Brazil is the largest country in South America, known for its diverse culture, vibrant cities, and beautiful natural landscapes. The country has a rich history, dating back to the arrival of the Portuguese in 1500, and it has been shaped by a mix of indigenous, African, and European influences. Brazil is also known for its diverse population, with a mix of different ethnicities, languages, and religions.
Brazil is famous for its carnival, which is a pre-Lenten celebration marked by parades, music, and dancing. The country is also known for its soccer, with several world-renowned teams and players, as well as for its diverse cuisine, which reflects the influence of indigenous, African, and European cultures. Some of the famous Brazilian dishes include feijoada (black bean stew), churrasco (barbecue), and açaí (a berry smoothie).
Brazil is also known for its diverse and beautiful natural landscapes, including the Amazon rainforest, the Pantanal wetlands, and the Iguazu Falls. Some of the famous tourist destinations in Brazil include Rio de Janeiro, known for its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and Carnival, Salvador, known for its Afro-Brazilian culture, and Brasília, the country's modernist capital city designed by the renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer. Trivia questions about Brazil can range from its history, culture, and geography to its famous festivals, soccer and famous tourist destinations, making it a great topic for a trivia night or quiz.
84 Brazil Trivia Questions Ranked From Easiest to Hardest (Updated for 2023)
- Iguazú Falls, one of the world's most spectacular waterfall systems, is located on the Iguazú River that forms a border between Argentina and what Portuguese-speaking country?
- Describing his 27 years in prison before becoming the President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela's autobiography is called "Long Walk to" WHAT?
- Also home to the “Granddaddy of them all” college football bowl game each New Year's Day, what floral Pasadena stadium hosted the final of the goalless 1994 World Cup Final between Brazil and Italy?
Answer: Rose Bowl
- BRIC is an acronym for four nations that are considered to be at similar stages of economic development and may come to dominate the global market in the coming decades: Brazil, Russia, India, and ______.
- U.S. President Joe Biden personally extended an invitation to the Summit of the Americas the current head of a Latin American country. Elected in 2018, who is the President of Brazil?
Answer: Jair Bolsonar
- Known as Fright Fest at all U.S. locations, but known as Festival de Terror in Mexico, the Halloween-oriented haunt event with attractions and themed "Scare Zones" is an annual staple at what chain of theme parks?
Answer: Six Flags
- Pedro Filho killed 100 victims from 1967 to 2003, 47 of those while incarcerated. Sentenced to 128 years in prison, he was released after 30 years due to the maximum sentence allowed by what South American country?
- Goldman Sachs coined the phrase BRIC as an acronym for the four biggest developing economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China) in 2001. What fifth country was added in 2010, thus making the acronym BRICS?
Answer: South Africa
- The Germanic language Hunsrik, or Hunsrukisch, is spoken by roughly 1.5 million residents of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in what country?
- What national Spanish museum, located in Madrid, was built in 1819 and designed by Rafael Moneo and Juan de Villanueva? This “P” museum is home to works by Goya and Velazquez.
- The Caipirinha, a cocktail made of cachaca, sugar, and lime, is the national cocktail of what South American country?
- If you head directly south from San Diego, what border town resort will be the first city you hit in Mexico?
- In order to set the record for longest solo journey by kayak (2,010 miles!), Helen Skelton traveled through which South American nation for a month?
- What "J" word is a Spanish, Greek and Portuguese term for a civil deliberative or administrative council? In English, the term takes on a slightly more ominous meaning, frequently referring to a military-led authoritarian state.
- Also known as the Brazilian Treatment, what alternative moniker (named after the protein it uses which is naturally found in hair shafts) describes the hair straightening method where the namesake protein is added to the hair and then run over with a hot flat iron? This treatment is known to add shine to hair and lasts for approximately 6 months.
- A soup from the Iroqouis, that celebrates how the Great Spirit gave the people corn, beans, and squash, is the Three ______ Soup. Fill in the one word blank, a plural familial term, and also the name of a 2015 Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy film.
Answer: Three Sisters Soup
- Petrobras is the common name of a government-owned energy conglomerate in what South American country?
- In April 2018, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva handed himself in to authorities to serve a 12-year prison sentence for corruption. In what large South American nation did he serve as President from 2003 - 2011?
- The former Charlene Wittstock, who once swam for the South African Olympic team, is now married to the monarch of what principality?
- Often falsely considered to be the southern tip of Africa, what South African Cape is known for being difficult to pass? It is where the Flying Dutchman is said to be forever trying to navigate through.
Answer: the cape of good hope
- In October 2021, a group of climate lawyers urged the International Criminal Court to bring charges against what President of Brazil, asserting that his Amazon-area policies amount to crimes against humanity?
