General Knowledge Questions (108)

  1. Which country's use of energy overtook the USA in 2010 to become the world's biggest consumer of power (from oil, coal, water, wind, etc): India; China; Brazil; Russia; or Mexico?
  2. What is the name of the small hammer with a circular rubber head used by doctors to test body reflexes, particularly at the knee?
  3. In what year was England ruled (technically) by kings called Edward, Harold, Edgar and William, in that order?
  4. Ligneous relates to which natural substance?
  5. The auto-biographical poem 'The Story of Suicide Sal' was written by which 1930s female outlaw?
  6. Who was the US Secretary of State 1973-1977?
  7. The Edgbaston Test Cricket Ground is in which English city?
  8. The song 'San Quentin', about the California state prison, was written, and subsequently performed there, by which artist, recorded on a live album and British TV documentary?
  9. Established 1845, during British colonial rule, the top-selling Straits Times newspaper, and a similarly named stock market index (STI) belongs to which country?
  10. What word, which is a type of protective helmet and part of citrus fruit, originally referred to the stem marrow of plants, and now refers figuratively to the core of a subject or argument?
  11. The Scandinavian raw dish gravlax is made from which creature: Reindeer; Otter; Seal; or Salmon?
  12. The historic Paddy's Market, supposedly named after or by early 1800s Irish immigrants, and which was closed in May 2009, was situated in which city: Glasgow; New York; Milan or Paris?
  13. Said to refer erroneously to the temperature at which book paper catches fire, the title of Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel about a futuristic society in which reading books is illegal, is called 'Fahrenheit...' what? 972; 451; 100; or 25?
  14. Irish born missionary Saint Aidan founded a monastery in 653 on which English island, which is also the name of a 1970s UK folk-rock band?
  15. Triops Cancriformis, discovered in Scotland in July 2010 and said by scientists to have the oldest pedigree (over 200m years) of any living animal on Earth is what type of creature: Shrimp; Bird; Bat; or Reindeer?
  16. In cycling, what colour jersey is worn by the leader of the Tour of Italy?
  17. The green of London's Parliament Square was named what by activists during 2010, when sporadic protests developed into a large camp community?
  18. In which secure London building was Hitler's deputy Rudolph Hess briefly imprisoned in May 1941 after he fled Germany to Scotland?
  19. In climatology, pluvial relates to what?
  20. What is the method of dyeing fabric in which the parts not to be dyed are covered with removeable wax?
  21. Who was the first female film director to win a best film Oscar?
  22. What is the only country which extends from the Equator to one of the Tropic lines of latitude?
  23. The inactive volcano, Mauna Kea (meaning 'white mountain' in the local native language), is in which US state?
  24. Who composed the music for the opera Porgy and Bess, about 1920s African American life in Charleston, South Carolina?
  25. Jenny Shipley was the first female prime minister of which country?
  26. The mineral and ore pitchblende is rich in what radioactive element, after which it is now named?
  27. Bianca is the younger sister of Katherina in which Shakespeare comedy play?
  28. Manchester United's 2010 Spanish signing nicknamed Chicharito means what in Spanish: Little Pea; Long Bean; Big Onion; or Sudden Sprout?
  29. On which item of dress would a cockade normally be worn?
  30. Natives of which English city are known as Loiners: Lincoln; Leeds; London; or Lancaster?
  31. A kittel, or kitl, is what, traditionally worn by male Jews: Beard; Bracelet; Burial shroud; or Puzzled expression?
  32. Which comedy duo starred in the 1967 film 'Bedazzled'?
  33. A dageurreotype was an early type of what?
  34. What is the one-sleeved half-jacket worn under a jacket as additional protection in the sport of fencing: Épée; Plastron; Foil; or Sabre?
  35. Cnut the Great, who ruled Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden from 1018-35, is commonly known by what other name, particularly relating to a story of attempting to 'rule the sea'?

General Knowledge Answers (108)

