General Knowledge Quiz #74

  1. Which country's old name is Kemet, meaning 'black land', a reference to the fertile soil of its vast flood plains?
  2. In 2010, Asda (owned by Walmart) bought the UK stores of which discount grocers for £778m?
  3. Which three major sporting endorsees of Gillette coincidentally suffered unexpected failures in 2009/10?
  4. In an electrical circuit diagram what is denoted by a circle containing the capital letter A?
  5. Who became the ruler of Russia in 1964 until his death in 1982?
  6. What internationally popular competitive activity features a 'Racing Homer'?
  7. Amy Winehouse and the brand of which famous 1930s sportsman announced a joint collection in 2010?
  8. What is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found (as at 2010)?
  9. William Makepeace Thackeray's 1847 novel Vanity Fair, a satire of early 1800s British society, has the extended title, 'A Novel without a ...' what: City; Hero; Beginning; or Sex-scene?
  10. Name BP's catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil rig, lost off the US Louisiana coast?
  11. What Dutch Brewery arranged an 'ambush marketing' appearance of 36 orange-clad dancing women in the Denmark v Netherlands 2010 World Cup game audience, attracting complaints from FIFA, and massive publicity?
  12. Which Lakota Sioux leader was shot dead by police in 1890 in a bungled arrest operation?
  13. FIDE (Federation Internationale Des Echecs) is the world federation of which activity?
  14. Name the Danish maritime explorer who served with the Russian fleet and gave his name to a Strait, a Sea, an Island, a Glacier and Land Bridge?
  15. The suspension of what requirement was cited as the cause of a surge in UK houses coming to market after the 2010 general election?
  16. What car company faced major problems over a sticking accelerator fault in 2010?
  17. In chemistry and physics, volatility is the tendency of a substance to what: Explode; Disintegrate; Vaporize; or Smell bad?
  18. Which country's name, given by early foreign traders, refers to the precious metal silver?
  19. Sir Joseph Paxton designed which notable 1851 Hyde Park building, re-located in 1854, where its name persists since accidental destruction in 1936?
  20. In March 2010, which country passed a law banning all strip clubs and made it illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of employees such as topless waitresses?
  21. Taurine relates to which animal?
  22. Parkinson's disease sufferer Antanus Mockus is a notable political leader in which country?
  23. The religious slot Thought for the Day features in which BBC Radio show?
  24. What is the process by which an insect undergoes distinct physical change from immaturity (typically larva or nymph) to adulthood?
  25. What does a dipsomaniac crave?
  26. Which castle is sometimes referred to as 'The Key to England'?
  27. What is the name of the sister of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire?
  28. The city of Lisbon in Portugal lies on which river?
  29. Spaniard Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died in April 2010, was head of which organization from 1980-2001?
  30. What chemical element's symbol derives from the Latin word aurum, meaning 'shining dawn'?
  31. English economist and physician Nicholas Barbon helped to pioneer which type of insurance in 1666?
  32. Where in the human body are the alveoli?
  33. Which famous London institution was moved from Threadneedle Street to Paternoster Square on July 2004?
  34. Dame Ninette de Valois, the eminent ballet teacher, director, and founder of The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, was born in which country?
  35. A handwritten transcript of a coroner's inquest in 1881 that was rediscovered in Bisbee, Arizona, USA in 2010, revealed additional notes about what dramatic incident?
  36. Derived from the Greek word meaning perimeter, what is the text form of the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet?
  37. What colour is the diagonal cross on the national flag of Jamaica?
  38. What Portuguese island suffered severe storm floods in February 2010?
  39. Across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia, what are known as keftes or kufta, and similar words derived from Persian, kuftan, meaning beat or grind?
  40. The structural integrity of the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata (Calcutta) India, which daily carries 60,000 vehicles and 50,000 pedestrians, was reported (2010) to be under corrosive attack from what: acid rain; donkey urine; bird droppings; or human spitting?

