Monday, 27 May 2013

Some new WQC style questions for you to have a go at

I should be back properly in July/early August, but in the meantime here are some new World Quiz Championship practise. There are 4 categories of 10 questions each and the next 4 categories should be up on Wednesday night,

Feel free to tell anyone who is going to the World Championships on June 1st  (or anyone else for that matter).

Hope it helps and you enjoy...........................

This actor played the role of Mearth in US TV series ‘Mork and Mindy’ and  was the voice behind Papa Smurf, in both the TV series and recent big screen version of ‘The Smurfs. What is the name of this comedy character actor,who had a career spanning over six decades ?

Jonathan Winters

2.In a 1985 film, if Madonna is Susan, who is desperately seeking her? (actress first and surname needed)

Rosanna Arquette

3.Writing albums including 'Pick Of Destiny' and 'Rize of the Fenix',what is the name of the American comedy rock band formed by actor Jack Black and musician Kyle Gass in 1991?

Tenacious D

4.Directed by Bigas Luna,its English translation is 'Ham,Ham'.Which 1992 Spanish film saw Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz,(later to be married in real-life), appear on screen together for the first time?

Jamon Jamon

5. In the 21st century she has been nominated for four Academy Awards, all in the category of Best Supporting Actress.Her films include Junebug,The Fighter and The Master. What is her name?

Amy Adams

6.Take It Easy Hospital are a band formed by Ashkan Kooshanejad and Negar Shaghaghi. They are most famous for starring in the 2009 fiction-documentary film 'No One Knows About Persian Cats' which won a special prize at the Cannes Film festival.Due to post election turmoil in 2009,they now live in the UK,but from what country do they originate?


7.Vivien Kubrick,the daughter of the film-maker Stanley Kubrick,was credited for writing the score for which 1987 film,under the pseudonym of Abigail Mead?

Full Metal Jacket


Acheiving three top 2 singles in the US and two top 5 singles in the UK,which US boyband,often compared to New Kids On The Block,released the globally successful album, C.M.B,(an acronym of the band's name), in 1991?

Color Me Badd

9.Including over 750 works,the Hoboken-Verzeichnis catalogue is  a compilation of which classical composer and teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven?

Joseph Hayden

10.Of the six main actors or actresses from the TV series 'Friends',who is the only one to have a star on the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame'?

Jennifer Aniston

Culture (Art&Literature)

1.'All The King's Men' was the title of a novel which won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.It was later adapated into a 1949 Academy Award winning film,which included the award for Best Picture.The novel was written by which American writer,the only man ever to win a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry?

Robert Penn Warren

2.Believed to be the only painting Vincent Van Gogh sold in his lifetime,'The Red Vineyard' was bought at an exhibition in 1890,by which female member of the art  group,known as 'Les Vingt'?

Anna Boch

3.Which of William Shakespeare's female characters links the daughter of Polonius in 'Hamlet',the subject of an 1852 painting by John Everett Millais and one of the moons of Uranus?



Having a first and surname in common with a well known Norwegian footballer,which notable 19th century Irish sculptor's most prominent work is the 'Death of Nelson' - one of the four bronze panels on the pedestal of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square? (surname only needed)

John Carew

5.Which 1953 Arthur Miller play, is is a dramatisation of the Salem witch trials, that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693?

The Crucible

6.A 16th century Italian painter,he was a pupil of Raphael that became a pioneer of the Mannerist painting style.His notable works include 'Isabella d'Este' and 'The Stoning of St Stephen'.What is the name of this influential painter,who is also mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Winter's Tale'?

Giulio Romano

7.Which 2010 novel by Yann Martel,an allegorical story of the holocaust,has two taxidermy animals as the story's protagonists (and titular characters)?

Beatrice and Virgil

8.Which friend and contemporary of John Milton was instrumental in convincing the government of Charles II not to execute Milton for his anti-monarchical writings and revolutionary activities?

Andrew Marvell

9.Which well known Italian painter was the uncle and teacher of Bernardo Bellotto,an 18th century Italian artist and Polish court painter,famous for his 'vedutes' of European cities?

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)


Created by Rene Iche,it was finally revealed to the public,sixty years on from its completion. It is described as a violent representation of the bombing of which infamous Basque town?



1.A prominent city of the Roman Empire,it was the birthplace of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus and is the site of one of the most spectacular and unspoiled Roman ruins in the Mediterranean.The ancient city of Leptis Magna is located in which modern day country?



The only surviving adult son of Charlemagne and Hildegard,who,in 816 AD, became the second Holy Roman Emperor?

Louis I (the Pious)

3.The Normandy Landings were part of the Allied forces' Operation Overlord during World War II.Sometimes known as D-Day,they were themselves,given which codename,named after a Roman god?


4.A descendant of Genghis Khan through his mother,he went on to establish Delhi as his capital in 1526, as well as becoming master of Agra. By what name is the first Mughal emperor of India usually known?

Babur (Zahir-ud-din-Muhammad)

5.The Chinese capital during the early Ming era, which city meaning 'southern capital' , was known in the fourteenth century, as the largest city in the world and also shares the name of the treaty, that ended the First Opium War?


6.Fought in 1690 near Drogheda,on the east coast of Ireland,which battle between the Catholic King James and the Protestant King William,is principally commemorated today,by the Orange Institute?

Battle of the Boyne

7.Founded by Adam Weishaupt,its name is derived from the Latin meaning 'enlightened'.With members including Goethe and Schiller,what was the name of the 18th century secret society that aimed to combat superstition and ignorance?



Which American religious leader was born in 1805,published his most famous work in 1830 and died in an Illinois jail in 1844?

Joseph Smith Jr   (Book of Mormon)

9.Which Portuguese city served as the country's capital during the High Middle Ages and is also host to the country's oldest university (one of the oldest in Europe)?


10.Resulting in Augustus III ascending to the throne,which European conflict was fought between 1733-1738 and was formally ended by the of Treaty of Vienna?

War of Polish Succession


1.Meaning 'little envelope' in Greek ,which word is also used in Greek popular culture, to refer to the bribery of public servants and private companies by Greek citizens, in order to 'expedite' service?


Previously ,ingredients have included cod and hoki fish,but since the beginning of 2013,which is the only fish used to create McDonald's 'Fillet-O-Fish' burger?


3.Which fabric,commonly used in the production of items such as athletic shorts and nightwear,takes its name from the medieval Arabic name, for the Chinese port city of Quanzhou?


4.Named after the French physician, Meniere's Disease  is a condition that affects which part of the human anatomy?

Ear (Inner)

5.Eventually made bankrupt,what was the name of the Belgian national airline that ran between 1923-2001?


6 A major aid during 'The Age of Sail',what two-word term,is given to  the strong westerly winds found in the Southern Hemisphere, generally between the latitudes of 40 and 50 degrees?

Roaring Forties

7.Used in the title of a 1992 Mary J Blige album -a nod to her previous job,which three digit number is used in the US, to call directory assistance,(known as directory enquiries in the UK)?


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



The Oracle Corporation is one of the largest computer companies in the world,with only Microsoft and IBM ahead in terms of software revenue.It's co-founder and CEO is the 5th richest man in the world and the 3rd richest in the US.What is his name?

Larry Ellison

10.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?