Monday, 27 February 2012

Sunday Quiz 64

I should be back in sync now.

Enjoy this batch of questions.........................

1.At the 2012 Academy Awards,which actor,at the age of 82,became the oldest recipient of an acting award for his role in the film 'Beginners'?

Christopher Plummer

2.Sometimes known as the 'maanhaar jackal',what is the common name of the small, insectivorous hyena, native to Eastern and Southern Africa?


3.Within the pollen reproducing organ of a flower,the stamen consists of an anther and which other component,taking its name from the latin name for 'thread'?


4.The eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert,she was created Princess Royal of the United Kingdom in 1841.She became German Empress and Queen of Prussia by marriage to German Emperor Frederick III.What was the first name of this figure?

(Princess) Victoria

5.In a career spanning five decades,he has won a record 79 Grammy nominations.What is the name of this record producer,conductor and composer,who is particularly noted for producing Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album?

Quincy Jones

6.Which South African author won the Booker Prize in 1983 and 1999,as well as receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003?

JM Coetzee

7.Which son of Gengis Khan,succeeded his father in 1229 and became the second 'Great Khan',of the Mongol Empire?

Ogedei Khan

8.Ratified in 1948,what is the SI Base unit of luminous intensity?


9.Driving for the 'Williams' team,what is the name of the last non-European to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship?

Jacques Villeneuve

10.Part of the early 20th century group of writers known as 'The Lost Generation',which American author,completed four novels before his death in 1940,including 'Tender Is The Night','This Side Of Paradise' and 'The Beautiful And Damned'?

F.Scott Fitzgerald

11.Dastar,Pheta and Mysore Pheta are all styles of which piece of religious clothing?


12.Originally entitled 'The Roly-Poly Pudding',it was the sequel to the Beatrix Potter book 'The Tale of Tom Kitten'.By what more popular title was the book republished in 1926?

The Tale of Samuel Whiskers

13.Which musical instrument has the Italian name 'fagotto',tranlsated in English to mean a 'bundle of sticks'?


14.Nicknamed 'The Green Island',which is the largest and most populous island in Portuguese Azores archipelago?

Sao Miguel

15.Closely resembling gold,it takes its name from the London clockmaker that invented it.Which two metals make up the alloy known as 'pinchbeck'?

Copper and Zinc

16.Which SI unit is defined as 'the point immediately above absolute zero,where all atomic activity ceases'?


17.Fought between 470 Vortrekkers and over 10,000 Zulus in 1838,on which river did the so called 'Battle of Blood River' occur?

Ncome River

18.The name refers to the animal they bore on their flag.What title was given to the heir apparent,to the throne of France from 1350 to 1791 and from 1824 to 1830?


19.Behind Harvard and Yale,which is the third oldest of the US Ivy League universities?

University of Pennsylvania

20.In which of Puccini's operas do the main characters 'Rodolfo' and 'Mimi' appear?

La Boheme

21.If silence is zero decibels and 'ordinary conversation' is 60 decibels,what level is the sound of a pin dropping,(to within 5 decibels)?

20 Decibels

22.In 1688 John Dryden was dismissed as Poet Laureate,after he refused to swear an oath of allegiance to King William III.Which writer and literary enemy of Dryden,known for the play 'Epsom Wells' and the poem 'Dear Pretty Youth',became his successor?

Thomas Shadwell

23.As told in the Old Testament book of the same name,who was the governor of Judea under Artaxerxes I ,who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in c.5BC?


24.Releasing her debut album 'Arular' to critical acclaim in 2005,she is best known for her 2007 single 'Paper Planes',which received worldwide success.What is the stage name of the British singer,songwriter and rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam?


25.What two-word name is shared by the horse that won the 2002 Epsom Derby and the 1960s/1970s US TV series centred around an Arizona ranch,starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell?

High Chaparral

26.Best known for the design of the Sydney Opera House,architect Jorn Utzon,also created which Middle Eastern country's National Assemby building?


27.What is the name of the protagonist character that appears in the Franz Kafka novels 'The Trial','The Castle' and 'A Dream'?

Josef K

28.Still holding one of the oldest athletics world records,Stefka Kostadinova claimed the high jump record of 2.09 metres at the 1987 World Athletics Championships in Rome.What is her nationality?


29.Its name translates as 'crossroads' in English.Which French-owned global hypermarket chain,is currently the third largest retail group in the world,(behind Wal-Mart and Tesco),in terms of profit?


30.A member of the House of Hanover,what was the first name of the eldest son of King George II and father to King George III?

Frederick (Louis)