We’ve posted some pretty tough trivia questions in the past, so we thought you might like a little respite in the form of some relatively easy trivia questions and answers. And to that end, we’ve put together this collection of questions that most people should be able to do relatively well on.
So good luck with these easy trivia questions.
Halloween Trivia Questions
Loads of informative trivia questions and answers about Halloween. It’s a really interesting holiday and there is a lot of misunderstanding behind it’s history and traditions that I tried to clear up.
1. What is the name of the Celtic harvest festival that many people believe Halloween is based on?
Samhain (Pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in)
There is some debate as to how many Samhain traditions made their way into the Christian holiday of Halloween. This is because the Celtic people had an oral rather than written tradition and so much about the life of druids and the traditions of the Celtic people has been lost.
Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day and we do know that All Saints Day was moved from May 13th to coincide with Samhain, which was held around October 31st to November 1st. By moving the Christian holiday to the date of a pagan festival converted pagans could keep celebrating their traditional holidays while still being Christians. So it wouldn’t be surprising if newly converted pagans incorporated their old traditions into the Christian holiday.
2. What is a hallow?
A saint or a holy person
Hallow when used as an adjective means holy and as a noun it means someone who is holy. You can see why All Saint’s Eve is also known as All Hallow’s Eve.
3. In what year will the next full moon occur during Halloween?
The last Halloween that had a full moon was in 2001 and the next full moon on Halloween after 2020 won’t occur until 2039.
4. What item is banned only during Halloween from 12am October 31st to 12pm November 1st in Hollywood California?
5. What popular fall festival activity did the Romans bring to Britain when they invaded?
Bobbing for apples (a.k.a apple ducking, duck apple, dooking)
Another variation was also played where apples were hung from strings and contestants would have to try and bite into them.
Halloween etymology trivia
6. The word Halloween is a contraction of what Christian holiday?
All Hallow’s Evening (All Hallows’ Even), a.k.a All Hallows’ Eve, All Saint’s Eve, Allhalloween
In Scots “eve” is “even”. The “v” was eventually dropped, as well as the “all” and the “s” in Hallow’s.
So All Hallow’s Even became Halloween. Halloween is the day before All Hallow’s Day (also known as All Saints Day) and is the first day of Allhallowtide which is a three-day celebration for Christian Saints.
7. In the correct spelling of the Halloween, where is the apostrophe placed?
Between the two e’s (Hallowe’en)
The apostrophe shows where the “v” was dropped from (All) Hallow(‘s) E(v)en = Hallowe’en. “Even” in Scots means “Evening”.
Trick or treat – Halloween trivia questions
8. In what two countries was “guising”, the tradition of dressing up in costumes, and going door for food or coins for Halloween most popular?
Scotland and Ireland
Guising during Hallowmas, the Christian holiday that Halloween kicks off, has been going at least since the 16th century in Scotland. Guising along with souling are thought by many to be the origins of modern day trick-or-treating.
9. When people go house to house while “souling”, what do they ask for?
Souling goes back at least to the 15th century and involves people going from house to house singing for soul-cakes during Halloween. Soul-cakes are small round cakes that are baked to commemorate the dead. Even though souling didn’t involve dressing up in costumes (like guising) you can see why many people think it had a strong influence on the trick-or-treating that we do today.
10. In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween?
Here is the line from the newspaper:
The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.
“‘Trick or Treat’ Is Demand,” Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta), November 4, 1927, p. 5, dateline Blackie, Alberta, Nov. 3.
11. In what decade did trick-or-treating as we know it today start gaining popularity in America?
While there were mentions of souling and guising in the USA earlier than the 1930s it wasn’t until the mid to late 1930s that we started to see the phrase trick-or-treat being used in print in the USA.
12. How many children have been seriously injured or killed from poisoned candy given to them by strangers during Halloween?
There have been a few cases of family members tampering with candy and blaming it on strangers. There have also been numerous false alarms where an illness was thought to be caused from Halloween candy but later was discovered to be something else entirely. Also there have been a tiny number of instances of sharp objects put into candy by strangers. But luckily no one has ever been seriously hurt by one of those objects.
Jack o’ lanterns and pumpkin trivia questions
Jack O Lantern – Halloween Trivia Questions
13. What were the original jack o’ lanterns made from?
Turnips (also mangel wurzels and possibly rutabagas)
Jack o’ lantern refers to a light that is sometimes seen in bogs or marshes. It was explained in Irish folklore as being Stingy Jack who avoided hell by tricking the devil but was denied entry into heaven due to his sins. He now has to wander the earth and lights his way with an ember from hell held within a turnip or rutabaga.
14. In what country did carving jack o’ lanterns originate?
Just like today, faces were carved into the turnips and a candle was put inside. They were used to frighten people and to drive away evil spirits.
15. The round orange pumpkins that are used for most jack o’ lanterns today are native to what continent?
The oldest pumpkin-related seeds were found in Mexico and were dated to sometime between 7000 and 5500 BC.
16. What country holds the title for the World’s heaviest pumpkin?
In 2014 Beni Meier of Switzerland grew a pumpkin that weighed a whopping 2,378 pounds. That record still stands at the time of this article (September 2016).
Halloween by the numbers
Sources for these statistics from National Retail Federation and the National Confectioners Association
17. How much are American consumers expected to spend on Halloween in 2016? (Plus or minus 500 million dollars)
Halloween is second only to Christmas for holiday consumer spending.
18. What candy is the SECOND most popular Halloween candy?
Chocolate dominates first place by a wide margin.
19. What percent of American parents say they DON’T eat some of their children’s candy? (plus or minus 5%)
Seems a little too large of a percentage, but then I guess some of the survey takers might not have been totally honest.
20. In the USA how many pieces of candy are most commonly handed out to trick-or-treaters?
Two pieces were most common at 50%, next up being three pieces at 22%.
21. In terms of parties held in the USA, Halloween is third. What two days have more parties than Halloween?
New Year’s Eve and the Super Bowl
22. What percentage of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween in 2016? (plus or minus 5%)
Halloween costumes trivia
Ghost – Halloween Trivia Questions
23. What was the most popular Halloween costume for adults in 2015?
Next up was an animal of some sort, followed by characters from Batman. Fourth place was a zombie and in fifth place were characters from the Star Wars universe.
24. What was the most popular Halloween costume for pets in 2015?
Next up was hot dog, undoubtedly the top pick for dachshund owners. Third were characters from the Batman franchise, followed by devil. And for 5th place, bumble bees.
25. In what American state is it illegal to dress up like a priest or a nun?
Here’s the wording of the law:
Fraudulently pretending to be clergyman.
Whoever, being in a public place, fraudulently pretends by garb or outward array to be a minister of any religion, or nun, priest, rabbi or other member of the clergy, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00 or confinement in the county jail for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Acts 1965, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 273, p. 381; Code 1975, Â§13-4-99.)
Halloween monsters trivia
26. Where did Mary Shelley get the idea for Frankenstein’s monster?
The inspiration for the book was from a dream. But the reason for writing story was a competition suggested by Lord Byron to a group of friends and associates. They were competing to see who could write the best ghost story.
As a side note, the first vampire story written in English titled The Vampyre was also written for the competition by Lord Byron’s physician.
27. In the Middle Ages why were so many mummies bought and sold?
To be ground into medicine
Mummies were ground up during the middle ages to make medicine because they were thought to have healing properties.
After the Middle Ages the buying and selling of mummies remained popular. During the 17th and 18th century mummies were used to make a type of paint called mummy brown or mummia.
During the 19th century mummies were bought for parties during which a mummy would be unwrapped and examined by the guests.
28. What was Bram Stoker’s original name for Dracula?
He changed the name from Wampyr to Dracula after he borrowed the book An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia from the library in Witby in 1890 during his summer vacation.
Source: A Dracula Handbook By Elizabeth Miller
29. What was the first feature length werewolf movie?
Werewolf of London released by Universal Pictures in 1935
There was an earlier silent era film titled The Werewolf released in 1913 by Universal Films. But it’s run-time was only 18 minutes, far from feature length, and no copies remain.
You could probably count that one if someone got it, but it’s definitely a deep cut. Just thought I’d mention it in case you or someone you are quizzing is a serious film buff.
Thanksgiving Trivia Questions
Some really fun questions about Thanksgiving history and its traditions. There is a lot to look through and you are sure to learn a lot about this holiday!
This is the longest of the trivia pages and has a TON of information about Christmas in the form of fun trivia questions. I’m really proud of how it turned out.
