General Knowledge Questions (116)

  1. What historic region of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, gave its name to a dog breed with a striking appearance?
  2. Appropriately, a giant what was put temporarily onto the fourth plinth at London's Trafalgar Square in May 2010?
  3. In March 2010 artist Spencer Tunick arranged and photographed 5,200 what in front of Sydney Opera House?
  4. The Janka hardness test is used for which substance?
  5. Team manager Colin Montgomerie banned his 2010 European Ryder Cup team from what: Sex; Singing on the bus; Alcohol; or Twitter?
  6. Name the candidates in the UK Labour Party's 2010 leadership contest (and for a bonus point, the order they finished in the contest)?
  7. Derived from the French word meaning to brood or hatch, what term refers to a male phantom or sympathetic pregnancy syndrome in response to a wife or partner's real pregnancy?
  8. What is the third angle in a triangle if the other two are each 60 degrees?
  9. What traditional profession specialises in the assessment of costs and tenders for materials and contracts within building and construction projects?
  10. What did US southerners call a northerner who moved to the south in the 1860-70s to exploit opportunities in the Reconstruction era, and which word today refers to an opportunitistic investor, especially where a mutual society might convert into a public commerial company?
  11. Nottingham Castle museum displays what exhibit from the world of international sporting competition: Torvill and Dean's Olympic 'Bolero' costumes; Henry Cooper's Londsdale Belts; Eddie the Eagle's goggles; or Geoff Hurst's 1966 hat-trick football?
  12. The UK Glastonbury music festival was originally known as what name (combined with 'festival'), taken from a nearby village: Pilton; Stilton; Wilton; or Milton?
  13. UK businesswoman Karen Brady replaced Margaret Mountford as advisor in which high profile entertainment brand?
  14. Name the 1890-founded Scottish manufacturer of much-loved traditional caramel wafers, teacakes and snowball cakes, which experienced a staff pay dispute in Autumn 2010?
  15. Who invented roll camera film, thereby popularizing photography, and founded the Kodak company, whose full title also bears his name?
  16. In the UK snow of January 2010 a Thames Valley policeman was reprimanded for sledging on duty down a slope on his what?
  17. Which two countries share the Dead Sea?
  18. Composed in 1907, The Soldier's Song (that's the English translation of the title) was formally adopted in 1926 as the national anthem of which European country?
  19. The Mills bomb, developed in Birmingham in 1915, and produced in numbers exceeding 70 million since then, is more commonly known by what term?
  20. An ammeter measures electrical what: Force; Energy; Current; or Resistance?
  21. The Sumida and Arakawa are two main rivers of which capital city?
  22. Waldi the dachshund was the symbolic mascot for the Olympic games of which year and city?
  23. Anthracite is a type of what: Gemstone; Coal; Disease; or Internet community?
  24. Luke Rinehart's cult 1971 novel is called The 'what?' Man: Rice; Nice; Dice; or Lice?
  25. What is the Italian word, meaning 'head', for the clamp-like gadget used on guitars and other fretted stringed instruments to change key and tuning?
  26. The Pacific Ocean covers approximately what percentage of the Earth's surface: 10; 20; 30; or 40?
  27. New France was the name given to French colonized lands in which continent from the 16th-18th centuries: North America; South America; Africa; or Asia?
  28. What technology concerns the use of pressurized gas to achieve mechanical motion, and in a general singular sense means filled or worked with air?
  29. Sabena was which country's national airline?
  30. Who owns the luxury food brand Duchy Originals, which announced £3.2m losses in 2010?

General Knowledge Answers (116)

