If You Ace This General Knowledge Quiz, We Bet You Were a Straight-A Student

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What does a cobbler do?

In the past, cobblers made shoes for clients by hand. Today most shoes are made by machines, but cobblers are still eager to make repairs.

The longest national highway in the world is the _______.

Clocking in at 14,500 kilometers, the Australia's Highway 1 system connects most of the states in the country. Over a million people use it daily.

Name the largest non-polar. desert in the world, please.

At over 3.5 million square miles, the Sahara is the largest non-polar desert on Earth. It takes up nearly a third of the African continent.

Can you name the largest island in the Mediterranean?

Sicily, at 9,927 square miles, is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It is followed by another Italian island, Sardina, with Cyprus rounding out the top three.

Any ideas as to the largest island on the planet?

Greenland is by far the biggest island on the planet. It covers an area of 836,300 square miles.

Which city is known as the car manufacturing capital of the United States?

Not only home to Mowtown, Detroit is also called "Motor City," with all of America's major vehicle manufacturers based in the city. Detroit is in the state of Michigan.

Which river deposits the greatest volume of water into the sea?

The Amazon deposits the greatest volume of water into the sea. Depending on the criteria used, the Amazon is either the longest or second-longest river on Earth.

Do you know which of these explorers discovered the North Pole?

Robert Peary claimed to have found the North Pole in April of 1909. To this day doubt remains, though, because Dr. Frederick Cook claimed to have reached the pole a year earlier.

What country is known as the Land of the Rising Sun?

Japan is known as Nippon, which roughly translates as "the sun's origin"; hence the nickname, the Land of the Rising Sun.

A volcano know as Vesuvius is found in which country?

Mount Vesuvius, most well known for the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii, is found a mere 5.6 miles from the city of Naples.

Where do Gurkha soldiers come from?

Gurkha soldiers come from Nepal. They are renowned for their fighting skills and bravery, and they joined British forces during World War II. Today they serve in UN peacekeeping forces around the world.

Can you name the country that hosted the 2006 Soccer World Cup?

Germany hosted the 2006 Soccer World Cup, for the second time. Germany came in third.

The 2006 World Cup was won by which of these nations?

Italy defeated France in the final of the 2006 Soccer World Cup, The teams were locked 1-1 after extra-time, but Italy won 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

Who wrote the Harry Potter books?

With the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling sold more than 500 million books worldwide. Incredible!

New Zealand is known as the land of the ________.

New Zealand is known to the Maori people who live there as Aotearoa, which translated means "land of the long white cloud." Today, Maori people make up about 15% of the population of New Zealand.

Who was the first woman named as Prime Minister of Great Britain?

Known as the "Iron Lady," Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990. She was known for her no-nonsense approach.

Who was responsible for the assassination of Robert Kennedy?

Sirhan Sirhan shot and killed Robert Kennedy on June 5, 1968. Sirhan said he killed Kennedy for his support of Israel. Sirhan remains in jail to this day.

The first Space Shuttle was launched into space on which date?

The first Space Shuttle to enter orbit did so on April 12, 1981. Two astronauts were on board, John Young, mission commander, and Robert Crippen, shuttle pilot.

What is the name of the first Space Shuttle ever launched?

The first Space Shuttle was called Columbia. Sadly, Columbia was lost in the early part of 2003, breaking up on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Can you tell us the name of the country known as the "Roof of the World"?

Tibet is often called the "Roof of the World," thanks to the Himalayan mountain range found in the country. The Tibetan plateau is three miles about sea level!

Do you know which of these explorers discovered the South Pole?

Roald Amundsen and four others discovered the South Pole on December 14, 1911. This was five weeks before Robert Falcon Scott and his expedition, who were also trying to reach the pole. Scott and his men died on the return journey.

Sri Lanka was called what before 1972?

Ceylon was given independence from Britain in 1948, but remained Ceylon in name. This changed to Sri Lanka in 1972, after the country became a republic.

Can you name the English soccer team that plays home matches at Anfield?

Anfield is the home of Liverpool Football Club. It holds over 50,000 supporters. It was famed for the Kop end, where supporters sang and cheered Liverpool on, but the terrace was demolished in 1994.

Which country is the 2015 Cricket World Cup champion?

Australia is the 2015 cricket world champion, beating New Zealand in the final. The World Cup is held every four years.

New York was originally called what?

The area around New York was colonized by the Dutch in 1609, becoming a province in 1625. In 1664 it was captured by the British and renamed New York.

Regarding the medical profession, what does GP stand for?

One type of medical doctor is the general practitioner. These are often family doctors, not specialists.

The chemical formula for water is which of these?

Water is formed from hydrogen (H2) and Oxygen (O), hence it becomes H20. H2O2 is the formula for hydrogen peroxide.

Any idea as to which country Adolf Hitler was born in?

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in Braunau am Inn in Austria. His father was born Alois Schicklgruber, then later took the last name of his stepfather, Johann Hiedler. For unknown reasons, the spelling was changed to Hitler.

Elizabeth II was crowned as the queen of England on what date?

Elizabeth was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, following the death of her father, King George VI.

Can you name the mountain range that acts as a border between France and Spain?

The Pyrenees form a natural border between France and Spain. The highest peak in the range is Aneto, which is 11,168 feet tall.

Bikini Bottom is the home to which animated character?

Of course it's SpongeBob! Created by Stephen Hillenburg, "SpongeBob Squarepants" first hit the screens in 1996. He was originally going to be called SpongeBoy, but the name was copyrighted.

In the book "The Hobbit," Smaug is what kind of mythical creature?

In "The Hobbit," Smaug is a fearful dragon that had amassed massive wealth, mostly from the dwarves who wanted it back.

The Dynamic Duo includes two well-known superheroes. Who are they?

Batman and Robin are the Dynamic Duo! They have featured not only in comics, but also in TV series and Hollywood blockbusters.

Which is the only tennis major played on a clay surface?

The French Open was played for the first time in 1891. Today it is the world's premier clay court tournament. Wimbledon is played on grass, while the Australian and US Opens are played on hard courts.

"The Man in the Iron Mask" was written by which author?

Born in 1802 in France, Alexandre Dumas wrote "The Man in the Iron Mask," as well as a host of other classics, including "The Three Musketeers."

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About This Quiz

General knowledge is a funny thing.

For most people it's not all that important for daily life, yet for others having an expanded general knowledge is vital. Why? Well, if you know enough about a range of subjects, you can fit in just about anywhere. 

And it's not that hard to pick up. General knowledge is about following what's going on in the world around you. Try to catch a news bulletin every day. Instead of spending hours on social media, open a news site and get up to date with the world around you. Read about things in history that interest you. I guarantee it will lead you to even more exciting finds.

The key is starting off with things you like to learn about, then moving on from there. But you knew that, didn't you? You are here to try your luck at our tough general knowledge quiz, where a score of 28/35 makes you a straight-A general knowledge student!

A range of questions faces you, taking in many different general knowledge subjects. These questions span many ages, from ancient history to modern times. 

How do you think you will fare? Will you ace it?

Well, why not take the plunge and let's see what you can score.

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