General Knowledge Questions (176)

  1. Name artist Damien Hirst's famous (supposedly £50m) diamond and platinum encrusted skull artwork?
  2. What notable businessman is known as the Sage of Omaha?
  3. What seasonal name is most commonly given to the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, which began in Tunisia, December 2010?
  4. In Native American ceremonial custom what is a calumet: Peace pipe; Headdress; Chant; or Spear?
  5. What animal name is given to the type of investment fund which buys large distressed debts especially of war/chaos-torn countries, aiming later to demand and sue for extortionate interest payments?
  6. What small ex-Soviet nation between Turkey and Iran was World Team Chess Champion in 2011 and subsequently made the game compulsory in primary school education?
  7. What is the common name for the round skullcap worn by Jewish males?
  8. What sort of well is named after a former French province, where Carthusian monks first drilled them in the 12th century?
  9. In Cable Street East London, 1936, thousands of ordinary people famously stopped a march by what uniformly nicknamed organization?
  10. Name the focus of the UK Leveson inquiry: Press standards; Political lobbying; MP's expenses; or The Iraq War?
  11. What among these are the UK-English and US-English spellings of the word: Maneuver; Manuevre; Manoeuvre; Manouver; or Manoova? (Two answers required)
  12. What in 1911 became the replacement alliterative title of US writer Ambrose Bierce's mischievously amusing reference work 'The Cynics Word Book'?
  13. What is the colourful nickname of the International Business Machines (IBM) corporation?
  14. What is conventionally regarded to be the opposite of Utopia?
  15. Name the humanitarian and ex-special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, held hostage in Lebanon from 1987-1991?
  16. In medicine, the word styptic refers to something that stops what?
  17. In his seminally optimistic 1734 poem, An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope wrote the famous line, "Hope springs eternal in the (what)"?
  18. Ipanema and Copacabana beach are parts of what famous city?
  19. A rising or resurgence of the hydrosphere is more commonly known as what?
  20. The term 'flotsam and jetsam' technically and originally refers to what: Marine wreckage; Plant matter; Animal matter; or Litter?

General Knowledge Answers (176)

  1. Name artist Damien Hirst's famous (supposedly £50m) diamond and platinum encrusted skull artwork? For the Love of God
  2. What notable businessman is known as the Sage of Omaha? Warren Buffett
  3. What seasonal name is most commonly given to the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, which began in Tunisia, December 2010? Arab Spring
  4. In Native American ceremonial custom what is a calumet: Peace pipe; Headdress; Chant; or Spear? Peace pipe (Calumet is from French and Latin, referring to the reeds used in the pipe stem)
  5. What animal name is given to the type of investment fund which buys large distressed debts especially of war/chaos-torn countries, aiming later to demand and sue for extortionate interest payments? Vulture (Vulture Funds - largely and increasingly outlawed around the world)
  6. What small ex-Soviet nation between Turkey and Iran was World Team Chess Champion in 2011 and subsequently made the game compulsory in primary school education? Armenia (announcing that chess nurtures responsibility and organisational ability in young people)
  7. What is the common name for the round skullcap worn by Jewish males? Kippa (or kipa, kipah, kippah, or yarmulke)
  8. What sort of well is named after a former French province, where Carthusian monks first drilled them in the 12th century? Artesian (named after the province Artois - an Artesian well basically relies on natural water pressure by positioning the well below the level of the water table, or below the level of a local natural water supply such as a spring)
  9. In Cable Street East London, 1936, thousands of ordinary people famously stopped a march by what uniformly nicknamed organization? The Blackshirts (properly called the British Union, or British Union of Fascists, and later the British Union of Fascists and National Socialists, led by Oswald Mosley - the organisation was outlawed and dissolved in 1940)
  10. Name the focus of the UK Leveson inquiry: Press standards; Political lobbying; MP's expenses; or The Iraq War? Press standards (in the wake of the 2011 News International phone-hacking scandal)
  11. What among these are the UK-English and US-English spellings of the word: Maneuver; Manuevre; Manoeuvre; Manouver; or Manoova? (Two answers required) Manoeuvre(UK-English) and Maneuver (US-English)
  12. What in 1911 became the replacement alliterative title of US writer Ambrose Bierce's mischievously amusing reference work 'The Cynics Word Book'? The Devil's Dictionary (see some very funny quotes from The Devils Dictionary)
  13. What is the colourful nickname of the International Business Machines (IBM) corporation? Big Blue (referring to its branding and corporate size)
  14. What is conventionally regarded to be the opposite of Utopia? Dystopia (See both Dystopia and Utopia in the business dictionary of interesting terms)
  15. Name the humanitarian and ex-special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, held hostage in Lebanon from 1987-1991? Terry Waite
  16. In medicine, the word styptic refers to something that stops what? Bleeding (from Greek styphein, constrict)
  17. In his seminally optimistic 1734 poem, An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope wrote the famous line, "Hope springs eternal in the (what)"? Human breast
  18. Ipanema and Copacabana beach are parts of what famous city? Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  19. A rising or resurgence of the hydrosphere is more commonly known as what? Spring (a natural spring of water)
  20. The term 'flotsam and jetsam' technically and originally refers to what: Marine wreckage; Plant matter; Animal matter; or Litter? Marine wreckage (Loosely and respectively, 'flotsam' is floating or washed-up wreckage of ship/cargo, and 'jetsam' is ship structure, equipment or cargo cast overboard during distress to lighten load and which sinks or washes ashore. Less well known are the additional terms 'lagan' - cargo on the sea-bed, sometimes marked by a buoy, which can be reclaimed - and 'derelict' - cargo on sea-bed deemed impossible to reclaim. The terminology originated and is used in maritime law and insurance.)

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