149 Trivia questions (with answers)
One of the most popular entertainment systems is the board game, one of the best known of which incorporates challenges and questions on many topics. It is called Trivial, and within this game, there are many different questions that can be asked.
In this article we will collect several questions for the Trivial Pursuit , with their answers.
Trivia questions, with answers
Trivial Pursuit is a board game whose main function is based precisely on answering questions of general culture, focusing on various categories and topics that each player must answer in order to get all the chips or “cheeses”.
Specifically, there are six categories: history, geography, entertainment/spectacles, art and literature, nature and science, and sports and hobbies. Below are several examples of questions from each of these areas of knowledge .
Next we’ll look at a series of general culture questions that could be part of games like Trivial, focusing on the events that have happened over time : that is, on history.
1. Who was the first president of the Spanish democracy after the Franco regime?
The correct answer is Adolfo Suarez.
2. Which fortress invasion by the revolutionaries is considered the starting point of the French Revolution?
The answer to this question is the taking of the Bastille.
In what year did man first set foot on the moon?
The Apollo 11 spacecraft reached the Moon in 1969, and that year Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
4. What event is considered to have triggered World War I?
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Habsburg by a Serbian activist was the trigger for the hostilities, although the final causes are much deeper.
5. From what event do we consider that the Ancient Age ends and the Middle Ages begins?
The historical moment from which the Middle Ages are considered to begin is the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD.
6. Who was the first president of the United States?
George Washington was the first president of the United States.
7. How long did the Hundred Years’ War last?
Although the name of this war seems to indicate that it occurred a century between its beginning and end, it actually lasted 116 years.
8. In what year was the United Nations established?
This organization was created in 1945, the same year as the end of World War II, although in 1942 the term began to be coined and used.
Which caravel did not return from the voyage on which Columbus first arrived in America?
The answer to this question is the Holy Mary.
10. What is the oldest epic tale in history, found on clay tablets on which cuneiform writing was used?
It is the Epic of Gilgamesh, belonging to the stories created by the Sumerians and written by the Akkadians in approximately the 18th century BC.
11. What is the name of the Spanish philosopher known for his development of the theory of categorical closure?
This is Gustavo Bueno Martínez, known for his work on philosophical materialism.
12. What were the names of the two explorers who made the first trip around the world?
The name of the so-called Magellan-Elcano expedition gives the answer to this question.
13. What Egyptian pharaoh is known to have tried to move his empire from polytheism to monotheism through the worship of the god Aton?
It was Amenhotep IV, also called Akhenaten, who tried to bring about religious change in the entire social structure under his reign.
14. Which Roman emperor is known to have attempted to undergo sex-change operations, among other things?
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, also known as Eliogabalus, was a young Roman emperor who broke many of the taboos on sexuality in Rome, but also became famous for killing indiscriminately.
15. What ancient Greek philosopher believed that the element of which all things are composed is water?
In Ancient Greece it was very common to wonder about the original element that shaped reality. In this case, it was Thales of Miletus who proposed that this primordial element could be water.
16. In what language are the oldest manuscripts belonging to the part of the Bible we know today as the New Testament written?
They are written in a variant of ancient Greek.
17. Who was the great British minister when British India was shaken by the Bengal famine?
At that time the great minister was Winston Churchill.
18. Which island served as a prison for Napoleon after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo?
The island of St. Helena was the place where this French ruler was confined.
19. Which Danish philosopher is considered the main precursor of existentialism?
Søren Kierkegaard developed existentialist approaches very similar to those that would later be promoted by intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre or Gabriel Marcel.
20. Who were, according to legend, the two founding brothers of the city of Rome?
They are Romulus and Remus, two men who were raised by a wolf.
What is the name of the founder of the religion known as the Movement of Latter-day Saints, associated with the Book of Mormon?
It was Joseph Smith Jr.
22. What African military leader became known for using a war tactic called buffalo horn formation?
It was Shaka Zulu, tribal chief of the Zulu people who led an army against the British in the early 19th century, defeating them several times despite not having their warfare technology.
23. For which religion is King Haile Selassie I especially important?
Haile Selassie I is considered one of the reincarnations of god according to the Rastafarian religion.
Another particularly relevant category is that which refers to geography, the study of the physical and natural environments that form part of the earth’s surface, as well as the human communities that inhabit them.
