General Knowledge Questions (162)

  1. The Al Jazeera broadcasting organization is owned by and headquartered in what country?
  2. To the nearest 1000 metres, how deep is the ocean floor at its deepest?
  3. What car make (and bonus point, model) is associated with the 'Va Va Voom' advertising slogan?
  4. The mineral, diamond, is naturally what crystal shape: Trigonal; Hexagonal; Cubic, or Dodecahedronal?
  5. From Greek, meaning generation and knowledge, what word commonly refers to the study of family history?
  6. Medieval history, or the Middle Ages, loosely covers what centuries: 4th-8th; 5th-10th; 8th-12th; or 5th-15th?
  7. Spell the word: Ocurence; Occurrence; Occurrance, or Ocurrance?
  8. What is two-thirds of three-quarters?
  9. The New Caledonia archipelago in the south Pacific is a 'special collectivity' territory of which nation?
  10. Flipkart was founded and became a major online retailer, notably of books, in which country?
  11. What communications device was cited particularly by UK authorities as a significant factor in organizing the London riots of August 2011?
  12. What is the fruit of the tree technically known as Phoenix Dactylifera?
  13. The 18th Duchess of the House of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, holder of arguably more nobility titles than anyone globally, is what nationality?
  14. The geometric shape ◎ (a circle within another) is known by what name, also a four-legged Dickens character?
  15. What Irish talkshow host became a popular potential presidential candidate in August 2011?
  16. What Greek word gave us a common suffix referring to disease or illness, and a quality in something which prompts pity or sadness?
  17. The substances isoflurane, desflurane, nitrous oxide, and sevoflurane are used as what in medicine?
  18. Alan Greenspan is a former chairman of what organization: The United Nations; Greenpeace; The US Federal Reserve; or Amstrad corporation?
  19. An economic recession that repeats soon, prior to recovery, is called a 'Double (what?) Recession'? Dip; Blip; Trouble; Bubble or Whammy?
  20. Angel, Itatinga, Cuquenan, Ormeli, and Tysse are all what?
  21. In geology, Greywacke is classed as what form of sedimentary rock: Deep Ocean; Glacial; Volcanic; or Seaside?
  22. Arrange these UK Shipping Forecast areas in order, north to south: Irish Sea; Trafalgar; Wight; Biscay; Faroes?
  23. The Fischer–Saller scale, used in anthropology and medicine, determines the colour/color shades of what?
  24. Under the ABO blood group system, what blood type can receive blood transfusions from all other groups?
  25. Unlike base metals and silver, gold does not dissolve in what acid, enabling testing of the metal's presence, incidentally originating the expression 'acid test'?
  26. What is the medical word, from Greek meaning 'nasal mucus', for inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the nasal cavity, typically a symptom of a head cold or hay fever?
  27. What material traditionally forms the strung part of a violin or cello bow:
  28. What German pharmaceuticals corporation developed the first Aspirin medication in 1897, and retains the trademark in much of the world today?
  29. Name the market-leading discount buying website with a portmanteau name, which rejected a $6bn takeover bid from Google?
  30. Iridology, Rolfing, Alexander technique, and macrobiotics are types of what?

General Knowledge Answers (162)

