100 Pub Quiz Questions


Whether you’re after new ideas or you want to test your knowledge, these pub quiz questions and answers are designed to challenge you or the participants. They are split into 6 different rounds: general knowledge, sports, music, movies, history and science.

You can find the correct answers at the end of each round. Have fun!

Pub Quiz Questions – General Knowledge Round

  1. What is the world’s largest land mammal?
  2. Rio de Janeiro is a city in which South American country?
  3. Which Middle Eastern city is also the name of a type of artichoke?
  4. With which sport is Silverstone most associated?
  5. Nostradamus was famous for making what?
  6. In mythology, Romulus and Remus were brought up by which animal?
  7. What is the main source of vitamin C?
  8. Insulin is commonly used to treat which condition?
  9. The first atom bomb was dropped on which Japanese city?
  10. What is dermatophobia the fear of?
  11. The Velocipede was a nineteenth-century prototype of what?
  12. Which is Britain’s oldest Sunday newspaper, published for the first time in 1791?
  13. What was the middle name of Wolfgang Mozart?
  14. What is the art of stuffing animals for preservation?
  15. The term bhp is used when describing the power of a motor vehicle; for what does it stand?
  16. What is Prince William’s second name?
  17. Who invented the Flying Shuttle in 1733?
  18. What does a Geiger Counter measure?
  19. If you were an LLD, what profession would you be involved in?
  20. How many of Henry VIII’s wives were called Anne?

Pub Quiz Round 1 Answers

  1. Elephant
  2. Brazil
  3. Jerusalem
  4. Motor Racing
  5. Predictions
  6. Wolf
  7. Fruits
  8. Diabetes
  9. Hiroshima
  10. The fear of skin disease
  11. A bicycle
  12. Observer
  13. Amadeus
  14. Taxidermy
  15. Brake horse power
  16. Arthur
  17. John Kay
  18. Radiation
  19. The legal profession (Doctor of Law)
  20. Two – Anne Boleyn and Anne of Cleves

Sports Round

  1. The traditional Claret Jug is the trophy awarded to the winner of which annual sporting event?
  2. Who, in 1991, became the first driver to win the first four races of a Formula One grand prix season?
  3. Which former England football international goalkeeper of the 1940s became a journalist and was killed in the Manchester United Munich air disaster?
  4. Tennis. The two girls who won the women’s doubles for the USA at the 1992 Olympic Games had the same surname. What name?
  5. In which country did the first Football World Cup finals take place in 1930?
  6. Cricket. In 1995, Jack Russell took how many catches in a Test to create a new world record?
  7. What was the nationality of Eugenio Monti, a bobsleigh driver who won 11 world titles?
  8. In 2012 Lewis Hamilton announced he was leaving McLaren to drive for which other Formula 1 team?
  9. Who was declared the Sportsman of the Century in 1999 by both the prestigious US magazine ‘Sports Illustrated’ and the BBC?
  10. Which country is regarded as the primary practitioner of the game of polo?
  11. Who has scored a record 277 points in Rugby World Cup football?
  12. Who scored both goals in the final as Manchester United lifted Alex Ferguson’s first European trophy in 1991?
  13. Golf: Which country will host the 2018 Ryder Cup, the first time the competition has been held there?
  14. What is the name of the two Ukrainian brothers who have held boxing World Heavyweight titles in the twenty-first century?
  15. Who was the first black player to play in baseball’s major leagues in 1947 and for which side?
  16. Which country staged the last FIFA World Cup Final of the 20th century outside Europe?

Sports Round Answers

  1. (British) Open (Golf) Championship
  2. Ayrton Senna
  3. Frank Swift
  4. Fernandez
  5. Uruguay
  6. 11
  7. Italian
  8. Mercedes
  9. Muhammad Ali
  10. Argentina
  11. Jonny Wilkinson
  12. Mark Hughes
  13. France (Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris)
  14. Vitaly and Wladimir Klitschko
  15. Jackie Robinson – played for Brooklyn Dodgers
  16. USA

 Music Round – Guess the Lyrics

  1. ‘With the lights out, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us.’
  2. ‘Love forever, love is free, let’s turn forever you and me. Windmill, windmill for the land. Is everybody in?’
  3. ‘Rent a flat above a shop, cut your hair and get a job. Smoke some fags and play some pool, pretend you never went to school.’
  4. ‘You must understand though, the touch of your hand makes my pulse react.’
  5. ‘When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me.’
  6. ‘Mutual misunderstanding after the fact. Sensitivity builds a prison in the final act.’
  7. ‘No clouds in my storms, let it rain, I hydroplane into fame.’
  8. ‘I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be. When we were younger and free, I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet’
  9. ‘Living easy, living free, season ticket on a one-way ride.’
  10. ‘I got this feeling inside my bones, It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on.’
  11. ‘Scare myself to death, That’s why I keep on running; Before I’ve arrived, I can see myself coming’
  12. ‘This love has taken its toll on me; She said goodbye too many times before’
  13. ‘But I don’t care what they say, I’m in love with you; They try to pull me away, but they don’t know the truth’
  14. ‘I’m never gonna dance again, Guilty feet have got no rhythm’
  15. ‘No New Year’s Day to celebrate, No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away’

Music Round Answers

  1. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
  3. Pulp – Common People
  4. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got do to With
  5. The Beatles – Let it Be
  6. Elton John – Sacrifice
  7. Rihanna ft. Jay-Z – Umbrella
  8. Adele – Hello
  9. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  10. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling
  11. Robin Williams – Feel
  12. Maroon 5 – This Love
  13. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  14. George Michael – Careless Whisper
  15. Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You

