Thursday, 19 May 2011

Thursday Quiz 33

I've handed in my Brain of Britain application and signed up for the World Quizzing Championships.I'm sure I'm not the only one.

So,here's another 20 to help,or just to have fun with..........







1.Used,primarily,to treat ,malaria,it can also be used effectively against lupus and arthritis.Although it is synthesised,which drug is also found naturally in the bark of the cinchona tree?



Quinine


2.Which notorious 18th century,English criminal,was arrested under the alias of John Palmer,which ultimately led to his execution?



Dick Turpin


3.Which Italian physicist was best known for his invention of the electric battery in 1800?



Alessandro Volta


4.Featuring Helen Mirren,Michael Elphick and Colin Welland, as adults playing the roles of children, the 1979 TV play 'Blue Remebered Hills' was written by which 20th century,British playwright?



Dennis Potter


5.Which song title produced UK top 20 singles for Blondie in 1980,Go West in 1985 and Spagna in 1987?



Call Me


6.Which US state has Bismarck as its capital and Fargo as its largest city,by population?



North Dakota


7.Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos are the 'anchors' of which popular American morning news and talk show,that began broadcasting in 1975?



Good Morning America


8.Given a honorary knighthood in 2004,he was a member of the Italian sennate between 1994-2001.He is more recognised,however,as a film director,creating films such as 'Romeo and Juliet' 'The Taming of the Shrew' and the TV mini-series,'Jesus of Nazareth'.What is his name?



Franco Zeffirelli


9.Established in 1364, by Casimir III the Great,the Jagiellonian University is one of the world's oldest.With many notable alumni,it was also a learning place for Pope John Paul II.In which country is it located?



Poland


10.Coined by Choudhary Rahmat Ali in 1933, in his pamphlet 'Now or Never',which Asian coutry's name translates as 'Land of the Pure'?



Pakistan


11.Bordering the New York borough of the Bronx,it is home to the Hudson River Museum, the Sherwood House, the Science Barge and a large harness racing track.With it's name deriving from the Dutch meaning 'young gentleman',what is the 4th largest city,by population,in New York state?



Yonkers


12.Sharing it's name with a 1986 film starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, and River Phoenix,what Carribean zone historically consisted of an area along the Atlantic coast of present-day Nicaragua and Honduras?



Mosquito Coast


13.A deciduous climbing shrub from East Asia and North America,it is part of the pea family and flowers in white,lilac or violet, in long pendulous clusters.Often grown for onamental purposes,what is the name of this plant,that has a link to a well-known US TV series?



Wisteria (The TV show Desperate Housewives is set on Wisteria Lane)


14.In which Irish province are,amongst others, the counties of Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow?



Leinster


15.Home to the J&B Met, an event which draws more than 50,000 spectators,Kenilworth is the oldest racecourse in which Commonwelth country?



South Africa


16.For over a hundred years,the 'Up Helly Aa' fire festival is an annual winter festival,to mark the end of the yule season.In which particular part of the British Isles are these events held?



Shetland Islands


17.In Greek mythology,which tragic character was the wife of King Laius of Thebes and mother of Oedipus?



Jocasta


18.Deriving their name from the long beards they wore,which East Germanic tribe, originally from Northern Europe,settled in the valley of the Danube and,from there, invaded Byzantine Italy in 568 under the leadership of Alboin?



Lombards


19.Originally made by nomadic peoples of Central Asia,it has been used as both medicine and as a beverage.What is the name of this fermented drink,obtained from an ass's or mare's milk?



Koumiss (or Kumiss)


20.Also a pioneer of electronic music,which 20th century Greek avant-garde composer,used mathematical models, such as applications of set theory,stochastic processes and game theory to create his works?



Iannis Xenakis