Wednesday, 2 April 2014

2nd World Quizzing Championship Practice


Here is the second installment of my World Quizzing Championship practice sets.


Hopefully,these will keep you occupied for a while.

Also, I would just like to thank all of those people who read and support this site. I had record numbers of visitors last month which is nice to know,so thank-you very much. I'll try to keep up the good work!


Anyway Enjoy..............







CULTURE
1.In Greek mythology,a Golden Apple was thrown into the air at Zeus' party.The three goddesses that caught it,(Aphrodite,Hera and Athena),then asked Paris to choose which of them was most beautiful.When Paris chose Aphrodite,she made Helen of Troy fall in love with him and so began the Trojan War (in simple terms). Which goddess of discord,who shares her name with a dwarf planet,threw the Golden Apple that started these events? Eris









2.(Pictured) One of his typical pieces was the 1905 work 'Le sechage des voiles (The Drying Sails)'. Which French artist and sculptor is credited,along with Henri Matisee,as the co-founder of the Fauvist art movement?






Andre Derain






3.In Japanese the name means 'heavenly dog',but the creature actually takes the form of part bird,part human. It is considered a type of Shinto god and is found in Japanese folk religion.Although once thought of as a demon,it is more often seen as a protective spirit of the mountains. Associated with a distinctive long nose (or beak),what is the name of this figure,which has a popular mask created in its honour?






Tengu






HISTORY
1.The Sigurimi,was a secret police formed in 1943 and instrumental in the appointment of Enver Hoxha as the country's communist leader between 1944 and 1985. In 1991, it was replaced by the National Informative Service (SHIK) which,in turn,became SHISH.In which modern day European country were these government agencies formed?






Albania   (modern as Albania was formerly known as the  Socialist People's Republic of Albania)






2.Whilst working at the Benatky nad Jizerou observatory in Prague,Johannes Kepler was able to use his boss' (usually secretive) astronomical data,to develop his three laws of planetary motion.What was the name of the famous astronomer for whom Kepler worked as an assistant between 1600 and 1601?





Tycho Brahe








3.(Pictured) Reigning between 1916 and 1918,he was the last monarch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He was also the last Emperor of Austria,the last King of Hungary and the last King of Bohemia.In addition to this,he was beatified in 2004 by Pope John Paul II. What is the (first) name of this notable European King? (regnal number not needed)






Charles (or Karel -Charles I of Austria,IV of Hungary,III of Bohemia)






ENTERTAINMENT
1.His father was a violinist and founding conductor of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.Between 1962 and 1978 he was named Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra.He then followed this up as Principal conductor and Musical Director at the New York Philharmonic between 1978 and 1991.Today,he is the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the main conductor for Valencia's opera house.What is the name of this Indian conductor,who famously conducted the orchestras at the first 'Three Tenors' concert in Rome,in 1990?






Zubin Mehta






2.Running since 1989,The Kids Choice Awards is a major US awards ceremony that celebrates and honours American childrens' favourite celebrities and shows.Rather than envelopes, awards are announced via objects such as balloons,stickers,models and T-shirts.The ceremony also leads into a special presentation that promotes a newly premiering or existing series - the network's equivalent to the post-Super Bowl time slot.Perhaps its most prestigious moment,is the 'sliming' of a celebrity,where a celebrity (or celebrities) are traditionally covered in slime as a badge of honour.Which children's TV network is responsible for this ceremony,which is shown around the world?






Nickelodeon









3.(Pictured) It is an office building located at 1619 Broadway on 49th Street, just north of Times Square.At its most powerful,it was home to many music publishers and songwriters.Writers included Burt Bacharach,Carole King,Neil Sedaka,Neil Diamond and Marvin Mamlisch (and a whole host of household names).What is the name of this influential building,which was named after a local haberdasher andgave its name to a particular style of mainstream American music during the 1950s and 1960s?






Brill Building






SPORT and GAMES
1.Brazil have won five of the seven World Cups so far and Spain have won the other two.Played on an indoor pitch and featuring five players per team,what is the name of the variation of association football,whose name is derived from the Portuguese 'futebol de salao'?






Futsal







2.(Pictured) First released in 1995,it was published by Ubisoft and created by Michel Ancel.It has spawned sequels such as 'The Great Escape' and 'Hoodlum Havoc' as well as side projects such as 'Raving Rabbids' and 'Golf'.He is typically found wearing white gloves and red neckerchief on a purple shirt and he is able to launch long range punches at his enemies. His companions include characters such as Globox and Barbara. What is the name of this very successful game franchise,that shares its name with its title character? 






