General Knowledge Questions (174)

  1. Said to be the most natural unit of time what is typically defined as the period of rotation of the Earth relative to any selected heavenly body?
  2. What foodstuff, meaning 'fat liver' in French, is made from the liver of a duck or goose fattened traditionally by force-feeding?
  3. Spell the words: Supersede/Supercede; Separate/Seperate; Relevant/Relevent; and Hygiene/Hygene? (Half a point each)
  4. What do the initials of the hugely influential IMF organization (which promotes international economic cooperation) stand for?
  5. Where on the female body is a snood worn: Thumb/finger; Ankle/calf; Torso/waist; or Head/neck?
  6. Which of these periodic table descriptions is given to the chemical element Arsenic (As): Lanthanide; Metalloid; Noble gas; or Halogen?
  7. The Head of State in Italy is (at 2011) a: Prime Minister; President; King; or General?
  8. Conceived in 1999 in Melbourne, Australia, the annual month-long charity effort 'Movember' raises awareness/funds for men's health issues (notably prostate and testicular cancer) involving the wearing of what?
  9. Born in October 1949, and as at 2011 in prison for life in France, by what nickname is Venezeulan Ilich Ramírez Sánchez known?
  10. Canadian professor of management and psychology, Victor Vroom, established '(What?) Theory'?
  11. What is the fictional brand based at the UK postcode E20 6PQ, and, announced in 2011, the real brand subsequently allocated the entire E20 postal district? (Two answers required - one point each)
  12. What is the (full name of the) United Nations' agency for nuclear technology, abbreviated to IAEA?
  13. What country has a socialist political party whose members are called Sandanistas?
  14. Infection caused by the parasitic microorganism Plasmodium genus is known better as what disease?
  15. What musical instrument has the nickname 'the devil's box'?
  16. The Observer is the Sunday edition of which UK daily newspaper? 
  17. Vitreous enamel, used to decorate and protect pottery, metals, etc., is: Plastic; Resin; Graphite; Carbon; or Glass?
  18. What German word refers to the highest or premier league of any sport in Germany or Austria?
  19. From 2006-11 and ongoing, Giuliano Mignini became infamous for alleged incompetence and recklessness in what role in Italy? Soccer referee; Public prosecutor; Pizza restaurateur; or Formula 1 team manager?
  20. What car/vehicle maker has (at 2011) a logo of two chevrons, one above the other, both pointing upwards?

General Knowledge Answers (174)

  1. Said to be the most natural unit of time what is typically defined as the period of rotation of the Earth relative to any selected heavenly body? Day
  2. What foodstuff, meaning 'fat liver' in French, is made from the liver of a duck or goose fattened traditionally by force-feeding? Foie gras
  3. Spell the words: Supersede/Supercede; Separate/Seperate; Relevant/Relevent; and Hygiene/Hygene? (Half a point each) Supersede, Separate, Relevant, Hygiene
  4. What do the initials of the hugely influential IMF organization (which promotes international economic cooperation) stand for? International Monetary Fund (founded 1945, headquartered in Washington DC)
  5. Where on the female body is a snood worn: Thumb/finger; Ankle/calf; Torso/waist; or Head/neck? Head/neck (traditionally it's a hairnet or bag to hold the hair at the back of the head, or alternatively in more modern times it is a looped scarf worn around the neck - the origins are Scottish, where unmarried women confined their hair using a snood)
  6. Which of these periodic table descriptions is given to the chemical element Arsenic (As): Lanthanide; Metalloid; Noble gas; or Halogen? Metalloid (an intermediate description between a metal and a non-metal)
  7. The Head of State in Italy is (at 2011) a: Prime Minister; President; King; or General? President (Giorgio Napolitano)
  8. Conceived in 1999 in Melbourne, Australia, the annual month-long charity effort 'Movember' raises awareness/funds for men's health issues (notably prostate and testicular cancer) involving the wearing of what? Moustaches (Also called Novembeard, both words are portmanteaus)
  9. Born in October 1949, and as at 2011 in prison for life in France, by what nickname is Venezeulan Ilich Ramírez Sánchez known? Carlos the Jackal
  10. Canadian professor of management and psychology, Victor Vroom, established '(What?) Theory'? Expectancy Theory (see Expectancy Theory in the business dictionary)
  11. What is the fictional brand based at the UK postcode E20 6PQ, and, announced in 2011, the real brand subsequently allocated the entire E20 postal district? (Two answers required - one point each) Eastenders (the BBC TV soap opera series) and London 2012 Olympics (or the 2012 Summer Olympics, including the 2012 Paralympics or other variations around the London 2012 Olympics - to be situated mainly at Olympic Park, in East London - which is also allowable as a correct answer, should anyone suggest it)
  12. What is the (full name of the) United Nations' agency for nuclear technology, abbreviated to IAEA? International Atomic Energy Agency (established autonomously in 1957, and headquartered in Vienna, Austria)
  13. What country has a socialist political party whose members are called Sandanistas? Nicaragua (the party is The Sandinista National Liberation Front, or in Spanish, Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, or FSLN, named after Augusto César Sandino, leader of the Nicaraguan resistance against US occupation in 1930s)
  14. Infection caused by the parasitic microorganism Plasmodium genus is known better as what disease? Malaria
  15. What musical instrument has the nickname 'the devil's box'? Violin (or fiddle)
  16. The Observer is the Sunday edition of which UK daily newspaper? The Guardian
  17. Vitreous enamel, used to decorate and protect pottery, metals, etc., is: Plastic; Resin; Graphite; Carbon; or Glass? Glass (crushed to powder and fired at high temperature)
  18. What German word refers to the highest or premier league of any sport in Germany or Austria? Bundesliga
  19. From 2006-11 and ongoing, Giuliano Mignini became infamous for alleged incompetence and recklessness in what role in Italy? Soccer referee; Public prosecutor; Pizza restaurateur; or Formula 1 team manager? Public prosecutor (notably in the Meredith Kercher murder case; prior to this the Monster of Florence case)
  20. What car/vehicle maker has (at 2011) a logo of two chevrons, one above the other, both pointing upwards? Citroën



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