Friday, 30 May 2014

10th and last WQC Practice set


As promised,here is my 10th and final World Quizzing Championship practice set.

As I said in the previous post,these questions relate to events that have happened in the last 12 months.

I hope you've found these sets helpful (if you are taking part) and/or enjoyable,even if you are not taking part.

I think there is time to sign-up still,so I would suggest going to www.worldquizzingchampionships.com  if you are still interested.


I'm having a week of revision, so I will post sometime after 7th June with an update.


Enjoy........................






Culture
1. She was a key member of the American Abstract expressionist movement,though much of her career took place in France.She was also one of the few women to gain public acclaim during this era. Her works include,'No Birds','Ste Hilaire' and 'Chord VII' ,however, she made history in May 2014,when her 'Untitled' 1960 work (pictured),became the most expensive painting by a female artist to be sold at auction.What is this artist's name?






Joan Mitchell






2.He is noted for using paper and cardboard tubing in his constructions and has created buildings such as the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand and the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France. What is the name of this innovative Japanese architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize winner?






Shigeru Ban






3.Discovered in September 2013,in the attic of a Norwegian collector ,which post-impressionist artist created the 'lost' work,entitled 'Sunset at Montmajour'






Vincent van Gogh






History
1.In October 2013,which Middle eastern country rejected a seat on the United Nations Security Council, making it the first country ever to reject this offer?






Saudi Arabia






2. (Pictured) Sometimes known as 'Divine Julius',he served for seven terms (on and off) between 1972-1992.What is  the name of this Italian Prime Minister,who died in May 2013?






Giulio Andreotti






3.In February 2014,which European country passed a bill,enabling them to become the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients of any age?






Belgium






Entertainment
1.Best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004,he also appeared in films and was the host of his own talk show between 2009 to 2014. On April 3, 2013, NBC announced that he would replace Jay Leno as host of 'The Tonight Show' at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.What is the name of this US TV personality?






Jimmy Fallon







2. (Pictured) She is one of the world's top soprano's and has performed around the world picking up many awards. In 2014,she made history,when she became the first opera singer to perform the National Anthem at the Superbowl.What is her name?






Renee Fleming







3.Consisting of rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi,their most recent work was the 2006 album 'Idlewild'.Which Atlanta based hip-hop duo announced their reformation in January 2014,after a 7 year hiatus?






OutKast






Sports and Games


1.(Pictured) At the 2014 Winter Olympics,she won the Gold medal in the Women's Super Giant Slalom event.Which Austrian skier followed that success by winning the 2014 (Women's) Overall World Cup title later in the year?






Anna Fenniger






2.In September 2013,the Kenyan athlete,Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich,broke the world record for the men's marathon. In which European city did he achieve this feat?






Berlin






3.Featuring players such as Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych,which country successfully defended their 2012 Davis Cup victory,by beating Serbia in the 2013 edition of the prestigious men's team tennis competition?






Czech Republic






World


1.(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






2.The Tower of Winds in Yokohama is one of his most well-known creations.Which Japanese architect won the 2013 Pritzker Prize,largely in honour of his life's work,which includes works such as the  World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Singapore's largest shopping mall,Vivo City?






Toyo Ito






3.Situated on the inlet of the Gulf of Bothnia ,it is Sweden's 7th largest city by population and the largest in the region of Norrland. It is also home to a University and one of Scandinavia's largest jazz festivals. What is the name of this city,which,along with Riga,was designated Europe's Capital for Culture for 2014?






Umea






Lifestyle
1.In February 2014,Princess Madelaine,Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland,gave birth to her second child,Leonore.Currently fourth in line to her country's throne she is the daughter of which European monarch?






Gustav XVI (Sweden)






2.Compiled by 'Fortune' magazine,The Fortune Global 500,(also known as Global 500), is an annual ranking of the world's top 500 corporations worldwide as measured by revenue.Beating Wal-Mart into second place,which British/Dutch company was top of the 2013 list?






