General Knowledge Questions (138)

  1. Which country suspended its annual Antarctic Whale Hunt in February 2011, after activists from a US-based environmental group chased the mother ship?
  2. At which English racecourse did two horses collapse and die in the parade ring due to electrocution, in February 2011?
  3. By what name is Siddartha Guatama better known?
  4. In 1936, Ethel Cain, otherwise known as Tim, became the first what?
  5. Galena is the primary ore mineral of which metal?
  6. The world's largest working waterwheel, the Lady Isabella (also known as the Laxey Wheel), is on which island, known in its national language as Ellan Vannin?
  7. In which African country is the town of Lassa, where Lassa fever was first identified?
  8. Englishman John Wycliffe's 14th century Lollardy movement addressed reform of what: Slavery; Monarchy; Religion; or Farming?
  9. Which uncle of Prince William announced his engagement to Karen Gordon in February 2011?
  10. Which European prime minister was indicted in February 2011 to stand trial on charges for sex with an under-age prostitute, and abuse of power?
  11. In UK politics, what flower is the emblem of the Labour Party?
  12. Revealed in the author's archives given to Oxford's Bodelian Library in 2008, what occupationally titled novel had the working name The Reluctant Autumn of George Smiley?
  13. A child named Viva Katherine... was born in February 2011 into what two famous Canadian musical families?
  14. Which US oil company said it would appeal against an $8.6 billion fine imposed by Ecuador judges in 2011 after being accused of polluting the country's Amazon region in a legal wrangle spanning almost two decades?
  15. According to the gospel of Luke, Zachariah and his barren wife Elizabeth were the parents of which great Biblical character?
  16. Actor Nicholas Courtney, who died age 81 in February 2011, played what iconic military role in over a hundred Dr Who episodes (bonus point for his full character name)?
  17. What is an angle called which is larger than 180 degrees and smaller than 360 degrees?
  18. In which European country did the 16th Century St Bartholomews Day Massacre take place?
  19. Which planet in our solar system has the shortest year?
  20. What was the previous name of Taiwan, the island off the southeast coast of mainland China?
  21. Born Joseph Frank... by what name was the US silent film comic actor noted for his deadpan expression and pork-pie hats better known?
  22. Which island group is known by the French as Iles Normande?
  23. From the Greek meaning 'against', and 'a name', what is a word called which has the opposite meaning to another word?
  24. What are the fertile South American lowlands covering more than 750,000 square kilometres in Argentina and most of Uruguay?
  25. Austrian monk and scientist Gregor Johann Mendel used which plant for the study and experiment of genetics and heredity of certain traits: Pea; Stinging-nettle; Bamboo; or Beetroot?
  26. What is the name of the ship of (1960s UK TV) cartoon pirate Captain Pugwash: Red Dog; Blue Moon; Silver Sparrow; or Black Pig?
  27. What type of creature, recognized as the suborder Lacertilia, includes species: skink, monitor, agama and Komodo dragon?
  28. Originally meaning 'as if in this manner', by what name is the second Sunday of Easter known, which provided the name of a deformed tragic character from a classic book?
  29. In the British honours system where a man is made a Knight (i.e., becomes 'Sir...') what is the female equivalent?
  30. What does the cockney rhyming slang, Butcher's, traditionally mean?

General Knowledge Answers (138)

