Top Trivia Questions and Answers
Top Trivia Questions Part 1
1. How old was Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation?
Queen Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states, known as Commonwealth realms, and their territories and dependencies, making her the most powerful woman in the world. The Queen is Head of State in each country either on her own right or as a figurehead with varying degrees of power. She holds two official positions, one as Queen of the United Kingdom (UK) and other as Head of the Commonwealth which she has held since 1952. The Queen has been married to Prince Phillip for over seventy years; they have four children and eight grandchildren together.
2. The dogfish is a type of:
The dogfish is a small species of shark that lives in coastal surface waters and can be found in the North Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea. They grow to up to 1.5 metres in length and are considered predatory animals because they eat other fish. The most distinctive physical characteristic of dogfish are their five-gill slits which distinguish them from all other sharks.
3. Known as “the man of a thousand voices,” who first supplied the voices of Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and Bugs Bunny?
Answer: Mel Blanc.
Born on May 30th, 1908 in San Francisco California, American voice actor Mel Blanc had one of the most prolific careers in all of Hollywood history with over 1000 animated feature films during his time at Warner Bros.
His career as a voice actor first started in 1936 when he got the job by talking and singing gibberish into a microphone.
His most famous voices are that of Bugs Bunny, Tweety Pie, Barney Rubble and many others.
4. All of these terms refer to something dangerous or evil except:
a) Hazardous b) Perilous c) Insidious d) Pernicious e) Fastidious
The word “fastidious” comes from the Latin word “fastidiosus”, which means “disgusting” or “vile.” While this doesn’t describe a person who is fastidious, it does describe someone who is choosy, fussy, careful, or sensitive. A fastidious person will spend hours or days to choose the right gift for his niece’s wedding if he knows her well enough to know that she would prefer watercolor paintings over abstract art.
5. Which French explorer of the New World was murdered by his own men?
Answer: La Salle.
La Salle was a French explorer, known for the creation of the first colony in Texas and for being one of the originators of Ohio.
He left France at an early age to take part in privateering adventures against England. He eventually became involved with various trading companies which hired him as an exploratory agent. La Salle’s expeditions from 1679 to 1682 were funded by King Louis XIV’s Minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert and intended to bring families associated with these trading ventures into the territory near Quebec; nothing would be settled under his leadership, but he would explore extensively much of what is now Canada, including large tracts that had belonged to New France since 1608, before returning to Europe.
6. The image of what mythical monster is heavily used in Chinese architecture?
The dragon sometimes called the “emperor of all animals,” is a prominent symbol in Chinese culture and an important figure in the country’s mythology. One of China’s four sacred animals, the dragon was originally only a symbol of power without a concrete shape. Once it was assigned an animal form — typically that of an elephant with three to five claws on each foot and four on each hand — it became living beings wielding tremendous vitality. Emperors would often be compared with dragons for being powerful, just as dragons were thought to be wise.
7. For more than seventy years, what was the official newspaper of the USSR’s Communist Party?
Pravda (Russian: Правда) was the official newspaper of the USSR’s, but is also a common word which means “truth” or “justice”. Pravda is published by the Communist Party of Russia and focuses on domestic and international news.
Pravda Online is about daily online coverage of all current events that interest people, including politics, economics, sport, culture and anything else going on in the world. The website has a clean design that looks like it’s from this century. It’s great way to keep up with both Russian news and goings-on elsewhere in the world.
8. Colombia,s cultural center as well as its political capital, ________ is sometimes called the Athens of South America.
“Bogotá, Bogot-Egis, Al-Baqqat-Alta or colloquially also called Bosa, is a city and capital of Colombia. It is the capital of Cundinamarca Department. It is located in the center–west of the country with an area (larger than Rome) and population of about 8.8 million people.”
9. What organization did Beethoven write his Ninth Symphony for?
Answer: Philharmonic Society of London.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of London’s most renowned orchestras. It was founded in 1945 by German-born conductor Otto Klemperer and became the resident orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in 1951. Guest conductors have included Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.
10. The name of this fruit is also the name of a bird:
The kiwi fruit, or Chinese Gooseberry, is a vine-growing fruit native to China. It is primarily used as a dessert but can also be eaten as a breakfast dish with cereal or yogurt. The taste of the fruit has been described as being similar to an apple, banana, pineapple or strawberry and the texture has been described variously as being fibrous and custardy.
