Tuesday, 4 March 2014

New Main Quiz

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Here is my next Main Quiz for you.

Some toughies in there I think, but should be a good test anyway.

Also, I will be having a competition soon to win a Chamber's Biographical Dictionary. I think this will be very useful to quizzers,so may be worth entering. It'll probably be just one easy(ish) question.

Hope you enjoy..........

1.(Pictured) Dating from approximately 3000 BC,it is a board game that was played in ancient Egypt.The board depicts a coiled snake whose body is divided into rectangular spaces. From archaeological evidence,it seems to have been played with lion or lioness-shaped game pieces, and a few small spheres,such as marbles.What is the name of this game,which was named after a mythical snake god?


2.A winner of seven Grammy Awards,she has also sold millions of records across the globe since her debut chart hit in 1961. Also successful in business,which American singer,known as 'The Empress of Soul',opened a successful chain of 'chicken and waffle' restaurants in 1997 with R&B singer,Ron Winans?

Gladys Knight

3.Developed in 1952,it is an early concept relating to the prediction of stereochemistry in certain acyclic systems and known as a rule of asymmetric induction. Sharing a surname with a famous 1980s British athlete,what is the name of the doctor,for whom the rule is named?

Dr Donald Cram (Cram's Rule)

4.It is a 1989 remake of the 1943 romantic drama 'A Guy Named Joe',(although the director,Steven Spielberg,did make some changes). The plot is centred around an aerial firefighter,dropping fire retardant slurry to put out forest wildfires.The film features Holly Hunter and John Goodman,and stars Richard Dreyfuss,in his first Spielberg-directed film,since Close Encounters of The Third Kind,in 1977.The film is also notable,as it is the last film appearance by Audrey Hepburn,(albeit in a cameo role). What is the one-word title of this film?


5.(Pictured) This company was founded in 1932 and originally known as 'Chida Handler',until 1973 when it changed to it present name.They are known for their  anthropomorphic representations of animals or inanimate objects and their most famous characters are 'Tarepanda', 'Kogepan' and 'Rilakkuma'.These characters appear on many objects such as stationery items,key chains and toys,with some characters given their own sticker books and even their own anime series. What is the name of this company,which is a major rival to the 'Hello Kitty' producers, Sanrio?


6.(Pictured) Located in the largest park in Oslo,Frogner park, is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single sculptor.The 80 acre installation features 212 bronze and granite sculptures,with the theme being 'the human condition'.Also noted as the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal,what is the name of the Norwegian sculptor responsible for this incredible installation,which has now become the most popular tourist attraction in Norway?

Gustav Vigeland

7.He won a bronze medal at both the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games,competing in the High Jump. In 1973,he cleared a world record height of 2.30 metres.This made him the first person to break the high jump world record using the 'Fosbury Flop' technique.What is the name of this American high-jumper,who went on to become a sports commentator and analyst on all three major US TV networks?

Dwight Stones

8.Following Alexander The Great's death in 323 BC,this dynasty ruled for nearly 300 years,until 30BC,when the Roman Empire took charge,making them the last dynasty of ancient Egypt.The last of these kings had the regnal number of 15 and ruled with his mother,Cleopatra VII,but was killed in 30BC on the orders of Octavian. What was the name of this famous dynasty?


9.From 1980 to 1987 he was the country's de facto leader when it was under military rule.During this time he became associated with the 'December murders',whereby  fifteen prominent young men,who had criticised the military dictatorship,were arrested,tortured and killed. In 2007 he accepted political responsibility for the murders, but stated that he personally had not 'pulled the trigger' . What is the name of this controversial leader,who has been the elected President of Suriname since 2010?

Desi Bouterse

10.(Pictured) She was a pioneering German intellectual and the author of many works of European history.In addition to this,she also wrote novels, poems, and  plays.She was also one of the first women to gain a doctorate from Zurich University and one of the first women to be elected to the Prussian Academy of Arts. With an asteroid named in her honour,what is the name of this woman,whom Thomas Mann called 'The First Lady of Germany'?

Ricarda Huch

11.Hosted  by Josie Dye and Wilder Weir,'Oh So Cosmo',is the flagship TV show that is aired on 'Cosmopolitan TV'. It offers stories and segments about the lifestyle of hip, urban women and also appears on Cosmopolitan magazine's You Tube Channel. In which country is this popular TV show recorded? 


12.A former Rugby Union international forward,he played 34 times for England and played for Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues. On retirement, he became a journalist and TV presenter. He may be also be known to fans of Harry Potter,as he was used as a body double for Robbie Coltrane's 'Rubeus Hagrid' to emphasise the character's height.He also played a young Hagrid in ' Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.What is the name of this 6ft 10in (2.08m) 'giant'? 