Movie/TV Round

  1. Which British actor died whilst still filming his supporting role in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator?
  2. ‘The Godfather’ was released in 1972; who played the title role?
  3. What is the name of the villain in the first Superman movie (1980) played by Gene Hackman?
  4. Which British actor won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his work in the HBO drama series ‘Homeland’?
  5. Who plays a predatory femme fatale and the FBI agent tracking her down in the 1987 thriller ‘Black Widow’?
  6. ‘God Bless America’ was a 2012 movie made by which comic film-maker and actor?
  7. Which film concerns the declaration of war by Freedonia against neighbouring Sylvania?
  8. Who starred in the defining 1958 Hammer Horror version of Dracula as the urbane but terrifying Count, and who played his nemesis, Van Helsing?
  9. What is the name of the possessed girl played by Linda Blair in ‘The Exorcist’?
  10. Which influential and controversial 1970s thriller starring Clint Eastwood featured a serial killer called Scorpio
  11. Who won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of American activist Malcolm X?
  12. Which two actors have played Spider-Man in Hollywood versions of the story in the twenty-first century?
  13. Who was I in the ‘I Am Legend’?
  14. What was Alex Haley’s slave drama, screened in the 1970s and still one of the most watched dramas in the US TV history?
  15. Which TV show detailed the planned invasion of earth by an alien force called the ‘Visitors’?
  16. Which Bruce starred in “Die Hard”?
  17. Who played James Bond in “For Your Eyes Only”?

Movie/TV Round Answers

  1. Oliver Reed
  2. Marlon Brando
  3. Lex Luthor
  4. Damien Lewis
  5. Teresa Russell and Debra Winger
  6. Bobcat Goldthwait
  7. Duck Soup
  8. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing
  9. Regan
  10. Dirty Harry
  11. Denzel Washington
  12. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield
  13. Will Smith
  14. Roots
  15. V (1983 miniseries)
  16. Willis
  17. Roger Moore

History Round

  1. 1 August 1990 saw 100,000 Iraqi troops invade which neighbouring state, sparking off the first Gulf War?
  2. On 19 August 1968, Soviet tanks rolled into which country?
  3. In which month of which year did the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor?
  4. Which empire, led by which charismatic general, conquered a vast part of Europe (Hungary, most of Ukraine, much of Germany and Poland and parts of the Balkans) in the fifth century, before the empire dissolved just as quickly after the death of the leader?
  5. In which year did the Battle of Waterloo take place?
  6. Which volcano erupted in 1906, causing huge damage and over 100 deaths in the city of Naples?
  7. Whose rebel army threw the Spanish out of Venezuela in 1821?
  8. Which country became the first to give women the vote in 1893?
  9. Which city was the first capital of the Russian Empire in the ninth century? a)Yeliky Novgorod    b)Omsk      c)St Petersburg
  10. Who led the Galic tribes in their resistance to Julius Caesar’s Roman legions?
  11. Who was Prime Minister when Britain joined the European Union?
  12. The Soviet Union and seven other countries signed which mutual assistance treaty in 1955?
  13. Who was the Scottish general, with his Coldstream Guards, who was instrumental in the restoration of Charles II as monarch in 1660?
  14. What was the first perforated UK postage stamp, issued in 1854?
  15. What name is given to 8 May to mark the unconditional surrender of the German Army at the end of World War II?
  16. Which country was invaded during Operation Barbarossa?
  17. What was the nationality of dancer Mata Hari, shot as spy?

History Round Answers

  1. Kuweit
  2. Czechoslovakia
  3. December 1941
  4. The Huns, led by Attila
  5. 1815
  6. Mount Vesuvius
  7. Simon Bolivar
  8. New Zealand
  9. a) Yeliky Novgorod
  10. Vercingetorix
  11. Ted Heath
  12. Warsaw Pact
  13. General George Monck
  14. Penny Red
  15. VE Day
  16. USSR
  17. Dutch

Science Round

  1. Roughly what proportion of their DNA do humans and chimpanzees share: 77%, 92% or 98.5% ?
  2. What name is given to a biological process that sets itself naturally to a 24 hours cycle?
  3. Which side of the brain would be mostly used to evaluate whether a new wardrobe fits into the space available in a bedroom?
  4. What was the name of the spaceship from which the final lunar landing took place and in which year was it?
  5. The chemical symbol Y denotes which uncommon metal?
  6. Particle accelerators were first devised so scientists could reproduce what conditions?
  7. What is the measure of electrical charge?
  8. An absence of the SRY gene means what for a human being?
  9. What typically makes up between 0.5% and 3% of the dry weight of tobacco?
  10. What is the hard, set polymer used in old-fashioned telephones and electrical insulators?
  11. What is the third most common gas in the earth’s atmosphere after Nitr0gen and Oxygen?
  12. Zn is the symbol of which chemical element?
  13. Who gave his name to a unit of radioactivity?
  14. Who is best known for his theory of black holes?
  15. Which English chemist discovered the most elements?

Science Round Answers

  1. 98.5%
  2. Circadian rhythm
  3. Right side
  4. Apollo 17 in 1972
  5. Yttrium
  6. Those of the Big Bang
  7. Coulomb
  8. It means the human is a she (the presence of the sex-determining region Y gene is the specific factor which leads to maleness in mammals)
  9. Nicotine
  10. Bakelite
  11. Argon
  12. Zinc
  13. Bequerel (previously Curie, after Marie Curie) – thanks Károly Cseh!
  14. Stephen Hawking
  15. Humphry Davy