I guarantee you’ll come away from reading this page with fresh look on Christmas and its traditions and history. It’s a fun read whether Christmas is just around the corner or it’s a long time until the next Christmas rolls around.
1. What year was the celebration that is most commonly considered to be the first Thanksgiving?
This is the celebration that people most often talk about when they are talking about the “first” Thanksgiving. But there are others that are claimed to be the first Thanksgiving. There was another celebration in Plymouth in 1623 and one in Boston in 1631 that people claim was the actual first Thanksgiving. In reality there were lots of Thanksgiving celebrations in North America before 1621 as well, because days of Thanksgiving were often celebrated after good events that were deemed to have the hand of God behind them.
2. How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?
It was celebrated much earlier than our current celebration, possibly in late September. There were about 50 European settlers and around 90 native Americans who attended the 3-day feast.
3. When the religious group that would later be known as the Pilgrims left England to practice their religion freely, where did they go?
Unlike the Puritans, the Pilgrims believed that they couldn’t practice their religion within the English state church. This led to fines and sometimes imprisonment. To escape persecution, they fled to Leiden, Holland. But they had a hard time fitting in and finding jobs because they didn’t want to assimilate into the local culture. They were also worried about their children being influenced by the culture they were living in. So they secured investors and made their journey to found a colony in New England.
Right, we are moving to Leiden, Holland!
4. Under which president did Thanksgiving become an annual holiday?
As a nation, the US has celebrated Thanksgiving off and on since 1774. In 1789 George Washington made a proclamation that the American people should celebrate a day of thanksgiving to God on November 26th. Some presidents after him continued the tradition, sporadically declaring days of Thanksgiving. But it wasn’t until 1863 with Lincoln proclaiming a day of Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November that it became an annual holiday. Every year after that Presidents proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be a day of Thanksgiving. It was changed to be the fourth Thursday in under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
5. In what decade did both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and America’s Thanksgiving Parade start?
The 1920’s (specifically 1924)
America’s Thanksgiving Parade was inspired by Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade in Toronto, Ontario and the papier-mache heads that he saw on a trip to Europe. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was started by Louis Bamberger in Newark, New Jersey but was transferred to New York City where it is now held by Macy’s.
6. How do both Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and America’s Thanksgiving Parade conclude?
With the arrival of Santa Claus
In America’s Thanksgiving Parade this usually features Santa receiving the key to the city from the Mayor of Detroit. This is supposed to herald in the Christmas season, but as we all know it’s been creeping earlier and earlier each year.
7. What is the oldest Thanksgiving parade currently called?
6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade
Catchy huh? It was started in 1920 and originally called the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade until the Gimbels department stores closed down. WPVI a.k.a Channel 6 a.k.a abc6 as well as several companies have sponsored the parade since Gimbels went out of business.
Turkey trivia questions
8. Which president was the first to give a turkey a presidential pardon?
John F. Kennedy was the first president on record for unofficially sparing a Turkey in 1963. But it wasn’t until the Reagan administration in 1987 that a turkey was given an official presidential pardon as a joke. Despite it being a joke, the turkey was spared and put into a petting zoo. In 1989 George H. Bush made it an annual tradition and each president following him has carried on the tradition.
9. What are turkey chicks called?
Pults or turkeylings
Let me just say, turkeylings is an amazing name for baby turkeys. Female turkeys are called hens, and males are called toms in the US or stags in Europe.
10. What is the wobbly red piece of flesh on top of the beak of a turkey?
The red bit of flesh under the beak is called a wattle. We are definitely not helping the turkey’s reputation as a silly animal with all these names.
Turkey – Thanksgiving Trivia Questions
11. What are most turkey feathers used for after the turkey is plucked?
Feathers from birds like turkeys and chickens are ground up and used as protein in animal feed. Feathers are made up of keratin which ruminant animals, such as cows, are able to digest.
12. What state raises the most turkeys?
With 41 million turkeys raised in 2015 Minnesota tops the chart for turkey production. Next up is North Carolina with 31 million turkeys raised. Then Arkansas coming in third with 27.5 million turkeys.
Thanksgiving food trivia questions
13. What meat did the native Americans bring to the first Thanksgiving?
After they arrived, some of the Native Americans went out hunting and brought back five deer to give to the governor, the captain, and others.
14. What food was present at the first Thanksgiving but is rarely eaten at Thanksgiving now?
Because Plymouth Colony relied heavily on fishing there was plenty of seafood at the first Thanksgiving. In his journal titled Of Plymouth Plantation the leader of the Plymouth Colony William Bradford had this to say about the harvest before the first Thanksgiving: “For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion.”
15. What decade was the green bean casserole, a Thanksgiving staple in many households, first created?
1950s (Specifically 1955)
The green bean casserole was created by the Campbell Soup Company and more specifically by Dorcas Reilly.
16. In what century were the first pumpkin pies as we know them made?
The 17th century (1600s)
Although the pumpkin is native to North America, the pumpkin pie was actually first made in England and Europe. It wasn’t until the 19th century that pumpkin pies as we know them started showing up in American cookbooks.
17. What culture produced the idea of the cornucopia, the horn of plenty?
The cornucopia is very prevalent in Greek mythology. With one origin story having baby Zeus breaking off a horn from a divine goat that was suckling him. Another origin story has Heracles ripping off the horn of a river god named Achelous. The cornucopia then became associated with several Greek and Roman deities.
A cornucopia of Thanksgiving trivia questions!
Thanksgiving and harvest festival traditions around the world
18. Thanksgiving in the USA is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, but when is Canada’s Thanksgiving?
The second Monday of October
Canadian Thanksgiving shares many aspects of American Thanksgiving, right down to the turkey. Canadian Thanksgiving can trace its beginning back to either 1578 and Martin Frobisher who gave thanks to God for surviving the trip from England or to the late 1600s and Samuel De Champlain with his fellow French settlers who gave thanks for a successful crop.
19. During Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving / harvest festival, they traditionally eat a stuffed food but it isn’t a turkey. What food do Koreans stuff and eat during Chuseok?
Rice cakes (songpyeon)
Rice is ground down into a flour and then water is added to make a rice dough. Then that dough is stuffed with lots of different types of ingredients and formed into small rice cakes which then are steamed over pine needles.
Songpyeon – Thanksgiving Trivia Questions
Image source and more info at the Songpyeon page on Wikipedia
20. Where is the only place in Australia where Thanksgiving is celebrated?
The custom was brought there by American whaling ships and it just kind of stuck. The rest of Australia doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
21. Who do children in Japan give drawings to on Labor Thanksgiving Day?
Labor Thanksgiving Day was established in 1948, after World War II, to celebrate hard work and giving thanks to each other. But it’s roots are much older. It comes from the harvest festival known as Niiname-sai which dates back at least to the 7th century and possibly much earlier.
80s Movie Trivia
Big hair and cheesy movies. You’ve got to love the 80s. And if you are ready for some serious nostalgia, browse through and find out more about your favorite 80s movie.
1. Which 80s movie was the highest grossing film of the decade?
E.T. The Extraterrestrial
The 1982 movie surpassed Star Wars to become the highest grossing film of all time. The movie held that record for 11 years until it was surpassed by Jurassic Park in 1993.
2. Which 80s movie was Alan Rickman’s first feature film role?
The 1988 film grossed over $140 million worldwide and turned Bruce Willis into an action star. Before then he had been known only as a comedy actor. Willis filmed the comedy television series Moonlighting at the same time as Die Hard. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is the terrorist’s theme song in the movie, and Rickman can be seen humming the song during his elevator scene with Mr. Takagi.
3. Which 80s movie spawned 6 sequels and a T.V. series?
The comedy film grossed $146 million worldwide and became the sixth highest grossing film of 1984. The film was inspired by real life police cadets. During the filming of The Right Stuff Paul Maslansky witnessed a diverse group of police cadets ineffectively doing crowd control for the filming. He found the situation humorous, and that night he wrote up two pages to give to the Ladd Company. They loved the concept and agreed to develop the movie.
4. Which 80’s movie was the first to become a hit largely due to MTV?
The 1983 film had a decent opening weekend but the soundtrack was what catapulted the film to success. The movie’s music producers and artists worked quickly to make music videos so that they could air on MTV. This was especially significant because the video was not released during summer or winter holiday periods, was not rated R, and did not have any major celebrities involved. The movie became a massive hit and grossed over $100 million worldwide. The method of presenting sequences of the actual movie as a music video also largely influenced later 80s movies like Top Gun.
