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150+ Hard Trivia Questions and Answers [2020]

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Trivia Question: What musical term is indicates a chord where the notes are played one after another rather than all together?
Answer: Arpeggio

Trivia Question: “Les Fauves” was a name given to a group of artists that also included Matisse. What is its literal meaning of “Les Fauves”?
Answer: The Wild Beasts

Trivia Question: In which sport are barani, rudolph and randolph all techniques?
Answer: Trampolining

Trivia Question: What color does gold leaf appear if you hold it up to the light?
Answer: Green

Trivia Question: What is the capital city of Paraguay?
Answer: Asuncion

Trivia Question: What is the family name of the ruling dynasty of Monaco?
Answer: Grimaldi

Trivia Question: Who collaborated with Karl Marx to produce “The Communist Manifesto”?
Answer: Friedrich Engels

Trivia Question: Which instrument is associated with Earl ‘Bud’ Powell?
Answer: Piano

Trivia Question: In which branch of the arts is Katherine Dunham famous?
Answer: Ballet

Trivia Question: Which architect designed the Woolworth Building in New York City?
Answer: Gilbert Cass

Trivia Question: Hamilton Kindley Field international airport is in which country?
Answer: Bermuda

Trivia Question: In which country is the Troi-Rivieres bridge?
Answer: Canada

Trivia Question: At which hospital did the first heart transplant take place?
Answer: Groote Schuur Hospital

Trivia Question: Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie co-created which operating system?
Answer: Unix

Trivia Question: Who was murdered along with OJ Simpson’s estranged wife Nicole?
Answer: Ronald Goldman

Trivia Question: The ‘girl in the polka dot dress’ was an eye witness in whose assassination?
Answer: Robert F. Kennedy

Trivia Question: From 1919 to 1933, the Weimar Republic was the government of what nation?
Answer: Germany

Trivia Question: Caravaggio shared a first name with what other famous artist?
Answer: Michelangelo

Trivia Question: A “crepuscular” animal becomes active at what time?
Answer: Dusk

Trivia Question: Atropos, Lachesis and Clotho are the Three what of Greek mythology?
Answer: Fates

Trivia Question: What were the earliest forms of contraceptive made from?
Answer: Crocodile Dung

Trivia Question: Which was the only painting sold by Vincent Van Gogh during his life?
Answer: The Red Vineyards near Arles

Trivia Question: Who was the only British Pope ever?
Answer: Pope Adrian IV

Trivia Question: What was the first movie to be rated PG-13?
Answer: Red Dawn

Trivia Question: What location served as the setting for many of John Hughes’ movies?
Answer: Shermer, Illinois

Trivia Question: In 1547 who became the 1st Tsar of Russia?
Answer: Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible)

Trivia Question: Who was the first person to suggest Daylight Savings Times?
Answer: Benjamin Franklin

Trivia Question: What geothermal Icelandic site has the same name as a 1980 movie?
Answer: The Blue Lagoon

Trivia Question: What Scottish poet’s works inspired the book titles Of Mice and Men and Catcher in the Rye?
Answer: Robert Burns

Trivia Question: In Swedish, a skvader is a rabbit with what unusual feature?
Answer: Wings

Trivia Question: Who’s the only athlete who ever lit the cauldron for an Olympics and then won a gold medal at those same games?
Answer: Cathy Freeman

Trivia Question: If you order “murgh” from the menu at an Indian restaurant, what meat will you get?
Answer: Chicken

Trivia Question: Kersti Kaljulaid was 46 years old when she became the youngest president ever elected to lead which country?
Answer: Estonia

Trivia Question: Among land animals, what species has the largest eyes?
Answer: Ostrich

Trivia Question: Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar for what motion picture?
Answer: The African Queen

Trivia Question: What historic figure was assassinated near the Miljacka River in 1914?
Answer: Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Trivia Question: What comedy became the first film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office?
Answer: Big

