Sunday, 1 January 2012

Sunday Quiz 58

Happy New Year to you all and thanks again for your support with the site.

Just one minor change (basically due to a variety of commitments).I will be printing 30 questions on Sundays instead of 40,although Thursdays will remain at 30.

Here is the first of the year.

I hope you enjoy.............

1.Following the death of his father earlier in the month,who in late December 2011,was officially declared the new Supreme Leader of North Korea?

Kim Jong Un

2.Bordering Michigan,Indiana,Kentucky,West Virginia and Pennsylvania,which US state was the first to be admitted to the Union during the 19th century and the 17th admitted overall?


3.In 1942,which group of Alaskan islands,became the only part of the United States to be officially occupied during World War II?

Aleutian Islands

4.Returning to power in December 2011,she originally became her country's first female Prime Minister in 2006.Of which Commomwealth country is Portia Simpson-Miller the current political leader?


5.Using pelota,roller hockey and taekwondo,which was the last Summer Olympic Games to showcase 'demonstration sports'?

1992 Barcelona

6.The third largest company listed on the London Stock Exchange,which bank was founded in 1865 by Sir Thomas Sutherland?

HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation)

7.Only two artists (to date) have both won the Turner Prize and been selected to exhibit at the Tate Modern Gallery's 'Turbine Hall'.Name either?

Anish Kapoor and Rachel Whiteread

8.With a population of around 58,000,which American territory,located north of Tonga,includes the main island of Tutuila,the Manu'a Islands,Rose Atoll and Swains Island?

American Samoa

9.Forming part of the international border between Latvia and Belarus,it also flows through parts of Russia.What is the name of this 1000km long river,which also flows through the Latvian capital of Riga?

Daugava River

10.The Abraj Al-Bait Towers,hold several world records,including the tallest hotel in the world,the tallest clock tower in the world, the world's largest clock face and the world's largest building floor area.It is also the second tallest (inhabited) building in the world. In which country is it located?

Saudi Arabia

11.Which international political leader was assassinated in 1995 by Yigal Amir?

Yitzhak Rabin

12.She first came to prominence in 1925 with her publication of poetry entitled 'Enough Rope.Since then she went on to write further poetic collections as well as writing plays.She also received Academy Award nominations for her 1937 screenplay 'A Star is Born and the 1941 film 'Smash Up,The Story of a Woman'.What is the name of this American writer,poet and satirist who later became 'blacklisted' from Hollywood due her Communist associations?

Dorothy Parker

13.Won by the Russian athlete Gulnara Samitova-Galkina,which athletics event made its debut for women at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing?

3000m Steeplechase

14.Playing the role of Jeffrey Goines,for which 1995 film,inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film 'La jetee',did Brad Pitt earn his first Academy Award nomination?

Twelve Monkeys

15.Which of the Ivy League universities lies furthest south?

University of Pennsylvania

16.The Treaty of which European capital city was used to end the Seven Years' War,the Crimean War and the Spanish-American War?


17.Taken from the Latin word for 'rustic',which poetic form is described as nineteen lines long, consisting of five stanzas of tercets,followed by one concluding quatrain?


18.Named after the Greek navigator that discovered it,the Juan de Fuca Strait separates which two countries?

USA and Canada

19.Which TV and film producer,thought to be one of the most successful of all time,has created blockbuster films including Beverley Hills Cop,Top Gun,Con Air and Armageddon?

Jerry Bruckheimer

20.Achieving it in the vehicle named 'Spirit of Australia',which world record,still standing today,was broke by Ken Warby in New South Wales,in 1978?

Water Speed Record

21.Which country's internet domain code is shared by the chemical symbol for maganese?

Mongolia (mn)

22.Which King of England was nicknamed the 'Be-shitten' in Ireland,after his abandonment of his Irish supporters following the Battle of the Boyne?

James II

23.Of the many moons of Uranus named after characters from Shakepspeare's plays,which is the only one to take its name from the play 'Hamlet'?


24.Al Jolson was born in the town of Seredzius in 1886.In which modern day European country is it located?


25.In Judaism,what is the name of the nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah?

Menorah (accept Hanukiah)

26.The subject of a play by Sophocles,which Greek hero killed Paris with Heracles' sword?


27.A theological position concerning the relationship between 'the Creator' and the natural world,which religious philosophy,found in the 17th century,uses Thomas Paine's 'The Age of Reason' as one of its main texts?


28.Which 1981 song by 'The Who',became the first song to be played more than once on MTV?

You Better You Bet

29.In the novel by Charles Dickens,what name is given to the mother of David Copperfield who dies just after the birth of her second child?

Clara Copperfield

30.Chinese mythology has Chi You,Egyptian mythology has Anhur and the Aztecs have Huitzilopochtli.Of what,are these deities collectively associated?