Thursday, 21 May 2015

10 More on World

This is the last edition for a week or so as I will have very limited access to the internet.

So, enjoy this set and please have a look around at the several other thousand questions on here.

I recommend that you also look at the April/May 2014 entries on this blog, as I wrote a series of practice sets last year that may be of use.


I'll be back before the WQC.






1.The principal gateway to Mecca, which city is the largest sea port on the Red Sea and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, in terms of population?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeddah

 
 
 
 
 
2.Flowing through the capital Nicosia, before meeting the sea at Famagusta Bay, what is the longest river in Cyprus?               
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
River Pedieos

 
 
 
 
 
 
3.Following on from Spencer Silver's 1979 invention, which Minnesota-based company produces the trade-marked office necessity, the 'Post-It' Note ? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3M

 
 
 
 
 
4. Located in the South Pacific, it is found in the middle of a triangle formed by Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands and has its capital at Alofi. Which self-governing state, in 2003,became the first territory in the world, to offer free wireless internet to all its inhabitants?             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Niue



 
 
 
 
 
5. (Pictured) In many cities, they are not allowed to use highways because of their slow pace, however they are still popular, especially for tourists or social use, and are usually cheaper to hire than a taxi or rickshaw. Also becoming a traditional feature of weddings, what is the name of this light horse-drawn carriage, which until the early 1980s,was the most common means of transport in urban India and Pakistan?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanga (or Tonga)

 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Having a lunar crater named in is honour on the far side of the moon, what was the name of the American astronaut, who piloted the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986?   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Michael J Smith

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7.In 2000,Air France Flight 4590, was the last and fatal flight of the Concorde aircraft. Departing from Charles de Gaulle International Airport, which US airport was its intended destination?      
 
 
 
 
 
 
John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. It is best known as the location for the Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel, which is built from scratch each year. What is the name of Sweden's most northerly town, which is also the largest town, in terms of population, in Swedish Lapland?   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kiruna

 
 
 
 
 
 
9. It's complex of monuments have earned a place in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. Which Vietnamese city was the Imperial capital under the Nguyen Dynasty between 1802 and 1945?               
 
 
 
 
 
Hue

 
 
 
 
 
 
10. (Picture) Founded in 1993,they launched their first car, the 'Kancil' in August 1994.They mainly produce small cars, such as the 'Viva' and 'Alzi', and are  the largest maker of small/compact cars in South East Asia. What is the name of this company, the second largest car manufacturer in Malaysia?        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Perodua

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

10 More on Media this time

Here's 10 on Media,




Hope you are finding these helpful .............











1.Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake are all real identities given to which (usually overshadowed) DC comics crime-fighting hero?   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robin

 
 
 
 
 
 
2.Set up in 1996,the Community of Portuguese Language Countries is an intergovernmental organisation to promote social, cultural and economic co-operation among lusophone nations, where Portuguese is an official language. Of the eight official member states, which is the only one located in Asia?      East Timor

 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Playing the role of an abusive music teacher in the 2014 film 'Whiplash', which actor received the Best Supporting Academy Award in February 2015?             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 JK Simmonds

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.Her Pulitzer Prize winning novel 'Beloved', tells the true story of the African-American slave, Margaret Garner. In 1988,it  was adapted for a 1988 film, starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. Her other noted works include 'Song of Solomon' and 'The Bluest Eye'. Which African-American author was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, the last American (to date),to do so?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Toni Morrison

 
 
 
 
5. (Picture) First published by DC comics during the mid-1980s, its main characters include Ozymandias, Doctor Manhattan, The Comedian, Nite Owl and Rorschach. Later adapted into a 2009 film, what is the title of this  comic book series, created by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins?             
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watchmen

 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Founded in 2000 by businessman and philanthropist Scott Griffin, the Griffin Poetry Prize is the most generous poetry award, in which Commonwealth country?            
 