Rayman






3.In 2013,Glasgow Celtic came from a  a two-goal deficit to beat Shakhter Karagandy 3-0 in a play-off round second leg match and qualify for the prestigious UEFA Champions League Group stages.Celtic's manager,Neil Lennon,described it as 'the greatest thing I've ever done in football'. Had Shakhter Karagandy qualified,they would have been the first team from which modern day country to reach the Group Stages of the competition?






Kazakhstan






WORLD
1.Since the first United States census in 1790,New York city has been named the largest city in the United States in terms of population on all 23 censuses.Which city has featured at number two on the list on most occasions,doing so on 10 of the 23 censuses taken?






Chicago






2.It is the second biggest Pomeranian island after Rugen and is located in the Pomeranian Bay in the Baltic Sea. The island is particularly popular with German visitors,as it has has higher than average sunshine hours and is well known for its beaches,natural beauty, and elegant seaside towns such as Zinnowitz and Heringsdorf. It is also home to the world's longest beach promenade.What is the name of this popular island?






Usedom









3.(Pictured) Signal de Botrange is the highest point in Belgium and is located in the High Fens.in In 1923 a six metre high  tower was built on the summit to allow visitors to reach an altitude of 700 m. In which Belgian province,the country's second largest in area,is this high point located?






Liege






LIFESTYLE
1.Currently there are three African countries which use daylight saving time. Morocco and Libya are two and both use it between March and October.Which southern African nation is the other,whose saving time period lasts between the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April?






Namibia









2.(Pictured) Evolving from the Chamberlin and similar to a modern sampler or synthesizer,this instrument works by pulling a section of magnetic tape across a head,with different portions of the tape played to access different sounds.It became a favourite of band leaders and progressive rock bands  and was also used by the BBC Radiophonic workshop.Although surpassed by more modern synthesizers,what is the name of this musical instrument,famously used by Paul McCartney on the Beatles' single 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and also by Oasis to create the cello sound on their 1995 single 'Wonderwall'






Mellotron






3.Founded in 2003,they are an automobile manufacturer that specialises in electric cars and components.In 2006 they created the world's first fully electric sports car,the 'Roadster' and in 2013,the Model S,became the top selling new car in Norway,becoming the first electric car to top the sales ranking in any country.What is the name of this automobile manufacturer,which takes its name from a 19th/20th century electrical engineer and physicist? 






Tesla (Motors)






MEDIA
1.Awarded since 1962,the Grand Bell Awards are this country's equivalent to the Academy Awards.In November 2013,the 50th ceremony saw the films 'The Face Reader'and 'Miracle In Cell No7' take most of the 'big' awards and Han Jae-rim given Best Director.In which Asian country are these prestigious film awards given?






South Korea









2.(Pictured) The original series was created by Hanna-Barbera and ran between 1966-1968.(The series also featured another unrelated show caled 'Dino Boy in the Lost Valley).He was a superhero who, with his sidekick teen helpers Jan, Jace, and Blip the monkey, fought supervillains such as Moltar, Zorak and Black Widow in outer space. Brought back in various guises since,what is the name of this superhero character,originally voiced  by Gary Owens,the announcer from the US TV show 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In'?






Space Ghost






3.First published in 1782,the French epistolary novel,'Les Liaisons dangereuses' has been adapted for screen and stage on many occasions,often under its English name 'Dangerous Liaisons'. What is the name of the author of this novel,who also served as a Brigadier General in the Army of the Rhine?






Pierre Choderlos de Laclos






SCIENCES
1.It lasted between 22 and 66 million years ago and comprised the first part of the Cenozoic Era.It is  most notable as being the time in which mammals evolved from relatively small, simple forms into a large group of diverse animals.It also saw the formation of the Mediterranean Sea and plant areas,known today,as prairies and savannahs.What is the name of this geologic period,which preceded the Cretaceous period and followed the Neogene period?






Paleogene






2.It is an electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle passes through a dielectric medium at a speed greater than the phase velocity of light in that medium.Examples include the blue glow of an underwater nuclear reactor. The 1958 Nobel Prize for physics saw the eponymous scientist,that first detected it,awarded the prize,as well as the two scientists who developed the theory behind it and gave it its name. What is the name of this type of radiation,which shares its name with one of Spartak Moscow's greatest-ever players?






Cherenkov Radiation









3.(Pictured) The term used actually refers to any of a group of chemically similar hormones,but is almost always associated with women. In women they are best known for the development of secondary sexual characteristics, such as breasts, and are also involved in the thickening of the endometrium as well as assisting with the regulating the menstrual cycle. They are also used,(partly) in oral contraception and used to help prevent osteoporosis during Hormone Replacement Therapy.What is the name of this group of compounds?






Estrogens