Can you distinguish fact from fiction? Truth from myth? And how good is your general knowledge? This fun quiz will present you with short statements – and you have to decide whether they are true or false. Are you up for it? Then let’s play!

1. Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America.

  • True
  • False

✔️Right Answer: True

2. The sun revolves around the Earth.

  • True
  • False

✔️Right Answer: False

3. Chocolate is bad for dogs.

  • True
  • False

✔️Right Answer: True

4. Peanut butter was invented by George Washington Carver.

  • True
  • False

✔️Right Answer: False

5. Japan has left-hand traffic.

  • True
  • False

✔️Right Answer: True

6. If you have a flu, antibiotics will get rid of it.

  • True
  • False

✔️Right Answer: False

7. Bananas are berries.

  • True
  • False

✔️Right Answer: True

8. Albert Einstein failed at math classes.

  • False – but he failed at German classes
  • True – he even stayed down a year
  • False – but he failed his first university entrance exam
  • True – he was generally not a very good student

✔️Right Answer: False – but he failed his first university entrance exam

9. A blue whale’s blood vessels are wide enough for a human to swim through.

  • True – Sometimes whole swallowed sharks end up in the blood stream
  • False – But you could squeeze through the blowhole
  • True – And their heart is the size of a car
  • False – They’re no wider than the average human’s

✔️Right Answer: True – And their heart is the size of a car

10. Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid.

  • False – His real name is Alistair Cookie
  • False – Cookie Monster is his actual name
  • True – And his family name is Weisenheimer
  • True – And he had a purple antecedent named Arnold

✔️Right Answer: True – And he had a purple antecedent named Arnold

11. In the United States, 7000 people pass away each year because of their doctor’s sloppy handwriting.

  • False – pharmacists always confirm prescriptions
  • True – The pen lobby blocks the introduction of electronic prescriptions
  • True – and another 1.5 million are injured
  • False – the real number is about 250

✔️Right Answer: True – and another 1.5 million are injured

12. Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn Monroe were born the same year.

  • True – They were even born on the same day
  • False – Marilyn was born years before the queen
  • False – The queen was born years before Marilyn
  • True – They were both born in 1926

✔️Right Answer: True – They were both born in 1926

13. In Old English, “the” was spelled and pronounced “ye”.

  • True – And “these” was spelled “yese”
  • False
  • True
  • False – The spelling is an invention of American carnies

✔️Right Answer: False

14. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.

  • False – He just developed the first practical one
  • False – He invented the gas light
  • True – He just couldn’t make it mass producible
  • True – He also invented X-ray photography

✔️Right Answer: False – He just developed the first practical one

15. Sherlock Holmes was a real person.

  • False – But his brother Mycroft was based on a politician by the same name
  • True – But Dr Watson was the alter ego of author Arthur Conan Doyle
  • True – But his address, 221B Baker Street, was made up to keep fans away
  • False – But the character was inspired by Joseph Bell, a surgeon with similar skills

✔️Right Answer: False – But the character was inspired by Joseph Bell, a surgeon with similar skills

16. The officers in Rembrandt’s painting, “The Night Watch”, are bathed in sunlight.

  • True – The title is incorrect and was added later
  • True – The correct title is “The Sun Smiles at Frans Cocand His Company”
  • False – It’s moonlight, but chemical processes have tinted the highlights yellow
  • False – The scene is supposed to be illuminated by fire

✔️Right Answer: True – The title is incorrect and was added later

17. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth above sea level.

  • False – Mauna Kea is
  • True – It’s also the highest mountain above the centre of the earth
  • False – Chimborazo is
  • True – It beats K2 by almost 240 metres

✔️Right Answer: True – It beats K2 by almost 240 metres

18. Unscramble the sentence below – is it true or false?

  • True – HITWE WOSC EMAK ALLIVAN KLIM
  • False – CLABK SCOW OD
  • False
  • True

✔️Right Answer: False

19. How many words can you find that make this a TRUE factual statement: Cats are _______? 

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

✔️Right Answer: 6

20. Unscramble the sentence below and then choose the answer with the correct truth value.

  • Completely false
  • 2/3 true
  • Completely true
  • 2/3 false

✔️Right Answer: 2/3 true