Trivia is a well-known game that is fun to play with family, friends, and colleagues! It tests your general knowledge skills while creating bonds for a lifetime.
Trivia is typically played with a prepared list of questions on any topic of your choice. A host is chosen, and the questions are shared with a group of people, and you compete on who can answer the most problems. Trivia can be played at any event, from virtual game night to a classic pub night out.
How to play trivia?
1. Pick a host.
Designate one person in your group to play the host, and every week you can switch up who the host is.
2. Choose your theme and list of questions.
3. Pick your teammates.
Divide into different groups, and it doesn’t matter how many people are in each team.
4. Award the winners.
Let the friendly competition begin and make sure someone always is keeping score.
The team who guesses the correct answers first and with the most points wins. Award a fun prize such as a gift card or a fun trophy. You can also make this activity a weekly one and award an all-time winner.
General Trivia Questions
These questions will test your general knowledge; how many do you think you could get right?
What does “www” stand for in a website browser?
Answer: World Wide Web
How long is an Olympic swimming pool (in meters)?
Answer: 50 meters
What countries made up the original Axis powers in World War II?
Answer: Germany, Italy, and Japan
What geometric shape is generally used for stop signs?
What is "cynophobia"?
Answer: Fear of dogs
What punctuation mark ends an imperative sentence?
Answer: A period or exclamation point
Who named the Pacific Ocean?
Answer: Ferdinand Magellan
How many languages are written from right to left?
Q: How many countries still have the shilling as currency? Bonus point: Which countries?
Answer: Four, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Somalia
What is the name of the man who launched eBay back in 1995?
Answer: Pierre Omidyar
What is the name of the biggest technology company in South Korea?
Which animal can be seen on the Porsche logo?
Which monarch officially made Valentine's Day a holiday in 1537?
Answer: Henry VIII
Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (in 1903)?
Answer: Marie Curie
The first dictionary was written by?
Answer: Robert Cawdrey
Worship of Krishna is observed by which Religious Faith?
What is the name of the largest ocean on earth?
Answer: Pacific Ocean
Demolition of the Berlin wall separating East and West Germany began in what year?
What is the romanized Arabic word for "moon"?
Who was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic?
Answer: Amelia Earhart
Food and Drink Trivia Questions
Wanting to create trivia quizzes for those gastronomy experts in your group? Explore this list to find out who the real food lovers are.
What is the rarest M&M color?
What is the common name for dried plums?
Which country consumes the most chocolate per capita?
What is the name given to Indian food cooked over charcoal in a clay oven?
What was the first soft drink in space?
Answer: Coca Cola
What is the most consumed manufactured drink in the world?
Which is the only edible food that never goes bad?
Which country invented ice cream?
"Hendrick’s," "Larios," and "Seagram’s" are some of the best-selling brands of which spirit?
From which country does Gouda cheese originate?
Entertainment Trivia Questions
We have you covered with this list of trivia questions from TV shows, movies, and music.
What was the first toy to be advertised on television?
Answer: Mr. Potato Head
What was the first feature-length animated movie ever released?
Answer: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
What TV series showed the first interracial kiss on American network television?
Answer: Star Trek
What were the four main characters' names in the TV series "Golden Girls" that ran from 1985-1992?
Answer: Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia
Who created Sherlock Holmes?
Answer: Arthur Conan Doyle
What awards has an EGOT winner won?
Answer: An Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony
Which member of the Beatles married Yoko Ono?
Answer: John Lennon
What are the names of Cinderella’s stepsisters?
Answer: Anastasia and Drizella
What famous US festival hosted over 350,000 fans in 1969?
The biggest selling music single of all time is?
Answer: Candle in the Wind (1997)
Sports Trivia Questions
Can you guess the correct answer for any of these 10 sports trivia questions? From American football to the NBA, this list will have you stumped.
Which two countries have not missed one of the modern-day Olympics?
Answer: Greece and Australia
Which is the only American Football team to go a whole season undefeated, including the Super Bowl?
Answer: The Miami Dolphins(1972)
Who has won more tennis grand slam titles, Venus Williams or Serena Williams?
Answer: Serena Williams
Which country won the first-ever soccer World Cup in 1930?
Which Former NBA Player Was Nicknamed “Agent Zero”?
Answer: Gilbert Arenas
What sport is dubbed the "king of sports"?
What is the name of the professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Canada?
Answer: Toronto Maple Leafs
Who was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 score?
Answer: Nadia Comaneci
Dump, floater, and wipe are terms used in which team sport?
