50 College Trivia Questions and Answers

Welcome to our ultimate college trivia challenge! Whether you’re a seasoned academic or just a trivia enthusiast, this list promises to test your knowledge across a broad range of subjects — from science and math to literature and history. Compiled with the intellectually curious in mind, these 50 questions are designed to engage, challenge, and perhaps even stump you. So grab a pen, gather some friends, or simply test yourself. How many can you answer correctly?

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1. What is the derivative of sin(x)?

2. Who formulated the theory of general relativity?

3. Who wrote ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’?

4. What is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana?

5. What is the most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere?

6. What is the capital of Belarus?

7. What is the powerhouse of the cell?

8. What does the ‘P’ stand for in OOP?

9. What is the highest-grossing film of all time, unadjusted for inflation?

10. What is the pH level of pure water?

11. What are the four bases of DNA?

12. Who wrote ‘The Republic’?

13. What is the derivative of ln(x)?

14. Which country has the largest land area?

15. What is the SI unit of electric current?

16. What is the first element on the periodic table?

17. Which philosopher coined the phrase ‘I think, therefore I am’?

18. What is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system?

19. What is the currency of Switzerland?

20. Which artist painted ‘Starry Night’?

21. Which planet is known as the ‘Red Planet’?

22. What is the chemical formula for water?

23. What is the square root of -1?

24. Who is the author of ‘War and Peace’?

25. What is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

26. What does CPU stand for?

27. What is the primary language spoken in Argentina?

28. Who developed the first polio vaccine?

29. What does LASER stand for?

30. Who wrote ‘The Canterbury Tales’?

31. What is the sum of angles in a triangle?

32. Who is credited with the invention of calculus?

33. What is the atomic number of carbon?

34. What is the derivative of e^x?

35. Which war was fought between 1914 and 1918?

36. Who is the author of ‘Don Quixote’?

37. Which famous equation relates mass to energy?

38. What is the study of fungi called?

39. Who is the author of ‘Brave New World’?

40. Which planet is known for its Great Red Spot?

41. What is the currency of Sweden?

42. What is the boiling point of water at sea level in Celsius?

43. Who is the author of ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments’?

44. Which amino acid is coded by the start codon AUG?

45. Who is known for the phrase ‘Cogito, ergo sum’?

46. What is the symbol for the element Mercury?

47. What is the smallest prime number?

48. Who discovered penicillin?

49. Which neurotransmitter is associated with pleasure and reward?

50. What does the Scoville scale measure?

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