You’re a smart person. You like to know things. And you’re probably pretty good at trivia games, too.
So why not put your skills to the test with this list of hard trivia questions?
We’ve got questions on a variety of topics, from history and science to sports and animals.
All of them are meant to challenge your knowledge and get your brain working.
Scroll down to take a look—and be sure to share your results in the comments section!
Hard Trivia Questions | General
Test your science smarts with these hard general knowledge quiz questions. How many of them can you get right? Let’s see!
1. What is the largest mammal in the world?
Answer: A whale.
2. What is the smallest state in America?
Answer: Rhode Island.
3. How many colors are in a rainbow?
4. Who is the patron saint of Ireland?
Answer: St. Patrick.
5. What is the largest state in America?
6. Two of the planets in our solar system begin with the letter M, can you name them?
Answer: Mars and Mercury.
7. In which capital city of Europe would you find the Eiffel Tower?
8. How many continents are there in the world?
9. What kind of tree do acorns come from?
10. What do you have to stick on an envelope?
Answer: A stamp.
11. What day of the year is Independence Day?
Answer: July 4th.
12. How many bones do sharks have?
13. What’s the response to “see you later, alligator?”
Answer: In a while, crocodile.
14. Which place is called “the happiest place in the world?”
Answer: Disney World.
15. What is the name of molten rock after a volcanic eruption?
16. What is the part of the human eye that controls the amount of light that passes through the pupil?
Answer: The iris.
17. What movie is Princess Fiona from?
18. Can you name the closest star to Earth?
Answer: The sun.
19. What was the last name of the flying pioneers Orville and Wilbur?
20. Who was the first American president?
Answer: George Washington.
21. A scientist who studies rocks is called a what?
Answer: A geologist.
22. Which country is home to the kangaroo?
23. Which singing voice is the highest pitch? Soprano, tenor or baritone?
24. Can you name the seven dwarves in Snow White?
Answer: Sleepy, Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc, and Bashful.
25. What is the opposite of ‘cheap’?
26. In what country were the Olympic Games invented?
Hard Trivia Questions about History
Hard history trivia questions can be a great way to test your knowledge—or to learn something new. So why not give it a try? It’s a fun way to spend an evening, and you might just learn something in the process.
1. Who was prime minister of the UK for most of the Second World War?
Answer: Winston Churchill.
2. How many wives did Henry VIII have?
Answer: Six (Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
3. Which structures were built in medieval times as a mixture of residence and defensive building?
4. Which city did the ancient Greeks by legend besiege for 10 years?
5. Which people travelled in longships and raided Britain from Scandinavia in early medieval times?
6. Who was caught red-handed trying to blow up parliament in 1605?
Answer: Guy Fawkes.
7. In which country in ancient times was mummification carried out on important people when they died?
8. Which king received an arrow in his eye at the Battle of Hastings?
Answer: Harold II.
9. What did Romans use a hypocaust for?
Answer: Heating their villas.
10. What did Spain send to attack Britain in 1588?
Answer: The Spanish Armada.
11. An act of 1864 outlawed children doing what job, for which they were often employed?
Answer: Chimney Sweep.
12. What is the London home of the prime minister?
Answer: 10 Downing Street.
13. Who is the Deputy Prime Minister?
Answer: Nick Clegg.
14. What notable event affected London in September 1666?
Answer: The Great Fire.
15. Which liner sank on her maiden voyage in 1912?
Answer: RMS Titanic.
16. Which ship sank off Portsmouth in 1545 but was retrieved from the seabed in 1982?
Answer: Mary Rose.
17. What title was given to the rulers of Ancient Egypt?
18. Who was Lord Mayor of London four times between 1397 and 1419, and the inspiration for a classic English folk tale?
Answer: Richard (Dick) Whittington.
19. Spitfires and Hurricanes helped win which battle in 1940?
Answer: The Battle of Britain.
20. As recently dramatized in a critically acclaimed miniseries, what year did the Chernobyl disaster occur?
21. Who was the second President of the United States?
Answer: John Adams.
22. Which member of the Royal Family holds the title Duke of York?
Answer: Prince Andrew.