Trivia Question: So far, which continent has hosted the Olympics the most times?
Answer: Europe

Trivia Question: Sahti is a type of beer that’s trad­itionally flavored with juniper. Which country would you be most likely to find it in?
Answer: Finland

Trivia Question: What is the legislature of the Netherlands called?
Answer: The States General

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Trivia Question: Napoleon suffered defeat at Waterloo in what year?
Answer: 1815

Trivia Question: In 1612 who became the first person to observe the planet Neptune?
Answer: Galileo

Trivia Question: What is the world’s most venomous fish?
Answer: Stonefish

Trivia Question: What was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War?
Answer: Gettysburg

Trivia Question: Emetophobia is the fear of?
Answer: Fear of Vomit

Trivia Question: The surface area of Earth is about how many square miles?
Answer: 196.9 million mi²

Trivia Question: What insect has the shortest life span?
Answer: Mayflies

Trivia Question: What sea is next to Saudi Arabia?
Answer: Red Sea

Trivia Question: Who wrote Around the World in 80 Days?
Answer: Jules Verne

Trivia Question: What christian denomination was founded by John Wesley in 1738?
Answer: Methodist

Trivia Question: The ancient Chinese concept of harmonious design, which was created to introduce a balance between humans and their environment is called what?
Answer: Feng Shui

Trivia Question: Who discovered the life or death importance of washing hands while studying maternity wards?
Answer: Ignaz Semmelweis

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Trivia Question: In 2018, a bag of 27 what were discovered by a Fisherman in Siberia?
Answer: Human hands

Trivia Question: During the mid-1970s, David Bowie’s diet reportedly consisted solely of milk, red peppers, and what else?
Answer: Cocaine

Trivia Question: Crying after sex is a normal response and is also called what?
Answer: Postcoital Dysphoria

Trivia Question: In the Gilded Age, who was called the “witch of Wallstreet.” She apparently only wore black and left behind a fortune worth $100 million.
Answer: Hetty Green

Trivia Question: The 12 foot tall flightless bird of New Zealand that became extinct 500 years ago was called what?
Answer: Moa

Trivia Question: What famous actress once tried to hire a hitman to kill her?
Answer: Angelina Jolie

Trivia Question: What are a group of hippos referred as?
Answer: A bloat

Trivia Question: How has the Statue of Liberty changed since it was built?
Answer: It changed color

Trivia Question: What is the driest place on the earth?
Answer: The Dry Valleys in Antartica

Trivia Question: Which bird has the largest wingspan of any living bird?
Answer: The wandering albatross

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Trivia Question: Which creatures produce gossamer?
Answer: A spider

Trivia Question: What is the only king in a deck of cards without a moustache?
Answer: King of hearts

Trivia Question: How long is a “jiffy”?
Answer: One trillionth of a second

Trivia Question: Who was the first Time Magazine “Man of the Year”?
Answer: Charles Lindbergh

Trivia Question: What is the little dot above a lowercase “i” or “j” called?
Answer: Tittle

Trivia Question: What are the names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library?
Answer: Patience and Fortitude

Trivia Question: Who was the first explorer to reach the North Pole?
Answer: Robert Peary

Trivia Question: Which poison do apple seeds contain?
Answer: Cyanide

Trivia Question: Who won the first Nobel Prize for Medicine?
Answer: Emil von Behring

Trivia Question: The highest denomination bill ever printed in the United States was $100,000. Who was on the bill?
Answer: President Woodrow Wilson

Trivia Question: On the periodic table, which element has an atomic weight of 1.00794?
Answer: Hydrogen

Trivia Question: What is the largest religious monument in the world (located in Cambodia)?
Answer: Angkor Wat

Trivia Question: To celebrate its 30th birthday (in 2010), Google placed a playable version of what arcade game on its homepage?
Answer: Pac-Man

Trivia Question: The Treaty of Ghent was the peace treaty that ended which war?
Answer: The War of 1812

