Adele Cosgrove-Bray is a writer, poet, and artist who lives on the Wirral peninsula in England.
This fun list is suitable for all age groups and can be used for pub quizzes, parties, social clubs or schools. A variety of subjects will be covered, so everyone can join in with the fun. Feel free to print this page.
We start with ten ice-breaker questions. Answers will be found in italics following each question.
- How many colours are there in a rainbow? 7.
- Name the dog in the traditional "Punch and Judy Show". Toby.
- What is the name of red earthenware pottery, which remains porous when unglazed? Terracotta.
- What is a large tent called when used to house a circus? Big Top.
- Which black mineral, especially popular with Victorians, was used to make jewellery? Jet.
- What do you call a time span of one thousand years? Millennium.
- When did the world celebrate its most recent millennium? Year 2000.
- How many degrees are found in a circle? 360.
- The Dewey Decimal system is used to categorise what? Books.
- How many squares are there on a chess board? 64.
The Fun Begins
- What was the very first women's magazine called? The Ladies Mercury.
- What colour is the brandy liquor called Chartreuse? Green or yellow.
- By what name is Norma Jean Baker more commonly known? Marilyn Monroe.
- What is the Scottish drink made from whisky and heather honey called? Drambuie.
- Name the suffragette who threw herself under King George V's horse in 1913? Emily Davison.
- What life-saving device did Sir Humphry Davy invent? Miner's safety lamp, the Davy Lamp.
- The word 'bible' comes from the Greek 'biblion'—what does biblion mean? Book.
- Name the historical prince whose name was used by Bram Stoker in his famous novel. Dracula.
- Name the four main human blood groups. A, B, AB and O.
- Who was the legendary king who was killed at the Battle of Camelford? Arthur.
The Fun Continues
- How many points does a compass have? 32.
- Name all four of the Marx Brothers. Groucho, Zeppo, Harpo and Chico.
- What do you call the pudding made with ice cream on sponge, which is covered by meringue? Baked Alaska.
- Who became the first female president and head of state in Latin America? Maria Estela Isabel Peron.
- What did Sir Christopher Cockerell invent? Hovercraft.
- What does the Latin phrase 'caveat emptor' mean? Let the buyer beware.
- Who wrote a series of novels about orcs, hobbits, goblins and elves? JR Tolkien.
- What are the four types of teeth? Molars, pre-molars, incisors and canines.
- Name the gold coin introduced by Henry VII. Sovereign.
- Who composed the music for the ballets Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake? Tchaikovsky.
- Who was known as The Tramp or The King of Comedy? Charlie Chaplin.
- If you were eating du Barry, what would you be eating? Cauliflower soup.
- Who was known as the Welsh Wizard? David Lloyd George.
- Name the type of footwear invented in 1815, which enables the wearer to move very quickly over smooth, flat ground. Roller skates.
- Which book featured the eloi and the morlocks? The Time Machine.
- Which hormone controls the supply of sugar between muscles and blood? Insulin.
- In Japanese, what is the word for goodbye? Sayonara.
- How many American cents make up a dime? 10.
- Which annual English festival of music was founded by the conductor Sir Henry Joseph Wood in 1895? Promenade Concerts.
- Which illness wiped out thousands of people across Europe during the 14th Century? Bubonic Plague.
The Deep End
- Name the craft of knotting threads to create decorative yet useful objects. Macrame.
- What is a bouquet garni? Bunch of herbs used to add flavour to food.
- Name the Chinese game played with small tiles. Mah-jong.
- Which delicacy is loved by pigs, who dig for it around tree roots? Truffles.
- What do you call the smell which wine gives off? Bouquet.
- What was John Wayne's original name? Marion Morrison.
- Name the French blue cheese made from ewe's milk. Roquefort.
- Whose statue in Red Square was pulled down in 1991? Lenin's.
- What are espadrilles? Sandals.
- How many sets of petals does a Tudor rose have? 5.
The Fun Never Stops
- How many strings does a cello have? 4.
- In which year did Britain start using the decimal currency? 1971.
- What is the average temperature of the human body, in degrees centigrade? 37.
- What was the name of the Bronte sister's brother? Branwell.
- What is an antonym? A word which is the opposite of another word.
- Who invented Kodak cameras? George Eastman.
- Name the train which was designed and driven by George Stephenson. Locomotion No.1.
- What is the bluebird of symbol of? Happiness.
- Which former American president had a popular children's toy named after him? Theodore Roosevelt.
- What is rum distilled from? Sugar cane.
Bring It On
- Who was the very first female member of Parliament in Britain? Nancy Astor.
- What nationality of soldiers wear a white kilt? Greek.
- Which common household item, usually found in a kitchen or utility room, did Hamilton Smith invent in 1858? Washing machine.
- Which British coin was also known as a bob? Shilling.
