60 general knowledge questions and answers for your online pub quiz

By Finlay Greig
Monday, 21st September 2020, 3:30 pm
Updated Monday, 21st September 2020, 3:47 pm
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.

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?

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?


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?

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?

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?

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?

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?


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?

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