General Knowledge Questions (131)

  1. What term, traditionally relating to trains and slippery rails, and a children's play area, refers in computing to a secure area or function where code can be tested in safe isolation?
  2. Who was the first English professional cricketer to be knighted?
  3. What degrees temperature is the same in Centigrade/Celsius as it is in Fahrenheit?
  4. In what form does keratin, the substance human fingernails and hair are made from, sell for more than gold, and endanger a species?
  5. What conventionally are the Roman numerals for the year 2011?
  6. The nuclear disaster site at Chernobyl, to which tourist visits begin/began in 2011, is in which country?
  7. What symbol commonly used in print, and titles especially, derives from a combination of the letters E and T?
  8. What is a filbert nut more commonly called, from the name of the tree bearing it?
  9. What French term is used in English when referring to a thought or experience that a person believes he/she has already seen before?
  10. On a western-style Qwerty keyboard, what number shares the key with the % symbol?
  11. What important river in south-west France and north-west Spain gives access to Bordeaux, and links the Mediterranean Sea to the Bay of Biscay?
  12. Name the Scottish singer-songwriter (notably of Baker Street and as co-writer of Stuck in the Middle with You) who died early in 2011 age 63?
  13. Which US president had the nickname 'King of Camelot'?
  14. What is generally suggested to be the fourth spatial dimension in addition to the first three (of length, area and volume)?
  15. What German word refers to a 'double' of a living person, often an evil version?
  16. Match these music/fashion styles (UK, and probably elsewhere) to their main decades of popularity, 1950s through to 2000s: New Romantics, Goths, Punks, Emo, Teddy Boys, Mods?
  17. UK HM Revenue and Customs reported that how many people had filled in their tax return online on Christmas Day 2010: 8; 85; 845; or 8,450?
  18. Aphasia is the medical term for the inability to use or understand what, resulting from damage to the brain: Pictures; Language; Numbers; or Time?
  19. What supposedly militarily-derived term refers informally to not wearing underwear?
  20. What is iron pyrites (iron disulfide, FeS2) commonly called, because it resembles a precious metal?
  21. Related to the early development and measurement of steam engines what traditional unit of energy equates typically to between 735-746 watts?
  22. Which famous composer is on the back of the UK £20 banknote withdrawn in 2010?
  23. What is the correct spelling of (the US state/river) Mississippi; Missisippi; Misissippi; or Mississipi?
  24. Pony, seven and schooner are Australian terms for what?
  25. The Cass report published by London's Metropolitan Police after 31 years of public campaigning confirmed that police had killed what anti-racist protestor at Southall in 1979?
  26. In the conventional game of pool ('eight-ball', or 'spots and stripes') what colour are the 3 and 11 balls?
  27. Referring to a 1950s song what is the traditional bingo call for the number 76?
  28. How many zeros are represented by the metric multiple prefix 'tera'?
  29. On a chessboard what square (using modern letter and number reference) would the white king pawn occupy if its first move was two squares forward?
  30. Abraham Maslow's fundamentally meaningful theory of motivation, popularly shown as a pyramid of motivational factors in a person's life, is known widely as Maslow's what?

General Knowledge Answers (131)

