Thursday, 27 October 2011

Thursday Quiz 54

Another 30 for you.


1.First launched in 2008,to which mobile phone company does the smartphone brand known as 'Xperia' belong?

Sony Ericsson

2.Controversial at the time,'The Raft of the Medusa',was a 19th century painting,depicting the aftermath of a contemporary French shipwreck,in which the captain had left the crew and passengers to die.It also featured a young Eugene Delacroix,posing as one of the dying figures in the picture.Which pioneer of the Romantic art movement created this work in 1819?

Theodore Gericault

3.Which English king commanded the decisive English victory at the Battle of Crecy,during the Hundred Years' War?

Edward III

4.The third wife of another former President, which Argentine politician,became the first female President in the Americas,when she was elected to office in 1974?

Isabel Peron

5.Last played in 2008,which international team are the current holders of the Rugby League World Cup?

New Zealand

6.According the Alexandre Dumas novel,what is the name of the character who is transformed into 'The Count of Monte Cristo'?

Edmond Dantes

7.Named after a distinctive fungal growth in various areas of the body,white-nose syndrome is believed to have caused over 1 million deaths of which mammal,since it was first identified in 2006?


8.Spanning the borders between Pakistan, India and China,in which mountain range can the world's second highest peak,K2,be located?

Karakoram Range

9.Sandwiched between Mexico and Colombia,which is the largest,in terms of area,of the seven mainland countries of Central America?


10.Featuring Jennifer Beals and Pam Grier,which American TV drama series,aired between 2004-2009,follows the loves and lives of a group of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in West Hollywood?

The L Word

11.Following Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's successful 1953 ascent of Mount Everest,which country provided the next four climbers to reach the summit,doing so in a 1956 expedition?


12.In Greek mythology,what was the name of the notorious ferryman who carried souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron?


13.With a career spanning 6 decades,he has completed 100 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and sold more than 110 million records.Who is the best selling French singer of all-time?

Johnny Hallyday

14.In which part of the human body can the Hyaloid canal be located?

The Eye

15.One of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico,in which Eastern state does the city of Cancun lie?

Quintana Roo

16.Created by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg,the film 'The Adventures of Tintin',was released in October 2011.Which British actor is cast in the title role?

Jamie Bell

17.First identified in 1913 by Kasimir Fajans and Oswald Helmuth Gohring,it was originally named 'brevium'.Which chemical element,has the atomic number of 91 and the chemical symbol Pa?


18.A Frankish military and political leader,he served as Mayor of the Palace under the Merovingian kings.He is remembered for winning the Battle of Poitiers in 732,in which he defeated an invading Muslim army,halting northward Islamic expansion in Western Europe.Thought to be a founding figure of the Middle Ages,what was the name of this man,the father of Pepin the Short and grandfather of Charlemagne?

Charles Martel (or Charles the Hammer)

19.Unlike surveying,it takes into account the Earth's curvature.What name is given to the branch of science,concerning the size and shape of the Earth,its gravitational field and the location of fixed points?


20.Native to New Guinea and Australia,they have three species known as 'Northern','Southern' and 'Dwarf' and are thought to have the lowest bird-call to human ears.Behind the ostrich and emu,it is the third tallest bird.What is its name?


21.In ancient Rome,what name was given to the practitioners of the Etruscan system of divination,who would inspect the entrails of sacrificial animals?


22.In October 2011,the Boeing 787 Dreamliner,made it first ever commerical flight,flying between Haneda and Hong Kong.Through which airline,was the flight made?

All Nippon Airways

23.Which American composer won back to back Academy Awards for 'Best Original Song',with the tracks 'Moon River' in 1961 and 'Days of Wine and Roses' in 1962?

Henry Mancini

24.Particularly popular in Christian art,which term is used to describe a work of art that is divided into three sections or panels,which are hinged together and folded?


25.Written in 1869,it was not published in English until the 20th century.Which Dostoyevky novel tells the story of Prince Myshkin's return to Russia from a Swiss sanatorium, only to find himself at the centre of an emotional struggle between a beautiful kept woman and a gorgeous, virtuous girl?

The Idiot

26.Also the current sponsor of Manchester City Football Club,which airline carries the flag of Abu Dhabi,in the United Arab Emirates?


27.Under which US President did the Louisiana Purchase occur,where over 800,000 square miles of land was acquired by the US from France?

Thomas Jefferson

28.Also the name of a TV detective,what term,derived from Middle-Age heraldry, is used to describe the device whereby pictures are used instead of words?


29.In winning the 2008 Womens Long Jump event,who became Brazil's first and (so far) only individual female Olympic champion?

Maurren Maggi

30.It makes frequent allusions to a very famous English poem,from which its title is derived.Written by Jez Butterworth,which West End and Broadway play,tells the story Johnny 'Rooster' Byron,a local waster and modern day pied-piper?