Thursday, 24 April 2014

6th World Quizzing Championship Practice Set

Here is the 6th batch of 24 questions, aimed with helping people with their World Quiz Championship revision.

Even if you are not attending the World Championships, I hope you are still enjoying them.


1.They were prominent in the early part of the 16th century and known for painting landscapes,including Matthias Grunewald-inspired figures.Members included Albrecht Altdorfer,Wolf Huber and Jorg Breu the Elder.Named after a river,what name was given to this group of painters,mainly located in Bavaria and Austria?

Danube School

2.Mainly relying on cattle herding and growing millet,they are a tribe from the Nile valley.They also have many smaller subdivisions,of which Malau is the largest.Notable people from this tribe include NBA basketball player  Luol Deng,model Alek Wek and the country's current President,Salva Kiir Mayardit. What is the name of the largest ethnic tribe in South Sudan,the subject of a 1991 massacre,which saw over 2000 civilians killed?


3. (Pictured) He is a Swiss born British resident,usually referred to as a pop-philosopher. His works include 'How Proust Can Change Your Life' (1997), 'Status Anxiety' (2004) and 'The Architecture of Happiness' (2006),all of which were best sellers.What is the name of this man,who also saw his 1997 bestseller,'Essays In Love',adapted in a 2009 film under the title 'My Last Five Girlfriends'?

Alain de Botton

1.Lasting between 1709-1738,it was an Empire that covered much of Kandahar province in Afghnaistan,as well as parts of Pakistan,Turkmenistan,Tajikistan and Iran.Its first ruler was Mir Wais,who  lead a successful revolution against the Persian Safavids in Kandahar.Its final ruler was Hussain,who was defeated by Nader Shah at the 1738 Siege of Kandahar.What was the name of this short-lived ,but important Middle-Eastern Empire?

Hotaki Empire

2.(Pictured) In July 2012, a Cypriot-born Turkish adventurer completed an entirely solo and human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth. His modes of transport included a rowboat to cross the oceans, a sea kayak for shorelines, a bicycle on the roads and hiking on trails, (along with canoes for a few river crossings).He also reached the summit of Mount McKinley,Mpunt Kosciuszko and Mount Kilamanjaro.What is the name of this man,who also founded the the 'Around-n-Over' organisation,which handles and manages funds for would-be explorers?

Erden Eruc

3.In Greek mythology,after receiving guidance from Athena in a dream,Odysseus commissioned which Greek soldier to build the Trojan Horse?



1.(Pictured) Formed in 1987 by Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley,they played a major role in the 'Grunge' movement of the early 1990s, alongside bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. They have sold over 25 million albums,with their 1992 album 'Dirt',the biggest seller.They have also had over 20 top 40 hit singles in the US. What is the name of this band whose name is thought to have derived from a former Staley side project idea,which would see a band dressed up in drag and playing heavy metal?

Alice In Chains

2.Set in a titular New York police precinct,this American comedy-action TV series made its debut in 2013. Starring Adam Samberg and former American football player,Terry Crews,the show went on to win the best Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy) at the 2014 Golden Globe Award.What is the name of this show?

Brooklyn 99

3.In the category of Best Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score, for which 1971 musical film did the prolific film composer,John Williams,win the first of his five (to date) Academy Awards?

Fiddler On The Roof

Sport and Games
1.Winning two Olympic medals and six World Championship medals,she is also the first female skater to win the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the Four Continents Championships and the Grand Prix Final. Even more remarkable, is that throughout her entire career,she never finished a major competition off the podium.What is the name of this Korean skating legend,who lost out on a Gold Medal at the 2014 Socchi Olympics after some controversial judging decisions,prompting her retirement?

Kim Yuna (Yuna Kim)

2.(Pictured) It is an extreme Winter sporting event,which involves downhill skating in an urban environment.The track includes steep turns and high vertical drops and is similar to ski cross and snowboard cross, except with ice skates and run on an ice track.Currently sponsored by Red Bull,what is the popular two-word name for this sport?

Crashed Ice

3.Madame Despres, Madame Filleaul Brohy and Mademoiselle Ohnier were the first women to compete at an Olympic Games,doing so in 1900. In which sport,(not currently an Olympic sport),did they compete?


1. It is one of the most educated cities in the state of California , with nearly 70% of its residents having earned an advanced degree.Which affluent area of California and part of San Mateo County,is the current home (of the headquarters) of Facebook?

Menlo Park

2. (Pictured) Located in Northern India it serves as the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana and was also the first planned city in India.Primarily planned by the Swiss architect,Le Corbusier, it also featured contributions from his cousin,Pierre Jeanneret as well as the husband and wife team of Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry.What is the name of this city?


3.Formerly known as the Chadda River,it rises in the Adamawa Plateau and meets the river Niger at Lokoja. At over 1000km in length,what is the name of the longest tributary of the Niger River,which has a namesake National Park in Cameroon?

Benue (Benoue) River


1.(Pictured) It is used so that a woman will hide her face from all men that are senior to her husband,with the aim of limiting a woman's interaction with older men.Sometimes made from the end of the sari or from a long scarf,which Hindi term is used to describe this type of veil?

Ghoonghat or Gunghat

2.Along with Heliotrope,it is one of the traditional birthstones for March.It can be found in several colours,but red is the most common.Used in the production of vases and seals,it thought to have been very popular in the ancient world.What is the name of this opaque rock,(that can also be a male Christian name)?


3. (Pictured) Born in 1970,he is an American fashion model, actor and presenter of the TV show,'Make Me a Supermodel'. He has also appeared in a number of pop videos,most famously in the 2003 Britney Spears video,Toxic'.What is this man's name?

Tyson Beckford

1.Born in 1926,which famous Pulitzer Prize-winning author,has been portrayed on screen by Catherine Keener in the film Capote (2005), by Sandra Bullock in the film 'Infamous' (2006), and by Tracey Hoyt in the TV movie 'Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story' (1998)?

Harper Lee

2.In 1998,Gus van Sant produced and directed a remake of the classic 1960 Hitchcock film,'Psycho'. Which American actor,usually associated with comedy roles,was chosen to play the protagonist,Norman Bates,originally portrayed by Anthony Perkins?

Vince Vaughn

3. (Pictured) Created by sisters Angela and Luciana Giussani in 1962,he is an anti-hero fictional character,featured in Italian comics. He is a master thief that typically steals from other criminals and is assisted by his partner,Eva Kant.He is also constantly pursued by his nemesis,Inspector Ginko. What is the name of this comic book character,whose look was inspired by the American actor,Robert Taylor?


1.It was one of three quarks first postulated in 1964 by Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig, to explain the Eightfold Way classification scheme of hadrons, and was first observed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre in 1968. With a bare mass of  between 1.8 and 3.0 MeV/c2,which is the lightest of the six quarks?


2.In January 2014,scientists from the European Space Agency and other institutions detected the presence of water vapour on which dwarf planet?


3. (Pictured) It is a species of goose endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and is also the official Hawaiian state bird. It is also the world's rarest goose,with a population of around 2500.Sharing its name with a river in the East of England,or a Portuguese term of endearment,what is the name of this goose?