General Knowledge Questions (117)

  1. What is Spanish for heart: Corazón; Cuore; Herz; or Croí?
  2. Sir Robert Mark, who died age 93 in Sep 2010, performed what role in England from 1967-77: Attorney General; Metropolitan Police Commissioner; King Lear; or Manager of Manchester United FC?
  3. Saint Pega is said to be England's first female: Soldier; Saint; Hermit; or Monarch?
  4. Pityriasis Capitis is the technical term for: Athlete's Foot; Dandruff; Acne; or Shingles?
  5. What colour/color results from mixing an equal quantity of blue and yellow paint together: Brown; Green; Red; or Mauve?
  6. What is the name of the mount on which the Hollywood sign sits in California: Mount Lowe; Mount Disappointment; Mount Morgan; or Mount Lee?
  7. In the Bible, what are the names of the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah: Cain and Abel; Romulus and Remus; Esau and Jacob; or David and Goliath?
  8. In which country is the Nafud Desert: Saudi Arabia; Egypt; Iran; or Pakistan?
  9. Who did US Forbes magazine rank in 2010 as the most powerful woman in the world: Michelle Obama; Oprah Winfrey; Angela Merkel; or Hillary Clinton?
  10. Which Shakespeare play is set in the kingdom of Navarre in the 14th century: Midsummer Night's Dream; The Tempest; Romeo and Juliet; or Love's Labour's Lost?
  11. Which gemstone is associated (traditional UK/US) with a 45th wedding anniversary: Diamond; Emerald; Ruby; or Sapphire?
  12. Roughly how many seconds are in a year: 3 billion; 375 million; 31½ million; or 2¼ million?
  13. Who was the famous sister of writer Lee Radziwill: Jackie Onassis; Hillary Clinton; Princess Grace of Monaco; or Marilyn Monroe?
  14. Anthomania refers to a great love of: Insects; Singing; Flowers; or Cars?
  15. The collodion process was used in: Fabric weaving; Silver mining; Cheese making; or Photography?
  16. A mummichog is what type of creature: Dog; Bird; Fish; or Snake?
  17. Tahiti is the largest of which group of islands: Society; Solomon; Cook; or Gilbert?
  18. In which year was the National Health Service established in Great Britain: 1938; 1948; 1958; or1968?
  19. In 1919, which country became the first to legalise abortion: Iceland; Sweden; Netherlands; or Russia?
  20. Name the French bank controversially exonerated (judged free of any responsibility/liability) in the 2010 trial of its employee rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, who was imprisoned for, and fined, the 4.9bn euros he lost in 2008 futures trading: Banque de France; Soc Gen; Crédit Lyonnais; or BNP Paribas?
  21. In the TV series Thunderbirds, what is Parker's first name: Albert; Alphonse; Aloysius; or Alfred?
  22. What is the name of the hook which forms on the lower jaw of the male salmon during the breeding season: Type; Kype; Gype; or Zype?
  23. Which monarch was the first Supreme Governor of the Church of England: Henry VIII; Elizabeth I; James I; or Elizabeth II?
  24. Permalloy is made from which two metallic chemical elements: Copper and zinc; Iron and mercury; Titanium and copper; or Nickel and iron?
  25. Which corporation (as at 2010) produces Schwarzkopf haircare and Pritt glue-stick products: Proctor and Gamble; Henkel; Unilever; or Tupperware?
  26. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in which US city: Boston; New York; San Francisco; or Atlanta?
  27. Mock Turtle Soup is traditionally made from the head of a: Turtle; Fish; Calf; or Pig?
  28. If something is 'fluviatile', it is produced or found in a: Volcano; Sandstorm; River; or Hurricane?
  29. Which if these is the square (a number multiplied by itself) of a whole number: 289; 255; 323; or 249?
  30. A deuteragonist is second in importance in a: Game of bridge; Royal family; Jousting match; or Greek tragedy?
  31. The lempira is the basic monetary unit of which Central American country: Honduras; Costa Rica; Guatemala; or Nicaragua?
  32. The Odense River is in which European country: Scotland; Denmark; Netherlands; or Austria?
  33. Name the mine in Copiapo, Chile, where 33 miners were trapped after a collapse on 5 Aug 2010: San José; San Andreas; San Marino; or San Tropez?
