General Knowledge Questions (144)

  1. The Bodleian Library is part of which highly regarded universtity?
  2. The British Assured Food Standards scheme for food and farm quality is represented in its branding and website name by a: Knife and fork; Red tractor; Bull's head; or String of onions?
  3. What alcoholic drink whose name means 'little water' was first distilled from grain in the 8-9th centuries in NE Europe?
  4. The so-called 'spade hacker' - a 75 year-old Georgian woman digging for copper scrap - accidentally cut off the internet connection for five hours in April 2011 for the entire 3.2m population of which bordering nation?
  5. Kebero, tabor, bodhran and cajon (pronounced cahon) are types of which musical instruments?
  6. Porifera, meaning 'pore bearer' is a marine life form better known by what name, now strongly associated with its traditional human use?
  7. In which country is the Vatnajokull Glacier, covering 8% of its land, and the largest ice cap by volume in Europe?
  8. Which professional undertaking begins with the words "I swear by Apollo..."?
  9. When an orchestra tunes up before playing, what instrument conventionally provides the initial 'A' guide note?
  10. The Roscher System and the Henry Classification System are used by the police for what?
  11. Alt, Bock, Dunkel and Helles are German varieties of what?
  12. The white pinwheel shaped Tiare is the national flower of which South Pacific island group?
  13. A banderillero is a member of a team called a cuadrilla, in which controversial activity?
  14. German physicist Max Planck is regarded as the founder of which theory, for which he won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1918?
  15. The Marble Mountains (locally, Ngu Hành Son) are five marble/limestone hills, Kim, Thuy, Moc, Hoa and Tho, in which country?
  16. The communist government of which country was overthrown during the Velvet Revolution in 1989?
  17. Hippocampus is the Latin name for which emblematic marine creature?
  18. On what form of transport would you find a pelorus, said to be named after Hannibal's pilot, c.200BC?
  19. Which famous movie car was made from the chassis of two 1968 Chevrolet Impalas and a Chevy V8 engine?
  20. The BSE SENSEX is the stock exchange in which city?
  21. What is a traditional fastener which prevents a wheel from coming off its axle, and refers metaphorically to a crucial person or part?
  22. Native to Mediterranean countries the ground beans and pod of the carob tree/shrub are used as a substitute for what?
  23. Which river flows over the Victoria Falls?
  24. What are the three main colours/colors of the national flag of India (bonus point for the fourth minor colour and icon)?
  25. 'The Troubles' is a euphemistic term for the long-running civil/terrorist conflicts in which country notably in the late 1900s?
  26. Over several years from the late 1900s to the early 2000s, plant breeders succeeded in optimising all but which one of the following appealing characteristics of cut roses, which consequently reduced: Colour/color; Shape; Shelf-life; or Scent?
  27. Name the pop star, the football club and its businessman-owner, linked by an unpopular statue unveiled in 2011 at the Craven Cottage stadium in London?
  28. How tall is the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai (at Apr 2011 the tallest building in the world): 828m; 628m, 428m or 228m?
  29. Dr Harry Coover and Fred Joyner accidentally discovered what popular and generically named adhesive while working for Eastman Kodak on a gunsight project in the mid-1900s?
  30. The pungent essential oil eugenol comprises about 70-90% of the oil from which spice?

General Knowledge Answers (144)

