Thursday, 19 September 2013

Quiz League Sample

I've written a Quiz League Sample set,that people can have a look at.

I'm not sure if its harder than most quiz leagues or not,so I'll let you be the judge.

There are just a couple of British specific questions, so I'm hoping it will not affect the enjoyment of the many international readers of this site

Here are 64 questions - in scattered couplets (plus 6 spares and a bonus picture question at the end)

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1a.In American football,which offensive position is usually abbreviated by the letters 'TE'?

Tight End

1b.In 1766,which British scientist proved the existence of Hydrogen?

Henry Cavendish

2a.In 2009,Carol Ann Duffy,became the UK's first female Poet Laureate.Who, in 2001,became the UK's first female Children's Laureate?

Anne Fine

2b. Entering the UK charts at number one,which Scottish band,featuring a heavily tattooed Simon Neil on guitar and lead vocals,released the album 'Opposites' in 2013?

Biffy Clyro

3a.Named after a geographical feature in Scotland,what name is given to a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry?


3b.Which Italian city,is the location of the modern art museum,known as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection?


4a.First held in 2000,which sportsman,with four awards, has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the year on the most occasions?

Roger Federer

4b.In ballet,what is the French term used,to describe a long horizontal jump, starting from one leg and landing on the other,sometimes known as a 'split in the air'?

Grand Jete

1a.Which nation were runners up of the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup Final,held in South Africa?

New Zealand

1b.(To make it easier,no regnal number is required). Name any of the three Popes that hailed from the influential Borgia family?


2a.Playing the role of Ginger McKenna,which 1995 film,provided the actress Sharon Stone,with her only Academy Award nomination (to date)?


2b.Played on the big screen by Uma Thurman,the character Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley,is the alter-ego of which villainess and enemy of Batman?

Poison Ivy

3a.Sometimes known as Vitamin H,by what name is Vitamin B7 usually known?


3b. Releasing the solo single, 'Silly Games' in 1990,what is the name of the female singer of Beats International, famous for her vocals on the 1990 UK number one hit single 'Dub Be Good To Me'?

Lindy Layton (real name Belinda)

4a.Prominently featured in Ivan Turgenev's novel 'Fathers and Sons',from which country does the Mazurka dance originate?


4b.One stage higher than 'tera',which SI prefix is used to represent a quadrillion?


1a.Inaugurated in 1997,which Canadian architect designed the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao,Spain? Frank Gehry

1b.In which 1973 Martin Scorsese/Robert de Niro collaboration does De Niro play the character 'Johnny Boy'?

Mean Streets

2a.Often occurring during early childhood,Amblyopia is a medical term that describes a condition affecting which part of the body?

Eye (lazy eye)

2b.One of the most expensive animal products consumed by humans,which country is the biggest harvester of edible bird's nests?


3a.In 40AD,King Ptolemy of Mauretania,(the grandson of Mark Antony and Cleopatra),was assassinated on the orders of which Roman Emperor?


3b.During which decade of the 20th century was Algeria granted independence by France?


4a.Lying on the banks of the river Elbe,which city,is the capital of the German State of Saxony?


4b.Overthrown by a military coup,Salvador Allende was the President of which South American country from 1970 until 1973?


1a.Better known as a poet,which British writer wrote the historical novel 'I Claudius' and the autobiography 'Goodbye To All That?

Robert Graves

1b.Which colour connects the Carmelite order of monks,an America children's author and leukocytes?

White (Whitefriars/EB White/White Blood Cells)

2a.Active in the 20th century,who was the last person to serve as both the Archbishop of York and the Archbishop of Canterbury?

(Frederick) Donald Coggan

2b.Named after a Californian horticulturist,what name is given to a cross between a European Raspberry,a Common Blackberry,an American Dewberry and a Loganberry?


3a.Which chemical element which the atomic number 78,takes its name from the Spanish meaning 'little silver'?


3b.(First name is enough)What was the name of the character played by Isla Fisher in the Australian soap opera 'Home and Away',before the actress went on to have a successful Hollywood career?

Shannon (Reed)

4a.Taking place during the Second World War,in which year was the Battle of Monte Cassino?


4b.In which South American country,during the 1960s was the Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army a Maoist guerrilla movement?


1a.In which 1983 Martin Scorsese/Robert de Niro collaboration does De Niro play the character 'Rupert Pupkin'?

The King of Comedy

1b.Head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales,who has served as the Archbishop of Westminster since May 2009?

Vincent Nichols

2a.Overthrown by the National Resistance Army under current President Yoweri Museveni,which African country did Tito Okello rule for just six months after he staged his own coup d'etat against Milton Obote in 1985?


