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100 Fun Trivia and Quiz Questions with Answers

Updated on November 9, 2016
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Adele Cosgrove-Bray a novelist, poet, and artist who lives on the Wirral peninsula in England.

Trivia Games for Parties or Social Groups!

If you are seeking a fun, free quiz, then look no further! Here are one hundred trivia questions with the answers in italics. They're broken into groups of ten, on different subjects, so everyone can join in no matter how diverse the interests.

This trivia quiz is great for many situations, such as parties, social groups, pub events, or school groups. It's is 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

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  1. Who was the legendary Benedictine monk who invented champagne? Dom Perignon.
  2. Name the largest freshwater lake in the world? Lake Superior.
  3. Where would you find the Sea of Tranquility? The Moon.
  4. What is someone who shoes horses called? A farrier.
  5. What item of clothing was named after its Scottish inventor? A Mackintosh.
  6. What kind of weapon is a falchion? A sword.
  7. Which word goes before vest, beans and quartet? String.
  8. What is another word for lexicon? Dictionary.
  9. Name the seventh planet from the sun. Uranus.
  10. Who invented the rabies vaccination? Louis Pasteur.

Ten Questions About Countries

  1. Which is the only American state to begin with the letter 'p'? Pennsylvania.
  2. Name the world's biggest island. Greenland.
  3. What is the world's longest river? Amazon.
  4. Name the world's largest ocean. Pacific.
  5. What is the diameter of Earth? 8,000 miles.
  6. Where would you find the world's most ancient forest? Daintree Forest north of Cairns, Australia.
  7. Which four British cities have underground rail systems? Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle and London.
  8. What is the capital city of Spain? Madrid.
  9. Which country is Prague in? Czech Republic.
  10. 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

  1. Name the actor who starred in 142 films including The Quiet Man, The Shootist, The Searchers and Stagecoach. John Wayne.
  2. 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.
  3. What is the oldest film ever made, and when was it made? Roundhay Garden Scene made in 1888.
  4. Which actress has won the most Oscars? Katharine Hepburn, with 4 Oscars and 12 nominations.
  5. Which actress said, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night," in All About Eve? Bette Davis (as Margo Channing.)
  6. Name the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson.
  7. Who played Neo in The Matrix? Keanu Reeves.
  8. 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.
  9. Bray Studios, near Windsor in Berkshire, was home to which famous brand of horror films? Hammer Horror.
  10. In which film did Humphrey Bogart say, "We'll always have Paris?" Casablanca.

10 Questions About Gardening

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  1. By what name is Lancelot Brown more usually known? Capability Brown.
  2. Name the world famous gardens situated ten miles outside of London, close to the River Thames. Kew Gardens.
  3. 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.
  4. Which garden is considered to be among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
  5. What colour is a Welsh poppy? Yellow.
  6. What colour is a Himalayan poppy? Blue.
  7. 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.
  8. Give the alternative name for a Mountain Ash tree. Rowan.
  9. Which kind of bulbs were once exchanged as a form of currency? Tulips.
  10. By which Latin name was Rosa Gallica previously known? Rosa Mundi.

10 Questions About Sports

  1. What colour jersey is worn by the winners of each stage of the Tour De France? Yellow.
  2. Name the only heavyweight boxing champion to finish his career of 49 fights without ever having been defeated? Rocky Marciano.
  3. Which sport does Constantino Rocca play? Golf.
  4. Name the country where you would find the Cresta Run. Switzerland.
  5. How many times was the Men's Tennis Singles at Wimbledon won by Bjorn Borg? Five.
  6. In 2011, which country hosted a Formula 1 race for the first time? India.
  7. Name the game played on a lawn called a 'crown green'. Bowls.
  8. Which chess piece can only move diagonally? A bishop.
  9. Name the only footballer to have played for Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United. Peter Beardsley.
  10. In football, who was nicknamed 'The Divine Ponytail'? Roberto Baggio.

