General Knowledge Questions (106)

  1. What is China's official language: Cantonese; Mandarin; Xiang; or Wu?
  2. The Aswan Dam, which enables controlled use of the Nile flood plain for agriculture, is in which African country?
  3. What is Nashville's famous university in Tennessee US, named after the shipping and railroad magnate nicknamed Commodore?
  4. Who played Claus Von Bulow in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune?
  5. The name of what ethnic celebration derives from the Aramaic and Hebrew words respectively for son and commandment?
  6. Which many-times champion golfer is known as the Golden Bear?
  7. The Alpine ski resort of St Moritz is in which country?
  8. In Greek mythology, what did Prometheus steal from Zeus and give to mankind: Fire; Wisdom; Anger; or the Muses of literature and the arts?
  9. What is the public declaration, usually in a church, of an intended marriage?
  10. Who captained the England cricket team during the 1986-87 Ashes series?
  11. What is the reciprocal of one-and-two-thirds (in other words, what fraction when multiplied by one-and-two-thirds produces one)?
  12. Which war was the subject of the 1978 film The Deerhunter?
  13. The 1970s UK TV variety show was called "The 'what and what' Social Club", alluding to two traditional steam railway trades?
  14. If someone is bibulous, what are they addicted to or fond of?
  15. Sexual dimorphism refers to what: Wife-swapping; Sex-change; Online sex; or Different male/female forms in the same animal species?
  16. How many squares are traditionally on a Snakes and Ladders board?
  17. Which day of the week is named after the Norse god of thunder?
  18. The ex-prime minister of which European country was kidnapped and murdered by the Red Brigades in 1978?
  19. Which one of these countries is not (as at 2010) a NATO member: Albania; Iceland; Sweden; or Turkey?
  20. In 1907, who was the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature?
  21. Name the two famous British brothers whose father was born Adolphe, in 1924, in Brussels, to Polish-Jewish parents, and was buried as Ralph in Highgate Cemetery close to Karl Marx in 1994?
  22. What is the Russian term for an astronaut?
  23. The national flags of which group of countries have a cross design named after the grouping, in which the vertical line is shifted from the centre to the hoist (left) side, and among which is the oldest of all national flags?
  24. Which palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury?
  25. A tercentenary is an anniversary of how many years?
  26. What is the name of a Spanish dance, and associated with this a short jacket worn open at the front?
  27. What does the E stand for in E Numbers in relation to food additives?
  28. The prefix 'helio' relates to which celestial body?
  29. British lawyer Peter Benenson, 1921-2005, founded which human rights organization in London in 1961?
  30. Name the 'Big Five' traits represented by the OCEAN personality analysis model?

General Knowledge Answers (106)