80s Movie Quotes Trivia
They can’t all be as iconic and obvious as “Bueller Bueller Bueller” and “I am your Father.” But see if you can guess which 1980s movie the following quotes are from:
5. “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley”
Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) in Airplane
The 1980 film was a parody of the disaster film genre. It grossed over $83 million dollars in the U.S. and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.
6. “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” (Hint: They’re not on a plane.)
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Raiders of The Lost Ark
The 1981 film was the first installment in the Indiana Jones series starring Harrison Ford. It was the year’s top grossing film and was nominated for nine Academy Awards.
7. “We came. We saw. We kicked its ass.”
Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) in Ghostbusters
The 1984 supernatural comedy film grossed more than $95 million worldwide when it was released and was nominated for two Oscars.
8. “Don’t mess with the bull, young man. You’ll get the horns.”
Richard “Dick” Vernon (Paul Gleason) in The Breakfast Club
The 1985 classic coming-of-age film starring the iconic Brat Pack earned $51.5 million on a $1 million budget.
9. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The 1986 film was one of the top grossing films of the year and earned $70.1 million. The screenplay of the film was written in less than a week and was a tribute to the city of Chicago.
10. “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) in The Princess Bride
The 1987 film was based on a 1973 novel of the same name. Cary Elwes (Westley) and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo) both learned left-and right handed fencing. They did all of the fencing in the sword fight scenes. However, stunt doubles were used for the two somersaults.
11. “Carpe Diem boys. Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary.”
John Keating (Robin Williams) in Dead Poet’s Society
The famous quote from the 1989 film was voted as the 95th greatest movie quote by the American Film Institute. It was the 10th largest grossing film of that year, and surpassed both The Little Mermaid and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
12. “I could disappear forever and it wouldn’t make any difference.”
Samantha “Sam” Baker (Molly Ringwald) in Sixteen Candles
The 1984 coming-of-age film was written with Molly Ringwald as the inspiration. The director saw her headshot, and wrote the film over a weekend with her in mind. The lead role of Jake almost went to Viggo Mortensen instead of Michael Schoeffling.
80s Movie Soundtrack Trivia
13. What artist sang the 1986 song “Danger Zone” from Top Gun?
The iconic song from Top Gun was once described by the U.S. Navy as “the most effective recruiting poster ever produced.” The soundtrack for Top Gun went platinum nine times (meaning 9 million copies were sold), and was No. 1 on the Billboard charts for five consecutive weeks in 1986. The one of the song’s lyrics is sometimes misheard as “I went to the danger zone.”, but is actually “Highway to the danger zone.”.
14. Which 1980s theme song was entirely instrumental and reached No. 1 in multiple countries due to a remix?
The theme song from Beverly Hills Cop was No. 3 on Billboard charts when first released. However, two decades later, it became number one in multiple countries after a remix was done by the animated character Crazy Frog for ringtone company Jamster.
15. Which 1980s theme song was recorded in just 3 hours?
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
The 1985 pop song from The Breakfast Club was rearranged and recorded by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds. It was the only number one song in the U.S. for the band.
16. Which two Footloose songs were nominated for Academy Award for Best Original song in 1984?
“Footloose” and “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”
“Footloose” spent three weeks at the number one spot on Billboard charts. “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” spent two weeks at the number one spot. Both songs lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”
17. Which 1980s theme song inspired its own separate film?
“Eye of the Tiger”
The theme song from Rocky III was the second bestselling song of 1982, and it stayed at the No. 1 Billboard spot for six consecutive weeks. “Eye of The Tiger” was also the title song of the 1986 film by the same name that was inspired by the song.
18. Which 1980s theme song was inspired by a commercial jingle?
The 1984 hit was recorded by Ray Parker Jr. who said he was inspired by a late night commercial he saw. He was only given a few days to record the theme song, and the commercial inspired him to make the theme song for the fictional business commercial featured in the film. The song was nominated for an Oscar and stayed at the No. 1 spot on Billboard charts for three weeks.
Animated 80s Movies
19. Which movie marked the beginning of a long string of successful Disney movies, sometimes called the Disney Renaissance era?
The Little Mermaid
Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid, was the 28th Disney animated film to be released. It grossed $84 million domestically during its initial release. Disney had suffered a long streak of commercial failures. After the release of The Little Mermaid Disney had ten successful films in a row from 1989-1999 known as the Disney Renaissance era.
20. What is the name of the lead character in The Secret of NIMH?
The movie was based on a 1971 novel by Robert C. O’brien titled Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The name change occurred during production because of trademark concerns with Frisbee discs.
21. Which film was Disney’s first animated film to use computer graphics?
The Fox and the Hound
Most of the CGI in this film was during the scene where Slade traps Tod and Vixey in the burrow. Vixey was actually animated by an uncredited Tim Burton. Her animation style was so different from Burton’s usual dark Gothic style that he initially only animated her with distant shots.
22. What type of dinosaur is Littlefoot from The Land Before Time?
The 1988 film was a critical success and spawned a multi-million dollar franchise with 13 sequels and a television series. The original film was the only one in the series that was not a musical. It was also the only one to be released theatrically worldwide.
23. Which 80s animated movie is the song “There Are No Cats In America” from?
An American Tail
When it was released in 1986 it was the highest grossing non-Disney animated film at the time. The actor who voiced Warren T. Rat auditioned reading excerpts of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the voice of a Brooklyn taxi driver. This idea inspired the writers to make Warren a pretentious illiterate who continually misquoted Shakespeare.
24. Which 80s animated movie’s tagline was “Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination.”?
The Transformers: The Movie
The 1986 film was a bridge between the second and third seasons of the television series, but it had a much darker tone. The Decepticons were more menacing and major characters were killed off. RIP Optimus Prime. Rodimus Prime can never replace you! The movie was also Orson Welles’ final film before his death at the age of 70.
25. What is the name of the main character from All Dogs Go To Heaven?
Charlie B. Barkin
The 1989 musical comedy was released the same day as Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The movie became one of the biggest selling VHS releases, and it inspired a television series. Judith Barsi, who voiced Anne-Marie, was murdered before the film was released. The end credits song “Love Survives” is dedicated to her memory.
90s Movie Trivia
Loads of blockbusters and getting your movies from Blockbuster. It was the 90s and they were both amazing and ridiculous. If you are looking from some great 90s movie facts, you’ve come to the right place!
1. What is the name of Will Smith’s character in Independence Day?
Captain Steven Hiller
The 1996 film was considered a huge turning point for Hollywood blockbusters and started the summer blockbuster craze. It grossed over $817 million worldwide and was the highest grossing film of 1996. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards. It holds the record for most miniature model work to appear in one film, but some of the models were quite large. The spaceship in Area 51 was a full scale model that measured 65 feet wide.
2. Which 1997 film stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich?
Put the bunny back in the box. The film was a box office success and grossed over $224 million. However, many of the actors were unhappy due to the script being rewritten almost daily. John Cusack dislikes the film so much that he refuses to be interviewed about it.
3. How many people were killed in the 1996 film Scream? (Hint: It’s less than 10.)
The seven victims in order of their deaths are: Steve Orth, Casey Becker, Principle Himbry, Tatum Riley, Kenny Jones, Stu Macher, and Billy Loomis. There are also seven “Stab” movies total in the Scream franchise. The film is credited with revitalizing the horror genre in the late 90’s and quickly became a cult classic. Due to the popularity of the film the use of caller ID increased more than threefold after its release.
4. What year was Forrest Gump released?
The iconic film was the top grossing film in the U.S. for 1994. It won 45 awards and had 65 nominations. In the scene where Forrest first learns to play ping pong, he is told the trick is to “keep his eye on the ball”. After that, whenever he is shown playing ping pong he never blinks. Also, in the first scene of each age transition he is always wearing a blue plaid shirt.
Forest gump poster
Movie poster source
5. Who is Keyser Soze in the film The Usual Suspects?
Roger “Verbal” Kint played by Kevin Spacey
The 1995 film is remembered for its iconic plot twist. The “usual suspects” in the film are five small time crooks: Dean Keaton, Michael Mcmanus, Fred Fenster, Todd Hockney, and Roger “Verbal” Kint. Kevin Spacey took his role very seriously and had the fingers on his left hand glued together to make his character’s cerebral palsy more believable. He also filed down his shoes to make them look worn down by his character’s limp.
90s Movie Soundtrack Trivia
6. What year was the song “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic released?
The hit single sung by Celine Dion went to number one around the world when it was released. The song won an Academy Award, two Grammys, and a Golden Globe Award. Titanic was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards and won eleven Oscars.
