One good trivia question for high school students is: On a traffic light, is the green light positioned on the top or on the bottom? The answer is the bottom. Trivia questions can be used as an ice-breaker activity in a new classroom, a team-building activity for students or just as a fun diversion. Rather than focus on obscure facts, most of these questions involve general knowledge.
In which hand does the Statue of Liberty hold her torch? This is another good question to get students thinking about things they might not have looked at too closely in the past. The answer is her right hand.
Similarly, what color is the top stripe on the American flag? The answer, which should be apparent to any student who stops to think about the phrase "red, white and blue," is red.
Continuing in the vein of American questions, which U.S. President's face is on the dime? Many students may not know that the answer is Franklin Delano Roosevelt. What is the lowest number of a standard FM dial? The answer, which music or news-inclined students are likely to know, is 88.
For a bit more fun, try questions whose answers are unlikely to be known by any students. For example how many curves are in a standard paperclip? The answer, which is likely news to most participants, is three.