General Knowledge Questions (168)

  1. The word apogee refers to what sort of point: Lowest; Highest; Sharpest; or Dullest?
  2. What country has Baffin Bay to its west coast and Denmark Strait to its south-east?
  3. What recent wine-making country produces varieties from its Maharashtra region?
  4. Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd complained that what homeland foodstuff was confiscated from his luggage on entering the USA in 2011?
  5. A backless usually female shoe or slipper is commonly called by what animal name?
  6. When bankers and brokers talk of M&A, what normally do they mean: Maximum and Average; Motivation and Authority; Mitigation and Arbitration; or Mergers and Acquisitions?
  7. What historical amenity do these places have in common: Harrogate and Matlock (UK), and Baden-Baden and Badenweiler (Germany)?
  8. Star trader Kweku Adoboli was at the centre of a 'rogue trader' crisis in what Swiss Bank in 2011? Bonus question: the bank's logo is three crossed what?
  9. What popular abbreviated two-word term refers to books particularly oriented towards young female romance?
  10. What pressure group, led by Kumi Naidoo, with three million members, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011?
  11. Greek god Dionysus is also known by what mythical Roman godly name, associated with revelry?
  12. In 2011 Australia launched passports offering a third-gender option for intersex people (whose anatomy fits neither male/female convention) indicated by what letter symbol?
  13. Kevlar, the high-strength fibre material, used in armour and sports equipment, is a product/brand of which international chemicals corporation?
  14. As at 2011, how big is the audience for the TV show China's Got Talent? 3 million; 17m; 250m; or 600m?
  15. What are these: Lyceum, Palladium, Prince of Wales, Duchess, and Old Vic?
  16. According to conventional chessboard layout, what two squares may the white queen's knight land on with its first move, before any pawns have moved: c3 and d2; a3 and c3; f3 and h3; or e7 and h6?
  17. What compound, KClO3, commonly features in the heads of safety matches?
  18. A significant German reaction to the 2011 Fukushima crisis was to phase out what by 2022: GM (Genetically Modified) rice; Sharkfin imports; Nuclear power; or Karaoke bars?
  19. Indian corporation Tata bought what famous UK-twin-branded motor company from Ford in 2008?
  20. What are the two major tributaries of the river Nile?

General Knowledge Answers (168)

  1. The word apogee refers to what sort of point: Lowest; Highest; Sharpest; or Dullest? Highest (originally scientific, meaning highest/farthest orbital point of moon/satellite/etc., around Earth, from Greek apo, away, and ge, earth)
  2. What country has Baffin Bay to its west coast and Denmark Strait to its south-east? Greenland
  3. What recent wine-making country produces varieties from its Maharashtra region? India
  4. Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd complained that what homeland foodstuff was confiscated from his luggage on entering the USA in 2011? Vegemite
  5. A backless usually female shoe or slipper is commonly called by what animal name? Mule (the word derives from ancient Rome, mulleus calceus, or vice-versa, a red high-soled shoe worn by magistrates - mulleus referred to red, and is from the same Indo-European language root which gave the Greek melas, meaning black)
  6. When bankers and brokers talk of M&A, what normally do they mean: Maximum and Average; Motivation and Authority; Mitigation and Arbitration; or Mergers and Acquisitions? Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A may also refer to Memorandum and Articles of Association)
  7. What historical amenity do these places have in common: Harrogate and Matlock (UK), and Baden-Baden and Badenweiler (Germany)? Spa (or public baths, typically featuring at natural/hot springs, traditionally associated with healing and luxury - the word bad is German for bath, which appears in many spa town names, as does the word spa in may UK spa town names)
  8. Star trader Kweku Adoboli was at the centre of a 'rogue trader' crisis in what Swiss Bank in 2011? UBS (Fully UBS AG, and originally Union Bank of Switzerland) Bonus question: the bank's logo is three crossed what? Keys
  9. What popular abbreviated two-word term refers to books particularly oriented towards young female romance? Chick Lit
  10. What pressure group, led by Kumi Naidoo, with three million members, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011? Greenpeace
  11. Greek god Dionysus is also known by what mythical Roman godly name, associated with revelry? Bacchus (god of wine and related harvest and consumption)
  12. In 2011 Australia launched passports offering a third-gender option for intersex people (whose anatomy fits neither male/female convention) indicated by what letter symbol? X
  13. Kevlar, the high-strength fibre material, used in armour and sports equipment, is a product/brand of which international chemicals corporation? DuPont (fully EI du Pont Nemours and Company - a US firm, which also developed Nylon, Corian, Teflon, Lycra and Tyvek)
  14. As at 2011, how big is the audience for the TV show China's Got Talent? 3 million; 17m; 250m; or 600m? 600 million
  15. What are these: Lyceum, Palladium, Prince of Wales, Duchess, and Old Vic? Theatres(in London)
  16. According to conventional chessboard layout, what two squares may the white queen's knight land on with its first move, before any pawns have moved: c3 and d2; a3 and c3; f3 and h3; or e7 and h6? a3 and c3
  17. What compound, KClO3, commonly features in the heads of safety matches? Potassium Chlorate
  18. A significant German reaction to the 2011 Fukushima crisis was to phase out what by 2022: GM (Genetically Modified) rice; Sharkfin imports; Nuclear power; or Karaoke bars? Nuclear power
  19. Indian corporation Tata bought what famous UK-twin-branded motor company from Ford in 2008? Jaguar Land Rover
  20. What are the two major tributaries of the river Nile? White Nile and Blue Nile


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