Adele Cosgrove-Bray is a writer, poet, and artist who lives on the Wirral peninsula in England.
Play Trivia Games for Parties!
If you are seeking a fun and free quiz, then look no further! Here are one hundred trivia questions with the answers in italics. They're divided into groups of ten on different subjects, so everyone can join in no matter how diverse their interests.
This trivia quiz is great for many situations:
- Social gatherings
- Pub events
- School groups
It's also suitable for all ages, though very young children might struggle with some of the questions. Feel free to print this off for any non-profit-making purpose.
Ten Easy Ice-Breakers
- Who was the legendary Benedictine monk who invented champagne? Dom Perignon.
- Name the largest freshwater lake in the world? Lake Superior.
- Where would you find the Sea of Tranquility? The Moon.
- What is someone who shoes horses called? A farrier.
- What item of clothing was named after its Scottish inventor? A Mackintosh.
- What kind of weapon is a falchion? A sword.
- Which word goes before vest, beans and quartet? String.
- What is another word for lexicon? Dictionary.
- Name the seventh planet from the sun. Uranus.
- Who invented the rabies vaccination? Louis Pasteur.
Ten Questions About Countries
- Which is the only American state to begin with the letter 'p'? Pennsylvania.
- Name the world's biggest island. Greenland.
- What is the world's longest river? Amazon.
- Name the world's largest ocean. Pacific.
- What is the diameter of Earth? 8,000 miles.
- Where would you find the world's most ancient forest? Daintree Forest north of Cairns, Australia.
- Which four British cities have underground rail systems? Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle and London.
- What is the capital city of Spain? Madrid.
- Which country is Prague in? Czech Republic.
- Which English town was a forerunner of the Parks Movement and the first city in Europe to have a street tram system? Birkenhead.
Ten Questions About Movies
- Name the actor who starred in 142 films including The Quiet Man, The Shootist, The Searchers and Stagecoach. John Wayne.
- Name the film noir actress who starred in I Married a Witch, The Glass Key, So Proudly We Hail! and Sullivan's Travels. Veronica Lake.
- What is the oldest film ever made, and when was it made? Roundhay Garden Scene made in 1888.
- Which actress has won the most Oscars? Katharine Hepburn, with 4 Oscars and 12 nominations.
- Which actress said, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night," in All About Eve? Bette Davis (as Margo Channing.)
- Name the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson.
- Who played Neo in The Matrix? Keanu Reeves.
- Name the actress whose career began at the age of 3, and who went on to star in films such as Contact, Maverick and The Silence of the Lambs? Jodie Foster.
- Bray Studios, near Windsor in Berkshire, was home to which famous brand of horror films? Hammer Horror.
- In which film did Humphrey Bogart say, "We'll always have Paris?" Casablanca.
10 Questions About Gardening
- By what name is Lancelot Brown more usually known? Capability Brown.
- Name the world famous gardens situated ten miles outside of London, close to the River Thames. Kew Gardens.
- Which popular gardener created Barnsdale Gardens and was the author of many books such as The Ornamental Kitchen Garden, 'Gardeners World' Practical Gardening Course and Paradise Gardens? Geoff Hamilton.
- Which garden is considered to be among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
- What colour is a Welsh poppy? Yellow.
- What colour is a Himalayan poppy? Blue.
- Name the organic gardener who is almost as famous for his long blond plait as he is for his books such as Going Organic and The Gourmet Gardener and his regular appearances on the BBC radio's Gardener's Question Time. Bob Flowerdew.
- Give the alternative name for a Mountain Ash tree. Rowan.
- Which kind of bulbs were once exchanged as a form of currency? Tulips.
- By which Latin name was Rosa Gallica previously known? Rosa Mundi.
10 Questions About Sports
- What colour jersey is worn by the winners of each stage of the Tour De France? Yellow.
- Name the only heavyweight boxing champion to finish his career of 49 fights without ever having been defeated? Rocky Marciano.
- Which sport does Constantino Rocca play? Golf.
- Name the country where you would find the Cresta Run. Switzerland.
- How many times was the Men's Tennis Singles at Wimbledon won by Bjorn Borg? Five.
- In 2011, which country hosted a Formula 1 race for the first time? India.
- Name the game played on a lawn called a 'crown green'. Bowls.
- Which chess piece can only move diagonally? A bishop.
- Name the only footballer to have played for Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United. Peter Beardsley.
- In football, who was nicknamed 'The Divine Ponytail'? Roberto Baggio.
10 Questions About the Arts
- Name the three primary colours. Red, yellow and blue.
- In needlework, what does UFO refer to? An unfinished object.
- Name the famous ballet Russian dancer who changed the face of modern ballet. Rudolf Nureyev.
