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quizballs 258 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. A ewer is a large: Knife; Spoon; Fork; or Jug? Jug (traditionally wide-mouthed for carrying water, the word derives from an old English/French simplification of Latin aqua, water)
  2. What note is produced at the twelfth fret of the top (highest pitched) string on a conventionally tuned guitar: E; G; A or Bb? E (the twelfth fret is half the length of the string and produces an octave higher than the 'open' unfretted string)
  3. What intangible communication aid did Dr Ludwig Zamenhof create c.1880, 'to foster harmony between people of different nations'? Esperanto (the most popular 'artificial' international language)
  4. Static electricity is fundamentally produced by: Magnetism; Humidity; Friction; or Heat? Friction
  5. (Meaning continuing unpleasantly), spell the word: Insessant; Inscesant; Incescant; or Incessant? Incessant
  6. What plant, named Olea europaea, is an ancient widely used metaphor for peace? Olive (e.g., the 'olive branch')
  7. Which country, the world's fifth-largest, is named after its first export? Brazil (from brazilwood, in Portuguese called pau-brasil, referring to its popular red dye-producing properties)
  8. The Bagua (meaning 'eight symbols') is a symbolic/diagrammatic system in which belief: Taoism; Catholicism; Hinduism; or Islam? Taoism
  9. Which country's name, existing 1929-2003, meant 'South Slavs'? Yugoslavia
  10. The human brain's frontal lobe, chiefly processing cognitive functions relating to reward, attention, short-term memory tasks, planning, motivation, etc., is fully mature at (very) approximately what age: Five; Ten; Fifteen; or Thirty? Thirty
  11. Muscovite, used in electrical capacitors, is a processed form of what geological mineral? Mica
  12. What French word, for 'little bed', refers to a railcar adaptable for sleeping? Couchette
  13. In Indian cuisine, the term pakora refers to what aspect of meat/vegetable cooking: Deep-fried in batter; Griddle; Clay oven; or Kebab? Deep-fried in batter
  14. Which nation's 'national anthem' is known as 'Qaumi Tarana' and alternatively 'Pak Sarzamin' (sacred land)? Pakistan
  15. A sarcophagus traditionally contains a: Telescope; Compass; Corpse; or Fine brandy? Corpse (it's a stone coffin - typically huge, sculptured, and usually not buried, used by the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations - the word derives from ancient Greek, meaning 'flesh-eating', since it was thought that the stone caused bodily decomposition)
  16. What popular Australian bird is named after an ancient stringed instrument? Lyrebird
  17. What Olympic event entails disqualification if both feet of a competitor are seen to be off the ground at the same time? Racewalking (or an equivalent term)
  18. In 17th century England what were Happy, Useless, Addled, Short, Long, Rump and Barebones? Parliaments
  19. Where is the Barbary Coast: Mexico; Spain and Portugal; India; or North Africa? North Africa (the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya -the name is derived from the N African Berber people)
  20. The common vocal sound produced by blocking exhaled airflow (when voicing a vowel) by suddenly closing the vocal tract is called a '(what?) stop'? Glottal stop (so named because it is controlled by the folds of the glottis in the throat - see glottal stop in the language/linguistics glossary)


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