10 Questions About the Arts

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  1. Name the three primary colours. Red, yellow and blue.
  2. In needlework, what does UFO refer to? An unfinished object.
  3. Name the famous ballet Russian dancer who changed the face of modern ballet. Rudolf Nureyev.
  4. What is the painting 'La Gioconda' more usually known as? The Mona Lisa.
  5. What does the term 'piano' mean? To be played softly.
  6. Name the Spanish artist, sculptor and draughtsman famous for co-founding the Cubist movement. Pablo Picasso.
  7. How many valves does a trumpet have? Three.
  8. 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.
  9. If you were painting with tempera, what would you be using to bind together colour pigments? Egg yolk.
  10. What is John Leach famous for making? Pottery.

10 Questions About History

  1. When was William Shakespeare born? 23rd April 1564.
  2. On what date did the Battle of Culloden take place? 16th April 1746.
  3. Who was Henry VIll's first wife? Catherine of Aragon.
  4. 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.
  5. Who became the British Prime Minister after Winston Churchill in 1955? Sir Robert Anthony Eden, The 1st Earl of Avon.
  6. When did Margaret Thatcher become Prime Minister? 1979.
  7. When did the Cold War end? 1989.
  8. Who was the architect who designed the Millennium Dome? Richard Rogers.
  9. When did the Eurostar train service between Britain and France start running? 14th November 1994.
  10. When was the euro introduced as legal currency on the world market? 1st January 1999.

10 Questions About Books

  1. What is the oldest surviving printed book in the world? The Diamond Sutra, dated at 868 AD.
  2. In publishing, what does POD mean? Print on demand.
  3. Name the author of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Dr No and Thunderball, among others. Ian Fleming.
  4. Which Shakespeare play features Shylock? The Merchant of Venice.
  5. Who wrote the novel Death in Venice, which was later made into a film of the same name? Thomas Mann.
  6. Who wrote the Vampire Chronicles, which include the novels Armand, Blood and Gold and Interview with the Vampire? Anne Rice.
  7. What is an e-book? A book available in a digital, rather than printed, format.
  8. How tall would a double elephant folio book be? 50 inches.
  9. Who wrote the contemporary children's books about mermaids set on the coast of Cornwall? Helen Dunmore.
  10. 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

  1. In "Thunderbirds", what was Lady Penelope's chauffeur called? Parker.
  2. On "Blue Peter", what was John Noakes's dog called? Shep.
  3. Name the BBC series about a shipping line set in Liverpool during the late 1800s. The Onedin Line.
  4. In the TV series Dad's Army, what was Captain Mainwaring's first name? George.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Which BBC music programme was broadcast weekly between 1964 and 2006? Top of the Pops.
  10. 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

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  1. If you had Lafite-Rothschild on your dinner table, what would it be? Wine.
  2. What is sushi traditionally wrapped in? Edible seaweed.
  3. May Queen, Wisley Crab, Foxwhelps and Lane's Prince Albert are all species of what? Apples.
  4. What is allspice alternatively known as? Pimento.
  5. What colour is Absynthe? Green.
  6. What flavour is Cointreau? Orange.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Costing around $2,600 per pound and made only to order by Knipschildt, what is the name of this chocolate truffle? Chocopologie.

© 2011 Adele Cosgrove-Bray

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      Chris 3 days ago

      For all those asking Australia is NOT an island, it is a continental land mass. It has its own tectonic plate etc etc

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      dololo 4 days ago

      i think it was to hard

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      Andrés 7 days ago

      Who is the authority on these questions. Just curious. I have my doubts about some of these answers and information. Just saying. Interesting, but how accurate?

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      Dee 7 days ago

      Lake Balkhash, which consists of freshwater and the other half is saltwatehttps://hobbylark.com/party-games/FreeFun100Questi... is the 15th largest lake of the world.

      Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume, but Superior is the largest by area.

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      Mariah 10 days ago

      Lake Balkhash is the largest freshwater lake in the world

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      Boss 12 days ago

      Very nice question its will be helpful for me

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      Ira 2 weeks ago

      Nice GK questions. It will be very useful for me for my GK Olympiad examination

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      Ira 2 weeks ago

      The longest river in the world is Nile river in Africa.

      The largest river in the world is Amazon river in South America.

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      Jayda 2 weeks ago

      Yes Hype, Australia is a continent.