Who was the first female driver to score points in a Grand Prix?
Answer: Lella Lombardi (1975 Spanish Grand Prix)
Kid-Friendly Trivia Questions
The top questions for any school or family trivia game. We have included easy and challenging questions to be sure there is something for everyone.
On the farm, what is a kid?
Answer: A baby goat
In little red riding hood, who does the wolf dress up as?
“Stars and Stripes” is the nickname of the flag of which country?
Answer: United States of America
Who is the patron saint of Ireland?
Answer: St. Patrick
How many colors are there in the rainbow?
What color is a ruby?
In the poem Humpty Dumpty, where was Humpty when he fell?
Answer: The wall
Who was the first president of the United States?
Answer: George Washington
What were Jack and Jill going up the hill to fetch?
Answer: A pale of water
What country is responsible for creating the Olympic Games? Answer: Greece
Geography Trivia Questions
World travelers, get your world map out and test your geography skills. Some questions are going to have you checking the answer twice.
What is Earth's largest continent?
Area 51 is located in which state?
What country touches the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal?
The ancient Phoenician city of Constantine is located in what modern-day Arab country?
Which country borders 14 nations and crosses 8 time zones?
Havana is the capital of what country?
What country has the most natural lakes?
Riyadh is the capital of this Middle-Eastern country.
Answer: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Which Central American country has a name which translates to English as “The Saviour”?
Answer: El Salvador
In what country would you find Lake Bled?
Animal Trivia Questions
Start off your trivia night with these interesting animal-themed hard trivia questions.
What is the loudest animal on Earth?
Answer: Sperm Whale
How many hearts does an octopus have?
The unicorn is the national animal of which country?
What are the folds of skin on a cat's ears called?
Answer: "Henry's pockets" or cutaneous marginal pouches
A group of ravens is known as?
How many legs does a spider have?
How long do elephant pregnancies last?
Answer: 22 months
What mammals lay eggs?
Answer: Spiny anteater and the duck-billed platypus
What type of animal is a Flemish giant?
The name of which African animal means "river horse"?
Science Trivia Questions
You do not need to be a scientist to get these questions right. Take a guess and see how many trivia questions you get correct.
In what type of matter are atoms most tightly packed?
What is the hottest planet in the solar system?
Answer: Venus, with a temperature of 460 °C
What is the opposite of matter?
Which of Newton’s Laws states that ‘for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction?
Answer: The third law of motion
In 2004, what was discovered on the island of Flores in Indonesia?
Answer: Remains of a hobbit-sized human
What is the nearest planet to the sun?
What color is your blood when it’s inside your body?
Answer: Red, the blood contains hemoglobin, which is a red protein.
Is Pluto a planet?
Answer: Not anymore; it is a dwarf planet.
How many teeth does an adult human have?
What tissues connect the muscles to the bones?
Funny Trivia Questions
Add these trivia questions to get your group of friends to laugh out loud. Plus, it will add to your fun fact list to tell at any party.
What is a duel between three people called?
Answer: A truel
In the state of Georgia, it’s illegal to eat what with a fork?
Answer: Fried chicken
Which Tasmanian marsupial is known for its temper?
Answer Tasmanian devil
Iceland diverted roads to avoid disturbing communities of what?
In public places in the state of Florida, what's illegal to do when wearing a swimsuit?
Who invented the word "vomit"?
Answer: William Shakespeare
How long is New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach? How long is New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach?
Answer: 55 miles
What can be broken but is never held?
Answer: A promise
What does come down but never goes up?
What is measured in "Mickeys"?
Answer: The speed of a computer mouse
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many people do you need to start a round of trivia?
At least two people so you can compete against each other, but as we like to say, the more, the merrier!
- How many questions should be included?
Trivia normally is divided into a few rounds; we suggest each round include 10 questions. It also depends on how long you would like your trivia event will be. Typically people like to play for about 90 minutes, and each round of 10 questions can take about 15 minutes to answer. So we suggest including about 60 questions.
- How difficult should the questions be?
We suggest including a mix of easy and hard questions with a variety of different subjects. If you only include more challenging questions when creating your list, it can be boring for your group and disheartening if they cannot answer any of them.
- Which questions are best used for team building?
Any of the questions on our list will be perfect to include at your next trivia event! But be sure to diversify your list to include different topics to allow each member to answer one correctly.
That's a wrap!
Try any of these categories for your next trivia night! Trivia is a fun-filled game you can play remotely or in person. It brings a sense of comradery while being competitive. Trivia is an easy team building activity that can cater to a diverse group of people.
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