General Knowledge Questions (118)

  1. What element, with zirconium, forms the compound zirconia, which is used to make synthetic diamonds?
  2. What characterised the Neolithic age: Dinosaurs; Stone tools; The Ancient Greeks; or The Renaissance?
  3. What British institution, originating in the 12th century, is to be turned into a mutual or cooperative, according to government plans announced in 2010?
  4. What name (in English) was given to the capsule which brought the 33 Chilean miners to the surface in the San Jose rescue on 13 October 2010?
  5. According to Forbes magazine's 2010 listings, who was the highest earning dead celebrity?
  6. What is harvested from Hevea brasiliensis, whose other plant names separately feature the words Para and India?
  7. Meaning literally 'make like' what is the full Latin word from which 'fax' derives (as in fax machine)?
  8. According to Greek legend, the labyrinth built by architect Daedalus housed which monster?
  9. What 'z' is the activity where person is rolled down a hill inside a large plastic transparent ball?
  10. Sir Thomas Sopwith designed what famous British biplane fighter aircraft, whose name combined his own name with an animal?
  11. In the Mousetrap board game a swinging what overturns a bucket, releasing a marble down a zig-zag slope?
  12. What type of wartime field gun took its name originally from the old Czech word (loosely 'houfnice') meaning catapault?
  13. What is a brief period of time and a turning effect produced by a force?
  14. Permanent software programmed into a read-only memory is generally called what ' ...ware'?
  15. What colour/color normally follows orange moving up the scale, low to high, in judo belts?
  16. What gas, symbol F, is the most reactive of all chemical elements?
  17. Sometimes called Echo Boomers, people born between around 1980 to the mid-1990s (or later depending on interpretation), are more commonly referred to as Generation what?
  18. David John Moore Cornwell is better known as what spy-story writer?
  19. Used especially in marketing and consumer profiling, what is the study of size, structure, development and dispersement of human populations?
  20. What animals does a mahout work with?
  21. What term, common in fantasy games, also refers to the three wise men in the Bible?
  22. In which city is the new 27-storey $1bn residential property 'Antilla', home to the 4th richest person in the world, and (as at 2010) reportedly the most expensive home anywhere? )
  23. 'Five-finger discount' is US slang for what crime?
  24. In what Cumbrian village did Poet William Wordsworth live, in Dove Cottage from about 1799, and which was central to the Lake Poets?
  25. What colour is puce: dark red; pale yellow; pale green; or beige?
  26. At what fret on a standard six-string guitar is half the string length and therefore also the octave note and octave harmonic?
  27. What number is neutral on the pH acid/alkali scale?
  28. How many microns are in a metre?
  29. What four words appear on the rectangual logo molded into most plastic CD cases?
  30. What do these words have in common: moped, chortle, smog and brunch?

General Knowledge Answers (118)

  1. What element, with zirconium, forms the compound zirconia, which is used to make synthetic diamonds? Oxygen (zirconium oxide)
  2. What characterised the Neolithic age: Dinosaurs; Stone tools; The Ancient Greeks; or The Renaissance? Stone tools (it was the later part of the Stone Age, c.9,500-3000BC, before the Copper Age - neolithic is from Greek neo, new, and litho, stone)
  3. What British institution, originating in the 12th century, is to be turned into a mutual or cooperative, according to government plans announced in 2010? The Post Office
  4. What name (in English) was given to the capsule which brought the 33 Chilean miners to the surface in the San Jose rescue on 13 October 2010? Phoenix
  5. According to Forbes magazine's 2010 listings, who was the highest earning dead celebrity? Yves Saint Laurent
  6. What is harvested from Hevea brasiliensis, whose other plant names separately feature the words Para and India? Latex (for rubber production - tapped from the India rubber tree, or Pará rubber tree)
  7. Meaning literally 'make like' what is the full Latin word from which 'fax' derives (as in fax machine)? Facsimile
  8. According to Greek legend, the labyrinth built by architect Daedalus housed which monster? The Minotaur (man's body with bull's head, ultimately killed by Theseus - the story provided the origin of the modern word labyrinth, meaning maze)
  9. What 'z' is the activity where person is rolled down a hill inside a large plastic transparent ball? Zorbing (the ball is called a zorb)
  10. Sir Thomas Sopwith designed what famous British biplane fighter aircraft, whose name combined his own name with an animal? Sopwith Camel (Sopwith went on to chair Hawker Siddeley, which build the WWII Hurricaine fighter plane)
  11. In the Mousetrap board game a swinging what overturns a bucket, releasing a marble down a zig-zag slope? Boot
  12. What type of wartime field gun took its name originally from the old Czech word (loosely 'houfnice') meaning catapault? Howitzer
  13. What is a brief period of time and a turning effect produced by a force? Moment
  14. Permanent software programmed into a read-only memory is generally called what ' ...ware'? Firmware
  15. What colour/color normally follows orange moving up the scale, low to high, in judo belts? Green
  16. What gas, symbol F, is the most reactive of all chemical elements? Fluorine
  17. Sometimes called Echo Boomers, people born between around 1980 to the mid-1990s (or later depending on interpretation), are more commonly referred to as Generation what? Y (see generational terms/definitions)
  18. David John Moore Cornwell is better known as what spy-story writer? John Le Carré
  19. Used especially in marketing and consumer profiling, what is the study of size, structure, development and dispersement of human populations? Demography (or more loosely, demographics, which more accurately refers to statistics used in demography - from the Greek word, demos, 'the people')
  20. What animals does a mahout work with? Elephants (from Hindi, mahavat)
  21. What term, common in fantasy games, also refers to the three wise men in the Bible? Magi (with gaming associations to magic, magi is actually plural of magus, a member of an ancient Persian priestly sect, thought to have magician-like qualities, and this is also the root of the word magic - the magi followed Zoroastrianism, religion/philosophy based on teachings of prophet Zoroaster/Zarathustra, founded long ago - 6th century BC or earlier, in Persia, now Iran)
  22. In which city is the new 27-storey $1bn residential property 'Antilla', home to the 4th richest person in the world, and (as at 2010) reportedly the most expensive home anywhere? Mumbai (home to Mukesh Ambani)
  23. 'Five-finger discount' is US slang for what crime? Shoplifting
  24. In what Cumbrian village did Poet William Wordsworth live, in Dove Cottage from about 1799, and which was central to the Lake Poets? Grasmere
  25. What colour is puce: dark red; pale yellow; pale green; or beige? Dark red (puce is also described as purplish brown, but technically it is a shade of red - it derives from French puce meaning flea - seemingly because fleas are red-brown coloured)
  26. At what fret on a standard six-string guitar is half the string length and therefore also the octave note and octave harmonic? 12 (twelfth fret)
  27. What number is neutral on the pH acid/alkali scale? 7 (seven - p stands for power, H stands for hydrogen)
  28. How many microns are in a metre? One million (Greek mikros means small)
  29. What four words appear on the rectangual logo molded into most plastic CD cases? Compact Disc Digital Audio (a brand for the CD format, developed by Philips and Sony)
  30. What do these words have in common: moped, chortle, smog and brunch? Portmanteau words (whose meaning and construction combines elements of two other words - e.g., motor/pedal, chuckle/snort, smoke/fog, breakfast/lunch - see portmanteau words)


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