100 Fun Trivia and Quiz Questions with Answers
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.
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