Royal Dutch Shell (or Shell)







3. (Pictured) She had appeared in several telenovas since 2006,(mainly as the protagonist) and was Miss Venezuela in 2004.What is the name of this high-profile Venezuelan model and actress that was killed,along with her ex-husband,in a car-jacking in January 2014?






Monica Spear






Media


1. (Pictured) The creation of Morrie Turner,who died in 2014,it is believed to be the first comic strip in the US to have a deliberate cast of diverse ethnicity. It appears in over 100 daily newspapers and during the 1970s was adapted in to a TV cartoon series called 'Kid Power'. What is the name of this cartoon strip,which is believed to have over 25 million readers and whose characters include Nipper,Sybil,Connie and Ralph?






Wee Pals






2.Her first starring role was the 2005 drama 'Hard Candy'.Since then she has appeared in films such as Smart People (2008), Whip It (2009) and Inception (2010). However,she is perhaps best known,for playing the title role in the 2007 film 'Juno',which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. What is the name of this actress,who in February 2014,announced in public that she was gay,whilst speaking at the Human Rights Campaign's 'Time to Thrive' conference in Las Vegas?






Ellen Page





3.Released in September 2013,it depicts a very famous World War II battle,after which it is named.Which film,which took over $50 million at the box office,became the first Russian film to be completely produced with IMAX 3D technology?






Stalingrad





Sciences

1.(Pictured) Named after the mountain range in Madagascar,where they are endemic,what is the name of the dwarf lemur,that was originally discovered there in 2001,but only formally named in August 2013?






Lavasoa






2.Established in 2002 in Hong Kong, it honours living individuals,who have achieved 'significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or application'.It is widely regarded as the 'Nobel of the East' and is split into the categories of Astronomy,Life Science and Medicine,and mathematical Sciences.It has also seen six Nobel Lauretes receive this prize.What is the name of this prize,named after a Hong Kong media figure and philanthropist,who died in January 2014?






Shaw Prize






3. In the news in 2014 and sharing its name with an ancient artifact,what is the name of the spacecraft that was sent into space in 2004 by the European Space Agency  and has the mission of orbiting and landing on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (due May 14)?






Rosetta

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Quiz will be tomorrow

Been a little busy this week,so I should have my next quiz up tomorrow (Friday 30th) - probably in the early evening.

Thanks

Friday, 23 May 2014

9th World Quiz Championship-style Practice questions


Hello,

Here is the 9th and penultimate instalment of World Quiz Championship-style Practice Questions.


I will post the 10th and last set next week,which will consist of events that have happened since the last World Quiz Championship (ie since June 2013). These type of questions do appear,so they may be useful.


For now enjoy the 9th set..............................



Culture
1.Initially called the 'Style Mucha',it was known in Germany as 'Jugendstil' and in Italy as 'Stile Liberty'.Which turn of the 20th century art movement was characterised by organic,floral and plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylised, flowing curvilinear forms?






Art Nouveau








2.(Pictured) A painter of the Pop Art movement,he was a contemporary of David Hockney and studied at Chelsea School of Art. His works include 'Still Life With Dagger', 'Sweet Bowl' and 'After Lunch'. What is the name of this artist, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996 and who died in 2005?






Patrick Caulfield






3.Falling between the 4th and 11th day of the first Tibetan month,it was established by Tsong Khapa in 1409.Known as 'the greatest festival in Tibet',it attracts thousands of monks,who gather, in order to chant prayers and perform religious rituals at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa.What is this festival's name?






Monlam (Great Prayer Festival)






History
1.Which battle of 31BC,saw an Octavian victory and defeat for Mark Antony and Cleopatra,leading to their eventual suicides within the year?






Battle of Actium






2.An African empire, it was established in 1350 and ended in 1890, when it was taken over by the French. It's first ruler was N'dyadya N'dyaye and its last was Ali Buri N'dyaye.Name one of the two modern day countries that now covers the site of the Wolof (or Jolof) Empire?






The Gambia and Senegal







3.(Pictured) Serving as the Prime Minister of France from 1906 to 1909, and again from 1917 to 1920,he was one of the major voices behind the Treaty of Versailles at the Paris Peace Conference.Who was this statesman,that was nicknamed 'Le Tigre',for his determination as a wartime leader?






