General Knowledge Trivia Quiz
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Which of the following countries is not a member of the European Free Trade Association?
In the Victorian-era language of flowers, a red rose means true love, a white rose innocence or purity. What does a blue rose mean?
The oldest republic
Which country is the oldest surviving republic in the world?
Which English writers created the imaginary country of Gondal?
B) Gerald and Laurence Durrell
C) Aldous and Julian Huxley
D) Auberon and Evelyn Waugh
Learning one’s lines
“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators, Tropics, Zones and Meridian Lines?” asked the bellman in Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Hunting of the Snark”. Meridian lines are:
B) Lines used by sailors to set the sails
C) Mnemonics used in learning navigation
D) Lines of longitude
Mokele-mbembe is a mysterious creature thought by some to lurk in the jungles of central Africa. Mokele-mbembe most closely resembles:
By 1970, many scientists realized that the conodont (“cone tooth”), fossils they had discovered were of great importance to geology and paleontology, but years went by before they were able to solve one central problem. What was it?
B) No one knew what kind of animal the fossils had belonged to
C) Some experts thought all conodont fossils were fakes
D) The fossils degraded almost instantly on exposure to air
The Eloi and the Morlocks
In H.G. Wells’ first science fiction tale, The Time Machine, a 19th-century Englishman travels forward in time to find that humanity has split into two groups, the Eloi and the Morlocks. One main difference between them is that:
B) The Eloi are ruled by women, the Morlocks by men
C) The Eloi are scientists, but the Morlocks prefer art and philosophy
D) The Eloi are spacefaring, while the Morlocks are earthbound
Where in the world is the longest stretch of straight railway track?
B) The Gobi Desert, Asia
C) The Nullarbor Plain, Australia
D) The Prairie Provinces, Canada
How fast does the Earth’s core rotate relative to its outer layers?
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