7. Which artist sang the song “Oh, Pretty Woman” from the film Pretty Woman?
The iconic theme song was inspired by Orbison’s wife, and earned him a posthumous Grammy Award. The movie Pretty Woman is one of the most popular films of all time, and it has the highest number of ticket sales in the United States ever for a romantic comedy. The scene in which Richard Gere snaps the necklace case on Julia Robert’s fingers was improvised by Gere. The director liked Robert’s genuine laughter so much that he kept the scene in the film.
8. Which 90’s movie featured the Looney Tunes on its soundtrack?
The soundtrack from the film was certified as double platinum within two months of being released. Eventually, in 2001, it was certified six times platinum. The song “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly was a massive hit and earned him two Grammy Awards.
9. Which 90’s movie soundtrack is the best-selling soundtrack of all time?
The soundtrack from the 1992 film sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. It featured five hit singles by Whitney Houston: “I Will Always Love You,” “Run To You,” “I’m Every Woman,” “I Have Nothing,” and “Queen of the Night.” The film was Houston’s acting debut and was the second highest grossing film of 1992 (second to Aladdin).
10. Which 90’s movie featured the songs “My Guy (My God)” and “I Will Follow Him”?
The 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg was one of the most successful comedies of the early 90’s and grossed $231 million worldwide. The film spawned a sequel (Back in the Habit) and a Broadway musical.
11. Which artist sang the hit “Unchained Melody” from the film Ghost?
The Righteous Brothers
The soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score but lost to Dances With Wolves. The film had a budget of $22 million but grossed over $505 million at the box office. Demi Moore was hired to play the part of Molly mainly due to the fact that she could cry out of either eye on cue.
12. What were the three songs the band Aerosmith sung for the 1998 movie Armageddon?
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “What Kind of Love Are You On,” and “Sweet Emotion”
The song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” opened up Aerosmith to a new generation of fans, and became a couple slow dance favorite. The song has ironically been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song. The soundtrack album was certified double platinum and sold over 400,000 copies. The movie was an international success and became the highest grossing film of 1998 worldwide.
90s Movie Quotes Trivia
I give you the quote, you give me movie it came from and which character or actor said it.
13. “There’s no crying in baseball.”
Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) in A League of Their Own
The 1992 comedy-drama film starred Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, and Madonna. All of the actresses in the film had to prove they could play baseball before they were cast. Also, Rosie O’Donnell really can throw two balls at one time. She learned the trick on set from one of the original members of the AAGPBL.
14. “You can’t handle the truth!”
Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) in A Few Good Men
The iconic 1992 film was nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. Jack Nicholson was paid $5 million for only ten days of work, and he only appeared in four scenes in the entire movie. His famous courtroom meltdown only lasted for 21 seconds.
15. “I see dead people.”
Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) in The Sixth Sense
The film was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and helped established many of his trademarks such as his preferences for cameoing in his own movies and twist endings. The film grossed $293 million worldwide and was nominated for six Academy Awards.
16. “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.”
Johnny (Ralph Foody) in Home Alone
The famous line is mouthed by Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) in Home Alone. The line is from the movie within a movie Angels With Filthy Souls which featured Johnny and Snakes. The movie was not a real film and was a play on the film Angels With Dirty Faces. The fake movie was the first thing to be filmed when filming started. Home Alone became the highest grossing live action comedy film of all time in the United States after its release. It held that record worldwide until 2011 when it was surpassed by The Hangover Part II.
17. “You had me at hello.”
Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) in Jerry Maguire
Both “You had me at hello” and “Show me the money” are on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Quotes list (at 52 and 25 respectively). The 1996 film received critical acclaim and grossed over $273 worldwide. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globes.
18. “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?”
Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) in Rush Hour
The 1998 film starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker grossed over $200 million worldwide and spawned two sequels. The film was Jackie Chan’s first English speaking role without any dubbing.
19. “What’s in the box?”
Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) in Se7en
The dark and gritty 1995 film shocked viewers with its ending. Se7en grossed over $327 million worldwide and became the seventh highest grossing film of the year. Also, Brad Pitt’s arm injury was real. While filming the scene where Detective Mills chases John Doe in the rain Pitt fell, and his arm went through a car windshield and required surgery. The injury was incorporated into the film’s story line.
20. “I’m the king of the world.”
Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Titanic
The film was the first film to reach the billion dollar mark. It was the highest grossing film of all time until Avatar surpassed it in 2010. During the production of the film DiCaprio had a pet lizard that he would carry around. It was accidentally run over by a truck, but DiCaprio managed to nurse it back to health.
21. “Molly, you in danger girl.”
Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) in Ghost
Only Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze could make pottery that sexy, and make you cry with the word “ditto”. The film was the highest grossing film of 1990. It was nominated for five Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. During filming Patrick Swayze had to chew ice so that his breath wouldn’t be seen on camera.
Animated 90’s Movie Trivia
22. What movie was Robin Williams’ first animated film? (Hint: It’s not Aladdin.)
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
He voiced Batty and performed the song “Batty Rap”. The film was also Elton John’s first involvement in an animated film. He composed and performed the song “Some Other World” for the film. While the film was considered a moderate success it had stiff competition from Disney. If you combined the box office gross of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest with the five other non-Disney films released in 1992 they still did not even equal one third the gross for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which was released the year before.
23. What are the names of the two mice from The Rescuers Down Under?
Bianca and Bernard
The film was Disney’s first animated sequel and was Eva Gabor’s last film before her death in 1995. It was also the first fully digital film and was produced with Disney’s CAPS production system which cut the production down by six months. Nurse Mouse is voiced by Russi Taylor who also voiced Minnie Mouse.
24. James Woods voiced the villain for which 1997 animated movie?
The character of Hades is one of James Woods’ favorite characters. When the film was about to go over budget he volunteered to refund his salary and do the film for free. Disney decided against that and went ahead with the film. Woods loves his character so much that when Disney needs him to reprise his work for television or video games he has always agreed to do so.
25. Which actor voiced Moses in The Prince of Egypt?
He also provided the voice of God. In order to avoid controversy the voice of God was voiced by all the major actors. They were told to whisper the lines so that no one would dominant the performance. By the time Val Kilmer read his lines it was realized that they needed someone to be louder, but you can still hear the rest of the cast whispering beneath Kilmer’s voice.
26. What year was The Lion King released?
The film was the highest grossing movie of 1994 worldwide, and it won two Academy Awards as well as a Golden Globe. The Lion King was one of three Disney films to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture. The other two were Beauty and the Beast and Toy Story 2.
27. What 90’s movie was the first and only animated film to receive a Special Achievement Academy Award?
The film also received three other Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, and Best Original Score. The film earned over $373 million worldwide and is widely considered to be one of the best animated films ever made. The film was released on November 22, 1995; and all the cars in the film have license plates that are dated November 95.
28. Which 90’s animated film was Disney’s first ever DVD?
The 1998 film grossed over $304 million and was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes. Mulan is one of two Disney princesses that are left handed. The other is Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.
Disney Movie Trivia
If you grew up in the USA, watching Disney movies as a kid was pretty much inevitable. They were everywhere and everyone has their favorite. Now you can learn a little more about your favorite Disney movie.
1. What are the names of the three good fairies from Sleeping Beauty?
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
The three fairies give Aurora the gift of beauty, the gift of song, and the last gift is to weaken Maleficent’s curse so that Aurora falls into a deep sleep instead of dying. Verna Felton, who is the voice of Flora, is also the voice of the fairy godmother in Cinderella.
2. Who is the only Disney villain to never actually appear onscreen in their respective Disney film?
“Man” from Bambi
He was voted #20 on the American Film Institute’s list of the of the 100 greatest villains (#1 is Hannibal Lecter). Man was represented in the film by a 3-note motif, which later inspired the 2-note shark theme for Jaws. “Man is in the forest” was a code phrase used by Disney’s employees when Walt Disney was coming down the hallway.
3. What are the names of the two eels who are Ursula’s sidekicks?
Flotsam and Jetsam
Ah Disney, look at you being educational! Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo (not deliberately thrown overboard). Jetsam is unwanted materials or goods that have been thrown overboard and washed ashore (deliberately thrown overboard to help lighten a ship). The two moray eels each have one yellow eye on opposite sides from each other. They are one of the few Disney villain henchmen who are not portrayed comically or as being inefficient.
4. Name all the daughters of Triton from The Little Mermaid. (Hint: There are 7 total.)
Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana, and Ariel
Triton’s seven daughters all have names that begin with the letter “A”, but Ariel’s is the only one that does not end with that letter. She is also the only one whose hair is red, whose tail color is not the same as her top, and whose hair is down. Ariel’s face is actually modeled after Alyssa Milano from her days on the show Who’s The Boss.
