General Knowledge Quiz #24

  1. Astana is the capital of which country?
  2. Which playwright was once secretary to James Joyce, 1969 Nobel prizewinner for literature, and wrote his most famous play originally in French, titled En Attendant Godot?
  3. Who is fifth in line to the British throne (as at Aug 2007)?
  4. What is the Latin term used in referencing which means 'in the same place' ?
  5. What is the flap which covers the human windpipe when swallowing?
  6. Born Henry John Deutschendorf Junior, which American singer died when his light aircraft crashed into the sea off California in 1997?
  7. James Earl Ray was arrested at Heathrow airport in 1968 and subsequently convicted of whose assassination?
  8. Who was the famous wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia?
  9. Finishing in Paris after nearly 10,000 miles, from which city did racers begin the first long distance car rally in 1907?
  10. The town of Fray Bentos, after which the meat products brand was named, is in what country?
  11. Cedi is the basic monetary unit of which African country?
  12. Henry Sewell led the first government of which country in 1856?
  13. What, loosely translating as 'self-boiler', is a traditional metal Russian tea urn called?
  14. Barack Obama's best selling book is called 'The Audacity of..' what?
  15. What was the name of the ship on which Charles Darwin set sail on his voyage around the world in 1831?
  16. Mary Mallon was effectively imprisoned for life in New York for being an irresponsible immune carrier of what disease?
  17. Graham Vivian Sutherland's official portrait of which prime minister was destroyed by the subject's wife because she hated it?
  18. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize?
  19. Who wrote the best selling book The Tipping Point?
  20. What is the name of the largest island of Japan?
  21. What does WAP stand for in mobile phone technology?
  22. Harry Longbaugh was better known by what name?
  23. Which common chemical element has the atomic number 20?
  24. BRN is the international vehicle registration for which country?
  25. For which film did Henry Fonda win his best actor Oscar?
  26. Which huge global communications brand is derived from a local word for a marten?
  27. Who was the first reigning British monarch to make an official visit to the USA?
  28. What is the name of the carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday?
  29. Who was the British nurse arrested in Brussels and shot by firing squad in 1915 on suspicion of helping Allied solders to escape?
  30. What object officially joined our solar system on 1st May 1930?

General Knowledge Quiz #24 Answers

  1. Astana is the capital of which country? Kazakhstan (Astana means 'capital city' in Kazakh)
  2. Which playwright was once secretary to James Joyce, 1969 Nobel prizewinner for literature, and wrote his most famous play originally in French, titled En Attendant Godot? Samuel Beckett (1906-89)
  3. Who is fifth in line to the British throne (as at Aug 2007)? Princess Beatrice
  4. What is the Latin term used in referencing which means 'in the same place' ? Ib. (or 'Ibid.' from the full Latin word 'ibidem')
  5. What is the flap which covers the human windpipe when swallowing? Epiglotis (derived from Greek epi meaning on, and glossa meaning tongue)
  6. Born Henry John Deutschendorf Junior, which American singer died when his light aircraft crashed into the sea off California in 1997? John Denver (he took his name from the capital of Colorado, his favourite state)
  7. James Earl Ray was arrested at Heathrow airport in 1968 and subsequently convicted of whose assassination? Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. Who was the famous wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia? Lady Godiva (Leofric and Godiva were important figures in early 11th century England, but Lady Godiva's naked ride on horseback through Coventry to persuade her husband to lower people's taxes is not historically reliable, and probably legend based on her conventional support of local religious causes)
  9. Finishing in Paris after nearly 10,000 miles, from which city did racers begin the first long distance car rally in 1907? Peking (now Beijing)
  10. The town of Fray Bentos, after which the meat products brand was named, is in what country? Uruguay (close to the border with Argentina, about 100 miles north of Buenos Aires - the original Fray Bentos was apparently a priest)
  11. Cedi is the basic monetary unit of which African country? Ghana (Cedi = 100 pesewas)
  12. Henry Sewell led the first government of which country in 1856? New Zealand (he held office as premier for just two weeks)
  13. What, loosely translating as 'self-boiler', is a traditional metal Russian tea urn called? Samovar (derived from sam meaning self and varit meaning to boil, from Old Slavic variti meaning to cook)
  14. Barack Obama's best selling book is called 'The Audacity of..' what? Hope
  15. What was the name of the ship on which Charles Darwin set sail on his voyage around the world in 1831? HMS Beagle
  16. Mary Mallon was effectively imprisoned for life in New York for being an irresponsible immune carrier of what disease? Typhoid (hence her nickname and the expression, 'Typhoid Mary', referring to someone whose behaviour creates a risk of infecting to others)
  17. Graham Vivian Sutherland's official portrait of which prime minister was destroyed by the subject's wife because she hated it? Sir Winston Churchill (painted in 1954 and destroyed sometime after Churchill's death in 1965)
  18. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize? Marie Curie (1903 for Physics - she also won in 1911 for Chemistry)
  19. Who wrote the best selling book The Tipping Point? Malcolm Gladwell (published in 2000, The Tipping Point sought to explain how small things could cause massive effects)
  20. What is the name of the largest island of Japan? Honshu (more correctly Honshū, which means 'main state')
  21. What does WAP stand for in mobile phone technology? Wireless Application Protocol(WAP hype prompted the alternatives: Wait And Pay, Worthless Application Protocol)
  22. Harry Longbaugh was better known by what name? The Sundance Kid (partner of Butch Cassidy and member of the Wild Bunch outlaw gang in the late 19th century)
  23. Which common chemical element has the atomic number 20? Calcium (Calcium is a silvery soft metal with the chemical symbol Ca)
  24. BRN is the international vehicle registration for which country? Bahrain
  25. For which film did Henry Fonda win his best actor Oscar? On Golden Pond
  26. Which huge global communications brand is derived from a local word for a marten? Nokia (a marten is like a weasel - the variety in question was probably the pine marten or sable, which gave its name to the Finnish river and town on which the early Nokia company - a paper mill - was built.)
  27. Who was the first reigning British monarch to make an official visit to the USA? George the Sixth (in 1939)
  28. What is the name of the carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday? Mardi Gras (meaning 'Fat Tuesday', literally 'Tuesday Fat')
  29. Who was the British nurse arrested in Brussels and shot by firing squad in 1915 on suspicion of helping Allied solders to escape? Edith Cavell
  30. What object officially joined our solar system on 1st May 1930? Pluto


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