General Knowledge Questions (148)

  1. In a standard deck of playing cards, which is normally the only king without a moustache?
  2. Which author created the character Moll Flanders?
  3. Which chemical element, not found as a free element on Earth, has the atomic number 9 and the symbol F?
  4. What is the term for the lowest possible temperature, at which point the atoms of a substance transmit no thermal energy?
  5. Which motor company won the contract in May 2011 to provide the next generation of New York's yellow taxis?
  6. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually in which European city?
  7. What city has c.520 miles of shoreline: New York; Chicago; San Francisco; or Portland?
  8. What is the (usually somewhat aspirational) meaning of Latin term Ad Astra, often used in slogans and marketing?
  9. In election procedures what does the abbreviation AV stand for?
  10. What organization, loosely translated from Arabic to mean 'the Base' or 'maxim' or 'methodology', was founded in 1988 in Peshewar, Pakistan?
  11. Name the vast Swiss commodities broker subject to IPO in 2011, valuing the company at between $50-60bn (and a bonus point for the meaning of IPO)?
  12. (According to the International Telecommunications Union) how many SMS/text messages were sent globally in 2010: 450million; 25billion; 750billion; or 6.1trillion (a 'western' trillion = a thousand billion)?
  13. In modern chessboard layout denotion, where the white castle/rook starts on a1, after a 'castling' move to the right, what square does the white king then occupy (and a bonus point for the square that the right-side castle/rook then occupies)?
  14. Name the Chinese social networking website (whose name translates to mean 'everyone') which when converting to a public company on the US stock exchange in 2011 became the first major social networking company flotation: JenJen; TenTen; RenRen; or YenYen?
  15. Which is the hottest planet in our solar system?
  16. From top-left, moving clockwise, what are the four colours/colors in the MSWindows 'flag' logo (as in Windows 7)?
  17. The flower-gardened residence Giverny, in Normandy, France, was home to what impressionist painter, noted for his garden pond scenes?
  18. What is the name of the diacritical mark above the E in the Citroen motors brand?
  19. Heinz Baked Beans are branded with the ironically misleading byline of "(how many) Varieties"?
  20. Name the long-standing much-respected British, European and Commonwealth Heavyweight Boxing Champion who died in 2011, age 76?
  21. What is the collective name for a flock of geese in flight, especially in V-formation?
  22. On a weather map, what sort of front is represented by a line edged with alternating triangular points and rounded humps, whereby typically a cold front overtakes a warm front?
  23. How many petals do buttercup and columbine flowers commonly have?
  24. What is a word or phrase rearranged or jumbled from the letters of another word or phrase: Anagram; Palindrome; Acronym; or Anachronism?
  25. As at 2011 what car corporation owns the Rolls Royce and Mini marques?
  26. The slang term vajazzling refers to what increasingly popular decorative jewelled fashion: Victoria and Albert; Virginia State; Vatican; or Vaginal?
  27. What large computer software corporation, whose products include Acrobat and Photoshop, is named after a 2,000-year-old word meaning 'mud-brick'?
  28. Which is the only letter in the English alphabet never (as at 2011) to appear in the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements?
  29. What is the gamekeeper's name in D H Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover?
  30. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive how many UK workers suffered from illness caused or worsened by work in the 2009-10 year: 135,000; 270,000; 460,000; or 1.3million?

General Knowledge Answers (148)