  34. What is the collective term for a group of Morris dancers: Team; Band; Side; or Troupe?
  35. In 1760, Belgian inventor Joseph Merlin patented which item of footwear: Ice skates; Hobnail boots; Snow shoes; or Roller skates?
  36. The resort of St Tropez is in which department of France: Var; Marne; Cantal; or Jura?
  37. In Japan, what is a hibachi used for: Gardening; Carpentry; Marial Arts; or Cooking?
  38. What's heaviest: Lead; Gold; Platinum or Mercury? (heaviest meaning most dense, i.e., most weight for a given volume - for bonus point put them in order, heaviest to lightest)
  39. American mathematician Norbert Wiener, 1894-1964, coined what scientific term concerning complex systems, and helped define its modern understanding: Algebra; Cybernetics; Robotics; or Astronomy?
  40. When steel is galvanized it is most commonly coated by what: Tin; Zinc; Copper; or Lead?

General Knowledge Answers (117)

  1. What is Spanish for heart: Corazón; Cuore; Herz; or Croí? Corazón (Cuore is Italian; Herz is Gerrman; Croí is Irish/Gaelic)
  2. Sir Robert Mark, who died age 93 in Sep 2010, performed what role in England from 1967-77: Attorney General; Metropolitan Police Commissioner; King Lear; or Manager of Manchester United FC? Metropolitan Police Commissioner (head of London's police force)
  3. Saint Pega is said to be England's first female: Soldier; Saint; Hermit; or Monarch? Hermit
  4. Pityriasis Capitis is the technical term for: Athlete's Foot; Dandruff; Acne; or Shingles? Dandruff
  5. What colour/color results from mixing an equal quantity of blue and yellow paint together: Brown; Green; Red; or Mauve? Green
  6. What is the name of the mount on which the Hollywood sign sits in California: Mount Lowe; Mount Disappointment; Mount Morgan; or Mount Lee? Mount Lee
  7. In the Bible, what are the names of the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah: Cain and Abel; Romulus and Remus; Esau and Jacob; or David and Goliath? Esau and Jacob
  8. In which country is the Nafud Desert: Saudi Arabia; Egypt; Iran; or Pakistan? Saudi Arabia
  9. Who did US Forbes magazine rank in 2010 as the most powerful woman in the world: Michelle Obama; Oprah Winfrey; Angela Merkel; or Hillary Clinton? Michelle Obama(the top five, ranked 1-5, was Michelle Obama, Irene Rosenfeld [CEO Kraft Foods], Oprah Winfrey, Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton)
  10. Which Shakespeare play is set in the kingdom of Navarre in the 14th century: Midsummer Night's Dream; The Tempest; Romeo and Juliet; or Love's Labour's Lost? Love's Labour's Lost
  11. Which gemstone is associated (traditional UK/US) with a 45th wedding anniversary: Diamond; Emerald; Ruby; or Sapphire? Sapphire
  12. Roughly how many seconds are in a year: 3 billion; 375 million; 31½ million; or 2¼ million? 31½ million (60 x 60 x 24 x 365 = 31,536,000)
  13. Who was the famous sister of writer Lee Radziwill: Jackie Onassis; Hillary Clinton; Princess Grace of Monaco; or Marilyn Monroe? Jackie Onassis
  14. Anthomania refers to a great love of: Insects; Singing; Flowers; or Cars? Flowers (from the Greek word anthos, meaning flower)
  15. The collodion process was used in: Fabric weaving; Silver mining; Cheese making; or Photography? Photography (collodion is a solution of pyroxylin in ether and alcohol, which replaced egg-white in early wet-plate photography from the mid 1800s)
  16. A mummichog is what type of creature: Dog; Bird; Fish; or Snake? Fish (it's a mud minnow found in coastal N America)
  17. Tahiti is the largest of which group of islands: Society; Solomon; Cook; or Gilbert? Society
  18. In which year was the National Health Service established in Great Britain: 1938; 1948; 1958; or1968? 1948 (also the year that the National Assistance Act replaced the Poor Laws, which had existed since the 1600s)
  19. In 1919, which country became the first to legalise abortion: Iceland; Sweden; Netherlands; or Russia? Russia (USSR)
