General Knowledge Questions (84)

  1. What religious symbol refers to a heightened and often baseless business expectation by association to an earlier success?
  2. What does the hospital patient admission abbreviation BIBA mean?
  3. What is the study of reptiles and amphibians?
  4. In what part of the human body are the malleus, incus, and stapes?
  5. The volcanic mountain Chimborazo is in which South American country?
  6. What warlike term refers to a person or agency operating in the field of executive search?
  7. Which 18th century French philosopher wrote the opening line: 'Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.." ?
  8. The Italian company Borsalino became famous for making: fedora hats, goats cheese, motorbikes or violins?
  9. In which country was the inventor Alexander Graham Bell born?
  10. What ceremony is performed beneath a chuppah?
  11. What physics term refers to the largely prohibited selling method by which customers are said to have agreed to buy something unless they refuse unsolicited goods or services?
  12. Whose paintings included Woman with a Hat, The Open Window, and Bathers with a Turtle?
  13. In which country is the city Invercargill?
  14. What was the terrorist group responsible for the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes?
  15. What is the Chilean Pine more commonly known as?
  16. What US state is known as the Nutmeg State?
  17. A Hedge Brown is what sort of creature?
  18. What past US president's autobiography is called Where's the Rest of Me?
  19. What is the Irish game played with a stick having a broad oval blade and a ball called a sliothar (or sliotar)?
  20. If an item costs £1,175 including 17.5% VAT, what is its price excluding VAT?
  21. Who wrote the opera Carmen?
  22. Autumn King and St Valery are which types of vegetables?
  23. What former diplomat and ambassador to Russia is generally considered the toughest questioner of the Chilcot Inquiry committee?
  24. What wind instrument has a variety known as a sweet potato?
  25. Who was the only female character to appear in every series of UK TV's 'Auf Wiedersehn, Pet'?
  26. The word logo is thought ultimately to derive from the Greek word lógos; what does lógos mean?
  27. What (as at 2010) is the tenth-largest body directly orbiting the Sun?
  28. The Curzon Line was the demarcation line between which two countries?
  29. What is the Urdu-based western name for the tobacco water-pipe known in Arabic as a shisha and in Turkish as a nargile?
  30. What was Amy Williams sled called on which she won Olympic gold for Britain at Vancouver in the Skeleton event?
  31. Hyperalgesia is an increased sensitivity to: love, pain, chocolate, or bad grammar?
  32. Who became Secretary General of the United Nations in 2007?
  33. In the Roman Catholic church what name is given to the form of prayers said on nine consecutive days?
  34. What crowd-pleasing song and album title did British folk act Show of Hands derive from a 'reverse acronym' of the collapsed bank AIG?
  35. English novelist Mary Anne Evans is better known by what name?
  36. A graph shape which rises slowly initially and then very steeply in a straight line is known by what sporty name?
  37. What job title, aside from a dealer, is given to someone who collects and pays bets at a gaming table?
  38. The Collegiate Church of St Peter in London is more popularly known by what name?
  39. In what ocean are the Pitcairn Islands, where the Bounty mutineers settled?
  40. What does the computer file acronym MPEG stand for?

General Knowledge Answers (84)

  1. What religious symbol refers to a heightened and often baseless business expectation by association to an earlier success? Halo (halo effect)
  2. What does the hospital patient admission abbreviation BIBA mean? Brought In By Ambulance
  3. What is the study of reptiles and amphibians? Herpetology
  4. In what part of the human body are the malleus, incus, and stapes? Ear (malleus is the hammer, incus the anvil, stapes is the stirrup)
  5. The volcanic mountain Chimborazo is in which South American country? Ecuador
  6. What warlike term refers to a person or agency operating in the field of executive search? Headhunter
  7. Which 18th century French philosopher wrote the opening line: 'Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.." ? Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-78, from Du Contrat Social - The Social Contract - 1762, the line continues: One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they.)
  8. The Italian company Borsalino became famous for making: fedora hats, goats cheese, motorbikes or violins? Fedora hats
  9. In which country was the inventor Alexander Graham Bell born? Scotland (1847)
  10. What ceremony is performed beneath a chuppah? Marriage (it's a portable canopy used in Jewish weddings)
  11. What physics term refers to the largely prohibited selling method by which customers are said to have agreed to buy something unless they refuse unsolicited goods or services? Inertia (inertia selling)
  12. Whose paintings included Woman with a Hat, The Open Window, and Bathers with a Turtle? Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
  13. In which country is the city Invercargill? New Zealand
  14. What was the terrorist group responsible for the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes? Black September
  15. What is the Chilean Pine more commonly known as? Monkey Puzzle Tree
  16. What US state is known as the Nutmeg State? Connecticut
  17. A Hedge Brown is what sort of creature? Butterfly
  18. What past US president's autobiography is called Where's the Rest of Me? Ronald Reagan
  19. What is the Irish game played with a stick having a broad oval blade and a ball called a sliothar (or sliotar)? Hurling (or Stickball)
  20. If an item costs £1,175 including 17.5% VAT, what is its price excluding VAT? £1,000
  21. Who wrote the opera Carmen? Georges Bizet
  22. Autumn King and St Valery are which types of vegetables? Carrot
  23. What former diplomat and ambassador to Russia is generally considered the toughest questioner of the Chilcot Inquiry committee? Sir Roderic Lyne
  24. What wind instrument has a variety known as a sweet potato? Ocarina (called sweet potato because of its oval shape)
  25. Who was the only female character to appear in every series of UK TV's 'Auf Wiedersehn, Pet'? Brenda (Neville Hope's wife, played by Julia Tobin)
  26. The word logo is thought ultimately to derive from the Greek word lógos; what does lógos mean? Word
  27. What (as at 2010) is the tenth-largest body directly orbiting the Sun? Pluto (Eris, identified in 2005 is the ninth, after the eight commonly known planets)
  28. The Curzon Line was the demarcation line between which two countries? Russia and Poland (proposed in 1919)
  29. What is the Urdu-based western name for the tobacco water-pipe known in Arabic as a shisha and in Turkish as a nargile? Hookah
  30. What was Amy Williams sled called on which she won Olympic gold for Britain at Vancouver in the Skeleton event? Arthur
  31. Hyperalgesia is an increased sensitivity to: love, pain, chocolate, or bad grammar? Pain
  32. Who became Secretary General of the United Nations in 2007? Ban Ki-Moon (he is South Korean)
  33. In the Roman Catholic church what name is given to the form of prayers said on nine consecutive days? Novena
  34. What crowd-pleasing song and album title did British folk act Show of Hands derive from a 'reverse acronym' of the collapsed bank AIG? Arrogance Ignorance and Greed
  35. English novelist Mary Anne Evans is better known by what name? George Eliot (1819-1880)
  36. A graph shape which rises slowly initially and then very steeply in a straight line is known by what sporty name? Hockey stick
  37. What job title, aside from a dealer, is given to someone who collects and pays bets at a gaming table? Croupier
  38. The Collegiate Church of St Peter in London is more popularly known by what name? Westminster Abbey
  39. In what ocean are the Pitcairn Islands, where the Bounty mutineers settled? Pacific
  40. What does the computer file acronym MPEG stand for? Moving Picture Experts Group


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