Sunday, 9 February 2014

Latest Five Category Quiz

Here is my latest Five category Quiz

The subjects are: Acting Families/Dynasties, Japan, World Heritage Sites ,The Human Body, Prestigious Prizes.

I think my questions are getting longer.

Last reminder that Sports Quiz entries must be in by Midnight tonight UK time. Hopefully I can post the scores tomorrow as well as some stats. For those of you who have requested a copy, I will send the answers out tomorrow too. I will also be posting the Sports Quiz in full on here in the next few days.

Hope you enjoy this set.................

Acting Families/Dynasties
1.Zooey has appeared in films including 'The Good Girl' (2002), 'Elf' (2003) and (500) Days of Summer (2009).She also plays the title role in the US TV sitcom 'New Girl'. Her sister,Emily,is best known for her role as Dr Temperance 'Bones' Brennan in the US police comedy-drama series Bones. Mother Mary Jo played the role of Eileen in 'Twin Peaks' and father Caleb has received five Academy Award  nominations in cinematography. What is their collective surname?


2.He is the father of the acting siblings Patricia, Alexis, Rosanna, David, and Richmond Arquette. In which TV series,did Lewis Arquette,(a prolific TV actor in his own right),appear between 1978-1981,playing the role of 'JD Pickett'?

The Waltons

3.In 1996,which famous actor,himself from a famous artistic 'dynasty',married the American film director Rebecca Miller,the daughter of the playwright,Arthur Miller?

Daniel Day-Lewis

4.Between 1960 and 1962,she starred opposite Harry Morgan in the US TV sitcom 'Pete and Gladys ' and she later had her own sitcom aired between 1964 and 1965. She also received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1958 film 'The Defiant Ones'.What is the name of this actress,who provides a branch to the Barrymore dynasty,by being the first wife of John Drew Barrymore and the mother of John Blyth Barrymore?

Cara Williams

5.This 1985 comedy film is centred around a group of people who lose their licenses and driving privileges,after being ticketed for numerous traffic violations.The film marks the big screen debut of Don Cheadle,but is also memorable as it features  'lesser known' siblings of Bill Murray,Stacey Keach,Meg Tilly and Michelle Pfeiffer. What is the film's title?

Moving Violations

1.Existing between 1600 and 1868,the Tokugawa shogunate was the last  feudal Japanese military government. It was finally ended following the Boshin War and the Battle of Toba-Fushimi, when pro-shogunate forces were defeated. With a name literally meaning 'end of the cutain',what name was given to the end period of this shogunate?


2.The Seikan Tunnel,is an underwater railway tunnel that connects the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and Honshu.What is the name of the body of water,(a strait),that the tunnel is located?

Strait of Tsugaru

3.Grampus (formerly Grampus 8),are one of only four teams to have competed in Japan's top flight of football every year since its inception in 1993. The team had one of its most successful seasons in 1995 when it won the prestigious Emperor's Cup.At that time it was managed by,current Arsenal manager,Arsene Wenger and featured players such as Dragan Stojkovic and Gary Lineker on the team.In which city are Grampus based,the country's fourth largest by population?


4.Which city,the capital of the Kanagawa Prefecture,is the location for Japan's tallest building and its third tallest structure?

Yokohama (Yokohama Landmark Tower)

5.In this Japanese verbal entertainment,the lone storyteller sits on a stage,(without ever standing), called a 'Koza' and uses a paper fan and a small cloth as props. It began during the 18th century,but is still popular today and thought to be a training ground for some Japanese stand-up comedians.Translated in English as 'fallen words',what is the name of this form of entertainment?


World Heritage Sites
1.Some argue that it is the best preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and,as such,been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a very popular tourist destination and home to 'Almedalen Week',where representatives from the major political parties in Sweden take turns to make speeches in the city's park. What is the name of this city and Heritage site,which is the only city located on the island of Gotland?


