Questions, Quizzes, And Quotations

Questions, Quizzes, And Quotations

by Benny Beattie


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The benefi ts of life-long learning are extensive. A thirst for knowledge increases our wisdom, develops natural curiosity, and helps us fi nd meaning in life. In Questions, Quizzes, and Quotations, retired high school teacher Benny Beattie shares a variety of fun quizzes and quotations sure to challenge both the young and not-so-young mind, produce a chuckle, and stimulate thought provoking discussion.

For anyone ready to take on mentally reflexive activities and questions, Beattie relies on his extensive research to share a plethora of Mensa trivia and general knowledge questions about our environment that will keep inquisitive minds busy. Ranging from easy to difficult, Beattie's intriguing quizzes include questions such as the following:

• What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
• What's the difference between the UK and GB?
• What part of the human body does not grow bigger after birth?
• How many US states share a border with Mexico? With Canada?
• What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle?
• How many folds are there in a chef's hat? Why?

It is a good feeling to know more about our wonderful world. Questions, Quizzes, and
will encourage a passion for learning that will open up a world of possibilities for anyone interested in broadening their mental horizons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462043750
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/23/2011
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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A Brain-Challenging Book of Trivia and General Knowledge
By Benny Beattie

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Benny Beattie
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ISBN: 978-1-4620-4375-0

Chapter One

Mensa—Densa Challenge-10 seconds per question

1. An electric train is going south at 60 mph into a headwind of 30 mph. What direction is the train's smoke going?

2. How much mud is there in a hole measuring 1 ft. long by 1 ft. wide by 1 ft. deep?

3. A shepherd, his dog and 17 sheep—how many feet are there in the group?

4. What two numbers have the same answer when added or multiplied together?

5. What occurs once in June and twice in August but never in October?

6. Is it legal for a man to marry his widow's sister?

7. Thirty divided by a half plus ten =

8. What animal do we eat before it's born and after it's dead?

9. What has a foot at each end and another one in the middle?

10. There are seventeen sheep in a flock. All but five die. How many are left?

11. Four score years and ten. How old is she?

12. Mary's mother has five daughters:—Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono, What's the name of the fifth daughter?

13. Abcdefghijkmnopqrstuvwxyz. What's the season?

14. Some months have 30 days, some have 31 days. How many have 28 days?

15. RORRIM. What are you looking at?

16. In baseball, how many outs are there in an inning?

17. What gets bigger the more you take away from it?

18. .... T.... I.... M.... E.... ABDEFG. What's the greeting?

19. What nut does not have a shell?

20. How many birthdays does the average man have in his life?

21. Say "silk" five times. Then—What do cows drink?

22. How many 2 cent stamps in a dozen?

23. How many cookies can you eat on an empty stomach?

24. What nut does not have a shell?

25. A driveway measures 10 feet by 20 feet. Paving stones measure 1 foot by 2 feet. How many paving stones will it take to finish the driveway?

26. If you overtake the 2nd person in a race, what position are you in?

27. If you overtake the last person in a race, what position are you in?

28. There is a tall palm tree with three animals underneath it—a monkey, a giraffe and a squirrel. Which one will be the fastest to get the banana at the top?

29. What has eight feet and sings?

30. A ladder hangs down the side of a ship, its bottom rung 2 feet above the water. The tide rises 6 inches an hour. How long until the water reaches the ladder?

31. How many animals of each gender did Moses take on the ark?

32. Al's peacock flies over the fence and lays an egg on Sam's lawn. Whose egg is it?

33. Ten flies on a table. I kill three with one swat. How many flies are left on the table?

34. What was the biggest ocean in the world before Balboa descovered the Pacific?

35. A sign maker has to number houses from 1 to 100. How many 9s will he make?

36. What is so fragile that when you say its name you break it?

37. Three pills. You take one every half hour. How long until they're all taken?

38. Is it best to use a bucket or a syphon to empty a bathtub full of water?

39. Which is correct, 'the yolk of an egg is white' or 'the yolk of an egg are white'?

40. Can a man marry his brother's wife's mother-in-law?

41. A butcher is 6 feet 2 inches tall and wears size 11 shoes. What does he weigh?

42. How many times can you subtract 2 from 6?

43. Which eats less grass, white sheep or black sheep?

44. How can you make 30 cents with two coins, if one coin is not a nickel?

45. Which is worth more, 2 pounds of $10 gold coins or 1 pound of $20 gold coins?

46. What is the opposite of "I am not leaving?"

47. Jim's grandfather can easily bite his ear. How is this possible?

48. Bill bought a Roman coin at a flea market dated 27 BC. Is it genuine or a fake?

49. If a clock takes two seconds to strile 2, how long will it take to strike 3?

50. "This statement is false." Is the sentence true or false?