General Knowledge Quiz #74 Answers

  1. Which country's old name is Kemet, meaning 'black land', a reference to the fertile soil of its vast flood plains? Egypt
  2. In 2010, Asda (owned by Walmart) bought the UK stores of which discount grocers for £778m? Netto
  3. Which three major sporting endorsees of Gillette coincidentally suffered unexpected failures in 2009/10? Tiger Woods, Thierry Henri, Roger Federer
  4. In an electrical circuit diagram what is denoted by a circle containing the capital letter A? Ammeter (instrument for measuring electrical current in amps)
  5. Who became the ruler of Russia in 1964 until his death in 1982? Leonid Brezhnev
  6. What internationally popular competitive activity features a 'Racing Homer'? Pigeon racing
  7. Amy Winehouse and the brand of which famous 1930s sportsman announced a joint collection in 2010? Fred Perry
  8. What is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found (as at 2010)? The Cullinan Diamond (3,106.75 carats and 621.35 gms - found in South Africa in 1905, presented to King Edward VII by the Transvaal government - its two largest stones are in the UK Crown Jewels)
  9. William Makepeace Thackeray's 1847 novel Vanity Fair, a satire of early 1800s British society, has the extended title, 'A Novel without a ...' what: City; Hero; Beginning; or Sex-scene? Hero
  10. Name BP's catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil rig, lost off the US Louisiana coast? Deepwater Horizon
  11. What Dutch Brewery arranged an 'ambush marketing' appearance of 36 orange-clad dancing women in the Denmark v Netherlands 2010 World Cup game audience, attracting complaints from FIFA, and massive publicity? Bavaria
  12. Which Lakota Sioux leader was shot dead by police in 1890 in a bungled arrest operation? Sitting Bull
  13. FIDE (Federation Internationale Des Echecs) is the world federation of which activity? Chess (FIDE translates as World Chess Federation - founded in Paris, 1924)
  14. Name the Danish maritime explorer who served with the Russian fleet and gave his name to a Strait, a Sea, an Island, a Glacier and Land Bridge? Vitus Bering (Vitus Jonassen Bering, 1681-1741)
  15. The suspension of what requirement was cited as the cause of a surge in UK houses coming to market after the 2010 general election? HIPs (Home information Packs)
  16. What car company faced major problems over a sticking accelerator fault in 2010? Toyota
  17. In chemistry and physics, volatility is the tendency of a substance to what: Explode; Disintegrate; Vaporize; or Smell bad? Vaporize
  18. Which country's name, given by early foreign traders, refers to the precious metal silver? Argentina (Argentum is Latin for silver - hence the symbol Ag and the alternative name for silver, argent, in French and in heraldry terminology)
  19. Sir Joseph Paxton designed which notable 1851 Hyde Park building, re-located in 1854, where its name persists since accidental destruction in 1936? The Crystal Palace
  20. In March 2010, which country passed a law banning all strip clubs and made it illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of employees such as topless waitresses? Iceland
  21. Taurine relates to which animal? Bull (Taurus is Latin for bull)
  22. Parkinson's disease sufferer Antanus Mockus is a notable political leader in which country? Colombia
  23. The religious slot Thought for the Day features in which BBC Radio show? Today ('the Today programme')
  24. What is the process by which an insect undergoes distinct physical change from immaturity (typically larva or nymph) to adulthood? Metamorphosis
  25. What does a dipsomaniac crave? Alcohol (Greek dipsa means thirst)
  26. Which castle is sometimes referred to as 'The Key to England'? Dover Castle (Kent)
  27. What is the name of the sister of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire? Stella Kowalski
  28. The city of Lisbon in Portugal lies on which river? The Tagus
  29. Spaniard Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died in April 2010, was head of which organization from 1980-2001? The IOC (International Olympic Committee)
  30. What chemical element's symbol derives from the Latin word aurum, meaning 'shining dawn'? Gold (symbol Au)
  31. English economist and physician Nicholas Barbon helped to pioneer which type of insurance in 1666? Fire insurance
  32. Where in the human body are the alveoli? Lungs (from the singular Latin word alveolus, meaning 'little cavity' - these are the tiny balloon like structures which enable gas exchange in mammal lungs)
  33. Which famous London institution was moved from Threadneedle Street to Paternoster Square on July 2004? London Stock Exchange
  34. Dame Ninette de Valois, the eminent ballet teacher, director, and founder of The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, was born in which country? Ireland (born Edris Stannus, 1898-2001)
  35. A handwritten transcript of a coroner's inquest in 1881 that was rediscovered in Bisbee, Arizona, USA in 2010, revealed additional notes about what dramatic incident? Gunfight at the OK Corral
  36. Derived from the Greek word meaning perimeter, what is the text form of the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet? Pi
  37. What colour is the diagonal cross on the national flag of Jamaica? Gold (or yellow, on a green and black background)
  38. What Portuguese island suffered severe storm floods in February 2010? Madeira
  39. Across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia, what are known as keftes or kufta, and similar words derived from Persian, kuftan, meaning beat or grind? Meatballs
  40. The structural integrity of the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata (Calcutta) India, which daily carries 60,000 vehicles and 50,000 pedestrians, was reported (2010) to be under corrosive attack from what: acid rain; donkey urine; bird droppings; or human spitting? Human spitting (of paan - a chewing substance made of betel leaf, areca nut and slaked lime - a traditional palate cleanser, stimulant and breath freshener)


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