QUESTIONS OCTOBER 2019

 

1.       After Constantine the Great, who was the only Roman emperor not to be baptized as a Christian?   

     JULIAN (the Apostate)

2.       What was the nationality of Jose Capablanca, the World Chess Champion between 1921 and 1927?

 CUBAN

3.       Lord Byron’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy” commemorates what historical event?

 PETERLOO MASSACRE

4.       Nicknamed “Nobody” because nobody’s perfect, who captained Australia to win the 1991 and 1999 Rugby Union World Cups?

 John EALES

5.       With a volume of 180 cubic kilometers, which lake in Africa is the World’s largest man-made lake by volume? 

                                                                                                                  KARIBA

6.       Which very unlikely group of people went on strike in April 1914 in the village of Burston in Norfolk for three years in protest against the unjustified sacking of married couple Mr. and Mrs. Higdon?

 SCHOOLCHILDREN

7.       Which Central American country is the smallest in area?

 EL SALVADOR

8.       Which former Formula 1 World Motor Racing champion is now a biodynamic farmer on Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire? 

Jody SCHECKTER

9.       The five points in space above Earth where objects may be “parked” to facilitate celestial observations are known as L1 to L5 and are named after which French mathematician?

 Joseph-Louis LAGRANGE

10.   Which former Durham opening batsman was appointed to the Elite list of Test Match Umpires in 2019?

 Michael GOUGH

11.   The Great Mosque of Djenne, the largest mud building in the World, is in which African country?

 MALI

12.   The American Virgin Islands were purchased in 1917 for 25 million dollars from which European country? 

DENMARK

13.   Which astronomer was the first to prove that Andromeda was a galaxy of stars and not a nebula?

`                                                                                                     Edwin HUBBLE

14.   Which English Football League team is nicknamed “The Chair Boys”? 

WYCOMBE WANDERERS

15.   A stupa is a commemorative monument housing sacred relics in which religion? 

BUDDHISM

16.   Which is the most populous country to drive on the left hand side of the road? 

INDIA

17.   Created in 1600 and dissolved by act of Parliament in 1874, which institution was known by the initials E.I.C.? 

EAST INDIA COMPANY

18.   Brandon Starc, the brother of Australian fast bowler Mitchell, represented his country at the 2019 World Athletics Championship at which event? 

HIGH JUMP

19.   Which National Trail starts in Chipping Camden and finishes outside Bath Abbey?

 COTSWOLD WAY

20.   In December 1941 there were three aircraft carriers assigned to the US Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor. They were the USS Enterprise, USS Saratoga and which other?

USS LEXINGTON

21.   Who has served as the Prime Minister of Russia since 2012?

Dimitry MEDVEDEV

22.   I talk too much’ is the autobiography, published this year, of which rock musician?

Francis ROSSI

23.   Which female singer's first solo studio album, released in 2003, was "Dangerously in Love" and her fifth and latest, released in 2016 was "Lemonade"?
                                                                             
BEYONCE

24.   What are the subjects of the Miller Price Guides?
                                                                             
ANTIQUES (and Collectibles)

25.   Who interpreted the writing on the wall at Belshazzar's feast?
                                                                             
DANIEL

26.   What herb, used to flavor pizzas, is also known as wild marjoram?

OREGANO

27.   From the Arabic word for west, what is the name for the region including the Atlas Mountains and the coastal areas of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya?

MAGHREB

28.   Audi, Seat and Škoda are subsidiaries of which car company?

VOLKSWAGEN

29.   The youngest daughter of which artist is a fashion designer called Paloma who features in many of her father’s paintings?

Pablo PICASSO

30.   In 1891 the German company Bahlsen named a biscuit after which Hanoverian philosopher and mathematician, a long-standing rival of Sir Isaac Newton?

Gottfried LEIBNIZ

31.   What is the only US state capital with a three word name?

SALT LAKE CITY

32.   Adam Bede was the first novel written by which author?

George ELIOT

33.   The Holy Bible is divided into books. The holy scripture of Islam, the Quran, is divided into 114 chapters - known as what?

SURAHS

34.   The Stirling Prize is awarded for excellence in what?

ARCHITECTURE

35.   Which type of musical instruments has the Ludwig Company of Chicago made since 1909?

DRUMS

36.   By what name was Britain referred to in the novel "1984"?

AIRSTRIP ONE

 

37.   Which infectious disease was known as "Wool-sorter’s Disease"?
                                                                             
ANTHRAX

38.   Which college of the University of London takes its name from one of the twelve Great Livery Companies of the city?
                                                                             
GOLDSMITHS’

39.   A chauffeur now drives a car, but reflected in its original French meaning, what was the original occupation of a chauffeur?
                                                                             
FIREMAN or STOKER

40.   Allegedly imitating George II at the London premiere in 1743, during which part of Handel’s Messiah is it customary for the audience to stand?

HALLELUJAH CHORUS

41.   Which traditional 1884 American western folk ballad is about a girl with big feet who drowns after tripping over?

(Oh My Darling) CLEMENTINE

42.   The Roman Empire covered its greatest extent during the reign of which emperor who reigned from 98 to 117 AD?

TRAJAN

43.   What is the ancient measure obtained by measuring the distance between the elbow and tip of the middle finger?

CUBIT

44.   Who directed the 1982 film ‘Blade Runner’?

                                                                              Ridley SCOTT

45.   Which Science Fiction writer was the author of the ‘Lensman’ and ‘Skylark’ series of novels?

E.E. (Doc) SMITH

46.  Launched in 1958 what was the name of the United States' first artificial Earth satellite?
                                                                                   
EXPLORER (ONE)

47.  The 1974 Eurovision Song Contest won by ABBA was held in which English town or city?
                                                                                    
BRIGHTON

48.  Which English theoretical physicist effectively reconciled the Theory of Relativity with Quantum   Mechanics? In 1933 he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with Erwin Schrödinger.
                                                                             Paul
DIRAC

49.  Manufactured by the Wrigley Company, what name were the sweets now called Starburst known prior to 1998?

OPAL FRUITS

50.  How is Barabbas described in the title of a 1589 play by Christopher Marlowe?
                                                                                   
The JEW of MALTA

51.  Opened in 1972, The Brewery Arts Centre is in which town in the North-West of England?  

                                                                                    KENDAL

52.  At 52 years 2 months and 3 days, who was the longest serving, non-royal head of state of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries?
                                                                            
FIDEL CASTRO