  1. What term, traditionally relating to trains and slippery rails, and a children's play area, refers in computing to a secure area or function where code can be tested in safe isolation? Sandbox
  2. Who was the first English professional cricketer to be knighted? Jack Hobbs (in 1953 - Australian Don Bradman was the first professional cricketer in the world to be knighted, in 1949)
  3. What degrees temperature is the same in Centigrade/Celsius as it is in Fahrenheit? -40(minus forty degrees)
  4. In what form does keratin, the substance human fingernails and hair are made from, sell for more than gold, and endanger a species? Rhino horn (at 2010 the rhino horn commands a value of up to £35,000/kilo due to its mythical healing properties)
  5. What conventionally are the Roman numerals for the year 2011? MMXI
  6. The nuclear disaster site at Chernobyl, to which tourist visits begin/began in 2011, is in which country? Ukraine
  7. What symbol commonly used in print, and titles especially, derives from a combination of the letters E and T? Ampersand (or the 'and' sign/symbol - & - see more about the ampersand)
  8. What is a filbert nut more commonly called, from the name of the tree bearing it? Hazelnut
  9. What French term is used in English when referring to a thought or experience that a person believes he/she has already seen before? Deja vu (correctly Déjà vu - meaning 'already seen')
  10. On a western-style Qwerty keyboard, what number shares the key with the % symbol? 5
  11. What important river in south-west France and north-west Spain gives access to Bordeaux, and links the Mediterranean Sea to the Bay of Biscay? Garonne
  12. Name the Scottish singer-songwriter (notably of Baker Street and as co-writer of Stuck in the Middle with You) who died early in 2011 age 63? Gerry Rafferty
  13. Which US president had the nickname 'King of Camelot'? John F Kennedy
  14. What is generally suggested to be the fourth spatial dimension in addition to the first three (of length, area and volume)? Time
  15. What German word refers to a 'double' of a living person, often an evil version? Doppelganger (properly Doppelgänger - from the German words doppel, double, and ganger, walker - apparently first coined by novelist Jean Paul in a 1796 book, Siebenkäs)
  16. Match these music/fashion styles (UK, and probably elsewhere) to their main decades of popularity, 1950s through to 2000s: New Romantics, Goths, Punks, Emo, Teddy Boys, Mods? 50s Teddy Boys; 60s Mods; 70s Punks; 80s New Romantics; 90s Goths; 2000s Emo
  17. UK HM Revenue and Customs reported that how many people had filled in their tax return online on Christmas Day 2010: 8; 85; 845; or 8,450? 845
  18. Aphasia is the medical term for the inability to use or understand what, resulting from damage to the brain: Pictures; Language; Numbers; or Time? Language
  19. What supposedly militarily-derived term refers informally to not wearing underwear? Commando ('going commando' - said, among other theories, to derive from an earlier term 'going regimental', a reference to kilt-wearing soldiers who traditionally did/do not wear underpants)
  20. What is iron pyrites (iron disulfide, FeS2) commonly called, because it resembles a precious metal? Fool's Gold
  21. Related to the early development and measurement of steam engines what traditional unit of energy equates typically to between 735-746 watts? Horsepower
  22. Which famous composer is on the back of the UK £20 banknote withdrawn in 2010? Edward Elgar
  23. What is the correct spelling of (the US state/river) Mississippi; Missisippi; Misissippi; or Mississipi? Mississippi
  24. Pony, seven and schooner are Australian terms for what? Beer glasses (pony is 5 fluid ounces, seven is 7 fl oz, and a schooner is 15 fl oz - in the UK a schooner traditionally refers to a large sherry glass)
  25. The Cass report published by London's Metropolitan Police after 31 years of public campaigning confirmed that police had killed what anti-racist protestor at Southall in 1979? Blair Peach
  26. In the conventional game of pool ('eight-ball', or 'spots and stripes') what colour are the 3 and 11 balls? Red
  27. Referring to a 1950s song what is the traditional bingo call for the number 76? Trombones (Seventy-six Trombones was the signature song from the 1957 musical play and 1962 film The Music Man, written by Meredith Willson)
  28. How many zeros are represented by the metric multiple prefix 'tera'? Twelve(1,000,000,000,000)
  29. On a chessboard what square (using modern letter and number reference) would the white king pawn occupy if its first move was two squares forward? E4 (black king pawn would be E5 - the rows or ranks of squares are numbered 1-8 from the white side; the columns or files of squares are denoted by the letters A-H starting from the white queen rook/castle, i.e., bottom left square seen from the white side)
  30. Abraham Maslow's fundamentally meaningful theory of motivation, popularly shown as a pyramid of motivational factors in a person's life, is known widely as Maslow's what? Hierarchy of Needs (see Maslow's Hierearchy of Needs)


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