Answer: Jair Bolsonaro
- What is the name of the multi-sport event featuring thousands of athletes from the Americas in summer sports that Toronto hosted in 2015?
Answer: Pan American Games
- Though his father named him for Thomas Edison, Edson Arantes do Nascimento is the name on the birth certificate of what Brazilian soccer forward that FIFA named as the top player of the 20th century?
- As measured by common biodiversity indices, Colombia is often ranked the second-most biodiverse country on the planet, behind only what other country?
- According to "The Coffee Song" as made famous by Frank Sinatra, "they've got an awful lot of coffee in" what South American nation?
- On the eve of the 2018 World Cup, FIFA announced that the US would be hosting an upcoming rendition of the global tournament in partnership with Canada and Mexico. During what year will this trio host the World Cup?
- South America’s second largest rainforest after the Amazon, the Gran Chaco is divided between Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil and which landlocked country?
- What county produces the most coffee in the world? As of 2014, the country was producing over 30% of the world's production with more than 300,000 plantations spread throughout the country.
- In the 1795 Peace of Basel treaty, Spain lost control over two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. To what other nation did they cede this land?
- There are very few words in English that come from Tupi, an indigenous language of Brazil - one such word however is that of what type of fish, whose name is also used in Tupi to mean "scissors?"
- The southernmost locations in Cadillac Fairview's portfolio are located in the two most populous cities in Brazil. Name either of those cities.
Answer: Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo
- Rather than the more modern word "amarillo," the archaic word "gualda" in Spanish is used to describe the central and widest stripe of Spain's flag, which is what color in English?
- The African countries Angola, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, and Cape Verde all have what official language, which they share with Brazil?
- What series of fossil bearing cavities, 25 miles northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, is the fifth richest source of hominids in the “C”radle of Humankind? This cave is not owned by a barrel maker.
Answer: Cooper's Cave
- What prominent Brazilian city, made official in 1960, was designed by Oscar Niemeyer to resemble an airplane, with the Monumental Axis as the fuselage?
- Spain is located on what mountainous peninsula, which it mostly shares with Portugal? This “i” place gives its name to an extinct language thought to have connected Latin with modern Spanish.
Answer: Iberian Peninsula
- What 300 kilometer stretch of south-eastern coast of South Africa extends from Witsand in the Western Cape to the Tsitsikamma Storms River in the Eastern Cape? It gets its name from the diverse vegetation found throughout the path.
Answer: Garden Route
- Cadillac Fairview-sponsored athlete Erica Wiebe will grapple for another wrestling gold, after winning one at the balmy 2016 games in what city?
Answer: Rio de Janeiro
- Walmart has a minor stake in the former Walmart Brazil, which changed its name to Grupo ______ in 2019. Fill in the one word blank, also the name of a classic, and childish, Tom Hanks movie.
- In 2021, Delaware becomes home to the largest warehouse of what gigantic corporation? It may share its name with a Brazilian river, but it has a lot of American parcel power.
- Cadillac Fairview invests in retail around the world, including Multiplan malls located in what country, whose largest city is Sao Paulo?
- The composer of works such as "Carnaval das Crianças" and "Amazonas," Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the best-known classical composers from what South American country?
- The Economist Intelligence Unit produces an annual Democracy Index, ranking countries by the state of their democracy. Which neighbor of both Brazil and Argentina has been named the most democratic in South America for the last 10 years (and beat countries such as Germany, the UK, and Japan in the most recent report)?
- Brazillian legend Ronaldo scored 15 goals at the FIFA world cup, but which German is "not far" ahead with a record 16 goals scored between 2002 and 2016?
Answer: Miroslav Klose
- What's the name of the starch that is extracted from the cassava plant, native to Brazil? A staple crop for much of the world, it's also used to form "pudding" and "pearls."
- On January 8, 2023, supporters of ex-president Jair Bolsonaro, upset at his defeat in the 2022 election, rioted and forced their way into the presidential palace of what South American nation?
- In October 2022, who defeated Jair Bolsanaro in an election to become the new president of Brazil? He was sworn in January 1 2023 and has been president previously. Either his full name or his four letter mononym are acceptable.
Answer: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
- In countries like Italy, Germany, Greece, and Brazil, it’s said they have seven. In Arabic traditions, the number is often six. But according to the English tradition, how many lives are cats alleged to have?
- Which Canadian city had a professional hockey team named The Millionaires from 1911 to 1926? Today the team's name is a slang term.
- Feijoada, a black bean stew made with pork or beef, is the national dish of which country?
- Ilha de Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island, is estimated to have as many as one snake per square meter of the island, giving it the densest population of serpents worldwide. Which country does this nightmarish island belong to?
