Thursday, 3 October 2013

Main Quiz - A few films,but not too lowbrow

Following on from the Darts/Germany/Lakes set,

Here is the next set of 25 questions.

As the title suggests,there a couple of film questions,but I did try to redress the balance as the quiz progressed

I hope you enjoy this set either way...................

1.(Pictured) Related to rabbits and hares,it is found in cold areas,particularly in North America and in the mountains of Eurasia .The name of which animal is used to refer to any member of the Ochotonidae family?


2.In September 2013,the Kenyan athlete,Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich,broke the world record for the men's marathon. In which European city did he achieve this feat?


3.Although not much is known about 'Gravity's Rainbow' author Thomas Pynchon,it is known that he married the literary agent, Melanie Jackson, in 1990. As well as being Pynchon's wife,Melanie Jackson is also known as the great-grand daughter of which US President?

Theodore Roosevelt

4.During which larger conflict did Charles de Blois and John De Montfort do battle in the War of the Breton Succession?

Hundred Years War

5.For which 1990 film did Whoopi Goldberg win her only Academy Award (to date),achieved in the category of 'Best Supporting Actress'?


6.(Pictured)Nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2011,she finally won the award in 2013, for her collaboration with the band Fun on the song 'We are Young .She has also released two studio albums,'The Archandroid in 2010 and Electric Lady in 2013.What is the name of this American singer,who has been described as a cross between James Brown,Andre 3000,Judy Garland and Steve Jobs?

Janelle Monae

7.Founded in 2012 by Isaac Raichyk,it is a social networking site,which allows users to upload short videos that last no more than 36 seconds.Taking its name from a Middle English word meaning (quick) look,what is the 4-letter name of this fast growing Canadian site,described as the 'Twitter for video'?


8.Which US President was played  on screen by Charlton Heston in both the 1953 film 'The President's Lady and the 1958 film 'The Buccaneer'?

Andrew Jackson

9.(Pictured)The victim of an acid attacked by Yury Zarutsky  in January 2013,who has been the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet since March 2011?

Sergei Filin

10.Prevalent during the early 16th century in Bavaria and Austria,which art movement,named after a river,was led by Albrecht Altdofer, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Wolf Huber?

Danube School

11.According to the Hornbostel-Sachs system of muscial classification,there are four distinct categories of musical instrument .Idiophones, membranophones and chordophones are three and relate,primarily to percussion and stringed instruments.Which is the fourth class that relates primarily to blown instruments such as a flute,oboe or trumpet?


12.Which Caribbean nation's only designated airport is named  in honour of the country's first President,Grantley Adams?


13.Achieving the feat six times,which African country has appeared at the most FIFA World Cup Finals?


14.Who is the only Israeli Prime Minister (to date),to have been born after the 'Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel' in 1948?

Benjamin Netanyahu

15. (Pictured)Featuring members such as Animal on drums, Zoot  on saxophone and Janice on guitar,what is the name of the house band in the TV series 'The Muppet Show',named in part by the band's leader and keyboard player?

Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

16.Situated in the north west Atlantic Ocean near Canada,which French territorial overseas collectivity,is the only remnant of the former colonial Empire of New France,to remain under French control?

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

17(Pictured).It hosted the canoeing and rowing events at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games.Which Italian lake is also well known for being the lake that is overlooked by Castel Gandolfo,(where the Pope has a palace)?

Lake Albano

18.(Pictured)The Tower of Winds in Yokohama,is one of his most well-known creations.Which Japanese architect won the 2013 Pritzker Prize,largely in honour of his life's work,which includes works such as the  World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Singapore's largest shopping mall,Vivo City?

Toyo Ito

19.Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks,which 2013 film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie-like pandemic?

World War Z

20.Created during the Joseon Dynasty in 1443,what is recognised as 'Chosongul' in North Korea and 'Hangul'  in South Korea?


21. (Pictured)Its negative resolution by Leonhard Euler in 1735, laid the foundations of graph theory. Historically,it is a notable problem in mathematics in which the aim  is to find a route through a particular city that crosses each and every one of seven bridges,only once. Also the former name of Kaliningrad,what is the name of this city that produces the 'Seven Bridges problem'?


22.Peter I Island and Queen Maud Land are the two official Antarctic claims of which country?


23. (Picured)Held every third year at either Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain or Nashik,the 2013 edition is predicted to be largest peaceful gathering in the world, with over 100 million people visiting.What two-word name is given this mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river?

Kumbh Mela

24.Oscar Wilde spent  the last three years of his life in penniless exile,in France. Whilst there,he took the name Sebastian Melmoth, after Saint Sebastian and the titular character in the Gothic novel, 'Melmoth the Wanderer' .This gothic novel was written by which author,the great-uncle of Oscar Wilde and an acclaimed Irish writer in his own right?

Charles Maturin

25.(Pictured)It is a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand and belonging to the rail family.Thought to be extinct,the bird was rediscovered by near Lake Te Anau in November 1948. What is the name of this bird,whose specific scientific name commemorates the Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter?