General Knowledge Questions (154)

  1. Light travels at its fastest in what medium: Vacuum; Salt-water; Air at 0°C; or Drizzle?
  2. What is the source Italian expression of the motor vehicle abbreviation GT?
  3. What two letters are on the pilots' caps in TV's Thunderbirds?
  4. What is the traditional primary ingredient of coleslaw (also slaw in the US)?
  5. Spell: Pennisilin; Penecilin; Penicillin; or Pennecilin?
  6. In maths (also meaning womb, and a popular movie series) what is a rectangular series of quantities in rows and columns?
  7. Said to originate from the French expression 'tap under chin' what word refers to a nickname or assumed name (of person, or place, etc)?
  8. What mainly microscopic life-form takes its name from the Greek word plagktos, meaning wandering?
  9. The Latin word levare and French lever meaning raise evolved into what English word for a collection of tax?
  10. The nautical term fo'c'sle (pronounced foxel) is a common shortening of what word referring to the forward part of a ship where sailors live?
  11. What small Scottish border town is famously associated with marriages of English runaway couples?
  12. A demagogue is a: Church for animals; Leader of a mob; Large bottle; or Lifestyle analysis?
  13. Teutonic/Teutons refers mostly and typically to what ancient race of people: Roman; Viking; Germanic; or Arab?
  14. From the Greek words for empty tomb, what sort of monument exists in many cities to commemorate lives lost, especially in the 1st and 2nd World Wars?
  15. Hemostasis/haemostasis is what in relation to bloodflow: Poisoning; Bleeding; Stoppage; or Scabbing?
  16. What is the fastest animal alive: Peregrine falcon (duck hawk, US); Cheetah; Sailfish; or Dragonfly?
  17. What mathematical term, from Latin meaning break, has the common prefixes: decimal, vulgar, proper and improper?
  18. Popular in the 16-18th centuries, what musical instrument is shaped like a grand piano, with plucked strings running perpendicular to the keyboard?
  19. The word harem, referring to a women's part of a dwelling, and especially to its female occupants, originated in which ethnic people: Chinese; Greek; Roman; or Muslim?
  20. In pathology what is the common term for a displacement and protrusion of part of an organ through its cavity wall?
  21. A limited company (e.g., in the UK 'Ltd', US 'LLC', Germany 'GmbH') has limited what: Services; Liabilities; Imports/Exports; or Trading history?
  22. Sinhalese (or Singhalese) is the language and people originating in north India now largely populating which country?
  23. Abbrieviated to PIE, what is the ancient Eurasian reconstructed language and origin of wide-ranging modern languages including English, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Urdu and Farsi?
  24. The US military special operations SEALs force is an acronym derived from what three basic words?
  25. For what ethnic group are Misnah and Gemara the two main parts of Talmud law: Muslims; Jews; Hindus; or Sioux?
  26. A variation on the Peter Principle, "The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.." is a humorous law named after which fictional character?
  27. Abbreviated to DA, what is the catecholamine ('fight-or-flight') hormone secreted by the adrenal glands along with adrenaline and noradrenaline?
  28. At what angle do light and other waves not refract (change direction) when passing through one medium to another: 30°; 45°; 60°; or 90°?
  29. Put these (Sigmund Freud's) childhood-teenage stages of psychosexual development in order, earliest first: Phallic, Anal, Oral, Genital, Latency?
  30. The organic chemical compound C12H22O11 is better known as what additive?

General Knowledge Answers (154)