  1. Which country's use of energy overtook the USA in 2010 to become the world's biggest consumer of power (from oil, coal, water, wind, etc): India; China; Brazil; Russia; or Mexico? China
  2. What is the name of the small hammer with a circular rubber head used by doctors to test body reflexes, particularly at the knee? Plexor (from Greek, plexis, percusssion, and plessein, to strike)
  3. In what year was England ruled (technically) by kings called Edward, Harold, Edgar and William, in that order? 1066 (Edward the Confessor, Harold II or Harold Godwinson, Edgar the Ætheling, and William I or William the Conqueror - Edgar the Ætheling did not hold on to power long enough after Harold II's defeat by William I at Hastings to be crowned)
  4. Ligneous relates to which natural substance? Wood (Latin, lignus, wood)
  5. The auto-biographical poem 'The Story of Suicide Sal' was written by which 1930s female outlaw? Bonnie Parker (partner of Clyde Barrow - 'Bonnie and Clyde' were killed by police in Louisiana, 1934)
  6. Who was the US Secretary of State 1973-1977? Henry Kissinger
  7. The Edgbaston Test Cricket Ground is in which English city? Birmingham
  8. The song 'San Quentin', about the California state prison, was written, and subsequently performed there, by which artist, recorded on a live album and British TV documentary? Johnny Cash
  9. Established 1845, during British colonial rule, the top-selling Straits Times newspaper, and a similarly named stock market index (STI) belongs to which country? Singapore
  10. What word, which is a type of protective helmet and part of citrus fruit, originally referred to the stem marrow of plants, and now refers figuratively to the core of a subject or argument? Pith (from pitha, and old Germanic word - pith is the spongy tissue inside citrus fruit rind - a pith helmet is made from the dried pith of the Asian flowering sola pith plant)
  11. The Scandinavian raw dish gravlax is made from which creature: Reindeer; Otter; Seal; or Salmon? Salmon (from the Scandinavian grav, meaning grave, and lax, salmon - literally 'buried salmon' - because fishermen traditionally prepared it by burying it in sand just above the high-tide line, to ferment it)
  12. The historic Paddy's Market, supposedly named after or by early 1800s Irish immigrants, and which was closed in May 2009, was situated in which city: Glasgow; New York; Milan or Paris? Glasgow
  13. Said to refer erroneously to the temperature at which book paper catches fire, the title of Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel about a futuristic society in which reading books is illegal, is called 'Fahrenheit...' what? 972; 451; 100; or 25? 451 (apparently book paper catches fire at 450 degrees Celsius/Centigrade, or 842 degrees Fahrenheit, and Bradbury has subsequently stated that he was misinformed by his local fire department when researching the question)
  14. Irish born missionary Saint Aidan founded a monastery in 653 on which English island, which is also the name of a 1970s UK folk-rock band? Lindisfarne
  15. Triops Cancriformis, discovered in Scotland in July 2010 and said by scientists to have the oldest pedigree (over 200m years) of any living animal on Earth is what type of creature: Shrimp; Bird; Bat; or Reindeer? Shrimp
  16. In cycling, what colour jersey is worn by the leader of the Tour of Italy? Pink
  17. The green of London's Parliament Square was named what by activists during 2010, when sporadic protests developed into a large camp community? Democracy Village(facing eviction, the protestors lost a court appeal in July 2010)
  18. In which secure London building was Hitler's deputy Rudolph Hess briefly imprisoned in May 1941 after he fled Germany to Scotland? The Tower of London (Hess was apparently the last state prisoner to be held in the Tower - after interrogation and moves to various other parts of the UK, Hess was tried at Nuremberg in 1946 and sentenced to life imprisonment - he committed suicide in 1987 age 93 in Spandau Prison, West Berlin, where he was its last prisoner - Spandau was demolished after his death)
  19. In climatology, pluvial relates to what? Rainfall (from Latin pluvia, meaning rain)
  20. What is the method of dyeing fabric in which the parts not to be dyed are covered with removeable wax? Batik (it originated on the Indonesian island Java - it means painted in Javanese - the Indonesian capital city Jakarta is on Java - Indonesia comprises over 17,500 islands..)
  21. Who was the first female film director to win a best film Oscar? Kathryn Bigelow (for The Hurt Locker 2009)
  22. What is the only country which extends from the Equator to one of the Tropic lines of latitude? Brazil (the Equator passes through the far north of Brazil close to Belem; the Tropic of Capricorn passes through Sao Paulo in the south)
  23. The inactive volcano, Mauna Kea (meaning 'white mountain' in the local native language), is in which US state? Hawaii
  24. Who composed the music for the opera Porgy and Bess, about 1920s African American life in Charleston, South Carolina? George Gershwin
  25. Jenny Shipley was the first female prime minister of which country? New Zealand(1997-99)
  26. The mineral and ore pitchblende is rich in what radioactive element, after which it is now named? Uranium (modern name uraninite - in German, pitchblende refers to its blackness and dense metallic nature, and was used by German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth in discovering the element uranium in 1789, which he named after the planet Uranus)
  27. Bianca is the younger sister of Katherina in which Shakespeare comedy play? The Taming of the Shrew
  28. Manchester United's 2010 Spanish signing nicknamed Chicharito means what in Spanish: Little Pea; Long Bean; Big Onion; or Sudden Sprout? Little Pea
  29. On which item of dress would a cockade normally be worn? Hat (a cockade is a rosette or knot of ribbons, typically a badge of office - the word derives from French coquard/cocarde, alluding to a 'saucy' decoration on a female bonnet)
  30. Natives of which English city are known as Loiners: Lincoln; Leeds; London; or Lancaster? Leeds (the origin is uncertain - theories include: a distortion of the early Loidis city name first recorded c.730; or from the 'Low Inns' entrances to the old central Briggate street area; or a distortion of Briggate's 'lanes')
  31. A kittel, or kitl, is what, traditionally worn by male Jews: Beard; Bracelet; Burial shroud; or Puzzled expression? Burial shroud (it's a white robe, sometimes also worn on ceremonial occasions - it means robe in Yiddish, which is the Jewish language descended and spread from the Jewish communities in medieval Germany)
  32. Which comedy duo starred in the 1967 film 'Bedazzled'? Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
  33. A dageurreotype was an early type of what? Photograph (produced on chemically treated silver, named after its French artist and chemist inventor Louis Daguerre, 1787-1851)
  34. What is the one-sleeved half-jacket worn under a jacket as additional protection in the sport of fencing: Épée; Plastron; Foil; or Sabre? Plastron (the others are types of swords used in fencing)
  35. Cnut the Great, who ruled Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden from 1018-35, is commonly known by what other name, particularly relating to a story of attempting to 'rule the sea'? King Canute (the story of Canute commanding the incoming tide to retreat, from his throne on a beach, and getting wet feet, sadly and perhaps unsurprisingly has yet to be firmly verified)


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