National General Knowledge Test reveals 100 tricky questions

Can YOU ace the National General Knowledge Test? 100 tricky questions will test you on everything from history to entertainment

  •  Tricky 100 question general knowledge quiz sure to put your brains to the test 
  • The questions are all taken from the National General Knowledge Test from Sky
  • Range from topics including geography, history, popular culture and sport

This tricky 100 question quiz is sure to put your knowledge to the test, and test everything from politics to pop culture. 

The questions are all taken from the National General Knowledge Test , produced by British broadcaster Sky, which is made up of the ‘100 essential quiz questions everyone should be able to answer’.

 These tricky questions include topics such include geography, history and science as well as entertainment and sport. 

Think you have what it takes? Scroll down to take the test before checking your answers at the bottom. 

Put yourself to the test: Sky’s 100 general knowledge questions

 History 

1. In which year was the Battle of Hastings? 

2. In what year did Cleopatra die? 

3. What were the names of Henry VIII’s six wives? 

4. In which year was the fall of the Berlin Wall? 

5. Which country gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States?  

6. In which year was the Magna Carta signed? 

7. In what year did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her seat on an Alabama bus? 

8. What was the name of the nuclear disaster which occurred in Ukraine in April 1986? 

9. Which US Presidents did Alexander Hamilton serve under? 

10) When did World War Two end?  

 Science

1. Who famously developed the Theory of Relativity? 

2. The pH Scale ranges from 0 to what number?

3. Who invented the World Wide Web? 

4. Water is made up of which two elements? 

5. Which letters of the alphabet are used to identify the chromosomes determining gender? 

6. Born in 1820, who was known as the founder of modern nursing? 

7. How many sides does a dodecahedron have? 

8. What is the basic unit of measurement of electric current? 

9. Which planet is closest to the Sun? 

10. Who wrote A Brief History of Time?  

 Popular culture

1. Beyoncé is married to which famous rapper, producer and businessman? 

2. Which film did Oprah Winfrey star in first? 

3. Which three actors has Angelina Jolie been married to? 

4. Who were the ‘fab four’ members of the Beatles? 

5. What is the maximum number of characters you can use in a Tweet? 

6. What nationality is Justin Bieber? 

7. Who recorded the shortest time to reach one million Instagram followers, with her debut post: ‘And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too’?

8. Which decade saw Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe rise to fame? 

9. Who has been married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes? 

10. Who is Posh and Becks’ eldest son? 

 Geography 

 1. What is the capital of Australia? 

2. What are the names of the five oceans? 

3. Which two countries share the world’s longest land border? 

4. Which is the world’s smallest country? 

5. The Amazon river and rainforest are mainly situated in which country? 

6. ‘Which volcano erupted to destroy the Roman city of Pompeii? 

7. In which continent would you find the Himalayas? 

8. Great Britain is made up of which countries? 

9. Which are the two main tributaries of the River Nile? 

10. Which is the largest of the world’s continents? 

 

Sport   

1. Who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 football World Cup Final? 

2. Who has held the men’s 100m sprint world record since 2009? 

3. Which two boxers fought the Thrilla in Manila? 

4. Who was the last British woman to win the Wimbledon Ladies Singles title? 

5. At which racecourse is the Grand National traditionally held? 

6. How many balls are bowled in a standard cricket over? 

7. Who was the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France? 

8. Who are the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup holders? 

9. How old was Tiger Woods when he won his first major? 

10. For which event did Dina Asher-Smith win her 2016 Bronze Olympic medal? 

 

 Art and literature 

 1. Who wrote The Lord of the Rings? 

2. Who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? 

3. Who wrote War and Peace? 

4. Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir and Pissarro were famously associated with which art movement? 

5. Who wrote The Cat in the Hat? 

6. What are the first three books of The Old Testament? 

7. Banksy is most-associated with which city?

8. Which famous painting is otherwise known as La Gioconda? 

9. Who or What was Frankenstein? 

10. In Romeo and Juliet, to which family did Juliet belong? 

 

 The natural world   

1. What are Africa’s big five game animals? 

2. Which class of mammals is named after the pouches in which they carry their young? 

3. Which colours are represented by the rest of the rainbow mnemonic beginning ROY? 

4. Which evergreen perennial plant makes up the majority of a Giant Panda’s natural diet? 

5. Which major cloud classification often blankets the sky close to the Earth? 

6. What causes high and low tides? 

7. What is the name for a baby rabbit? 

8. Which animal is famous for migrating across the Mara River? 

9. Which part of a plant is most responsible for absorbing water? 

10. How many bones does a shark have? 

 

