General Knowledge Questions (160)

  1. What colour/color (a bright strong green), and also a diamond pattern, takes its name from a famous clown?
  2. What is the second highest (pitch) note on a conventionally tuned violin or mandolin?
  3. Which former US presidential First Lady founded a famous drug rehabilitation clinic?
  4. First Direct is a bank owned by which financial services corporation (at 2011): Santander; HSBC; Wells Fargo; or Credit Suisse?
  5. The failed Mau Mau uprising of the 1950s preceded eventual independence from British colonial rule of what nation in 1963?
  6. Formed after national revolution in 1917 the NKVD was the public and also ruthless secret police of which country until 1946?
  7. What is a word which has more than one distinctly different meaning (and the same spelling): Acronym; Palindrome; Anagram; or Homonym?
  8. Gramophone records are made of, and sometimes called, what popular name for the polymer material in question?
  9. What originally Venetian word refers to a meeting of boats or yacht races?
  10. Regicide refers to killing a: King; Military officer; Public servant; or Commoner?
  11. What is the compound, NH4NO3, commonly used in fertilizers and improvised bombs?
  12. What French IT company is engaged (as at 2011) by the UK government in the controversial assessment of work capability of incapacity benefit claimants: Etas; Otis; Itus; or Atos?
  13. In 2011 what did International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge cite as the biggest threat to sport alongside doping: Social networking websites; Computer games; Climate change; or Illegal gambling?
  14. Spell the word (being the Irish prime minister's Irish title) Taieseich; Taoiseach; Taosiach; or Taesoech?
  15. Which two similar six-letter words both refer to sorcery, each containing the same double vowel pairings, differing only in their two consonants?
  16. Human depression illness is sometimes called: Black Dog; Dark Horse; Cold Turkey; or Fat Pig?
  17. The 'Lungs of London' popularly refer to the city's what: Houses of Parliament; Tube train network; Parks; or Church choirs?
  18. What metallic element element is named after an asteroid discovered in 1802, itself named after (an alternate name of) the Greek goddess Athene?
  19. A cruciferous plant has how many petals?
  20. The stone, flint, is a form of what near-to-pure compound, formula SiO2?
  21. A schism normally refers to a split within what sort of institution: Marriage; Church; Government; or Business?
  22. Name the German tribe which settled in Britain during the 5-6th centuries, whose name persists in a region of Denmark?
  23. What Buddhist term and title of reverence (typically for a spiritual leader) derives from the Sanskrit words for 'great soul'?
  24. In the 'fixed-doh' (or 'fixed do solfège') musical system (as in 'do re mi fa so la ti') , what note is re or ray?
  25. Shiva is a traditional period of mourning in which religious faith?
  26. What is the common term for the practice of freezing a human body in hope of a cure being developed enabling thawing and revival?
  27. Alluding to American Wild West legend, what reptile-derived medicine refers to a salesman or promoter of dubious ideas?
  28. The genocide of Tutsi people by Hutu militia in 1994 was in which country?
  29. What notable vastly wealthy Budapest-born financier announced his retirement from managing external investment funds in 2011?
  30. What Spanish/Portuguese word, loosely meaning join, refers to a political faction which typically rules after a revolutionary takeover?
  31. What portmanteau term refers popularly in recent times to holidaying in a luxurious tent or similar outdoors construction?

General Knowledge Answers (160)

