Pub Quiz Questions – Current affairs / Politics

A handy list of pub quiz questions based around the theme: current affairs / politics. Answers are below.


  1. What is President Rodrigo Duterte’s middle name?
  2. Who was elected leader of the UK Labour Party in April 2020?
  3. Only two elected world leaders have ever given birth while in power. Who are they and what nations did they, or do they, lead?
  4. What is the bloodiest war of the 21st century so far? Name 2 of the belligerents.
  5. What is the most illegally trafficked animal and why, in early 2020, did it re-enter the news?
  6. What is more expensive, gram for gram…?
    1. rhino horn or methamphetamine
    2. gold or saffron
    3. crack cocaine or platinum
    4. diamond or anti-matter
  7. Which were the first US states to legalise recreational use of cannabis?
  8. If you went to university at the oldest university in the world, what would you probably eat for lunch?
  9. If you met the longest reigning monarch ever, how would you say ‘hello’?
  10. Approximately what proportion of Filipinos live outside the Philippines?


  1. Roa
  2. Keir Starmer
  3. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan and Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand
  4. Second Congo War; any 2 of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Chad, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi
  5. Pangolin; possible connection to coronavirus: animal-to-animal transmission
  6. Most expensive:
    1. Methamphetamine
    2. Gold
    3. Crack cocaine
    4. Anti-matter
  7. Colorado & Washington State
  8. Bolognese, for example (it is the University of Bologna)
  9. ‘Hello’, or any other greeting in English (the longest reigning monarch is Queen Elizabeth II
  10. 11.5%, or between 1/8 and 1/9


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