Q1: In 1961 the Soviet Union and then the United States did so, but it wasn’t until 2003 that this country became the third to send its own manned spacecraft into space.

A:  Germany





Q2: The famous books “A Farewell to Arms”, “The Guns of August”, and “All Quiet on the Western Front” are about, or based on, which international conflict?

A: Crimean War

    World War I

    World War II

    American Revolutionary War


Q3: Although 26 countries have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Italy has garnered the most. Their 14 wins far surpasses all countries except this one, which runs a close second with 12.

A: Sweden





Q4: Brazil, Germany and Italy are the top three countries all-time for number of ________

A: McDonald’s restaurants outside the US

    Women in Space

    Nobel Prizes for economic science

    FIFA World Cup Soccer wins


Q5: The UK, France, and the US top the United Nations’ list of countries having the most non-self-governing territories. Which of these is NOT one of those territories?

A: Guam

    Cayman Islands

    Faroe Islands

    New Caledonia


Q6: Which of the following became the first permanent and independent country to grant women the right to vote nationally, in 1893?

A: New Zealand





Q7: In 1911 Roald Amundsen of Norway led the first expedition to the geographical South Pole. How much sooner did they arrive there than a British party led by Robert Falcon Scott?

A: Five Days

    Four Months

    Five Weeks

    Four Years


Q8: Which of these four cars or trucks (which may have gone through various name variations along the way) leads the world in all-time international automobile sales?

A: Volkswagen Beetle (Germany)

    AvtoVAZ Lada (Russia)

    Ford F-Series (US)

    Toyota Corolla (Japan)


Q9: At the start of the Great Western Schism (c. 1379), France & Scotland were among nations supporting the papal claim of Clement VII; while England, Portugal, and others supported that of Urban VI. Which two regions were their respective residences?

A: Avignon and Florence

    Avignon and Rome

    Aquitaine and Rome

    Aquitaine and Florence


Q10: Since the mid-19th century, International World’s Fairs and “Expos” have showcased countries’ industry, arts and culture; inherently resulting in technological and design one-upmanship. Which two cities have hosted them the most?

A: New York and Barcelona

    Paris and Brussels

    Vienna and Tokyo

    London and Chicago


Q11: The nuclear arms race during the “Cold War” between the US and the USSR eventually included the development of the Hydrogen Bomb. In which decade did these two nations conduct their first successful tests of this weapon?

A: 1940s





Q12: Nordic nations typically do well in the Winter Olympic Games. Which of these has won the most winter medals all-time?

A: Denmark




Source: (click on the All-Time Medals link there)

Q13: European expansion in the Age of Discovery of the 15th & 16th centuries was spearheaded by Spain and Portugal. Which of the following famous explorers is the Spaniard of these four?

A: Bartholomeu Dias

    Vasco Núñez de Balboa

    Fernão de Magalhães

    Vasco da Gama



Q14: Surprisingly to many, Nigeria has far more world top-100 ranked players than any other country in this international competition, often owing to their proficiency with short words during events.

A: Scrabble

    Hang man


    Word Search


Q15: The race to construct the world’s tallest building may never cease. The current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, surpassed the previous tallest one (the Taipei 101) by approximately what percent?

A: 63%

    Only .5%