50 Challenging General Knowledge Questions And Answers

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  1. What country has 3 capital cities?
    • Malta
    • Liechtenstein
    • Nepal
    • South Africa
    The correct answer is “South Africa”. South Africa is the only country in the world that has three capital cities, each with their own unique purpose. The legislative capital is Pretoria, the judicial capital is Bloemfontein, and the administrative capital is Cape Town.
  2. In which year was the movie “Iron Man 2” starring Robert Downey Jr released?
    • 2010
    • 1996
    • 2009
    • 2014
    The correct answer is 2010. Iron Man 2, the sequel to the 2008 Marvel film Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. was released in 2010.
  3. What is the capital city of Moldova?
    • Kishinev
    • Rabat
    • Dublin
    • Mogadishu
    The correct city is Kishinev. Kishinev is the capital city of Moldova and the largest city in the country. It is located in the center of the country and has a population of over 700,000 people.
  4. In which year was the movie “Thor: The Dark World” starring Anthony Hopkins released?
    • 2013
    • 2021
    • 2023
    • 2012
    The correct answer is 2013. Thor: The Dark World, starring Anthony Hopkins, was released in 2013. It was the sequel to the 2011 movie Thor and was the eighth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  5. Name a 2017 movie starring Will Smith?
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron
    • The Flintstones
    • Terms of Endearment
    • Bright
    The correct answer is “Bright”. Bright is a 2017 science-fiction action movie starring Will Smith as a human police officer partnered with an Orc police officer to protect a magical wand from dangerous creatures.
  6. Which one of the following words is a noun?
    • adjective
    • fleeting
    • destruction
    • knitting
    Fleeting is the noun. Huffy is a word used to describe someone who is easily angered or irritated.
  7. Madonna has been nominated for 18 Grammys. How many has she won?
    • 5
    • 8
    • 6
    • 7
    The correct answer is “5”. Madonna has won 5 Grammy awards out of the 18 nominations she has received throughout her career.
  8. Name a 2002 movie starring Ben Stiller?
    • Black and White
    • Dumb and Dumber To
    • Orange County
    • The Lion King
    The correct answer is “Orange County”. Orange County is a 2002 comedy film starring Ben Stiller as a high school student who dreams of going to Stanford University.
  9. “Cl2” is the chemical formula for which gas?
    • Hydrogen chloride
    • Krypton
    • Chlorine
    • Argon
    The correct answer is Chlorine. Chlorine is a halogen gas that is used in many industrial and household applications, such as water purification and bleaching. It is a highly reactive element with a pungent odor.

  1. Which guitarist designed the Fender Jagstag?
    • Nuno Bettencourt
    • Kurt Cobain
    • Steve Vai
    • Slash
    The correct answer is “Kurt Cobain”. Kurt Cobain, the lead singer and guitarist of the iconic grunge band Nirvana, designed the Fender Jagstag in collaboration with Fender in 1993.
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  1. In which year was the movie “Three Days of the Condor” starring Robert Redford released?
    • 1975
    • 1964
    • 1970
    • 1985
    The correct answer is 1975. The movie “Three Days of the Condor”, starring Robert Redford, was released in 1975.
  2. The famous quote “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late” is from which one of William Shakespeare’s works?
    • Family Album
    • Fallen Angels
    • The Winter’s Tale
    • As You Like It
    The correct answer is “The Winter’s Tale”. The quote is from Act IV Scene IV of The Winter’s Tale, a play by William Shakespeare.
  3. DNA fingerprinting: Developed by Alec Jeffreys in which year?
    • 2005
    • 1987
    • 1978
    • 1984
    The correct answer is 1984. DNA fingerprinting is a technique developed by Alec Jeffreys in 1984 that uses genetic markers to identify individuals by comparing their DNA profiles.
  4. In which year was the movie “Tombstone” starring Val Kilmer released?
    • 1998
    • 1993
    • 1997
    • 1995
    The correct answer is 1993. The movie “Tombstone” was released in 1993 and starred Val Kilmer in a leading role.
  5. Name a 1993 movie starring Anthony Hopkins?
    • America’s Sweethearts
    • The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle
    • Parenthood
    • The Remains of the Day
    The correct answer is “The Remains of the Day”. The Remains of the Day is a 1993 British drama film starring Anthony Hopkins as a repressed butler in post-World War II England.
  6. The Spanish term “Por qué” transaltes to what in English?
    • Thank you
    • Why
    • What’s your name?
    • I don’t like
    The corrrect answer is “Why”. Por qué is a Spanish phrase that translates to “Why” in English, used to ask a question about the cause or reason for something.
  7. The 2010’s hit movie “The Dark Knight Rises” featured which Hollywood star in a leading role?
    • Chris Pratt
    • Chris Hemsworth
    • Anne Hathaway
    • Eddie Redmayne
    The correct answer is Anne Hathaway. Anne Hathaway is an Academy Award-winning actress who starred as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, in The Dark Knight Rises.
  8. In which year was the movie “Gone in Sixty Seconds” starring Nicolas Cage released?
    • 1992
    • 2005
    • 2000
    • 1996
    The correct answer is 2000. The movie Gone in Sixty Seconds starring Nicolas Cage was released in the year 2000. It was an action-packed crime film about a car thief who had to steal 50 cars in one night.
  9. In what year was Ridley Scott’s movie “Gladiator” released?
    • 2008
    • 2001
    • 2023
    • 2000
    The correct answer is 2000. Ridley Scott’s movie Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe, was released in 2000 and went on to become a critical and box office success.