Georges Clemenceau






Entertainment
1.Based on the medieval legend of Genevieve of Brabant,it received its first performance in 1850.What is the title of Robert Schumann's only opera?






Genoveva








2.(Pictured) Originally made for the Discovery Channel in 2003,it uses scientific methods to test the validity of rumours, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos and news stories.What is the name of this world renowned TV show,presented by special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman?






Mythbusters






3.A music club located in Manhatten,New York,it was founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 to promote some of the traditional styles of American music. However it soon became a leading forum for 'new wave' and 'punk' bands including Television,Blondie,Talking Heads and the Ramones. Taking it's name from its original use,what is the name of this infamous club,which closed in 2006,when Patti Smith performed the final concert?






CBGB (Country,Blue Grass,Blues)






Sport and Games
1.Named after a Conservative politician and nobleman,what is the name of the domestic first-class cricket competition that is contested between teams from the six states of Australia?






Sheffield Shield







2.(Pictured) His conquests have included the Golden Gate Bridge,The Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Towers. What is the name of this renowned French climber, nicknamed 'Spiderman',who has a reputation of climbing without ropes and who also suffers from vertigo?






Alain Robert






3.It is a  team contact sport that originated in South Asia, as a form of recreational combat training.It involves two teams occupying opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a raider into the other half.Teams win points by tagging or wrestling members of the opposing team.What is the name of this sport,the National game of Bangladesh?






Kabaddi






World

1.(Pictured) The largest mud-brick building in the world,the Great Mosque of Djenne can be found in which African country?






Mali






2. It has it's own parliament and can draw comparisons with the Isle of Man,in terms of governance.The Aland Islands,in the Baltic Sea, is ultimately under which country's sovereignty?






Finland






3.With a population of 1.4 million,which is the largest city in Siberia and Russia's 3rd largest city,by population?






Novosibirsk






Lifestyle

1.(Pictured) It was invented by naval engineer Richard James in the 1940s and first shown in Gimbel's department stores in Philadelphia.It has been used by NASA for experiments in zero-gravity and by composer John Cage in his 1959 work, 'Sounds of Venice'.What is the name of this toy,which may be familiar to fans of the 'Toy Story' films?






Slinky






2.Founded in 1954 in Ontario,Canada it had models such as PET,Amiga and Vic20.Which,one time world leading home computer company folded in 1994?






Commodore (International)






3.A global American pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer,it was founded in 1886 and is listed in the Fortune 500.Brands belonging it include, 'Benecol', 'Benedryl', 'Neutrogena'  and 'Nicorette'.Named after its founders,what is the name of this very well known company?






Johnson & Johnson






Media


1.(Pictured) Probably best known for the film 'Safety Last!',where he is seen clutching to the bending hands of a clock which dangle from the outside of a skyscraper,which silent film actor,who made more money from his films than Charlie Chaplin,was also a founder of the Academy of Motion Pictures,Arts and Sciences?






Harold Lloyd






2.Initially known as 'Mother Wolf',she later reveals her name,which translates as 'protection' in jungle speech.What is the name of the female wolf who raises Mowgli as her own, in Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book'?






Raksha






3.Only two directors have won consecutive 'Best Director' Academy Awards.John Ford was the first,but who was the second,claiming the prize for his 1949 and 1950 films ('A Letter to Three Wives' and 'All About Eve' respectively)?






Joseph L Mankiewicz






Sciences
1.Known for helping with sleep,when made into a tea,what is the common name for the daisy-like plant, which derives its name from the Greek for 'earth apple'?






Chamomile (or Camomile)






2.It is produced by bombarding uranium and plutonium with alpha particles in nuclear reactor.Named after an early Nobel Prize winner, it was actually identified at the University of California in 1944.Which chemical element has the atomic number 96?






Curium








3.(Pictured) Which 16th/17th century mathematician gives his name to  a right-angled triangle that has edge lengths in geometric progression linked to the golden ratio?