1. Electric trains don't make smoke

2. None. A hole contains only air

3. Two feet. Others paws & hoofs

4. Two and two

5. The letter u

6. No. He dead!

7. Seventy

8. Chicken

9. A yard stick

10. Five

11. Ninety

12. Mary

13. No-el = Winter

14. They all do

15. A mirror

16. Six

17. A hole

18. Long time no see

19. A doughnut

20. One

21. Water

22. Twelve

23. One

24. A doughnut

25. One

26. Second

27. You can't pass the last person

28. Palm trees do not have bananas

29. A Barbershop quartet

30. Never. The ship rises too

31. Noah's Ark, not Moses

32. Peacocks don't lay eggs. Peahens do

33. Three dead ones. Rest flown away

34. The Pacific, even if not discovered

35. Twenty

36. Silence

37. One hour

38. Neither. Pull the plug.

39. Neither. The yolk of an egg is yellow

40. No. She would be his mother

41. Meat

42. Once

43. Black sheep. There are fewer of them

44. With a quarter and a nickel

45. Two pounds has twice as much gold

46. I am leaving

47. With his dentures

48. A fake

49. Four seconds

50. To be true, it must be false. To be false, it must be true. It's a paradox


This does not test your intelligence, just a measure of your mental ability, agility, creativity, fertility and flexibility. See what you can do with it. Good luck!

EXAMPLE: 12 = M. of the Y. (Months of the Year)

1) 26 = L. of the A

2) 52 = C. in a D.

3) 7 = W. of the A. W.

4) 4 = Q. in a G.

5) 24 = H. in a D.

6) 60 = S. in a M.

7) 29 = D. in F. in a L. Y.

8) 1000 = W. that a P. is W.

9) 64 = S. on a C. B.

10) 20,000 = L. U. T. S.

11) 15 = M. on a D. M. C..

12) 76 = T. in the B. P.

13) 40 = D. and N. of the G. F.

14) 57 = H. V.

15) 18 = H. on a G. C.

16) 32 = D. F. at which W. F.

17) 8 = S. on a S. S.

18) 13 = S. on the A. F.

19) 8 = P. in the S. S.

20) 1,001 = A. N.

21) 13 = L. in a B. D.

22) 3 = C. in a F.

23) 100 = D. C. at which W. B.

24) 6 = S. on a G.

25) 21 = D. on a D.

26) 1 = W. on a U.

27) 88 = P. K.

28) 3 = B. M. (S. H. T. R.)

29) 5 = D in a Z. C.

30) 12 = S. of the Z.

31) 90 = D. in a R. A

32) 4 = B. takes F. B.

33) 200 = D. for P. G. in M.

34) 14 = D. in a F.

35) 3 = S. and Y. A. O.

36) 7 = D. of the W

37) 99 = B. of B. on a W.

38) 7 = B. for S. B.

39) 11 = P. on a F. T.

40) 80 = D. A. the W.

41) 5 = R. on the O. S.

42) 26 = M. in a M.

43) 7 = N. in a S.

44) 26 = V. of E. B.

45) 5,280 = F. in a M.

46) 16 = T. and W. D. Y. G.

47) 14 = L. in a S.

48) 12 = D. at the L. S.

49) 70 = T. S. Y. and T.

50) 3 = M. in a T. (B. B. C. M.)


