Trivia Sample Questions

  1. Who said “Play it again Sam.” In the 40’s film Casablanca?
  2. True or False: A cow was once executed for murder by the German government .
  3. Which two countries played the first international cricket match?
  4. Which great English Scientist was knighted for his invention of the mathematical calculus, the proposition of Three Laws of Motion, and studies of light?
  5. George 1 was the first Hanoverian King of England. He was 52nd in line to the Throne. Why did the English Parliament choose him?
  6. How long did the Hundred Year War last?
  7. Which country makes Panama hats?
  8. From which animal do we get Cat gut?
  9. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
  10. What is a camel’s hair brush made of?
  11. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
  12. What was King George VI’s first name?
  13. What color is a purple finch?
  14. Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
  15. How long did the Thirty Year War last?
  16. Which country operates China Airlines?
  17. In what month do British universities celebrate May Week?
  18. What were Gough Whitlam’s and Malcolm Fraser’s middle names, respectively?



  1. Nobody. Humphrey Bogart said “Play it Sam” and a few similar things. He never actually said “Play it again Sam”
  2. False. It was the French government. If you think that’s crazy, look up “Murderous Mary the Elephant”.
  3. USA and Canada
  4. Nobody. Isaac Newton did all those things, but he was knighted for running the Royal Mint in later life. (Another quirky piece of information about Isaac Newton was that he held a Chair in Mathematics at Cambridge University without being a fellow. He couldn’t be a fellow because he hadn’t become ordained in the C of E)
  5. He was the first protestant in line to the throne.
  6. 116 years
  7. Ecuador
  8. Sheep and horses
  9. November
  10. Squirrel fur
  11. They’re in the Atlantic Ocean and are named after Dogs
  12. Albert
  13. Crimson
  14. New Zealand
  15. Thirty years
  16. Taiwan
  17. June
  18. Gough and Malcolm

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