General Knowledge Quiz #23

  1. Byssinosis is a disease affecting which part of the body?
  2. First performed in 1938, and commonly considered one of the saddest of all classical works, who composed Adagio for Strings (it was used in the 1986 film Platoon)?
  3. Which American animator created Daffy Duck and Droopy Dog?
  4. What range of hills between Northumberland and the Scottish borders gave their name to a farm breed?
  5. On April 1st 1957 the normally serious BBC TV news programme Panorama convinced thousands of English viewers that what type of food grew on trees?
  6. A spheksophobic fears which insects?
  7. In 1992 which scientist and philosopher was absolved of heresy by the Vatican?
  8. Who is the patron saint of Portugal?
  9. Who composed Maple Leaf Rag?
  10. How many pockets does a billiard table normally have?
  11. In which US state was the American Declaration of Independence signed on 4th July 1776?
  12. Who in 1990 became the first chancellor of a united Germany?
  13. Which country was previously called Persia?
  14. Which car manufacturer has a model called the Favorit?
  15. Who was the wing commander who led the 'Dambusters' bomber raids in 1943?
  16. The Faroe Islands are an autonomous province of which country?
  17. How old was Tony Blair when he became British prime minister in 1997?
  18. The fashionable island Martha's Vineyard is in which US state?
  19. In Western culture what is the birthstone for the month of May?
  20. Fotheringhay Castle, birthplace of Richard III in 1452, and site of Mary Queen of Scots trial and execution in 1587, is in which English county?
  21. What was the oil tanker which ran aground on Bligh Reef in 1989, spilling crude oil into Prince William Sound, off the south coast of Alaska?
  22. In 1844 Samuel Morse sent the first public telegraph message containing what short biblical quote (from the book of Numbers chapter 23, verse 23)?
  23. Which American celebrity claims to have a maid called Vaginica Seaman?
  24. What is the capital of Queensland, Australia?
  25. In the Bible to whom did God give the Ten Commandments?
  26. What is the 1990's cult Japanese electronic toy which is cared for as if it were a pet?
  27. What is the number of the MASH unit in the TV series?
  28. In what year was suffragette Emily Davidson killed by King George V's horse in the Epsom Derby?
  29. What is Herman Munster's twin brother called?
  30. What is the line called on a ship which is the limit to which it may be loaded?

General Knowledge Quiz #23 Answers

  1. Byssinosis is a disease affecting which part of the body? Lungs (Caused by prolonged inhalation of textile dust)
  2. First performed in 1938, and commonly considered one of the saddest of all classical works, who composed Adagio for Strings (it was used in the 1986 film Platoon)? Samuel Barber
  3. Which American animator created Daffy Duck and Droopy Dog? Tex Avery (Frederick Bean Avery)
  4. What range of hills between Northumberland and the Scottish borders gave their name to a farm breed? Cheviot (sheep)
  5. On April 1st 1957 the normally serious BBC TV news programme Panorama convinced thousands of English viewers that what type of food grew on trees? Spaghetti (The highly respected broadcaster Richard Dimbleby provided the voiceover, which was a major factor in achieving the hoax, aside from general ignorance among English people of the times about 'foreign food'.)
  6. A spheksophobic fears which insects? Wasps
  7. In 1992 which scientist and philosopher was absolved of heresy by the Vatican? Galileo(Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642 - Galileo's terrible crime against the church was stating in 1632 that the Earth orbited the Sun, rather than vice-versa.)
  8. Who is the patron saint of Portugal? St George
  9. Who composed Maple Leaf Rag? Scott Joplin (published 1899 - popular American ragtime pianist and composer Joplin also wrote 'The Entertainer', which became famous in more recent times as the theme music for the 1973 film The Sting)
  10. How many pockets does a billiard table normally have? Six
  11. In which US state was the American Declaration of Independence signed on 4th July 1776? Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia, in the Pennsylvania State House, subsequently renamed Independence Hall and now preserved as a world heritage site. The building was also the original location of the iconic Liberty Bell, which has since been relocated to the Liberty Bell Centre also in Philadelphia.)
  12. Who in 1990 became the first chancellor of a united Germany? Helmut Kohl (he was succeeded in 1998 by Gerhard Schröder)
  13. Which country was previously called Persia? Iran (fully the Islamic Republic of Iran)
  14. Which car manufacturer has a model called the Favorit? Skoda
  15. Who was the wing commander who led the 'Dambusters' bomber raids in 1943? Guy Gibson (Gibson was awarded the VC. He died in action in 1944.)
  16. The Faroe Islands are an autonomous province of which country? Denmark (The Faroes, or Faeroes, comprising 18 islands in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway, derive their name from Nordic meaning sheep islands, although now virtually all industry and exports are fishing related. It is impossible to be further than 3 miles from the ocean anywhere on the Faroes.)
  17. How old was Tony Blair when he became British prime minister in 1997? Forty-three (he was born on 6th May 1953, and became PM on 2nd May 1997, four days before his forty-fourth birthday)
  18. The fashionable island Martha's Vineyard is in which US state? Massachusetts(Martha's Vineyard is notable for being one of the few US placenames containing a possessive apostrophe, and more notoriously for the 1969 drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne in Senator Edward Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick, a smaller island connected to Martha's Vineyard.)
  19. In Western culture what is the birthstone for the month of May? Emerald (Emerald is part of the beryl mineral family and has the chemical formula Be3Al2Si6O18)
  20. Fotheringhay Castle, birthplace of Richard III in 1452, and site of Mary Queen of Scots trial and execution in 1587, is in which English county? Northamptonshire(Fotheringhay Castle, near Oundle, fell into ruin after Mary's execution, and only its mound remains.)
  21. What was the oil tanker which ran aground on Bligh Reef in 1989, spilling crude oil into Prince William Sound, off the south coast of Alaska? Exxon Valdez (As at 2007 punitive damages are still being contested in the American courts. The ship was renamed Mediterranean after being repaired. Its original name is from the Alaskan port, Valdez.)
  22. In 1844 Samuel Morse sent the first public telegraph message containing what short biblical quote (from the book of Numbers chapter 23, verse 23)? What hath God wrought?
  23. Which American celebrity claims to have a maid called Vaginica Seaman? David Gest(Best known for his marriage and split with Liza Minnelli and subsequent gameshow TV appearances, Gest achieved his initial success as music producer.)
  24. What is the capital of Queensland, Australia? Brisbane
  25. In the Bible to whom did God give the Ten Commandments? Moses
  26. What is the 1990's cult Japanese electronic toy which is cared for as if it were a pet? Tamagotchi (Literally 'small egg', and similar to the Japanese word tomodachi meaning friend.)
  27. What is the number of the MASH unit in the TV series? 4077
  28. In what year was suffragette Emily Davidson killed by King George V's horse in the Epsom Derby? 1913 (Emily Davidson died four days after the collision. The king's horse Anmer and jockey Herbert Jones both recovered from their injuries. Davidson's precise intentions are unknown - theories include intentional suicide, obstructing the horse, or less plausibly attaching a flag to the horse. Davidson was an first-class honours Oxford graduate and a passionate and creative campaigner for women's rights. One of her earlier and safer protests was that of hiding overnight in the House of Commons so that she could claim it to be her residence for the 1911 population census.)
  29. What is Herman Munster's twin brother called? Charlie (Charlie Munster was played by Fred Gwynne, who not surprisingly also played Herman.)
  30. What is the line called on a ship which is the limit to which it may be loaded? Plimsoll line (aka International load line - it was brought into force in 1876 by coal merchant and politician Samuel Plimsoll.)


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