General Knowledge Questions (146)

  1. 'Moon starer' is a fitting anagram of what specialised profession?
  2. (Approximately) how much does a cubic foot of gold weigh: 1200lbs, 220lbs; 75lbs; or 20lbs?
  3. An invertebrate is an animal without: Backbone; Pouch; Tail; or Wings?
  4. What are the Antilles: Islands; Mountains; Winds; or Ocean currents?
  5. Little Willie and Big Willie were nicknames for the first and second models of what British WWI armament?
  6. Arrange these traditional measurements of capacity biggest to smallest: Peck, Bushel, Gallon?
  7. What ancient African nation is (at 2011) the most populated landlocked country of the world?
  8. 'Roadhouse' is the ironic US Secret Service codename for what famous standard-setting luxury Art Deco hotel at 301 Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City?
  9. What is the international telephone dialling code for France?
  10. What is the correct spelling of Onamatapia/Onomatapeia/Onomatopoeia/Onamatopoea?
  11. On a conventional piano keyboard, what note is the white key which immediately follows the two black notes together (as distinct from the three black notes together)?
  12. Name the 1959 instrumental piece by The Dave Brubeck Quartet - arguably the first ever mainstream jazz hit record - whose title referred to its unusual 5/4 time-signature?
  13. What African capital city is regarded as the largest French-speaking city after Paris: Kinshasa; Lagos, Cairo; or Rabat?
  14. What unit of measurement, usually followed by a single digit number, named after an Austrian physicist, refers to the speed of a body in relation to the speed of sound (in a given atmosphere)?
  15. A muntjac is what type of animal?
  16. What common substance has the chemical formula NaCl?
  17. Avgas is an abbreviation of what two words?
  18. How many centimetres are in a foot, to two decimal places: 17.37; 21.65; 30.48; or 37.12?
  19. What plant and source of starch, used in cooking and medicine, is named after the Arawak word aru-aru, meaning 'meal of meals', and also by association with its use in treating poisoned arrow wounds?
  20. What animal is traditionally seen in the branding of Fox's Glacier Mints?
  21. On which British comedian's (technically comedienne's) US TV show did The Simpsons first appear?
  22. In what century was the Indian mausoleum the Taj Mahal built?
  23. Created in 1949 and used by the US Air Force, Sierra Sam was the first what?
  24. What is the surname of the famous German brother fairy tale writers, Jacob and Wilhelm?
  25. A Tintinnabulum is a: Flower; Compass; Bell; or Cave?
  26. What is the square root of 441?
  27. What is the more common name of the oak nut?
  28. What area in square metres is a hectare: 1,000; 10,000; 100,000; or 1,000,000?
  29. The criteria: Measurable, Realistic, Time-bound, Agreed, Specific, are commonly arranged to form what useful 5-letter acronymic management and planning model?
  30. What (as at 2011) are the 'Next Eleven' (N-11) emerging countries identified by Goldman Sachs as having greatest potential (outside of the previously identied four 'BRIC' nations) of becoming some of the world's largest economies in the 21st Century?

General Knowledge Answers (146)