24. What is the largest river in the world?
While many people sometimes mistake it for the longest river, the world’s largest river is the Amazon.
25. What is the highest mountain in the world?
The highest mountain in the world is Everest in the Himalayas.
26. What is the most widely spoken language in the world?
The answer to this question is Mandarin Chinese.
27. What is the name of the imaginary vertical line from which the lengths are measured and which divides the world into two halves?
We’re talking about the Greenwich Meridian.
28. Where can we find the Casa Rosada?
The Casa Rosada, similar to the White House in the United States, is the building from which the president of the government of Argentina exercises and the seat of the executive power of the country.
29. Between which countries can we find the Bering Strait?
The Bering Strait is known among other things for separating the American continent from the Asian continent, specifically separating the territories of the United States and Russia.
30. What is the capital of Brazil?
The current capital of Brazil is Brasilia, although it was previously Rio de Janeiro.
31. What is the largest country in the world?
Russia is the largest country in the world, with a territory of over seventeen million square kilometres.
32. What is the capital of New Zealand?
It’s Auckland, or Ākarana in Maori.
33. What mountain range separates Europe from Asia?
The Ural Mountains are considered the natural border between Europe and Asia.
34. What is the name of the island on which the least known uncontacted tribe in the world lives?
This island is Sentinel del Norte, part of the Andaman Islands archipelago and belonging to the Republic of India.
35. What is the capital of the Philippines?
It is Manila, a city located on the island of Luzon.
36. Besides German, Italian and French, what other languages are spoken in certain regions of Switzerland?
In eastern Switzerland, Romance is also spoken, a Romance language.
37. What is the capital of Mongolia?
This is Ulaanbaatar, which is also the most populated city in the country.
38. Which is the European country from which most of Argentina’s inhabitants’ families come?
It’s Italy, way ahead of Spain.
39. In which country is the Tagalog language most widely spoken?
This language is native to the Philippines.
40. What is the capital of Latvia?
This Baltic country has Riga as its capital.
41. What is the most populous city in Africa?
It’s Cairo, given that it has almost 20 million inhabitants.
42. What is the name of the typical Hungarian stew made from meat, onions and peppers?
It’s goulash, one of the best known dishes of Hungarian culture.
43. What is the language of continental Europe recognized as one of the official languages of South Africa?
It is Afrikaans, a language derived from Dutch.
44. Which ethnic group has developed a mythology in which the concept of “Dreamtime” is very important?
Australian Aborigines believe that in the past there was a time referred to by this name, when divine entities created reality.
45. What is the name of the capital of Albania?
It’s Tirana, located in the center of this Balkan country.
46. What mountain ranges run through northern Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria?
It is the Atlas Mountains, more than 2000 kilometers long.
47. What is the name of the typical Russian dish made with minced meat balls wrapped in dough?
This is the pelmeni, or pilmini, a meal similar in appearance to tortellini.
48. Which mountain is one of the national symbols of Armenia?
It is Mount Ararat, the place where, according to Christian doctrine, Noah’s Ark rests.
In the category of entertainment we can find questions focused on relevant social events and artistic disciplines such as film or music and their works that have become part of pop culture , as well as the characters associated with these works.
49. Who was John Travolta playing in “Grease”?
The name of Travolta’s character in this film was Danny Zuko, leader of the band T-Birds, who fell in love with Sandy in the well-known film.
50. What famous comedian imitated Hitler in the movie “The Great Dictator”?
The answer to this question is Charles Chaplin, and the film was a success despite being released during the still ongoing Second World War.
51. Who was the director and protagonist of the film “Citizen Kane”?
Orson Welles was both director and leading actor (as well as scriptwriter and producer) of this cult film, considered by some to be one of the best films in history.
52. Who was the famous singer of the music group Queen?
Freddie Mercury was the singer of this group.
53. What is the name of Simba’s mother in the Disney movie “The Lion King”?
Although not as popular as other characters in the film, Simba’s mother’s name is Sarabi.
54. What is the name of the city where the Wizard of Oz is located?
The town where little Dorothy meets the Wizard of Oz is called the Emerald City
55. What were the first three components of “The TV Clowns”?
The first three clowns to be part of this group were Gaby, Fofó and Miliki. Later Milikito and Rody would join.
56. Which group is the song “Smells like a teen spirit” from?
This song is one of the best known of the group Nirvana.
