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How much do you remember about the noughties? A General Knowledge / Pub Quiz of the Decade

 Eruption at Fimmvruhls at dusk. Photographed by Boaworm. Image provided courtesy Wiki Commons

Eruption at Fimmvruhls at dusk. Photographed by Boaworm. Image provided courtesy Wiki Commons

The Noughties, A Decade of General Knowledge Quiz Questions

The start of the new Millenia has been an eventful one. There have been natural disasters, financial collapses, and all manner of challenges to be faced by mankind. But there have been some highlights, too. Our world is changing at a tremendous pace, and it's safe to say that the children of the noughties will have very different life experiences than those of their parents and grandparents. How much of the last ten years can you easily recall, and how much would you prefer to forget? Take this general knowledge quiz and see how you fare!

2001

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which New York landmark was destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11th 2001?
    • Empire State Building
    • Statue of Liberty
    • World Trade Centre
  2. Who won the Oscar for Best Actress at the 2001 Academy Awards?
    • Judi Dench - Iris
    • Halle Berry - Monsters Ball
    • Renee Zellwegger - Bridget Jones' Diary
  3. British born writer Douglas Adams died suddenly on May 11 2001. Which of the following did he write?
    • Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy
    • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    • Anne of Green Gables
  4. 2001 saw the release of the first in a series of films based on the works of J K Rowling. What was it called?
    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
  5. In November 2001, John Howard was elected to the post of Australiand Prime Minister. Was it his.....
    • First term?
    • Second term?
    • third term?

Answer Key

  1. World Trade Centre
  2. Halle Berry - Monsters Ball
  3. Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  5. third term?

2002

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which French-Colombian politician was kidnapped whilst campaigning for the Colombian presidency in February 2002?
    • Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio
    • Ingrid Bergman
    • Ingrid Berghoff
  2. Born on July 22nd, 2002, who is (as at Nov.2010) 6th in line to the Danish throne & 236th to the British throne?
    • Prince Felix of Denmark
    • Prince Joachim of Denmark
    • Prince Alexander of Denmark
  3. In July 2002, a painting entitled 'The Massacre of the Innocents' sold at Sothebys for 49.5 million. who was the artist
    • Pierre-Auguste Renoir
    • Joseph Wright of Derby
    • Peter Paul Rubens
  4. In April 2002, South African, Mark Shuttleworth paid approximately US$20 million for a trip to where?
    • Round the world on the QEll
    • To the International Space Station on Soyuz TM-34
    • To the top of Everest carried by sherpas

Answer Key

  1. Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio
  2. Prince Felix of Denmark
  3. Peter Paul Rubens
  4. To the International Space Station on Soyuz TM-34

2003

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What kind of animal was cloned for the first time at a Texas University in May 2003?
    • A deer named Dewey
    • A pig named Percy
    • A horse named Harry
  2. Who was the winner of the UK's prestigious Turner Prize for 2003?
    • Anya Gallacio
    • Jake and Dinos Chapman
    • Grayson Perry
  3. The FIA formula One World Championship in Suzuka, Japan, was won by which driver?
    • Jensen Button
    • Michael Schumacher
    • Kimi Raikkonen
  4. In 2003, Pen Hadow became the first person to walk, without outside help, from Canada, to where?
    • From Canada to Peru
    • From Canada to Mexico
    • From Canada to the North Pole

Answer Key

  1. A deer named Dewey
  2. Grayson Perry
  3. Michael Schumacher
  4. From Canada to the North Pole

2004

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. The UK Parliament passed an act aimed at preventing what kind of hunting?
    • Hunting foxes with guns
    • Hunting foxes, deer, hares or mink using dogs
    • Hunting foxes with horses
  2. Where were the 2004 Summer Olympics held?
    • Atlanta
    • Beijing
    • Athens
  3. In the 2004 Olympics, a marathon runner was assaulted by an on-looker during the race. Which runner?
    • Vanderlei de Lima
    • Paula Radcliffe
    • Roger Bannister
  4. A painting by self-taught, Scottish artist, Jack Vettriano sold for a record 744,500. What was it called?
    • Dance me to the end of love
    • The Bluebird
    • The Singing Butler
  5. At the 2004 Academy Awards, who won the Oscar for Best Actor?
    • Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Carribean, Curse of the Black Pearl
    • Jude Law - Cold Mountain
    • Sean Penn - Mystic River
  6. Which natural disaster made world headlines on December 26th 2004?
    • Hurricane Katrina
    • The Aquila earthquake
    • The Indian Ocean Tsunami