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      Ema 2 weeks ago

      Amazon is the longest river, the info is new because they discovered it only last spring I think

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      Hype 2 weeks ago

      Isn’t Australia a continent?

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      Margaret 3 weeks ago

      The largest island in the world is Australia - not Greenland

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      Michael Kearney 3 weeks ago

      The Nile is the longest river in the World and not the Amazon.

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      1234567890;-) 3 weeks ago

      Great for the game I am playing with my dad. He even found some questions challenging!

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      samantha 3 weeks ago

      great questions

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      THARUN KUMAR V 4 weeks ago

      SLEABBCR Ascending a game name

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      JJ 4 weeks ago

      This was too hard for my students to get for most of them!

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      lilly 5 weeks ago

      loved it

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      jules 5 weeks ago

      stella is wrong the amazon is the longest by less than 100 miles

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 5 weeks ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      Are we back on this debate again?!! :)

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      food freak 5 weeks ago

      way toooooooooooooo hard

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      stella 5 weeks ago

      nile is longest and amazon is largest river in the world

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      Elara Hathaway 5 weeks ago

      Wait...The Nile is longer than the Amazon..?

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      Caylan Joel Washington 6 weeks ago

      I only got one question.

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      Holly 6 weeks ago

      RUBBISH

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      AqoeSiSecret 7 weeks ago

      Isn't Nile River the longest river and not the Amazon

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      Gail Panda 2 months ago

      Thanks so for much this, hope it helps to our quiz bee

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      Sayeet 2 months ago

      This questions are cool nice

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      Doofus 2 months ago

      I really enjoyed this since I do quizzes with my friends when I see them and it is hard work when you are only 11!

      Thanks so much,

      Doofus of my house.

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      Lola dude 2 months ago

      It is really helpful when I do questions to my mum and dad I especially love to pretend to do a radio thing when I do questions and they get prizes aka a lollipop or some chips or some ice cream sso altogether I love your website

      Yours truly biggest

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      I like it very much mister hobby. Thanks for questions I steal and make book about.

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      Linda 2 months ago

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      Mon 3 months ago

      So wonderful questions and answers

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      Love this quiz

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      Me 3 months ago

      Hello

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      weymouthconservativeclub.co.uk 3 months ago

      Excellent quiz Cheers!!

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      Jenny ralph 3 months ago

      Very good thank you

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      Good good 3 months ago

      It I said good but I think you should have more easy questions but they was very good and me and my sister got 30% and 40% so I am really happy just need easy questions

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      abhishek 4 months ago

      not bad at all

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      Tim 4 months ago

      The Lake question is wrong.

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      Jagad 5 months ago

      Very nice interesting

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      iamasheley 5 months ago

      some answers are............ funny.

      why don't yu include a games and tech category

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      Kim jong un 5 months ago

      Ya like jazz

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      Dora The Explorer 5 months ago

      no amazon is the longest you di*k

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      Ononimous 5 months ago

      Helpful for my class quiz show

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      Kaylee :) 5 months ago

      using this in kahoot

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      Sergei 6 months ago

      Very difficult to read the the questions without seeing the answer before done

      Other than that, great questions. Enjoyable quiz

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      anna 6 months ago

      Amazon is the largest river, not longest. The Nile is the longest.

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      Cris Tarossi 6 months ago

      Very nice. Interesting questions. Thank you.

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      hfydghvhgaia;uetfgu 6 months ago

      thanks for the questions really helped me out for quiz night with the fam and friends

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 7 months ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      There are 100 questions here. If they're not enough for you, then try the others in my quiz series. :)

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      sofie 7 months ago

      you should have more questions, but otherwise good

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      katie 7 months ago

      very useful for the game kahoot, helped me a lot:)

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      Aaisha 7 months ago

      Good

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      Katelynn 7 months ago

      You should have some fun questions.

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      Iain Burns 7 months ago

      Many of the answers are not quite correct e.g. Sports quiz q1...

      The yellow journey is worn by the rider who has the lowest cumulative time, and not the winner, necessarily, of each individual stage.