Mermaid with fish
5. Patrick Stewart has said that turning down this Disney character is the greatest regret of his film career.
Patrick Stewart turned down several Disney offers due to scheduling conflicts with Star Trek: The Next Generation including: Zazu (The Lion King), Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas), Zeus (Hercules), King Triton (The Little Mermaid), and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast). It’s okay Captain Picard. You will always have the Enterprise.
6. What is the name of Mulan’s horse?
Khaaaaan! Both Khan and Cri-Kee were voiced by Frank Welker who was the voice of Megatron in the Transformers franchise. Mulan launched the career of Christina Aguilera for her song “Reflections”. During the song, the writing on the temple stones in the shrine is the names of the Disney animators who worked on the film, written in ancient Chinese.
7. Which Disney movie boasts the only soundtrack for an animated film to be certified Diamond (ten times platinum) by the Recording Industry Association of America?
The Lion King
The original motion picture soundtrack from The Lion King was released on July 13, 1994 by Walt Disney records. It was the fourth bestselling album of the year on the Billboard 200 and the top-selling soundtrack. The complete instrumental score for the film was never given a full release by Disney. It was only released in 2014 for the soundtrack’s commemorative 20th anniversary re-release.
8. Which voice actor sang “Beauty and the Beast” from the 1991 animated film of the same name?
The iconic title song was almost sung by a different person. When asked to record the theme song Lansbury felt that her voice did not suite the melody and initially declined. After being persuaded to try, Lansbury nailed the song in one take. This version of the song went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song and became a “tale as old as time”.
9. Which Disney movie’s soundtrack featured Mel Gibson?
Unlike many Disney characters, which had a separate voice actor and singer, Mel Gibson did both for the character John Smith. For Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World John Smith is voiced by Mel Gibson’s brother Donal Gibson. Pocahontas was released in 1995 exactly 400 years after the real Pocahontas was born. The soundtrack received two Academy Awards and ended up with a triple platinum certification.
10. What is the only Disney song to win a Grammy Award for Song of the Year?
“A Whole New World”
The iconic song from Disney’s Aladdin won at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. The original version from the 1992 film was sung by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane. This was the third duet song sung by a Disney Princess and a Disney Prince. The first was “So This Is Love” sung by Cinderella and Prince Charming. The second was “Once Upon a Dream” sung by Princess Aurora and Prince Philip. “A Whole New World” was sung by Princess Jasmine and by Aladdin (Prince Ali).
11. How many Academy Awards for Best Original Songs has Disney won? (Hint: It’s less than 20.)
The twelve winners are: “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King, “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc., “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt, “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan, and “Let It Go” from Frozen.
12. Which Disney movie was the first to have a soundtrack album?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The classic 1937 Disney film was, not only the first Disney film, but the first American film to have a soundtrack album. At the time, Disney did not have its own music publishing company so the soundtrack was produced by Bourne Co. Music Publishers. In later years, Disney was able to buy back the rights to many of their films, but not for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Disney Movie Quotes Trivia
There is nothing quite as inspiring and magical as a Disney quote. There are so many movies and so many famous sayings. Disney movies are chock full of time enduring wisdom and feel good moments. Not all quotes are going to be as easy to guess as “To infinity and beyond” or “Let it go”, but see if you can guess which Disney character said the following quotes. And in the words of Walt Disney himself: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
13. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
Thumper in Bambi
The animation from the 1942 film has been reused more often than animation from any other Disney film. Usually, the animation is of birds and nature, and the main characters are very rarely re-used. However, Bambi’s mother appears in the very first shot of Beauty and the Beast. She is also featured in The Sword in the Stone, The Rescuers, and The Jungle Book.
14. “Think of all the joy you’ll find, when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye. You can fly.”
Peter Pan in Peter Pan
The classic Disney film introduced one of Disney’s most heavily branded characters: Tinker Bell. She is often used as a symbol for the Disney brand and can be seen in the opening credits of many Disney films sprinkling pixie dust over the Disney castle with a wand. However, in the original 1953 film she never had a wand. While rumors have persisted that Marilyn Monroe was the real-life model for Tink, Margaret Kerry was the actual model, and her measurements were 35-25-36.
15. “You don’t have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring.”
Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast
The 1991 film was the first animated film to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. It was also the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Belle’s blue and white dress, as well as her hairstyle, were inspired by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
16. “Always let your conscience be your guide.”
Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio
The iconic song “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the 1940 film won an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film marked the first time that famous voices were used for character voices. Jiminy Cricket was voiced by Clifton Edwards who was a popular singer and actor in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He is most remembered for his number one hit song “Singin’ In The Rain” from 1929.
17. “Sometimes we only see how people are different from us. But if you look hard enough, you can see how much we’re all alike.”
Jasmine in Aladdin
The 1992 film starring the legendary Robin Williams as The Genie was the first animated film to gross more than 200 million dollars. Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was turned down for an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
18. “If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.”
Laverne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Laverne was named after Laverne Andrews. The other two gargoyles from the film were named Victor and Hugo after Victor Hugo, the author of the novel the movie was based on. When Quasimodo sings “Out There” you can see Belle walking and reading a book in the streets of Paris.
19. “It’s up to you how far you’ll go. If you don’t try, you’ll never know,”
Merlin in The Sword in the Stone
The 1963 film was the last film that Walt Disney produced, since he died during the production of The Jungle Book. Character designer Bill Peet used Walt Disney as the model for Merlin. Peet thought that they had similar personality traits, and gave Merlin Walt’s nose.
20. “If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
Cinderella in Cinderella
The 1950 classic is widely considered as one of the best American animated films ever made. It received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Music, Original Song for the iconic “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”. Cinderella was the first Disney film to have its songs published by the newly created Walt Disney Music Company.
21. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”
Rapunzel in Tangled
The 2010 film is Disney’s 50th animated film. It is also the most expensive Disney film to date. It was in production for six years and cost an estimated $260 million dollars. Rapunzel is the only Disney princess with green eyes.
Non-Animated Disney Movie Trivia
22. What year was Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey released?
The film starred Don Ameche, Michael J. Fox, and Sally Fields as the voices of Shadow, Chance, and Sassy. The heartwarming Disney film was dedicated to producer Franklin R. Levy, who died during the film’s production.
23. Which non-animated Disney film stars Christian Bale, David Moscow, Robert Duvall, and Bill Pullman? (Hint: Arise and seize the day!)
The 1992 film was one of the lowest grossing live-action films ever produced by Disney when it was released. The film later gained a cult following after it was released on home video, and the film earned back all of its budget on home rentals. Newsies went on to inspire a Broadway musical that won two Tony Awards.
24. What are the names of the three witches from Disney’s Hocus Pocus?
Winifred, Mary, and Sarah
The 1993 Disney film has become a cult classic around Halloween. The movie stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. It also launched the career of Sean Murray a.k.a. Timothy McGee of NCIS fame. He played the young Thackery Binx and was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy.
25. Which 1998 Disney film was Lindsay Lohan’s film debut?
The Parent Trap
In the film Lohan starred as both Hallie Parker and Annie James. She won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film for her acting. Both Scarlett Johansson and Michelle Trachtenberg auditioned for the part but ultimately lost to Lohan.
26. Which non-animated Disney film was the first ever to have a movie premiere at Disneyland?
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The 2003 film premiered at Disneyland to capitalize on the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The film won numerous awards and grossed over $654 million worldwide. The heavy makeup that Johnny Depp wore was originally used during a cave scene to make all the actors not look quite so washed out. When the crew realized that Depp rocked the look they kept it for him for the rest of the film.
27. What is the name of the young boy from Old Yeller?
Arguably one of the saddest movies for the baby boomer age, millions have cried at the ending of Old Yeller. The movie was based on the novel of the same name written by Fred Gipson. The sounds of Old Yeller growling and snarling after he becomes rabid were re-used by Walt Disney Productions during both of Tramp’s fight scenes in Lady and the Tramp.
28. What is the name of the high school in High School Musical?
East High School
Home of the Wildcats! In the film, the high school is located in New Mexico, but in reality, the school is located in Utah. The students there still use Sharpay’s pink locker from the film. The soundtrack from the film has sold 5,000,000 copies in the United States. This makes it the best-selling TV soundtrack since 1991 when Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales. The soundtrack was recorded in just five days.
Ancient Egypt Trivia Questions
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1. What does the word hieroglyphs mean?
People were unable to decipher hieroglyphs until the discovery of the Rosetta Stone which contained a message from Pharaoh Ptolemy V.