Trivia Question: What was the name of the pig leader in George Orwell’s Animal Farm?
Answer: Napoleon

Trivia Question: America’s first multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor, made his fortune in what trade?
Answer: Fur trade

Trivia Question: The Mariana Trench, which is the deepest trench in the world, is located in which ocean?
Answer: Pacific Ocean

Trivia Question: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse all died at what age?
Answer: 27

Trivia Question: What does the “E” stand for in the name of the American restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese?
Answer: Entertainment

Trivia Question: Released in 1989, the album “Bleach” was the debut studio album by what rock band?
Answer: Nirvana

Trivia Question: Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages of which island nation?
Answer: Sri Lanka

Trivia Question: After Board Walk and Park Place, what is the next most expensive property in the game Monopoly?
Answer: Pennsylvania Avenue

Trivia Question: Which planet has moons that are nearly all named after Shakespearean characters?
Answer: Uranus

Trivia Question: What Italian sculptor/architect is credited with creating the Baroque style?
Answer: Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Trivia Question: Who wrote Flowers for Algernon?
Answer: Daniel Keyes

Trivia Question: In 1952 the United States Air Force created Project Blue Book to study what?
Answer: Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs)

Trivia Question: Ambergris is a waxy substance that originates as a secretion from what aquatic animal?
Answer: Sperm whale

Trivia Question: In 1917, Finland declared its independence from which country?
Answer: Russia

Trivia Question: Peter and the Wolf is a musical composition written by which Russian composer?
Answer: Sergei Prokofiev

Trivia Question: In the human body, what is the hallux?
Answer: Big toe

Trivia Question: At the time of his assassination, what play was Abraham Lincoln watching?
Answer: Our American Cousin 

Trivia Question: The red supergiant star, Betelgeuse, belongs to which constellation?
Answer: Orion the Hunter

Trivia Question: Where in the world was Richard Nixon when he delivered his infamous “I am not a crook” speech?
Answer: Disney World (Orlando, FL)

Trivia Question: Appearing on the show in 1982, who was the youngest person to ever host Saturday Night Live?
Answer: Drew Barrymore

Trivia Question: Which two countries are connected by the Karakoram Pass?
Answer: China and India

Trivia Question: “A la Crecy” is a French cooking term that describes a dish that is made or is garnished with what?
Answer: Carrots

Trivia Question: What is the only country that displays the Bible on its national flag?
Answer: The Dominican Republic

Trivia Question: CBGB, which is the former infamous New York Music Club, stands for what?
Answer: Country, Blue Grass and Blues

Trivia Question: What was the name of Alexander the Great’s horse?
Answer: Bucephalus

Trivia Question: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet at what U.S. landmark?
Answer: Four Corners Monument

Trivia Question: The ancient Egyptian symbol “Ouroboros” depicts a serpent eating what?
Answer: It’s own tail

Trivia Question: China’s Terracotta Army includes the soldiers of what emperor?
Answer: Qin Shi Huang

Trivia Question: In Olympic archery, what is the distance between the target from the archer?
Answer: 70 Meters

Trivia Question: In 1912, what company introduced the first “cash and carry” grocery chain, which moved away traditional delivery?
Answer: A&P

Trivia Question: What igneous rock has a density less than water?
Answer: Pumice

Trivia Question: Who was the cartoonist behind the Far Side Gallery?
Answer: Gary Larson

Trivia Question: Who is in a tie with Cloris Leachman for the most Emmys won by a female performer?
Answer: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Trivia Question: What is the name of a word that is spelled the same forwards and backwards?
Answer: Palindrome

Trivia Question: Who patented the concept of a flat engine in 1896?
Answer: Karl Benz

Trivia Question: What is the name of Donald Duck’s sister?
Answer: Della Duck

Trivia Question: Which U.S. state has the motto “Live Free or Die” on their license plate?
Answer: New Hampshire