  1. The Al Jazeera broadcasting organization is owned by and headquartered in what country? Qatar (as at 2011, HQ is in the capital city, Doha - Al Jazeera means 'The Island', referring to the Arabian Peninsula)
  2. To the nearest 1000 metres, how deep is the ocean floor at its deepest? 11,000m (more precisely 10,924m or 35,840ft below sea level - called Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench, roughly midway between Japan and the east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean - named after the British survey ship Challenger II, which discovered it in 1951)
  3. What car make (and bonus point, model) is associated with the 'Va Va Voom' advertising slogan? Renault (specifically the Clio models)
  4. The mineral, diamond, is naturally what crystal shape: Trigonal; Hexagonal; Cubic, or Dodecahedronal? Cubic
  5. From Greek, meaning generation and knowledge, what word commonly refers to the study of family history? Genealogy (from genea, generation, and logos, knowledge - the word is sometimes misspelled as 'geneology')
  6. Medieval history, or the Middle Ages, loosely covers what centuries: 4th-8th; 5th-10th; 8th-12th; or 5th-15th? 5th-15th
  7. Spell the word: Ocurence; Occurrence; Occurrance, or Ocurrance? Occurrence
  8. What is two-thirds of three-quarters? A half (½)
  9. The New Caledonia archipelago in the south Pacific is a 'special collectivity' territory of which nation? France (as at 2011 the island group is partly self-governing and committed to referendum, between 2014-20, on full independence )
  10. Flipkart was founded and became a major online retailer, notably of books, in which country? India
  11. What communications device was cited particularly by UK authorities as a significant factor in organizing the London riots of August 2011? BlackBerry (notably the BlackBerry Messenger service)
  12. What is the fruit of the tree technically known as Phoenix Dactylifera? Dates (from Greek daktulos, date, also finger, referring to the shape of the fruit, and from the Latin verb fero, 'I bear')
  13. The 18th Duchess of the House of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, holder of arguably more nobility titles than anyone globally, is what nationality? Spanish (at least 63 titles, as at 2011)
  14. The geometric shape ◎ (a circle within another) is known by what name, also a four-legged Dickens character? Bullseye (Bull's Eye is the murderous Bill Sikes' bull terrier dog in the novel, Oliver Twist)
  15. What Irish talkshow host became a popular potential presidential candidate in August 2011? Gay Byrne
  16. What Greek word gave us a common suffix referring to disease or illness, and a quality in something which prompts pity or sadness? Pathos (originally meaning suffering or disease, from which we have words such as pathology, pathological, pathetic, and pathos itself)
  17. The substances isoflurane, desflurane, nitrous oxide, and sevoflurane are used as what in medicine? Anaesthetics (or anesthetics - more precisely inhalational anesthetics agents)
  18. Alan Greenspan is a former chairman of what organization: The United Nations; Greenpeace; The US Federal Reserve; or Amstrad corporation? The US Federal Reserve (the Federal Reserve effectively runs the US financial system, maintaining monetary policy and stability, regulating banks, and providing financial services to government and major national/foreign institutions)
  19. An economic recession that repeats soon, prior to recovery, is called a 'Double (what?) Recession'? Dip; Blip; Trouble; Bubble or Whammy? Dip (double dip recession)
  20. Angel, Itatinga, Cuquenan, Ormeli, and Tysse are all what? Waterfalls (the world's highest, first to fifth, respectively in Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana/Venezuela, Norway and Norway again)
  21. In geology, Greywacke is classed as what form of sedimentary rock: Deep Ocean; Glacial; Volcanic; or Seaside? Deep Ocean
  22. Arrange these UK Shipping Forecast areas in order, north to south: Irish Sea; Trafalgar; Wight; Biscay; Faroes? Faroes; Irish Sea; Wight; Biscay; Trafalgar
  23. The Fischer–Saller scale, used in anthropology and medicine, determines the colour/color shades of what? Hair (scale is: A - light blond, B-E - blond, F-L - blond, M-O - dark blond, P-T - brown, U-Y - dark brown/black, I-IV - red, V-VI - red blond)
  24. Under the ABO blood group system, what blood type can receive blood transfusions from all other groups? AB (can receive from blood groups AB, A, B, O)
  25. Unlike base metals and silver, gold does not dissolve in what acid, enabling testing of the metal's presence, incidentally originating the expression 'acid test'? Nitric acid(HNO3)
  26. What is the medical word, from Greek meaning 'nasal mucus', for inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the nasal cavity, typically a symptom of a head cold or hay fever? Coryza (from Greek koruza, nasal mucus - incidentally mucus is the noun for the slimy substance, and mucous is the adjective form, describing things related to mucus)
  27. What material traditionally forms the strung part of a violin or cello bow: Horsehair(technically horsehair is from mane or tail)
  28. What German pharmaceuticals corporation developed the first Aspirin medication in 1897, and retains the trademark in much of the world today? Bayer (Bayer AG)
  29. Name the market-leading discount buying website with a portmanteau name, which rejected a $6bn takeover bid from Google? Groupon (Groupon.com, and other national website domain suffix variations - Groupon is named from 'group' and 'coupon')
  30. Iridology, Rolfing, Alexander technique, and macrobiotics are types of what? Complementary medicine or Alternative medicine


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