Trivia Challenge Questions and Answers
Trivia Challenge Questions Part 1
1) Who was the last man to walk on the moon?
Answer: Eugene Cernan
2) Which animal is not a rodent?
B) Prairie dog
The titmouse is actually a type of bird.
3) In history, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1803 from what country?
4) In its natural, unchopped state, which of these foods can be likened to a miniature tree?
D) Ear of corn
5) Which poet used the character Sweeney to symbolize brutal 20th century mankind?
A) Robert Frost
B) T.S. Eliot
C) Robert Lowell
D) Robinson Jeffers
E) E.E. Cummings
Among other things, godless Sweeney is a rapist and murderer.
6) Gastrin is a hormone that is produced by glands found in the:
E) Small intestine
Gastrin stimulates the secretion of gastric juice.
7) In which year did the Berlin Wall come down?
8) What event marked the beginning of World War II?
Answer: Germany’s invasion of Poland
The actual fighting began when German troops crossed the border into Poland on September 1, 1939. Pledged to support Poland, Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later. The United States did not enter the war until December 1941.
9) In art history, which ear did Vincent van Gogh cut off, his left or his right?
Answer: His left
10) Why does snow appear white?
A) Each snow crystal grows around a piece of white dust
B) It retains the white part of the cloud from which it falls
C) Each crystal has many reflecting surfaces
D) To provide camouflage for polar bears
The large number of reflecting surfaces on each crystal makes snow appear white even though the individual crystals are transparent.
11) Who was the first actor to portray Hamlet, Lear and Macbeth?
A) Edwin Booth
B) Henry Irving
C) John Drew
D) Richard Burbage
E) David Garrick
Considered the first great English thespian, he premiered the plays of 7 different artists.
12) Which Frances Hodgson Burnett novel became a film hit in 1993?
A) The Secret Garden
B) Little Lord Fauntleroy
C) The Little Princess
13) In holidays, which U.S. federal observance occurs on the last Monday in May?
Answer: Memorial Day
14) Who was the first woman to swim the English Channel?
Answer: Gertrude Ederle
15) What was the name of the first American sent into space?
Answer: On May 5,1961, astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. became the first American in space in a 15 minute, 28 second suborbital flight. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth in 1962.
Trivia Challenge Questions Part 2
16) Which planet in the solar system is more than twice as big as all the others put together?
17) Which country is located immediately east of Chile?
18) A treatment which provides relief from, but does not cure, a disease is called:
The word is derived from the latin “palliatus,” meaning “cloaked.”
19) What colorful sea lies at one end of the Great Wall of China?
Answer: The Yellow Sea
20) There are three types of recognized muscles in the human body. They are
A) Smooth, skeletal, and cardiac
B) Sinewy, cardiac, and ligamentary
C) Cardiac, ligamentary, and skeletal
There are three types of muscular tissue: smooth, skeletal, and cardiac. Smooth muscle is found in the skin, internal organs, reproductive system, major blood vessels, and excretory system. Most skeletal muscle is attached to the skeleton by tendons. Cardiac muscle composes most of the heart.
21) What is the world’s largest frog?
Answer: The goliath frog. It ranges in size from 4-16 inches. This frog is found mainly in the countries of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. They are one of the few amphibians alive today which inhabited the Earth prior to the dinosaurs.
22) Who was the first African American U.S. Secretary of State?
Answer: Colin Powell
23) The Niger Delta is located in which country?
24) What is the Shatt al Arab?
B) Dry lake bed
25) In a star life cycle, the name given to a ball of gas that has not yet begun to produce light is a:
B) Brown dwarf
C) Black hole
26) Who was the first Englishman to put a dinosaur on show?
Answer: Richard Owen
27) Ships are made from iron. The reason why they do not sink is because:
A) Iron has a density less than water
B) They have a large surface area of the hull
C) They are filled with air
28) A chemical reaction that gives out heat energy is called:
29) Examples of reptiles are:
A) Snakes and turtles
B) Crocodiles and eels
C) Dinosaurs and lungfish
30) Who wrote Italian and Scottish symphonies?
Answer: Felix Mendelssohn
Trivia Challenge Questions Part 3
31) What was the name of the British naturalist who developed a theory of evolutionary change?
Answer: Charles Darwin.
32) Which Australian state was the first to have its own flag in 1856?
33) Upon how many hills was Rome built?
34) Which of the countries in the British Isles is said to have the highest density of sheep in the world?
35) President Lincoln was a Republican. True or false?
36) What do you call a grouping of kittens?
Answer: A kindle or litter of kittens
37) Which president introduced macaroni to the United States?
Answer: Thomas Jefferson
Returning from his duties as U.S. ambassador to France, Jefferson brough back the first macaroni machine.
38) What famous well did Edwin Drake drill in August 1859?
Answer: The world’s first oil well, in Titusville, Pennsylvania
39) Before 1818, Oregon was
C) Claimed by four nations
D) Part of Canada
40) In 2003, which country was the number one origin of refugees?
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