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General knowledge requires crystalized intelligence. Crystalized intelligence is usually assessed via verbal and classification questions, as opposed to fluid intelligence which is primarily assesed by math and logic questions. General knowledge questions test retention of facts and figures, a skill which is usually attained by an effective conceptualization of the environment. General knowledge skills are an indication of your awareness of the connectivity between events and places, and your efficiency at retrieving information from long term memory.

There is always an issue of cultural bias in general knowledge questions, and the challenge is to prevent assessments that focus on arbitrary trivia.

People from all cultures and social strata should be equally represented, and difficulty levels should not favor any one group or culture.

11. Physics

Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar kicks the ball with a 100 Newton force, causing the ball to accelerate at 30 metres per second2.

What is the magnitude of the force exerted by the ball on the goalkeeper?

General knowledge physics
  1. 10N
  2. 33.333N
  3. 100N
  4. 300N
  5. 3,000N

100 Newtons. Every action (force) produces an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore the force exerted on Bruce by the ball is 100N in the opposite direction.


12. Fathometer

A fathometer is used to determine:

  1. Sea depth
  2. Mountain height
  3. Earthquake intensity
  4. Aeroplane sound intensity
  5. Infrared radiation

A fathom is a nautical length measurement.

Sea depth.