- Which traditional Scottish musical instrument was once banned under English law? Bag pipes.
- What were the names of the two mythological children who were raised by a wolf in Italy? Romulus and Remus.
- Which fictional character was also known as Lord Greystoke? Tarzan.
- What is the Chinese system of medicine called, which uses slender needles inserted into the body at specific points? Acupuncture.
- Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales—what was his first name? Geoffrey.
- Name the Celtic language spoken in Brittany. Breton.
More Questions to Ponder
- What was Che Guevara's nationality? Argentinian.
- Before pirates used it, whose ships flew the skull and cross-bones flag? Knights Templar.
- Which field of artistry did Louis Daguerre develop? Photography.
- The feeling of having already experienced something which is now happening again is known as what? Deja vu.
- Who wrote The Grapes of Wrath? John Steinbeck.
- How many sides does a dodecagon have? 12.
- How many symphonies did Beethoven compose? 9.
- Name the Spartan king who married Helen of Troy. Menelaus.
- In British mythology, who were Gog and Magog? Giants.
- What is kaolin also known as? China clay.
- Who invented the jet engine? Frank Whittle.
- What are tarot cards usually used for? Fortune telling.
- Who was the author of the once-popular Father Brown detective novels? GK Chesterton.
- Which fictional character lived at 221b Baker Street? Sherlock Holmes.
- Which two numbers are used in binary code? 0 and 1.
- The popular piano piece known as "Clair de Lune" was composed by whom? Debussy.
- According to Greek mythology, who stole fire for mankind's benefit? Prometheus.
- Which species of mollusc and a planet share a name? Venus.
- How many lines should a limerick have? 5.
- Which English village, found near Rochester in Kent, gave its name to correctional facilities for young adults? Borstal.
- What sort of animals feature in the children's book, Watership Down? Rabbits.
- In which English abbey would you find Poets' Corner? Westminster.
- Which branch of mathematics deals with the sides and angles of triangles, and their relationship to each other? Trigonometry.
- Who invented a system of shorthand based on sounds, not letters? Sir Isaac Pitman.
- Who wrote the novel David Copperfield? Charles Dickens.
- What was Mozart's full baptismal name? Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.
- What sort of creature did St George allegedly slay? Dragon.
- What was a Puffing Billy? Steam train.
- How many pockets does a snooker table have? 6.
- Which historical event is remembered in the nursery rhyme, Ring-a-ring O' Roses? The Great Plague of 1665.
More Trivia Questions
- Free Fun 100 Question Quiz
If you are seeking a fun, free quiz, then look no further! Here are one hundred quiz questions, with the answers in italics beside them. This quiz is great for many situations, such as parties, social groups, pub quizzes or school groups.
Neville Davidson on July 21, 2020:
Brilliant fount of general knowledge. I wish more kids would read instead of turning into Trumpettes.
jose holt on March 30, 2020:
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Prajwal on August 15, 2019:
Questions love it
jay ann on August 04, 2019:
thank you verry this helps me a lot for my competition
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on June 23, 2019:
I've created a whole series of quizzes, if you care to try those.
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on March 24, 2019:
Thank you; I hope your get-together goes well.
Jackie on March 22, 2019:
Love your quizzes - plan to use at a sorority function.
robyn on February 21, 2019:
copy and paste that's what I did
Jillian Marina on January 12, 2019:
Love the quiz! Great for all ages too!
john ibbotson on January 05, 2019:
excellent please give us more.
anantia on January 01, 2019:
add small puzzles please !
Paddy Davitt on December 18, 2018:
Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to parliament but did not take her seat in 1918. Nancy Astor was the first to take her seat in 1919.
John Smith from New York on August 12, 2018:
Great list, thanks!
Shirley Ford on March 20, 2018:
Love these trivia
Shan-i on February 16, 2018:
These quizzes are amazing
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on September 27, 2017:
Thanks for sharing this. I'd be interested to see the source of your information.
Looby Lucifer on September 26, 2017:
I'm afraid the question about the nursery rhyme Ring-a-Ring O'Roses been associated with the great plague of 1665 is wrong. As fanciful as it sounds, it's nothing more than an urban myth.
ugne on September 25, 2017:
Wow! This quiz is amazing! my 5 year old got all of them right and a week later we got a prize in our mail. It was a buttscratcher!! Amazing I recommend to everyone
Summer LeBlanc from USA on July 25, 2016:
This would be a great hub to read for a person who likes jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit. :)
Aditi S. More on November 25, 2013:
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mansi nagpal on January 09, 2013:
very interesting ouestion
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Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on August 06, 2012:
There are two ways: either press the print button on your computer, which will print-off the whole page, or use Copy & Paste the Q&As into a Word file then print that.
michele on August 05, 2012:
how do i print off the quizz?