General Knowledge Questions (145)

  1. Infrasound - sound lower than 20Hz (Hertz, or cycles per second) and typically undetectable by human hearing - is more commonly termed what?
  2. Which Tropic divides Mexico into temperate and tropical zones?
  3. Which month was named after the Roman god of war?
  4. Paques is the French term for which religious festival?
  5. Which country has the internet domain .pl?
  6. What does the 'S' stand for in UNESCO?
  7. Traditionally, oysters should be eaten when which letter of the alphabet is in the month?
  8. Cryptozoology is the study of which type of creatures: Burrowing; Corpse-feeding; Mythical; or Church-dwelling?
  9. Which playing card is known as the 'Beer Card?
  10. Which canal is known as the 'Highway to India'?
  11. Which vegetable has the Latin name Allium Cepa?
  12. The moons of which planet are named after Shakespearian characters?
  13. Charmeuse, Noil and Shantung are all types of which fabric?
  14. The enzyme pepsin is released by cells in which part of the human body?
  15. Which US president popularised the term 'muckraking' (meaning investigative reporting, notably of politics and business) in a 1906 speech?
  16. Deriving from, and in part meaning small, what is the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet?
  17. If something is piscivorous, what does it generally feed on?
  18. Previously deemed too dangerous, what Winter Olympics event will be open to women for the first time in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi?
  19. What is the name for mammals born incompletely developed and carried and suckled in a pouch on the mother's belly?
  20. Croquembouche is a dessert tower made of what: Fruit; Ice-cream; Profiteroles; or Meringue?
  21. Which is the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized by a European power?
  22. Bourse is a European word for what financial mechanism?
  23. Abidjan is the former capital and a major battleground of what civil-war-torn nation in 2011?
  24. In relation to spiritual diety Pachamama, in 2011 Bolivia announced a new unusual Law of what?
  25. What UK event did protest group Animal Aid describe in 2011 as 'straightforward animal abuse on a par with Spanish Bullfighting'?
  26. 2011 is how many years' anniversary of the start of (what is conventionally referred to as) the US Civil War?
  27. What is the originally north African dish made of coursely ground wheat whose Arabic name, kaskasa, means 'to pound'?
  28. At what fret are found the same notes as the open strings, but an octave higher, on a standard guitar: 8th; 10th; 12th; or 14th?
  29. Spell the name of the WWII Nazi concentration camp Ausvitcz/Auschwitz/Awsvitch/Auscwicz?
  30. In conventional chessboard layout denotion, where the white castle (rook) starts on square a1, what piece occupies e8?

General Knowledge Answers (145)

  1. Infrasound - sound lower than 20Hz (Hertz, or cycles per second) and typically undetectable by human hearing - is more commonly termed what? Subsonic
  2. Which Tropic divides Mexico into temperate and tropical zones? Tropic of Cancer
  3. Which month was named after the Roman god of war? March (Mars)
  4. Paques is the French term for which religious festival? Easter
  5. Which country has the internet domain .pl? Poland
  6. What does the 'S' stand for in UNESCO? Scientific (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)
  7. Traditionally, oysters should be eaten when which letter of the alphabet is in the month? R
  8. Cryptozoology is the study of which type of creatures: Burrowing; Corpse-feeding; Mythical; or Church-dwelling? Mythical (or legendary, i.e., creatures considered unreal by mainstream biology)
  9. Which playing card is known as the 'Beer Card? Seven of Diamonds
  10. Which canal is known as the 'Highway to India'? Suez Canal
  11. Which vegetable has the Latin name Allium Cepa? Onion (specifically the bulb onion or common onion - the wider family or genus of allium includes other types of onions and similar vegetables such as shallots, leeks and garlic - allium is Latin for garlic)
  12. The moons of which planet are named after Shakespearian characters? Uranus
  13. Charmeuse, Noil and Shantung are all types of which fabric? Silk
  14. The enzyme pepsin is released by cells in which part of the human body? Stomach
  15. Which US president popularised the term 'muckraking' (meaning investigative reporting, notably of politics and business) in a 1906 speech? Theodore Roosevelt (He alluded to a character in John Bunyan's 1678 religious narrative Pilgrim's Progress: "... you may recall the description of the man with the muck-rake, the man who could look no way but downward with the muck-rake in his hands; who was offered a celestial crown for his muck-rake, but who would neither look up nor regard the crown he was offered, but continued to rake to himself the filth of the floor..." )
  16. Deriving from, and in part meaning small, what is the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet? Omicron (literally 'small o')
  17. If something is piscivorous, what does it generally feed on? Fish
  18. Previously deemed too dangerous, what Winter Olympics event will be open to women for the first time in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi? Ski jumping
  19. What is the name for mammals born incompletely developed and carried and suckled in a pouch on the mother's belly? Marsupials (the word derives from Greek, marsupion, meaning pouch)
  20. Croquembouche is a dessert tower made of what: Fruit; Ice-cream; Profiteroles; or Meringue? Profiteroles (Technically croquembouche - meaning 'crunch in the mouth' - can be choux pastry with other ingredients besides chocolate and cream, for example crystalized fruit and caramel sauce)
  21. Which is the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized by a European power? Thailand
  22. Bourse is a European word for what financial mechanism? Stock exchange (or money market - from Latin bursa, purse)
  23. Abidjan is the former capital and a major battleground of what civil-war-torn nation in 2011? Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire - fully Republic of Côte d'Ivoire - Yamoussoukro was designated capital in 1983, although most government offices and foreign embassies are in Abidjan.)
  24. In relation to spiritual diety Pachamama, in 2011 Bolivia announced an new unusual Law of what? Mother Earth (containing eleven environmental 'rights' of, and thereby seeking to help protect, the natural world)
  25. What UK event did protest group Animal Aid describe in 2011 as 'straightforward animal abuse on a par with Spanish Bullfighting'? The Grand National (the Aintree Grand National Steeplechase - the Grand National and related Aintree meeting races is noted for high incidence of horse fatalities - 22 from 1984-2011)
  26. 2011 is how many years' anniversary of the start of (what is conventionally referred to as) the US Civil War? 150 (1861-65)
  27. What is the originally north African dish made of coursely ground wheat whose Arabic name, kaskasa, means 'to pound'? Couscous
  28. At what fret are found the same notes as the open strings, but an octave higher, on a standard guitar: 8th; 10th; 12th; or 14th? 12th
  29. Spell the name of the WWII Nazi concentration camp Ausvitcz/Auschwitz/Awsvitch/Auscwicz? Auschwitz
  30. In conventional chessboard layout denotion, where the white castle (rook) starts on square a1, what piece occupies e8? Black King



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