General Knowledge Questions (193)

  1. Name the hugely and suddenly successful 'Pictionary-type' online game bought by Zynga for $180m in 2012?
  2. Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, and South Eastern Anatolia, are regions of which country?
  3. Where did the modern common potato originate: South America; North America; Africa; or Asia?
  4. What is the modern name of the island borough bought by Dutchman Peter Minuit from Native Americans in 1626, and then called New Amsterdam?
  5. What material was used in making the 2,000 year-old dome of the Pantheon in Rome: Stone; Concrete; Glass; or Wood?
  6. The Renminbi is currency, and increasingly important in global trading, of which country?
  7. How many miles is the London orbital M25 motorway: 27; 54; 89; or 117? - Bonus point - how long is the M25 motorway in kilometres?
  8. An exoplanet is a planet which does what to a sun (outside of our own solar system): Orbits; Crashes into; Swallows; or Converts into?
  9. What popular internationally franchised UK TV quiz game show, producing very funny wrong answers, ended in the UK in March 2012?
  10. Which artist/inventor's famous lost 1504 painting, The Battle of Anghiari, was found in 2012 hidden in Florence Town Hall, behind a later fresco?
  11. (Typically by a woman) a peplum is: Eaten; Worn: Driven; or Sniffed?
  12. In what country was the wholesale 'cash'n'carry' business Makro founded?
  13. As at 2012 what is the only European country to routinely apply the death penalty?
  14. Coptic refers to a sect of what religious order: Buddhism; Hinduism; Islam; or Christianity?
  15. The daisy-like plants called chamomile/camomile are regarded to be a helpful natural aid chiefly for: Sleep/relaxation; Bruising; Cuts/abrasions; or Blocked sinus?
  16. St Tropez, Sienna X, and Fake Bake are popular brands of what product/service type?
  17. As at 2012 Dame Marjorie Scardino is/was head of what high-performing global media/learning corporation?
  18. The British pub name 'The Talbot' traditionally refers to a what?
  19. Spell the word: Pongnant; Poignant; Poygnant; Poignent? - Bonus point, it means: Physically stressful; Emotionally moving; Scientifically accurate; or Cleverly designed?
  20. The effect in which hostage victims form emotional attachment or fondness towards their captors is called '(What city?) Syndrome'?

General Knowledge Answers (193)

  1. Name the hugely and suddenly successful 'Pictionary-type' online game bought by Zynga for $180m in 2012? Draw Something
  2. Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, and South Eastern Anatolia, are regions of which country? Turkey
  3. Where did the modern common potato originate: South America; North America; Africa; or Asia? South America (Chile)
  4. What is the modern name of the island borough bought by Dutchman Peter Minuit from Native Americans in 1626, and then called New Amsterdam? Manhattan (in New York City)
  5. What material was used in making the 2,000 year-old dome of the Pantheon in Rome: Stone; Concrete; Glass; or Wood? Concrete
  6. The Renminbi is currency, and increasingly important in global trading, of which country? China (the Renminbi is predicted by some economists to replace the dollar as the world's most significant trading currency)
  7. How many miles is the London orbital M25 motorway: 27; 54; 89; or 117? 117 - Bonus point - how long is the M25 motorway in kilometres? 188 km (quizmasters may allow leeway of a couple of miles/kms, allowing for interpretation according to inside or outside lanes - interestingly, being circular and driving on the left, the M25 motorway is longer travelling clockwise - outside lanes - than anti-clockwise - inside lanes. I am open to reliable suggestions of what this difference actually is.. incidentally to convert from miles to kilometres, divide by 5 and multiply by 8)
  8. An exoplanet is a planet which does what to a sun (outside of our own solar system): Orbits; Crashes into; Swallows; or Converts into? Orbits (Exoplanet is an abbreviation of extrasolar planet. Technically the term 'planet' can only apply to planetary bodies in our own solar system. Consequently in the official space terminology of the International Astronomical Union, solar systems elsewhere in the universe like our own have exoplanets, not planets. Very basically the definition of a planet or exoplanet is that it: orbits a sun, is spherical, is not so big as to cause thermonuclear fusion, as for instance a star or sun does, and is the dominant gravitational body in its orbit, referred to amusingly as having "cleared the neighbourhood".)
  9. What popular internationally franchised UK TV quiz game show, producing very funny wrong answers, ended in the UK in March 2012? The Weakest Link (see The Weakest Link funny answers)
  10. Which artist/inventor's famous lost 1504 painting, The Battle of Anghiari, was found in 2012 hidden in Florence Town Hall, behind a later fresco? Leonardo da Vinci
  11. (Typically by a woman) a peplum is: Eaten; Worn: Driven; or Sniffed? Worn (it's a short tunic, overskirt or jacket which is flared or pleated at the hips, thus accentuating that area, or peplum refers to the flare or pleated section itself - the word derives from peplos, an ancient Greek female long tunic)
  12. In what country was the wholesale 'cash'n'carry' business Makro founded? Holland (or the Netherlands - the first store was opened in Amsterdam in 1968 - European Makro outlets are now owned by the vast Metro Group of Germany)
  13. As at 2012 what is the only European country to routinely apply the death penalty? Belarus
  14. Coptic refers to a sect of what religious order: Buddhism; Hinduism; Islam; or Christianity? Christianity (the largest Christian sect in the Middle East)
  15. The daisy-like plants called chamomile/camomile are regarded to be a helpful natural aid chiefly for: Sleep/relaxation; Bruising; Cuts/abrasions; or Blocked sinus? Sleep/relaxation
  16. St Tropez, Sienna X, and Fake Bake are popular brands of what product/service type? Spray tanning (or other acceptable answers: UV-free tanning, fake tanning, sunless tanning, self tanning, etc - but not sunbeds)
  17. As at 2012 Dame Marjorie Scardino is/was head of what high-performing global media/learning corporation? Pearson plc
  18. The British pub name 'The Talbot' traditionally refers to a what? Dog (an extinct hunting hound, of which precise descriptions vary, and especially were open to different interpretations in heraldry, typically of a robust and trusty hound - a talbot was such a hound in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, c.1370, and the breed, whatever it was, seems to have become extinct by the 1800s)
  19. Spell the word: Pongnant; Poignant; Poygnant; Poignent? Poignant - Bonus point, it means: Physically stressful; Emotionally moving; Scientifically accurate; or Cleverly designed? Emotionally moving
  20. The effect in which hostage victims form emotional attachment or fondness towards their captors is called '(What city?) Syndrome'? Stockholm Syndrome (see Stockholm Syndrome and its extended interpretation in the business dictionary)


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