2b.Kerberos and Styx are the two most recently discovered moons of which dwarf planet?


3a.One stage lower than 'pico',which SI prefix is used to represent a quadrillionth?


3b.Loosely based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin,the 1919 novel 'The Moon and the Sixpence' was created by which British writer?

W.Somerset Maugham

4a.Most active during the 1960s and 1970s,the urban guerrilla group,'Tupamaros',was based in which South American country?


4b.Since the first award ceremony in 2000,only two women have won the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award on more than one occasion.Name either (both with two wins)?

Serena Williams and Yelena Isinbayeva

1a.(First name is enough)What was the name of the character played by Guy Pearce in the Australian soap opera 'Neighbours',before the actor went on to have a successful Hollywood career?

Mike (Young)

1b.In athletics,the USA have recorded the 8 quickest times ever in the Men's 4x400 metre relay. Which country has recorded the ninth fastest,resulting in a European record?

Great Britain

2a.It's largest producers are Germany and Canada. What is the name of the type of dessert wine,produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine?

Ice Wine/Icewine  (Eiswein in Germay)

2b.Taking place during the First World War,it saw the first British use of poison gas.In which year was the Battle of Loos?


3a.In 1868,Pierre Janssen and Norman Lockyer were both credited with the discovery of which chemical element?


3b.Which Roman Emperor,who ruled between AD54-68,gave an order to have his mother, Agrippina killed?


4a.Winning the BRITs Critics' Choice Award in earlier in the year,which young UK singer songwriter,released the number one album 'Long Way Down in June 2013?

Tom Odell

4b.Sometimes called Vitamin PP,what is the more popular name used to refer to vitamin B3?


1a.(To make it easier,no regnal number is required). Name any of the four Popes that hailed from the influential Medici family?

Leo(X and XI),Pius(IV),Clement(VII)

1b.Portraying a famous (and titular) Mexican,which 2002 film provided actress Salma Hayek,with her only Academy Award nomination (to date)?


2a.Which chemical element with the atomic number 79,takes its name from the Latin meaning 'glow of sunrise'?


2b.In baseball,with position is usually abbreviated by the letter 'SS'?

Short Stop

3a.Basia Trzetrzelewska released the 1987 album 'Time and Tide',which sold 2 miilion copies worldwide. She was also the female backing vocalist of which 1980s British pop group,who released the top 20 single 'Get Out of Your Lazy Bed' in 1984?

Matt Bianco

3b.Who is the only woman to have achieved the double honour of winning the Turner Prize and to have had an exhibition at the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall,as part of the Unilever series?

Rachel Whiteread

4a.During which decade did Angola gain independence from Portugal?


4b.Which nation were runners up at the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup,held in Australia?


1a.Named after Hawaiian goddesses,Hi'iaka and Namaka are moons of which dwarf planet?


1b.Translated as 'new trend' in English,from which country does the Bossa Nova dance,originate?


2a.Which colour links a 1971 Joni Mitchell album,a Toronto Major League baseball team and the US state of Kentucky?

Blue (Blue was name of the album,Blue Jays,Bluegrass)

2b.Assisting in cleaning and lubrication,by what name is cerumen,usually known,when referring to the human body?


3a.In athletics,who is the European record holder for the Men's 100 metres?

Francis Obikwelu (Portugal)

3b.Portrayed most recently by Tommy-Lee Jones,which comic book villain and enemy of Batman has the real name of Harvey Dent?


4a.Performed as part of the 'Dance of the Cygnets' from Swan Lake,it is a sideways jump which involves bending the legs whilst in mid-air. Which ballet term,when translated to English means,'the step of the cat'?

Pas de chat

4b.Germany's sixth largest city by population,which city serves as the capital of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg?


1.Which chemical element was used as the nickname for the World Heavyweight champion boxer,Mike Tyson?


2.Co-founded and co-owned by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt,which American TV channel was sold to Al-Jazeera in 2013?

Current TV

3.In which country is the national one dollar coin,known commonly as the 'Loonie'?


4.Which city is the state capital of Mississippi?

Jefferson City

5.With 25 members,the Landtag (or Diet),is the parliament or legislature of which European nation?


6.Formerly of Danish and British possession,what is the name of the German archipelago,that sits in the  North Sea,approximately 46km from the German coastline?


Bonus Picture question (just for fun and not related to the sample).
Which name links the following pictures:

Vidal -  Vidal Sassoon (Hairdresser), Arturo Vidal (Juventus footballer), Jean Pierre Vidal (Olympic Gold Medal-winning skier), Lisa Vidal (US/Puerto Rican actress), Gore Vidal (US writer)