Thursday, 13 March 2014

Next Five Category Quiz -and Competition

Here is my latest Five Category Quiz for you to have a go at.

I also have two things to share.

Firstly, I was interviewed in my local paper this week,so this may be of interest to you.

Also I have another of my periodic competitions. This time it is to win a copy of the Chamber's Biographical Dictionary.

To enter just answer this question and send the e-mail to

Which US President would appear first in this book. (The book is in alphabetical order)?

Closing date is midnight (UK time) Thursday 20th March.

First out of the hat wins and my decision is final. Good luck

Ok,back to the quiz.

The categories are 15th Century, Brazil, Steven Spielberg Films,Structures and Buildings and Crime and Punishment.


15th Century
1.He sent  Joan of Arc to the Siege of Orleans towards the end of the Hundred Years War as part of a relief mission.Due to her spiritual guidance (and other charismatic military leaders),French troops gained several important victories that paved the way for his coronation at Reims Cathedral in 1429.What was the name of this French king,who was also the husband of Marie of Anjou?

Charles VII

2.The Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478 by Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition. The public penance,(which often led to execution), following the inquisition was known as the 'auto-da-fe' and was first recorded in 1481. In which Spanish city did this first 'auto-da-fe' take place?


3.The year 1453 saw the Fall of Constantinople,meaning the end of the Byzantium Empire and defeat for the last Roman Emperor,Constantine XI.Aged just 21 years old,what was the name of the Ottoman monarch,who led this victory and,today,has one of the world's longest suspension bridges named in his honour,spanning the Bosphorus strait?

Sultan Mehmed II (The Conqueror)

4.In 1438,the ninth ruler (Sapa Inca) of the Kingdom of Cusco,became the first ruler of the historic Inca Empire.Many archaeologists believe that the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu was built as an estate for him. What is the name of this important ruler,whose name in Quecha translates to 'he who shakes the earth'?


5.They were a religious group that took their name from its founder,a Czech dissenter,born in 1389,and one of the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation.Between c.1420 and 1434 they were involved in a series of wars against religious rivals,such as the Papal States,The Holy Roman empire  and the Kingdom of Croatia. With a name which means 'chalice people' in Czech,what was the name of this group?


1.The Empire of Brazil ran for much of the 19th century,between 1822 and 1889. In that time it had only two Emperors,with the second ruling for 58 years.What (first) name was shared by both emperors?


2.It is thought he introduced the tradition of holding the winning trophy high ,so that photographers and journalists may get a good view. Although the team is probably best remembered for superstars such as Pele and Garrincha,which football player of Italian origin,was the captain of the first Brazilian side to win the World Cup?

Hilderaldo Bellini

3.Founded in 1942 by the Brazilian government,the company,Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Freshwater River Valley Company),was privatised in 1997, after being bought out for US$3.14 billion. The company has interests in many areas,such as shipping and railways,but in 2006 became the world's second largest company in which industry,after acquiring the Canadian company,Inco?


4.Situated on the western bank of the River Branco,it is the only Brazilian state capital located entirely north of the equator.It is also the capital of the lowest populated state,Roraima.Sharing its name with a prominent Portuguese football team,what is the name of this city,which translates as 'good view' in English?


5.Pico da Neblina is the highest peak in Brazil and is part of the Cerro de la Neblina mountain range. Located in the northern amazon basin,the range forms a border between Brazil and which other South American country?


Steven Spielberg Films
1. It is believed that around 4000 child actors auditioned for the leading role of Jamie 'Jim' Graham,that was eventually offered to Christian Bale in Steven Spielberg's 1987 film 'Empire of the Sun'.Christian Bale was recommended for the role after co-starring in the television movie 'Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna',with which actress,who happened to be the wife of Steven Spielberg,at the time?

Amy Irving

2.Co-written and directed by Steven Spielberg in his feature film directorial debut,it stars Goldie Hawn and William Atherton.The plot is centred around the true-life story of a husband and wife trying to outrun the law.Named after a city in Texas,what is the title of this 1974 film,which represents Spielberg's only Palme d'or nomination to date?