Trivia Question: In the game of pool, what is the standard color for the one ball?
Answer: Yellow

Trivia Question: Sydney Carton is the central character in what Charles Dickens novel?
Answer: A Tale of Two Cities

Trivia Question: The aardvark is native to which continent?
Answer: Africa

Trivia Question: Saskatchewan is a province of which country?
Answer: Canada

Trivia Question: What famous author tried to get his wife committed to an insane asylum so he could live with his 18-year-old mistress?
Answer: Charles Dickens

Trivia Question: What bird can remember bad memories for up to 5 years?
Answer: Kiwis

Trivia Question: In what country would you find geoglyphs known as the Nasca Lines?
Answer: Peru

Trivia Question: What country has competitive office chair racing?
Answer: Japan

Trivia Question: The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, was in what restaurant commercial?
Answer: Pizza Hut

Trivia Question: Dendrophobia is the fear of what?
Answer: Trees

Trivia Question: What is the longest river in Australia?
Answer: The Murray River

Trivia Question: The highest peak of China’s Wuling Mountains is home to two Buddhist temples. How many steps must visitors take to reach the site of these temples called Fanjingshan?
Answer: 8,888

Trivia Question: What was former US President William Taft’s pet cow named?
Answer: Pauline

Trivia Question: How many vaginas do kangaroos have?
Answer: Three

Trivia Question: What Greek mathematician is considered the founder and father of Geometry?
Answer: Euclid

Trivia Question: Florence Nightingale aided the sick and wounded during what war?
Answer: The Crimean War

Trivia Question: Who was the first performer at the Woodstock festival in 1969?
Answer: Richie Havens

Trivia Question: Ancient Romans boiled vinegar and what to make an energy drink?
Answer: Goat poop

Trivia Question: Buchaechum is a traditional Korean what?
Answer: Fan dance

Trivia Question: The mascot of Kanoya City, Japan is what?
Answer: A dancing businessman with a fish head

Trivia Question: Which christian missionary allegedly banished all the snakes from Ireland?
Answer: Saint Patrick

Trivia Question: What dog breed has a name that translates to “little brushwood dog”?
Answer: Shiba Inu

Trivia Question: What is the process by which a Komodo Dragon can reproduce asexually?
Answer: Parthenogenesis

Trivia Question: In 1963, the New York Zoo’s Great Ape House was home to the “most dangerous animal in the world” exhibit. What was the exhibit?
Answer: A mirror

Trivia Question: What is the only bird known to fly backwards?
Answer: Hummingbird

Trivia Question: The penny-farthing was a popular type of what?
Answer: Bicycle

Trivia Question: What is the capital city of Canada’s Yukon territory?
Answer: Whitehorse

Trivia Question: Who directed the 2018 superhero film Black Panther?
Answer: Ryan Coogler

Trivia Question: What was major league baseball’s Yogi Berra’s real name?
Answer: Lawrence Peter Berra

Trivia Question: The Cajun holy trinity of cooking consists of what three vegetables?
Answer: Onions, bell peppers and celery

Trivia Question: What was the first console video game that allowed the video game to be saved?
Answer: The Legend of Zelda

Trivia Question: What is the fungi Hydnellum peckii also known as?
Answer: The bleeding tooth fungus

Trivia Question: What is Glenn Close allergic to? (hint: In the movie 101 Dalmatians, they had get creative due to her allergy)
Answer: Tobacco

Trivia Question: In regards to data storage, what does the acronym SSD stand for?
Answer: Solid State Drive

Trivia Question: What is the name for the monetary unit used in Thailand?
Answer: Thai Bhat

Trivia Question: Where are a dolphins nipples located?
Answer: Anus

Trivia Question: What island state was formerly known by the name Formosa?
Answer: Taiwan

Trivia Question: Bobby Fischer is considered to be the greatest player of all time in which game?
Answer: Chess

Trivia Question: In the game Scrabble, how many points is the letter K?
Answer: 5

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