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General Knowledge Quiz I

  1. Which country is the natural habitat of the emu?
  2. Where in the world does the Up Helly Aa Fire Festival take place, which culminates in the burning of a Viking long ship?
  3. Which American film and television actress is best known for her role as Jennifer Hart in the 1980s television series Hart to Hart?

  4. In 1872, which country played England in the first ever international game of football?
  5. Who married comedian Les Dennis in 1995?
  6. Claire Richards was the lead singer in which dance-pop group?
  7. Who became First Minister of Scotland after Alex Salmond's resignation?
  8. Which Irish novelist was personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London?
  9. Which singer starred in the televison documentary From Riches to Rags?
  10. Who said: "The history of the world is but the biography of great men."?
  11. How many hurdles are there in a 400 metres hurdles race?
  12. In 1811, nearly a quarter of all the women in Britain were called what name?


  1. Australia
  2. Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland
  3. Stefanie Powers
  4. Scotland
  5. Amanda Holden
  6. Steps
  7. Nicola Sturgeon
  8. Bram Stoker
  9. Lily Allen (now Cooper)
  10. Thomas Carlyle
  11. Ten
  12. Mary

Questions II

  1. For which Carry On Film were large parts shot on location in Snowdonia National Park, Wales?

  2. In darts, what is the lowest score not possible to score with one dart?
  3. Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, is celebrated in which month?
  4. Which Oxford college has no undergraduate members?
  5. What colour are gliders almost always painted?
  6. Who were the oldest and youngest members of the Beatles?
  7. Which band was formed by Pete Doherty during a hiatus from his former band The Libertines?
  8. What name is given to a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top?
  9. In which year was the half penny coin withdrawn from circulation?
  10. Who did lawyer Michelle Robinson marry on the 3rd of October 1992?


  1. Carry On Up the Khyber
  2. 23
  3. April (25th)
  4. All Souls
  5. White (to reduce solar heating)
  6. Ringo (oldest) and George Harrison (youngest)
  7. Babyshambles
  8. Obelisk
  9. 1984
  10. Barrack Obama


  1. Mary Ann Evans is better known by which pen name?
  2. Which English alternative rock band from Salford, formed in 1980, had Shaun Ryder on lead vocals?
  3. What everyday item was first used by Jonas Hanway?
  4. What aviation first was Ellen Church's claim to fame in 1930?
  5. What is produced in a ginnery?
  6. Fulgencio Batista was overthrown as the leader of which country in 1959?
  7. Author and vet Alfred White used what pen name?
  8. In 1980, who was given the Keys to Detroit for having donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a local church?
  9. The bunyip is a large mythical creature associated with which country?
  10. Which gas makes up most of the Earth’s atmosphere?
  11. What's the Latin name given to short, detached, hair-like clouds found at high altitudes - in the day time, they are whiter than any other cloud in the sky?
  12. Which English impressionist, comic, actor, singer and writer is best known for BBC1's The Big Impression?


  1. George Eliot
  2. Happy Mondays

  3. The umbrella
  4. First air hostess
  5. Cotton
  6. Cuba
  7. James Herriot
  8. Saddam Hussein
  9. Australia
  10. Nitrogen
  11. Cirrus
  12. Alistair McGowan

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