- What is the painting 'La Gioconda' more usually known as? The Mona Lisa.
- What does the term 'piano' mean? To be played softly.
- Name the Spanish artist, sculptor and draughtsman famous for co-founding the Cubist movement. Pablo Picasso.
- How many valves does a trumpet have? Three.
- Who painted How Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Percival were Fed with the Sanc Grael; But Sir Percival's Sister Died by the Way? Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
- If you were painting with tempera, what would you be using to bind together colour pigments? Egg yolk.
- What is John Leach famous for making? Pottery.
10 Questions About History
- When was William Shakespeare born? 23rd April 1564.
- On what date did the Battle of Culloden take place? 16th April 1746.
- Who was Henry VIll's first wife? Catherine of Aragon.
- Which famous battle between the British Royal Navy and the combined fleets of the French Navy and Spanish Navy took place on 21st October 1805? Battle of Trafalgar.
- Who became the British Prime Minister after Winston Churchill in 1955? Sir Robert Anthony Eden, The 1st Earl of Avon.
- When did Margaret Thatcher become Prime Minister? 1979.
- When did the Cold War end? 1989.
- Who was the architect who designed the Millennium Dome? Richard Rogers.
- When did the Eurostar train service between Britain and France start running? 14th November 1994.
- When was the euro introduced as legal currency on the world market? 1st January 1999.
10 Questions About Books
- What is the oldest surviving printed book in the world? The Diamond Sutra, dated at 868 AD.
- In publishing, what does POD mean? Print on demand.
- Name the author of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Dr No and Thunderball, among others. Ian Fleming.
- Which Shakespeare play features Shylock? The Merchant of Venice.
- Who wrote the novel Death in Venice, which was later made into a film of the same name? Thomas Mann.
- Who wrote the Vampire Chronicles, which include the novels Armand, Blood and Gold and Interview with the Vampire? Anne Rice.
- What is an e-book? A book available in a digital, rather than printed, format.
- How tall would a double elephant folio book be? 50 inches.
- Who wrote the contemporary children's books about mermaids set on the coast of Cornwall? Helen Dunmore.
- How old is the world's oldest dictionary? Cuneiform tablets with bilingual Sumerian-Akkadian word-lists have been dated to 2300 BC.
10 Questions About TV
- In "Thunderbirds", what was Lady Penelope's chauffeur called? Parker.
- On "Blue Peter", what was John Noakes's dog called? Shep.
- Name the BBC series about a shipping line set in Liverpool during the late 1800s. The Onedin Line.
- In the TV series Dad's Army, what was Captain Mainwaring's first name? George.
- Who invented TV? George Carey, a Boston civil servant, first thought up television in 1876. John Logie Baird is often quoted as its inventor but his ideas didn't come along until the 1920's.
- What was the most watched UK TV programme of all time? Eastenders, when Den divorced Angie, which drew 30.10 million viewers on 25th December 1986.
- Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey was as famous for her flamboyant character as for her cookery books and TV show throughout the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. By what name was she more usually known? Fanny Cradock.
- Which popular BBC series about old collectables began in 1979, presented by Bruce Parker and Arthur Negus, and is still running to this day? Antiques Roadshow.
- Which BBC music programme was broadcast weekly between 1964 and 2006? Top of the Pops.
- Alastair Burnett, Sandy Gall, Reginald Bosanquet, Alastair Stewart, Carol Barnes and Trevor McDonald were all regular presenters of which TV programme? ITV News at Ten.
10 Questions About Food and Drink
- If you had Lafite-Rothschild on your dinner table, what would it be? Wine.
- What is sushi traditionally wrapped in? Edible seaweed.
- May Queen, Wisley Crab, Foxwhelps and Lane's Prince Albert are all species of what? Apples.
- What is allspice alternatively known as? Pimento.
- What colour is Absynthe? Green.
- What flavour is Cointreau? Orange.
- If you were to cut a hare into pieces, marinate it in wine and juniper berries then stew this slowly in a sealed container, what would this recipe be called? Jugged hare.
- Fried tarantulas, eggs boiled just before they're due to hatch, live octopus, and puffin hearts eaten raw when still-warm are all traditional foods—true or false? True.
- How many crocus flowers does it take to make a pound of saffron? Up to 75,000 flowers, which is enough to fill an entire football pitch.
- Costing around $2,600 per pound and made only to order by Knipschildt, what is the name of this chocolate truffle? Chocopologie.
Questions & Answers
Question: Who was Charles Dickens?
Answer: Dickens was a Victorian novelist, who brought peoples' attention to the poverty of the working classes.
Question: Who was Bertie Wooster's butler?