Answer Key

  1. Hunting foxes, deer, hares or mink using dogs
  2. Athens
  3. Vanderlei de Lima
  4. The Singing Butler
  5. Sean Penn - Mystic River
  6. The Indian Ocean Tsunami

2005

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In August 2005, which American city was devastated by floods in the wake of Hurricane Katrina?
    • New York
    • Newcastle
    • New Orleans
  2. Which British Royal married at Windsor Guildhall on 9th April 2005?
    • Princess Anne, The Princess Royal
    • Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales
    • Prince Edward
  3. On 19 April 2005, Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVl. who did he succeed?
    • John Paul l
    • John Paul ll
    • John Paul lll
  4. In January 2005, George W Bush began his second term as US President. In chronological terms, which President is he?
    • 42nd
    • 43rd
    • 44th
  5. In May 2005, Kuwaiti women were granted what?
    • The right to vote
    • The right to wear red
    • The right to sing in public

Answer Key

  1. New Orleans
  2. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales
  3. John Paul ll
  4. 43rd
  5. The right to vote

2006

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which British music artist topped the US Billboard top 100 with his single 'You're Beautiful'?
    • Elton John
    • Ollie Murs
    • James Blunt
  2. The film 'The Da Vinci Code' was released in 2006. It is based on a best-selling book by which author?
    • Dan Brown
    • Dan Quail
    • Dan Radcliffe
  3. The NASA 'Stardust' expedition completed successfully on January 15th 2006. What did the mission achieve?
    • It discovered life on Mars
    • It reached Alpha Centauri
    • It returned with dust from the tail of a comet.
  4. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was held in Germany. Who won?
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
  5. The Nathula Pass, sealed for 44 years, re-opened for trade in July 2006. Which two countries does it join?
    • Afghanistan and Pakistan
    • India and China
    • China and Tibet

Answer Key

  1. James Blunt
  2. Dan Brown
  3. It returned with dust from the tail of a comet.
  4. Italy
  5. India and China

2007

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In 2007 German chancellor, Angela Merkel became the second ever woman to chair the G8. Who was the first?
    • Margaret Thatcher
    • Hilary Clinton
    • Indira Gandhi
  2. Which British Prime Minister stepped down from office in June 2007?
    • Tony Blair
    • Gordon Brown
    • Margaret Thatcher
  3. In May 2007, French President Jacques Chirac was succeeded by who?
    • Nicolas Sarkozy
    • Jean-Marie le Penn
    • Eugene Delacroix
  4. Who won the tennis men's singles at Wimbledon, for the fifth consecutive time, in 2007?
    • Bjorn Borg
    • Tim Henman
    • Roger Federer

Answer Key

  1. Margaret Thatcher
  2. Tony Blair
  3. Nicolas Sarkozy
  4. Roger Federer

2008

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In November 2008, Democratic Senator Barack Obama became President of the USA. Can you name his running mate?
    • Joe Biden
    • Sarah Palin
    • Joe the Plumber
  2. Which global investment bank collapsed in 2008, and was sold off to JPMorgan Chase?
    • Northern Rock
    • Bank of Iceland
    • Bear Stearns
  3. Which South African amputee made history by qualifying for the swimming events at the Beijing Olympics?
    • Natalie Daytona
    • Natalie du Toit
    • Natalie De Loitte

Answer Key

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Bear Stearns
  3. Natalie du Toit

2009

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which Australian state was devastated by bush fires in February 2009?
    • Queensland
    • New South Wales
    • Victoria
  2. Which Scottish singer released the fastest selling debut album of 2009 after appearing on a TV talent show?
    • Susan Boyle
    • Lulu
    • Paolo Nutini
  3. The Nobel Peace prize was awarded amidst some controversy in 2009. Who was the recipient?
    • Barack Obama
    • George W Bush
    • Gordon Brown
  4. Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde resiged in 2009 in response to what event?
    • The release of Bjork's new album
    • Devastation caused by volcanic eruptions
    • The collapse of the Icelandic banking system
  5. Which 2009 film featuring a race of blue aliens went on to win 3 oscars?
    • Avatar
    • Sherlock Holmes
    • The Invention of Lying