Johannes Kepler

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Quiz will be up tomorrow

Hello. Just to let you know that my next quiz will be up tomorrow (Friday 23rd May).

I've just returned from holiday and had a bit of catching up to do.

Also,the winner of the most recent Chambers Biographical Dictionary Competition is Slavisa Milovanovic
 (from Serbia). The answer was France.

Thanks

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Some more short questions...

Here are another 20 short(er) questions that I hope will keep you busy.

I'm off for a week now, so my next Main Quizzes will be back shortly after I return.


Also remember the competition - details are in the previous post.




Enjoy........................







1.Which Canadian band,best known for their 1998 single,'One Week',provide the theme tune to the US TV show,'The Big Bang Theory'?






Barenaked Ladies






2.At around 780 km in length,with which country does Germany have the longest border?






Austria






3.With the aim of taking control of the northern part of the Gran Chaco region,which two South American countries fought the Chaco War,that ran between 1932 and 1935?






Paraguay and Bolivia






4. Who was the last female athlete to win two individual track and field gold medals at a single Olympic Games?






Tirunesh Dibaba (5000m and 10000m at the 2008 Games)






5.Which Indian politician,former Chief Minister of Delhi and current leader of the  Aam Aadmi Party,was voted as the 'World's Most Influential Person' by the readers of Time Magazine in 2014?






Arvind Kejriwal






6.A Japanese sportswear company founded in 1949,its name is an acronym of the Latin phrase, that translates to, 'healthy soul in a healthy body'.It is particularly renowned for the Mexico 68 design,the distinctive crossed stripes,synonymous with the company brand.What is the name of this company?






Asics






7.Fought in the Gironde department in Aquitaine,it saw a decisive French victory and the death of the English commander,John Talbot.Which 1453 battle is generally considered the last Battle of the Hundred Years' war?






Battle of Castillon






8.The ski-jump event at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics,was remembered,by many, for the antics of the British jumper,Eddie 'the eagle' Edwards.However,on the competitive side,one man claimed three gold medals in the event.What is the name of this former Finnish ski-jumping legend,who fell from grace,in later life,by spending time in jail?






Matti Nykanen






9.Released in January 2014,the album 'High Hopes' ,became the 11th US number one album for which male recording artist,putting him third on the all-time (number one album) list behind The Beatles and Jay-Z?






Bruce Springsteen






10.What is the name of the ferryman in Greek legend, who worked for Hades,carrying souls of the deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron?






Charon





11. Basseterre,the capital of St Kitts and Nevis,is located on St Kitts. Which town,that shares its name with the former name of (Bahamian capital) Nassau,is the largest town and capital of Nevis?






Charlestown






12.Which of JK Rowling's seven 'Harry Potter' books,has sold the most worldwide copies - almost 40 million more than the second-placed book?






Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorceror's Stone)






13. Placed 8th in the Forbes 'World's richest' list,he is a casino developer that bought the Sands hotel on the Las Vegas,before razing it and re-building the Venetian hotel in its place. He also owns the company that owns the world's most expensive building,the Marina Bay Sands resort.What is the name of this American magnate?







Sheldon Adelson






14. Scoring in the 19th minute against Mexico,which French footballer,in July 1930,made history,when he became the first ever goalscorer at a FIFA World Cup Finals tournament?






Lucien Laurent






15.Taken from the Latin word for 'rustic',which poetic form is described as nineteen lines long, consisting of five stanzas of tercets,followed by one concluding quatrain?






Villanelle






16.Although appearing in many critically acclaimed films,the actor Harvey Keitel has only had one Academy Award nomination,to date. For which 1991 film,starring alongside Warren Beatty and Annette Bening,did he receive this nomination,in the category of 'Best Supporting Actor'?






Bugsy







17.The 'Original Six', is a term for the group of six teams that made up the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 25 seasons between the 1942–43 season and the 1967 NHL Expansion. All six teams still remain active franchises in the league.Name any two of these six teams?






Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs






18.The Riksdag is the national parliament of which European country?