23. Who was the only one of Henry VIII’s wives to receive a Queen’s funeral?
Answer: Jane Seymour.
24. What overall term is given to the people who fought each other and animals as entertainment in Ancient Rome?
25. Which British archaeologist discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb?
Answer: Howard Carter.
26. Who was the leader of Britain’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition which was one of the first to reach the South Pole in 1912?
Answer: Robert F. Scott.
Hard Trivia Questions about Geography
Are you ready to put your geographical knowledge to the test? Here is a hard geography quiz that will challenge even the most experienced travelers!
2. What is the name of the biggest ocean on Earth?
Answer: The Pacific Ocean.
3. Which country has the largest population in the world?
4. Which planet is nearest to the Earth?
5. What is the name of the smallest country in the world?
Answer: The Vatican City.
6. Which is the largest country in the world?
7. Which is colder: The North Pole or the South Pole?
Answer: The South Pole.
8. Which is the largest waterfall in the world?
Answer: Victoria Falls.
9. What is the capital of the American State of California?
10. Which are the 7 continents in the world from largest in area to smallest?
Answer: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.
11. Which is the biggest desert in the world?
Answer: Sahara Desert.
12. In which country would you find the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
13. Which is the hottest continent on Earth?
14. What are the names of the five oceans?
Answer: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern.
15. What is the capital city of India?
Answer: New Delhi.
16. Which is the highest mountain in the world?
Answer: Mount Everest.
17. How many states of India share its border with Bhutan?
Answer: 4 (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal & Sikkim).
18. Which is the coldest place on Earth?
19. What are the names of the five oceans of the world?
Answer: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and the Antarctic.
20. Which continent is known as Dark Continent?
21. What are the names of the seven continents of the world?
Answer: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Australia.
22. What is the name of the longest river in Africa?
Answer: The Nile River.
23. What is the capital city of Canada?
24. Which continent is Britain part of?
Answer: Europe (lies to the Northwest of mainland Europe).
25. What American city is the Golden Gate Bridge located in?
Answer: San Francisco.
26. What is the capital of Mexico?
Answer: Mexico City.
Hard Trivia Questions about Sports
Are you a sports fan? Then here are some hard quiz questions with answers
about sports that will put your knowledge to the test!
1. What sport is described as “the beautiful game?”
Answer: Everyone considers football (soccer to you Americans) to be the beautiful game.
2. Which country won the first ever rugby world cup?
Answer: New Zealand.
3. Which country won the first ever football world cup?
4. Who has won more tennis grand slam titles – Venus Williams or Serena Williams?
Answer: Serena has!
5. In which sport would competitors use a piece of equipment known as a foil?
6. How many regulation strokes are there in swimming?
Answer: Four. Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.
7. How many NBA championships did Michael Jordan win with the Chicago Bulls?
8. In which sport do teams compete to win the Stanley Cup?
Answer: Men’s ice hockey.
9. How long is the total distance of a marathon?
Answer: That’s 26.2 miles, or 42.16 kilometres.
10. What is the only sport to be played on the moon?
Answer: Golf! Alan Bartlett Shepard, a NASA astronaut, famously snuck a golf club onto Apollo 14 and played golf on the moon.
11. The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox play which sport?
12. How many gold medals has Usain Bolt won?
Answer: Usain Bolt has won 8 gold medals.
13. What has Muhammad Ali’s original name?
Answer: It was Cassius Clay.
14. What international rugby team are known as the Pumas?
Answer: That’s Argentina.
15. What five colours make up the Olympic rings?
Answer: Blue, black, green, red and yellow.
16. Who is the Premier League’s all-time top scorer?
Answer: Shearerrrrrrrrrrrrr. Alan Shearer has a massive 260 goals in the Premier League.
17. What is his world record time for the 100 metres?
Answer: Bolt’s world record time is a rapid 9.58 seconds!
18. Which course is The Masters golf tournament held?
Answer: Augusta National Golf Club which is in Georgia, USA.
