General Knowledge Questions for Kids
1. In which war did Britain, France, Russia and the United States fight the Ottoman Empire between 1914 and 1918?
Answer: World War I.
World War I was a war fought from 1914-1918. It involved all the great powers of Europe, and it caused destruction on an unprecedented scale. It killed 10 million people, wounded many more, and caused economic disruption that created social tension which leads to World War II. The treaty of Versailles created the League of Nations who has responsibility for military enforcement but take note: it ultimately failed in preventing future wars.
2. What do you call animals that only eat plants?
Throughout nature, herbivores are animals that eat plant food. They typically have long, narrow and pointed teeth so they can consume plants which often have tough cell walls. Herbivores also lack the claws or sharp teeth of their carnivore counterparts, making them less effective at capturing prey or defending themselves from predators. Herbivores may be classified as browsers (eating foliage) and grazers (eating leaves), depending on their eating habits. There are many different types of herbivores such as deer, cattle, rabbits and squirrels to name a few.
3. What part of your body would you choose to wear a fez or sombrero on?
Many people don’t know the significance behind the iconic Mexican hat. The sombrero is an important part of Mexican culture that has changed throughout history. Worn by men and young boys alike, the sombrero has been used to keep one’s head warm or to protect their hair from dust during hard labour. Contrary to popular belief, a man who wears a sombrero is not necessarily rich, but he is taking care of himself and his family as best he can.
4. What part of the human body is known as the larynx?
Answer: Voice Box.
A larynx is a part of the human body, also called the voice box. It lies just under the thyroid cartilage and it is made up of two parts: a less muscular one called arytenoid that anchors to the wall of your throat opening (glottis) and another more muscular part, called epiglottis that covers your windpipe (trachea). The way we speak clearly is because we can move our vocal cords in order to produce different sounds. These movements are controlled by our larynx which acts as an intermediary between our brain and oral cavity.
The muscles in our larynx allow us to control how air passes through it.
5. What is the human body’s largest internal organ?
The liver is the largest internal organ and one of the most important organs in our body. It produces bile (which helps with digesting food) and stores glucose (for energy). The liver also metabolizes alcohol. It is one of the main organs that processes nutrients from our food, removing toxins and excesses. In some cases, our liver can replace other damaged organs in order to keep us alive.
6. The tallest building in the United States of America?
Answer: One World Trade Center.
The latest and tallest skyscraper in America is One World Trade Center. It was built after the disaster on September 11, 2001. It stands at 1,776 ft and has 104 floors, including the roof top outdoor observation deck. It took 4,000 men to build this skyscraper. The architect is Chris Ward. The primary material is reinforced concrete and steel. It was built by a construction company called the Skanska Group. This skyscraper’s total cost was about $3 billion dollars, and it was completed in 2013.
7. What instrument do seismologists use to measure earthquakes?
Seismograph is a scientific instrument that measures ground motion and transmits the information to a central station, where the data of the seismic waves are obtained.
The word “seismograph” comes from two Greek words, seismos which means “to shake” and graphein, which means “to write.” The instrument was invented in 1874 by John Milne, who was then working for the British geological survey. He created it to help monitor earthquakes and volcanoes at a time when most people did not yet know what an earthquake or volcano was.
8. Which continent is the world’s second-largest?
Africa is an enormous continent that encompasses many different countries, cultures, and landscapes. It is the second-largest of the world’s seven continents by both area and population. Africa is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Asia to the east and southeast, and Oceania to the southwest. The continent of Europe lies across a substantial waterway from Africa to its west; it also includes numerous islands off its north coast. To its southeast lies Antarctica.
9. Which scientific discovery did Wilhelm Röntgen make in 1895?
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845 – 1923) was a German physicist who, on the evening of November 8, 1895, was doing some experimental work with vacuum tubes when he noticed that a nearby piece of barium platinocyanide had become fluorescent. He assumed it had been charged with electricity and so started looking for other signs that this could be the case. His future wife Bertha then joined him in his laboratory and pointed out to him that she could see his bones through her hand. In actual fact, the tube he was using was not producing x-rays because they are actually not electromagnetic but due to the properties of cathode rays. Röntgen then started to investigate the properties of this new form of radiation which he called x-radiation, because it had been produced by his ‘unknown’ element X. He also discovered that it could pass through some things and was able to produce pictures on a photographic plate. Röntgen took the first ever x-ray photo which showed his hand, and so his wedding ring. He called this photograph ‘the miracle photograph’
10. What type of nuts are used to make marzipan?
Marzipan is a confection of ground almonds and sugar, sometimes augmented with almond extract, rose water or orange flower water. It has been popular around the world since medieval times; in fact, it was originally called “white marchpane.” Marzipan can be molded into shapes and sizes and coated with chocolate or fondant.
Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, which is important for healthy skin and hair. Almond milk on the other hand is an excellent source of calcium as well as potassium, protein, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids. In some cases it may be easier to digest than cows milk for some people who cannot tolerate lactose due to lactase deficiency.
General Knowledge Questions for Kids Part 2
11. What is that special date that only happens every four years?
Answer: February 29th.