2. Ancient Egypt was responsible for the earliest known peace treaty which was between Egypt and what group of people?
The Egyptian-Hittite peace treaty is the only ancient Near Eastern treaty in which both side’s versions have survived. A copy of the treaty is displayed on a wall in the United Nations headquarters in New York.
3. What was the first pyramid to be built called?
The Pyramid of Djoser
Also known as The Step Pyramid, it was built during the Third Dynasty for the Pharaoh Djoser. It is surrounded by a wall of limestone 10.5 meters high. The wall has 15 doors, but only one opens. The others are for the pharaoh’s spirit to use in the afterlife.
4. What is the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt? (Hint: Riddle me this.)
No, it’s not the Riddler. Also known as the Great Sphinx of Giza, it was built during the reign of Pharaoh Khafre around 2558-2531 BC. The idea of the Sphinx asking a riddle to travelers before letting them pass is based on a Greek legend called “The Riddle of the Sphinx”.
5. What is the name of the funerary figurine placed in tombs to serve as servants for the deceased in the afterlife.
They are also known as ushabti dolls. They frequently have hoes on their shoulders or baskets on their backs. The figurines were produced in huge numbers, and along with scarabs, they are the most numerous of all ancient Egyptian antiquities to survive.
6. The Great Pyramids of Giza consists of how many pyramids?
The three pyramids were built for the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. The oldest and largest of the three is known as the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Pyramid of Khufu. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it is estimated that it took 10-20 years to build. The pyramids were 481 ft, 447.5 ft, and 228 ft tall respectively.
7. Which ancient Egyptian dynasty was Ramses III the pharaoh of?
The Twentieth Dynasty
Ramses III was the second pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty and ruled for over 30 years from 1186-1155 BC. He was murdered during a harem conspiracy plot led by one of his wives Tiye who wanted her son to have the throne. A photograph of Ramses III was used as the model for the evil mummy Kharis in a series of 1940s horror films: The Mummy’s Hand, The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Ghost, and The Mummy’s Curse.
8. Which pharaoh was the father of Ramses III? (Hint: It’s not Ramses II)
Pharaoh Setnakhte was the first pharaoh of the Twentieth Dynasty of ancient Egypt and ruled from 1180-1186 BC. It is possible that he was a usurper who seized the throne due to the fact that he was not a direct descendant of the two preceding pharaohs.
9. Which pharaoh was the first historically confirmed female pharaoh?
While there may have been other female rulers Sobekneferu is the first female ruler for which we have known proof. She became pharaoh after the death of her brother Amenemhat IV, and she reigned from 1806-1802 BC. Sobekneferu was the last ruler of the Twelfth Dynasty.
10. Which female pharaoh had the longest reign?
She was the second historically confirmed female pharaoh, and she is widely regarded as one of the most successful pharaohs. Pharaoh Hatshepsut reigned longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. She ruled from 1507-1458 BC and was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Her name means “foremost of noble ladies”. She was known for wearing a false beard and even having her likeness depicted as a male in order to establish her authority.
Rock temple of Hatshepsut
11. The month of August is the eighth month of the year due to which pharaoh?
Cleopatra VII, known simply as Cleopatra, was the last active pharaoh of Egypt who was survived briefly by her son Caesarion. She is an icon and is well known for her love affairs with Caesar and Mark Antony. After her defeat by Augustus, the Roman Senate decided he should have a month named after him. Instead of choosing September, the month of his birth, he chose the eighth month. This was the month that Cleopatra died, and he wanted to create a yearly reminder of his victory.
12. Which pharaoh has the most surviving statues?
Also known as Amenhotep the Magnificent, the pharaoh has over 250 statues that have survived. The statues span his entire life and show a portrait of his entire reign. He was the 9th pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. His reign was a period of unprecedented prosperity, and during this time Egypt reached the peak of its artistic and international power.
13. Which pharaoh covered slaves in honey to attract flies away from him?
Pharaoh Pepi II
Pharaoh Pepi II despised flies so much that he would cover his slaves in honey so that they would go to them instead of himself. He became pharaoh at age six and ruled during the Sixth Dynasty.
14. The first known labor strike in recorded history occurred under which pharaoh?
During the 29th year of his reign he was unable to provide food rations to tomb-builders and artisans of the town that is now known as Deir el-Medina. The workers were not given their ration of wheat and as a result had a sit-down labor strike. They wrote a letter to the officials stating their case and their rations were delivered. They went back to work the next day, but would continue to have strikes due to low provisions. Egypt would go through almost two decades of arrested tree growth and trouble producing grain.
King Tut Trivia
Pharaoh Tutankhamun is an icon of ancient Egypt. While he was not a very important Pharaoh compared to some of the other greats of ancient Egypt and was largely forgotten and erased from history after his death, it was exactly this anonymity that made him so important. Because he was relatively unknown, his tomb wasn’t robbed to extent of other pharaohs.
The discovery of his nearly intact tomb received worldwide press coverage, and it sparked a renewed interest in ancient Egypt. King Tut’s mask became a popular symbol, and the deaths of a few of the people who excavated his tomb has been popularized as the curse of the pharaoh. His image and associated artifacts are the most exhibited of any pharaoh. As a tribute to one of the most iconic pharaohs who renewed interest in Egyptology he gets his own trivia category. Read on to see how well you know King Tut.
15. How many years did King Tut rule?
He ruled from 1332-1323 BC during the Eighteenth Dynasty.
16. How old was King Tut when he became pharaoh?
9 years old
Given how young he was, King Tut had many advisors. The most noted being General Horemheb and Grand Vizier Ay (who later succeeded him).
17. What was the name of King Tut’s wife?
She was his half-sister, and he married her at age nine when he first took the throne. She is believed to have been married first to her own father which was not uncommon for Egyptian royal families.
18. How many children did King Tut have?
He and his wife had two daughters, but both were stillborn from an unknown cause. It is believed that the two fetuses found in King Tut’s tomb are more than likely his daughters.
19. What does Tutankhamun mean?
Living Image of Amun
King Tut is the only pharaoh to have a nickname in popular culture. His original name was Tutankhaten meaning “Living Image of Aten”. He changed it when he became pharaoh to disassociate himself from his father’s reign.
20. During his lifetime King Tut contracted multiple infections of what disease?
After DNA tests were done on King Tut’s mummy scientists found DNA from the mosquito-borne parasites that cause malaria. This was a common infliction during ancient Egypt due to the Nile river. The DNA found in his tomb is currently the oldest known genetic proof of the disease. Since more than one strain was found it was known that he contracted multiple malaria infections.
21. What year was King Tut’s tomb discovered?
It was discovered by Howard Carter on November 4, 1922 and sparked wide media coverage and a renewed interest in Egyptian artifacts. In 2007, 85 years to the day after the discovery, King Tut was moved to an underground tomb at Luxor. He was removed from his golden sarcophagus to a climate-controlled glass box. This was to prevent the heightened rate of decomposition caused by the humidity and warmth from tourists visiting his tomb.
22. How many times was King Tut’s tomb robbed?
His tomb was robbed twice, and it is known that perishable oils and perfumes were taken. Based on the restoration of the tomb after the robberies archaeologists believe that the robberies took place within several months of his initial burial. King Tut’s tomb was unusually small considering his status. Most likely due to the fact that his death was probably unexpected.
23. How many items were found in King Tut’s tomb? (Plus or minus 200 items)
King Tut’s tomb is among the best preserved and the artifacts found there are the most exhibited and traveled. Among the items were a solid gold coffin, the iconic face mask, a meteorite dagger, and fresh linen underwear. Even pharaohs need clean undies in the afterlife. Howard Carter took ten years to catalog all the items found in King Tut’s tomb.
24. How many sarcophagi was King Tut buried in?
While King Tut’s tomb might not be as extravagant as other pharaohs, his sarcophagi certainly are. The first sarcophagus is made of solid stone. The second is made of wood and covered with gold and semi-precious stones. The third is solid gold and weighs approximately 110 kilograms (242.5 pounds).
25. Who was the first person to die from King Tut’s curse?
He died five months after the opening of King Tut’s tomb. At the time media fueled the curse of the pharaoh for sales. It is now believed that he died from an infected mosquito bite. The infamous curse has largely been discredited. One study showed that of the 58 people who were present when the tomb and sarcophagus were opened, only eight died within the next twelve years.
aying that ancient Egypt is a fascinating subject. There is so much to learn and know about such an old and long lived civilization. We’ve only scratched the surface with these interesting questions and answers about ancient Egypt, but there is a good chance you’ll learn something new!
