Thursday, 14 July 2011

Thursday Quiz 41

Here's your Thursday evening/night time batch.Enjoy!............

1.The largest reservoir by surface area in the world, and the fourth largest by water volume,Lake Volta is located entirley in which African country?


2.Occurring twice each year in an area of New York,it is a phenomenon that shows the Sun appearing to be nestled perfectly between the skyscraper corridors,illuminating the north and south sides of the streets.Which term, first coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson,describes this event, after he compared its similarities with that of the solstice alignments on Salisbury Plain?


3.Although he is noted for his double 'Best Actor' Academy award wins during the 1990s,for which 1988 film,heavily inspired by the 1987 Italian film 'Da grande', did Tom Hanks receive his first Academy award nomination?


4.Revived in July 2011 in Thailand,the Snooker World Cup was played for the first time since 2001.Which country won the 2001 tournament,beating Ireland 6-2 in the final?


5.In a well known 1952 childrens book,'Charlotte's Web',four descriptions are woven in the web in order to save Wilbur the pig.'Some Pig' and 'Radiant' are two descriptions,name one of the other two?

Terrific or Humble

6.According to Greek mythology,it involved diverting the rivers Alpheus and Peneus.Which was the only one of Heracles' '12 Labours' that did not involve killing or capturing something or someone?

Cleansing of the Augean Stables

7.Based on the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry,what is the name of the famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci,that depicts a male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square?

Vitruvian Man (sometimes called the Canon of Proportions)

8.Which three word song title provided top 10 UK hit singles for Blancmange in 1984,Madonna in 2000 and Avril Lavigne in 2004?

Don't Tell Me

9.Born with the name Mercurius,he became Pope in 533AD.He became noted as the first Pope to change his name on elevation, as 'Mercury' was the name of a Roman god.What name did he choose,a name that has since been used by many future Popes?

John (II)

10.The first of which useful structure,is generally considered to have been designed by Holabird and Roche and built in 1918, in the West Loop area of downtown Chicago?

Multi-Storey Car Park

11.Which Madonna single,released in the 21st century,was the first Madonna track released on 'i-Tunes' and also holds a place in the Guiness Book of Records for becoming the only single to make it to number one in forty-five different countries?

Hung Up

12.World famous for its cheese,Gorgonzola has a station on which Italian city's underground metro system?


13.Produced since 1964 by the American food company, Frito-Lay,which world famous snack brand, takes its name from the Spanish for 'little golden'?


14.Located in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate,it is near the German border with Luxembourg and built on the banks of the Moselle River.Also the birthplace of Karl Marx,which is the oldest city in Germany?


15.Which British overseas territory,with a population of around just 50 people,has its capital at Adamstown?

Pitcairn Island

16.Planned for Allied invasion on November 1 1945,Operation 'Downfall' was never carried out.Which country was the intended target of the operation?


17.Which 9th century King of Wessex,had four of his five sons,including Alfred the Great,succeed him to the throne?

Ethelwulf (Aethelwulf)

18.Particularly well known for a 1961 event,what is the English name of the inlet of the Gulf of Cazones on the southern coast of Cuba,which is known in Spanish as 'Bahia de Cochinos'?

Bay of Pigs

19.Completing his challenge in July 2011, the former Wales rugby international,Richard Parks became the first person to reach the seven continental summits and both Poles in the same year.With a sports related reference,how is this challenge usually known?

Explorers Grand Slam

20.Sharing its name with a European country,what was the name of the cruise ship,which sank in the River Volga in July 2011,killing over 80 people?


21.How many different US Presidents served in office during the reign of the British Queen Victoria?

17 (Seventeen as Grover Cleveland served twice)

22.Sharing its name with a street in London's financial district,it has been used in many films and TV shows.Which iconic San Francisco street and tourist attraction is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns?

Lombard Street

23.On July 12 2011,Neptune 'celebrated' its first birthday, after reaching its first Neptunian year since discovery in the 19th century.To the nearest whole number,how many Earth years make up a Neptunian year?

165 years (164.79)

24.With a name resembling an Italian football team,its Greek counterpart is Hebe.Who was the Roman Goddess of youth?


25.Teaming up with Emery Roth and Sons,which prolific Japanese architect,born in 1912, is credited with the design of the World Trade Centre Towers 1 and 2,which were destroyed by the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001?

Minoru Yamasaki

26.Which Asian city connects a 1907 poem by Rudyard Kipling ,a 2001 song by Robbie Williams,a 2005 sequel to 'Dogville' directed by Lars Von Trier and a Las Vegas casino?


27.Known primarily for an 1855 epic poem,he was also the first American to translate Dantes 'Divine Comedy'.Which noted 'fireside' poet also created major works such as 'Evangaline','The Golden Legend' and 'Kavanagh:A Tale'?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

28.According to Forbes Magazine,which (NFL) American Football Team are rated as the USA's most valuable?

Dallas Cowboys

29.Globally successful,this British non-traditional dance troupe uses the body and everyday objects to create a physical and percussive performance.Founded in 1981 by the members of the street band 'Pookiesnackenburger' and the theatre group 'Cliff Hanger' ,how are this group now known?


30.Initiated by the cult leader Jim Jones,the 'Jonestown massacre' of 1978,was a notorious mass suicide that followed the murder of Congressman Leo Ryan and four others, by cult members at a nearby Port Kaituma airstrip.In which South American country did it occur?