  1. What historic region of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, gave its name to a dog breed with a striking appearance? Dalmatia (the dalmation breed is thought to have originated from Dalmatia - it is also known as the carriage dog because of its traditional usefulness working with horse-drawn carriages)
  2. Appropriately, a giant what was put temporarily onto the fourth plinth at London's Trafalgar Square in May 2010? Ship in a bottle (a representation of HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's ship at the Battle of Trafalgar)
  3. In March 2010 artist Spencer Tunick arranged and photographed 5,200 what in front of Sydney Opera House? Naked people
  4. The Janka hardness test is used for which substance? Wood
  5. Team manager Colin Montgomerie banned his 2010 European Ryder Cup team from what: Sex; Singing on the bus; Alcohol; or Twitter? Twitter (and orther social networking websites)
  6. Name the candidates in the UK Labour Party's 2010 leadership contest (and for a bonus point, the order they finished in the contest)? Ed Miliband (winner), David Miliband (2nd), Ed Balls (3rd), Andy Burnham (4th), Diane Abbott (5th)
  7. Derived from the French word meaning to brood or hatch, what term refers to a male phantom or sympathetic pregnancy syndrome in response to a wife or partner's real pregnancy? Couvade (Couvade syndrome - couvade/brooding in this sense is said originally to refer more to men sitting anxiously doing nothing, rather than experiencing pregnancy feelings, which is a later somewhat confused development of the term)
  8. What is the third angle in a triangle if the other two are each 60 degrees? 60 degrees(meaning that it would be an equilateral triangle, i.e., with equal sides and angles - the three angles in a triangle always add up to 180 degrees)
  9. What traditional profession specialises in the assessment of costs and tenders for materials and contracts within building and construction projects? Quantity Surveyor
  10. What did US southerners call a northerner who moved to the south in the 1860-70s to exploit opportunities in the Reconstruction era, and which word today refers to an opportunitistic investor, especially where a mutual society might convert into a public commerial company? Carpetbagger
  11. Nottingham Castle museum displays what exhibit from the world of international sporting competition: Torvill and Dean's Olympic 'Bolero' costumes; Henry Cooper's Londsdale Belts; Eddie the Eagle's goggles; or Geoff Hurst's 1966 hat-trick football? Torvill and Dean's Olympic 'Bolero' costumes (champion ice-dancers Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean are from Nottingham)
  12. The UK Glastonbury music festival was originally known as what name (combined with 'festival'), taken from a nearby village: Pilton; Stilton; Wilton; or Milton? Pilton
  13. UK businesswoman Karen Brady replaced Margaret Mountford as advisor in which high profile entertainment brand? The Apprentice (UK TV show fronted by Alan Sugar)
  14. Name the 1890-founded Scottish manufacturer of much-loved traditional caramel wafers, teacakes and snowball cakes, which experienced a staff pay dispute in Autumn 2010? Tunnock's (based in Uddington, Lanarkshire)
  15. Who invented roll camera film, thereby popularizing photography, and founded the Kodak company, whose full title also bears his name? George Eastman (1854-1932 - the US inventor aned philanthropist founded Eastman Kodak in 1892 - and worked with Thomas Edison on technology enabling the motion-picture industry)
  16. In the UK snow of January 2010 a Thames Valley policeman was reprimanded for sledging on duty down a slope on his what? Riot shield
  17. Which two countries share the Dead Sea? Jordan and Israel (it's actually a salt lake, 422 metres (1,385 ft) below sea level - the lowest level anywhere on Earth's land - 378m (1,240 ft) deep, the deepest 'hypersaline' lake, and at 33.7% salinity [salt] one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet)
  18. Composed in 1907, The Soldier's Song (that's the English translation of the title) was formally adopted in 1926 as the national anthem of which European country? Ireland(translated from Amhrán na bhFiann)
  19. The Mills bomb, developed in Birmingham in 1915, and produced in numbers exceeding 70 million since then, is more commonly known by what term? Hand grenade (named after its English inventor Sir William Mills, 1856-1932, who also invented early designs of aluminium headed golf clubs, instant engaging/disengaging gear for ships, and a telescopic walking stick seat)
  20. An ammeter measures electrical what: Force; Energy; Current; or Resistance? Current(typically amps, or fully amperes, are the units of measurement)
  21. The Sumida and Arakawa are two main rivers of which capital city? Tokyo
  22. Waldi the dachshund was the symbolic mascot for the Olympic games of which year and city? 1972 - Munich (Summer Olympics - the first official Olympic games mascot)
  23. Anthracite is a type of what: Gemstone; Coal; Disease; or Internet community? Coal(very hard, pure, and shiny, with highest carbon count of all coals - named from Greek anthrax, meaning coal)
  24. Luke Rinehart's cult 1971 novel is called The 'what?' Man: Rice; Nice; Dice; or Lice? Dice (The Dice Man - Rinehart's real name is George Cockcroft - the book explores Cockcroft's fascination about making decisions by rolling dice)
  25. What is the Italian word, meaning 'head', for the clamp-like gadget used on guitars and other fretted stringed instruments to change key and tuning? Capo (fully Capo Testa, literally meaning head tie, or head fret)
  26. The Pacific Ocean covers approximately what percentage of the Earth's surface: 10; 20; 30; or 40? 30% (and represents about 46% of its water surface)
  27. New France was the name given to French colonized lands in which continent from the 16th-18th centuries: North America; South America; Africa; or Asia? North America
  28. What technology concerns the use of pressurized gas to achieve mechanical motion, and in a general singular sense means filled or worked with air? Pneumatics (from ancient Greek pneuma meaning wind or breath, and pnien, meaning blow or breathe)
  29. Sabena was which country's national airline? Belgium (Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne, translation: Belgian Company for Exploiting Aerial Navigation, founded 1923, it became Brussells Airlines in 2001 after bankruptcy - see the amusing airlines backronyms)
  30. Who owns the luxury food brand Duchy Originals, which announced £3.2m losses in 2010? Prince Charles


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