  1. Which country suspended its annual Antarctic Whale Hunt in February 2011, after activists from a US-based environmental group chased the mother ship? Japan
  2. At which English racecourse did two horses collapse and die in the parade ring due to electrocution, in February 2011? Newbury
  3. By what name is Siddartha Guatama better known? Buddha
  4. In 1936, Ethel Cain, otherwise known as Tim, became the first what? Talking clock(accessible by telephone)
  5. Galena is the primary ore mineral of which metal? Lead
  6. The world's largest working waterwheel, the Lady Isabella (also known as the Laxey Wheel), is on which island, known in its national language as Ellan Vannin? Isle of Man
  7. In which African country is the town of Lassa, where Lassa fever was first identified? Nigeria
  8. Englishman John Wycliffe's 14th century Lollardy movement addressed reform of what: Slavery; Monarchy; Religion; or Farming? Religion (specifically Western Christianity, contributing towards the English Reformation in the 16th century when the Church of England rejected the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. The word Lollard - a follower of the Lollardy movement - is thought probably to derive from Dutch meaning mutter)
  9. Which uncle of Prince William announced his engagement to Karen Gordon in February 2011? Charles, Earl of Spencer
  10. Which European prime minister was indicted in February 2011 to stand trial on charges for sex with an under-age prostitute, and abuse of power? Silvio Berlusconi (Italian prime minister)
  11. In UK politics, what flower is the emblem of the Labour Party? Rose
  12. Revealed in the author's archives given to Oxford's Bodelian Library in 2008, what occupationally titled novel had the working name The Reluctant Autumn of George Smiley? Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (by John Le Carré)
  13. A child named Viva Katherine... was born in February 2011 into what two famous Canadian musical families? Wainwright and Cohen (Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, having grandfathers Leonard Cohen and Louden Wainwright III, grandmother Kate McGarrigle, aunt Martha Wainwright, father Rufus Wainwright, mother Lorca Cohen - and 'deputy dad' Jorn Weisbrodt, Rufus Wainwright's partner)
  14. Which US oil company said it would appeal against an $8.6 billion fine imposed by Ecuador judges in 2011 after being accused of polluting the country's Amazon region in a legal wrangle spanning almost two decades? Chevron (which merged with Texaco in 2001)
  15. According to the gospel of Luke, Zachariah and his barren wife Elizabeth were the parents of which great Biblical character? John the Baptist
  16. Actor Nicholas Courtney, who died age 81 in February 2011, played what iconic military role in over a hundred Dr Who episodes (bonus point for his full character name)? The Brigadier (fully Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart)
  17. What is an angle called which is larger than 180 degrees and smaller than 360 degrees? Reflex angle
  18. In which European country did the 16th Century St Bartholomews Day Massacre take place? France
  19. Which planet in our solar system has the shortest year? Mercury (1 year = 88 Earth days)
  20. What was the previous name of Taiwan, the island off the southeast coast of mainland China? Formosa
  21. Born Joseph Frank... by what name was the US silent film comic actor noted for his deadpan expression and pork-pie hats better known? Buster Keaton
  22. Which island group is known by the French as Iles Normande? The Channel Islands
  23. From the Greek meaning 'against', and 'a name', what is a word called which has the opposite meaning to another word? Antonym (from anti and onuma, Greek meaning 'against', and 'a name')
  24. What are the fertile South American lowlands covering more than 750,000 square kilometres in Argentina and most of Uruguay? The Pampas
  25. Austrian monk and scientist Gregor Johann Mendel used which plant for the study and experiment of genetics and heredity of certain traits: Pea; Stinging-nettle; Bamboo; or Beetroot? Pea
  26. What is the name of the ship of (1960s UK TV) cartoon pirate Captain Pugwash: Red Dog; Blue Moon; Silver Sparrow; or Black Pig? Black Pig
  27. What type of creature, recognized as the suborder Lacertilia, includes species: skink, monitor, agama and Komodo dragon? Lizard
  28. Originally meaning 'as if in this manner', by what name is the second Sunday of Easter known, which provided the name of a deformed tragic character from a classic book? Quasimodo (title character in Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, named after Quasimodo Sunday but also a pun on the name, since alternatively, Latin quasi means almost, and modo means standard measure, referring to the hunchback's sad form. Quasimodo Sunday is known by many other names including Low Sunday, St Thomas Sunday, Octave Day and Divine Mercy Sunday - the original reference to quasi modo is from the Bible, 1 Peter 2:2, beginning "Quasi modo geniti infantes..." meaning: "As (if in this manner) newborn babes, (continuing:) desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation.")
  29. In the British honours system where a man is made a Knight (i.e., becomes 'Sir...') what is the female equivalent? Dame
  30. What does the cockney rhyming slang, Butcher's, traditionally mean? Look (fully Butcher's Hook = Look. See more about cockney rhyming slang.)


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