Kiwi birds are endemic to New Zealand, in the genus Apteryx and family Apterygidae. They are nocturnal ground-dwellers, meaning they sleep during the day with a cracked eggshell for shelter and during the night they sleep in burrows in which they have to take care of their young. The kiwi bird is not endangered but it has been hunted back to an alarming extent, so there are only around 70,000 left in existence. Kiwis are also known as a “long-beaked” variety of ratites owing to its rodent-like characteristics that distinguish them from other avian species.
Top Trivia Questions Part 2
11. What three instruments figure in a classical piano trio?
Answer: Piano, Violin, Cello.
A piano trio is a group of three musicians that performs music for piano, violin and cello. They are usually part of a chamber music ensemble, trios are also called chamber ensembles. They may be composed either as a piano trio (piano, violin and cello) or with other combinations of string instruments (violin trio) or wind instruments (wind trio).
12. In politics, which former KGB agent succeeded Boris Yeltsin as president of Russia?
Answer: Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin is the President of Russia. Putin has served as President since 2012, and he is currently in his fourth term. He previously served as President from 2000 to 2008.
Putin is also the Chairman of United Russia, a political party that holds power in Russia and has been described by critics as “the only real political party of the Russian Federation”, and the largest party in the country.
13. Who was U.S. Vice President under Abraham Lincoln?
Answer: Andrew Johnson.
“Born in 1808, Johnson was a tailor when the Civil War began in 1861. When Tennessee seceded from the Union, he was elected to the state legislature where he supported secession and served as a Confederate senator. On February 9, 1865, Lincoln appointed him to replace Edwin Stanton as his Secretary of War.” Andrew Johnson was the first President who was not a member of a political party. He was a tailor from Tennessee and he supported slavery. Andrew Johnson became Vice President when Abraham Lincoln was killed. His nickname was “the tailor”
14. What is the largest living bird?
The largest extant bird alive today, the ostrich has a height of 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.5 metres) and can weigh up to 150 pounds (68 kg). Ostriches are native to Africa, but because they were hunted for their feathers, the birds now exist primarily in captivity or on farms in Australia and North America.
Ostriches live up to 40 years in the wild but more typically live 20 years or less in captivity because of stress from lack of space combined with a diet that is not adequate for their needs.
15. Which public holiday is celebrated in the USA on 4 July every year?
Answer: Independence Day.
In the United States, July 4 is celebrated as Independence Day. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.
The day is also a federal holiday observed by many U.S.
16. What chemical will burn violently when mixed with water, but not at all in kerosene?
Sodium is a chemical element with the symbol Na (from Latin natrium) and atomic number 11. A soft, silvery-white, highly reactive metal, sodium is an alkali metal and the sixth element in the period table.
In ionic compounds, such as table salt, sodium mostly loses its one outer electron and becomes a positively charged ion designated Na+. Sodium metal is too reactive to occur in nature but can be produced through electrolysis of sodium hydroxide or through an electric arc. The most common naturally occurring minerals of sodium are halite (NaCl) or rock salt (NaAlSiO4).
17. What are the two colors of the Canadian flag?
Answer: Red and white.
The maple leaf is Canada’s national symbol and appears on its national flag. Red and white are Canada’s national colors.
18.This American contributed greatly to the science of agriculture, and he also helped shape the future lunches of many Americans by inventing peanut butter. Can you name the scientist?
Answer: George Washington Carver.
George Washington Carver is one of the most well-known chemists of all time. He created an entirely new type of agricultural system and invented over 100 uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans. He was a botanist who traveled around to educate others on these crops as well as the benefits they had to offer.
Carver’s work led him to be named director of agriculture at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where he trained many people in his methods. Among these was Booker T. Washington who would later become his assistant and succeeded him as director after he died from tuberculosis in 1943.
19. What type of odorous animal is also known as a polecat?
Answer: A skunk.
skunk, ˈskʌŋk/ noun – a striped arboreal mammal of the weasel family, typically black with a white stripe on each cheek: when attacked or frightened, it ejects an unpleasant fluid from anal glands
20. The first U.S. coins were made in which year?
The first coins used in the United States were hand-struck silver pieces like this sixpence. For centuries, Spanish and Mexican coins had been the only coins circulating in America, but they became scarce because of new methods of mining ore. The U.S. Mint issued its first piece of American-made coinage on April 2, 1792: a quarter-dollar coin made from copper with a diameter of 1 3/4 inches (44 mm). The “Liberty Cap” design went into production later that year as the first official U.S. coin type to be struck at Philadelphia’s newly created mint facility on Chestnut Street (today 55 N 5th St.).
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