60 general knowledge questions and answers for your online pub quiz

Online quizzes have surged in popularity since the beginning of lockdown (Shutterstock)Online quizzes have surged in popularity since the beginning of lockdown (Shutterstock)
Online quizzes have surged in popularity since the beginning of lockdown (Shutterstock)

Online quizzes could see a surge in popularity with restrictions on socialising reintroduced by the UK government.

Those allocated with the role of quiz master during lockdown now face the tricky task of curating a quiz that appeals to all participants.

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Create a quiz that is too difficult and you risk dissent from frustrated competitors. Too easy and you run the risk of boring your unchallenged chums.

We’ve compiled a list of sixty questions that come somewhere in between impossible and straightforward from a range of popular categories.

Help yourself...

Film and TV

1 Which actress, model and singer served 18 days in prison for tax evasion in 1982?

2 Which other TV soap, other than EastEnders, did Ross Kemp star in?

3 What is the name of the second James Bond film?

4 What is Postman Pat’s surname?

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5 In the film ‘The Great Escape’ what were the code names of the 3 tunnels?

6 ‘Man on the Moon’ was the biopic of which US comedian?

7 In ‘Only Fools and Horses’, by what name did Trigger always call Rodney?

8 James  Dean starred in three films: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and…?

9 In ‘Doctor Who’, who was the creator of the Daleks?

10 Which actor worked as a translator for the Swedish hockey team during the 1980 Winter Olympics?


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1 Which South American country was named after the Italian city of Venice?

2 Fort Knox lies in which American state?

3 How many states of the United States of America have a Pacific coast?

4 Which country`s national flag has the most colours?

5 In which present day city is the remains of Carthage?

6 What is the deepest lake in the world?

7 What is the highest mountain in Europe?

8 What is the only African country never to have been occupied by a foreign power?

9 Which is the only one of New York`s five boroughs to be located on the mainland?

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10 In which country are the Angel Falls, the highest waterfalls in the world?


1 Which King of England was crowned on Christmas Day?

2 Who was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948?

3 The 1812 Overture was written to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon in which city?

4 What was the original name of the Royal Air Force?

5 In what year did the United States enter the First World War?

6 What Viking is said to have discovered America?

7 Who is the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated?

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8 What name was given to the Chinese peasant uprising of 1900?

9 How many UK monarchs were there in the 20th century?

10 The inhabitants of which English town hung a monkey during the Napoleonic wars?


1 Which Beatle led the way across the zebra crossing on the Abbey Road album cover?

2 Which group formed in 1977 and named themselves after their financial status at that time?

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3 What group with a palindromic name had a hit single that was also a palindrome?

4 Which boy’s name was the title of the debut album released by Amy Winehouse?

5 By what name is Schubert`s Symphony No. 8 better known?

6 Which Spice Girl released the album Schizophonic?

7 In which American state is the museum called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

8 In music, which is the lowest male voice?

9 How is Gordon Sumner better known?

10 Does a record turntable revolve clockwise or anti-clockwise?


1 In which US state was Barack Obama born?

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2 Who was the speaker of the House of Commons from 2000 to 2009?

3 Who was the last prime Minister of the Liberal Party?

4 What does the W Stand for In George W. Bush’s name?

5 Who was the last leader of the Soviet Union?

6 What is Donald Trump’s Twitter handle?

7 Which politician once worked as a presenter on This Morning?

8 Which word, derived from the Greek for few, means a form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people?

9 What colour are the seats in the House of Lords?

10 Who was the Prime Minister of Great Britain when Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936?


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1 Which US city is home to sporting teams known as the Titans and the Predators?

2 What is the offiical national sport of India?

3 1994 World Cup winner José Roberto Gama de Oliveira is better known by which name?

4 How many successive pots must a snooker player make to score a 147 break?

5 Which rugby super league team have the nickname ‘The Wire’?

6 Who lit the Olympic torch at the 2000 Sydney Olympics?

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7 In 1744, which British golf course established the first golf club?

8 Who won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup?

9 Which country won the 2005 Elephant Polo world championship?

10 By what name is the professional wrestler Mark Calaway better known?

Film and TV answers

1 Sofia Loren

2 Emmerdale

3 From Russia With Love

4 Clifton

5 Tom, Dick and Harry

6 Andy Kaufman

7 Dave

8 Giant

9 Davros

10 Viggo Mortensen

Geography answers

1 Venezuela

2 Kentucky

3. 5 (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii)

4 South Africa

5 Tunis

6 Lake Baikal

7 Mount Elbrus

8 Liberia

9 The Bronx

10 Venezuela

History answers

1 William I

2 Mahatma Gandhi

3 Moscow

4 Royal  Flying Corps

5 1917

6 Eric the Red

7 Spencer Perceval

8 Boxer Rebellion

9 6

10 Hartlepool

Music answers

1 John Lennon

2 Dire Straits

3 ABBA with SOS

4 Frank

5 Unfinished Symphony

6 Geri Halliwell

7 Ohio

8 Bass

9 Sting

10 Clockwise

Politics answers

1 Hawaii

2 Michael Martin

3 David Lloyd George

4 Walker

5 Mikhail Gorbachev

6 @realDonaldTrump

7 Anna Soubry

8 Oligarchy

9 Red

10 Stanley Baldwin

Sport answers

1 Nashville

2 Hockey

3 Bebeto

4 36

5 Warrington Wolves

6 Cathy Freeman

7 Muirfield

8 Harry Kane

9 Scotland

10 The Undertaker