General Knowledge Questions (175)

  1. UK 1980s prime minister Margaret Thatcher's nickname was the '(What?) Lady'?
  2. Rocinha favela in Brazil is said to be the biggest what in Latin America: Tree; Carnival; Bird; or Slum?
  3. The Clostridium Botulinum bacteria causes what commonly known but rare human poisoning?
  4. What is Alexander Pope's (1688-1744) famous line from his poem An Essay on Criticism, written 1709, much used in books, film and music?
  5. Which two cities each hosted a John Lennon/Yoko Ono week-long hotel 'bed-in' peace protest in 1969?
  6. Helle Thorning-Schmidt became prime minister of what country in October 2011?
  7. What is the currency of Pakistan?
  8. An eiderdown (a sort of quilted bed cover) was originally filled with what?
  9. IBM's innovative 'Selectric' typewriter of the 1960s-80s was popularly called a: Snowball; Fastball; Curveball; or Golfball?
  10. What is the Irish handheld single-sided round drum, often played with a double-ended beater?
  11. Ameliorate means to make something that was bad, what: Better; Worse; Irrelevant; or Disappear?
  12. Spell the word: Plagiarize; Plaigerize; Plaguerize; Plagarize; or Plagorize?
  13. At the end of 2012, how many cities have hosted the modern Olympic Games three times?
  14. A diaspora is a dispersion of: Droplets; People; Sunlight; Particles; or Stolen property?
  15. What is the largest combined weight of any animal species on Earth: Sheep; Cows; Cats; Dogs; Elephants; Humans; or Krill?
  16. Triffis, Rudy (or Rudolph), Porpoise, Cody, and Corkscrew are moves in what sport?
  17. Serial, Oxford, and Harvard, all refer to one particular use of what punctuation mark?
  18. Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-84), who produced the first great English dictionary, famously wrote in 1777: When a man is tired of (where?), he is tired of life...'?
  19. The Russian word 'naled' (in German, 'aufeis') refers to naturally occurring thicker-than-normal layers of what?
  20. A gilet (pronounced loosely 'jee-lay' - it's French) is a jacket or blouse without: Buttons; Sleeves; Pockets; or Stitching?

General Knowledge Answers (175)

  1. UK 1980s prime minister Margaret Thatcher's nickname was the '(What?) Lady'? Iron
  2. Rocinha favela in Brazil is said to be the biggest what in Latin America: Tree; Carnival; Bird; or Slum? Slum (in Rio de Janeiro)
  3. The Clostridium Botulinum bacteria causes what commonly known but rare human poisoning? Botulism (food poisoning)
  4. What is Alexander Pope's (1688-1744) famous line from his poem An Essay on Criticism, written 1709, much used in books, film and music? Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  5. Which two cities each hosted a John Lennon/Yoko Ono week-long hotel 'bed-in' peace protest in 1969? Amsterdam and Montreal
  6. Helle Thorning-Schmidt became prime minister of what country in October 2011? Denmark
  7. What is the currency of Pakistan? Rupee (fully Pakistani Rupee, symbol usually Rs)
  8. An eiderdown (a sort of quilted bed cover) was originally filled with what? Eider down(specifically the downy feathers from the breast of the female eider duck)
  9. IBM's innovative 'Selectric' typewriter of the 1960s-80s was popularly called a: Snowball; Fastball; Curveball; or Golfball? Golfball (because of the 'typeball' that replaced the traditional basket arrangement of typebars)
  10. What is the Irish handheld single-sided round drum, often played with a double-ended beater? Bodhrán
  11. Ameliorate means to make something that was bad, what: Better; Worse; Irrelevant; or Disappear? Better (in the sense of improved, or less bad)
  12. Spell the word: Plagiarize; Plaigerize; Plaguerize; Plagarize; or Plagorize? Plagiarize(also Plagiarise, with an S, is correct in UK-English - it means to pass off someone else's work, especially writing, as one's own - the noun is spelled: plagiarism)
  13. At the end of 2012, how many cities have hosted the modern Olympic Games three times? One (London, in 2012, 1908 and in 1948)
  14. A diaspora is a dispersion of: Droplets; People; Sunlight; Particles; or Stolen property? People (usually an ethinic/national group dispersed, or scattered, away from their homeland, often originally referring to Jewish people)
  15. What is the largest combined weight of any animal species on Earth: Sheep; Cows; Cats; Dogs; Elephants; Humans; or Krill? Krill (from the Norwegian word krill, meaning 'young fry of fish')
  16. Triffis, Rudy (or Rudolph), Porpoise, Cody, and Corkscrew are moves in what sport? Trampolining
  17. Serial, Oxford, and Harvard, all refer to one particular use of what punctuation mark? Comma (for example in this question, where the comma is placed before the 'and' and the last item in a list of items or words - although conventional in certain interpretations of grammatical rules, and generally in the USA, the serial/Oxford/Harvard comma is often and acceptably omitted, so that the last two items in a list are merely separated by the word 'and', without a comma)
  18. Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-84), who produced the first great English dictionary, famously wrote in 1777: When a man is tired of (where?), he is tired of life...'? London (the line continues and ends '...for there is in London all that life can afford.')
  19. The Russian word 'naled' (in German, 'aufeis') refers to naturally occurring thicker-than-normal layers of what? Ice (sometimes on lakes and rivers, enabling huge activities and structures to be supported - the German translation is 'ice on top', because that's how it forms, from the top, when water flows somehow on top of existing ice, which enables thicknesses of several metres, by comparison with normal ice on water which forms from below to much less thickness, because under about a metre of ice the water below is insulated and remains above freezing temperature)
  20. A gilet (pronounced loosely 'jee-lay' - it's French) is a jacket or blouse without: Buttons; Sleeves; Pockets; or Stitching? Sleeves


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