Sunday, 9 March 2014

Latest Main Quiz

Here is another set of Questions for you to have a go at.

I will be putting up a competition to win a Copy of Chamber's Biographical Dictionary this week. It will involve a very simple (I hope) qualifying question. I think the book would be a great addition.I get some of my questions ideas from it.

Also,you may know that I made the semi-final of Mastermind,but unfortunately got knocked out. However I did get picked for round of the week,so I thought I would share it with you (works only in the UK,I think).

Ok, here's the quiz. Enjoy...........................

1.(Pictured) It is the southern most hotel and casino complex on the Las Vegas Strip,making it the closest 'strip' casino complex to McCarran airport.Formerly it was known as the 'Hacienda',but was bought out by the Circus Circus group in 1996 and changed its name in 1999. It is the location for the 'Michael Jackson:One' residency by Cirque du Soleil and also has a shark aquarium in the complex.It also hosts the Four Seasons hotel at the top of its main hotel block. What is the name of this complex,which is named after a former capital of Burma and was the location of the main fight in the sixth 'Rocky' film?

Mandalay Bay

2.Two versions of the film,'The Great Gatsby' has won Academy Awards,(the 1974 and 2013 versions).Collected by Theoni V Aldredge and Catherine Martin in their respective winning years,which category was won by the film on both occasions?

Best Costume Design

3.In terms of revenue,Nestle is the largest food company in the world.Its products include baby food, bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee, confectionery and dairy products.Home to the company's headquarters,in which Swiss town was Nestle founded,it is also the same town in which milk chocolate is believed to have been created?


4.Commanded by Don Juan de Austria,the Holy League was a combined powerful military force that consisted of almost all the major Catholic maritime states in the Mediterranean.Set up in 1571,it was intended to break the Ottoman Turks' control of the eastern Mediterranean Sea and saw a decisive victory at the Battle of Lepanto in the same year. The League was the idea of which Pope,who played a major role in arranging it,but died just a few months before its conclusion in 1573?

Pope Pius V

5.He began studying medicine in 1859, and moved to Paris in 1862 to continue his studies. There he met and painted with Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley .His best known works include 'The Pink Dress' (pictured),'Scene d'ete' and 'Le Petit Jardinier' .What is the name of this French painter,whose life was sadly cut short in 1870,when he was killed at the Battle of Beaune-la-Rolande,during the Franco-Prussian War?

Frederic Bazille

6.In January 2014,one of the city's football (soccer) clubs was acquired by Manchester City football club. The other one of the city's top clubs,also has a link to Manchester City,as they currently play their home matches at the Etihad Stadium. Which Australian city is represented in the country's top football (soccer) league by teams known as 'Heart' and 'Victory'?


7.During the Italian colonisation between 1890-1891, the island of Nakura was used as the Nocra prison camp,whose grim history is vividly depicted in the nation's songs.Today Nakura is an inhabited island and part of the Dahlak archipelago,whose inhabitants speak the Dahlik dialect.To which African country does this island and archipelago belong?


8.It was a scale devised by the British brewer, Joseph Williams Lovibond, at the end of the 19th century.Measured in 'degrees lovibond',the Lovibond scale is used to measure which characteristic of a substance?


9.An Austrian novelist and radical pacifist,her most famous work was entitled 'Lay Down Your Arms'.In 1876 she became Alfred Nobel's secretary-housekeeper at his Paris residence and although she only stayed in the post for just a week,she corresponded with him until his death in 1896.It is through this correspondence,that she is believed to be major influence on Nobel's  decision to have a peace prize among his prizes. What is the name of this woman,who in 1905,became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and the second to be awarded the Nobel Prize?

Bertha von Suttner

10.(Pictured) In 1950 she won the Miss Sweden competition and also made the final of Miss Universe,which earned her a 'starlet's contract' with Universal Studios.Her first role was a part in 'Abbott and Costello Go to Mars'(1953),but she went on to appear in films such as 'Hollywood or Bust'(1956),'Interpol (1957) and 'Paris Holiday' (1958).She is,however,best known for her role as Sylvia in the 1960 Federico Fellini film, La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life),where she is seen cavorting in the Trevi fountain with Marcello Mastroianni.What is the name of this Swedish actress?

Anita Ekberg

11.It is the second largest island in Thailand,behind Phuket and until the late 20th century, was an isolated self-sufficient island. It has since began exporting traditional products such as coconuts and rubber,but most importantly has become a very popular tourist destination,with around 1.5 million visitors per year.Located 35km from the mainland town of Surat Thani,what is the name of this island,which is also the country's second largest resort business behind Bangkok?

