Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Some new Questions !

I have produced a set of 64 Quiz League style/standard questions.



Although there are a few British specific questions,the majority should be accessible for all readers.



As mentioned before,the usual Sunday /Thursday quizzes will be back in early September.



I hope you enjoy this batch.............

ROUND ONE
1a.Which British architect designed the Crystal Palace for the 1851 Great Exhibition?



Joseph Paxton


1b.What is the penultimate Book of the Old Testament?



Zechariah


2a.Kingstown is the capital city of which Caribbean nation?



St Vincent and the Grenadines


2b.In the human body, what is the more common name for the calcaneus?



Heel Bone


3a.Which Serbian partnered Britain's Jamie Murray to win the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title?



Jelena Jankovic


3b.What was the (first) name of the Greek kebab shop owner character, made famous by Harry Enfield during the 1980s?



Stavros


4a.Which 2001 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Josh Hartnett is centred around the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu?



Black Hawk Down


4b.Killed by Achilles,who,in Greek mythology, was the son of King Priam,husband of Andromarche and brother of Paris?



Hector

ROUND TWO
1a.What is the penultimate letter of the Greek alphabet?



Psi


1b.With its major characters including John Harmon, Bella Wilfer and Nicodemus 'Noddy' Boffin, which was the last completed novel of Charles Dickens?



Our Mutual Friend


2a.Which chemical element with the atomic number 110,is named after city in the German state of Hesse?



Darmstadtium


2b.The remains of the 13th century theologian St Thomas Aquinas, can be found in French city on the banks of the River Garonne?



Toulouse


3a.Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in the same year, which female singer/songwriter and former BRIT school graduate released the album 'On A Mission' in 2011?



Katy B


3b.Entering the qualifying rounds of the 2012-13 Europa league, in which European football league does the team Floriana play?



Malta


4a.Resulting in Scottish independence, which English King was defeated by Robert the Bruce at the 1314 Battle of Bannockburn?



Edward II


4b.On which island in the North Atlantic are the three highest peaks known Pico Ruivo,Torres and Areeiro?



Madeira

ROUND THREE
1a.What was the occupation of Harry Enfield's 1980s TV character known as 'loadamoney'?



Plasterer


1b.Which Academy award nominated lyricist co-wrote lyrics to the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musicals 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Aspects of Love'?



Charles Hart


2a.What was the one-word title of Ian McEwan's 1998 Booker Prize winning novel?



Amsterdam


2b.Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen was the Queen consort of which British monarch?



William IV


3a.Which city is home to the headquarters of the International Red Cross?



Geneva


3b.Which ratite, native to the tropical forests of New Guinea ,is the third tallest bird, behind the ostrich and emu?



Cassowary


4a.Which well known European mountain peak was conquered in 1865 by the English party led by Edward Whymper?



Matterhorn


4b.Defined on Oxford Dictionaries.com as 'a distinguishing badge or emblem of military rank or membership of an organisation', which word is a model of a car made by Vauxhall?



Insignia

ROUND FOUR
1a Which of the US Presidents was the first to be born in the 20th century?



Lyndon B Johnson


1b.Set as horizontal bands, which three colours are used on the flag of Lithuania?



Yellow, Green and Red (top to bottom)


2a.Give a year in the life of the artist Hieronymous Bosch?



1450-1516


2b.Which Dane partnered Britain's Jonathan Marray to win the 2012 Wimbledon Mens Doubles title?



Frederik Nielsen


3a.Within which UK national park is the Arthur Ransome novel ,'Swallow and Amazons', primarily set?



Lake District


3b.Releasing his 17th studio album, which American singer and songwriter reached number one in the UK album charts in 2012 with the album entitled 'Wrecking Ball'?



Bruce Springsteen


4a.Also a brand of aftershave made by Yves Saint Laurent, what name is given to a sculptured representation of a youth, found in Ionic architecture?



Kouros


4b.With Ahmed Abdallah as its first President, which small African country, in 1975, declared its independence from France?



Comoros

ROUND FIVE
1a.A regular on British TV between the 1960s and 1990s,who wrote the lyrics to the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical 'Starlight Express'?



Richard Stilgoe


1b.Give a year in the life of the artist known as El Greco?



1541-1614


2a.Defined on Oxford Dictionaries.com as 'the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity', which word is a model of a car made by Ford?



Fusion


2b.Taken from the Greek meaning 'solid beam', what is the SI unit of a solid angle?



Steradian


3a.Part of the Gennargentu Ranges, on which Mediterranean island is Punta La Marmora, the highest peak?



Sardinia


3b Who was the first British Prime Minister to be born in the 20th century?



Alec Douglas-Home


4a.In 1975,which London Underground station was the scene of a tube train crash, killing over 40 people?



Moorgate


4b.Which 2007 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzil Washington is based around the real life criminal career of Frank Lucas?



American Gangster

ROUND SIX
1a.Reaching number one in the UK album charts in 2012,which British singer and songwriter released his 11th studio solo album entitled 'Sonik Kicks'?



Paul Weller


1b.Written for his ballet 'Romeo and Juliet', which Russian composer composed 'The Dance of the Knights', used as the theme tune to the UK TV version of 'the Apprentice'?



Sergei Prokofiev


2a.Caroline of Ansbach was the Queen consort of which British monarch?



George II


2b.Also the title of a computer company, what is the name given to a building material made from sand, clay, sticks, straw and water, which is then shaped into bricks and dried in the sun?



Adobe


3a.What is the penultimate Book of the New Testament?



Jude


3b.Which city is home to the headquarters of the World Bank?



Washington DC


4a.Containing vital antibodies, what is the name of a mother's first breast product following a birth, which occurs before the milk flow begins?



Colostrum


4b.The recipient of multiple MOBO and Brit awards, which British rapper was also nominated for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize for his album 'Disc-Overy'?



Tinie Tempah

ROUND SEVEN
1a.Which of Charles Dickens' novels is the only one to have a female narrator?



Bleak House


1b.Which chemical element with the atomic number 67,is named after a Scandinavian capital city?



Holmium


2a.Author of important 8th century text , 'The Ecclesiastical History of the English People', in which Northern England cathedral are the remains of Venerable Bede located?



Durham



2b.Which British architect designed London's Regent's Park, Regent Street and Marble Arch?



John Nash


3a.Entering the qualifying rounds of the 2012-13 Europa league, in which European football league does the team Asteras Tripoli play?



Greece


3b.Basseterre is the capital city of which Caribbean nation?



St Kitts and Nevis


4a.Following the capybara and beaver, which animal, whose name is derived from the Middle French for 'spined pig', is the third largest rodent?



Porcupine


4b.What is the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet?



Gamma

ROUND EIGHT
1a.The name is familiar in the world of mobile phones, what is the SI derived unit of electrical conductance?



Siemens


4b.The 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury saw which King of England claim the final victory over the House of Lancaster?



Edward IV


2a.Set as horizontal bands, which three colours are used on the flag of Estonia?



Blue, Black and White (top to bottom)


2b.What was the one-word title of AS Byatt's 1990 Booker Prize winning novel?



Possession


3a.Adapted from Handel's 'Zadok the Priest', it which English composer wrote the Anthem for the UEFA Champions League?



Tony Britten


3b.On which Suffolk river is John Constable's iconic painting, 'The Haywain' set?



Stour


4a.In Greek mythology who was the twin sister of Helen and wife of Agamemnon?



Clytemnestra


4b.In 1954,Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli,became the first climbers to reach the summit of which well known mountain?



K2