Saturday, 18 September 2010

Well here it is :- Quiz Number 1

There are 50 Questions for you to have a go at. The answers will appear underneath each question.

Let me know if you would like a Pdf copy -I'll gladly e-mail you one and I will send two documents, one for questions only and one for the answers (I can also put up a scores table if people are interested in playing against each other.)

A new 50 Question quiz will appear on Sunday nights


1.Originally shown as a one-off TV show called 'Woodentop' in 1983, it has become a long running and popular UK drama series. It has featured early appearances from Keira Knightley,Alex Kingston,James McEvoy and Denise van Outen.It's theme tune was called 'Overkill' until 2009, when the programme was revamped. What is the name of this show set in and filmed mainly in South London?


The Bill


2.Pig island is an antipodean slang term for which country?


New Zealand


3.Involving families such as The Crofts,Elliotts and Musgroves, which classic novel was adapted as a teleplay starring Sally Hawkins,Rupert Penry-Jones and Antony Head?


Persuasion

4.An ancient dharmic religion from India it prescribes a path of non-violence for all forms of living beings in this world. Its philosophy and practice relies mainly on self-effort in progressing the soul on the spiritual ladder to divine consciousness.Give the name of the religion which gives the name Jinta (meaning Conqueror or Victor) having conquered its own inner enemies and achieving the state of supreme being?



Janism


5.A European nation, they suffered their only defeat of the war at the Battle of Dobro Pole. Days later, they decisively defeated British and Greek forces at the Battle of Doiran, avoiding occupation. What nation is this,who signed an armistice on 29 September 1918.



Bulgaria


6.A cold tomato-based raw vegetable soup, originating in the southern region of Andalusia and widely consumed throughout Spain and neighbouring Portugal. What name is given to this dish, mostly consumed during the summer months, due to its refreshing qualities?



Gazpacho


7.Which two-word phrase was first (popularly) coined by Simon Walters,political correspondant of 'The Sun' newspaper in 1988. It was used to describe football hooligans and other drunken,uruly young males?


Lager Lout


8.Who is the only Horse Racing Trainer to train 3 successive winners in the Grand National in the 20th century. (They came between 1953-55)



Vincent O'Brien



9.English and French are two of the three official languages of the Seychelles. Which is the third?



Creole


10.What group from the world of entertainment, has members with the names Urs,Sebastian,Carlos and David?



Il Divo

11.Written by Ben Elton and screened several years before 'Bottom', what was name of the comedy series starring Rik Mayall,Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer?



Filthy,Rich and Catflap

12.In which Dickens novel would you find the characters John Harmon,Bella Wilfer and Mortimer Lightwood?


Our Mutual Friend


13.In which country were the 1956 Olympic Equestrian events held 5 months prior to the Melbourne games?



Sweden

14.David Marks and Julia Barfield were architects for which London structure?




London Eye (Millenium Wheel)


15. This city served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911 and once the centre of modern education, industry, science, culture and politics .By the early 19th century, it was split into two distinct areas—one British (known as the White Town), the other Indian (known as Black Town). What is the name of one the most densely populated cities in the world?



Kolkata (Calcutta)


16.In musical terms, what does 'lento' mean?



Slow


17.Patricia Burke was the first person to represent the UK in which global competition in 1957?



Eurovision Song Contest


18.Outside of the USA and United Kingdom, which country provided the most players in the top 100 of the World Golf Rankings at the start of 2010?



Australia

19.In which century did the Dutch War of Independence begin?



Sixteenth

20.When President John F. Kennedy welcomed 49 Nobel Prize winners to the White House in 1962 he said, 'I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House – with the possible exception when who dined alone? He was born in 1743 and became one of the most revered politicians in US History.



Thomas Jefferson

21.What connects Czech athlete Roman Sebrle and Lithuania's Austra Skujyte?



Both hold the World Record for their respective Decathlons


22.John Crome and Joseph Cotman were lead painters of which (primarily) British art movement founded in the early 19th century?



Norwich School


23.This is the 8th largest city by population in Australia. Located 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne,it is home to the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia. It also hosts the music festival 'Stonefest' .Give the name of this city designed by Chicago architects Walter and Marion Griffin?



Canberra


24.He was an Elizabethan English bookseller and printer . He allegedly compared his attempts to reform the English printing trade to Martin Luther's efforts at reforming Christianity.He had a disdain for Elizabethan patent printing and was jailed twice also having his printing materials seized.This transformed him into an ardent defender of printing privileges and by 1593, he was appointed Printer to the City of London. Who is he?



