General Knowledge Questions (149)

  1. What large media corporation suffered a serious hacking attack on its popular gaming and entertainment websites in May 2011, compromising personal details of over 100 million users?
  2. The Imperial War Museum in London was originally based in which building at Sydenham Hill, famously destroyed by fire in 1936?
  3. The UK Millennium Cohort Study of 10,000 babies born 2000-01 found a clear correlation between positive childhood behaviour/behavior and what: Thumbsucking; Breastfeeding; Cats; or Music?
  4. The Stanley Cup, for which various USA and Canada clubs compete and said to be the oldest sports trophy in N America, is awarded in which sport?
  5. An Adder's Mouth is what type of plant: Chile-pepper; Ivy; Orchid; or Cabbage?
  6. The controversial method of pumping water, sand and chemicals into shale rock to extract natural gas or oil is known as what: Cracking; Fracking; Hacking; or Jacking?
  7. What is the Strait between Sicily and mainland Italy?
  8. The Latin phrase 'Ecce Homo' means Behold the what: House; Man; Murderer; or Homosexual?
  9. Completed in 1985 what City of London banking centre became the subject of opposing demolition and architectural heritage protection efforts in 2011?
  10. What political first lady appeared in Woody Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris?
  11. The LEAF Award (as at 2011, fully the Emirates Glass LEAF Award) is a prize awarded for what?
  12. Medicine, crystal and stress are all very different types of what?
  13. In British currency slang, how much is a 'Monkey' worth?
  14. US merchant and statesman John Hancock is remembered for his large and stylish signature on which document?
  15. In electronic communications and broadcasting what do the abbreviations AM and FM stand for?
  16. What is the informal term for a bullet with a hollowed tip so as to increase spread and damage on impact?
  17. In the Mood and Moonlight Serenade were popular hits during the 2nd World War for which band leader's orchestra?
  18. The fungal infection dermatophytosis is better known by what misleading name?
  19. In Europe, which long-standing car model replaced the Ford Anglia, its US counterpart 'compact' and 'world car' replacing the Pinto?
  20. What term referring to a unofficial ski run is a metaphor for unrestricted creative activity which departs from a plan or agenda?
  21. Derived from the description of a skinned herb, what old English word means a bald-headed man?
  22. In geology, particles of what range from 0.0625mm to 2mm?
  23. An Athenian legislator from 620BC known for his severity gave rise to what word describing harsh punishment or law?
  24. What UK city is a person metaphorically 'sent to' when ignored or ostracized by a group?
  25. Madison Avenue is an American term for what industry?
  26. Which compound, from the bark of the Cinchona tree, and used in tonic water, was the first effective drug used to treat malaria?
  27. In the Bible, after killing his brother Abel, Cain fled to the land of where: Cod; Hod; Mod; Nod; Plod; Rod; Sod; Tod; or God?
  28. In which country was Osama bin Laden born?
  29. On a map an isobath connects points of equal what: Forestation; Prevaling Winds; Rock Type; or Underwater Depth?
  30. Which metallic element is refined from Cassiterite, SnO2?

General Knowledge Answers (149)