1. Where was Shakespeare born?
Shakespeare’s exact birthdate is unknown. However, he was baptized on April 26, 1564, and at the time it was customary to wait three days after birth to baptize. Therefore, his birthdate is traditionally celebrated on April 23rd on Saint George’s Day.
2. What was the name of Shakespeare’s wife? (Hint: She shares a name with the actress who plays Viola in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s 2009 production of Twelfth Night.)
Shakespeare was 18 when he was married, and his wife was 26 at the time. Six months after their marriage their first child Susanna was born. About two years later they had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet passed away at age 11 of unknown causes.
3. How many sonnets did Shakespeare write?
Shakespeare is credited with 154 sonnets and approximately 38 plays. His plays have been translated into every major living language and have been performed more often than any other playwright.
4. How many times does suicide occur in Shakespeare’s plays?
Suicide occurs an unlucky 13 times in Shakespeare’s plays. It occurs in the iconic Romeo and Juliet where both leads commit suicide, in Julius Caesar where Brutus, Cassius, and Portia commit suicide, in Othello where Othello commits suicide, in Hamlet where Ophelia drowned, in Macbeth where Lady Macbeth dies, and finally in Antony and Cleopatra where suicide occurs five times (Antony, Cleopatra, Mark, Charmian, Eros and Iras).
5. What is the name of Shakespeare’s theater?
The Globe theater was built by Shakespeare’s playing company Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later known as The King’s Men). The theater burned to the ground on June 29, 1613 when it caught on fire from a cannon shot during a performance of Henry VIII.
6. Where is Shakespeare buried?
Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 and was buried in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church. The epitaph on his gravestone was supposedly self-composed and contains a curse warning people from moving his bones. The modern spelling reads:
Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.
Shakespeare Plays Trivia
7. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is the shortest?
The Comedy of Errors
The Comedy of Errors only has 1,787 lines and 14,369 words. The play has been adapted to a musical three times. The play was first produced as The Boys from Syracuse and then later adapted as Oh, Brother! More recently, it was produced as a hip-hop musical adaptation called The Bomb-itty of Errors which won first prize at HBO’s Comedy Festival.
8. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is the longest?
Hamlet has 4,042 lines and 29,551 words. The play is Shakespeare’s most produced play and most filmed. Hamlet is the second most filmed story in the world, second only to Cinderella.
9. Which two Shakespeare plays are written entirely in verse?
Richard II / King John
The rest of Shakespeare’s plays are written with a mixture of verse and prose. (Prose is natural writing and verse is writing with a meter or rhyme). In 1899, King John became the first Shakespearean play to be filmed. The only scene from the film that has survived is the scene where King John dies.
10. Which two Shakespeare plays are translated into Klingon?
Hamlet / Much Ado About Nothing
The Klingon Language Institute is the official organization dedicated to the revival of Star Trek’s Klingon language. They run the Klingon Shakespeare Restoration Project and have also translated the Bible into Klingon.
11. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is responsible for starlings being released into North America?
Henry IV, Part 1
Shakespeare’s works contain more than 600 references to various types of birds. The starling, which is only mentioned in Henry IV, Part 1, was purposefully introduced to North America in 1890. The chairman of the American Acclimatization Society, Eugene Schieffelin, decided to import every bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s works. He released the starling in New York’s Central Park, and now the highly adaptable species has become invasive and driven some native birds to the brink of extinction.
Shakespeare Quotes Trivia
“To be or not to be. That is the question.” The iconic quote from Hamlet is one of the most widely known and quoted lines in modern English. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations William Shakespeare wrote nearly one-tenth of the most quoted lines in the English language. See if you can guess which Shakespeare play the following quotes are from:
12. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”
Spoken by Julius Caesar to his wife, Calpurnia, in Act II Scene II when she is trying to dissuade him from going to the capitol because she had a bad dream indicating his death.
13. “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
Spoken by Malvolio in Act II Scene V when he is reading aloud the letter that Maria wrote to trick him into thinking Olivia is in love with him. The letter refers to how he should not be intimidated by her status being above his.
14. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
As You Like It
Spoken by Jaques to Duke Senior in Act II Scene VII during the dinner party scene when he gives his famous speech describing the world as a stage. He goes on to list the seven acts that man follows. These are often referred to as the seven stages of man: the infant, the schoolboy, the lover, the soldier, the justice (or judge), the pantaloon (or dotard), the second childishness (or senile elder before death).
15. “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”
The Merchant of Venice
Spoken by Shylock to Salarino in Act III Scene I. Shylock talks about how Antonio mistreats him because he is a Jew, but Shylock vows to apply the lessons of revenge and hatred that Christian intolerance has taught him.
16. “If music be the food of love, play on.”
Spoken by Duke Orsino when he is introduced in Act I Scene I. He is requesting more music because he is frustrated with his courtship of Olivia. He hopes to cure his obsession with love with an excess of music.
17. “All that glisters is not gold.”
The Merchant of Venice
Spoken by the Prince of Morocco in Act II Scene VII when he is reading the scroll found in the golden casket. The Prince is trying to wed Portia and must pass a test set forth by her father. He must select the correct casket containing her portrait out of three caskets, but he ended up choosing incorrectly. This phrase is still relevant today but with the modern spelling of “all that glitters is not gold.”
18. “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Spoken by Lysander to Hermia in Act I Scene I during the scene where they are forbidden from marrying one another by Athenian law. Hermia’s father Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius not Lysander. They agree to elope Romeo and Juliet style (without the suicide).
19. “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”
Henry IV, Part 2
Spoken by King Henry in Act III Scene I during his soliloquy about how it is unfair that his poorest and lowliest subjects can sleep but not he. He is having trouble sleeping because he is tired, sick, anxious and burdened by rebellion.
20. “To thine own self be true.”
Spoken by Polonius to Laertes in Act I Scene III when he is giving his son advice on what to do and how to behave during his trip to France. The phrase had a slightly different connotation during Shakespeare’s time. It referred to how Polonius believed a person could do no harm if they took care of themselves first and then others second. In modern times, it has a connotation of truth, individuality, and self-ownership. Be true to yourself!
21. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
As You Like It
Spoken by Touchstone to William in Act V Scene I. Touchstone and Audrey are discussing their postponed marriage when William appears trying to woo Audrey. Touchstone puts William in his place wittily and William leaves.
22. “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”
Spoken by Lady Macbeth in Act V Scene I when she is sleepwalking. The quote refers to the guilt she felt regarding the deaths of Duncan, Lady Macduff, and Banquo.
Shakespeare Film Trivia
23. What actor played King Henry in the 1989 Henry V?
What kind of Shakespeare film trivia wouldn’t mention Kenneth Branagh? He is widely known for his film adaptations of Shakespeare’s work. The film was his directorial debut, and he received Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Director.
24. Which 1995 film adaptation featured Laurence Fishburne in the titular role?
Laurence Fishburne was the second African-American actor to perform the role. Paul Robeson was the first. Disney’s Iago from The Lion King is a reference to Othello’s sidekick, Iago, in the play.
25. Which Shakespeare film adaptation was directed by Joss Whedon?
Much Ado About Nothing
The 2012 film was shot in only 12 days at Whedon’s home in Santa Monica, California while he was working on Marvel’s The Avengers. His wife suggested making the film for their 20th anniversary instead of a vacation, because it was a project he had wanted for a long time. The commentary for the film set a Guinness World record for the most people involved in a commentary since it included almost the entire cast.
26. Which Shakespeare film adaptation is a modernization of The Taming of the Shrew?
10 Things I Hate About You
The 1999 romantic comedy featuring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger was filmed completely on location, and no sets were used. Several of the character’s names reflect the film’s Shakespeare origin. Kat and Bianca’s last name is Stratford (referring to Shakespeare being born in Stratford-upon-Avon); their first names correspond to the characters of Katherina and Bianca; Patrick’s last name is Verona (the birthplace of Petruchio which is his corresponding character); and the high school is called Padua (the city in which the play is set).
27. The 2006 romantic comedy She’s the Man is based on what Shakespeare play?
The film makes several references to Shakespeare. The school is called Illyria, which is the name of the country where the play takes place. In the play, Viola calls herself Cesario, which in the film is the name of the restaurant where Viola/Sebastian breaks up with Monique. The Stratford Junior League in the film is a reference to Shakespeare’s birthplace. Also, in Sebastian’s room there is a poster for the band Feist, and in the play the clown’s name is Feste.