1. Letters of the alphabet

2. Cards in a deck

3. Wonders of the ancient world

4. Quarts in a gallon

5. Hours in a day

6. Seconds in a minute

7. Days in February in a leap year

8. Words that a picture is worth

9. Squares on a chess board

10. Leagues under the sea

11. Men on a dead man's chest

12. Trombones in the big parade

13. Days & nights of the great flood

14. Heinz varieties

15. Holes on a golf course

16. Degrees F° water freezes

17. Sides on a stop sign

18. Stripes on the American flag

19. Planets in the solar system

20. Arabian nights

21. Loaves in a baker's dozen

22. Coins in a fountain

23. Degrees Centigrade water boils

24. Strings on a guitar

25. Dots on a die

26. Wheel on a unicycle

27. Piano keys

28. Blind mice - see how they run

29. Digits in a zip code

30. Signs of the zodiac

31. Degrees in a right angle

32. Balls takes first base

33. $ for passing "Go" in monopoly

34. Days in a fortnight

35. Strikes and you are out

36. Days of the week

37. Bottles of beer on the wall

38. Seven brides for seven brothers

39. Players on a football team

40. Days around the world

41. Rings on the Olympic symbol

42. Miles in a marathon.

43. Notes in a scale

44. Volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica

45. Feet in a mile

46. Tons and what do you get?

47. Lines in a sonnet

48. Disciples at the last supper

49. Three score years and ten

50. Men in a tub (butcher, baker, candlestick maker)

Sample Questions #1


1. What were golf courses originally called in Scotland?

2. What do the opposite sides of a die (one dice) add up to?

3. How many dots are there on a die?

4. What is the first cardinal number spelt with an "a" in it?

5. How many folds are there in a chef's hat? Why?

6. How many lug nuts are there on a wheel of a regular car?

7. How long are railroad ties? How many are used per mile?

8. The book A Tale of Two Cities is about which two cities?

9. Do we use the Gregorian Calendar or the Julian Calendar?


1. What is a supernova?

2. What feathers are duvets filled with?

3. What is the shape of Antarctic icebergs?

4. What botanical herb grows upwards in clusters, and we eat as fruit?

5. What is the opposite of an acid?

6. What are the four worst kinds of natural disasters?

7. How many stars form the outline of the Big Dipper?

8. What animal has the biggest brain?


1. Who was president of the United Mine Workers for forty years?

2. What anti-Jewish US industrialist was decorated by Adolf Hitler?

3. What purely imperialistic war was called "America's splendid little war"?

4. What was the first Stars and Stripes flag known as?

5. Where was Barrak Obama born? Year? Is he 42nd, 43rd, 44th or 45th president?

6. What was the original name of Wilmington, Delaware?

7. The source of the Mississippi River is in which state?

8. Where are the US Mint facilities located?

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1. What's the difference between the UK and GB?

2. What is the First Meridian called?

3. What is the 4th Sunday in Lent called?

4. Who was Sir Joshua Reynolds?

5. What, when and why was the first census taken in Britain?

6. What is the British equivalent of the US Uncle Sam?

7. What is Finnen Haddie?

8. What flag flies at Buckingham Palace when the Queen is in residence?


1. What three countries are Canada's closest neighbors?

2. What did Champlain call Quebec City due to the shiny stones he found there?

3. What was New Brunswick's Lord Beaverbrook's real name?

4. Tim Buck was the longtime leader of which federal political party?

5. What's the number one tourist attraction in Canada?



1. Golf links 2. Seven 3. Twenty-one dots 4. One thousand 5. 100. Ways to cook an egg 6. Five 7. 8 to 9 feet long Average 3,000 8. London and Paris 9. The Gregorian Calendar


1. An exploding star 2. Eider duck down feathers 3. They're tubular, flat topped 4. Bananas. 5. Alkaline, base. 6. Flood, draught, earthquake, tsunami 7. Seven stars 8. The sperm whale


1. John L. Lewis 2. Henry Ford. 3. Spanish-American War 1898. 4. The Betsy Ross Flag 5. Hawaii, 1961. 44th. 6. New Sweden 7. Minnesota 8. Washington, Philadelphia, West Point, Denver, San Francisco, Fort Knox


1. The UK includes Northern Ireland 2. Greenwich Mean Time 3. Mothering Sunday 4. A great English portrait painter 5. The Domesday Book, 1086. Taxes 6. John Bull 7. Smoked Haddock 8. The Royal Standard


