General Knowledge Questions (312)

  1. What does the workplace flexi-hours acronym TOIL stand for?
  2. Waterloo, the location of Napoleon's 1815 defeat, is in modern-day: France; Belgium; Spain; or Russia?
  3. G-BOAG, G-BOAC, and F-BVFC and the tragic F-BTSC designated what iconic 20thC invention?
  4. Name the core specialism of notable Anglo-Danish industrialist Sir Ove Nyquist Arup (1895-1988) and the global (Arup Group) corporation he created: Pharmacy; Structural engineering; Shipbuilding; or Food canning?
  5. The famous guitar maker founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1902 is: Gibson; Fender; Rickenbacker; or Gretsch?
  6. Calabria, flanked by the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, is the southern peninsular of which country?
  7. In the 1920s Japanese and Austrian physicians Kyusaku Ogino and Hermann Knaus devised the contraceptive method called popularly: Coil; Rhythm; Pill; or Condom?
  8. What boom caused gross exploitation of native people of Brazil and adjacent nations by European industrialists c.1879-1912: Rubber; Cotton; Gold; or Silk?
  9. What popular Spanish word has various meanings including go, hurry up, come on, let's go, up, upstairs, and above?
  10. If a fifth of the charges in a £60 bill are discounted by 25%, what is the total cost?
  11. What punning word is an animal's mother, a barrier, and a biblical expletive?
  12. The artists Monet, Manet, Degas and Cezanne are mainly noted for what style of art?
  13. Comprising 100 centavos, what is the currency of Brazil?
  14. What word, derived from Latin meaning to 'pay against the evil of something' refers to expressing disapproval?
  15. Ogilvy & Mather, WWP and James Walter Thompson famously operate in: Law; Advertising; Auditing; or Architectural design?
  16. What mathematical term originated from Arabic 'awar', meaning 'damage to goods', evolving through French terminology for an apportionment of shipping liabilities between owners of vessel and cargo?
  17. What herb is traditionally associated, besides garlic, with the pickling of a gherkin (US pickle)?
  18. Avian refers to: Birds; Bees; Apes; or Vikings?
  19. Derived from Latin for 'place', what anglicized French word commonly means 'instead' in formal communications?
  20. Which inspirational genius created the landmark film 'Modern Times' and its theme song, 'Smile', released in 1936?

General Knowledge Answers (312)

  1. What does the workplace flexi-hours acronym TOIL stand for? Time Off In Lieu(meaning 'time off in return for overtime worked')
  2. Waterloo, the location of Napoleon's 1815 defeat, is in modern-day: France; Belgium; Spain; or Russia? Belgium
  3. G-BOAG, G-BOAC, and F-BVFC and the tragic F-BTSC designated what iconic 20thC invention? Concorde (The G planes were British; the F were French; F-BTSC crashed in 2000, prior to which Concordes had reportedly the safest record of any other plane in history)
  4. Name the core specialism of notable Anglo-Danish industrialist Sir Ove Nyquist Arup (1895-1988) and the global (Arup Group) corporation he created: Pharmacy; Structural engineering; Shipbuilding; or Food canning? Structural engineering
  5. The famous guitar maker founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1902 is: Gibson; Fender; Rickenbacker; or Gretsch? Gibson
  6. Calabria, flanked by the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, is the southern peninsular of which country? Italy
  7. In the 1920s Japanese and Austrian physicians Kyusaku Ogino and Hermann Knaus devised the contraceptive method called popularly: Coil; Rhythm; Pill; or Condom? Rhythm
  8. What boom caused gross exploitation of native people of Brazil and adjacent nations by European industrialists c.1879-1912: Rubber; Cotton; Gold; or Silk? Rubber
  9. What popular Spanish word has various meanings including go, hurry up, come on, let's go, up, upstairs, and above? Arriba
  10. If a fifth of the charges in a £60 bill are discounted by 25%, what is the total cost? £57
  11. What punning word is an animal's mother, a barrier, and a biblical expletive? Dam/Damn (these types of words are called homophones, among other interesting language terms)
  12. The artists Monet, Manet, Degas and Cezanne are mainly noted for what style of art? Impressionism
  13. Comprising 100 centavos, what is the currency of Brazil? Real
  14. What word, derived from Latin meaning to 'pay against the evil of something' refers to expressing disapproval? Deprecate
  15. Ogilvy & Mather, WWP and James Walter Thompson famously operate in: Law; Advertising; Auditing; or Architectural design? Advertising
  16. What mathematical term originated from Arabic 'awar', meaning 'damage to goods', evolving through French terminology for an apportionment of shipping liabilities between owners of vessel and cargo? Average
  17. What herb is traditionally associated, besides garlic, with the pickling of a gherkin (US pickle)? Dill
  18. Avian refers to: Birds; Bees; Apes; or Vikings? Birds (avis is Latin for bird)
  19. Derived from Latin for 'place', what anglicized French word commonly means 'instead' in formal communications? Lieu
  20. Which inspirational genius created the landmark film 'Modern Times' and its theme song, 'Smile', released in 1936? Charlie Chaplin (see the story of Smile)


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