Saturday, 1 February 2014

Next 5 Category Quiz - and last chance and Sports Quiz reminder!


Here is the next Five Category Quiz.

The subjects are: Science Fiction Literature,Winter Olympics,World Cuisine,Norway and Explorers

Two reminders:
Firstly,my competition to win a Chamber's Book of Greatest Speeches closes midnight Sunday Feb 2nd. See earlier posts for details.

Secondly,there is one week left to enter the Sports Quiz competition (or maybe you just want a copy). Again see earlier posts for full details.

Hope you enjoy this set


Science Fiction Literature
1.Arthur C Clarke's 'Odyssey' series of books saw the titles, '2001:A Space Odyssey' published in 1968 and '2010: Odyssey Two',published in 1982.What year was assigned to the third book,'Odyssey Three',published in 1987?

2061 (Twenty Sixty-One

2.He is,perhaps,best known for a series of six novels,based around a fictional planet.Which well known science fiction author also created the 'WorShip' and 'ConSentinent' series of books?

Frank Herbert

3.It was nominated for the 1986 Booker Prize and the 1987 Prometheus Award and also won the inaugural Arthur C Clarke award in 1987 too. 'The Handmaid's Tale',is a science fiction novel,inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' and describes a society,in which a totalitarian Christian theocracy has overthrown the United States government.Which Canadian author wrote this work?

Margaret Attwood

4. This is a 1985 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by David Brin. The story concerns a drifter who stumbles across an old uniform.From this he gives a local community false hope that aid will be provided by the 'Restored United States of America;and in doing so they will be free from a local warlord's threats.Later adapted into a 1997 film starring Kevin Costner,what is the name of this film or novel?

The Postman

5.A philologist named Elwin Ransom is the hero of the first two novels and an important character in the third.Which very well-known author who died in 1963,and not often associated with the genre,created 'The Space Trilogy' series,consisting, 'Out of the Silent Planet', 'Perelandra' and 'That Hideous Strength'?

CS Lewis

Winter Olympics
1.During the 1930s and 1940s,she was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.Prior to that,she won three successive Olympic Gold Medals and ten successive World Championships for ice skating.Who is this woman,considered one of the greatest ice skaters in history?

Sonja Henie

2.Which Winter Olympic Games was overshadowed by the deaths of Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypecki,a British luge racer and Ross Milne,an Australian skier,who were both killed in respective training accidents in the week before the Opening ceremony?

1964 Innsbruck

3.In 1998,the nephew became the first Kenyan to compete in a Winter Olympics,when he competed in cross-country skiing. He went on to compete in two further games,but with very limited success.The uncle,Mike,had much more success,as an athlete in the summer Games of 1972,when he won bronze in the 800 metres.What is the family name of this Olympic pair?

Boit (Philip-skier and Mike-athlete)

4.The Norwegian skier,Kjetil Andre Aamodt,has won eight Winter Olympics medals, (four gold, two silver, two bronze), which is more than any other alpine skier at the Olympics. In which of the five disciplines,has he won four of these medals,doing so between 1992 and 2006?

Super G (or Super Giant Slalom)

5.Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are best remembered for winning  the Gold medal,in the figure skating pairs event,at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo,but in which year did they win a bronze medal in the event?

1994 (Lillehammer)

World Cuisine
1.Notable dishes from this cuisine include Sanhe Shrimp Pate,Egg Dumplings and Wushan Imperial Goose.Also known for its use of wild herbs and simple methods of preparation,which of the eight culinary traditions of Chinese cuisine,is derived from the native cooking styles of the Huangshan Mountains region?


2.'Kotipizza Oyj' is the largest pizza restaurant chain in the Nordic countries. In 2008 Kotipizza created its 'Pizza Berlusconi,to mock Berlusconi's statements from 2005,in which he claimed that he had to 'endure' Finnish cuisine.What is the main meat ingredient in a 'Pizza Berlusconi'?

