Monday, 16 April 2012

Sunday Quiz 70

Here is Sunday's quiz.

My aim was to set a mini-WQC (World Quiz Championship) set,but I have had to put that on hold. Instead I have added 30 WQC-style questions.

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

1.What is the name of the Persian Queen and legendary storyteller of the 'One Thousand and One Nights' tales?


2.Which Russian word,translated to mean 'travelling companion',was initially used as a name for a launch vehicle to carry nuclear warheads,but is more familiar for other,historic reasons?


3. Nominated as best director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982),which American film director died in April 2011?

Sidney Lumet

4.His major works include 'The Dead Man'and 'I and the Village'.Which Russian-born,Jewish artist was one of the pioneers of early 20th century art and due to his prominence in France,has a museum in Nice entirely devoted to his work?

Marc Chagall

5.In Greek mythology,how were the sisters Stheno,Euryale and Medusa collectively known?


6.Described as 'the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music',which prolific South American composer is particularly noted for his most famous work,'Bachianas Brasileiras'?

Heitor (or Hector) Villa-Lobos

7.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

8.Adapted into a 1967 film,which Lerner and Loewe musical,making its debut on Broadway in 1960,is based on the TH White novel 'The Once and Future King'?


9.Which mountain,located in the Bernese Alps was first conquered by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren and Charles Barrington,but is probably best known for a particular part of the mountain,that has the German nickname,'Mordwand', translated in English as 'death wall'?

The Eiger (North Face)

10.What is the name of the United States Pacific territory that comprises of seven islands including Swain's and Tuitula and has its capital at Pago Pago?

American Samoa

11.With the only difference being a slightly darker tint of blue on the left hand vertical strip,which African country's flag is almost identical to that of Romania?


12.The largest mud-brick building in the world,the Great Mosque of Djenne can be found in which African country?


13.Made up of twelve car horns, it was created for use in his 'March of the Automobiles' ,composed in 1929, for the Cincinnati Automobile Show.What is the name of the musical instrument created by the American composer Henry Fillmore?


14.What is the name of the French confection that consists of a chestnut that is candied in sugar syrup and then glazed?

Marron Glace

15.Located at the end of the stamen,what is the name given to the sac, in which pollen grains develop?


16.Zipf's Law is used within within which branch of mathematics?


17.Winning in 1996 when racing for the 'Ligier' Formula One team,who was the last Frenchman to win the Monaco Grand Prix?

Olivier Panis

18.Named after the colour of the barrel in which it was shipped,what was the name of the herbicide,a 50/50 mixture of 245-T and 24-D,that was used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, during the Vietnam War?

Agent Orange

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

New Jersey

20.On the periodic table,what name is given to the series of fifteen metallic chemical elements with the atomic numbers 57-71?


21.Which 19th century English writer,who did not complete her first novel until middle age,created the novels 'Mary Barton,'Cranford' and 'North and South',amongst others?

Elizabeth Gaskell

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

Karakoram Range

23.Of the 8 possibilites,which country has the longest land border with Serbia?


24.The symptoms of Psittacosis in humans,are often severe,initially mimicking typhoid fever,before developing into pneumonia.The disease is also known by what ornithological name,after the bird from which it is contracted?

Parrot's Disease

25.NRK Classic is a European,government-owned radio station,playing classical music 24 hours a day.It is particularly noted as the world's first all-digital radio station.From which country does it broadcast?


26.Founded in 2001 by front man,Win Butler and based in Montreal,which Canadian rock band has released the albums 'Funeral','Neon Bible' and 2010's 'The Suburbs'?

Arcade Fire

27.Which actor links a Prefab Sprout album of 1985,the British artist and film director whose work includes 'Hunger' and Dr Gregory House's pet rat?

Steve McQueen

28.In which Canadian city were the first Commonwealth games held in 1930?


29.Also the name of a computer software company,found on most computers,which type of sun-dried building brick, is made from sand, clay, water and organic materials such as straw?


30.Translated from the German meaning 'flank' or 'wing',what is the name of the brass musical instrument that resembles a trumpet,but has a wider, conical bore?