Sweden






19.Which Portuguese city served as the country's capital during the High Middle Ages and is also host to the country's oldest university (one of the oldest in Europe)? 






Coimbra






20. Founded in 1992 by freelance illustrators who were frustrated with Marvel Comics,they have gone on to form what is now one of North America's largest comic publishers. Most famously they have produced 'TheWalking Dead' series, as well releasing titles such as 'The Darkness','Switchblade' and 'Spawn'.What is the name of this company?






Image Comics





Friday, 9 May 2014

8th WQC Practice Set and another competition


Here is my 8th instalment of World Quiz Championship Practice questions. (Some of these may be a little bit easier)


I am away for a week,so I'll publish some more short questions this weekend,as I did on Wednesday and then I will put up the 9th instalment of Practice questions week beginning 19th May.

I have another competition to win a brand new Chamber Biographical Dictionary. These competitions are proving quite popular,so I'm hoping Chambers will continue to provide prizes.(I'll ask for a different prize next time).

The question for this competition is: In 1901,which country provided the first ever Nobel Prize winner for Literature?

Answers to be e-mailed to justquiz@hotmail.co.uk and to be received by midnight (UK time) Sunday 18th May.
As always my decision is final. Thanks



So back to the questions............................




CULTURE



1. (Pictured) Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,the 1899 oil painting 'Gulf Stream', shows a man in a small rudderless fishing boat struggling against the waves of the sea.Well known for his marine subjects,which American artist created this painting?






Winslow Homer






2.Located in modern day Turkey,it was an ancient Empire that stood on the River Sakarya. It lasted between c.1200 and 700 BC and is famous,in mythology for the Gordian Knot and King Midas (amongst others).What is the name of this ancient Empire?






Phrygia






3.Held in the days leading up to Lent,it is one of the highlights of the German 'Karneval' season,(also held in German speaking countries.) Although not a national holiday,schools and offices in some parts of Germany are closed for the festivities.What is the name of this festival,which precedes Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday? (in English or German)






Rosenmontag (Rose Monday)






HISTORY
1.Originally a Danish Prince,he was later elected King of Greece by the Greek National Assembly.He served for fifty years between 1863 and 1913 and during that time he claimed significant territorial gains.He also became the uncle of Great Britain's King Edward VII and Tsar Nicholas II.What is the name of this King who was eventually assassinated by Alexandros Schinas in March 1913?






George I






2.In Roman times,primarily for the period 4th-5th century BC, what were 'triens','semis' and 'sextans'?





Coins











3.(Pictured) In the aftermath of the notable uprisings occurring in Jayuya and Utuado, Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate which political figure on November 1st 1950?






Harry S Truman







ENTERTAINMENT

1.During the 1970s,she was part of Stevie Wonder's backing group,'Wonderlove'. She released the album 'Niecy' in 1976 and later duetted with Johnny Mathis on the album 'That's What Friends Are For'. In 1984 she released her biggest solo single,'Let's Here It For The Boy',which appeared on the 'Footloose' film soundtrack and reached number one around the world.What is the name of this singer,who has since returned to Gospel music,where she has won several Grammy Awards?






Deniece Williams






2.In 2010,Piper Kerman published her best-selling memoir about her experiences in prison.This was picked up by 'Weeds' creator,Jenji Kohan,and adapted into a US TV show,first aired in July 2013,via Netflix.Starring Taylor Schilling as the main protagonist,what is the name of this show?






Orange Is The New Black







3.It is based upon a Greek myth as told by the Roman poet,Ovid,in his work Metamorphoses .Written at the age of just 11 years old,what is the title of the opera that is considered to be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's first true opera?







Apollo et Hyacinthus (Apollo and Hyacinth)








SPORT AND GAMES
1.The race was notable as it saw the biggest upset in its history,when the winner came in at odds of 91/1.
In 1913,which world famous horse race,was won by a horse called Donerail?