© 2011 Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Boy on August 10, 2020:
I like your questions it was very interesting thank you Adele
Nicki Manousakis on July 21, 2020:
I fond your questions very interesting, thank you. I certainly learn from them. learned that Australia is classed as a continent and not an an island. interesting.
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on July 20, 2020:
I'm sure a quick Google search would unearth some questions for you, Ella.
Ella Roserman on July 15, 2020:
My brother is have a birthday party soon and I felt terrible that his birthday was in quarantine so I asked him what his favorite movies are and he said Harry Potter and Sonic the Hedgehog. I was wondering if you have any trivia questions about Famous movies such as Harry Potter or Sonic the hedgehog. Please type some in this chat if you do.
Thank You So Much,
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on July 05, 2020:
It would be a dull quiz if the questions were too easy.
Trivia on July 05, 2020:
I love these. I am making a trivia game for my fam and they will be stumped on these questions!
Teijah on July 04, 2020:
i found these questions and answers not that helpful because i don't think my family would know those questions (:
roreto8890_532753q5 on June 27, 2020:
Serena on June 22, 2020:
Anne on June 21, 2020:
I am using a few of you questions to add to my family quiz. great questions.
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on June 13, 2020:
I hope you have a good time at the party. And you're more than welcome to have fun with this quiz.
niwsow on June 12, 2020:
I am using some of these questions for my sisters party, is that ok?
chloe mitchell on June 10, 2020:
ace cool questions
PRUDENCE MELHUISH on June 06, 2020:
these where really good thanks
Ben on June 02, 2020:
Great Questions! It was perfect for the project I was doing!
Tom Casserly on May 30, 2020:
I love these
here sir on May 10, 2020:
I love these quiz questions
Chris on May 08, 2020:
The largest island question should have read..."What is the world's largest island that is not considered a continent?"
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on April 28, 2020:
Thanks, Jan; I hope your and your family enjoy my series of quizzes.
Some of the questions have generated a fair amount of debate, as the answers vary depending on which source of information is referred to.
Jan Kretschmann on April 27, 2020:
Thanks for these trivia questions Adele. They will be very useful for our family video get-togethers in this time of COVID isolation.
I notice you answer Greenland as biggest Island. I had been taught in geography that Australia was the biggest Island but the smallest continent and most Australians see themselves as living on an Island. I read down the comments and some have said it can't be both. So I googled and it seems: "According to Britannica, an island is a mass of land that is both “entirely surrounded by water” and also “smaller than a continent." By that definition, Australia can't be an island because it's already a continent. ... Unfortunately, there isn't a strict scientific definition of a continent."
I am definitely including this Question in my next family video conference quiz just to engage some discussion - and no one is likely to get it right (ha ha).
lucyyyyy on April 24, 2020:
thanks so much my friend Alana knew none of the questions hahaha she's so stupid
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on April 24, 2020:
Thank you; I've created a large series of these quizzes which you can find easily via my profile page, which you can reach by clicking on my name.
Normal person on April 24, 2020:
Cool bro when is there more?btw great questions
Esme on April 14, 2020:
Myself and my twin brother used some of these in our parents, that had no clue what the answers were!
Kate on April 13, 2020:
lots of things i don´t know
G Davies on April 12, 2020:
Chris Payne on April 11, 2020:
canny on April 08, 2020:
Josh on April 03, 2020:
So many things I didn't know!
Finley on April 02, 2020:
Good for family
Mark Cameron on March 31, 2020:
Question regarding the Tour De France is not correct. The yellow jersey is awarded to the rider who leads the general classification i.e. has the outright lead. It is possible to win a stage and not get the jersey. Also possible to lose a stage and retain the jersey.
Towser on March 30, 2020:
Lots of discussion as to the longest river. My understanding is that from starting point to finish point measured in a straight lineit is the Nile.....but because the Amazon weaves left and right a lot, in total length the Amazon is the longest...
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on February 20, 2020:
Apparently, this depends on how a river is measured - as the crow flies or including every twist and turn in the river's route.
Duncs on February 19, 2020:
Great quizz. The Nile is the longest river btw
Alper Cumhur on February 12, 2020:
idk on January 30, 2020:
hi how are u guys
hihihihihihihihihi on January 02, 2020:
I like this
Amelie on December 31, 2019:
This is the best quiz ever my whole family did it on Christmas Day and couldn’t stop !
Samantha Golden on December 05, 2019:
I love these trivia Q&As so much!! I play google trivia Q&A in some fb groups im in and first to get all 10 correct win cash!!! These are my favorites!!