  1. Light travels at its fastest in what medium: Vacuum; Salt-water; Air at 0°C; or Drizzle? Vacuum
  2. What is the source Italian expression of the motor vehicle abbreviation GT? Gran Turismo (meaning loosely a 'Grand Tourer', traditionally a car designed for comfortable stylish long-distance high-speed travel - the term originates in the tradition of and is a literal translation of the 'Grand Tour' typically undertaken over several months or years by wealthy upper class young men to experience notable European art and culture, popular long before motor cars, c.1660-1850, declining due to development and availability of rail travel)
  3. What two letters are on the pilots' caps in TV's Thunderbirds? IR (International Rescue)
  4. What is the traditional primary ingredient of coleslaw (also slaw in the US)? Cabbage(carrots and onions are commonly included, but cabbage is the basic ingredient, with a dressing of some sort - the name coleslaw originated in late 1700s USA, derived from Dutch 'koolsla' and 'koolsalade', meaning cabbage salad)
  5. Spell: Pennisilin; Penecilin; Penicillin; or Pennecilin? Penicillin
  6. In maths (also meaning womb, and a popular movie series) what is a rectangular series of quantities in rows and columns? Matrix (from Latin, meaning breeding female and womb, from mater and matris meaning mother)
  7. Said to originate from the French expression 'tap under chin' what word refers to a nickname or assumed name (of person, or place, etc)? Sobriquet (or soubriquet)
  8. What mainly microscopic life-form takes its name from the Greek word plagktos, meaning wandering? Plankton
  9. The Latin word levare and French lever meaning raise evolved into what English word for a collection of tax? Levy
  10. The nautical term fo'c'sle (pronounced foxel) is a common shortening of what word referring to the forward part of a ship where sailors live? Forecastle
  11. What small Scottish border town is famously associated with marriages of English runaway couples? Gretna Green
  12. A demagogue is a: Church for animals; Leader of a mob; Large bottle; or Lifestyle analysis? Leader of a mob
  13. Teutonic/Teutons refers mostly and typically to what ancient race of people: Roman; Viking; Germanic; or Arab? Germanic (powerful north European tribes existing notably in the 4th century BC)
  14. From the Greek words for empty tomb, what sort of monument exists in many cities to commemorate lives lost, especially in the 1st and 2nd World Wars? Cenotaph
  15. Hemostasis/haemostasis is what in relation to bloodflow: Poisoning; Bleeding; Stoppage; or Scabbing? Stoppage (Greek haima is blood; stasis is stand)
  16. What is the fastest animal alive: Peregrine falcon (duck hawk, US); Cheetah; Sailfish; or Dragonfly? Peregrine falcon (or duck hawk, US - can reach speds up to 200mph in diving flight, called a stoop)
  17. What mathematical term, from Latin meaning break, has the common prefixes: decimal, vulgar, proper and improper? Fraction
  18. Popular in the 16-18th centuries, what musical instrument is shaped like a grand piano, with plucked strings running perpendicular to the keyboard? Harpsichord
  19. The word harem, referring to a women's part of a dwelling, and especially to its female occupants, originated in which ethnic people: Chinese; Greek; Roman; or Muslim? Muslim (1600s Arabic, meaning prohibited place)
  20. In pathology what is the common term for a displacement and protrusion of part of an organ through its cavity wall? Hernia
  21. A limited company (e.g., in the UK 'Ltd', US 'LLC', Germany 'GmbH') has limited what: Services; Liabilities; Imports/Exports; or Trading history? Liabilities (for debts and other financial obligations)
  22. Sinhalese (or Singhalese) is the language and people originating in north India now largely populating which country? Sri Lanka (fully The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka - Sri means venerable; Lanka means island)
  23. Abbrieviated to PIE, what is the ancient Eurasian reconstructed language and origin of wide-ranging modern languages including English, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Urdu and Farsi? Proto-Indo-European (PIE is theorised by linguists to have existed during the Copper Age, i.e., 5th-4th millennia BC, prior to initial divergance of the major Eurasian language branches around 3,700BC)
  24. The US military special operations SEALs force is an acronym derived from what three basic words? Sea Air Land (SEa Air Land)
  25. For what ethnic group are Misnah and Gemara the two main parts of Talmud law: Muslims; Jews; Hindus; or Sioux? Jews (in Hebrew, Misnah means teaching by repetition; Gemara is a commentary on the teachings; Talmud means instruction, from lamad, learn)
  26. A variation on the Peter Principle, "The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.." is a humorous law named after which fictional character? Dilbert (the Dilbert Principle, defined by Dilbert's creator, cartoonist Scott Adams - see the original Peter Principle)
  27. Abbreviated to DA, what is the catecholamine ('fight-or-flight') hormone secreted by the adrenal glands along with adrenaline and noradrenaline? Dopamine
  28. At what angle do light and other waves not refract (change direction) when passing through one medium to another: 30°; 45°; 60°; or 90°? 90° (i.e., perpendicular)
  29. Put these (Sigmund Freud's) childhood-teenage stages of psychosexual development in order, earliest first: Phallic, Anal, Oral, Genital, Latency? Oral, Anal, Phallic, Latency, Genital (see detail of Freud's psychosexual theory)
  30. The organic chemical compound C12H22O11 is better known as what additive? Sugar (or table sugar - technically sucrose or saccharose)


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