Thursday, 8 September 2011

Thursday Quiz 48

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1.Invented between 1910 and 1911,the 'Schick Test',was used to determine,whether or not, a person was susceptible to which disease?


2.Originating in Argentina,it is rarely taller than eight hands in height (at the withers) and is thought to have only a few thousand in existance worldwide.Taking its name from one of the original breeders,what is the name of this minature horse, one of the smallest breeds of horse in the world?


3.What three-word title is shared by a 1912 Thomas Mann novella,a 1971 film starring Dirk Bogarde and the 1973 opera written by Benjamin Britten,which was to be his last?

Death In Venice

4.One of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy,which Northern hemisphere constellation, is taken from the Greek meaning 'herdsman' and contains Arcturus,the third brightest star in the night sky?


5.With an estimated 102,400 members worldwide and known to the Japanese Police as 'boryokudan' (meaning violence group),what usual name is given to the members of the traditional organised crime syndicates in Japan?


6.How are the characters Dmitri,Ivan and Alexei referred to in a classic novel of 1880?

The Brothers Karamazov

7.Although Jefferson City is the capital,it is only the 15th largest city in the US state of Missouri,by population.Which city is the largest in the state?

Kansas City

8.Usually housing the credence table as well as seats for officiating and assisting ministers,what name is given to the space around the altar, in the sanctuary, at the east end of a traditional Christian church building?


9.In the boardsports,such as surfing,a person who rides their respective board with the left leg positioned at the front,is known as 'regular'.Named after a Disney cartoon character,,what name is given to somebody who rides with their right leg positioned at the front?


10.In 1994,the sport of Darts split to form two governing bodies and two different World Championships.Phil Taylor has won,by far,the most The Professional Darts Council(PDC) World titles.Who has won the most British Darts Organisation(BDO) World titles,with 4 wins,since the split?

Raymond Van Barneveld

11.Named after a reclusive priest,Friar Benedict,which South American country is host to the town of Fray Bentos,known for a 1997 plane crash,killing 74 and more famously its corned beef manufacture?


12.In 1890,King William III of the Netherlands died without a male heir,leaving his daughter Princess Wilhelmina,to become Queen.This led to the independence of which country,that was restricted to male heirs by the Nassau Family Pact?


13.Sharing a name with a 1990s Welsh rock band,which mental condition sees patients experiencing an extreme loss of motor skills and sometimes holding rigid poses for hours,ignoring any external stimuli?


14.Which word or name links a horse racetrack in Baltimore,home to the Preakness Stakes,the only station on London Underground's Victoria Line to have no form of interchange and a 1949 Ealing comedy starring Stanley Holloway and Margaret Rutherford?

Pimlico (The film being Passport To Pimlico)

15.Prior to formation of 'The New Power Generation' in 1990,what was the name of Prince's first backing group,with which he had hits including,'Purple Rain','When Doves Cry' and 'Let's Go Crazy'?

The Revolution

16.After Athens,in terms of population,what is the second largest city in Greece?


17.Located in the province of Connacht,which Irish county is served by Castlebar as its county town?

County Mayo

18.Appointed Poet Laureate in 1813,which writer's noted works include,'The Fall of Robespierre',co-written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge,several biographies,including Horatio Nelson and the childrens story 'The Three Bears' (commonly referred to as Goldilocks)?

Robert Southey

19.Which landlocked country is the smallest,in terms of area,of the 7 countries to border Iran?


20.Which South American country,despite facing criticism over plans to build a highway through the Amazon rainforest,had its first 'National Pedestrian Day',in September 2011,banning all motorised vehicles from roads,in a bid to promote environmental awareness?


21.Its name translates as 'The Five Treasures of Snows' and was first climbed in 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band.Which mountain,until 1852,was assumed to be the highest in the world?


22.Born as Golda Mabovitch in 1898,which modern day country was the birthplace of the first female Prime Minister of Israel,Golda Meir?


23.During a prolific film career,spanning over 20 years,Brad Pitt has earned just two Academy Award nominations (without ever winning).The second was for 'Best Actor' in the 2008 film 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.In which 1995 film, directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film 'La jetee',did he receive his first nomination,awarded in the category of 'Best Supporting Actor'?

Twelve Monkeys

24.The trial of which former French President,charged for embezzlement began in Paris in September 2011?

Jacques Chirac

25.A name in common with an English slang word for sleep,what is the unit of currency in Laos?

(Laos) Kip

26.Active during the French Renaissance,he was a 16th century architect appointed by King Francis I of France.His role was to take charge of the building projects at the Palais du Louvre,transforming the old chateau into the palace that we know today.What was the architect's name?

Pierre Lescot

27.She served as Secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Labour under George H.W. Bush before becoming head of the American Red Cross.What is the name of this successful US politician,North Carolina's first female Senator from 2003 to 2009 and wife to the 1996 Republican presidential nominee?

Elizabeth Dole

28.Currently ranked 19th by the International Rugby Board,which will be the only country making its Rugby World Cup debut in 2011?


29.Based on the medieval legend of Genevieve of Brabant,it received its first performance in 1850.What is the title of Robert Schumann's only opera?


30.The actor Don Johnson is well known for playing the part of James 'Sonny' Crockett,In the 1980s US TV detective drama,'Miami Vice'.Which lesser known actor played his detective partner Ricardo 'Rico Tubbs?

Philip Michael Thomas