Train for SporcleCon 2024 With Our Bootcamp Blitz

Train for SporcleCon 2024 With Our Bootcamp Blitz

Are you gearing up for SporcleCon 2024? Ready to turn those trivia weaknesses into strengths? At the first SporcleCon in 2022, we introduced Bootcamp Blitzes, designed to help trivia enthusiasts master tricky topics. While we won’t be repeating the Bootcamp Blitzes this year, the insights and information from those sessions still hold up today, and we’ve adapted them into a study guide that will help you hone your trivia skills!

Each year, Sporcle Events asks thousands of questions in pubs nationwide, and we’ve identified some of the subjects that stump trivia enthusiasts the most. This mini-bootcamp is designed to help you master these tricky topics, so you’re fully prepared to ace any and all events at SporcleCon 2024.

Each section of this post covers the people, places, and things we ask about most often. You’ll get tips on clues that might help you guess when you’re stuck, quick facts, and even some sample questions you can use to quiz yourself! (Answers at the bottom of the post.)


Art

Art can be a tricky pub quiz category because it covers a wide range of topics spanning practically all of human history. Recognizing key figures and their masterpieces can give you a significant edge. Common answers in this category include iconic artists like Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci. Knowing a few of their famous works and notable contributions is always a plus as well.

Most Common Art Answers

Other Common Answers

Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet

Sample Questions

  1. Regarding one of his early works, what artist is often attributed to the quote, “I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free”?
  2. Considered their first work, Le petit picador jaune (or The little yellow bullfighter) is an oil on wood painting created by this Spanish artist when they were just eight years old.
  3. Purchased by Bill Gates in 1994 for $30.8 million, Codex Hammer is a notebook that contains a number of scientific musings from which Renaissance artist and polymath?
  4. The Red Vineyard near Arles is supposedly the only painting by which artist that was sold during their lifetime?
  5. In 1968, what artist was credited with the line, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”?

Astronomy

Astronomy often challenges quiz-goers with its vast array of celestial bodies and natural phenomena. Despite its complexity, the category remains popular because of the captivating mysteries of our cosmos. Key answers to remember include planets like Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars. Beyond those, knowing moons and other large Solar System objects can also help.

Most Common Astronomy Answers

Other Common Answers

Saturn, Neptune

Sample Questions

  1. In 2011, which outer planet completed its first full orbit around the Sun since its discovery in 1846?
  2. Two NASA missions have explored this planet – Mariner 10 was the first to fly by it, and MESSENGER was the first to orbit it.
  3. Which of the planets is named for the Roman god who ate his children upon their births?
  4. The largest and highest mountain in the Solar System, Olympus Mons is a volcano located on what planet?
  5. With an average rotation just under 10 hours, what planet has the shortest day of all the planets in the Solar System?

Best Picture Winners

Recalling Best Picture winners can be tricky, but it’s a rewarding challenge for movie buffs. Frequent for Best Picture questions include iconic films such as The Godfather, Gone With the Wind, and Dances With Wolves. Familiarizing yourself with these classics and their notable achievements will prepare you to ace any film-related questions.

Most Common Best Picture Winner Answers

Other Common Answers

Schindler’s List, The Hurt Locker

Sample Questions

  1. Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar for her role in what 1939 Best Picture winner?
  2. Author Mario Puzo wrote what novel, which was adapted into a Best Picture-winning film in the 1970s?
  3. Though it would become his first to win a Best Director Oscar, Steven Spielberg was initially reluctant to direct what Best Picture-winning film, feeling that he was not prepared to tackle the subject matter?
  4. What Oscar-winning film was an adaptation of a 1988 American Civil War novel by Michael Blake?
  5. In what Academy Award-winning film does actor Jeremy Renner play Sergeant First Class William James?

Elements

Elements from the periodic table are a staple in trivia due to their fundamental role in science and everyday life. Often, questions in this category test your knowledge of elemental discoveries, chemical properties, and symbols. Some of the common answers in this category are Oxygen, Carbon, and Nitrogen. With elements, it’s beneficial to not only know their names, but also understand how they are used.

Most Common Elements Answers

Other Common Answers

Argon, Helium

Sample Questions

  1. Diamonds are primarily composed of what element?
  2. Which gaseous element forms about 21% of the Earth’s atmosphere, and is a product of photosynthesis?
  3. What element is commonly used in laser technology, including the ArF excimer laser used to do LASIK surgeries that correct vision?
  4. The French chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier originally called what element azote, meaning “without life”?
  5. What chemical element has the lowest boiling point?

Presidents

With U.S. Presidents, it is helpful to know a few key facts for some of the more popular presidents, as well as having a general sense for their terms and overall impact. Common answers in this category include Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Abraham Lincoln. Challenge yourself to learn their vice presidents and other notable contemporaries, and you’ll be good to go!

Most Common Presidents Answers

Other Common Answers

Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush

Sample Questions

  1. In 1962, which future U.S. president wrote the book Six Crises, which recounted his roles in six major political situations?
  2. What U.S. president signed the bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?
  3. Signed by Menachem Begin and Anwar El Sadat, what world leader witnessed the first peace treaty between Israel and any Arab Nation?
  4. Which U.S. president was the first to be born outside of the 13 original colonies?
  5. In the 1960s, what future president was the head cheerleader at Phillips Academy high school?

Get Your Tickets for SporcleCon 2024!

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Answers

Art: 1) Michelangelo 2) Pablo Picasso 3) Leonardo da Vinci 4) Vincent van Gogh 5) Andy Warhol

Astronomy: 1) Neptune 2) Mercury 3) Saturn 4) Mars 5) Jupiter

Best Picture Winners: 1) Gone With the Wind 2) The Godfather 3) Schindler’s List 4) Dances With Wolves 5) The Hurt Locker

Elements: 1) Carbon 2) Oxygen 3) Argon 4) Nitrogen 5) Helium

Presidents: 1) Richard Nixon 2) Ronald Reagan 3) Jimmy Carter 4) Abraham Lincoln 5) George W. Bush

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