The Sugarland Express

3.Tom Hanks has appeared in three Spielberg directed films. His most notable appearance,perhaps,was in 1998,where he received an Academy Award nomination for 'Saving Private Ryan'.Name either of the other two films that they collaborated on, made in 2002 and 2004 respectively?

Catch Me If You Can (2002) and The Terminal (2004)

4.The 1997 film, Amistad,was an historical drama based on the mutiny of 1839 by newly captured Mende slaves who took control of the ship La Amistad off the coast of Cuba.It eventually became a United States Supreme Court case of 1841 and the film's protagonist was Sengbe Pieh,(later known as Joseph Cinque),became the most prominent defendant in the case. The role was played by which Beninese-born American actor,who has received two Academy Award nominations for the  films 'In America' (2002) and 'Blood Diamond' (2006)?

Djimon Hounsou

5.His first major adult role was in the 1994 film 'Legends the Fall' and he later appeared in the 2002 film 'Gangs of New York'. His most famous role,however,was as a child star,playing the role of 'Elliott Taylor' in the 1982 Spielberg film 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'.What is the name of this actor?

Henry Thomas

1.At the time of its completion, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world and today is stll the third largest granite building. After the Giza pyramids of Khufu and Khafra,the Red Pyramid is the third largest of the Egyptian pyramids.In which necropolis,located 40km south of Cairo,can it be found?


2.Joseph Strauss was the chief engineer of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge which lasted between 1933 and 1937. One of his major concerns was that of the overall safety of the workers,which led him to install which safety feature that saved 19 lives during the course of the construction?

Safety Net (below the bridge)

3.The Tekeze Dam is a double curvature arch dam on the Tekeze River,which flows through one of the deepest canyons in the world.On completion in 2009,it became Africa tallest dam,standing at a height of 188 metres.Located in the Tigray region,the dam is found in the northern part of which country?


4.Located in east Helsinki,the tallest building in Finland is a high rise apartment building that stands at a height of 86 metres.Sharing its name with a genus of cloud whose latin name translates to English as 'ringlet',by what name is the building known?


5.In 2010, Guinness World Records certified it as the 'World’s furthest leaning man-made tower',with an 18 degree lean to the west. Sometimes referred to as the 'Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi',what is the official name of this building?

Capital Gate

Crime and Punishment
1.The Kings of Siam' method was to roll the convicted person 'about the ground rather slowly so that he is not badly hurt' and the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great is said to have used this technique 'to chastise rebels'. Featured,primarily, in South and South East Asia,it was a form of torture and/or capital punishment,but was largely suppressed with the European colonisations of the 18th and 19th centuries.Which animal was used by these cultures to administer these,often brutal punishments?


2.He is the screenwriter for films such as 'Straight Time' (1978) 'Runaway Train' (1985) and 'Animal Factory' (2000). He has also acted in many films and is well-known for his cameo role as Mr Blue in the Tarantino film 'Reservoir Dogs'. What is the name of this man,who served time in both San Quentin and Folsom prisons in California,(the later saw his first meeting with fellow actor,Danny Trejo)?

Edward Bunker

3.In 1996,William Bailey became the last inmate in the United States to be executed by hanging. The execution took place in Delaware,which has since outlawed this form of capital punishment. Today,only two US states still use hanging as a form of capital punishment.Name either?

New Hampshire and Washington

4.In February, 2008, the 1894/95 painting 'The Boy In the Red Vest' was stolen from the Foundation E.G. Buhrle in Zurich.At the time,it was the museum's most valuable painting and is valued at $91 million.Recovered in Serbia,in 2012,who was the post-impressionist painter of this work?

Paul Cezanne

5.A middle ages torture implement,it was a tall thin stool shaped device with a metal or wooden pyramid on top.The victim would then be stripped, bound with ropes, and suspended above the device and lowered onto the pyramid,which was brutally painful and often ended in death.In Italy it was known as 'culla di Giuda' and in France is was 'la veille'  .With a link to a New Testament figure,by what name is this torture device usually known?

Judas Cradle (Judas Chair)