  1. In a standard deck of playing cards, which is normally the only king without a moustache? King of Hearts
  2. Which author created the character Moll Flanders? Daniel Defoe (in the 1722 novel known as Moll Flanders and fully titled The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders)
  3. Which chemical element, not found as a free element on Earth, has the atomic number 9 and the symbol F? Fluorine
  4. What is the term for the lowest possible temperature, at which point the atoms of a substance transmit no thermal energy? Absolute Zero
  5. Which motor company won the contract in May 2011 to provide the next generation of New York's yellow taxis? Nissan
  6. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually in which European city? Oslo (Norway)
  7. What city has c.520 miles of shoreline: New York; Chicago; San Francisco; or Portland? New York (actually has more shoreline than the other three cities combined)
  8. What is the (usually somewhat aspirational) meaning of Latin term Ad Astra, often used in slogans and marketing? To the Stars
  9. In election procedures what does the abbreviation AV stand for? Alternative Vote (also called IRV - Instant Runoff Voting - whereby voters award numerous candidates ranking points in order of preference, enabling what is argued to be a more sophisticated method of determining outcomes of multiple-candidate elections, rather than a single vote system.)
  10. What organization, loosely translated from Arabic to mean 'the Base' or 'maxim' or 'methodology', was founded in 1988 in Peshewar, Pakistan? Al-Qaida
  11. Name the vast Swiss commodities broker subject to IPO in 2011, valuing the company at between $50-60bn (and a bonus point for the meaning of IPO)? Glencore (IPO stands for Initial Public Offering, equating to the flotation of a private company in which part or all of it converts to public ownership)
  12. (According to the International Telecommunications Union) how many SMS/text messages were sent globally in 2010: 450million; 25billion; 750billion; or 6.1trillion (a 'western' trillion = a thousand billion)? 6.1trillion
  13. In modern chessboard layout denotion, where the white castle/rook starts on a1, after a 'castling' move to the right, what square does the white king then occupy (and a bonus point for the square that the right-side castle/rook then occupies)? g1 (white castle occupies f1 - castling is the only move in chess in which two pieces move at the same time - the king moves two places in the direction of either castle, and the castle moves to the square over which the king has passed, next to the king; castling is not permitted where any piece stands between king and castle, or if king or castle has previously been moved, or if the king is already in check or would move into check.)
  14. Name the Chinese social networking website (whose name translates to mean 'everyone') which when converting to a public company on the US stock exchange in 2011 became the first major social networking company flotation: JenJen; TenTen; RenRen; or YenYen? RenRen
  15. Which is the hottest planet in our solar system? Venus
  16. From top-left, moving clockwise, what are the four colours/colors in the MSWindows 'flag' logo (as in Windows 7)? Red, Green, Yellow, Blue (1pt per colour; bonus point for correct order..)
  17. The flower-gardened residence Giverny, in Normandy, France, was home to what impressionist painter, noted for his garden pond scenes? Claude Monet
  18. What is the name of the diacritical mark above the E in the Citroen motors brand? Umlaut (see diacritical marks - an umlaut is two dots above a letter, usually a vowel, in this and similar cases denoting that the letter is pronounced as a distinctly separate syllable, and not to be merged with the vowel next to it. Broadly, this effect is also called a trema or a diaeresis or a hiatus, whereas the merging of two vowels into a single syllable is called a dipthong.)
  19. Heinz Baked Beans are branded with the ironically misleading byline of "(how many) Varieties"? 57 (in fact the 57 varieties claim refers to all of the then Heinz products, when in 1896 it is said that founder Henry John Heinz decided that the number 57 seemed good and lucky as a way to emphasise the extent of products offered. Back then Heinz offered around 60 products. Now the range is closer to 6,000. Sometime during the 1900s the expression 'Heinz 57' came into use as an amusing reference to a great and particularly uncertain range or mixture of anything.)
  20. Name the long-standing much-respected British, European and Commonwealth Heavyweight Boxing Champion who died in 2011, age 76? Henry Cooper
  21. What is the collective name for a flock of geese in flight, especially in V-formation? Skein (from Middle English and French escaigne and sadly of unknown origin before this, skein also refers to a length of thread or yarn and tangled hair)
  22. On a weather map, what sort of front is represented by a line edged with alternating triangular points and rounded humps, whereby typically a cold front overtakes a warm front? Occluded front
  23. How many petals do buttercup and columbine flowers commonly have? Five
  24. What is a word or phrase rearranged or jumbled from the letters of another word or phrase: Anagram; Palindrome; Acronym; or Anachronism? Anagram
  25. As at 2011 what car corporation owns the Rolls Royce and Mini marques? BMW
  26. The slang term vajazzling refers to what increasingly popular decorative jewelled fashion: Victoria and Albert; Virginia State; Vatican; or Vaginal? Vaginal
  27. What large computer software corporation, whose products include Acrobat and Photoshop, is named after a 2,000-year-old word meaning 'mud-brick'? Adobe (Adobe Systems Incorporated)
  28. Which is the only letter in the English alphabet never (as at 2011) to appear in the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements? J (Q appears in some Periodic Tables as the temporarily named Ununquadium with the symbol Uuq)
  29. What is the gamekeeper's name in D H Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover? Mellors (Oliver Mellors - the book was banned in the UK until its UK publication and a landmark court case in 1960, at which the publishers Penguin were found not guilty under the Obscene Publications Act, on the basis that the very strong language - specifically the 'F' and 'C' words - was justifiable on literary merit.)
  30. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive how many UK workers suffered from illness caused or worsened by work in the 2009-10 year: 135,000; 270,000; 460,000; or 1.3million? 1.3million (see stress management..)


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