Thursday, 24 November 2011

Thursday Quiz 57

I could call this the Heinz Quiz.

Anyway,enjoy this set..................

1.In November 2011,'The People's Party', led by Mariano Rajoy,won a majority in the General election of which European country?


2.With 1,196 inhabitants per square mile ,which is the most densely populated stae in the USA?

New Jersey

3.The most common type of which vegetable,is also known as Calabrese?


4.Which Shakespearean character name connects the title character in 'The Merchant of Venice',the brother of Leonato in 'Much Ado About Nothing' and the father of Proteus in 'the Two Gentlemen Of Verona'?


5.Formed in 1984 by two former members of The Beat,they are a best known for their 1988,global number one album,'The Raw and the Cooked'.What is the name of this British band,who take their name from a 1960 film starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood?

Fine Young Cannibals

6.Originating in the Carpathian mountains,which Eastern European river runs through Ukraine and Moldova and also separates most of Moldova's territory from the breakaway de facto state of Transnistria?

Dniester River

7.Enid Bagnold was the author of the novel 'National Velvet' from which the 1944 film,starring Elizabeth Taylor was taken.She is also noted as the great-grandmother of which (current) public figure and famous wife?

Samantha Cameron

8.The French Impressionist painter,Berthe Morisot,became the sister- in-law of which noted French painter,after marrying his younger brother Eugene?

Eduoard Manet

9.Founded in 1921,the fashion house,Gucci,has become one of the top fashion brands in the world.Gucci was the surname of the founder,but what was his first name?


10.Since the event became known as the America's Cup in 1851,only three countries outside the USA have held the trophy.Name two of them?

Australia,New Zealand and Switzerland

11.Widely considered as one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the world,in which US state is Stanford University located?


12.Responsible for the design of over 100 churches across the Netherlands,which 19th century,Dutch architect,is best known for designing Amsterdam Cental Station and for winning the contest to design the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) in 1876?

Pierre Cuypers

13.Beatified in 2000,he was also the last Pope to rule as the Sovereign of the Papal States.Serving for over 31 years,which 19th century Pope, holds the record for the longest elected papal reign?

Pius IX

14.14.Decided at the Battle of Bouvines,the 13th century Anglo-French War,was fought between the armies of King John of England and which French monarch?

Philip II

15.What official title is currently held by Pierre DesRuisseaux in Canada,Cilla McQueen in New Zealand and WS Merwin in the USA?

Poet Laureate

16.Who won Academy Awards in the category of 'Best Director' for the films 'Mrs Miniver'(1942),'Best Years of Our Lives'(1946) and 'Ben-Hur'(1959)?

William Wyler

17.Released in 1964,'Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M',was the debut album by which famous American duo?

Simon and Garfunkel

18.The scientific term, 'Terminal Velocity', describes a free falling object's downward force of gravity,when it is equal to an upward force of what?


19.What was Nelson Mandela's occupation,prior to his 28 year incarceration?


20.One of the longest running shows in Broadway history,it was written by Kenneth Tynan,with its title is taken from a painting by Clovis Trouille.What is the name of this avant garde theatrical revue,that consists of sketches in sex-related topics?

Oh! Calcutta!

21.Also a capital city,which is the largest city,by population,in the Caribbean?

Santo Domingo

22.Designed by Minoru Yamasaki,the Century Plaza Towers,have a common resemblance to his more famous work,'The World Trade Centre'.In television, the Towers were the headquarters of the fictional private detective Remington Steele.In which US city are they located?

Los Angeles

23.Originally called the Fitzroy Street School,its main exponents included Vanessa Bell,Eric Gill,John Nash and Kenneth Martin.Sharing its name with a square on the London edition of 'Monopoly',which 20th century art movement,aimed to counteract the tendencies of Surrealism and Abstractism by returning to more figurative forms of expression?

Euston Road School

24.Located at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands archipelago,Norman Island is believed to be the inspiration of which 19th century novel?

Treasure Island

25.In November 2011,who was awarded the prestigious literary prize,the 'Prix Goncourt',for his novel,' L'Art francais de la guerre'?

Alexis Jenni

26.Stretching from the Baltic to the North Sea,what was the name given,to the economic alliance of trading cities and their merchant guilds,that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe during the Late Middle Ages and early modern period?

Hanseatic League

27.Following on from her breakthrough role in 2000's Girlfight, she is best known for playing tough girl roles and starring in Hollywood blockbusters such as The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, S.W.A.T., Avatar and Machete.She is equally well known for her role as Ana Lucia Cortez in the television series Lost.What is the name of this American actress?

Michelle Rodriguez

28.Only second to Roger Federer (who has reached 23 to date),which male tennis player reached the final of 19 Grand Slam singles finals, in the open era,recording eight wins?

Ivan Lendl

29.A 16th century Italian painter,he was a pupil of Raphael and became a pioneer of the Mannerist painting style.His notable works include 'Isabella d'Este' and 'The Stoning of St Stephen'.What is the name of this influential painter,who is also mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale'?

Giulio Romano

30.Of which British Overseas Territory,is Road Town the capital?

British Virgin Islands