 Entertainment  

1. Name the fictional city Batman calls home? 

2. Which film received a joint record 14 nominations at the 2017 Oscars? 

3. Which American actress played Mrs Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady? 

4. Which 2019 film became the highest-grossing ever? 

5. Tyrion Lannister is a returning character in which hit TV series? 

6. Who narrated the TV series The Blue Planet? 

7. What are the names of Marge and Homer Simpson’s three children? 

8. Who created the character James Bond? 

9. What is the best-selling album of all time? 

10. What nationality was Charlie Chaplin? 

 

 

 Current affairs   

1. Who said: ‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words’? 

2. Who became President of Brazil in 2019? 

3. Where was Meghan, Duchess of Sussex born? 

4. In which industry does Huawei principally work? 

5. Jacinda Ardern is the Prime Minister of which Commonwealth nation? 

6. About which issue does Malala Yousafzai famously campaign? 

7. Which famous Parisian landmark went up in flames in April 2019? 

8. Which was the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage? 

9. Where are the European Parliament’s headquarters? 

10. Under which US President did Hillary Clinton serve as Secretary of State? 

 Miscellaneous  

1. How many prime numbers are there under 20? 

2. How many centimetres make up an inch? 

3. Which chess pieces can’t move in a straight line? 

4. When is International Women’s Day? 

5. How many teeth should an average adult human have? 

6. What is the world’s largest religion? 

7. How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day? 

8. Which company holds the record for most tyres manufactured in a year?

9. Which Italian city hosts one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks? 

10. Which are the two main ingredients in Coq Au Vin? 

 History   

1. In which year was the Battle of Hastings?

1066 

2. In what year did Cleopatra die?

30BC 

3. What were the names of Henry VIII’s six wives?

Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr  

4. In which year was the fall of the Berlin Wall?

1989 

5. Which country gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States?

FRANCE 

6. In which year was the Magna Carta signed?

1215 

7. In what year did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her seat on an Alabama bus?

1955 

8. What was the name of the nuclear disaster which occurred in Ukraine in April 1986?

CHERNOBYL

9. Which US Presidents did Alexander Hamilton serve under?

GEORGE WASHINGTON & JOHN ADAMS 

10. When did World War Two end?

1945  

 Science       

1. Who famously developed the Theory of Relativity?

ALBERT EINSTEIN 

2. The pH Scale ranges from 0 to what number?

14 

3. Who invented the World Wide Web?

TIM BERNERS-LEE 

4. Water is made up of which two elements?

HYDROGEN & OXYGEN 

5. Which letters of the alphabet are used to identify the chromosomes determining gender?

X & Y 

6. Born in 1820, who was known as the founder of modern nursing?

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE 

7. How many sides does a dodecahedron have?

12 

8. What is the basic unit of measurement of electric current?

AMP 

9. Which planet is closest to the Sun?

MERCURY 

10. Who wrote A Brief History of Time?

STEPHEN HAWKING  

 Popular culture

 1. Beyoncé is married to which famous rapper, producer and businessman?

JAY-Z 

2. Which film did Oprah Winfrey star in first?

The Color Purple

3. Which three actors has Angelina Jolie been married to?

JONNY LEE MILLER, BILLY BOB THORNTON & BRAD PITT

4. Who were the ‘fab four’ members of the Beatles?

JOHN LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY, RINGO STARR & GEORGE HARRISON 

5. What is the maximum number of characters you can use in a Tweet?

280 

6. What nationality is Justin Bieber?

CANADIAN 

7. Who recorded the shortest time to reach one million Instagram followers, with her debut post: ‘And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too’?

JENNIFER ANISTON

8. Which decade saw Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe rise to fame?

1950s 

9. Who has been married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes?

TOM CRUISE 

10. Who is Posh and Becks’ eldest son?

BROOKLYN  

 Geography    

1. What is the capital of Australia?

CANBERRA 

2. What are the names of the five oceans?

Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, Southern

3. Which two countries share the world’s longest land border?

CANADA & THE UNITED STATES 

4. Which is the world’s smallest country?

VATICAN CITY 

5. The Amazon river and rainforest are mainly situated in which country?

BRAZIL 

6. ‘Which volcano erupted to destroy the Roman city of Pompeii?