53. Which metal band does the Master of Puppets album belong to?
Metallica was the band that released this album in 1986.
54. What is director/producer James Cameron known for as a best-selling film of the 1990s?
Cameron is responsible for the creation of Titanic, one of the cinema classics of the time.
55. What film by Christopher Nolan tells the story of a man with anterograde amnesia, who cannot create new memories from what is happening to him?
This is “Memento”, starring Guy Pearce.
56. What is the name of the main character in the video game saga “The Legend of Zelda”?
Despite the fact that the name of the title is different, the main character of these video games is called Link.
57. What is the name of the main character in Neil Gaiman’s comic book series The Sandman?
The main character is Morpheus, the embodiment of dreams and stories.
Which Latin American rock band adopted the name “Los Estereotipos” in its beginnings?
It was Soda Stereo, a famous Argentine rock band.
59. Who is the writer of the graphic novel “Watchmen”?
The author of this story is Alan Moore.
60. What movie series does the character known as Jack Sparrow belong to?
Jack Sparrow is one of the main characters in “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
61. Which famous music duo participated in the soundtrack of the film “Tron: Legacy”?
The Daft Punk electronic music duo.
62. What is the name of the main character in the Japanese animated series “Cowboy Bebop”?
His name is Spike, or Spike Spiegel.
63. What is the name of the main antagonist in the Disney film “The Lion King”?
The lion that Simba is facing is called Scar.
64. Which English actor, screenwriter and monologue writer wrote the British version of the series “The Office”?
Ricky Gervais, who rose to world fame with this series.
65. In which country does the action of the film “Chappie” take place?
The story of this science fiction film takes place in South Africa.
66. Which famous Spanish-speaking youtuber has its own animated series?
It is the Spanish youtuber El Rubius, star of the series “Virtual Hero”.
67. What is the name of Kentaro Miura’s manga starring Guts (or Gatsu, in some translations)?
It’s the “Berserk” fantasy book series.
68. What do you call the practice of lying face down and maintaining the rigidity of the body, which was made viral through the Internet by photos and videos?
It’s called “planking.”
69. What is the first video game in the Donkey Kong saga that had 3D images?
Although his previous video games had a three-dimensional aesthetic, the first one to have real 3D was “Donkey Kong 64”
70. What is the name of the leader of the Autobots in “Transformers”?
His name is Optimus Prime.
71. What series produced by Netflix has as one of its main antagonists an entity called “Demogorgon”?
Demogorgon is the name that the children in the series Stranger Things use to call the monster that attacks them in the first season.
Art and literature
Similar to the previous category, in the case of the questions on art and literature we find questions focused on these disciplines, although usually with reference to great classics .
72. Who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey?
While it is debated whether he was really a real human being, both works are attributed to Homer.
73. What novel did Miguel de Cervantes write and is he considered one of the greatest exponents of Spanish and universal literature?
The answer is “The ingenious hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha.”
74. What great artist is known to have painted the Sistine Chapel?
The answer to this question, of general culture, is Michelangelo.
75. Who painted the “Guernica”?
This work, which expresses the chaos that led to the experience of the bombing of the city of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, was painted by Pablo Picasso.
76. What is the architectural style of Notre Dame Cathedral?
Notre Dame Cathedral is probably one of the best known exponents of the Gothic style.
77. Which of Shakespeare’s plays does the soliloquy “To be or not to be, that is the question” form part of?
This soliloquy, one of the best known of the English playwright, is part of the play Hamlet.
78. Who wrote “The Beehive”?
This play was written by Camilo José Cela.
79. What was the name of Don Quixote’s horse?
The horse of this character, one of the greatest exponents of Spanish literature worldwide, was called Rocinante.
In what country was Gulliver considered a giant during his travels?
Although throughout his travels Gulliver would come to visit a large number of nations with different types of citizens, one of the most famous parts of his history and where Gulliver was considered a giant is the one in the country of Lilliput.
81. What country does the type of poetry known as haiku originate from?
Haiku is a genre of poetry from Japan.
82. What Spanish-speaking writer was nicknamed “the one-armed man of Lepanto”?
He was none other than Miguel de Cervantes, possibly the most famous Spanish writer in history.