  1. 'Moon starer' is a fitting anagram of what specialised profession? Astronomer
  2. (Approximately) how much does a cubic foot of gold weigh: 1200lbs, 220lbs; 75lbs; or 20lbs? 1200lbs (actually 1,204lbs, more precisely)
  3. An invertebrate is an animal without: Backbone; Pouch; Tail; or Wings? Backbone
  4. What are the Antilles: Islands; Mountains; Winds; or Ocean currents? Islands (The Antilles are most of the West Indies excluding Barbados - basically the Greater Antilles islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico; and the Lesser Antilles islands comprising the Leeward Islands, Windward Islands, and Virgin Islands)
  5. Little Willie and Big Willie were nicknames for the first and second models of what British WWI armament? Tank (Little Willie was the nickname used by parts of the British press in mocking the German Imperial Crown Prince Wilhelm)
  6. Arrange these traditional measurements of capacity biggest to smallest: Peck, Bushel, Gallon? Bushel, Peck, Gallon (1 Bushel = 4 Pecks. I Peck = 2 Gallons)
  7. What ancient African nation is (at 2011) the most populated landlocked country of the world? Ethiopia (fully, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia)
  8. 'Roadhouse' is the ironic US Secret Service codename for what famous standard-setting luxury Art Deco hotel at 301 Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City? Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  9. What is the international telephone dialling code for France? 33
  10. What is the correct spelling of Onamatapia/Onomatapeia/Onomatopoeia/Onamatopoea? Onomatopoeia (or Onomatopœia - it refers to a word which sounds like what it is, such as sizzle, roar, bang, skate, etc - and derives from Greek root words meaning 'word-making')
  11. On a conventional piano keyboard, what note is the white key which immediately follows the two black notes together (as distinct from the three black notes together)? E
  12. Name the 1959 instrumental piece by The Dave Brubeck Quartet - arguably the first ever mainstream jazz hit record - whose title referred to its unusual 5/4 time-signature? Take Five
  13. What African capital city is regarded as the largest French-speaking city after Paris: Kinshasa; Lagos, Cairo; or Rabat? Kinshasa (capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo)
  14. What unit of measurement, usually followed by a single digit number, named after an Austrian physicist, refers to the speed of a body in relation to the speed of sound (in a given atmosphere)? Mach (after Ernst Mach, 1838-1916 - Mach 1 is the speed of sound; Mach 2 is twice the speed of sound, etc)
  15. A muntjac is what type of animal? Deer
  16. What common substance has the chemical formula NaCl? Salt (sodium chloride)
  17. Avgas is an abbreviation of what two words? Aviation Gasoline
  18. How many centimetres are in a foot, to two decimal places: 17.37; 21.65; 30.48; or 37.12? 30.48
  19. What plant and source of starch, used in cooking and medicine, is named after the Arawak word aru-aru, meaning 'meal of meals', and also by association with its use in treating poisoned arrow wounds? Arrowroot
  20. What animal is traditionally seen in the branding of Fox's Glacier Mints? Polar Bear
  21. On which British comedian's (technically comedienne's) US TV show did The Simpsons first appear? Tracey Ullman
  22. In what century was the Indian mausoleum the Taj Mahal built? 17th (or 1600s - from about 1632-1653)
  23. Created in 1949 and used by the US Air Force, Sierra Sam was the first what? Crash Test Dummy
  24. What is the surname of the famous German brother fairy tale writers, Jacob and Wilhelm? Grimm
  25. A Tintinnabulum is a: Flower; Compass; Bell; or Cave? Bell (mounted on a pole in a Roman Catholic Basilica - a church chamber - signifying the link with the Pope - Tintinnabulum in Latin means 'tinkling bell')
  26. What is the square root of 441? 21
  27. What is the more common name of the oak nut? Acorn
  28. What area in square metres is a hectare: 1,000; 10,000; 100,000; or 1,000,000? 10,000
  29. The criteria: Measurable, Realistic, Time-bound, Agreed, Specific, are commonly arranged to form what useful 5-letter acronymic management and planning model? SMART (see the SMART and SMARTER acronyms for more interpretations and explanation)
  30. What (as at 2011) are the 'Next Eleven' (N-11) emerging countries identified by Goldman Sachs as having greatest potential (outside of the previously identied four 'BRIC' nations) of becoming some of the world's largest economies in the 21st Century? Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam (The N-11 nations were identified and announced in December 2005, based on macroeconomic stability, political maturity, openness of trade and investment policies, and quality of education. The N-11 category followed the bank's 2003 paper on the four emerging 'BRIC' economies, Brazil, Russia, India and China. N-11 and BRIC are now established terms within economics, although the categorizations are open to debate, and will likely alter in the future.)


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