 
 
 
 
 
Canada

 
 
 
 
 
 
7.The basis for several television series, films and even a theme park, the 'Moomins' series of books and comic strips, are the creation of which Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer?  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tove Jansson

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. A 23-year-old Canadian, he is a slacker and part-time musician who lives in Toronto and plays bass guitar in the band Sex Bob-omb. He falls in love with the American delivery girl Ramona Flowers, but must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to date her. Who is this title character of the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley?             
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scott Pilgrim

 
 
 
 
 
 
9.The 1952 film 'Limelight' is famous for the final musical number, where it pairs Charlie Chaplin and which other silent screen star, appearing on film together for the only time?            
 
 
 
 
 
 
Buster Keaton

 
 
 
 
 
 
10.This 2007 film pays homage to both the exploitation and slasher film genres of the 1970s.The film centres on a psychopathic stunt man, played by Kurt Russell, who stalks young women before murdering them in staged car accidents .What is the name of this film?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Death Proof

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Another 10 on Science


Here's another 10 on science.


Hope you enjoy and hope it's helping...........













1.The symptoms of Psittacosis in humans, are often severe,initially mimicking typhoid fever, before developing into pneumonia. The disease is also known by what ornithological name, after the bird from which it is contracted?   
 
 
 
 
 
Parrot's Disease

 
 
 
 
 
 
2.Using the calculations of Urbain Le Verrier ,which German astronomer, in 1846,became the first person to view the planet Neptune?     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Johann Gottfried Galle

 
 
 
 
 
 
3.In 1903,Niels Ryberg Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1903 'in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases'. He is the only Nobel Laureate to be born in which self governing country within the Danish realm?               
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Faroe Islands

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.Found exclusively in animals, its name is taken from the Greek for'glue producing'. With  great tensile strength, what is the name of this naturally occurring protein, that is present in bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and the skin?          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Collagen

 
 
 
 
 
5. (Picture)Closely related to the guinea pig, it is thought to be one of the few mammals that can open Brazil nuts without the aid of a tool. What is the name of this rodent, that has species including 'Coiban',Orinoco' and 'red-rumped' and whose Latin name,'dasyprocta', literally means 'hairy rectum'?            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Agouti

 
 
 
 
 
 
6. In 1956, he won the Nobel Prize for Physics, for his involvement with the invention of the transistor. In 1972,he won the same prize, for his work on a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity ,known as the 'BCS theory'. Who is this American, the only man to have received two Nobel Prizes for Physics?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Bardeen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7.Taken from the description in his 'History of Animals', the Aristotle lantern is a complex jaw apparatus found on which spiny, marine invertebrate?        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sea Urchin

 
 
 
 
 
 
8.An Austrian biologist and physician, he is noted for jointly discovering the polio virus in 1909 and for his work on the 1937 'Rhesus factor' with Alexander Wiener. However he is best known for his discovery of human blood groups in 1900,for which he was later awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1930.What is his name?          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Karl Landsteiner

 
 
 
 
 
 
9.Discovered shortly after Easter 2005,it takes its name from the creator of humanity in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) mythology. What is the name of this dwarf planet located in the Kuiper Belt?     
 
 
 
 
 
 
Makemake

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10.A common human birth defect, it is a congenital deformity, involving one or both feet rotated internally at the ankle. What is the name of this defect, known in Latin as 'congenital talipes equinovarus'?`           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Club Foot

Monday, 18 May 2015

10 More Questions on Entertainment

Here are 10 more questions in the WQC Entertainment category.



Hope you enjoy..............








1. Occurring in December 2010,which 2002 British film starring Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Myers, was the first western hemi-sphere film to be aired on North Korean state television ?               








Bend It Like Beckham

 
 
 
 
 
 
2.Prominent in the latter half of the 1970s,especially in the US and Japan, they were one of the first all-girl punk bands. Releasing albums including 'Queens of Noise' and 'Waitin' For The Night', they were also the subject of a 2010 biopic starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. What is the name of this band, whose members included Sandy West, Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Joan Jett?            
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Runaways

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.Which Russian choreographer (1880-1942) worked on  ballets such 'Le Carnaval' and 'Chopiniana',but is perhaps best known for choreographing 'The Dying Swan' for Anna Pavlova?                
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Michel Fokine

 
 
 
 
 
 
4.Despite receiving many awards during his career, the musical composer Andrew-Lloyd Webber has won just one Academy Award, doing so in  1996.Which song won him (and Tim Rice) the award?              
 
