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Easy U.S. General Knowledge

Even if you're not an American, you'll probably be able to answer most of these American general knowledge questions.
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First submittedAugust 7, 2017
Last updatedNovember 14, 2018
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Who ran against George W. Bush in the Presidential election of 2000?
Al Gore
What is the most well-known canyon in the United States?
Grand Canyon
Who was President of the U.S. during the Civil War?
Abraham Lincoln
What does the Hershey company make?
Chocolate
What does the S stand for in ESPN?
Sports
What is the last name of Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie, and Lisa?
Simpson
What American city has the largest casino industry?
Las Vegas
Which American auto companies are known as the "Big 3"?
General Motors
Ford
Chrysler
What is the longest river in North America?
Mississippi / Missouri
What is the city with the largest population in Illinois?
Chicago
Who created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse?
Walt Disney
What sport is played at Pebble Beach?
Golf
During the Civil War, Union soldiers wore blue. What color did rebel soldiers wear?
Gray
What country attacked the United States on a "day that will live in infamy"?
Japan
In what board game can you trade in 4 houses for a hotel?
Monopoly
What widely-disliked company is the largest provider of cable TV in the US?
Comcast
What product was introduced by Steve Jobs in 2007?
iPhone
Who is all-time leading scorer for the Cleveland Cavaliers?
LeBron James
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level 72
Aug 6, 2017
Ugh. Typed "sport" and I didn't get a point.
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level 72
Aug 7, 2017
Me too!
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level 45
Oct 23, 2017
same so I thought maybe id been wrong for years and missed it out
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level 38
Oct 24, 2017
I read it as the E in ESPN. It's late...
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level 57
Aug 7, 2017
couldn't think of "Chrysler" for the life of me... kept thinking it should be "Chevy" or "Chevrolet." smh...
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level 16
Aug 7, 2017
Yeah I wrote chevy and chevrolet but not chrysler :(
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level 79
Aug 7, 2017
Chrysler is not really an "American" auto company any more; Fiat purchased it in 2014.
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level 70
Aug 8, 2017
Chrysler (and Jeep) are no less American than they were when the company was owned by Daimler in the early 2000s. The subsidiary company maintains its headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, a suburb of Detroit. Fiat is technically an English company, with its global corporate headquarters domiciled in London, for tax purposes. Fiat is no more an English carmaker than Chrysler is an Italian one.
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level 62
Oct 23, 2017
I can see where you are probably confused, because chrysler doesn't make cars, they make rolling death traps.
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level 72
Sep 11, 2018
Yeah, yeah. F(ound) O(ff) R(oad) D(ead) and The Heartbeat is a flatline. Never been a slave to a giant company buying one brand's product loyally.
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level 38
Jun 2, 2019
same
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level 67
Aug 7, 2017
All but, Gore, James and Comcast
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level 49
Oct 23, 2017
last time I looked, three losers.
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level 38
Jun 2, 2019
How the hell did you not get Gore or James???
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level 72
Jul 5, 2019
Why would a non-NBA fan (99.99% of the outside world) know a player for a team in Cleveland or even recognize what the Cavaliers are?
Our regional team is the Celtics who are the most storied team in basketball history, the team for the state where basketball was invented in the 1890s and I couldn't tell you a single player since the Larry Bird era 30+ years ago.
Could not care one quark.
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level 55
Aug 7, 2017
Missed Walt Disney.
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level 83
Aug 8, 2017
Too American. :P
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level 79
Aug 8, 2017
Well, then, try the quiz "Easy Nauruan General Knowledge"!
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level 77
Sep 25, 2017
Hershey Chocolate, Comcast and Lebron James are not easy for non-americans.
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level 61
Oct 23, 2017
Hershey chocolate and Lebron James are easy enough. Lebron James is probably the most famous athlete in America. He is the star player of a sport that has a major presence overseas. I don't know anything about soccer, but I know Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi. If a question asked for Real Madrid's leading scorer, I could at least take a few educated guesses at who it might be. Same thing with the Cavaliers question. The first guesses in some order should be Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Stephen Curry, and Lebron James.
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level 75
Oct 23, 2017
If you've seen American films chances are you've heard of Hershey's too.
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level 77
Oct 23, 2017
I barely know that name, and I don't know what are the Cleveland Cavaliers. As for Hershey, ok, I never encountered that name in any movie but I admit I'm not really into cinema.
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level 69
Apr 17, 2018
Rooney, Ronaldo and Messi are international stars. James may be big in the US, but is not well known outside (the name rings a bell for me and before doing this quiz I would be able to tell you he did some sort of sport thing in the US, but knew nothing more specific than that). Hershey's we have in Australia, so that wasn't tricky. Comcast was my second guess after AT&T - I'm not really sure why I know that, but I do.