Kentucky Derby






2.Set in the fictional cities of Grimsborough,Pacific Bay and Ocean Shore,the player acts an investigator,aiming to solve a number of murder cases by finding clues and solving puzzles. It was released in November 2012,but by mid-2013,it had become the most popular game on Facebook with over 46 million average monthly users.What is the name of this game,which is sometimes referred to,informally, as 'CC'?






Criminal Case









3. (Pictured) He is a French-born Argentinian international footballer that has the nickname,'El Pipita'.His father,Jorge,played in the top leagues in France and Argentina and his brother Federico currently plays for Columbus Crew,in the USA's top league,the MLS. He is known as a prolific scorer and had a strike rate of over 50 percent for Real Madrid and the Argentine National side. Currently at Napoli,what is the name of this player,who was top scorer in the South American section of  the 2014 World Cup qualifying round,with 9 goals?







Gonzalo Higuain







WORLD
1.Part of the Sibo-Tibetan language family,Dzongkha is the official and national language of which Asian country?







Bhutan







2.Containing  Japan's second largest island, Hokkaido and Russia's largest island, Sakhalin,which sea,located in the western Pacific,lies between Russia in the north and the Kuril islands in the South?







Sea of Okhotsk







3.In October 2013, a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the coast of Italy's most southerly island,resulting in over 300 deaths.What is the name of this island,which is also a part of the Italian Pelagie Islands ?








Lampedusa






LIFESTYLE
1.Produced by Italian brandy producer Arturo Vaccari and named after a 19th century war hero,which yellow liquer is a blend of herbs and fruits such as ginger and juniper,but has a distinct vanilla-anise flavour?






Galliano







2.One of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, it was founded by Henry and Helal Hassenfeld in 1923. What is the name of this company ,whose products include Mr Potato Head , GI Joe and My Little Pony ,amongst others?







Hasbro








3.(Pictured) This Puerto Rican percussion instrument consists of an open-ended, hollow gourd, with parallel notches cut in one side. It is played by rubbing a wooden stick (a 'pua') along the notches to produce a ratchet-like sound. Popular in Latin America,what is its name?






Guiro






MEDIA

1.(Pictured) An actress on her own right,she is the youngest of the successful 'Phoenix' acting siblings,(River, Rain,Joaquin and Liberty).Her films have included The Faculty (1998),Committed (2000) and Suzie Gold (2004).What is the first name of this actress,who is also married to the actor Casey Affleck?







Summer (Phoenix)







2.Winning the prize in 1993 for the film,'The Piano',which New Zealander, is the only female director to have won the prestigious Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival?







Jane Campion






3.An American author,essayist and playwright,he was born in 1925 and published his first book in 1946.His third novel, 'The City and the Pillar' (1948),outraged critics,as it was one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality.What is the name of this writer,whose other fictional works include 'Julian'(1964), 'Duluth'(1983) and 'Empire'(1987)?







Gore Vidal






SCIENCES
1.Which chemical element,with the atomic number 58,was named after a dwarf planet,which in turn,was named after the Roman goddess of agriculture?






Cerium







2.(Pictured) The name of its genus,is derived from the Greek meaning 'mouse-beaver'. It is also,sometimes, referred to as the 'river rat' or 'nutria'.What is the name of this large, herbivorous, semi-aquatic rodent,originally native to subtropical and temperate South America and the only member of the Myocastoridae family?







Coypu







3.A perennial South African flower,its flowers are tubular at a downward angle and turn from red to orange to yellow with age.Its Latin name is Kniphofia uvaria and grows to 2 metres high.What is the  three-word name of this flower, which gets its name from its sharp, spiky stems,but could also be associated with King Edward II of England?





Red Hot Poker

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

25 Shorter Questions for you . Another WQC Practice Set later this week


I have written 25 shorter questions for you to enjoy. I thought it would make a nice break from the 'harder' stuff I've been posting recently.(Not that these are particularly easy)

I will be posting my next instalment of WQC Practice questions later this wee,but in the meantime,I hope you enjoy this batch..............