(Smoked) Reindeer

3.This drink is made by boiling water over a camp fire and adding a gum leaf for flavouring.It still remains an iconic Australian tradition and was a staple drink of the Australian colonial period.Also referred to in the Banjo Paterson song 'Waltzing Matilda',what is the name of this traditional beverage?

Billy Tea

4.It is a yeast-risen flatbread with a unique, spongy texture and traditionally made out of teff flour.What is the name of this national dish of Ethiopia and Eritrea,which is eaten in nearly every household of these countries?


5.Louis Lassen,Charlie Nagreen,Otto Kuase,Oscar Weber Bilby,Frank and Charles Menches and Fletcher Davis have all made claims to have come up with the idea of which foodstuff,one of the Western world's most popular foods?


1.Situated on the Nideva river,it is home to Nidaros cathedral,which was built on the burial site of St Olaf.It is also home to 'SINTEF', the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia.What is the name of this Norwegian city,the fourth largest by population?


2.Hardangerjokulen is the sixth largest glacier in mainland Norway and is the highest point in Hordaluand county. It is  memorable,as it was the filming location of which fictional planet,as depicted in a 1980 blockbuster film?

Hoth (the ice planet from Star Wars Episode V:The Empire Strikes Back)

3.Among Norwegians, the day is referred to as 'syttende mai',but what is the name of the official national holiday of Norway that is celebrated annually on the 17th of May each year,marking an event that occured in 1814?

Norwegian Constitution Day (when Norway gained political independence and introduced a constitutional monarchy)

4.He is considered as one of The Four Greats of Norwegian literature,alongside Henrik Ibsen, Jonas Lie, and Alexander Kielland. He was noted as a playwright,novelist and poet and in 1903 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.What is the name of this writer,who is also celebrated for writing the lyrics to the Norwegian National Anthem, 'Ja, vi elsker dette landet'?

Bjornstjerne Bjornson

5.She has released five albums,that have all performed well in Norway.However,she is best known,globally,for her 1999 album,'Playing My Game'.From that album came two smash hit singles,'Sitting Down Here' and 'Unforgiveable Sinner',which all performed well around the world. Later she would gain a songwriting credit on Rihanna's 2007 album 'Good Girl Gone Bad'.What is the name of this Norwegian singer/songwriter?

Lene Marlin

1.He has an island in the Mozambique Channel, named after him and  is credited as the discoverer of Ascension and Saint Helena islands. What is the name of this 15th/16th century Portuguese explorer,who was appointed mayor of Lisbon in 1496 and,in 1501, departed as the commander of the third Portuguese Armada to India?

Joao da Nova

2.He was an English officer of the British Royal Navy,who was best known for his 1791–95 expedition, which explored and charted the coasts of  Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.He also has an island,two mountains and a Canadian city named in his honour.What is the name of this explorer,who was also the cousin of the British Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger?

George Vancouver

3.In 1995 he was part of an expedition to stay on the Russian Mir spacestation.Which scientist became the first American to ride to space on board a Russian vehicle, and can therefore be considered the first American cosmonaut?

Norman Thagard

4.He represented Canada at the World Nordic Ski Championships in 1977, 1979, 1982 and 1985. Since retiring from cross-country skiing,he has dedicated his life to Polar and Arctic expeditions .He has broken several records,but perhaps the most remarkable is that  in 1995, he (along with Misha Malakhov), became the first  to achieve an unsupported (ie no outside help or vehicles) expedition to reach the North Pole and return to land. This achievement has not yet been repeated.Sharing his surname with an SI derived unit,what is this contemporary Canadian explorer's name?

Richard Weber

5.A Spanish navigator and cartographer,he is known for designing the earliest European world map that incorporated the territories of the Americas.He also played an important role in the first and second voyages by Christopher Columbus to the West Indies,as he was the owner and captain of the 'Santa Maria' ship.What is his name?

Juan de la Cosa