19. At which Olympics did Kelly Holmes win two gold medals?
Answer: The Athens Olympic Games in 2004.
20. Which Formula 1 driver has won the most races in the history of the sport?
Answer: Lewis Hamilton recently surpassed Michael Schumacher’s record with 100 race wins in his career.
21. What is the maximum break you can score in snooker?
Answer: The maximum break is 147.
22. In football, which team has won the Champions League (formerly the European Cup) the most?
Answer: Real Madrid have won the Champions League 13 times.
23. Which sport uses a net, a racket, and a shuttlecock?
24. Which sport involves tucks and pikes?
25. What is Canada’s national sport? How many of you said ice hockey for this one?
Answer: It’s actually lacrosse which even surprised me!
26. How many players are there in a rugby league team?
Answer: Different to rugby union which has 15 players per team, there are only 13 players in rugby league.
Hard Trivia Questions about Animals
Do you think you’re an animal expert? Check following hard trivia questions and answers about animals and see how many you get them right.
1. Which is the tallest animal in the world?
2. A dog sweats through which part of its body?
Answer: Its paws.
3. Which animal has the longest lifeline?
Answer: The arctic whale.
4. Why are flamingos pink?
Answer: Because of their diet of algae, shrimps and crustaceans.
5. What is the size of a newborn kangaroo?
Answer: 1 inch.
6. How many legs does an octopus have?
7. What are the only two mammals are the only ones known to lay eggs?
Answer: The anteater and the duck-billed platypus.
8. How far away can a wolf smell its prey?
Answer: Almost 2 miles.
9. Mention one flightless bird.
10. Which animal is Doe?
Answer: A female deer.
11. How long is an elephant pregnant before it gives birth?
Answer: 22 Months.
12. Which animal is known to spend 90% of its day, sleeping?
13. Which bird is the symbol of peace?
14. What object does a male penguin often gift to a female penguin to win her over?
Answer: A pebble.
15. What color is the tongue of a giraffe?
16. Which mammal is known to have the most powerful bite in the world?
17. Which animal’s stripes are on their skin as well as their fur?
18. How long does it take a sloth to digest a meal?
Answer: Two weeks.
19. Which animal’s poop is known to take the shape of cubes?
20. How many compartments are in a cow’s stomach?
21. What is the name of the fastest land animal?
22. Under their white fur, what color is a polar bear’s skin?
23. A baby goat is called what?
24. What’s a group of kittens called?
25. What’s the only mammal that’s able to fly?
26. What are the horns of a rhinoceros made of?
Hard Trivia Questions about Literature
Do you consider yourself a bookworm? Then get ready to put your literary knowledge to the test with these difficult trivia questions about literature.
1. In what language was Don Quixote written?
2. Sir Walter Scott wrote historical novels about which country?
3. The hero Beowulf faces a monster known by what name?
4. In which state do Mark Twain’s characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn live?
5. What color was Anna Karenina’s bag in Tolstoy’s novel Red?
6. During which century was John Milton’s Paradise Lost written?
7. What novel written by Oscar Wilde has to do with immortality?
Answer: The Picture of Dorian Gray.
8. John Donne is in what literary school of poetry?
9. What novel centers around marriage during the Victorian era, describing the fascination that a group of sisters have over one man?
Answer: Pride and Prejudice.
10. John Keats wrote what poem to a singing bird?
Answer: “Ode to A Nightingale”
11. What Victor Hugo novel was adapted into a Disney animated movie in 1996?
Answer: The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
12. Author Nathaniel Hawthorn, who wrote The Scarlett Letter is known for writing in what genre?
13. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights tells of a tragic romance between two lovers. What are their names?
Answer: Catherine and Heathcliff.
14. In A Christmas Carol, how many ghosts visit Scrooge?
15. What is the name of the theater where many of Shakespeare’s plays were produced?
Answer: The Globe.
16. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, which was based on what real town?
Answer: Hannibal, Missouri.
17. What is the title of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Edith Wharton?
Answer: The Age of Innocence.
18. In Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, what is the name of Captain Ahab’s ship?
Answer: The Pequod.
20. Who wrote the line, “Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise”?
21. Which character in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was the voice of reason?
22. What classic written by Homer relates the adventures and life of Odysseus?
Answer: The Odyssey.
23. Which classic book by J. M. Barrie opens with the line “All children, except one grew up”?
Answer: Peter Pan.
24. Who wrote the political satire also loved as a children’s book titled Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?
Answer: Lewis Carroll.
25. How many of Ernest Hemingway’s ten novels were published posthumously?
Hard Trivia Questions Multiple Choice
Here is a selection of hard trivia questions with multiple choice. So put your thinking cap on, and let’s see if you can ace them all.
1. How many States form the United States of America?
2. Which one of the following cities is not a fashion capital?
New York City
3. At what time of the year is Eggnog popular?
4. Which planet does not have rings?
5. In the song “Baby Shark”, who comes after Baby Shark?
Answer: Mommy shark.
6. Who was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo?
William the Conqueror
Alexander the Great
Answer: Napoleon Bonaparte.
7. In which rock band did John Lennon play?
The Rolling Stones
Answer: The Beatles.
8. In which Italian city can you find the Colosseum?
9. In the TV show New Girl, which actress plays Jessica Day?
Answer: Zooey Deschanel.
10. What is the largest canyon in the world?
Verdon Gorge, France
King’s Canyon, Australia
Grand Canyon, USA
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland
Answer: Grand Canyon.
11. How long is the border between the United States and Canada?
Answer: 5,525 miles.
12. What is the largest active volcano in the world?
Answer: Mouna Loa.
13. When did Lenin die?
21 January 1924
21 January 1934
21 January 1944
21 January 1954
Answer: 21 January 1924.
14. In which US state did the Scopes Monkey Trial happen?
15. When was the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee published?
16. In which museum can you find Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa?
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Answer: Le Louvre.
17. In which city can you find the Prado Museum?
18. When did Salt Lake City host the Winter Olympics?
19. In the Big Bang Theory, what is the name of Sheldon and Leonard’s neighbour?
20. If you are born on the 1st of January, which star sign are you?
21. How many wives had Henry VIII?
22. In which city is the Juventus Football Club based?
23. Which one of the following rooms is not on a Clue do board?
Answer: The attic.
24. Which language is spoken in the Netherlands?
25. How many bones has the adult human body?
Hard Trivia Questions for Kids
We have gathered a collection of hard trivia questions for kids that are sure to keep them entertained and learn more knowledge at the same time.
1. What is the young one of a cat called?
2. How many minutes are there in an hour?
Answer: 60 minutes.
3. How many seconds are there in a minute?
Answer: 60 seconds.
4. What is the full form of TV?
5. Solve 27*0.
Answer: Zero (Any number multiplied by zero gives zero as the answer).
6. Which all animals give us milk?
Answer: Cow, goat and buffalo.
7. What is the home of a lion called?
8. Why do things fall when you drop them?
Answer: Because of gravity.
9. Where do we deposit money?
10. What is the place where animals are kept called?
11. What is COVID-19?
Answer: It is deadly disease spread across the world during 2019 and 2020.
12. What is Beri-Beri?
Answer: It is a disease caused due to the deficiency of Vitamin B.
13. Where do we get coconut from?
Answer: We get coconut from coconut Tree.
14. Which state in India is known as “God’s Own Country”?
15. How do plants make food?
Answer: Plants make food through the process called Photosynthesis.
16. Which place is known as the “Land of White Elephants”?
17. What is the color of the sky?
18. What is the job of a Doctor?
Answer: A Doctor treats sick people.
19. What comes after 10 and before 13?
20. Where does fish live?
Answer: In Water.
21. What is sun?
Answer: Sun is a big ball of fire.
22. Who is Virat Kohli?
Answer: Indian Cricketer.
23. How many noses do you have?
24. What is the color of Mango?
25. In which planet do we live?
26. Who wrote Hamlet?
Answer: William Shakespeare.
Well, there you have it! 200+ hard quiz questions to challenge your wits with.
Now it’s time for you to test your knowledge and show everyone how smart you really are.
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