83. What mythological animal gives its name to one of Thomas Hobbes’ best known books?
The sea beast Leviathan gives rise to one of the metaphors this philosopher used to refer to a type of absolute sovereignty.
84. What is the name of the famous American psychologist who wrote the book “Beyond Freedom and Dignity”?
The author of this work was Burrhus Frederic Skinner, one of the main representatives of behaviorism.
85. What is the name of the book on which the film “Blade Runner” is based?
The title of this play written by Philip K. Dick is “Do androids dream of electric sheep?”
86. What is the name of the Norwegian painter who wrote “The Scream”?
He is Edvard Munch, one of the forerunners of expressionism in painting.
87. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy play, what is the name of the balrog that fights Gandalf in the kingdom of Moria?
This beast is known as the Harm of Durin, since it ended the life of King Durin VI.
88. In what other language, besides Spanish, did the novelist and poet Rosalía de Castro write?
He also wrote in Galician.
89. Who wrote the novel The Fool’s Conspiracy?
This Pulitzer Prize winning novel was written by John Kennedy Toole.
90. On what continent was Arya Stark, a character in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series of books, born?
The continent is called Westeros.
91. Which character in the Harry Potter literary universe has a rat named Scabbers?
Ron Weasley, at least during the early books.
92. What sci-fi silent film was created by Fritz Lang in 1927?
“Metropolis” one of the classics of German silent films.
93. What fictional character was Don Quixote in love with?
From a labrador named Dulcinea.
94. Which painter did the painting called “The Young Girl with the Pearl”?
This is the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
95. Which pianist and jazz singer composed an album called “Glad Rag Doll”?
This record is from Diana Krall.
96. What poet of antiquity made the work “Ode to Aphrodite”?
The author of this poem was Sappho, or Mytilene’s Sappho.
Nature and Science
Questions of general culture focused on the most relevant scientific knowledge and advances, as well as on the functioning and structure of the natural environment and the beings that are part of nature (including elements such as human anatomy or zoology).
97. What is the speed of light?
Light travels at approximately 300,000,000 km/s (although technically it does 299,792,458 km/s, we usually round it off).
98. What gas protects us from solar radiation, specifically ultraviolet radiation, by forming a layer in the atmosphere?
The answer to this question is ozone.
99. What is the technical name for fear or phobia of heights?
One of the most common phobias, this fear is called acrophobia.
100. The formula E=mc2, in which scientific theory does it appear?
This formula is one of Albert Einstein’s best known and most basic formulas, and is part of his theory of general relativity. It explains the equivalence between mass and energy.
110. What is the largest bird still alive today?
The bird that measures more than one wing tip to the other is the albatross.
111. What are the five kingdoms into which we can divide the different living beings?
There are different classifications of living beings in different kingdoms, although the most common classification system integrates a separation of living beings into five major kingdoms: the monkey kingdom (bacteria and some algae), the protocist kingdom (protozoa and amoeba), the fungal kingdom (formed by fungi and lichens), the plant kingdom (plants) and the animal kingdom (which includes us along with the rest of the animals).
112. What is the main type of cell that is part of the nervous system of humans and other animals?
The basic unit and the main (but not the only) cell type that is part of the nervous system is the neuron.
113. What was Marie Curie famous for?
Marie Curie is especially known for the discovery of radioactivity, a merit for which she won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 (shared with her husband and Henri Becquerel).
114. What is the name of the bird of prey that feeds mainly on bones?
This is a type of vulture known as the bearded vulture, which can be seen in some mountainous regions of Europe, Asia and Africa.
115. What species of amphibian is known for its incredible ability to regenerate parts of its body that have been damaged or amputated?
It is the axolotl, an amphibian native to Mexico in serious danger of extinction.
116. What species of tree frequently used in so-called traditional Chinese medicine is an example of a living fossil because of its very ancient origins?
The Gingko biloba has fossils very similar to its current species belonging to the time of the dinosaurs. For many millions of years, the line of ancestors of this plant has hardly changed.
117. What are the nitrogenous bases of DNA?
It’s guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine.
Around what planet do the satellites Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa orbit?
These celestial bodies revolve around Jupiter, the great gaseous planet.
119. On which archipelago lives the only species of cormorant that cannot fly?
The Galapagos Cormorant lives in the archipelago that gives it its name, and depends on its hind legs for both walking and swimming.
120. What is the name of the line drawn by the stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka as seen from our planet?