2.The archaeological site of the ancient city of Sarazm, is located in the Zarafshan Valley,,near the border with Uzbekistan. About 5000 years ago it was regarded as 'the largest metallurgical centre of Central Asia engaged in export', but is thought to have been abandoned in 2000 BC. Discovered in 1976,by a farmer named Ashurali Tailonov,the proto-urban site of Sarazm was formally added to the World Heritage List in 2010,becoming which Central Asian country's first World Heritage site?


3.Situated off the coast of west County Kerry lies one of Europe's better known,but least accessible monasteries (and shares the name with the island on which it lies).Thought to have been founded in the 7th century,it was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks for around 600 years. On which island is this monastery located,which lies near the summit of a 230 metre high rock  and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996?

Skellig Michael

4.It is one of the few atolls whose ecosystems have been largely unaffected by human contact. Ten of its flowering plants, all four of its land birds and about a third of the identified insects and gastropods are endemic,which is quite remarkable,given the island's size. It is also the island where the survivors of the 'Nantucket' whale boat reached shore,following a whale attack (the inspiration to Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick'. What is the name of this island,one of the Pitcairn Islands and a World Heritage site since 1988?

Henderson Island

5.Which two African nations,currently host the most World Heritage Sites in Africa,with nine sites each?

Morocco and Ethiopia

Human Body
1.Often caused by the failure in the function of kidneys,it may also occur because of some severe obstruction like kidney stones or tumours.In practice,it is defined as passage of less than 100 millilitres of urine in a day and is a more extreme reduction than oliguria. What is the name of this condition,which describes the non-passage of urine?


2.Its name derives from the Latin for 'tripled twinned' and is a nerve responsible for sensation in the face and certain motor functions such as biting and chewing. What is the name of the largest of the cranial nerves?

Trigeminal Nerve

3.Its name in Greek means 'juice'.It results from the mechanical and chemical breakdown of a mass of food and consists of partially digested food, water, hydrochloric acid, and various digestive enzymes.What is the name of this liquid substance that is found in the stomach,before passing through the pyloric valve and entering the duodenum?


4.It was named after the Scottish ophthalmologist who examined the pathology and transmission of this illness,in 1914.It is characterised by hearing loss and a gradual visual impairment and has three 'types'.Sharing a name with an American R&B star,what is the name of this syndrome,which is responsible for the majority of deaf-blindness cases?

Usher Syndrome

5.Also known as Lover's fracture and Don Juan fracture,it is usually caused by a fall from height when one lands on their feet.Which bone,the largest in the foot,is affected by this fracture?

Calcaneus (or heel bone)

Prestigious Prizes
1.Established by an Italian  part-owner of the Corriere della Sera,the Prize is made up of four annual monetary prizes,to people or organisations who have made outstanding achievements in the fields of humanities, natural sciences, culture and endeavours for peace and the brotherhood of man.It offers 1 million Swiss francs as a prize and the ceremony alternates between Bern and the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome.What is the name of this prize,which is thought to be one of the world's most prestigious?

Balzan Prize

2.In 1995 Manuel Blum was awarded the Turing Prize for 'his contributions to the foundations of computational complexity theory and its application to cryptography and program checking'. In doing so ,he became the first (and so far only) person from South America to claim the prize.Although he was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now lives in the US,from which country does he originate?


3.He served as Postmaster General in the cabinet of President Lyndon Johnson and between 1975 and 1984,he served as commissioner of the National Basketball Association.His name is used for the trophy awarded to the winner of the United States' NBA Basketball Championship and to an award which honours individuals and groups who exhibit a high degree of commitment on behalf of the Unites States Democratic Party.What is the name of this person,who uses both his abbreviated first name and full first name for these respective awards?

Lawrence 'Larry' O'Brien

4.The year and categories are never published,but are mentioned at the time of collection.Recipients have included Florian Zimmer,David Copperfield and Penn and Teller.Created by Tony Hassini and his International Magicians Society,what is the very appropriate name for these prestigious awards,sometimes referred to as the 'Academy Awards for magic'?

Merlin Awards

5.Named after a former Secretary-General of the United Nations,what is the name of the posthumous award,given by the United Nations (UN) to military personnel, police, or civilians,who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping operation?

Dag Hammarskjold Medal