General Knowledge Quiz

The King William's College General Knowledge Paper

The King William's College General Knowledge Paper (GKP) has been frustrating and intriguing a select group of quiz connoisseurs for just over a century.  The paper consists of 18 sets of 10 questions, each set covering a particular theme (which in many cases is far from obvious). Cracking the theme has long been one of the attractions to devotees of the GKP.

These days, however, pupil participation in the quiz is voluntary.

The quiz has been published in The Guardian Newspaper just before Christmas since 1951 and has quite a devoted following.  Answers are published in the same newspaper towards the end of January. It is available on the website on Christmas Eve.

OKWs wishing to be put on a mailing list for a copy should email: judy.bell@kwc.im

A Latin phrase is always printed at the top of the quiz: “Scire ubi aliquid invenire possis ea demum maxima pars eruditionis est”.  Freely translated, this means "the greatest part of knowledge is knowing where to find something".  However, be warned – using Google or a similar search engine may not always deliver the expected results!

The person responsible for compiling the questions for the last eleven years is Dr Pat Cullen, a retired General Practitioner and OKW, residing in the Isle of Man. Dr Cullen has produced a compendium of past paper entitled 'The World's Most Difficult Quiz' which is avialable from the School Shop, and also on the Island at Waterstones or The Lexicon and on line from Play.com and Amazon.

GKP issue 109 (2013-14): Answers
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GKP issue 109 (2013-14): Questions
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GKP issue 108 (2012-13): Answers
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GKP issue 108 (2012-13): Questions
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GKP issue 107 (2011-12): Answers
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GKP issue 107 (2011-12): Questions
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GKP issue 106 (2010-11): Answers
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GKP issue 106 (2010-11): Questions
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GKP Issue 105 (2009-10): Answers
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GKP issue 105 (2009-10): Questions
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