VESUVIUS 

7. In which continent would you find the Himalayas?

ASIA 

8. Great Britain is made up of which countries?

ENGLAND, WALES & SCOTLAND  

9. Which are the two main tributaries of the River Nile?

THE WHITE NILE & THE BLUE NILE

10. Which is the largest of the world’s continents?

ASIA 

Sport  

1. Who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 football World Cup Final?

GEOFF HURST 

2. Who has held the men’s 100m sprint world record since 2009?

USAIN BOLT 

3. Which two boxers fought the Thrilla in Manila?

MUHAMMAD ALI & JOE FRAZIER 

4. Who was the last British woman to win the Wimbledon Ladies Singles title?

VIRGINIA WADE 

5. At which racecourse is the Grand National traditionally held?

AINTREE 

6. How many balls are bowled in a standard cricket over?

7. Who was the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France?

BRADLEY WIGGINS 

8. Who are the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup holders?

USA

9. How old was Tiger Woods when he won his first major?

21 

10. For which event did Dina Asher-Smith win her 2016 Bronze Olympic medal?

Women’s 4X100m relay or Women’s 200m  

 Art and literature   

1. Who wrote The Lord of the Rings?

J.R.R. TOLKIEN 

2. Who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?

MICHELANGELO 

3. Who wrote War and Peace?

LEO TOLSTOY 

4. Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir and Pissarro were famously associated with which art movement?

IMPRESSIONISM 

5. Who wrote The Cat in the Hat?

DR. SEUSS 

6. What are the first three books of The Old Testament?

GENESIS, EXODUS & LEVITICUS 

7. Banksy is most-associated with which city?

BRISTOL 

8. Which famous painting is otherwise known as La Gioconda?

THE MONA LISA 

9. Who or What was Frankenstein?

A SCIENTIST 

10. In Romeo and Juliet, to which family did Juliet belong?

THE CAPULETS  

 The natural world     

1. What are Africa’s big five game animals?

LION, LEOPARD, RHINO, ELEPHANT & CAPE BUFFALO 

2. Which class of mammals is named after the pouches in which they carry their young?

MARSUPIALS 

3. Which colours are represented by the rest of the rainbow mnemonic beginning ROY?

GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO & VIOLET 

4. Which evergreen perennial plant makes up the majority of a Giant Panda’s natural diet?

BAMBOO 

5. Which major cloud classification often blankets the sky close to the Earth?

STRATUS 

6. What causes high and low tides?

THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF THE MOON

7. What is the name for a baby rabbit?

KITTEN 

8. Which animal is famous for migrating across the Mara River?

WILDEBEEST

9. Which part of a plant is most responsible for absorbing water?

ROOTS 

10. How many bones does a shark have?

NONE  

 Entertainment    

1. Name the fictional city Batman calls home?

GOTHAM 

2. Which film received a joint record 14 nominations at the 2017 Oscars?

LA LA LAND 

3. Which American actress played Mrs Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady?

MERYL STREEP 

4. Which 2019 film became the highest-grossing ever?

AVENGERS: ENDGAME 

5. Tyrion Lannister is a returning character in which hit TV series?

GAME OF THRONES 

6. Who narrated the TV series The Blue Planet?

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH 

7. What are the names of Marge and Homer Simpson’s three children?

BART, LISA & MAGGIE 

8. Who created the character James Bond?

IAN FLEMING

9. What is the best-selling album of all time?

THRILLER BY MICHAEL JACKSON 

10. What nationality was Charlie Chaplin?

BRITISH

 

 Current affairs     

1. Who said: ‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words’?

GRETA THUNBERG 

2. Who became President of Brazil in 2019?

JAIR BOLSONARO 

3. Where was Meghan, Duchess of Sussex born?

LOS ANGELES 

4. In which industry does Huawei principally work?

TELECOMMUNICATIONS 

5. Jacinda Ardern is the Prime Minister of which Commonwealth nation?

NEW ZEALAND 

6. About which issue does Malala Yousafzai famously campaign?

FEMALE EDUCATION 

7. Which famous Parisian landmark went up in flames in April 2019?

NOTRE DAME 

8. Which was the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage?

TAIWAN 

9. Where are the European Parliament’s headquarters?

STRASBOURG 

10. Under which US President did Hillary Clinton serve as Secretary of State?

BARACK OBAMA  

 Miscellaneous    

1. How many prime numbers are there under 20?

2. How many centimetres make up an inch?

2.54 

3. Which chess pieces can’t move in a straight line?

KNIGHTS 

4. When is International Women’s Day?

MARCH 8th

5. How many teeth should an average adult human have?

32 

6. What is the world’s largest religion?

CHRISTIANITY

7. How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day?

22 

8. Which company holds the record for most tyres manufactured in a year?

LEGO 

9. Which Italian city hosts one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks?

MILAN 

10. Which are the two main ingredients in Coq Au Vin?

CHICKEN & WINE  

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