28. Which Disney film is a based on Romeo and Juliet?
The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride
According to the director, Darrell Rooney, the film was based on Romeo and Juliet because he felt it was an iconic love story. Rooney felt that the film really showcased the position of the parents more than the play did. The choice to base the film on one of Shakespeare’s plays was fitting since The Lion King was based on Hamlet.
29. What 1994 film featured the song “Hamlet Rap” performed by the Double D’s?
The film featured Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar, and Cliff Robertson. The song was written by Mervyn Warren and Mark Wahlberg. In the movie, the characters leave Wahlberg out of the rap song, and they act as though he has no rhythm. In real life, Mark Wahlberg was a professional rapper. (Go Marky Mark!) He also was featured on the song “In Love,” which is the end credit song of the film.
No matter where you were born and raised, there is a good chance you’ve read or heard of Shakespeare. Now you can test your knowledge of the Bard and see how well you do. There is very little chance you’ll get them all right but give it a shot and see how you do!
Space Trivia Questions
1. What type of galaxy is the most common in the universe?
Galaxies are categorized as elliptical, spiral, or irregular. There are at least two trillion galaxies in the universe. Each galaxy is bound by gravity and consists of stars, dust, interstellar gas, and dark matter. They range in size from a few billion stars to one hundred trillion stars. The oldest and most distant observed galaxy is actually 32 billion light years from Earth and is located in the constellation Ursa Major.
2. What is the coldest place in the universe? (Hint: It’s a nebula.)
The Boomerang Nebula
The Boomerang Nebula is one degree Kelvin which is -458 degrees Fahrenheit or -272.15 degrees Celsius. It is located in the Centaurus constellation and is colder than the background temperature of deep space.
Image from the Wikipedia page on the Boomerang Nebula
3. The hottest place in the universe is located in which constellation?
The constellation Virgo
The hottest place in the universe is actually a cloud of gas surrounding a swarm of galaxies that are clustered together in the Virgo constellation. The temperature there reaches 300 million degrees Celsius. The cloud is believed to have been formed as a result of colliding galaxies going at speeds of 2,500 miles per second.
4. How old is the universe in light years? (Plus or minus 1 billion light years.)
13.8 billion light years old
Scientists used various methods to estimate its age. These included methods such as measuring the composition of matter and energy density in the universe. Scientists also studied the oldest objects in space to help calculate its age. For example, they measured the age of some of the oldest known stars since there is a set method of determining the life cycle of a star based on its mass.
5. What percent of the universe is dark matter? (Plus or minus 2%.)
The rest of the universe is around 68% dark energy, and less than 5% of the universe is made up of what we would consider “normal” matter. This means that roughly 80% of the mass of the universe is made up of material we cannot see.
Solar system trivia
6. How many planets are in the Solar System?
Four are terrestrial planets which include Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The other four are giant planets which include Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Jupiter and Saturn are gas giant planets, and Uranus and Neptune are ice giant planets. Pluto was declassified as a planet in August 2006. Sorry Pluto! In 2014, the hypothetical planet dubbed Planet Nine was discovered, but its existence has not yet been confirmed.
7. What is the largest planet in our solar system?
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system in terms of mass, volume, and surface. Jupiter’s diameter is roughly 11 times that of Earth. Jupiter’s mass is one thousandth that of the sun but 2.5 times the mass of all the planets in our solar system combined. Jupiter also boasts the largest moon in our solar system with its moon Ganymede.
8. What is the smallest planet in our solar system?
Mercury only has an equatorial radius of 1,516 miles. This means that Mercury is actually smaller than Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede.
You can find out a lot more about Mercury and all the other other planets in the solar system by visiting Nasa Solar System Exploration.
9. What is the most common type of star found in the Milky Way?
Red dwarf stars
Red dwarf stars make up an estimated ¾ of all stars found in the Milky Way. The surface temperature of red dwarf stars is less than 4,000 Kelvin, and they have a very low luminosity and therefore cannot be easily seen. In fact, from Earth not one red dwarf star can be seen with the naked eye. Since they develop very slowly and are constant for trillions of years, there are actually no advanced stars of this type in our universe because our universe is too young!
10. What is the largest type of star in the universe?
Red supergiant stars
They have the largest volume of all the stars in the known universe and are classified as K or M spectral types. Red supergiant stars are several hundreds, to over a thousand times, the radius of our sun. Many scientists believe that the star UY Scuti is the largest red supergiant star in the universe. It has a volume 5 billion times that of our sun.
11. What is the closest star to the Sun?
Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf star located in Alpha Centauri system, which is in the Centaurus constellation. Alpha Centauri is actually a triple star system with Proxima Centauri being the closest to the sun. It is 4.24 light years away from the sun, and is not visible to the naked eye from Earth.
12. What has a gravitational pull so strong that even light cannot escape it?
A black hole
Black holes are one of the deadliest things in the universe. They are formed when a star with a mass more than three times that of our sun dies and collapses onto itself after an explosion called a supernova. Black holes can siphon the gas out of stars until they vanish. They can even break apart and swallow planets. And you have no idea how hard it was to refrain from making a “yo mama” joke for this question…
Space flight trivia
Space Flight Trivia
13. Which NASA space flight was the last manned mission to the moon?
Apollo 17 launched on December 7, 1972 as the first night launch done by NASA. It was also the final mission of NASA’s Apollo program. Apollo 17 was the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit. The mission also boasted that at the time it had the longest moon landing, largest lunar samples, longest time in orbit, and the longest total moonwalks.
14. What is the longest continuous time a human has spent in space? (Plus or minus 20 days.)
This amounts to more than 14 months in space. This feat was accomplished by Valeri Polyakov, a Russian astronaut who stayed aboard the Mir space station from January 1994 to March 1995. When Polyakov retired he had over 678 cumulative days in space, and his combined space time was over 22 months.
15. What is the farthest distance from Earth a manned mission has traveled? (Plus or minus 20,000 miles.)
This was achieved during the Apollo 13 mission which launched on April 11, 1970. During the mission an oxygen tank exploded. The explosion forced the crew to abort its mission to land on the moon, and the trial of the crew attempting to get home safely has been widely publicized. The Apollo 13 mission launched at 13:13 military time, and the explosion occurred two days after launch on April 13, 1970. That’s a lot of 13’s if you are the superstitious type!
16. How many minutes was the shortest space flight?
This occurred on May 5, 1961 when Alan Shepard achieved an altitude of 115 miles in NASA’s Freedom 7. He was also the first American in space. Shepard later went on to become the oldest person to walk on the surface of the moon. He achieved this in 1971 during the Apollo 14 mission. At the time, he was 47 years old.
Moon trivia questions
17. How many moons are in our Solar System? (Hint: It’s over 50.)
These moons (also known as natural satellites) vary greatly in size and quantity per planet. For example, the largest moon is Jupiter’s Ganymede, and the smallest is Mar’s Deimos. Ganymede has a diameter of 3,273 miles, and Deimos has a diameter of 7 miles.
Update: Uranus may have two undiscovered moons that aren’t included in the answer above because they aren’t official yet. If you include those two undiscovered mooons it brings the total up to 183.
18. How many moons does Jupiter have?
Jupiter has the most moons in our solar system, followed by Saturn which has 62 moons. Mercury and Venus have no moons. Mars has 2. Uranus has 27 (possibly 29). And Neptune has 14.
19. What is the diameter of the Earth’s moon?
Earth’s moon is 27% the size of Earth, and it is the fifth largest planetary satellite in our Solar System. Also, the moon’s gravitational force is only 17% that of Earth’s gravitational force. This means that a person who can jump 10 feet on Earth can jump almost 60 feet on the moon!
20. What is the largest crater on Earth’s moon?
The South Pole-Aitken basin
It is an impact crater that is the largest, deepest, and oldest crater on the moon. The South Pole-Aitken basin is also the largest known crater in our Solar System. The crater is 1,600 miles in diameter and 8.1 miles deep in some areas.
21. What are the dimensions in inches of the first footprint on Earth’s moon?
13 by 6 inches
The footprint was left by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Apollo 11 was the first space flight that landed humans on the moon. It also ended the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States of America.
Moon footprint – Space Trivia Questions
22. What flavor ice cream did Baskin-Robbins release in 1969 to commemorate America’s landing on the moon?
And I’m sure their marketing department described it as “out of this world”. I’ll stop now…
It’s big. It’s awe inspiring. It’s space! There is so much to learn and know about space. Here we’ve compiled some interesting and amazing facts. Some easy and some quite difficult. You’ll get some of the questions right, but no matter how into astronomy you are it’s very unlikely you’ll get them all right!