brand used the slogan “What’s The Worst That Could Happen”?
Dr Pepper
Aeroflot is the national airline of which country?
Russia
What is both a French wine region and a luxury American car manufacturer?
Cadillac
To the nearest yard, how long is 100 meters?
109
In which UK town do gypsies gather for the annual horse fair?
Appleby
Which metal is more expensive per gram - Nickel, Zinc or Copper?
Nickel
Which two colours appear on the flag of Monaco?
Monaco
In which month is Martin Luther King day?
January
If it’s 6pm in New York on the 1st September, what time is it in Tokyo?
7am
In which city did Roger Bannister run the first sub four minute mile?
Oxford
What is the singer Elton John’s real name?
Reg Dwight
In which year was the first Notting Hill Carnival - 1956, 1966 or 1976?
1966
What’s the name of the period between the end of a Parliament session and the State Opening of the next session?
Prorogation
What does ‘Oxfam’ actually stand for?
Oxford Committee for Famine Relief
What is the cause of the US public holiday on the second Monday of October?
Columbus Day
What is the name of the Swedish climate change activist who sailed across the Atlantic to avoid flying?
Greta Thunberg
Who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin?
Larry Page