Martin Bayfield

13.With a population of around 27,000,it is located in the San Francisco Bay Area along the north bank of the Carquinez Strait.For over 100 years,(until 1964) it was home to the primary US Army Ordnance facility for the West Coast of the United States and was also the location of the first murder by the infamous 'Zodiac Killer' in 1968. What is the name of this small city,which served as state capital of California  for thirteen months,before Sacremento took over in 1854?


14.Reigning from 1268 until 1314,he was the father of Isabella of France,who became Queen consort to Edward II of England. He also saw each of his three sons become Kings of France,with the third, Charles IV becoming the last 'direct' Capetian king. He played a large part in the downfall of the Knights Templar and his conflict with Pope Boniface VII,ultimately led to the formation  of the Papal enclave at Avignon.What is the name of this French King,who was known as the 'Fair'?

Philip IV

15.(Pictured) The largest is built on a steep hillside in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro,but there are many across Brazil,particularly in urban areas.They first appeared in the late 19th century and were built by soldiers who had nowhere to live. This was also the place where former slaves with no land ownership and no options for work lived. Beginning with the letter 'f',what is the Brazilian term used to describe these slums?


16.Located  in  Messenia,the Battle of Pylos was fought in 425 BC ,as part of the Peloponnesian War.The battle saw an important victory for the Athenians over Sparta. An equally important battle was fought over 2000 years later at the same location,but this time the battle was known by its modern-day name,the Battle of Navarino.During which conflict did this later 1827 naval battle occur?

Greek War of Independence

17.(Pictured) This 13-story,44 metre high residence of local entrepreneur Nikolai Sutyagin was reported to be the world's,(or at least the country's), tallest wooden house. Constructed by Mr. Sutyagin and his family over 15 years (1992-2007),it was created without formal plans or a building permit. Over time the structure deteriorated while Mr Sutyagin spent a number of years in prison for racketeering.In 2008, it was condemned by the city as a fire hazard, and the courts ordered it to be fully demolished.Which country was the location of the Sutyagin House?


18.(Pictured) The Ansari X Prize was a space competition in which the X Prize Foundation offered a US$10,000,000 prize for the first non-government organisation to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. The prize was won in 2004,when the 'Tier One' project,designed by Burt Rutan and financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, used an experimental spacecraft.What was the appropriate name of this spacecraft,which was retired immediately after winning the prize?  


19.Best known for his songs and scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios,he has won eight Academy Awards from nineteen nominations. His wins have come from the films 'The Little Mermaid', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Aladdin', and 'Pocahontas',but has also worked on many other animated films such as 'Enchanted' and 'Tangled'. What is the name of this prolific composer,who currently holds more Academy Awards than any other living person?

Alan Menken

20.Including over 750 works,the Hoboken-Verzeichnis catalogue is a compilation of which classical composer and teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven? 

Joseph Hayden

21.It was written by Marcus Clarke and published in the Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872,before appearing as a novel in 1874.It is thought to be one of the best known novelisations of life as a convict in early Australian history and is loosely based on the life of real-life convict,Alexander Pearce. The story follows the protagonist,Rufus Dawes (originally Richard Devine),who is sentenced to transportation for a crime he did not commit.It has since been adapted to films and a successful 1983 TV mini-series featuring Colin Friels,Anthony Perkins and Patrick Macnee. What is the title of this novel?

For The Term Of His Natural Life

22.It is a disease of the bone,which is almost exclusively found in China and most prominently in Tibet.The disease consists of the death of cartilage cells in the growth plate and articular surface,which can result in growth retardation and secondary osteoarthrosis.It is thought to mainly affect children and a lack of Selenium and iodine have been considered the most important deficiencies associated with it. What is the name of this disease,which is named after two Russian military physicians?

Kashin-Beck Disease

23.(Pictured) Serving between 1952 and 1972,he was the fifth President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).He was known for his zealous advocacy of amateurism and was equally passionate when fighting against a boycott of the 1936 Summer Olympics,which had been awarded to Germany before the rise of its Nazi government. In 1972 he famously spoke at the memorial service, following the terrorist attacks at the Munich Olympics,insisting that the 'Games will go on'.As an athlete he competed in the Pentathlon and Decathlon at the 1912 Games in Stockholm,but didn't win any medals. What is the name of this man,who is the only American to have held the IOC Presidency?

Avery Brundage

24.Today she is a global singing superstar,making million-selling number one albums and singles.However,she was born to Pentecostal pastors near Santa Barbara, California in 1984  and originally had limited exposure to mainstream pop music. As a result she pursued a career in gospel music and released her debut album 'Katy Hudson' (her real name) in 2001,with limited success. By what name do we know her today? 

Katy Perry

25.(Pictured) Famous for his 'vedutes' of European cities,Bernardo Bellotto was an 18th century Italian artist and Polish court painter.Which well known Italian painter was both his uncle and teacher?

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)