Answer Key

  1. Victoria
  2. Susan Boyle
  3. Barack Obama
  4. The collapse of the Icelandic banking system
  5. Avatar

2010

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which British naval submarine was grounded on a shingle bank off the Isle of Skye?
    • HMS Astute
    • HMS Asterix
    • HMS Astounded
  2. British Royal, Prince William has recently announced his engagement to which young lady?
    • Katherine Parr
    • Catherine Middleton
    • Katherine Kidson
  3. Which British Politician became Prime Minister of a coalition government in May 2010?
    • Nick Clegg
    • Gordon Brown
    • David Cameron
  4. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was won by Spain. which country played host to the event?
    • South Africa
    • Portugal
    • Russia
  5. The volcanic eruptions of Eyjafjallajkull caused chaos at airports across Europe. What country is the volcano in?
    • Greenland
    • Denmark
    • Iceland
  6. Released in November 2010, who plays the role of Professor Snape in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
    • Daniel Radcliffe
    • Zoe Wannamaker
    • Alan Rickman
  7. Which former French colony was struck by a series of earthquakes in January 2010 with massive loss of life?
    • Egypt
    • Haiti
    • New Zealand

Answer Key

  1. HMS Astute
  2. Catherine Middleton
  3. David Cameron
  4. South Africa
  5. Iceland
  6. Alan Rickman
  7. Haiti

Comments

John Smith from New York on August 12, 2018:

Yes indeed, Amanda. Nevertheless tho, great questions on your quiz - had good fun!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on June 14, 2015:

Thanks Pollyanna, I keep meaning to compile another one. They're good fun, but quite time-consuming to put together.

Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on June 14, 2015:

This was great fun! I did terribly. I hadn't used a quiz on Hubpages before, and it was great to see how effective they are.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on February 19, 2011:

Hi Quizmaster, I have trouble remembering names and places too. Often I have a rough idea, but when faced with a multiple choice of similar answers I just have to take a wild guess! Thanks for stopping by!

The Quiz Master on February 19, 2011:

I have a big problem remembering news, names and places etc..

Still, taking the quiz refreshed my memory and I enjoyed it.

Thanks for taking the time making it for us.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on January 21, 2011:

Hi 2patricias, I had to look most of this up myself. The difficult bit was finding a scattering of world news rather than keeping it UK focussed. Thanks for stopping by.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on January 20, 2011:

This was fun - but it is depressing how little I remember.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 08, 2010:

Hi C.J.Wright, Glad you enjoyed the quiz. It took a surprising amount of time to put together, but it was fun to do. Thanks for commenting.

C.J. Wright on December 08, 2010:

That was fun! Got most correct. I'm going to use the widget in a hub I think. Thanks for sharing!

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 06, 2010:

Hi Attempted Humour,

I think the noughties were pretty naughty too, but maybe not quite in a saucy way, which might have been fun. Good to hear from you BTW. Thanks for commenting.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 06, 2010:

Hi Amillar,

Yes there is a quiz widget. I spotted it a while back, and thought I'd put a quiz together just to try it out. Personally I'm a big fan of quizzes and puzzles, but maybe they're just a distraction from real life!

attemptedhumour from Australia on December 05, 2010:

Hi Amanda, that was a bit of fun to stretch the mind at 11-PM. If the Twenties were roaring then it must be the naughty noughties. Cheers

amillar from Scotland, UK on December 04, 2010:

Hi Amanda,

That's neat, the way you did that. Is there a quiz widget?

I'm not much good at general knowledge. The only general I know about is General Custer, and making a general nuisance of myself. It was fun anyway.

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 04, 2010:

Hi Bob, never mind dumbo you, it's actually dumbo me! I just went back over the answers and found that two of them were wrong. How bad is that? That'll teach me for pressing the publish button without editing first, just 'cos I'm in a hurry. (I don't usually do that BTW!) You'll score higher if you go through it again.....

dumbogenes on December 03, 2010:

You mean you can't see the results!? Well...well, I did get, er, in the high 99.9 percentile...is that good? And, yes, I was Santa, no fooling you is there...Bob (I got 60% Ha!)

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 03, 2010:

Hi Bob. Was it you by any chance? (Father Christmas, that is.) I know you're by no means stoopid BTW. I bet you did much better than you're letting on. x

Amanda Severn (author) from UK on December 03, 2010:

Hi Lynda, well done! I tried to choose a spread of questions to suit an international audience. Not sure how successful I was, but glad you enjoyed it.

diogenes the stoopid on December 03, 2010:

I used to like you, Amanda, until you just made me feel incredibly stoopid! Have a fairly nice Christmas!

(Who was Father Christmas in the late 1990's for General Motors?). No cheating on Wikipedia!!! Bob x

lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on December 03, 2010:

I got most of them. How about that? Nice quiz. Lynda