  1. The chemical symbol of the element Krypton is?
    • Kr
    • Th
    • Co
    • Ts
    The correct answer is “Kr”. Krypton is a noble gas on the periodic table and its chemical symbol is Kr, an abbreviation of its Latin name, Krypton.
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  1. The actor Demi Moore took a lead role in which classic 1990’s movie?
    • The Nutty Professor
    • My Best Friend’s Wedding
    • G.I. Jane
    • Pulp Fiction
    The correct answer is “G.I. Jane”. Did you get it right? The correct answer is G.I. Jane. Demi Moore starred in the 1997 military drama as Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, making history as the first woman to attend the United States Navy’s elite training program.
  2. In which year was the movie “Season of the Witch” starring Nicolas Cage released?
    • 2010
    • 1990
    • 2015
    • 2011
    The correct answer is 2011. The fantasy adventure film, “Season of the Witch” starring Nicolas Cage was released in theaters in 2011.
  3. What is the real or full name of superstar Angelina Jolie?
    • Charlize Theron
    • Mary Louise Streep
    • Angelina Jolie Voight
    • Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter
    The correct answer is Angelina Jolie Voight. Angelina Jolie is the stage name of the actress, her full name is Angelina Jolie Voight, the last name being her father’s surname.
  4. The Marvel movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” was released in which year?
    • 2021
    • 2023
    • 2014
    • 1936
    The correct answer is 2023. The Marvel movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is scheduled to be released in 2023, making it the third installment of the Ant-Man franchise.
  1. “woodland” is an anagram of which word?
    • hoedown
    • slowdown
    • download
    • showdown
    The correct answer is “download”. Download is an action that involves transferring digital data from one device to another, usually over the internet.
  2. Legendary rockers Bon Jovi released their studio album “Keep the Faith” in what year?
    • 1997
    • 1984
    • 2006
    • 1992
    The correct answer is 1992. Keep the Faith was Bon Jovi’s fifth studio album, released in 1992, and it marked a significant shift in the band’s sound as they moved away from their earlier glam metal style.
  3. What unusual word means “A welsh word for a longing or homesickness for a place that no longer exists or is unreachable”?
    • Aureate
    • Xenization
    • Lissome
    • Hiraeth
    The correct answer is “Hiraeth”. Hiraeth is a Welsh word used to describe a deep emotional longing for a place, person, or time that can no longer be experienced. It is a feeling of nostalgia, homesickness, and a longing for something that can never be regained.
  4. In what year was John Hughes’s movie “She’s Having a Baby” released?
    • 1977
    • 1989
    • 1988
    • 2023
    The correct answer is 1988. John Hughes’s movie She’s Having a Baby was released in 1988, the same year as his other classic films Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Uncle Buck.
  5. Lilapsophobia is a fear of?
    • flowers
    • snow
    • tornadoes and hurricanes
    • flying
    The correct answer is “tornadoes and hurricanes”. Lilapsophobia is an intense fear of severe weather conditions, particularly tornadoes and hurricanes, caused by the destructive power of these natural events.