  1. What large media corporation suffered a serious hacking attack on its popular gaming and entertainment websites in May 2011, compromising personal details of over 100 million users? Sony
  2. The Imperial War Museum in London was originally based in which building at Sydenham Hill, famously destroyed by fire in 1936? The Crystal Palace
  3. The UK Millennium Cohort Study of 10,000 babies born 2000-01 found a clear correlation between positive childhood behaviour/behavior and what: Thumbsucking; Breastfeeding; Cats; or Music? Breastfeeding (4% of breastfed children tended towards behaviour problems compared to 15% of bottle-fed children)
  4. The Stanley Cup, for which various USA and Canada clubs compete and said to be the oldest sports trophy in N America, is awarded in which sport? Ice Hockey (first awarded in 1893 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup)
  5. An Adder's Mouth is what type of plant: Chile-pepper; Ivy; Orchid; or Cabbage? Orchid(Malaxis genus)
  6. The controversial method of pumping water, sand and chemicals into shale rock to extract natural gas or oil is known as what: Cracking; Fracking; Hacking; or Jacking? Fracking
  7. What is the Strait between Sicily and mainland Italy? Messina Strait
  8. The Latin phrase 'Ecce Homo' means Behold the what: House; Man; Murderer; or Homosexual? Man (Ecce Homo is most famously known from the Bible as Pontius Pilate's words on presenting Christ to a hostile crowd before his crucifixion)
  9. Completed in 1985 what City of London banking centre became the subject of opposing demolition and architectural heritage protection efforts in 2011? Broadgate (known more fully as the Broadgate Complex)
  10. What political first lady appeared in Woody Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris? Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy)
  11. The LEAF Award (as at 2011, fully the Emirates Glass LEAF Award) is a prize awarded for what? Architecture (LEAF stands for Leading European Architects Forum)
  12. Medicine, crystal and stress are all very different types of what? Ball
  13. In British currency slang, how much is a 'Monkey' worth? £500 (see money slang and history)
  14. US merchant and statesman John Hancock is remembered for his large and stylish signature on which document? United States Declaration of Independence
  15. In electronic communications and broadcasting what do the abbreviations AM and FM stand for? Amplitude Modulation, Frequency Modulation (Amplitude refers to signal strength; in FM, it is the frequncy of the signal rather than the strength of the signal that is varied at transmission in order to optimize the effect at the receiver and loudspeaker)
  16. What is the informal term for a bullet with a hollowed tip so as to increase spread and damage on impact? Dumdum
  17. In the Mood and Moonlight Serenade were popular hits during the 2nd World War for which band leader's orchestra? Glenn Miller
  18. The fungal infection dermatophytosis is better known by what misleading name? Ringworm (the complaint is a fungal infection and is not caused by a worm of any sort)
  19. In Europe, which long-standing car model replaced the Ford Anglia, its US counterpart 'compact' and 'world car' replacing the Pinto? Ford Escort (produced 1968-2003 for Europe, and the US model produced 1981-2003)
  20. What term referring to a unofficial ski run is a metaphor for unrestricted creative activity which departs from a plan or agenda? Off piste (piste is French for racetrack)
  21. Derived from the description of a skinned herb, what old English word means a bald-headed man? Pilgarlic (from 'peeled garlic')
  22. In geology, particles of what range from 0.0625mm to 2mm? Sand
  23. An Athenian legislator from 620BC known for his severity gave rise to what word describing harsh punishment or law? Draconian (or Draconic - from the ancient Greek legislator Drakon)
  24. What UK city is a person metaphorically 'sent to' when ignored or ostracized by a group? Coventry (see the history of the 'Sent to Coventry' expression)
  25. Madison Avenue is an American term for what industry? Advertising (because many advertising agencies occupied this street in New York City when the advertising industry first boomed in the 1960s)
  26. Which compound, from the bark of the Cinchona tree, and used in tonic water, was the first effective drug used to treat malaria? Quinine
  27. In the Bible, after killing his brother Abel, Cain fled to the land of where: Cod; Hod; Mod; Nod; Plod; Rod; Sod; Tod; or God? Nod
  28. In which country was Osama bin Laden born? Saudi Arabia (in Riyadh, 10 March 1957)
  29. On a map an isobath connects points of equal what: Forestation; Prevaling Winds; Rock Type; or Underwater Depth? Underwater Depth (also known less interestingly as 'depth contours' - bath is old Greek for deep, from which we also have the word bathos, a literary term describing when serious elevated speech or writing becomes trivially comic or daft - not to be confused with the word bath, as in wash and bathe, which is derived from Old High German, notably bad, meaning to warm, from which similar roots evolved the word bake)
  30. Which metallic element is refined from Cassiterite, SnO2Tin (symbol Sn. SnO2 is tin oxide)

 


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