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  if you are still interested.

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


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

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?


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?


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?


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


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?


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


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?



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?


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)?