  1. Which one of the following words is a noun?
    • investigator
    • youthful
    • wool
    • ride
    Youthful is the noun. Huffy is a word used to describe someone who is easily angered or irritated.
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  1. Name a 1977 movie starring Mel Gibson?
    • The Legend of Bagger Vance
    • Adaptation
    • Summer City
    • Men in Black II
    The correct answer is “Summer City”. Summer City is a 1977 Australian drama film starring Mel Gibson, which follows three teenagers as they embark on a wild adventure around Sydney.
  2. Prince’s full name is?
    • Prince Roger Nelson
    • Prince Roger Della
    • Prince Rogers Della
    • Prince Rogers Nelson
    The correct answer is “Prince Rogers Nelson”. Prince Rogers Nelson is the full name of the iconic singer, songwriter, and producer, known simply as Prince.
  3. What is the capital city of Cuba?
    • Santo Domingo
    • Havana
    • Asmara
    • San Marino
    The correct city is Havana. Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the country’s administrative and political center, home to the Cuban government and many embassies and consulates.
  4. In which year was the movie “Made in America” starring Will Smith released?
    • 1987
    • 1993
    • 1997
    • 1999
    The correct answer is 1993. Made in America is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Will Smith, directed by Richard Benjamin, and produced by Scott Rudin.
  5. The following is a line from which 1970’s film “It’s pronounced Fronkensteen”?
    • Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
    • The Jerk
    • Blazing Saddles
    • Young Frankenstein
    The correct answer is “Young Frankenstein”. Young Frankenstein is a classic comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and released in 1974.
  6. Which one of the following words is a noun?
    • fireplace
    • leap
    • catcher
    • lesser
    Lesser is the noun. Huffy is a word used to describe someone who is easily angered or irritated.
  7. How do you write 2/5 as a decimal?
    • 0.67
    • 0.2
    • 0.8
    • 0.4
    The correct answer is 0.4. This is because when you divide 2 by 5, you get 0.4, which is the decimal form of 2/5.
  8. The type of cheese called “Edam” comes from which country?
    • France
    • Indonesia
    • Guyana
    • Netherlands
    The correct answer is Netherlands. Edam cheese is a semi-hard cheese made in the Netherlands, traditionally in the provinces of North Holland and Flevoland.
  9. Name a 1998 movie starring Anthony Hopkins?
    • Striking Distance
    • Meet Joe Black
    • Wayne’s World
    • Doomsday Device
    The correct answer is “Meet Joe Black”. Meet Joe Black is a 1998 romantic fantasy drama film starring Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt. It follows the story of a media tycoon who is visited by Death, in the form of a young man, and is given a chance to re-evaluate his life.

  1. In what year was the Pixar movie “Toy Story 4” released?
    • 2019
    • 2023
    • 2010
    • 2022
    The correct answer is 2019. Toy Story 4 is the fourth installment of the Pixar Toy Story franchise, released in 2019 to critical and commercial success.
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  1. What is the Scrabble score for the 3-letter word “Bad”?
    • 10 points
    • 4 points
    • 6 points
    • 2 points
    The correct answer is 4 points. Bad is worth 4 points in Scrabble.
  2. In which year was the movie “Hud” starring Paul Newman released?
    • 1962
    • 1963
    • 1955
    • 1954
    The correct answer is 1963. The movie “Hud”, starring Paul Newman, was released in the year 1963.
  3. Name a 2001 movie starring Bruce Willis?
    • Bandits
    • Daddy’s Home 2
    • Brad’s Status
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming
    The correct answer is “Bandits”. Bandits is a 2001 action comedy starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett as a trio of bank robbers who become unlikely friends.
  4. Who painted the masterpiece “The Tilled Field”?
    • Joseph Conrad
    • Pierre-Auguste Cot
    • Joan Miró
    • John Singer Sargent
    The correct answer is Joan Miró. Joan Miró was a Spanish painter and sculptor known for his abstract surrealist works, such as The Tilled Field, which he painted in 1923.
  1. Name a 2013 movie starring Matt Damon?
    • Outcast
    • Elysium
    • Parenthood
    • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    The correct answer is “Elysium”. Elysium is a 2013 science fiction action film starring Matt Damon as the protagonist, Max De Costa, struggling to survive in a dystopic future.
  2. What unusual word means “Something that is delicate, airy, and heavenly”?
    • Ethereal
    • Halation
    • Verspertine
    • Mellisonant
    The correct answer is “Ethereal”. Ethereal refers to something that has a delicate, light, and heavenly quality, almost as though it is not of this world.
  3. Bowie launched his Ziggy Stardust stage show in 1972. What was Ziggy’s band called?
    • The Spiders From Mars
    • The Stooges
    • The Hunky Dorys
    • The Diamond Dogs
    The correct answer is “The Spiders From Mars”. The Spiders From Mars was the backing band for David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust stage show in 1972, providing the musical accompaniment to Bowie’s theatrical performances.
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie “Raw Deal” – in what year was it released?
    • 1996
    • 1990
    • 1984
    • 1986
    The correct answer is 1986. Raw Deal, a crime action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was released in 1986.
  5. What is the other name for the Bermuda Triangle?
    • The Phantom Triangle
    • The Magnetic Triangle
    • The Devil’s Triangle
    • The Western Triangle
    The correct answer is “The Devil’s Triangle”. The Devil’s Triangle is a region in the Atlantic Ocean, located between Bermuda, Florida, and Puerto Rico, that is known for its mysterious disappearances of ships and aircraft.

  1. Name a 1998 movie starring Will Smith?
    • Trading Places
    • Kick-Ass
    • Red
    • Enemy of the State
    The correct answer is “Enemy of the State”. Enemy of the State is a 1998 action-thriller starring Will Smith as a lawyer who gets caught up in a government conspiracy.
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