  1. What is China's official language: Cantonese; Mandarin; Xiang; or Wu? Mandarin
  2. The Aswan Dam, which enables controlled use of the Nile flood plain for agriculture, is in which African country? Egypt (the Aswan dam name refers variously to a newer 'High Dam' and about 7km up-river the older 'Low Dam')
  3. What is Nashville's famous university in Tennessee US, named after the shipping and railroad magnate nicknamed Commodore? Vanderbilt University (after its founding benefactor Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1794-1877)
  4. Who played Claus Von Bulow in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune? Jeremy Irons
  5. The name of what ethnic celebration derives from the Aramaic and Hebrew words respectively for son and commandment? Bar Mitzvah (from Aramaic bar, son, and Hebrew miswah, commandment - celebrating a Jewish boy reaching the age of religious responsibility - 13 for boys, and 12 for girls, for whom the term is Bat Mitzvah)
  6. Which many-times champion golfer is known as the Golden Bear? Jack Nicklaus
  7. The Alpine ski resort of St Moritz is in which country? Switzerland (in the Engadine valley, in the south-east of Switzerland close to the Italian border)
  8. In Greek mythology, what did Prometheus steal from Zeus and give to mankind: Fire; Wisdom; Anger; or the Muses of literature and the arts? Fire
  9. What is the public declaration, usually in a church, of an intended marriage? The banns(or the banns of marriage - from 1500s English bannes, from medieval Latin bannum, proclaim, summon - from which the word ban, forbid, also derives - the purpose was to discover any impediment to the wedding)
  10. Who captained the England cricket team during the 1986-87 Ashes series? Mike Gatting
  11. What is the reciprocal of one-and-two-thirds (in other words, what fraction when multiplied by one-and-two-thirds produces one)? Three-fifths (in maths a reciprocal is the number or fraction that will produce one when multiplied by the first number or fraction - one-and-two-thirds is effectively three-thirds and two-thirds, which is 'five-thirds' - the reciprocal of this is three-fifths - basically to find a reciprocal turn the fraction upside-down, if necessary first converting a whole number into a fraction, for example, the reciprocal of six, which we would convert to six over one, is one-sixth)
  12. Which war was the subject of the 1978 film The Deerhunter? Vietnam War (1955-75)
  13. The 1970s UK TV variety show was called "The 'what and what' Social Club", alluding to two traditional steam railway trades? Wheeltappers and Shunters (The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club was set in a fictional working men's club in northern England)
  14. If someone is bibulous, what are they addicted to or fond of? Alcohol (Latin bibere means to drink, from which we also have the word imbibe, to drink, or to absorb/assimilate ideas or knowledge)
  15. Sexual dimorphism refers to what: Wife-swapping; Sex-change; Online sex; or Different male/female forms in the same animal species? Different male/female forms in the same animal species (from Greek di, meaning twice, and morph, meaning form)
  16. How many squares are traditionally on a Snakes and Ladders board? One hundred
  17. Which day of the week is named after the Norse god of thunder? Thursday (Thor was the Norse god of thunder)
  18. The ex-prime minister of which European country was kidnapped and murdered by the Red Brigades in 1978? Italy (Aldo Moro)
  19. Which one of these countries is not (as at 2010) a NATO member: Albania; Iceland; Sweden; or Turkey? Sweden (NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - as at 2010 its 28 members are: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA)
  20. In 1907, who was the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature? Rudyard Kipling
  21. Name the two famous British brothers whose father was born Adolphe, in 1924, in Brussels, to Polish-Jewish parents, and was buried as Ralph in Highgate Cemetery close to Karl Marx in 1994? Ed and David Miliband (Ralph Miliband, 1924-94 was a notable socialist and marxist thinker and university professor)
  22. What is the Russian term for an astronaut? Cosmonaut
  23. The national flags of which group of countries have a cross design named after the grouping, in which the vertical line is shifted from the centre to the hoist (left) side, and among which is the oldest of all national flags? Scandinavia (the flags are based on the the Danish flag, the Dannenbrog, 'Danish cloth', a white Scandinavian cross on a red background, which dates from the 13th century and is considered the oldest state flag in modern use)
  24. Which palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury? Lambeth Palace
  25. A tercentenary is an anniversary of how many years? Three hundred (from Latin, ter, meaning thrice, or three times)
  26. What is the name of a Spanish dance, and associated with this a short jacket worn open at the front? Bolero (assumed to be from the Spanish word bola meaning ball, referring to the circular movement, although leading Spanish language expert Joan Corominas preferred the derivation from vuelo/volar meaning flight/to fly, given that b and v may initially be pronounced the same in Spain)
  27. What does the E stand for in E Numbers in relation to food additives? Europe
  28. The prefix 'helio' relates to which celestial body? The sun (from Greek helios, meaning sun, also the name of the chariot-riding Greek god of the sun)
  29. British lawyer Peter Benenson, 1921-2005, founded which human rights organization in London in 1961? Amnesty International
  30. Name the 'Big Five' traits represented by the OCEAN personality analysis model? Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism (this increasingly popular model is also called the Big Five personality model, within which other more objective terminology is available instead of the OCEAN names)


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