Fun questions that many people can enjoy answering correctly are paired with more challenging bonuses for the game's Trivia Rounds. Final Round questions do not have bonuses.
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Trivia Round Sample Questions
- Q: When created in 1865, what was the first and primary mission of the US Secret Service?
- A: To Supress Counterfeiting
- Bonus: In 1950 and 1981, Secret Service agents bravely took bullets in the line of duty while protecting which two presidents?
- A: Reagan and Truman
- Q: What oceanfront town, which calls itself "Your Home For Family Fun Since 1913" is the location where the epic reality TV show Jersey Shore was filmed?
- A: Seaside Heights, NJ
- Bonus: What Jersey Shore cast member is the only main character on the show who is actually from New Jersey?
- A: Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola
- Q: In the 1990s blockbuster video game Mortal Kombat, what special sequences are executed against beaten opponents to finish them with a gruesome death?
- A: Fatalities
- Bonus: What company, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009, was the original devloper of Mortal Kombat, along with Ms. Pac Man, Spy Hunter, and NBA Jam?
- A: Midway
- Q: One of Columbus' first discoveries, what is the name given to the seismically-active island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic?
- A: Hispaniola
- Bonus: Named for the patron saint of astronomers, what is the capital city of the Dominican Republic?
- A: Santo Domingo
Foods & Beverages
- Q: Sometimes called the green fairy, what Bohemian spirit containing the psychoactive chemical thujone was banned in the US for 95 years, until recent re-legalization of a diluted version?
- A: Absinthe
- Bonus: Traditionally a cure for intestinal parasites, what is the common name of the herb that gives the spirit its psychoactive properties?
- A: Wormwood
- Q: The second pick in the 1999 NBA draft, Steve Francis, controversially refused to play for what expansion team that now plays its home games in Tennessee?
- A: The Grizzlies
- Bonus: What Spanish player helped transform this team into a playoff club, winning the 2002 Rookie of the Year Award under the management of Jerry West?
- A: Pau Gasol
- Q: What blonde pop star from Nashville, who got her big break with Flo Rida in 2009, dominated the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in early 2010 with the first 1 single of the decade?
- A: Ke$ha (Kesha Sebert)
- Bonus: What record label and rap collaboration featuring rising stars Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga topped the Billboard Rap Chart during the same time period with its single, BedRock?
- A: Young Money
- Q: What Canadian actress played roles in numerous indie films, including Stephanie in Sideways, before her most well known role on TV's Grey's Anatomy?
- A: Sandra Oh
- Bonus: In the movie Sideways, the main characters speak fondly of what red wine varietal, leading to a 16% increase in US sales following the film's release?
- A: Pinot Noir
- Q: Established in 1958 as "GoldStar" and changing its name in 1995, what global technology company is a leading producer of flat panel TVs and mobile handsets?
- A: LG
- Bonus: Following its acquisition of Sanyo, what conglomerate which also sells under the brands National and Technics, is now the largest electronics company in Japan, by revenue?
- A: Panasonic
- Q: What jewelry designer from Florence Italy is known for creating many of Tiffany's best-selling items including the famous 'teardrop' and 'open heart' designs?
- A: Elsa Peretti
- Bonus: What architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain has also designed jewelry for Tiffany's since 2006?
- A: Frank Gehry
Foods & Beverages
- Q: What is the more common and perhaps vulgar name for the classic English dessert of boiled suet pudding studded with bits of dried fruit such as raisins or currants?
- A: Spotted Dick
- Bonus: What four word name for a granola bar made by Nature Valley tempts consumers with the delight of two gustatory sensations from an earthy, edible kernel?
- A: Sweet and Salty Nut
- Q: What landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by 5 other countries, is ruled by a communist government from its capital, Vientiane?
- A: Laos
- Bonus: What river on this country's southern border, whose English name starts with M, is second only to the Amazon in terms of the number of natural species it supports?
- A: Mekong
- Q: "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside." Such is the advice of Kelly Cutrone, former employer of Lauren Conrad and Bravo reality TV diva on what show about the fashion industry?
- A: Kell On Earth
- Bonus: Cutrone has been compared to what other fashion reality TV star, famous for catchphrases such as "I die" and "Shut it down?"
- A: Rachel Zoe
Science & Medicine
- Q: A synthetically derived statin, cholesterol-lowering atorvastatin is the best selling prescription drug in history, sold by Pfizer under what brand name?
- A: Lipitor
- Bonus: What fungus named for a mollusk is considered the best dietary source of natural statins?
- A: Oyster Mushroom
- Q: The subject of a winter 2010 exhibition at the MoMA, what American film director made a name for himself with dark and quirky-themed films such as Edward Scissorhands and the Nightmare Before Christmas?
- A: Tim Burton
- Bonus: A perennial on tabloids' worst-dressed lists, what is the name of his wife, who played Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film series?
- A: Helena Bonham Carter
- Q: The Christian Science Church, whose followers are known to refuse modern medical treatment, is headquartered at a 14-acre complex with a large reflecting pool in the center of what US city?
- A: Boston, MA
- Bonus: Having a similar name but totally different beliefs, what famous science fiction writer founded the Church of Scientology 56 years ago as an incorporated business in Camden, NJ?
- A: L. Ron Hubbard
Final Round Sample Questions
- Q: What style of painting from the late 19th century, popularized by Georges Seurat, could be considered an early precursor to dot matrix printing techniques?
- A: Pointillism
- Q: What type of men's casual shirt, deriving its name from the site of a famous English regatta, features a 4 to 6 inch placket below the neckline?
- A: Henley Shirt
- Q: What psychoactive drug, which grows naturally as a pink-flowering plant, is illegal in most US states unless consumed as part of certain religious ceremonies?
- A: Peyote
- Q: With approximately 3.9 billion people, Asia is the world's most populous continent. What is the second most populous continent?
- A: Africa