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on November 26, 2019:
Thank you for your interest in my quiz series, however all of my writings are protected by Copyright and therefore hosting or sharing them elsewhere online or otherwise without my consent is illegal and unethical.
barakolli on November 25, 2019:
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F A G on November 21, 2019:
Anjali Bolan on November 20, 2019:
These are amazing questions
katie-john Rowland on October 13, 2019:
I liked. IT So much i would like to do it again some time
Odara on October 10, 2019:
Pretty sure longest river is in Egypt NILE
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on October 08, 2019:
You're most welcome.
Jumoke on October 07, 2019:
The quiz is very interesting and a bit complex.I actually really enjoy the quiz,it is very educating and enlightening.Thank you very much Adele.
Serge on October 04, 2019:
Baikal is the largest lake - 20% of the world’s fresh water (if you don’t count the Caspian Sea)
No Name on October 04, 2019:
I did ok i tested someone else
bp on September 27, 2019:
The Amazon is not the longest river in the world. The Nile is the longest. The Amazon is the largest river, but the Nile is longer
momos on September 07, 2019:
Readers are truly leaders... fab information,thanks a lot...
Ali Wahidi on August 13, 2019:
I love this general knowledge web also I have to learn plenty of them and I have test of this GK and I have to pass (wish me a luck guys)!!!
Dorothy Parker on July 30, 2019:
I just loved it !
Mufrid NIst on July 12, 2019:
Thank you so much.Be happy
Emma on June 17, 2019:
Thanks Adele; we enjoyed your quiz!
NeverFade on April 29, 2019:
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on April 21, 2019:
If, by "little ones", you mean very young children, then the educational level of this quiz is clearly beyond their capacity. Nowhere did I write that this quiz is aimed at infants.
Wendy on April 20, 2019:
These questions are way too hard for my little ones. Isn’t it for the whole family?
Linda on April 12, 2019:
The Nile is the longest river not the amazon
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on March 24, 2019:
Thank you; I'm glad to have helped while away the hours.
Taylor on March 23, 2019:
These where delightful to ask when we were on our road trip.
Matt Woodcock on March 18, 2019:
Fab quiz for my social gathering tonight - thanks!
birendra das on March 10, 2019:
great work. helpful for making questions as a teacher.
Juniper berry on March 06, 2019:
Found your questions very entertaining whilst relaxing on the 21st floor , in Melbourne on holiday. Will come back for more if you supply more.
Brayden on March 03, 2019:
I only got four wrong!
And I'm 10 birthday tommarow
James Sen on February 21, 2019:
Ya nan on February 17, 2019:
I liked the questions but they were to hard
like it on February 14, 2019:
All the quiz available here are interesting.
Tony on February 03, 2019:
Excellent Quiz that I selected for my Students last week of study to have fun finding the answers via the Internet! Thanks
Ll on January 31, 2019:
henry on January 13, 2019:
Very good family quiz.
Juana Melgoza on January 04, 2019:
Those were so easy
Sakshi Singh on January 04, 2019:
Erin on January 03, 2019:
This is a very good quiz I got almost 30 right WOW !
Adedamola o on January 01, 2019:
This is cool,nice and helpful
Walter from Braco Perthshire on December 24, 2018:
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Shruthi.A.Gowda on December 01, 2018:
Thanks for Browser
Shed on November 19, 2018:
Australia is classed as a continent and therefore, by definition, cannot also be classed as an island - therefore Greenland is correctly classed as worlds largest island
kag on November 12, 2018:
to "M" -- no, Australia is not the largest island. Continents are not considered "islands."
M on November 09, 2018:
Australia is the largest island not Greenland
Naman Singh from India on October 29, 2018:
You've done a great job
Who was Edward Jenner ? on October 22, 2018:
Edward Jenner was a farmer who discovered the smallpox vaccine and saved millions of lives to come!!
Mehmood on October 22, 2018:
gu on October 17, 2018:
thanks a lot
joe on October 08, 2018:
i m surely going win the trivia
Mel on October 02, 2018:
This is very interesting thanks for sharing
GilliB on October 02, 2018:
Thank you very much from Australia for sharing your skill and knowledge
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love yadubansi on August 28, 2018:
i found it little interesting .
name on August 28, 2018:
I found it very easy and fun.
Kay on August 28, 2018:
Great mix of questions, I'm organising a trivia game at my next quilt retreat. I did one last year and it was so popular we all had such a laugh.
Izzy walter on August 23, 2018:
This quiz was very fun for my husband and children, my children wouldn’t go to bed till late!
IREBE on August 10, 2018:
this quiz is good but too hard try to make it simple so every one can understand
DHFA on August 07, 2018:
Cn u add more questions bout sports and movies???
laxmi on August 06, 2018:
Nice this help me very much
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This was very hard but it was quite enjoyable