 
 
 
 
 
You Must Love Me (from 'Evita')

 
 
 
 
 
 
5. (Picture) Spawning the singles 'Boom Clap', 'Break the Rules' and 'Doing It' ,which English singer and songwriter released the globally successful 2014 album, 'Sucker'?       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charlie XCX (aka Charlotte Aitchison)

 
 
 
 
 
6.Basing it on Puccini's opera, La bohème, which American composer wrote the music and lyrics to the smash hit Broadway musical, 'Rent'?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jonathan Larson

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7.After appearing in 3 episodes of the BBC drama series 'Casualty', he made his first big screen appearance as a rent boy in the biopic 'Wilde'. As well as roles in two of the biggest grossing films of all-time, he has had roles in 'Black Hawk Down', 'Troy' and 'Ned Kelly. Which actor is this?          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orlando Bloom

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8.Which German composer, conductor, and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra, is best known for his operatic version of Shakespeare's comedy, 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'?            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Carl)Otto Nicolai

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9.In which US city were the television shows 'Cold Case', 'Boy Meets World' and 'Thirtysomething' all set?         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philadelphia










10. (Pictured right) A 'Hiplife' artist, he recorded three albums with Ghanaian national football team captain, Asamoah Gyan. In 2014, he was tragically presumed drowned after a jet ski accident, whilst on holiday with the Gyan brothers in the Volta estuary. Sharing his stage name with a famous Caribbean statesman, under what name did Theophilus Tagoe perform?               
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Castro (de Destroyer)

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

High-Brow and Hard 10 Questions on Culture


I have 10 Culture questions for you to have a go at.




I think these are quite tough, (but this is not my specialist area). All good preparation I suppose!




See how you get on..................







1.Established by Melina Mercouri and Jack Lang, which EU capital city, in 1985, was chosen to become the first European Capital of Culture?          
 
 
 
 
 
 
Athens

 
 
 
 
 
2. An Armenian-born American,he was an Abstract Expressionist painter,whose works include 'Landscape in the Manner of Cezanne' and Night-time,Enigma,Nostalgia'.How was the artist Vostanik Manuk Adoyan,better known             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arshile Gorky

 
 
 
 
 
 
3.Celebrated four times a year,which Hindu festival,translated in English as 'nine nights',sees Shakti worshipped in nine different forms?             
 
 
 
 
 
 
Navaratri

 
 
 
 
 
 
4.Born in 1870,which Italian physician,educator and noted humanitarian,is best known for her philosophy of education which bears her name in schools throughout the world?              
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maria Montessori

 
 
 
 
 
 
5.(Picture) Best known for the design of the Sydney Opera House,architect Jorn Utzon,also created which Middle Eastern country's National Assemby building?     
 
 
 
 
 
Kuwait

 
 
 
 
 
6.In which Australian city,are the important institutions,the National Gallery, the National Library, the National Museum and the Royal Australian Mint,all located?         
 
 
 
 
 
 
Canberra

 
 
 
 
 
 
7.Who, in Greek mythology, was the daughter of Icarius,mother of Telemachus and faithful wife to Odysseus?  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Penelope

 
 
 
 
 
8.The French Impressionist painter, Berthe Morisot, became the sister- in-law of which noted French painter, after marrying his younger brother Eugene?    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eduoard Manet

 
 
 
 
 
 
9.His is best known for being the originator of the cosmogenic theory of the four Classical elements.Which Greek philospher,heralded as a god by many,is also thought to have died by leaping into the volcanic crater of Mount Etna,whilst attempting to prove his divinity?             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Empedocles

 
 
 
 
 
 
10.In 2004, Iraninan architect Zaha Hadid became the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize. She is also noted for the design of which sporting structure in Innsbruck, Austria?            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Bergisel Ski-Jump