- Although the vast majority of the Amazon River is located in Brazil, the headwaters of the waterway are found in what other South American country?
- What town in southeastern Alberta gets its name from the English translation of a Blackfoot word for the headdress worn by a traditional healer?
Answer: Medicine Hat
- Besides Mexico and Mexico City, which two other countries of the Americas have capitals that follow the formula of Country_Name + "City"?
Answer: Panama, Guatemala
- Which cocktail made with cachaca, sugar, and lime is the official cocktail of Brazil?
- The peer-reviewed journal "Nature Ecology & Evolution" has reported that the earliest use of cacao was likely approximately 5,3000 years ago based on archaeological findings in Santa Ana in what South American nation? This nation is one of two on the continent that does not border Brazil.
- Before it was subsequently replaced by the Peso and the Colon, what was the official currency of Costa Rica from 1850 to 1864? (Hint: It is currently the official currency of Brazil.)
- Known as a mining "powerhouse," what country is frequently the world's top annual producer of chrome, manganese, platinum, and vanadium?
Answer: South Africa
- The city of Havana was founded by the Spanish and given the title of capital by Philip II in what century?
Answer: 16th century
- Which two countries, both of which have a Pacific coast, are the only countries in South America that do not border Brazil?
Answer: Ecuador and Chile
- Covered primarily by rainforest, what is the name of the largest Brazilian state by area, which is larger than Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile, combined?
- Juliano Pinto is a paraplegic man who symbolically "kicked off" an event in WHAT COUNTRY in 2014 by using a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton?
Answer: Brazil (World Cup)
- Netball, water polo, and Olympic rugby are all played with how many players per team?
- An Algonquin or Ojibwe word meaning "where the river narrows" became the name of what province where the Saint Lawrence does actually narrow?
- Taking office in 2011 but impeached in 2016, Dilma Rousseff was the first woman president of what country?
- Leandro Barbosa, Tiago Splitter, and Anderson Varejão are all Nike-sponsored Brazilian athletes known for competing professionally in what sport?
- What is the name of the island that comprises the northeastern portion of Nova Scotia and is separated from the rest of the province by the Canso Causeway?
Answer: Cape Breton Island
- Constructed in the 9th century, what Moorish fortress in Granada, Spain draws millions of visitors a year and is a UNESCO world heritage site?
Answer: The Alhambra
- Brazil is the world's largest coffee bean producer and has been for over 150 years. Many other top coffee-producing nations are in South America and Central America, but what Southeast Asia country is actually the second largest producer?
- What is the common name for the small, long-legged own found in North and South America that often make their home in holes previously excavated by prairie dogs?
Answer: Burrowing owl
- Long-running American television show "The Bachelor" has spawned spinoffs in many other countries including the short-lived "The Bachelor: Em Busca do Grande Amor" which lasted for one season in what country? Aane Doux was the winner of Gianluca Perino's "romantic" culling.
- The English word "chocolate" comes from a Spanish word which comes from a classic word in what language spoken widely in Central Mexico during the 16th century Spanish Conquest?
- The Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica operates under what "Hollywood"-esque name in much of Latin America, including Argentina, Mexico, and Costa Rica?
- Given to the city in 1981 as part of its "Salute to Switzerland," a 1,000-pound piece of what European mountain sits at the base of the CN Tower?
- Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera are the four largest islands in what Spanish archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea?
Answer: Balearic Islands
- Nodding to the cooking technique, the full-service Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chão has a name that means what "open" thing?
Answer: Fire / Flame
- What round, green food is one of Brazil's most common pizza toppings? Though considered a vegetable nutritionally, this plant is botanically a fruit and it makes occasional appearances in carbonara sauces.
Answer: Green Peas
- What creatively-named solar company was founded by Shawn Qu in Ontario in 2001? The company has more than 13,000 employees today, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ, and manufactures solar PV modules.
Answer: Canadian Solar
- Since 2018, Walmart has held only a relatively small 20% stake in one of their international companies. As a result, the company rebranded from Walmart ______ to Grupo Big in August 2019. What country name fills in the blank? As a hint, it's the sixth-most populous country in the world.
- South Africa's 89 kilometer Comrades Marathon alternates "up" years, run from Pietermaritzburg, with "down" years run from what bay city?
- Which Brazilian online-only bank was founded in 2013, became a unicorn fintech startup, and is now the largest “neobank” in Latin America?
- Besides Australia, what country takes up the highest percentage of a continent's area?
- Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, what Mexican state sounds like it might contain Australian mammals but is actually named for a lawyer who fought for Mexican independence?
Answer: Quintana Roo
- Second only to the number of stars on the U.S. flag, how many stars are there on the Brazilian national flag?
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