Koh Samui

12.It is a city in western Quebec and is the fourth largest city in the province,by population. Located on the northern banks of the Ottawa River,it forms part of Canada's National Capital Region,(along with Ottowa itself).What is the name of this city which has also been known as Wrightstown,and later,Hull?


13.If Wilhelm Rontgen relates to number 111,Marie Curie relates to 96 and Albert Einstein relates to 99,which number relates to Nils Bohr?

107 (Bohrium - Atomic numbers of chemicals named after Nobel Physics Laureates)

14.(Pictured) She shares her surname with two members of the rock band Blue Oyster Cult,as well as a 19th/20th century French pathologist,who is noted for his namesake 'nodes'. In 2012 she became the first Canadian to win any tennis Grand Slam singles title,when she won the Girls' event at Wimbledon. In 2013 she was named 'Newcomer of the Year. In 2014,she continued her great form,when she became only the second Canadian ever,to reach the semi-finals of a (senior) Grand Slam singles tournament,where she lost to eventual winner Li Na  at the Australian Open.What is her name?

Eugenie Bouchard

15.In 1815,Mount Tambora provided the most destructive volcanic eruption in modern history, in terms of volume of magma ejected. The eruption killed around 70,000 people and is believed to have destroyed a small culture of Southeast Asian affinity, known to archaeologists as the Tamboran kingdom. It launched 100 cubic kilometres of ash into the upper atmosphere, which caused 1816 to become globally known as 'the year without a summer'.Lying within the Pacific Ring of Fire,on which Indonesian volcanic island,did this eruption occcur?


16.In the Popeye comic strip,he is a secondary character that is portrayed as a cobbler with a Russian accent.He is mainly associated with his ongoing disputes and arguments with the character 'Wimpy',disapproving at his scams.He appeared in several cartoon shows and he also appeared in the 1980 live action film version of 'Popeye',where he was played by Richard Libertini.What is the name of this character?

(George W) Geezil

17.The volcanic seven summits is a list of the highest volcanic peaks on each continent. The peak that represents the Australian continent on this list,is also the country's second highest peak,behind Mount Wilhem.First ascended by Mick Leahy in 1943,in which country is Mount Giluwe located?

Papua New Guinea

18.Following the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922,he was offered the position of Director of Publicity.He was sent to Geneva in 1929 as Ireland's Permanent Delegate to the League of Nations and presided over a number of diplomatic committees.This later led him to become the League of Nations' High Commissioner in Danzig. What is the name of this Irish diplomat,who would become the last person to serve as the Secretary General of the League of Nations?

Sean Lester

19.(Pictured) Along with the guanaco,they are one of two wild South American camelids and live in the high alpine areas of the Andes.They are a relative of the llama, and believed to be the wild ancestor of domesticated alpacas.The Incas valued their fur highly and it was against the law for anyone but royalty to wear it. The wool itself is very precious as the animal can only be shorn every three years. What is the name of this animal ,which is the  national animal of Peru and has its emblem on the Peruvian coat of arms?


20.With a connection to John Travolta and disco,which very successful singer and songwriter composed the theme song to the 1978 film,'Grease',which was memorably performed by Frankie Valli on the opening credits?

Barry Gibb

21.Terezin is a former military fortress and garrison town,that was also known by its German name,Theresienstadt,after Empress Maria Theresa.During the late 19th century,it was used as a prison and during World War I,it was used as a political prison camp.It's most notable inmate at this time was Gavrilo Princip,who died of tuberculosis in the prison camp.During World War II,it was used as a concentration camp and ghetto. In which modern day European country can Terezin (or Theresienstadt) be found today?

Czech Republic

22.(Pictured) Her previous roles have included Professor Emerita at the  Haas School of Business (University of California) and  the Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton. She is also the wife of the Nobel prize-winning economist,George Akerlof. What is the name of this woman,who in February 2014,succeeded Ben Bernanke to become the first female Chair of the Federal Reserve System?

Janet Yellen

23.The event had been competed for before,but was never officially ratified by the IAAF. Today the event is part of the Olympic programme and the World record is currently held by an American.In 1981 the American athlete,Jane Frederick,became the first World record holder in which athletics event?


24. In terms of population,Burgenland is the smallest state in Austria. It's capital was known by the Hungarians as Kismarton and was the seat of the Esterhazy noble family. This was also the place where the composer,Joseph Haydn acted as Kapellmeister (music director). By what name is the capital known today,it is the same as the surname of the person that invented single sachet sugar packets?


25.(Pictured) First aired in  2012,it is an American TV drama series that follows the professional and personal lives of the firefighters and paramedics from the city where the show is set.The show stars Jesse Spencer,Monica Raymund and Eamonn Walker,(amongst others) and is now aired around the world.What is the name of this show,whose name is the same as a Major League Soccer club?

Chicago Fire