Friday, 23 May 2014

9th World Quiz Championship-style Practice questions


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..............................

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)

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

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?


2.(Pictured) Originally made for the Discovery Channel in 2003,it uses scientific methods to test the validity of rumours, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos and news stories.What is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?


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?



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


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?


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



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?


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


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'?


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

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?


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