Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sunday Quiz 59

Here's your next batch


1.In January 2012,the 'Ramnit' worm,stole more than 45000 logins and passwords belonging to which social networking website?


2.Used primarily during the Middle Ages,what name was given to the weapon, which consisted of a spiked metal ball-on-a-chain?


3.In 1929 George Arliss became the first British actor to win an Academy Award.He received the award playing the role of which British Prime Minister,in a film of the same name?

(Benjamin) Disraeli

4.Fought between forces from the United States and the United Kingdom,the War of 1812 is so called,because of the year it started.In which year did it end?


5.Only two English players have played in Italy's top tier of football,Serie A,in the 21st century.David Beckham is one,who is the other,an England international who played for Perugia in the 2003-04 season?

Jay Bothroyd

6.Spending his working life as a lens grinder,which 17th century Dutch philosopher is best known for his posthumous magnum opus,entitled 'Ethics'?

Baruch Spinoza

7.Which Physicist won the 1922 Nobel Prize for physics for 'his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them'?

Nils Bohr

8.Also known as the 'Citizen King',he reigned between 1830-1848.What is the name of the last king to rule France?

Louis Philippe I (Emperor Napoleon III was the last monarch,but not the last

9.Making its debut in 2011,which female singer became the first winner of the American version of 'The X-Factor' and in doing so,received a $5million recording contract?

Melanie Amaro

10.Nicknamed 'The Munch',which American session musician is best known for his role as primary bassist for The Rolling Stones,since Bill Wyman's departure in 1993?

Darryl Jones

11.Which contagious (primarily childhood) disease,has the medical name 'epidemic parotitis'?


12.Led by President Anote Tong,in which Pacific island state is 'The Pillars of Truth',the ruling political party?


13.First coined by J. D. Scott,the literary editor of The Spectator in 1954,what 'unoriginal' name was given to describe the group of English writers including Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin, Donald Davie, D.J. Enright,Elizabeth Jennings and Robert Conquest?

The Movement

14.Following the method of her torture,the martyr St Apollonia,is now regarded as the patron saint of people suffering from which painful complaint?


15.Portraying the characters Stephanie Zinone and Michael Carrington,who played the lead roles in the 1982 film sequel 'Grease 2'?

Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield

16.In office between 1845-1849,which US President was nicknamed 'Young Hickory',because he was a particular protege of 'Old Hickory' Andrew Jackson?

James Polk

17.Prior to joining the Euro in 2009,what was the currency used in Slovakia?


18.Which Islamic militant group is named after the Pashto word for 'Students'?


19.In which of Shakespeare's plays does the character Petruchio,win a bet that his wife is the most docile?

The Taming of The Shrew

20.Housing one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Pablo Picasso,in which Spanish city can the Museo Picasso be found?


21.Bounded by the Balkan Mountains to the north,and the Aegean Sea to the south,in which modern day country can the majority of the historic region of Thrace be found?


22.Located in the Himalayas in Western Tibet,it is a Holy mountain,visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.Loosely translated in English as 'jewel of the snow' ,it is sacred to followers of Buddhism,Jainism,Hinduism and Bon-po.What is this mountain's common name?

Mount Kailash

23.From which Leonard Bernstein musical is the hit Broadway song 'New York New York' taken?

On The Town

24.Sworn into office in March 2010,he was instrumental in the rescue of the miners at the 2011 Copiapo disaster.Who is the current President of Chile?

Sebastian Pinera

25.Which British author wrote the noted works of poetry,'Spirits in Bondage' and 'Dymer' ,under the pseudonym of Clive Hamilton in 1919 and 1926 respectively?

CS Lewis

26.Founded in 1905,which American magazine is noted for writing the headline,'Egghead Weds Hourglass',following the marriage of Arthur Miller to Marilyn Monroe in 1956?


27.Who was the last German football player to score in a FIFA World Cup Final?

Andreas Brehme

28.The title is inscribed in French at the top left corner of the painting.Which French artist created the famous piece of work 'Where Do We Come From?What Are We?Where Are We Going?'?

Paul Gauguin

29.What generic name was given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II,to any (of approximately a dozen) English-speaking female broadcasters of Japanese propaganda?

Tokyo Rose

30.Formed in 1987,which American hip hop trio,best known for their 1989 album '3 Feet High and Rising', comprises the members Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur and Vincent Mason?

De La Soul