  1. The Bodleian Library is part of which highly regarded universtity? Oxford
  2. The British Assured Food Standards scheme for food and farm quality is represented in its branding and website name by a: Knife and fork; Red tractor; Bull's head; or String of onions? Red tractor
  3. What alcoholic drink whose name means 'little water' was first distilled from grain in the 8-9th centuries in NE Europe? Vodka
  4. The so-called 'spade hacker' - a 75 year-old Georgian woman digging for copper scrap - accidentally cut off the internet connection for five hours in April 2011 for the entire 3.2m population of which bordering nation? Armenia
  5. Kebero, tabor, bodhran and cajon (pronounced cahon) are types of which musical instruments? Drums
  6. Porifera, meaning 'pore bearer' is a marine life form better known by what name, now strongly associated with its traditional human use? Sponge
  7. In which country is the Vatnajokull Glacier, covering 8% of its land, and the largest ice cap by volume in Europe? Iceland
  8. Which professional undertaking begins with the words "I swear by Apollo..."? Hippocratic Oath (sworn by doctors, promising to practise ethically - the oath is said to date back to the 5th century BC, to the teachings and scripts of Hippocrates, regarded as the father of western medicine)
  9. When an orchestra tunes up before playing, what instrument conventionally provides the initial 'A' guide note? Oboe
  10. The Roscher System and the Henry Classification System are used by the police for what? Fingerprinting
  11. Alt, Bock, Dunkel and Helles are German varieties of what? Beer (Alt is 'old' traditional dark; Bock is a strong lager, orginally a darker beer, whose name is a pun on 'ein bock' meaning billy-goat; Dunkel is 'dark' malty; and Helles is 'light coloured' pale lager)
  12. The white pinwheel shaped Tiare is the national flower of which South Pacific island group? French Polynesia (technically an overseas collectivity of France)
  13. A banderillero is a member of a team called a cuadrilla, in which controversial activity? Bullfighting (the banderillero puts barbed decorated sticks called banderillas, literally 'little flags', into the bull's shoulders)
  14. German physicist Max Planck is regarded as the founder of which theory, for which he won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1918? Quantum Theory
  15. The Marble Mountains (locally, Ngu Hành Son) are five marble/limestone hills, Kim, Thuy, Moc, Hoa and Tho, in which country? Vietnam (the hills are named after the five elements: Kim - metal; Thuy - water; Moc - wood; Hoa - fire; and Tho - earth)
  16. The communist government of which country was overthrown during the Velvet Revolution in 1989? Czechoslovakia
  17. Hippocampus is the Latin name for which emblematic marine creature? Seahorse(hippo means horse, campus means sea monster)
  18. On what form of transport would you find a pelorus, said to be named after Hannibal's pilot, c.200BC? Ship (a big navigational device similar to a compass)
  19. Which famous movie car was made from the chassis of two 1968 Chevrolet Impalas and a Chevy V8 engine? Batmobile
  20. The BSE SENSEX is the stock exchange in which city? Bombay (or Mumbai - BSE stands for Bombay Stock Exchange - the SENSEX is an important index of the 30 biggest and most actively traded corporations in India)
  21. What is a traditional fastener which prevents a wheel from coming off its axle, and refers metaphorically to a crucial person or part? Linchpin
  22. Native to Mediterranean countries the ground beans and pod of the carob tree/shrub are used as a substitute for what? Chocolate
  23. Which river flows over the Victoria Falls? Zambezi (the Victoria Falls, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, are the largest in volume the world; called locally Mosi-o-Tunya, meaning Smoke that Thunders - named by British explorer David Livingstone after Queen Victoria)
  24. What are the three main colours/colors of the national flag of India (bonus point for the fourth minor colour and icon)? Orange, White, Green (horizonal stripes, from top to bottom, with a Blue spoked wheel in the white stripe)
  25. 'The Troubles' is a euphemistic term for the long-running civil/terrorist conflicts in which country notably in the late 1900s? Northern Ireland
  26. Over several years from the late 1900s to the early 2000s, plant breeders succeeded in optimising all but which one of the following appealing characteristics of cut roses, which consequently reduced: Colour/color; Shape; Shelf-life; or Scent? Scent (or smell or aroma)
  27. Name the pop star, the football club and its businessman-owner, linked by an unpopular statue unveiled in 2011 at the Craven Cottage stadium in London? Michael Jackson, Fulham FC, Mohamed Al Fayed (Al Fayed, owner of Fulham FC, formed a friendship with the pop star several years before his death and commissioned a statue in his honour/honor outside the football ground)
  28. How tall is the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai (at Apr 2011 the tallest building in the world): 828m; 628m, 428m or 228m? 828m (2,717ft)
  29. Dr Harry Coover and Fred Joyner accidentally discovered what popular and generically named adhesive while working for Eastman Kodak on a gunsight project in the mid-1900s? Super Glue (chemical name Cyanoacrylate, originally intended as a transparent plastic for gunsights; the glue has wide applications beyond conventional bonding, including fixing animal and human wounds, for which product variants were developed in the late 1900s - not, contrary to popular myth, the basis of the original invention)
  30. The pungent essential oil eugenol comprises about 70-90% of the oil from which spice? Cloves (the word clove is from Latin clavus meaning nail, which the dried flower bud - the clove as we know it - resembles)

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