PS I just wanted to mention to anyone who is thinking of attending a World quizzing Championship event this year,I would thoroughly recommend it. The sort of questions I put up, are generally a bit harder than the regular World Championship, so you may find that you do much better than you think. Also it's just good fun and you can say you took part in a World Championship.





1.Although it wasn't used until the second season in 1976,it quickly became popular and was covered by acts such as the James Taylor Quartet and The Ventures.The theme music to which US TV detective show was written by Tom Scott and entitled 'Gotcha'?






Starsky and Hutch






2. Appearing in Roman mythology and the Latin novel 'Metamorphoses',what is the name of the woman who was granted immortality when she married Cupid?






Psyche






3.In terms of population,which of the former Yugoslav Republics has the largest capital?






Serbia (Belgrade)






4.In 1988 Tom Cruise starred in the film 'Rain Man',which went on to win the Best Picture Academy Award. He also made which other film that year,co-starring Bryan Brown,which went on to win the Golden Rapsberry for Worst Picture?






Cocktail






5.Who is the only male European to have won a World Athletic Championship100 metres Gold medal?





Linford Christie






6.What was the first name of the Duchess of Hohenberg,who was assassinated along with her husband Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip, in Sarajevo, in 1914?






Sophie






7.Which German historical writer,won the second ever Nobel Prize for Literature in 1902?






Theodor Mommsen






8.Brandberg mountain is the highest point in the Kalahari desert.It is also the highest point in which African country?






Namibia






9.The term 'acid test' is figuratively used to describe a  particular attribute such as a person's character.It is thought that the phrase derived from a historic chemical 'acid test',which would distinguish the difference between base metals and which other metal?






Gold






10.Both adapted into successful films,which American author wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'The Shipping News' in 1993 and later wrote the short story 'Brokeback Mountain' in 1997?






E.Annie Proulx






11.Which very successful Swedish pop group of the 1990s consisted of Ulf Ekberg and the siblings, Jonas,Malin and Jenny Berggren?






Ace Of Base






12. In 2013 Cristiano Ronaldo was named winner of the Ballon d'or European Footballer of the year award. Which German female player won the women's equivalent?






Nadine Angerer






13.In February 2014,a 4.4-billion-year-old crystal was confirmed as the oldest known fragment of Earth's crust .In which country was it found?






Australia






14.In terms of area,which city  located in Florida, is the largest city of the 48 contiguous US states?






Jacksonville






15.Which of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World was located furthest south?






Great Pyramid (of Giza)






16.Although Piet Mondrian is perhaps its most famous exponent,which Dutch artist is credited as the founder of the De Stijl art movement,after publishing a journal of the same name to propogate the group's theories?






Theo van Doesburg






17.According to ancient sources,Spartacus,the famous gladiator,was from which historical European region?






Thrace






18.Inspector Montalbano is an Italian television series based on the detective novels of Andrea Camilleri  and first aired in 1999. Set in the fictional town of Vigata ,in which real autonomous region of Italy is the series set?






Sicily






19.The Paris Opera House is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris and is the primary location for the Paris Opera Ballet.It is also the inspiration for Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel,'The Phantom of The Opera'. It is also commonly known by another name,which honours the architect of the building.What was the architects name?






Charles Garnier 






20.Serving between 1522 and 1523,he was the only Dutch Pope (to date) and was also the  last non-Italian Pope until Pope John Paul II in 1978. What is his name (and regnal number)?






Adrian VI (6th)






21. Which river,at around 150km in length,connects two of Europe's largest lakes - Lake Saimaa in south-eastern Finland and Lake Ladoga?






Vuoski River






22.Giacomo Balla,Primo Conti and Umberto Boccioni were leading exponents of which early 20th century art movement?





Futurism







23. Taking over from from Unilever in 2012,which Asian car manufacturer  became the new sponsor, for the prestigious Turbine hall exhibitions at London's Tate Modern Gallery?






Hyundai






24.Which Ivy League university is located in the city of Ithaca,in New York state?






Cornell University






25. Which 1984,Tony Award-winning,Stephen Sondheim musical,is based on the 1884 painting 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte', by Georges Seurat?






Sunday In The Park With George