1. USA, Russia, Denmark (Greenland) 2. Cape Diamond ("Diamonds" later found to be quartz) 3. William Maxwell "Max" Aitken 4. The Communist Party of Canada 5. Niagara Falls

Sample Questions #2

1. Why do soldiers break step when crossing a bridge?

2. When is spring wheat harvested?

3. How many sides does a cube contain?

4. How many sides does a polygon have?

5. In what city and country is Morro Castle located?

6. How many teeth does the average adult have?

7. What is the Fourth Estate composed of?

8. What opera includes the famous Toreador Song?

9. What and where is the largest lake in Europe?

10. How far does a home run batter run in baseball?

11. To what sport or game does the term "a firm bridge hand" refer to?

12. Which is bigger, North America or South America?

13. What is the origin of the names of the twelve signs of the zodiac?

14. What other substance has the same boiling point as water?

15. What state is host to the geographic centre of the USA?

16. Which city is farther west, Reno, Nevada or Los Angeles, California?

17. In which state was Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow located?

18. Which was first, the California Gold Rush or the Alaska Gold Rush?

19. How much water do opal stones contain?

20. Do fish sleep with their eyes open or closed?

21. How many credit cards does the average American household have?

22. In the famous Mona Lisa painting, what color are her eyebrows?

23. What historical figure was nicknamed "The Little Corporal"?

24. In a deck of cards, which king does not have a beard?

25. Can air be in a liquid form?


1. Because the vibrations could cause the bridge to collapse.

2. In late summer or early fall.

3. Six sides.

4. Many sides. No special number.

5. It's in Havana harbor, Cuba.

6. Thirty-two teeth.

7. The media—press, radio, television.

8. The opera Carmen.

9. Lake Ladoga, Russia.

10. 360 feet, or 120 yards.

11. A hand position on a billiard table.

12. North America, about one million square miles larger.

13. Named after the twelve constellations.

14. None. No two substances have the same boiling point.

15. Kansas.

16. Reno, Nevada.

17. New York.

18. California 1849. Alaska 1899.

19. Water content is between 2% and 3%.

20. Eyes open.

21. Thirteen.

22. She does not have eyebrows. Women shaved them off at the time.

23. Napoleon Bonaparte.

24. The King of Hearts. (No mustache either.)

25. Yes. Compressed air is liquid.


General trivia Quiz #1

1. What two cities are in Hong Kong?

2. What is the only country in the Americas that does not have an army?

3. How much money is "two bits"? What was a "shin plaster"?

4. Who are the three Bs of classical music?

5. Who composed The Messiah?

6. What do the letters SNAFU stand for?

7. What are greenbacks?

8. Where is the Sea of Cortés?

9. What digit has the same number of letters as its value?

10. Name Europe's famous train that ran between London and Istanbul.

11. Number of squares, letter tiles and original name of the game Scrabble is ...

12. Complete the saying, "Penny wise and ...

13. What are the 4 Hs of the 4-H Clubs?

14. The country with the largest supply of fresh water in the world is ...

15. She lived for 748 moons. How old is she?

16. What is mead?

17. What product was advertised by the slogan "Good to the last drop"?

18. What country is "The land of the rising sun"?

19. What ancient Greek mythical creature was half man and half horse?

20. When and where were the world's two worst nuclear accidental disasters?

21. What was the first product to have a bar code?

22. In a deck of cards, which is the only king without a moustache?

23. What is the common name for halitosis?

24. What are the hours of the First Watch?

25. Who was the first man to set foot on the moon? How did he descend from the lunar module?

General Trivia Quiz #2

1. What is the largest mutual fund company in the world?

2. What has been called the 8th wonder of the world? (clue - finance)

3. What were the two previous names of Istanbul?

4. What were the original names of Ottawa and New York?

5. Who was the first Prime Minister of Israel?

6. From what country did potatoes originate?

7. What river flows below sea level?

8. How would you say Nova Scotia and San Francisco in English?

9. What was the shortest war in history?

10. What is the maximum number of times a piece of paper can be folded?

11. "You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with ..."

12. What are police called in England, France and Italy?


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Table of Contents


Mensa—Densa Challenge-....................2
Mental Flexibility....................5
GENERAL - including....................13
Wonderful Words of Wisdom....................405
Triangles - Squares - Rectangles....................432

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