It is a date with an interesting place in history and has a number of different names depending on which country you are in. It is also the biggest Leap Day celebration in the United States.
Here are 10 facts about February 29th:
- America’s most important Leap Day celebration takes place on this day
- February 29th was deemed an official holiday by George III in 1751 for all English colonies
- In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced “leap year” of 366 days so that the Julian Calendar would more closely match the time it takes earth to rotate around the sun
- Leap Day, Leap Year Day, Mardi Gras (French Or Carnevale)
- In many countries February 29th has no official name at all
- In Sweden February 29th is called “Trettondedag Knut”, or ‘Thursday the Thirteenth’.
- A lot of people believe that if you get your fortune told on this day it will always come true
- Many people think that if you make a wish on this day, it will come true
- According to a survey, 85% of women consider this day the most romantic day of year
- In 2006 the United Nations General Assembly declared February 29th as the “International Mother Language Day” to encourage planned U.N. action on language diversity
12. Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in May 1940?
Answer: Winston Churchill.
In May 1940, Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom when he was made aware that the German army had crossed into Belgium and were approaching France. He vowed to defend his nation and resisted all attempts to negotiate peace with Germany until Hitler’s forces were finally defeated in 1945.
Churchill also became a renowned writer during this time, publishing “The Second World War” which has consequently become one of the best-selling books ever written, selling over 40 million copies. The book is an account of Churchill’s thoughts and experiences from his time as British Prime Minister (1940-1945) during World War II.
13. The headquarters of the United Nations Organization is at
Answer: New York, USA.
The United Nations is an international organization that aims to promote the global cooperation and sustainable development. The UN headquarters are located in New York, which hosts most of the UN’s specialized agencies.
14. What is the capital of the U.S.
Answer: Washington D.C.
The city of Washington D.C covers a large area. The District is bordered by Maryland and Virginia in the east, Pennsylvania to the north, and West Virginia to the south. All of these states are part of the U.S., but they aren’t exactly territories of Washington D.C because they don’t have representation in Congress like other states do.
15. The least populated country in the world is…
Answer: Vatican City.
The Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world – Check out how tiny it is!
It has a population of about 800. Thats less than the population of most high schools!
Its Surrounded by Rome, Italy – which has a population of 3.7 Million people.
You Can’t Enter Without A Passport – or special authorization from the Pope himself
The Popes (Archbishop’s) Residence is Right in The Middle – its called the Apostolic Palace.
16. What material are Pencils made of?
Pencils are an inexpensive and convenient writing instrument. Pencils were invented by a German scientist named L.L. Eraser in 1795 as a replacement for quill pens or metal nib pens. The first wooden pencils were used to erase mistakes made by ink, chalk or paint on paper in drafting shops and classrooms because they are not messy like chalk or erasers made from bread crumbs, soap, rubber, cork dust, cornstarch or pumice stone which create clouds of dust that get into the eyes and lungs of people working nearby.
Graphite is the key ingredient in most pencils. It is a natural mineral that is mined and then processed to make lead for pencils. Black lead, as it was called in the 19th century is the softest of all the leads used to make pencils. Pencil Grade leads are graded by hardness as well as color:
Pencil manufacturers use a cold process to mix graphite powder with clay and water to form a dough like mixture (the binder) that is rolled into rods and then cut into sticks that are sharpened into pencil points. Pencil points are colored by adding pigments or dye to the binder before it is pressed into rods, which makes them homogeneous throughout instead of just on the surface like paint.
17. What was William Shakespeare’s profession?
William Shakespeare was a playwright and poet who lived in England during the 16th century. He is often considered to be one of the greatest English writers of all time. William Shakespeare studied at the King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford-upon-Avon, and then attended his father’s old school, the University of London which was called The King’s New School at Olding Ealing. It is known that he attended this school from 1579 – 1596. He wrote around 37 plays including; Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Macbeth and Twelfth Night.
18. Which is the only country that shares a border with Portugal?
The only country that shares a border with Portugal is Spain. Surrounding countries include Andorra, France, Germany, Italy, and Morocco.
Although Portugal is not the most powerful country in Europe nor the richest in terms of natural resources per square kilometer, it does make up for it with an abundance of history and culture. Lisbon is a bustling metropolis which was once one of the world’s leading ports in the 15th century; however it was overtaken by cities like New York City and Hong Kong. Even so, the city remains as one of Europe’s most popular tourist spots due to its diverse offerings including museums such as Casa dos Bicos or Lisboa Patrimonio da Humanidade.
19. According to Greek mythology, what was Achilles’ only weakness?
Answer: His heel.
Achilles is the king of the Myrmidons. He is a hero in Greek mythology and Homer’s “Iliad”. Achilles was killed by Paris with an arrow during the Trojan War but Achilles’ son, Neoptolemus also took part in the battle.
20. What name is given to animals that carry their young in a pouch?
Marsupials are mammals with a pouch on their ventral side that shelters and protects their young which have no hair, claws, or teeth, but rather rely on the female marsupial’s milk for food. Marsupials can be found living in Australia and North America; however they cannot be found living anywhere else.
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