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level 63
Oct 23, 2017
Hershey is fairly easy - no idea about the other two though
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level 36
Feb 6, 2018
But I am sure Al Gore is all the rage in Europe?
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level 51
Oct 11, 2017
Got all but Comcast.
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level 49
Oct 23, 2017
Spent too much time on the pebble Beach question, so I didn't get to finish typing James :(
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level 69
Oct 23, 2017
What is ComCast and why is it hated?
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level 59
Oct 23, 2017
It's a huge communications company, and it's hated because it offers crap service for high prices and for many Americans it's Comcast or nothing, so they're free to screw you over unless you want to live in a permanent 1995.
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level 45
Oct 23, 2017
so bit like Talk Talk in the UK
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level 35
Oct 24, 2017
so bit like Telmex in Mexico, except it actually is as bad as the others
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level 53
Jan 3, 2018
@Lumi- They can't brainwash people if their internet can't even run well :D
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level 45
Oct 23, 2017
Haha, I typed grey instead of gray and it got excepted on a quiz about the USA!
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level 66
Oct 23, 2017
We'll make an exception and accept both grey and gray. :)
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level 49
Oct 23, 2017
Tris Speaker was known as "The Grey Eagle," and, as everyone knows (except my daughter's boyfriend), he was baseball's greatest center fielder from 1907-1928.
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level 72
Jul 5, 2019
Yeah, we all remember 91 to 112 years ago. Good times.
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level 36
Oct 23, 2017
I've read so many English novels since I was a kid that I always thought it was "grey." I stumble when "gray" is required. We see a lot of "grey" here--not just books but movie titles, etc.
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level 45
Oct 23, 2017
i typed GREY as im English and its the correct spelling and i didn't get it right please let this be accepted
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level 47
Oct 23, 2017
not on this side of the pond
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level 72
Jul 5, 2019
The Angles (as in Anglisch language) used an A, grau. The surname in England commonly retains Gray. Why the English arbitrarily changed the correct spelling in the years since the split with the American colonies is a mystery. Same reason they suddenly changed the correct traditional Latin -er suffix to the French -re in the 1800s. They just prefer foreign spelling over traditional English.
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level 77
Oct 23, 2017
... I think these questions are still pretty easy... but given the quiz description explaining that this is aimed at non-US audiences, I feel like there are a few questions that were poorly selected. Many non-Americans probably don't know/care/remember who ran against Bush in 2000 (the election fiasco not being as big of a story overseas), most non-Americans have never watched ESPN, and I wouldn't be surprised if they had never heard of ComCast or LeBron James. The ComCast question in particular seems like something that only Americans would actually know.
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level 36
Oct 23, 2017
This was the election when Bush sued in the US Supreme Ct to stop vote counting. When they recounted votes in a public non-governmental count paid for by the newspapers in Florida, it turns out Gore won. Not in the limited recount of the Supreme Court ruling, but if you read the article announcing the results, they admit in the third paragraph that Gore won when all regular votes were counted. Even though up to 40,000 Floridians were disenfranchised....originating the term "cleansing the voter rolls." According to the CEO of Home Depot, who owned the firm hired, when he reported he found few felons, aliens, etc, to remove, he was told to err on the side of taking away the vote--so if a woman 29 yrs old shared a last name with a 60-yr-old male felon, she had to cast a "provisional ballot," something also introduced in this election, never counted and destroyed shortly thereafter. These procedures now have all become a part of America's elections, "targeting" voters.....
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level 77
Oct 23, 2017
As a Belgian, I wouldn't complain about the Bush-Gore question, it's a pretty famous election, I clearly remember the suspense with Florida and all that. Of course, it's even easier because Al Gore has remained famous for other reasons.
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level 77
Oct 24, 2017
Fair enough. But Comcast?
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level 77
Oct 24, 2017
As I said above, no idea about Comcast, LeBron James or Hershey.
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level 72
Jul 5, 2019
It was a famous highway outside Harrisburg.
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level 60
Dec 22, 2017
yeah, as a non-American I agree. I expected the questions to be more about stuff the USA is famous for, not who provides your cable TV :D
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level 44
Oct 23, 2017
Got 'em all with 1:30 left. Struggled trying to remember who ran against Bush in 2000. Kept thinking Dukakis but duh... finally the hanging chads kicked in and remembered Gore.
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level 44
Oct 23, 2017
Might I add, nice dig against Comcast. The most loathed company in America! It truly is the most unfriendly customer service and always dumfounded when calling in, takes 5 transfers to even get the right person. This is a near Monopoly because in those areas unless you go with Satellite you have no cable choice.
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level 55
Oct 23, 2017
Good quiz, although I agree you have to live in or spent significant time in the states to ever hear about Comcast (I actually kept typing ATT). As for Lebron, I think he is fairly well known worldwide.
