Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sunday Quiz 41

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1.The five extant species of which animal are prefixed with the descriptions,White,Black,Indian,Sumatran and Javan?


2.Fought on hilly terrain in north-eastern France between the German and French armies,it lasted from 21 February-18 December 1916 and resulted in around 300,000 fatalities.Which battle,named after the nearby city in the Meuse department was the longest of the First World War?

Battle of Verdun

3.Derived from the Greek name for the Etruscans,which sea is bounded by Corsica and Sardinia to the west,the Italian mainland to the east and Sicily to the south?

Tyrrhenian Sea

4.Set up in 1996,the Community of Portuguese Language Countries is an intergovernmental organisation to promote social,cultural and economic co-operation among lusophone nations, where Portuguese is an official language.Of the 8 official member states,which is the only one located in Asia?

East Timor

5.Playing for the football team,Fluminese, he was voted 'Best Player' in Brazil's top football league in 2009 and 2010.In 2011 he transferred to Chinese club, Guangzhou Evergrande for 26.5 million euros,making him the third highest paid player in the world after Messi and Ronaldo.What is the name of this 28 year old Argentine footballer,who has never (upto July 2011) played for his country?

Dario Conca

6.Following the end of its civil war in 1948,President President Jose Figueres Ferrer abolished the military,with a constitutional article, still in force today.Which Latin American country does this refer to?

Costa Rica

7.Which 'regal' stage name is used by the US rapper,singer and Academy award nominated actress Dana Elaine Owens?

Queen Latifah

8.On Earth,during the late Paleozoic and the early Mesozoic years,it has been hypothesised that there was once a single 'supercontinent',known as Pangaea.What was the name of the 'superocean' that surrounded it?


9.The 1917 'October' or 'Bolshevik' Revolution was held in the Russian city,known today,as Saint Petersburg.By what name was it known at the time of the revolution?


10.One of the longest mountain ranges in the world,the 'Rockies' stretch for 3,000 miles (4,830 km) from the northenmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico, in the southwestern United States.What is the name of the highest peak in this range,named after a Colorado statesman?

Mt Elbert

11.Formed by water impounded by the Hoover Dam,which lake is the largest reservoir in the United States?

Lake Mead

12.As of 2011,which country heads the table for having most UNESCO World Heritage sites,with 47 of them?


13.In which Australian city,are the important institutions,the National Gallery,the National Library,the National Museum and the Royal Australian Mint,all located?


14.Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott,which London power station is now used as the site of the Tate Modern Gallery?


15.Held in Thailand in 2011,which country won the revitalised Snooker World Cup,beating Northern Ireland 4-2,in the final?


16.Serving as a Spanish Knight during the 1521 Battle of Pamplona,he he underwent a spiritual conversion while in recovery.He then bound himself to vows of chastity,obedience and poverty,following the example set by Francis of Assisi and in 1609 was beatified by Pope Paul V.Who,in1539,founded the Society of Jesus,also known as the Jesuits?

(Saint) Ignatius of Loyola

17.The Oracle Corporation is one of the largest computer companies in the world,with only Microsoft and IBM ahead in terms of software revenue.It's co-founder and CEO is the 5th richest man in the world and the 3rd richest in the US.What is his name?

Larry Ellison

18.Located about 11 km off the coast of French Guiana,the Salvation Islands (or Iles du Salut),are home to which notorious island,made famous,in part,by Henri Charriere?

Devil's Island (or Ile du diable)

19.With an atomic number of 74,which metal has the second highest melting point of all the chemical elements?


20.Following his acrimonious departure from the show 'Two and a Half Men', Charlie Sheen joined the production of a new TV comedy show in July 2011.Based on a 2003 film starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson,what is the film and new show's title?

Anger Management

21.Which 18th century,Scottish explorer, is best remembered for being the first European to discover the River Niger,doing so just 3 weeks after escaping from Moorish captivity?

Mungo Park

22.Using the song'Refrain',performed by Lys Assia,which country,in 1956,became the inaugural winners of the Eurovison Song Contest


23.Creator of the 'Jack Reacher' series of books,author Jim Grant, won the novel of the year award at the 2011 Harrogate Crime Writing Festival.By what pen name is he universally known?

Lee Child

24.An extremely popular piece of classical music,from which Prokofiev ballet,does the atmospheric 'Dance of the Knights' originate?

Romeo and Juliet

25.A former backing singer for the pop group 'Wham!',she went on to work with the Paul Weller led 'Style Council',where she later became Weller's wife.What is the name of the singer most noted for her 1985 UK smash hit,'See The Day',a song that was covered by Girls Aloud in 2005?

Dee C Lee

26.'Least Developed Country' (LDC) is a term given to a country which, according to the United Nations, exhibits the lowest indicators of socio-economic development.Many are in Africa and several are scattered around Asia and Oceania.Which country,(as of 2011),is the only 'member' from the Americas?


27.Which Indian state is the smallest by area,4th smallest by population,but richest by Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?


28.Due for release in late 2011,the Phyllida Lloyd directed film 'The Iron Lady' portrays Margaret Thatcher in the days leading up to the start of the Falkands War.With Jim Broadbent playing the husband,Dennis,which Hollywood star has been cast to play the title role?

Meryl Streep

29.Consisting of two chambers,the Lagting and the Odelsting,it has 169 members.The 'Storting' is the national parliament of which country?


30.The most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to Buddhism,which site is famous for being the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment?

Bodh (Buddh) Gaya

31.Which of Shakespeare's plays,is set in 14th century France and Italy and tells of the love affair (and eventual marriage) between Helen,the daughter of a poor physician and Bertram,the Count of Roussillon?

All's Well That Ends Well

32.A German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright,he struck up a productive friendship Johann Wolfgang von Goethe during his later years.Who is noted for creating the 1804 play 'William Tell',made into an opera by Rossini and the poem 'Ode To Joy',later used by Beethoven in his 9th symphony?

Friedrich Schiller

33.The 46th state to enter the union,it is part of the 'Bible Belt' and bordered by six other states.Home of the semi-autonomous Choctaw Nation district,which US state takes its name from the Choctaw translation,meaning 'red people'?


34.The first Carlist War was a civil war fought in which European country between 1833-1839?


35.To the south,it is linked to the Black Sea by the narrow Strait of Kerch.Bounded by Ukraine to the north and Russia to the west,what is the shallowest sea in the world?

Sea of Azov

36.Diego Garcia,the largest land mass in the Chagos Archipelago,is now used soley as a military base for the US and UK.It is also the official capital of which British Overseas Territory?

British Indian Ocean Territory

37. Nyahbinghi, the Bobo Ashanti and the Twelve Tribes of Israel are prominent 'mansions',(equivalent of denomination or sect),used in which religion,that also uses the word 'Jah' to describe God?


38.Representing Luxembourg and riding for the 'Leopard Trek' team,what is the surname of the sibling professional cyclists,Andy and Frank,who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 2011 Tour de France?


39.Her Pulitzer Prize winning novel 'Beloved'tells the true story of the African-American slave, Margaret Garner.In 1988,it was adapted for a 1988 film,starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.Her other noted works include 'Song of Solomon' and 'The Bluest Eye'.Which African-American author was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature,the last American(to date),to do so?

Toni Morrison

40.Costing airlines millions of dollars in cancelled and diverted flights each year,this dry and dusty West African trade wind,blows south from the Sahara into the Gulf of Guinea, between the end of November and the middle of March.Nicknamed 'the doctor',by locals,it has a cool temperature that brings relief to the oppressive heat.What is this wind's name?