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Poison Quiz

Interesting trivia about toxicology and different poisons.


  1. Conium maculatumis the scientific name for which poisonous plant found in ditches and riverbanks with white flowers that grow in clusters and a stem with purple spots?
  2. C10 H14 N2 is a poisonous alkaloid consumed daily by millions, what is it better known as?
  3. Which fish eaten in Japan for hundreds of years is notorious for the highly toxic poison contained in its organs?
  4. What poisonous gas is found in vehicle exhaust fumes?
  5. What is the alternative well known name for the poisonous plant belladonna?
  6. What name is given to the scientific study of poisons and poisoning?

  7. Plumbism is the technical term for what sort of poisoning?
  8. On September 10, 2004, the presidential candidate of which country was admitted to hospital with dioxin poisoning?
  9. What is the most venomous snake in Africa?
  10. Toxicodendron radicans, often seen as a climbing vine that grows on trees, is better known as what flowering plant?
  11. What type of bacteria is the most frequently reported cause of food poisoning?
  12. What is the German word for poison: (a)gift, (b)present, or (c)prize?
  13. Which poison has symptoms similar to cholera and was a frequent choice for murder until the advent of the Marsh test?
  14. Which Greek philosopher, was sentenced to kill himself by drinking poison hemlock in 399 BC?
  15. German general Erwin Rommel committed suicide with which poison after facing trial for his involvement in the 20 July plot?
  16. The phrase 'mad as a hatter' is likely a reference to the slurred speech, tremors and hallucinations caused by what sort of poisoning?
  17. Which country has the world's most poisonous snake?
  18. The first full-scale use of poison gas was at the Second Battle of Ypres, in 1915, when the Germans attacked troops with which gas?
  19. Blue-ringed are four highly venomous species of what sort of creature that are found in tide pools and coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans?
  20. What's the better known name of the poisonous UK plant sometimes called monkshood?
  21. Which sort of poisoning syndromes are classified as paralytic, amnesic, diarrhetic, and neurotoxic?
  22. Death Cap and Destroying Angel are the most poisonous types of what in the UK?
  23. Which nerve agent was used in the 1995 Tokyo subway attack?
  24. In Agatha Christie’s novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Mrs. Emily Inglethorp was killed by which poison? Also, King Joffrey in "Game of Thrones" dies from poison with symptoms that resemble this poison.
  25. Can you name the only venomous lizard native to the United States?
  26. The poisoning of former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter happened on 4 March 2018 in which British city?


  1. Hemlock
  2. Nicotine
  3. Pufferfish
  4. Carbon monoxide
  5. Deadly nightshade
  6. Toxicology
  7. Lead poisoning
  8. Ukraine
  9. Black mamba
  10. Poison ivy
  11. Salmonella
  12. Gift
  13. Arsenic
  14. Socrates
  15. Cyanide
  16. Mercury (mercury-based compounds were once used in the manufacture of felt hats in the 18th and 19th century)
  17. Australia (the inland taipan)
  18. Chlorine gas
  19. Octopus
  20. Wolfsbane
  21. Shellfish poisoning syndromes

  22. Mushrooms
  23. Sarin
  24. Strychnine
  25. Gila monster
  26. Salisbury