John Wolfe


25.In area,which is the largest of Britain's National Parks?



Cairngorm National Park


26.Who did Phil Taylor beat in his first World Dart Championship final?


Eric Bristow


27.Past and present ,add together the number of Sugababes, GirlsAloud and Bananarama. What number do you have?


Fifteen


28.This mineral has a hardness value of 3 on the Mohs scale.It is a common constituent of sedimentary rocks and exhibits an unusual characteristic called 'retrograde solubility', in which it becomes less soluble in water as the temperature increases. Most notably seen at the Snowy River Cave in Lincoln County, New Mexico, it has a chemcial formula of CaCO3. What is the name given to this mineral?



Calcite


29.Opened in 1880, it is the second-oldest prison in the state of California and was the first in the country to have electricity.It was one of the first maximum security prisons, and as such witnessed the execution of 92 condemned prisoners over a 42-year period. What is the name of this prison, best-known in popular culture for two concerts performed at the facility by musician Johnny Cash in the late 1960's?



Folsom State


30.It was Eisenstein's first full-length feature film, and he would go on to make The Battleship Potemkin later that year.The film depicts 'uproar' by the workers of a factory in pre-revolutionary Russia, and their subsequent suppression. The film is most famous for a sequence near the end in which the violent putting down of the 'uproar' is cross-cut with footage of cattle being slaughtered. What is the name of this film ?



Strike


31.Conakry is the capital of which West African country?



Guinea


32.Who wrote the play 'Habeas Corpus' ,one of his earlier works?



Alan Bennett


33.Which David Mamet play is based around several Real Estate salesman selling undesirable land?


Glengarry Glen Ross


34.The baseball franchise known as the 'Braves' have won the World Series 3 times. In 1914 as the Boston Braves and in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves,but which city became their 3rd winning home for the 1995 title?



Atlanta


35.Which TV Gameshow is also known as 'El Familion Nestle' in Panama and 'À prendre ou à laisser' in France?



Deal or No Deal



36.He was the first child king in England since the reign of Æthelred the Unready.His greatest monument is Westminster, where he expanded the abbey as a shrine to Edward the Confessor.He assumed the crown under the regency of William Marshal and spent much of his reign fighting the barons over Magna Carta and the royal rights.He was eventually forced to call the first "parliament" in 1264. What was the name of this King of England?



Henry III


37.The OBX Index is a list of the 25 most liquid companies on which country's Stock Exchange main index?



Norway


38.In the Harry Potter novels, what name is given to a wizard who has no magical ability?



Squib


39.In which village did the New Testament miracle of the Loaves and Fishes take place?



Bethsaida


40.What was the first name of Mr Fonzarelli, more commonly known as 'The Fonz' in US TV sitcom Happy Days?


Arthur

41.The American 'Mariner 2' was launched in 1962 after the failing of the Russian probe 'Venera 1' one year earlier. It was the first probe to observe which planet?



Venus


42.The film is an adaptation of a novel by Athol Fugard. The soundtrack features Kwaito music performed by popular South African artist Zola.Set in a Soweto slum, near Johannesburg, South Africa, the film tells the story of a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat.Directed by Gavin Hood ,what is the name of the film that won the Best Foreign Language film at the 2005 Academy Awards?



Tsotsi


43.The Modern Prometheus' is an alternative name given to which 19th Century horror novel?



Frankenstein


44.In which US state is it estimated that 95% of the World's Bourbon Whiskey is distilled?



Kentucky


45.The worst marine disaster of the 20th Century occurred when which ship was torpedoed in the Baltic Sea in 1945,with the loss of over 7000 lives?



The Wilhelm Gustloff


46.His professional musical career involved working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Formynx and Aphrodite's Child.In the 1970s, he formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes. He is best known for composing the film scores for Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire .What name is this Greek artist,more commonly known as ,after being born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in 1943?



Jon Vangelis


47.Which Jewish holiday commemorates Esther's heroic acts?



Purim


48.FC Vaduz of Lietchenstein play in which country's national football league system?



Switzerland


49.Most famous for featuring an early Keira Knightley, which Asian actress actually wanted to 'Bend It like Beckham'?



Parminder Nagra


50.Which country has the car registration 'MK'?



Macedonia