75 Pop Culture Trivia Questions to Test Your Knowledge
Think you’re a pop culture pro? Some of these answers may not be as obvious as you’d think.
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Put your pop culture trivia knowledge to the test
Think you know a thing or two about pop culture? Put your knowledge to the test by answering these pop culture trivia questions. There’s a mix of questions here, from movie trivia to random trivia about celebrities and music. No peeking at the answers, either—and don’t look up the answers online! If you’re looking for trivia questions for the whole family, ask these trivia questions for kids at your next family trivia night.
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Star Wars pop culture trivia questions
Question: Which Star Wars movie does the line “Luke, I am your father” come from?
Answer: None! That line never appeared in any Star Wars movie. The actual quote is “No, I am your father,” which was said in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Question: How many Star Wars movies are there (not including spin-offs like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo)?
Question: What year did Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge open at Disneyland Resort in California?
Question: Darth Vader is voiced by James Earl Jones. However, George Lucas also considered another person for the role. Who was it?
Answer: Orson Welles
Question: Which animated TV show created three special episodes that parodied the original Star Wars trilogy?
Answer: Family Guy
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Disney princess pop culture trivia questions
Question: Who was the first Disney princess?
Answer: Persephone. That’s right, pop culture trivia fans—it’s not Snow White. In 1937, Walt Disney released a Silly Symphonies short called “The Goddess of Spring” that starred Persephone, the daughter of Zeus (and thus, a princess). It’s based on the Greek myth that Persephone, the goddess of agriculture, was kidnapped by Hades to be queen of the underworld and later agreed to spend half of the year with him, which is why we have winter. Though we’ll give this one to you because Persephone doesn’t have the “official” Disney Princess branding.
Question: Who is the first (and, so far, only) Disney princess with a tattoo?
Question: Who was Walt Disney’s favorite princess?
Question: Which Disney princesses appear in the Shrek movies?
Answer: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White
Question: Who is the first Disney princess to have a child?
Movie pop culture trivia
Question: In what movie did Irving Berlin’s song “White Christmas” make its debut?
Answer: Holiday Inn, released in 1942
Question: Who was the first actor to portray James Bond on screen?
Answer: Barry Nelson
Question: What is the highest-grossing romantic comedy?
Answer: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Question: What is the oldest surviving film in existence?
Answer: Roundhay Garden Scene (1888)
Question: What was the first movie to be adapted from a Nicholas Sparks book?
Answer: Message in a Bottle (1999)
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TV pop culture trivia
Question: What is the longest-running animated television show in the United States?
Answer: The Simpsons
Question: What TV show aired the first interracial kiss in the United States?
Answer: Star Trek
Question: Which Friends character was Courteney Cox originally asked to play?
Question: In which state did the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks take place?
Question: Which actor narrates How I Met Your Mother as an older version of Ted?
Answer: Bob Saget
Question: In which Grey’s Anatomy season did Dr. Derek Shepherd die?
Answer: Season 11
Question: What’s the name of the ice cream parlor Steve and Robin work at in season three of Stranger Things?
Answer: Scoops Ahoy!
Question: Which high school subject did Walter White teach in Breaking Bad?
Question: Finish this quote from The Office: “I’m not superstitious, but I am a ___ ___.”
Answer: “little stitious”
Question: What was the first cable television series to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series?
Answer: The Sopranos
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Reality TV pop culture trivia
Question: Which reality show features the following people: Kris, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie?
Answer: Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Question: What year did The Simple Life, starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, premiere?
Question: In which country did the first season of Survivor take place?
Question: Which Netflix dating reality TV show features people falling in love without actually seeing one another at first?
Answer: Love Is Blind
Question: Which rock icon had a reality TV show on MTV from 2002 to 2005?
Answer: Ozzy Osbourne—he and his family starred in The Osbournes
Question: Who was the first ever bachelor on The Bachelor?
Answer: Alex Michel
Question: Who won the second season of American Idol?
Answer: Ruben Studdard
Question: Who would yell “Cabs are here!” when it was time for the group to go out on Jersey Shore?
Answer: Pauly D
Question: What year did season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race premiere?
Question: Who hosts “Hell’s Kitchen”?
Answer: Gordon Ramsay
Music pop culture trivia
Question: The song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is a cover. Which band sang the original?
Question: Before he was the frontman for Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl was the dummer for which band?
Question: What is the #1 streamed song on Spotify?
Answer: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
Question: What year was Britney Spears’ album Oops!… I Did It Again released?
Question: What is Paul McCartney’s middle name?
Answer: Paul—his real name is James Paul McCartney
Question: Which duo won the first Grammy for Best Rap Performance?
Answer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Question: What do fans of Lady Gaga affectionately call themselves?
Answer: “Little Monsters”
Question: Whitney Houston famously covered “I Will Always Love You”—who sang the original?
Answer: Dolly Parton
Question: Who replaced David Lee Roth as the lead singer of Van Halen?
Answer: Sammy Hagar
Question: Don McLean famously sings about “the day the music died” in his song American Pie. It’s in reference to the day three musicians died in a plane crash. Who were those musicians?
Answer: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (a.k.a. “the Big Bopper”)
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Book pop culture trivia
Question: What is the name of the first Harry Potter book?
Answer: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The first of seven Harry Potter books was first published in 1997. The next year, it was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Question: What year was Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird published?
Question: What word is missing from this quote from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights? “Whatever our ___ are made of, his and mine are the same.”
Question: Who is the main character in the Lord of the Rings books?
Answer: Frodo Baggins
Question: What was Stephen King’s first published novel?
Question: How old was S. E. Hinton when The Outsiders was published?
Question: Who’s the protagonist in Lord of the Flies?
Question: Who is Pip’s benefactor in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations?
Question: Who wrote The Bluest Eye?
Answer: Toni Morrison
Question: What’s the name of the nation where The Hunger Games takes place?
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Celebrity pop culture trivia
Question: Which rapper is Beyoncé married to?
Question: Before she married Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was on a TV show that ran from 2011 to 2019. What’s the name of that TV show?
Question: What singing competition does Carson Daly host?
Answer: The Voice
Question: Two pairs of actors on The Office went to high school together. Who were those actors?
Answer: John Krasinski and B.J. Novak; Ed Helms and Brian Baumgartner
Question: Which actress is the daughter of Melanie Griffith?
Answer: Dakota Johnson
Question: Mark Wahlberg’s brother was a founding member of New Kids on the Block. What’s his name?
Answer: Donnie Wahlberg
Question: Ryan Reynolds was at one point engaged to which Canadian musician?
Answer: Alanis Morissette
Question: What is Miley Cyrus’ real name?
Answer: Destiny Hope Cyrus
Question: Which rapper plays detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit?
Question: What job did Ken Jeong have before he became an actor and comedian?
Answer: A physician
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Superhero pop culture trivia
Question: What is Batman’s real name?
Answer: Bruce Wayne
Question: Who is the Scarlet Witch’s brother?
Question: Who is Spider-Man’s main love interest?
Answer: Mary Jane Watson
Question: What nation does Black Panther take place in?
Question: What is Superman’s main weakness?
Question: Who plays Dr. Strange in the Marvel universe?
Answer: Benedict Cumberbatch
Question: What are the names of Tony Stark’s parents?
Answer: Howard and Maria Stark
Question: What is Magneto’s real name?
Answer: Erik Magnus Lehnsherr
Question: Who was the first female member of the Justice Society, which eventually became the Justice League?
Answer: Wonder Woman
Question: What caused the Joker to transform into the iconic villain he is today?
Answer: He fell into a vat of chemicals
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