  1. What colour/color (a bright strong green), and also a diamond pattern, takes its name from a famous clown? Harlequin
  2. What is the second highest (pitch) note on a conventionally tuned violin or mandolin? A
  3. Which former US presidential First Lady founded a famous drug rehabilitation clinic? Betty Ford
  4. First Direct is a bank owned by which financial services corporation (at 2011): Santander; HSBC; Wells Fargo; or Credit Suisse? HSBC (The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited)
  5. The failed Mau Mau uprising of the 1950s preceded eventual independence from British colonial rule of what nation in 1963? Kenya
  6. Formed after national revolution in 1917 the NKVD was the public and also ruthless secret police of which country until 1946? Russia (or the USSR - the state protection activities of the NKVD were subsequently passed to the KGB)
  7. What is a word which has more than one distinctly different meaning (and the same spelling): Acronym; Palindrome; Anagram; or Homonym? Homonym
  8. Gramophone records are made of, and sometimes called, what popular name for the polymer material in question? Vinyl
  9. What originally Venetian word refers to a meeting of boats or yacht races? Regatta
  10. Regicide refers to killing a: King; Military officer; Public servant; or Commoner? King(from Latin, Rex Regis, King)
  11. What is the compound, NH4NO3, commonly used in fertilizers and improvised bombs? Ammonium nitrate
  12. What French IT company is engaged (as at 2011) by the UK government in the controversial assessment of work capability of incapacity benefit claimants: Etas; Otis; Itus; or Atos? Atos (the Atos Healthcare division to be precise)
  13. In 2011 what did International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge cite as the biggest threat to sport alongside doping: Social networking websites; Computer games; Climate change; or Illegal gambling? Illegal gambling (and related match-fixing and cheating)
  14. Spell the word (being the Irish prime minister's Irish title) Taieseich; Taoiseach; Taosiach; or Taesoech? Taoiseach (loosely speaking, pronounced 'tee-shock')
  15. Which two similar six-letter words both refer to sorcery, each containing the same double vowel pairings, differing only in their two consonants? Voodoo and Hoodoo(originally from African language, perhaps Kwa or Dahomey, imported into the Caribbean and southern US)
  16. Human depression illness is sometimes called: Black Dog; Dark Horse; Cold Turkey; or Fat Pig? Black Dog (Winston Churchill was among sufferers to popularise the term)
  17. The 'Lungs of London' popularly refer to the city's what: Houses of Parliament; Tube train network; Parks; or Church choirs? Parks
  18. What metallic element element is named after an asteroid discovered in 1802, itself named after (an alternate name of) the Greek goddess Athene? Palladium (Athene is also known as Pallas Athene)
  19. A cruciferous plant has how many petals? Four (arranged crosswise, from Latin crux cruis, meaning cross, and ferous meaning having or with, not to be confused with ferrous, meaning iron, from Latin ferrum)
  20. The stone, flint, is a form of what near-to-pure compound, formula SiO2Silica (or Silicon dioxide - impregnation by silica converts organic material into rock, as in petrification of wood - silicification and petrification are types of fossilization)
  21. A schism normally refers to a split within what sort of institution: Marriage; Church; Government; or Business? Church
  22. Name the German tribe which settled in Britain during the 5-6th centuries, whose name persists in a region of Denmark? Jutes (Jutland is the main peninsula of Denmark)
  23. What Buddhist term and title of reverence (typically for a spiritual leader) derives from the Sanskrit words for 'great soul'? Mahatma
  24. In the 'fixed-doh' (or 'fixed do solfège') musical system (as in 'do re mi fa so la ti') , what note is re or ray? D
  25. Shiva is a traditional period of mourning in which religious faith? Jewish (or Judaism - shiva, meaning seven, is the week-long period of mourning for the seven 'first-degree' relatives, i.e., father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, and spouse - often called 'sitting shiva' because other activities are suspended)
  26. What is the common term for the practice of freezing a human body in hope of a cure being developed enabling thawing and revival? Cryonics (less commonly cryopreservation, from Greek kruos, meaning frost - incidentally cryonics tends mostly to be practised on dead bodies, thus avoiding charges of murder or assisted suicide)
  27. Alluding to American Wild West legend, what reptile-derived medicine refers to a salesman or promoter of dubious ideas? Snake Oil
  28. The genocide of Tutsi people by Hutu militia in 1994 was in which country? Rwanda
  29. What notable vastly wealthy Budapest-born financier announced his retirement from managing external investment funds in 2011? George Soros
  30. What Spanish/Portuguese word, loosely meaning join, refers to a political faction which typically rules after a revolutionary takeover? Junta
  31. What portmanteau term refers popularly in recent times to holidaying in a luxurious tent or similar outdoors construction? Glamping


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