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level 66
Oct 23, 2017
Did you know that Monopoly was actually invented to show how bad sharecropping was?
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level 22
Oct 23, 2017
I very sadly missed the Comcast and the Simpsons question... I barely watch any tv...
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level 49
Oct 23, 2017
Can you accept Grey as well as Gray
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level 50
Oct 24, 2017
What on earth are the Cleveland Cavaliers? Newsflash for Americans: nobody in other countries plays American football or baseball, basketball is not that big in most countries either.
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level 53
Jan 3, 2018
Which is why it is called "U.S General Knowledge." You weren't forced to know everything on this quiz.
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level 67
Jan 24, 2019
No one in other countries play baseball???? South Korea, Japan, Cuba, Venezuela, The DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Panama, Canada (which also has MLB teams) play damn well. Mexico, UK, the Netherlands, Italy, China, Nicaragua, and Colombia play in World Cup Baseball. Most (all? not sure) of these countries have players in the MLB.
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level 48
Oct 6, 2019
Should I go on the Germany General Knowledge quiz and say the same thing? Or would I just be an "ignorant American"?
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level 61
Oct 24, 2017
I don't follow Basketball, and Comcast doesn't exist in the St. Louis area, so I guess this isn't common knowledge for all Americans. If the quiz stuck to common knowledge it would be easy for most Americans.
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level 59
Oct 24, 2017
Jefferson Davis was also a president during the Civil War. In fact, it was the only time there were 2 sitting presidents in office.
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level 51
Oct 24, 2017
But Jefferson Davis was not president of the United States.
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level 51
Oct 24, 2017
Monopoly is a British boardgame!
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level 51
Oct 24, 2017
It isn't, it was fundamentally derived from a board game called The Landlords Game created by American woman Elizabeth Magie
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level 61
Oct 25, 2017
It's also based on Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is not British at all.
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level 46
Oct 25, 2017
All the properties are from London though, I always figured it was English. Unless they have different properties in the US? In Australia they are the London ones. Would feel weird if you weren't going for Mayfair and Park Lane etc.
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level 80
Jun 15, 2018
You can learn about the differences on JetPunk, you know. There are quizzes for the UK and US versions of the board (maybe more). Definitely not the same properties.
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level 77
Nov 6, 2017
It's funny how convinced British people are that they invented certain things (Monopoly, The Internet, I had one guy I met argue vehemently that Woolworth's was British- it's not). It's not like it's hard to look up. Monopoly, AND "The Landlord's Game" which it was based on, are both from the USA. The original version was produced by Parker Brothers, and American company, and the original Monopoly board featured properties from Atlantic City. The version with London properties is a knock-off. The two most expensive properties on the original board are Boardwalk and Park Place. As an aside... if you want to win the game you shouldn't go for them. The red and orange properties give you by far the best returns statistically speaking.
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level 69
Apr 17, 2018
In fairness, here in Australia, and I suspect many other places in the world, the version you typically encounter is the London version. I certainly assumed it was British for most of my life. It was only on this site I discovered otherwise. Of course, upon making that discovery I didn't vehemently argue that it was in fact British. I know, I know, this is the internet and we shouldn't let facts get in the way of our beliefs, but there you go.
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level 63
Apr 27, 2018
It would seem that Comcast is no longer the largest cable provider (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multiple-system_operators). AT&T now comes in at the top spot with 25.1M subscribers. Comcast is in second with 22.5M. As cord-cutting becomes more popular, those numbers are going to diminish even further. That's what cable channels like ESPN and TNT get for foisting Stephen A Smith on the world and injecting commercials every 6 minutes into rebroadcasts of The Italian Job. My blood pressure just went up thinking about it.
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level 71
Jul 26, 2018
Never even heard the name Cleveland Cavaliers in my life, although I guessed it was probably from basketball because that's what I know the least. I consider myself lucky that the answer was one of the only 3 basketball players I know! Not sure I'd ever heard of Comcast either.
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level 71
Sep 6, 2018
Butternut/khaki/tan should be accepted for a uniform color for the confederate soldiers. They didn't exclusively use gray....
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level 72
Jul 5, 2019
Yes, some of them didn't even have regular uniforms so plaid, periwinkle, artisan white, fire truck red and every other conceivable color a person might wear should be accepted.
Or we could logically stick to the vast majority, famous standard Confederate uniform color of gray.
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level 34
Nov 25, 2018
Perfect score with 2:51 to go. Pebble Beach took me quite a few tries.
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level 53
Apr 3, 2019
Thanks for the free points
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level 21
Apr 23, 2019
not a bad effort for someone who's not american, will study more though
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level 43
May 9, 2019
where is pebble beach?!?! ive never heard of it.