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      lewisvm 8 months ago

      Enjoyed the quizzes. Had to scurry to the net to check several of MY misconceptions and revise some neuronal stores. Thanks!

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 8 months ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      Thanks.

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 8 months ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      That's an interesting bit of extra info, there; thanks for sharing.

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      Theshadi Herath 8 months ago

      Great questions

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      lewisvm 8 months ago

      Your trivia is uk-centric. Here in Oz we are different...

      Wikipedia:

      Mountain ash is a name used for several trees, none of immediate relation. It may refer to:

      Eucalyptus regnans from Australia, the tallest of all flowering plants

      Fraxinus texensis, from Texas

      Sorbus aucuparia, also known as rowan.

      Sorbus americana, from eastern North America

      In North America (mainly U.S.) trees in the subgenus Sorbus subgenus Sorbus are often styled as mountain-ashes to convey their unrelatedness to true ashes.

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      Winston Rodney 8 months ago

      This is the coolest place for trivia!!!

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      Dez 8 months ago

      The world's longest river is the Nile the amazon is the largest by volume

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      mint 8 months ago

      it was terrible it ruined my life

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      Olo 8 months ago

      Awesome

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      Tim 8 months ago

      Lovely set of questions. Thank you

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      Ajay 8 months ago

      nyc to use

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      Eolas 8 months ago

      Some good questions but some could be phrased better . Champagne was apparently produced by other monks before Dom P.

      The literal definition of the word piano is "soft" . On a musical score it means "to be played softly ". Perhaps that could be clarified.

      Also certain types of trumpet ( e.g. a piccolo trumpet ) have four valves not 3 . A better question would be how many valves on a standard Bb trumpet?

      Keep up the good work.

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      Betty Brandon 9 months ago

      Hey Adele

      this is a great post; a very informative one indeed. I loved the way you covered different topics and kept a balance between information and interesting stuff.

      there is a website www.thedailyq.com where you can find more of such interesting questions. they basically run polls where you answer some general questions and compare them with what others have to say.

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      kate g 9 months ago

      awesome

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      Chewdog 9 months ago

      Love all

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      rabia jameel 9 months ago

      its very helpful thanks

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      ananya singh 9 months ago

      it's good

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      Pinky 9 months ago

      I really like and love these questions because these can help the children and us to learn more about the world. So I love...........

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      Allen p. 9 months ago

      nice

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      Dorma Baker 10 months ago

      Two adult women answering these questions. Laughing our heads off. We are not smarter than a 5th grader.

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      10 months ago

      cool

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      james goolsby 11 months ago

      need more kids can read and more funny ones

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      Sweetheart 11 months ago

      Lol ha ha ha

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      Amelia 11 months ago

      It's amazing

      I loved it so much

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      Bobby 11 months ago

      Can we gets some about US presidents

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      Rockstar777 11 months ago

      Some easy some hard

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      unicorn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 11 months ago

      nobody would know some of these!!

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      MANJUSRINU 11 months ago

      GOOD

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 11 months ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      Maybe the local blacksmith had to design a really big pan?!! :)

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      Ed 11 months ago

      I always come back for a "fresher upper".....very fun. Thank you for the unusual, and usual, research.

      Here is one, Adele, you can not answer. The following question was posed to me by my 4 year old son, years ago, in re of a discussion on bear hunting of yore and the eating of said critter(s). After serious reflection and contemplation that ONLY a 4 year old can muster....... " How did they get him in the pan ? " lol

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 11 months ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      The Caspian Sea is usually described as being salt water, not fresh water.

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      Tom 11 months ago

      The largest fresh water lake in the world is NOT Lake Supeior. It's The Caspian Sea.

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 11 months ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      Thank you!

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      Asr 11 months ago

      Nice questions

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      Zaira 12 months ago

      2. Name the largest freshwater lake in the world? Lake Superior.

      You should have added a clarififcation here: "the lake with the largest surface area". Because the lake with the greatest freshwater volume is Lake Baikal.

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      Ice Cream 12 months ago

      It was an awesome quiz I loved it so much.

      Although 41 was a mistake I still liked it. I had never new that tv was made that early.