Answers to Trivia Questions
Below you will find a variety of trivia
questions and answers. Subjects range from
geography, to politics, as well as literary,
film and television trivia.
Political Trivia Questions
Which Iraqi leader was convicted and sentenced to hang
for crimes against humanity in 2006?
Answer: Saddam Hussein
Who was the Maid of Orleans?
Answer: Joan of Arc
Which member of Dutch royalty spent World War II in Ottawa, Canada?
Answer: Queen Juliana
Which passionate opponent of slavery served as
the 18th Vice President of the United States?
Answer: Vice President Henry Wilson
Political Question: Who was the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles, California?
Answer: Tom Bradley became the first African-American
mayor of Los Angeles in 1973 when he defeated
incumbent mayor Sam Yorty.
Who was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after
becoming First Lady of the United States?
Answer: Betty Ford
Which U.S. politician was responsible for drafting the
Treaty of Shimonoseki that brought the Sino-Japanese war
of 1894-95 to an end?
Answer: Former Secretary of State John W. Foster
Which U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the
House Ways and Means Committee was later
sent to prison after being charged with
witness tampering, mail fraud, wire fraud,
and corruption for misuse of public taxpayer
Answer: Dan Rostenkowski
After his political career was over, which U.S. Senator
founded a toupee manufacturing company?
Answer: Senator Glen H. Taylor
Who was Adlai Stevenson's opponent in the 1952
U.S. presidential race?
Answer: Dwight D. Eisenhower
What was President Dwight D. Eisenhower's nickname?
Who was the 38th President of the United States.
Answer: President Gerald R. Ford
Which U.S. president famously said, "Read my lips -- No new taxes!"
Answer: President George H. W. Bush
Paul Revere Question:
Did Paul Revere really ride through the
countryside shouting, "The British are coming!
The British are coming!"?
Answer: No. Though popular
mythology tells us Paul Revere rode through the
countryside shouting, "The British are coming! The
British are coming!" to warn of the approaching
British troops, the truth of the matter is, his warning
was far more likely, "The Regulars are out!" or "The
Regulars are coming!" or "The Redcoats are coming!"
Entertainment Trivia Questions
Who wrote the classic short story The Gift of the Magi?
Answer: O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
Who wrote the classic poem A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle?
Answer: Hugh MacDiarmid
Which Pulitzer Prize-winning writer was married
to sex symbol Marilyn Monroe?
Answer: Arthur Miller
Who wrote the classic History of the Conquest of Mexico?
Answer: William H. Prescott
Who wrote the classic poem An Old Sweetheart?
Answer: James Whitcomb Riley
Who or what was "The Luck" mentioned in the title of Bret Harte's classic The Luck of Roaring Camp?
Answer: "The Luck" was a child born at Roaring Camp. Tommy
Luck was so named because the baby had supposedly brought
luck to the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Roaring Camp.
Which Scottish poet, best known for his
Fleet Street Eclogues, committed suicide by jumping
from a cliff into the English Channel?
Answer: John Davidson
Which 19th century author once wrote, "I do not
write for the public; I do write for money,
a nobler deity; and most of all for myself,
not perhaps any more noble, but both more
intelligent and nearer home," in a January 1886
letter to Edmund Gosse?
Answer: Robert Louis Stevenson
Who wrote the best-selling books The Affluent
Society and The Great Crash, 1929?
Answer: John Kenneth Galbraith
Who was the wife of singer Buddy Holly?
Answer: Maria Santiago
Which singer/songwriter was nicknamed the Big Bopper?
Answer: J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson
Who played Captain Von Trapp in the original 1959
Broadway run of The Sound of Music?
Answer: Theodore Bikel
Who played the role of Betty Shabazz in
Spike Lee's 1992 film, Malcolm X?
Answer: Betty Shabazz was portrayed by actress Angela Bassett.
Who directed the Academy Award-winning 1957 film, The Bridge on the River Kwai?
Answer: David Lean
Who directed the 1975 film, Picnic at Hanging Rock?
Answer: Peter Weir
Who directed the 1988 holiday film, Scrooged, starring Bill Murray?
Answer: Richard Donner
Where is actor Spencer Tracy buried?
Answer: His gravesite is located at Forest Lawn Memorial Park,
in Glendale, California.
Which multi-Academy Award-winning actress once lived
at 244 East 49th Street, in New York City?
Answer: Katharine Hepburn
Which actor/singer, best known for Swanee, Mammy, and
Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye, was once married
to dancer/actress Ruby Keeler?
Answer: Al Jolson
What was Ethel Merman's real name?
Answer: Ethel Agnes Zimmermann
What was Eddie Albert's real name?