These three stars form Orion’s belt.
121. What is the name of the plant from which tequila is usually made?
The raw plant from which tequila is made is the agave.
122. What is the name of the most abundant type of nerve cell in the human brain?
The most numerous cells in this part of the human body are not neurons, but glial cells, or glia.
123. What is the name of the researcher who, parallel to Charles Darwin and by coincidence, developed a theory of evolution almost identical to that of Darwinism?
His name was Alfred Russell Wallace, and like Darwin, he was also British.
124. What is the name of the phonetic transcription system used in Mandarin Chinese?
This system to transform the Chinese ideograms into alphabetic writing is called pinyin.
125. What period of the Palaeozoic era took place between the Devonian and the Permian?
It was the Carboniferous period, which began 359 million years ago and ended 299 million years ago.
Sports and hobbies
The last of the categories focuses on the field of sport and physical exercise , as well as other hobbies and leisure activities, including for example other board games.
126. When was the first World Cup held?
The first World Cup was held in 1930, with Uruguay being the first country to be World Champion.
127. Who was the world chess champion between 1972 and 1974, and the winner of the “match of the century” against Soviet champion Boris Vasilievich Spassky?
Bobby Fischer, whose real name was Robert James Fischer.
128. Who is considered the greatest basketball player of all time?
Although personal preferences may vary the answer, most professionals and amateurs will agree on one person: Michael Jordan.
129. Who was the first woman to win an Olympic medal?
Within the modern Olympics, the first woman to become an Olympic champion and win a medal was Charlotte Cooper, who took gold in both women’s and mixed tennis (along with Reginald Doherty) at the 1900 Paris Olympics.
130. Which athlete holds the record for the fastest speed in the 100-meter dash?
The human being who holds this record, in addition to his own in the 200 meters, is the Jamaican Usain Bolt.
131. How often are the Olympic Games held?
Although technically the Olympic Games are held every four years, it should be noted that there are not just one but two Games: the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics. The two alternate in such a way that there are actually Olympic Games every two years.
132. Which football team has won the most World Cups so far?
The soccer team with the most World Cups to its credit is the Brazilian national team, which has won the World Cup up to five times.
133. Who was Cobi?
Cobi was the mascot of the 1992 Olympic Games, which were held in Barcelona, Spain. It was created by Javier Mariscal.
134. Which Cuban chess player was world champion in this discipline between 1921 and 1927?
He was José Raúl Capablanca, nicknamed “the Mozart of chess”.
135. In which Spanish city is the Mestalla football stadium?
It is the stadium of Valencia Club de Fútbol, and it is in Valencia.
136. Which tennis player born in 1956 won 18 Grand Slam titles?
It was the Czech tennis player Martina Navrátilová, one of the great representatives of this sport.
137. What sport played with a bat and ball is the most popular in India?
Cricket is the king of sports in this country.
138. In which city was the footballer Lionel Messi born?
Messi was born in the Argentine city of Argentina.
139. What is the nickname of the British skier Michael Thomas Edwards?
The nickname the press gave him was Eddie the Eagle.
140. Which golf player born in the first half of the 20th century has the highest number of major tournaments won?
It’s Jack Nicklaus, who currently has the most majors on his record.
What is the nickname of Super Smash Bros. professional player Jason Zimmerman?
The name you use in tournaments is M2K, or Mew2King.
142. What martial art of South American origin was developed to resemble a dance?
It’s capoeira, invented by Brazilians of African descent.
143. Which football player gave rise to a movement known as the “gravesinha”?
This strange maneuver was done by the Dane Thomas Gravesen.
144. Which American elite swimmer won four gold and two silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics?
It was Michael Phelps who won all those titles.
145. In which Italian city was the motorcycle rider Valentino Rossi born?
In the Italian city of Urbino.
146. What is the name of the strategy video game whose tournaments have been massively followed in South Korea since the late 1990s?
It’s StarCraft, where certain tournaments are even broadcast on public television in this country.
147. Which Spanish athlete was proclaimed Champion of the Ultra Running World Series in three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014?
It’s the Kilian Jornet Mountain Runner.
148. What martial art is known as “Thai boxing”?
It’s muay thai, one of the most dangerous martial arts.
149. What football team was David Beckham playing for in 2007?
In Los Angeles Galaxy.