Multiple Choice Trivia Questions

  1. What was the average life expectancy of white males born in the U.S. just before the Civil War?
    A. 40 years
    B. 50 years
    C. 60 years
    D. 70 years

  2. What is a shaddock?

    A. a fish, the offspring of a male shad and a female haddock
    B. a crystal, such as quartz, that sticks out from a mineral vein
    C. a plant that is a member of the nightshade family
    D. a grapefruit

  3. Which one of the following instruments is used to measure humidity?
    A. anemometer
    B. ammeter
    C. hygrometer
    D. barometer

  4. Which two planets are most similar in size diameter wise?
    A. Mars and Mercury
    B. Venus and Earth
    C. Uranus and Neptune
    D. Jupiter and Saturn

  5. If a hertz is equal to one cylce per second, how manyh cycles per second does a megahertz  equal?
    A. 1/1,000
    B. 1,000
    C. 1,000,000
    D. 1,000,000,000

  6. What principle explains why cold food warms up and hot food cools off when stored at room temperature?
    A. entropy
    B. chemical equilibrium
    C. momentum
    D. relativity

  7. Which color is not considered to be one of the primary colors of light?
    A. Red
    B. yellow
    C. green
    D. blue

  8. What causes the disease toxoplasmosis?
    A. A bacterium
    B. a protozoan
    C. a virus
    D.  a prion

  9. What is the slowest wind speed a hurricane can have according to the Saffir-Simpson scale?
    A. 50 m.p.h.
    B. 74 m.p.h.
    C. 96 m.p.h.
    D. 110 m.p.h.

  10. Which of the following heavenly bodies have never had a spacecraft landed on it?
    A. Venus
    B. Mars
    C. the moon
    D. Jupiter

  11. Meat should be kept frozen at what temperature in degrees Fahrenheit?
    A. 0 degrees or below
    B. between 10 and 20 degrees
    C. between 20 and 30 degrees
    D. just below 32 degrees

  12. Many scientists think that some of the dinosaurs did not go extinct, but rather evolved into what kind of creature?
    A. amphibians
    B. reptiles
    C. birds
    D. mammals

  13. In 1989, scientists from Norway discovered that there are far more viruses in oceans, lakes, and streams than previously believed.  How many viruses did they find that a milliliter of natural water might contain?
    A. up to 250
    B. up to 25,000
    C. up to 2,500,000
    D. up to 250,000,000

  14. In which kind of geometry is the sum of the angles inside a triangle exactly equal to 180 degrees?
    A. elliptical
    B. Euclidean
    C. hyperbolic
    D. linear

  15. What is the name of the disease that has been referred to as the "disease of kings"?
    A. hemophilia
    B. jaundice
    C. rubella
    D. syphilis

  16. What disease causes a buildup of fluid pressure in the eyeball and damages the optic nerve at the back of the eye?
    A. astigmatism
    B. cataract
    C. glaucoma
    D. retinitis

  17. What would be the most likely thing one would do with the compound MgSO4 7H2O?
    A. power a car
    B. blow up a building
    C. soak ones feet
    D. fertilize a lawn

  18. Amps are a unit of measurement of what?
    A. electric charge
    B. electric current
    C. electric field strength
    D. electric potential

  19.  In which century was the greatest number of chemical elements discovered?
    A.  17th
    B. 18th
    C.  19th
    D. 20th

  20. Louis Pasteur developed which vaccine?
    A. polio
    B. rabies
    C. smallpox
    D. anthrax


  1. A. 40 years
  2. D. a grapefruit
  3. C. hygrometer
  4. B. Venus and Earth
  5. C. 1,000,000
  6. A. entropy
  7. B. yellow
  8. B. a protozoan
  9. B. 74 m.p.h.
  10. D. Jupiter
  11. A. 0 degrees or below
  12. C. birds
  13. D. up to 250,000,000
  14. B. Euclidean
  15. A. hemophilia
  16. C. glaucoma
  17. C. soak ones feet
  18. B. electric current
  19. C.  19th
  20. B. rabies