32 hard general knowledge quiz questions, for when you're taking it very seriously

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From Cosmopolitan

We've been in coronavirus lockdown for ten weeks, which means we're pretty much quiz pros. We've done quizzes about celebs, quizzes with random picture rounds and even quizzes that are so easy, you're really just there for the drinks.

And now? We're bringing out the big guns. Seeing as you've probably been doing weekly quizzes for almost three months now (side note: that's a terrifying thought, isn't it?), it's time to get serious. We've devised the best hard general knowledge quiz, which aims to disarm even the most confident Craigs and knowledgeable Kellys. Forget basic biology questions or achievable answers: this quiz is all about the challenge. So, are you ready?

Hard general knowledge quiz questions

  1. How many breeds of elephant are there?
  2. Which Disney Princess has the least amount of screen time?
  3. What is Shakespeare's shortest play?
  4. In Gavin and Stacey, how many times has Stacey been engaged before Gavin, and can you name them (for one point)?
  5. What is Prince William's full name?
  6. How many stars are on the national flag of USA?
  7. In terms of volume, which is the largest fresh lake in the world?
  8. What year was Marmite invented? A) 1902 B) 1929 C) 1899
  9. For two points, what's the average height of males and females in the UK?
  10. Who has won the most Academy Awards?
  11. In Harry Potter, where does Vernon Dursley work?
  12. What is the capital of St. Lucia?
  13. How many letter tiles are there in a game of Scrabble?
  14. For two points, who won the first football World Cup and what year was it?
  15. Where in the human body would you find the medulla oblongata?
  16. Who designed the Eiffel Tower?
  17. What month of which year was the first iPhone released?
  18. For two points, what were the most popular boys' and girls' names for 2019?
  19. Name the longest river in the UK
  20. What year was Scarface released?
  21. Who was the youngest British Prime Minister?
  22. What is the spiciest chilli in the world?
  23. What's the name of the Coco Pops mascot?
  24. What was Ariana Grande's first UK number one single?
  25. Which English city was once known as Duroliponte?
  26. Without using a calculator, what is 30% of 546? (You can round up to avoid decimal points)
  27. In which classic novel is the first line: 'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since'?
  28. Which fashion house is behind the perfume, 'Light Blue'?
  29. What year did Vincent Van Gogh die?
  30. As of 1 May 2020, who has the most Instagram followers?
  31. As of 1 May 2020, what's the highest rated film on iMDB?
  32. Who won the booker prize in 2019?

Hard general knowledge quiz answers

  1. Three species of elephants are recognised; the African bush elephant, the forest elephant, and the Asian elephant.
  2. Aurora from Sleeping Beauty only has 18 minutes of screen time
  3. The Comedy of Errors, with 1,787 lines and 14,369 words
  4. Five. Hywel, Kyle, Leighton, Achmed, Cliff
  5. William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor
  6. 50 stars
  7. Lake Baikal in southern Siberia, Russia
  8. A) 1902
  9. The average man in England is 5ft 9in, and the average woman is 5ft 3in tall, according to ONS
  10. Katharine Hepburn, having won four Academy Awards across her career and earned a total of 12 nominations
  11. Grunnings – A drill manufacturer
  12. Castries
  13. 100
  14. Uruguay in 1930
  15. The brain
  16. Gustave Eiffel
  17. June 2007, on the 29th
  18. For boys, Oliver. And for girls, Olivia, according to research
  19. The River Severn, at 354km
  20. 1984
  21. William Pitt the Younger
  22. The Carolina Reaper
  23. Coco the monkey
  24. 'Problem', released in 2014
  25. Cambridge.
  26. 164 (or 163.8 to be exact)
  27. The Great Gatsby
  28. Dolce & Gabbana
  29. 1890, on 29 July
  30. Cristiano Ronaldo
  31. The Shawshank Redemption
  32. For one point: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo, for The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other respectively.

If you get more than 15/28, we're impressed.

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