Sunday, 28 August 2011

Sunday Quiz 44

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1.Performed almost entirely in Japanese,which World War II drama,was the last Steven Spielberg, produced film, to be nominated for a 'Best Picture',Academy Award?

Letters From Iwo Jima

2.Ranked as the most influential person in Mumbai by a national daily newspaper,which prominent, Indian social activist,spent 288 hours on hunger strike,until Parliament passed strong anti-corruption laws in August 2011?

Anna Hazare (or Kisan Baburao Hazare)

3.In August 2011,scientists at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne announced their discovery of a planet,orbiting a pulsar.From which substance, (familiar to the Mohs scale),was the planet entirely made up of,only the second time such a planetary mass has been discovered?


4.In James Joyce's novel, Ulysses,he uses modern literary devices to narrate a single day in the life of a Dublin businessman, named Leopold Bloom.This day ,intentionally, draws elaborate parallels to which Greek hero's '20 years of wandering'?


5.Which forename and surname is shared by an English rugby union player that represents Exeter and the England 'Sevens' side,an English golfer who plays on the European Tour and the British swimmer that holds the long and short course National records for the 50 metre Freeestyle and Butterfly?

Mark Foster

6.Located on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States,what became the 37th contiguous US state and the first new US state following the American Civil War,mainly as a result of the 1862 Homestead Act?


7.An organic compound with the chemical formula C6 H5 OH,it is a white crystalline solid and first extracted from coal tar.Which acid is also known as Phenol?

Carbolic Acid

8.Born in 1960,he has appeared in numerous TV shows and films,in a career of over 35 years,but is particularly remembered for 3 main roles.Which American actor played the characters, Bugsy Malone in the 1976 film adaptation, the Fonz's cousin 'Chachi',in Happy Days and the title character in the 80s sitcom 'Charles In Charge'?

Scott Baio

9.Used in Asia for passenger services between the many islands of Japan,(amongst other journeys),what specific type of vehicle is the Boeing 929?


10.Founded in 1990,it is accepted at around 11 million point of sale outlets worldwide.What is the name of Mastercard's main brand of debit card?


11.Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli,what was the regnal name of the Pope who served throughout the entire Second World War?

Pius XII

12.Founded by Robert Maxwell in 1990,it was a weekly newspaper,sold on Thursdays and billed as 'Europe's first national newspaper'.In 1996,edited by Andrew Neil, it was transformed into a high-end tabloid format,that was aimed at the business community.What was the name of this short-lived newspaper,which ceased production in 1998,due to poor sales?

The European

13.According to the Guinness Book of World Records,it was the most watched TV show of all time, with over 1.1 billion viewers around the world each week.Which 1990s American 'action-drama' series originated as a spin-off, from the 1989 TV film,'Panic at Malibu Beach'?


14.In UK legislative procedure,which stage of a bill follows the second reading and precedes the 'report' stage?

Committee Stage

15.With lyrics by Australian comedian and musician,Tim Minchin,it was originally performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.Which of Roald Dahl's childrens books,was adapted into a musical in 2010,which will make its West End debut in October 2011?


16.In August 2011,following the resignation of Steve Jobs,who became the new CEO of Apple Inc?

Tim Cook

17.Containing the destruction of the Walls of Jericho,which Book of the Old Testament can be split into the three parts - 'the conquest of Canaan','the distribution of the land' and 'the farewell address'?


18.A name in common with a famous 16th century painting,which dark comedy, one of the masterpieces of Henry James's final period, follows the trip of Lewis Lambert Strether to Europe,in search of Chad,his widowed fiancee's wayward son?

The Ambassadors

19.Which of Shakespeare's plays is set,primarily, in the Forest of Arden?

As You Like It

20.A Brazilian footballer,he plays for F.C. Porto in the Portuguese first division.Born Givanildo Vieira de Souza,by what comic book nickname is he generally referred,due to his resemblance to actor Lou Ferrigno?


21.The titular character of an 1843 play by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez and an 1857 Verdi Opera,what was the name of the first Doge of Genoa,fatally poisoned in 1363?

Simon(e) Boccanegra

22.Found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco and famously in Gibraltar,what is the name if the only free living primates in Europe, (besides humans)?

Barbary Apes (or Barbary Macaque)

23.With types such as coronary,ureteral and prostatic,what name is given to the artificial tube,inserted into a natural passage in the body to 'prevent, or counteract, a disease-induced, localised flow constriction'?


24.Prior to David Cameron,who was the last British Prime Minister to have been formally educated at Eton College?

Alexander Douglas-Home

25.Noted for his flamboyant style,his magnum opus was that of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) in Barcelona,which was unfinished at the time of his death in 1926.Who was its Spanish architect?

Antonio Gaudi

26.By some margin,which country has produced the most 'top prize' winning contestants, on the TV gameshow,'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?


27.Which German city,the 7th largest by population, is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia and home to Europe's largest canal port?


28.Named after a 1952 and 1956 Olympic Champion,in which athletic event is the 'O'Brien shift',a common technique?

Shot Put

29.Located at at Kourou,in which French Overseas Territory can the European Space Agency's major spaceport be found?

French Guiana

30.In 1948,the artist Lucien Freud,married Kitty Garman,which would last for four years.Who was her famous father,an American-born, British sculptor ?

Jacob Epstein

31.Named after a former US President,what is the capital city of the US state of Wisconsin?


32.In the history of aviation,for what is Thomas Selfridge remebered, after an event of 1907?

First person to be killed in a plane crash

33.With the defeat of its army and the fall of the capital,which 19th century conflict was ended by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo?

Mexican-American War

34.The outlaw and bank robber,Jesse James,was assassinated by which member of his gang in 1882?

Robert Ford

35.It is believed a 50-page speech folded over twice in the breast pocket and a metal glasses case slowed the bullet.Which US President,not only survived an assassination attempt by saloon-keeper John F Schrank,but continued with his speech,stating ,'It takes more than one bullet to bring down a Bull Moose'?

Theodore Roosevelt

36.Which Austrian city's International airport is also known as the 'Blue Danube' airport?


37.Which 19th century,British fashion designer,is widely considered the 'Father of Haute couture' and credited as the first designer, to put labels onto the clothing he manufactured?

Charles (Frederick) Worth

38.Closely related to the beluga whale,the males of which species of whale, in the Monodontidae family, are distinguished by a characteristic long, straight, helical tusk extending from their upper left jaw?


39.Named after a mythical ancient Greek king,this 64-gun,Royal Navy ship saw service in the American Revolutionary, French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.What is the name of the ship,remembered for being Nelson's favourite?


40.A record production duo consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, they are credited with contributing the sound for many successful hip hop, R&B and pop artists in the late 1990s and 2000s.They are also believed to be the most successful producers in music history.Named after a planet,by what pseudonym are they better known?

The Neptunes