Quick-fire quiz questions

These quiz questions might be good for a quick-fire quiz (in fact this was how I have used them in quizzes I've run.)

There are 40 questions on this page, and it was last updated on15 January 2022.

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I do not make any guarantee as to the accuracy of the answers to these questions. Nor can I guarantee I will be able to update them if the answers change in future. Quizmasters: if you choose to use these questions and then have a contestant start an argument with you... you're on your own.
How many masts are there on a ketch?
2
In 2013, Tina Turner gave up her US citizenship after becoming a citizen of the country she had lived in for many years. Which country?
Switzerland
Who is the patron saint of London?
St. Paul
From which city is the Grand Ole Opry broadcast?
Nashville, Tennessee
In the British Army, to what three letters is the rank of Private normally abbreviated?
 Pte
DO NOT accept: Pvt (this is only used in the US Army, not the British Army)
What would you use a treasury tag for?
Fastening paper
From which city in England would an Oxonian come?
Oxford
Cruella de Vil is the principal antagonist in which novel and subsequent animated film?
101 Dalmations
Kaun Banega Crorepati is the Indian version of which British quiz show format?
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Which is the smallest number that is both a happy number and a prime number?
7
In which sport is Nicola Adams a famous name?
Boxing
In which city was the first Eurovision Song Contest staged?
Lugano
Which mountain range lies immediately to the east of the Atacama desert?
Andes
What is a fundoshi?
A type of loincloth worn by sumo wrestlers
Helen Mirren stars as a Women’s Institute member who organises and poses in a nude calendar to raise funds for a leukaemia charity. Which 2003 film?
Calendar Girls
Coming from the name of the street where the London bankruptcy court was situated, where is someone said to be if they’re in serious financial difficulty?
(On/in) Carey Street
She first came into the public eye in 1959. She was first seen with her boyfriend Ken in 1961. In 2004, it was announced she and Ken were splitting, but they got back together two years later after Ken had a makeover. Who am I talking about?
Barbie
In 2018, a print of Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” shredded itself when it was sold at auction. What name was given to the resulting artwork?
Love is in the Bin
Commander Shepard is the player character in which video game series?
Mass Effect
What is the main ingredient of an omelette?
Eggs
In which language might you say "kiitos" by way of thanks?
Finnish
Which organisation has as its motto, "Nation shall speak peace unto Nation"?
The BBC
Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson, known professionally as Joey Tempest, wrote which smash hit song which became the title track of his band’s third album?
The Final Countdown
What is a vexillologist interested in?
Flags
Which company rebranded in 2017 as Getlink?
Eurotunnel
In 1934, the Turkish parliament granted what surname to the president, Mustafa Kemal, in recognition of his role in building the modern Turkish republic?
Atatürk
(Accept: Father of the Turks)
Kombucha is a drink made by fermenting what?
Tea
Which human rights activist was named Malcolm Little at birth and became known after completing the Hajj as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz?
Malcolm X
Máxima Zorreguieta Certutti is the current queen consort of the Netherlands. Which country was she born in?
Argentina
What was the name of the merchant who was the first wife of the prophet Muhammad, and whom he came home to after his first revelation from the angel Gabriel?
Khadija
Charles Martinet is the voice of the lead character in which long running Nintendo game series?
Super Mario
What kind of fish is used to make a kipper?
Herring
Complete the title of the children’s book by Judith Kerr: “The Tiger Who…”
Came to Tea
What does the Old Norse word Ragnarök literally mean?
Fate of the Gods.
(DO NOT accept: Twilight of the Gods. This is a translation of the Wagner opera title Götedämmerung, which in Old Norse would be Ragnarøkkr.)
Japanese consultant and author Marie Kondo has a Netflix reality series where she shares methods for doing what?
Tidying people’s houses
In which year did the Oprah Winfrey show’s infamous “you get a car” episode take place?
2004
Also Oprah Winfrey: she co-starred in the 2013 film “The Butler,” playing the wife of a long-serving White House butler. Who played that butler?
Forrest Whitaker
On what day of the year might you partake in the annual “Loony Dook”?
New Year’s Day
Who is Michael D. Higgins?
President of Ireland (accept: Uachtarán)
Daphne Fowler, a serial game show contestant who won Going for Gold, Fifteen-to-One, and Brain of Britain, retired in 2014 from a regular role on which TV quiz show?
Eggheads