General Knowledge Questions (134)

  1. Apron, Borrow and Line are terms associated with which sport?
  2. Jutland is part of which European country?
  3. In heraldry, what is a wyvern?
  4. In January 2011 British government sports minister Hugh Roberts asserted what to be the "...worst governed sport in the country.."?
  5. What is the descriptively named painting technique where tiny dots blend to form a picture?
  6. What flowers prompted William Wordsworth write (and title) a poem about after seeing them at Lake Ullswater in 1802?
  7. Planchet was the servant of which of the Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas?
  8. Which fish is known in the British fishing industry as 'Silver Darlings'?
  9. What is the basic monetary unit of Iceland?
  10. What was poet Lord Byron's first name?
  11. Eric Schmidt announced in 2011 stepping down from CEO to Executive Chairman of what corporation, whose vast growth in the 2000s he oversaw?
  12. In November 1935, which British prime minister returned to office after a general election?
  13. Jazz musician Gene Krupa was famous for playing which musical instrument?
  14. 'Dancer' was the American Secret Service code name for the wife of which US president?
  15. On which of the Great Lakes does the city of Milwaukee lie?
  16. What farming disease was reported in 2011 to have virtually disappeared, 25 years after its emergence and scary projection?
  17. In certain species of birds, what is the name of the pouch used for temporarily storing food?
  18. The manufacture of what was prohibited in Russia between 1914-1925?
  19. In 1135 Henry I of England died from food poisoning related to eating 'a surfeit of lampreys' - what are lampreys: Oysters; Jawless eel-like fish; Venison brains; or Sheep's eyes?
  20. Buried in Highgate in London and subsequently immortalised in economic and social theory, who wrote The Communist Manifesto in 1848?
  21. Name the fantasy North Wales village used in film and TV (notably the 1960s 'The Prisoner' series), at one time directly related to a porcelain company of the same name which now owns the Spode and Royal Worcester brands?
  22. In Australia, what type of animal is known as a brumby?
  23. In which year was the first British vehicle registration issued: 1895; 1903; 1910; or 1914?
  24. Which UK football team is nicknamed 'The Posh'?
  25. Jamaica Inn, made famous by writer Daphne du Maurier, lies on which moor?
  26. The 'Hogarth' or 'S Shape' is an arrangement of what?
  27. Wendy Deng are the first names of what famous media mogul's wife?
  28. What is the longest side of a right-angled triangle called?
  29. Mycology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of what?
  30. Which politician's resignation from the shadow cabinet in January 2011 arguably left the UK Labour Party bereft of any 'grass roots working class' figures in its leadership for the first time in its history?
  31. Bokken (or bokuto), katana, wakizashi, and shinai are types of what, used in Japanese martial arts?
  32. Who was British ex-prime minister Tony Blair's press secretary and influential strategist?
  33. In 1869, Frenchman Eugene Meyer invented a wheel for which mode of transport, and became regarded as a father of the 'high' version of the machine?
  34. What Swiss Alpine town hosts the annual World Economic Forum gathering of international leaders, financiers and business chiefs?
  35. Claret wine comes from which wine region of France?
  36. Spunky Puddle is a what: Town in Ohio, USA; Children's TV show in Australia; South African soup; or Backgammon move?
  37. What does a barometer measure?
  38. The Qur'an (or Quran, Kuran, Koran, Coran or al-Qur'an - literally 'the recitation') is the religious text of which religion?
  39. Name the only G8 nation whose law, subject to challenge in 2011, requires a married couple to adopt only one surname?
  40. What is the smallest country on mainland Africa?

General Knowledge Answers (134)

