General Knowledge Questions (320)

  1. What maritime exclamation did Alexander Graham Bell suggest be the standard telephone answering greeting before Edison's 'Hello'?
  2. What must be no smaller than 1.68 inches (42.67mm), weigh no more than 1.62oz (45.93g) and be symmetrically dimpled?
  3. Meissen and Dresden of Germany, and Spode of England made high-quality: Motorbikes; Porcelain; Fishing tackle; or Shoes?
  4. What French term traditionally seeks to convey a product/service's extra comfort/elegance, ironically from the Latin origin 'excess'?
  5. A 'lustrum' refers to a period of how many years?
  6. What remarkable world-changing South American engineering project celebrated its centenary in August 2014?
  7. Roughly how many different girls' names were registered in the UK for newborn females in 2013: 500; 3,500; 5,000; or 35,000?
  8. The Afrikaans word 'pronk' refers to the distinctive arch-backed stiff-legged leap of a: Lion; Giraffe; Springbok; or Elephant?
  9. What is the more common English/Western biblical name of Golgotha, the site of Christ's crucifixion?
  10. The old French term 'eshec mat' is terminology in which game?
  11. What is the traditional technical term for a road/paving granite block, alternatively called a Belgian block, and incorrectly a cobble or cobblestone?
  12. What English uprising ended with the death of one its leaders Wat Tyler in June 1381?
  13. Which corporation operates the $multi-billion two-sided advertising service branded AdSense and AdWords?
  14. Paupiette, roulade and involtini refer to meat/fish that is which two of these: Rolled; Raw; Filled; Grilled; Wrapped in pastry?
  15. Propensity means: Fear; Tendency; Resistance; or Risk?
  16. Psychological tests which invite responses to vague stimuli ('random' words, images, etc) and whose answers are analysed expertly are called: Reactive; Objective; Projective; or Subjective?
  17. Psychological tests which ask standardized questions, whose answers are assessed according to fixed measures are called: Reactive; Objective; Projective; or Subjective?
  18. What name is given to human intolerance of gliadin, a gluten protein in wheat, barley and rye?
  19. In music, what term refers to a measure of sound over time?
  20. In proofreading what amendment does the mark 'NP' instruct?

General Knowledge Answers (320)

  1. What maritime exclamation did Alexander Graham Bell suggest be the standard telephone answering greeting before Edison's 'Hello'? Ahoy (variants are found in many other languages, and it shares the same word origins as hey and hi)
  2. What must be no smaller than 1.68 inches (42.67mm), weigh no more than 1.62oz (45.93g) and be symmetrically dimpled? Golf ball
  3. Meissen and Dresden of Germany, and Spode of England made high-quality: Motorbikes; Porcelain; Fishing tackle; or Shoes? Porcelain
  4. What French term traditionally seeks to convey a product/service's extra comfort/elegance, ironically from the Latin origin 'excess'? De luxe (literally 'of comfort')
  5. A 'lustrum' refers to a period of how many years? Five (from Ancient Rome, entering English in the 1500s as mainly a historical term)
  6. What remarkable world-changing South American engineering project celebrated its centenary in August 2014? Panama Canal
  7. Roughly how many different girls' names were registered in the UK for newborn females in 2013: 500; 3,500; 5,000; or 35,000? 35,000 (incredibly this many - a sharply increasing trend in modern times, chiefly because so many names are original, 'made-up', and based on names of others things)
  8. The Afrikaans word 'pronk' refers to the distinctive arch-backed stiff-legged leap of a: Lion; Giraffe; Springbok; or Elephant? Springbok (or other antelope engaging in such display - the word is from Dutch 'spronken', to strut)
  9. What is the more common English/Western biblical name of Golgotha, the site of Christ's crucifixion? Calvary
  10. The old French term 'eshec mat' is terminology in which game? Chess (origin/meaning 'checkmate')
  11. What is the traditional technical term for a road/paving granite block, alternatively called a Belgian block, and incorrectly a cobble or cobblestone? Sett (also plural, e.g., 'a sett market square' or 'a sett road' - technically a cobble/cobblestone is a large round pebble, which was the earlier form)
  12. What English uprising ended with the death of one its leaders Wat Tyler in June 1381?The Peasants' Revolt (also called Wat Tyler's Rebellion or the Great Rising)
  13. Which corporation operates the $multi-billion two-sided advertising service branded AdSense and AdWords? Google (AdSense is for selling ad space; Adwords is for buying it)
  14. Paupiette, roulade and involtini refer to meat/fish that is which two of these: Rolled; Raw; Filled; Grilled; Wrapped in pastry? Rolled and Filled
  15. Propensity means: Fear; Tendency; Resistance; or Risk? Tendency (towards behaving in a certain way)
  16. Psychological tests which invite responses to vague stimuli ('random' words, images, etc) and whose answers are analysed expertly are called: Reactive; Objective; Projective; or Subjective? Projective (seeking to expose unconscious emotions/conflicts - based on Freudian psychoanalysis theory)
  17. Psychological tests which ask standardized questions, whose answers are assessed according to fixed measures are called: Reactive; Objective; Projective; or Subjective? Objective (which aim to measure a person's characteristics according to transparent 'norms')
  18. What name is given to human intolerance of gliadin, a gluten protein in wheat, barley and rye? Coeliac disease (or celiac disease or celiac sprue [US] - from Greek koiliakós, abdominal)
  19. In music, what term refers to a measure of sound over time? Sustain
  20. In proofreading what amendment does the mark 'NP' instruct? New Paragraph


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