Quiz General Knowledge
Test your brain, general knowledge and memory with our 10 trivia questions. As always, the answers are complete with interesting and fun facts to increase you knowledge and impress colleagues. Covering areas such as sport, ancient history, the arts and entertainment, how will you do in our quiz? Have a go, share your result and challenge your friends.
1. What would you expect to find in Charles Messier's catalog?
Charles Messier was a French astronomer who lived from 1730 to 1817. He produced a list of astronomical objects in his "Catalogue des Nébuleuses et des Amas d'Étoiles", now commonly know as the Messier catalogue
2. The movie 'All the President's Men' starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman is about which U.S. scandal?
The movie tells the story of how two Washington Post journalists investigated and exposed the Watergate burglaries, resulting in the resignation of President Nixon.
3. The American musician and singer-songwriter Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959. What was the cause?
Although his career was fairly short, Buddy Holly was one of the most influential musicians of all time and his music is still widely played today.
4. In which Shakespeare play does Bottom get his head turned into that of a donkey?
The mischievous sprite Puck performs the feat of magic on Bottom and Titania, the Fairy Queen, falls in love with him while in the grip of an enchanted potion!
5. In the United States, which is the smallest state by land area?
With an area of only 2,706 square kilometres, Rhode Island is tiny compared to most of the other states
6. Which of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was sited at Pharos in the eastern Mediterranean?
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also sometimes known as the Pharos of Alexandria, was constructed between 284 BC and 246 BC and lasted to the early 1300's. It is estimated to have been about 103 to 118 m (338 to 387 ft) in height - pretty big even by today's standards!
7. What is a 9 litre bottle of wine generally called?
At 9 litres a Salmanazar holds as much wine as an entire case of standard bottles. This isn't even as big as they go either!
8. What was unusual about the 1912 Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, held annually on the River Thames?
The race was re-run on the following Monday, April 1st. Oxford won the race with a lead of sixth boat lengths, their fourth victory in a row.
9. One of the most amazing pieces of art in the world, who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?
It took Michelangelo four years, 1508 to 1512, to complete the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and covering an area of 500 square metres and featuring over 300 figures.
10. What would you normally do with a 'marimba'?
A marimba is a percussion instrument which looks like a complicated wooden xylophone with plumbing, so you should hit it with a rubber mallet!
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