  1. Apron, Borrow and Line are terms associated with which sport? Golf
  2. Jutland is part of which European country? Denmark
  3. In heraldry, what is a wyvern? Dragon (from old French, wivre, and in turn from Latin, vipera, referring to a snake, from which we also have the word viper)
  4. In January 2011 British government sports minister Hugh Roberts asserted what to be the "...worst governed sport in the country.."? Football (Soccer or Association Football)
  5. What is the descriptively named painting technique where tiny dots blend to form a picture? Pointillism
  6. What flowers prompted William Wordsworth write (and title) a poem about after seeing them at Lake Ullswater in 1802? Daffodils
  7. Planchet was the servant of which of the Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas? D'Artagnan
  8. Which fish is known in the British fishing industry as 'Silver Darlings'? Herring
  9. What is the basic monetary unit of Iceland? Krona
  10. What was poet Lord Byron's first name? George
  11. Eric Schmidt announced in 2011 stepping down from CEO to Executive Chairman of what corporation, whose vast growth in the 2000s he oversaw? Google
  12. In November 1935, which British prime minister returned to office after a general election? Stanley Baldwin
  13. Jazz musician Gene Krupa was famous for playing which musical instrument? Drums
  14. 'Dancer' was the American Secret Service code name for the wife of which US president? Jimmy Carter (Rosalynn)
  15. On which of the Great Lakes does the city of Milwaukee lie? Michigan
  16. What farming disease was reported in 2011 to have virtually disappeared, 25 years after its emergence and scary projection? BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - Mad Cow Disease, along with the human variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease - there were just 17 BSE and 3 CJD cases reported globally in the year 2009-10)
  17. In certain species of birds, what is the name of the pouch used for temporarily storing food? Crop
  18. The manufacture of what was prohibited in Russia between 1914-1925? Vodka
  19. In 1135 Henry I of England died from food poisoning related to eating 'a surfeit of lampreys' - what are lampreys: Oysters; Jawless eel-like fish; Venison brains; or Sheep's eyes? Jawless eel-like fish (lamprey means 'stone licker' in Greek from lambere, to lick, and petra, stone - lampreys were a popular delicacy of olden times. The precise species categorization of lampreys is subject to debate; 'jawless eel-like fish' is a loose term.)
  20. Buried in Highgate in London and subsequently immortalised in economic and social theory, who wrote The Communist Manifesto in 1848? Karl Marx (1818-83)
  21. Name the fantasy North Wales village used in film and TV (notably the 1960s 'The Prisoner' series), at one time directly related to a porcelain company of the same name which now owns the Spode and Royal Worcester brands? Portmeirion
  22. In Australia, what type of animal is known as a brumby? Wild horse
  23. In which year was the first British vehicle registration issued: 1895; 1903; 1910; or 1914? 1903
  24. Which UK football team is nicknamed 'The Posh'? Peterborough United
  25. Jamaica Inn, made famous by writer Daphne du Maurier, lies on which moor? Bodmin
  26. The 'Hogarth' or 'S Shape' is an arrangement of what? Flowers (also called the 'Lazy S' it is named after 18th century painter William Hogarth's 'Line of Beauty' and his related ideas, notably featured in his 1753 book, Analysis of Beauty. The effect in flower arranging is of an elongated letter S shape, upright, when viewed from the front.)
  27. Wendy Deng are the first names of what famous media mogul's wife? Rupert Murdoch
  28. What is the longest side of a right-angled triangle called? Hypotenuse
  29. Mycology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of what? Fungi
  30. Which politician's resignation from the shadow cabinet in January 2011 arguably left the UK Labour Party bereft of any 'grass roots working class' figures in its leadership for the first time in its history? Alan Johnson
  31. Bokken (or bokuto), katana, wakizashi, and shinai are types of what, used in Japanese martial arts? Swords
  32. Who was British ex-prime minister Tony Blair's press secretary and influential strategist? Alistair Campbell
  33. In 1869, Frenchman Eugene Meyer invented a wheel for which mode of transport, and became regarded as a father of the 'high' version of the machine? Bicycle (penny-farthing type - he devised the wire-spoke tension wheel with individually adjustable spokes - a principle still used today)
  34. What Swiss Alpine town hosts the annual World Economic Forum gathering of international leaders, financiers and business chiefs? Davos
  35. Claret wine comes from which wine region of France? Bordeaux
  36. Spunky Puddle is a what: Town in Ohio, USA; Children's TV show in Australia; South African soup; or Backgammon move? Town in Ohio, USA
  37. What does a barometer measure? Atmospheric pressure
  38. The Qur'an (or Quran, Kuran, Koran, Coran or al-Qur'an - literally 'the recitation') is the religious text of which religion? Islam
  39. Name the only G8 nation whose law, subject to challenge in 2011, requires a married couple to adopt only one surname? Japan (the G8 nations - G8 means simply 'group of eight' are France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA, Canada and Russia)
  40. What is the smallest country on mainland Africa? The Gambia

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