Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Next Main Quiz

Here is the next Main Quiz.

25 questions to keep you going. Quite tough I think,but should be enjoyable all the same.

PS. I am going to run a competition this weekend,for another chance to win a Chambers Book of Great Speeches. A bit easier this time and just a couple of questions
PPS. Remember there's still plenty of time if you wish to try my 100 Question Sports Quiz. E-mail me at if you want a copy or want to enter


1.(Picture)Located in Newark,Ohio,this incredible looking building is the headquarters of which American company,that primarily (unsurprisingly),manufactures maple hand baskets?

The Longaberger Company

2.His concept suggests that native vegetation is the best expression of climate.In 1884,he created five distinctive climate 'groups' which are still very familiar with climatologists today (ie Tropical, Dry, Temperate ,Continental and Polar).Which Russian-born German climatologist (and later collaborator of Rudolf Geiger),was responsible for creating one of the world's best known climate classification systems?

Wladimir Koppen

3.In demography,it is the potential reproductive capacity of an individual or population and in biology, the definition is more equivalent to fertility.Derived from the Latin for 'fertile' and beginning with 'F',what is the name of this scientific term,which refers to the ability to reproduce?


4.In 1981, 'Video Killed The Radio Star', by The Buggles, was the first video to be shown on MTV.With the video to the minor hit 'You Better Run', which US female singer /songwriter became the second act to appear on the channel?

Pat Benatar

5.It is also the title of a 1997 film starring Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill.What  two-word name is  given,to describe the boundary within a black hole,that when crossed,makes it impossible to escape due to the extreme gravitational pull?

Event Horizon

6.(Pictured)Considered amongst the high points of Dutch Japonism,which 18th/19th century Dutch artist,created the works  'The Girl In the Red Kimono' and 'The Girl In The White Kimono',as a series of several paintings featuring the teenage model,Geesje Kwak?

George Hendrik Breitner

7.Today it is run over 100 metres,but between 1932 and 1968,over which distance was the Womens Olympic sprint hurdles race run?

80 Metres

8.(Pictured) Its fourth season premiere drew 11.8 million viewers,becoming the most watched non-fiction cable series in history. What is the name of this American reality TV series,that portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business,that makes products for a certain type of hunter?

Duck Dynasty

9.Run by the Roca brothers,it was voted the second best restaurant in the world in 2011 and 2012. In 2013,it finally beat Copenhagen's 'Noma' and was announced as the best restaurant in the world.What is the name of this restaurant,that was founded in 1967 and is located in Girona,Catalonia?

El Celler de Can Roca

10.Taken from the latin meaning  'right heart', what is the medical name that describes the congenital defect,in which the heart is situated on the right side of the body?


11.(Pictured) Garajonay National Park is a World Heritage site that is found in which of the Canary Islands, the second smallest in both area and population?

La Gomera

12 At the inaugural UEFA Champions League final in 1993,which Ghanian international,was the only non-European player on either side's team sheet?

Abedi Pele

13.A prominent monarch of 16th-century Europe,he personally led Ottoman armies in conquering the Christian strongholds of Belgrade, Rhodes, and most of Hungary,before his conquests were checked at the Siege of Vienna in 1529. He also annexed much of the Middle East and large areas of North Africa. Under his rule, the Ottoman fleet also dominated the seas from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and through the Persian Gulf.What is the name of this historic ruler,who was the tenth and longest serving Sultan of the Ottoman Empire?

Suleiman  I  (the Magnificent)

14.(Pictured) The majority live in the northern waters of Australia,although they can be found in the waters of over 30 countries throughout the Indo-Pacific. Along with manatees,it is one of four living species of the order Sirenia,and its closest modern relative was (the now extinct) Steller's sea cow. Currently listed as  'species vulnerable to extinction',what is the name of this interesting sea mammal,whose name is derived from the Malay for  'lady of the sea'?


15.Created in 1990 by the Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and the Indian economist Amartya Sen,it is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income that is used to rank countries. Often referred to as the 'HDI',it has seen Norway at the top the list  offor the past three years. For what, do the initials HDI' stand?

Human Development Index

16.(Pictured) It is a 1973 Swedish exploitation film written and directed by Bo Arne Vibenius under the name 'Alex Fridolinski'. It tells the story of a mute young woman who is being forced into heroin addiction, for which she has to work as a prostitute, and her revenge on the men responsible.It has received a cult following and was one of the inspirations behind Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill', specifically for Daryl Hannah's character of Elle Driver.What is the name of this controversial film?

Thriller - A Cruel Picture

17.Also mentioned in the title of a 2002 Busta Rhymes hit single, which brand of cognac, owned by Beam Inc,is produced in the town of Jarnac,in France and was claimed by the company to be the favourite cognac of Napoleon Bonaparte?


18.Goldie Hawn is a successful Hollywood actress,famous for her roles in films such as 'Private Benjamin'(1980),'Bird On A Wire' (1990) and 'Death Becomes Her'(1992).Although she has received numerous awards,for which 1969 film,starring alongside Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman,did she receive her only Academy Award win to date,picking up the Best Supporting Actress prize?

Cactus Flower

19.She later became associated with a a particular type of women's clothing. What is the name of the influential US women's rights campaigner,who between 1849 and 1854,was the of editor of  'The Lily',the first newspaper for women in the US?

Amelia Bloomer

20.(Pictured) His occupation was as a diplomat,but he was also an opera singer,composer and music theorist.He is also well known for being a close friend of George Frideric Handel, although he nearly killed him in a sudden quarrel, during a performance of (this man's opera) 'Cleopatra in 1704'. What is the name of this man?

Johann Mattheson

21.In 1488,which Portuguese nobleman and explorer,became the first known European to sail around the southernmost tip of Africa,which he originally named the 'Cape of Storms'?

Bartolomeu Dias

22.Adapted from the Gregory McDonald novel of the same title,it centres around a controversial decision made by a Native American man to star in a snuff movie.Which 1997 film starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando,marked Depp's directorial debut?

The Brave

23.Covering 147,760km square of land,which country of the Americas,has a remarkable 90.2 percent of its surface area covered by forest?


24.It is similar to the electron,that has a negative electric charge and a spin of one half. Together with the electron, the muon, and the three neutrinos, it is classified as a lepton.It is also the only lepton that can decay into hadrons.What is the name of this elementary particle which shares its name with a letter of the Greek alphabet?


25.(Pictured)She acted and provided several songs for the 1982 film 'Monkey Grip',which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.She also  starred opposite Russell Crowe in the first Australian production of Willy Russell's stage musical 'Blood Brothers'. However,she he best known as the frontwoman of the Australian rock band 'The Divinyls',whose 1991 single,'I Touch Myself',was a top 10 single around the world.What is the name of this woman,who died in 2013? Christine 'Chrissy' Amphlett