Answer: Edward Albert Heimberger
Who portrayed Basil Fawlty on the television series Fawlty Towers?
Answer: John Cleese
Who portrayed Starbuck on the original Battlestar Galactica (1978-79)?
Answer: Dirk Benedict
Who portrayed Jill Munroe on TV's original Charlie's Angels?
Answer: Farrah Fawcett
Who was the accordionist and assistant conductor of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra?
Answer: Myron Floren
Who played George Costanza's father Frank on TV's long-running Seinfeld?
Answer: Jerry Stiller
Who portrayed Tattoo on TV's Fantasy Island?
Answer: Herve Villechaize
Which original Star Trek crew member was later active on the Los Angeles Transit Board?
Answer: George Takei
Star Trek veterans, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy,
James Doohan, and George Takei all
guest starred at various times on which
popular science fiction anthology series?
Answer: The Twilight Zone
Geography Trivia Questions
On which Hawaiian island will you find the city of Honolulu?
Is there really a town named Hell in the United States?
Answer: Yes. The Devilishly-named town of Hell
is located in southeastern Michigan.
Which state is home to the unusually named town of Hopeulikit?
Jot 'Em Down is an unusually named town in which state?
Which state is home to the unusually named town of Marys Igloo?
In which state will you find the unusually named towns of Nowhere, Cookietown, and Frogville?
Two Egg is an unusually named town in which state?
Truth or Consequences is an unusually named town in which state?
Answer: New Mexico
What is the capital of Australia?
What is the capital of Saudi Arabia?
What is the state capital of California?
Answers to Miscellaneous Trivia Questions
Helen Keller Question:
To whom did Helen Keller dedicate her autobiography, The Story of My Life?
Answer: Ms. Keller dedicated the book to inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
"To ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
Who has taught the deaf to speak
and enabled the listening ear to hear speech
from the Atlantic to the Rockies,
I dedicate this Story of My Life."
Who invented the first artificial heart?
Answer: Paul Winchell was the inventor and the
original patent holder of the artificial heart,
which he later donated to the University of Utah.
Contrary to popular public perception, the first
artificial heart was not invented by Dr. Robert
Jarvik. Visit our page on the invention of the
artificial heart for more information.
The energy company at the center of the
2010 oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
is named BP. By what other name has BP
been commonly known?
Answer: British Petroleum
What is a group of crows called?
Answer: A murder of crows
What is a group of buzzards called?
Answer: A wake of buzzards
.au is the Internet country code domain extension for which country?
Who was the first female Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court?
Answer: Rose Bird
Who founded the People's Temple, and later
oversaw the cult's assassination of U.S.
Congressman Leo Ryan, then led one of the
largest mass murder/suicides (more than 900
dead) in human history, known as the Jonestown
Answer: Reverend Jim Jones
Who presided over one of the most sprawling
business frauds in U.S. history as the
controversial founder and CEO of Enron?
Answer: Kenneth Lay
What infamous American serial killer and cannibal
was sentenced to 16 consecutive life terms for
17 gruesome murders?
Answer: Jeffrey Dahmer
The wife of which famous director was murdered by
members of the Manson family?
Answer: Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, was
killed by followers of Charles Manson.
Bonnie and Clyde became famous for doing what?
Answer: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were criminals.
Their numerous holdups and bank robberies caught the
attention of the media as well as the depression-weary
public. Their lives as outlaws was told in the 1967
motion picture Bonnie and Clyde.
Whose homerun record did Hank Aaron break on May 8th, 1974?
Answer: Babe Ruth
Was 1976 a leap year?
What day of the week was January 1st, 2000?
Roman Numeral Question:
What is 1988 in Roman numerals?
How many feet are in a mile?
When did California attain statehood?
Answer: September 9, 1850
Was Ohio one of the 13 original colonies?
Answer: No. The 13 original colonies consisted of
Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia,
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South
Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York,
North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
Time Zone Question:
Cincinnati, Ohio is found in which U.S. time zone?
Answer: Eastern Time Zone
When did the new, more accurate wind chill charts go into effect?
Answer: November of 2001
Who was the military leader that headed the international
coalition that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi invasion forces
during the 1991 Persian Gulf War?
Answer: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
In gang parlance, what does the acronym "LK" stand for?
Answer: Latin Kings -- A large Hispanic gang in the United States.
In the law enforcement industry, what does the acronym AWIK stand for?
Answer: Assault With Intent to Kill
In international law enforcement parlance, what does the acronym RCMP stand for?
Answer: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
In the law enforcement industry, what does the acronym CVC HIDTA stand for?
Answer: Central Valley California - High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
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