Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sunday Quiz 42

A little bit different tonight,I hope you don't mind.

I've been reviewing my questions of late and thought I might put together a compilation/'Best of' quiz.

Below is 50 questions from my earlier quizzes,from both Sunday and Thursday editions.I thought it may give you a test of your (and my) memory.

I addition I have made this into a 2-part PDF quiz,that you may want to use for your own interest, quiz nights, or as a friendly quiz match (before most British quiz seasons begin).If you would like a copy ,e-mail and I'll e-mail one back.

All back to normal on Thursday.If these compilations prove popular,I may add some periodically in addition to my normal quizzes.

OK,here's tonight's compilation.............

1.Which Anita Brookner novel won the 1984 Booker prize and subsequently adapted for television in 1986 where it was nominated for 9 BAFTA awards?

Hotel Du Lac

2.South Korea have won the Womens' Gold 'Team' medal in every Olympics since 1988, at which sport?


3.Sharing a name with a short lived 1980's soul/pop group, which cocktail consists of rum,Curacao liquer and lime juice?

Mai Tai

4.Which Physicist won the 1922 Nobel Prize for physics for 'his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them'?

Nils Bohr

5.Upper Hutt City,Lower Hutt City and Porirua are 3 of the 4 main urban areas of which Commonwealth capital ?


6. Who was the only male tennis player to complete a career Grand Slam during the 1990s?

Andre Agassi

7.What is the name of Russia's largest internet search engine and also the worlds eighth largest? (In May 2010 it launched an English only version of the search engine)


8.Which 80s US medical drama was set in St Eligius teaching hospital in Boston?

St Elsewhere

9.During which 19th Century conflict were the Battles of Manila Bay,Manzanillo and Mani-Mani fought?

Spanish-American War

10.Candice Bushell, author of 'Sex And the City' wrote another book that was turned into a TV series in the 2000's. What was its title

Lipstick Jungle

11.Which island territory, part of the Netherlands Antilles, has the capital Willemstad?


12.It was one of the major British offensives mounted on the Western Front in 1915 during World War I. It marked the first time the British used poison gas during the war, and is also famous for the fact that it witnessed the first large-scale use of new army or 'Kitchener's Army' units. Name this battle?

Battle of Loos

13.'Sir John In Love' is an opera, first performed in 1929 and features a rendition of 'Greensleeves'. Who was its composer?

Ralph Vaughan Williams

14.Which Scottish castle is the home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and is the legendary setting for Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'?


15.In which Italian region will you find provinces including, Ancona,Macerata and Ascoli Piceno?


16.One of the first battles fought in the American War of Independance, it happened at the Siege of Boston and fought across much of the Charlestown Peninsula. Which battle?

Bunker Hill

17.What was the real name of the man known as the 'Birdman of Alcatraz'?

Robert Stroud

18.What Latin phrase meaning 'Great Work' is used by painters and authors to describe their best work?

Magnum Opus

19.It is a social networking site, where users can make purchases to buy virtual items. Owned by SK Communications, it is a phenomenon in South Korea where it is claimed 95% of 20 to 25 year olds belong. Also used in China and Vietnam what is the name of this site?


20.Which band have been nominated for a record 4 Mercury Music Prizes, but have never won?


21.Corfu,Kefalonia and Zakynthos all belong to which group of Greek Islands?


22.Which American soap opera showed its final episode in September 2010, after a 54 year run?

As The World Turns

23.Zipf's Law is used within within which branch of mathematics?


24.Made up of twelve car horns, it was created for use in his 'March of the Automobiles' ,which was composed in 1929, for the Cincinnati Automobile Show.What is the name of this musical instrument, created by the American composer, Henry Fillmore?


25. She is most widely known for her children's book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils). Who was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Selma Lagerlof

26.Given city status in 1919 and home to two universities, which English city is home the only Jain temple in the West?


27.The Sandinista National Liberation Front seized power in 1979 and ruled until 1990 in which country in the Americas?


28.What was the name of the Headmaster of Salem House School in Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield'?

Mr Creakle

29.Swiss businessman, social activist and Nobel Laureate is regarded as the main inspiration for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Geneva Convention?

Henri Dunant

30.Port Vila is the capital and largest city of which pacific island state?


31.In terms of population , what is the largest city in the European Union, that is NOT a Capital city?


32.It is Britain's most valuable poetry prize and won in 2010 by Seamus Heaney for his collection 'Human Chain'. Established in 1991 and offering a £10,000 top prize. What is the name of this award?

Forward Poetry Prize

33.Which 17th century,English philosopher is noted for his work 'Essay Concerning Human Understanding' and considered a founding theorist of modern democracy?

John Locke

34.Created in the 1930s and the subject of a 1975 film, which pulp hero was Lester Dent best known for creating?

Doc Savage

35.With the exception of the Muschovy duck, from what duck do all domestic ducks descend?


36.The Soyombo symbol is to be found on the flag of which Asian country?


37.It is the annual national pilgrimage of Ireland and held on the last Sunday of the month of July. Pilgrims climb Ireland's holiest mountain,Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, traditionally in their bare feet. It is held in honour of Saint Patrick with appoximately 20,000-30,000 pilgrims participating on the day. With a name sounding like an unpleasant smell what is this holy day called?

Reek Sunday (accept Garland Sunday)

38.Who is the only man to have won two 'Best Actor' Oscars in the 21st Century?

Sean Penn

39.The King of Navarre and three noble companions, Berowne, Dumaine, and Longaville, take an oath to devote themselves to three years of study, promising not to give in to the company of women - This a very brief synopsis of which Shakespeare comedy?

Love's Labours Lost

40.Which author wrote the 'Magic Faraway Tree' series of childrens books?

Enid Blyton

41.In Canada and the USA , what name is given to a volume measurement of pulpwood and firewood -defined as 128 cubic feet (3.62m3)?


42.Which of TS Eliot's poems was recited by Colonel Kurtz (played by Marlon Brando), shortly before his death, in the Vietnam film 'Apocalypse Now'?

The Hollow Men

43.She is a daughter of Rhea and Cronus and sister of Zeus.What is the name of the Greek virgin goddess of the hearth, home and cooking?


44.Situated in Auckland and used for both Rugby Union and Cricket, which is currently the largest stadium in terms of capacity in New Zealand?

Eden Park

45.Which of the cranial nerves is responsible for the transmission of the sense of smell?

Olfactory Nerve

46.Amancio Ortega Gaona, Spain's richest man, is the founder and current chairman of which corporation (one of the World's largest fashion groups)?

Indetix (Industria de DiseƱo Textil)

47.What surname links a Poet Laureate, an Oscar winner and an eponymous character portayed by Don Johnson in a 1990s TV show?

Bridges (Robert,Jeff and Nash respectively)

48.Which US state's three largest cities are Jackson,Gulfport and Hattiesburg?


49.In Greek it can be translated as 'wise-ist' or 'wise man'. What was the name of the group of Greek philosophers and teachers who taught predominately young statesman and noblemen, in return for payment, much to the condemnation of Plato ?

Sophists (Sophism)

50.Who was the last Frenchman to appear in the Wimbledon Mens Singles Final?

Cedric Pioline