  20. Name the French bank controversially exonerated (judged free of any responsibility/liability) in the 2010 trial of its employee rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, who was imprisoned for, and fined, the 4.9bn euros he lost in 2008 futures trading: Banque de France; Soc Gen; Crédit Lyonnais; or BNP Paribas? Soc Gen (Société Général)
  21. In the TV series Thunderbirds, what is Parker's first name: Albert; Alphonse; Aloysius; or Alfred? Aloysius
  22. What is the name of the hook which forms on the lower jaw of the male salmon during the breeding season: Type; Kype; Gype; or Zype? Kype (thought to derive from the word/fish pike - pike refers to its pointed jaw - interestingly in Finland a big pike is called a kymppihauki, which seems to confirm some sort of etymological connection - etymology is the study of word origins)
  23. Which monarch was the first Supreme Governor of the Church of England: Henry VIII; Elizabeth I; James I; or Elizabeth II? Elizabeth I (Act of Supremacy 1559)
  24. Permalloy is made from which two metallic chemical elements: Copper and zinc; Iron and mercury; Titanium and copper; or Nickel and iron? Nickel and iron
  25. Which corporation (as at 2010) produces Schwarzkopf haircare and Pritt glue-stick products: Proctor and Gamble; Henkel; Unilever; or Tupperware? Henkel (Henkel AG & Co KGaA, headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany)
  26. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in which US city: Boston; New York; San Francisco; or Atlanta? Boston
  27. Mock Turtle Soup is traditionally made from the head of a: Turtle; Fish; Calf; or Pig? Calf(created in the mid-1800s as a cheap imitation of the delicacy green turtle soup, actually made from turtle)
  28. If something is 'fluviatile', it is produced or found in a: Volcano; Sandstorm; River; or Hurricane? River (from Latin fluvius, meaning river, from fluere meaning flow)
  29. Which if these is the square (a number multiplied by itself) of a whole number: 289; 255; 323; or 249? 289 (17x17)
  30. A deuteragonist is second in importance in a: Game of bridge; Royal family; Jousting match; or Greek tragedy? Greek tragedy (in ancient Greek theatre and literature the protagonist was the leading character, the deuteragonist second, and the tritagonist third - this is the origin of the word protagonist, which is used more widely now referring to a main character/leader/instigator)
  31. The lempira is the basic monetary unit of which Central American country: Honduras; Costa Rica; Guatemala; or Nicaragua? Honduras
  32. The Odense River is in which European country: Scotland; Denmark; Netherlands; or Austria? Denmark
  33. Name the mine in Copiapo, Chile, where 33 miners were trapped after a collapse on 5 Aug 2010: San José; San Andreas; San Marino; or San Tropez? San José (a gold-copper mine - it is the longest underground trapping/rescue in history)
  34. What is the collective term for a group of Morris dancers: Team; Band; Side; or Troupe? Side
  35. In 1760, Belgian inventor Joseph Merlin patented which item of footwear: Ice skates; Hobnail boots; Snow shoes; or Roller skates? Roller skates
  36. The resort of St Tropez is in which department of France: Var; Marne; Cantal; or Jura? Var
  37. In Japan, what is a hibachi used for: Gardening; Carpentry; Marial Arts; or Cooking? Cooking (it means 'fire bowl' and was originally Chinese, using charcoal and a large clay bowl - now the word has flexible meaning and may refer to a cooking bowl or griddle or a traditional clay oven used for domestic heating)
  38. What's heaviest: Lead; Gold; Platinum or Mercury? (heaviest meaning most dense, i.e., most weight for a given volume - for bonus point put them in order, heaviest to lightest) Platinum (highest to lowest: Platinum, Gold, Mercury, Lead)
  39. American mathematician Norbert Wiener, 1894-1964, coined what scientific term concerning complex systems, and helped define its modern understanding: Algebra; Cybernetics; Robotics; or Astronomy? Cybernetics (see Cybernetics and its fascinating implications in life)
  40. When steel is galvanized it is most commonly coated by what: Tin; Zinc; Copper; or Lead? Zinc


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