General Knowledge Questions (89)

  1. What shape is cordate?
  2. US Aviator Lawrence Burst Sperry (1892-1923) has attracted suggestions of being the founder of the 'Mile High Club' due to his invention of which flight aid?
  3. Mycology is the study of what: fungi; greed; the mind; or myspace?
  4. Who wrote the novel The French Lieutenant's Woman?
  5. What is the state capital of South Australia?
  6. How many grams are in a hectogram?
  7. Which is the only Charles Dickens novel with a female narrator?
  8. Copoclephily is the collecting of what: police paraphernalia; co-op tokens; keyrings; or mermaid figures?
  9. Budapest lies on which river?
  10. Who was the 20th US president, the second to be assassinated, and the second shortest serving?
  11. Otoplasty is the surgical alteration of what external body parts?
  12. Which animal represents the Chinese year 2010?
  13. A pickerel is a young what: pike; bird; platypus; or elephant?
  14. What is the large island state of Australia, 150 miles from its south east edge?
  15. What same three words are in the titles of biographical books about Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, Ben Hogan, Benjamin Franklin, Condoleeza Rice and Dr Spock?
  16. What type of creature has the family name howler?
  17. What was first and last European colony in China?
  18. Which eastern European country, called Hrvatska in its own language, has the international vehicle registration code HR?
  19. Which popular UK TV police series started as a pilot episode called 'Woodentop' in 1983?
  20. What type of alcoholic drink is Manzanilla?
  21. A Gibus or Chapeau Claque is what sort of top hat, originally popular at the opera: white; collapsible; exploding; or made of beaver-skin?
  22. By what name is footballer Edison Arantes do Nascimento better known?
  23. In which European country is the Caledonian Canal?
  24. In 1725 King George the First created what British chivalric honour, whose original ceremony entailed bodily cleansing?
  25. In astrology the constellation Leo represents the Lion slain by whom?
  26. Whom did Pat Cash defeat in the 1987 Wimbledon Men's Singles Final?
  27. Ergophobia is the irrational fear or what: working; oneself; snails; or the future?
  28. Donatello's 15th century bronze statue of David, at the Bergello Museum in Florence, Italy, has what significantly at his feet?
  29. What spirit usually goes into the making of a mint julep?
  30. What is the chemical name for Laughing Gas?

General Knowledge Answers (89)

  1. What shape is cordate? Heart-shaped (from Latin cordatus, and cor, heart)
  2. US Aviator Lawrence Burst Sperry (1892-1923) has attracted suggestions of being the founder of the 'Mile High Club' due to his invention of which flight aid? Autopilot
  3. Mycology is the study of what: fungi; greed; the mind; or myspace? Fungi (from Greek mykes, fungus)
  4. Who wrote the novel The French Lieutenant's Woman? John Fowles
  5. What is the state capital of South Australia? Adelaide
  6. How many grams are in a hectogram? One hundred (from French hecto, and Greek hekaton, a hundred)
  7. Which is the only Charles Dickens novel with a female narrator? Bleak House
  8. Copoclephily is the collecting of what: police paraphernalia; co-op tokens; keyrings; or mermaid figures? Keyrings
  9. Budapest lies on which river? Danube
  10. Who was the 20th US president, the second to be assassinated, and the second shortest serving? James Garfield (shot and fatally wounded at Sixth Street Station, Washington DC, 1881 - Abraham Lincoln was the first to be assassinated, in 1865; William Henry Harrison was the shortest serving, at only 32 days in 1841)
  11. Otoplasty is the surgical alteration of what external body parts? Ears (from the Greek word otos, ear)
  12. Which animal represents the Chinese year 2010? Tiger (14 Feb 2010 - 2 Feb 2011)
  13. A pickerel is a young what: pike; bird; platypus; or elephant? Pike (a pickerel is actually both a young or small pike and also a different species of fish, Esox Reticulatus, in the same family, Esocidae, as the pike, Esox Lucius. The word pickerel was used first for a young pike, in English, between the 12-14th centuries, and remains in the OED and other dictionaries today. The reference to a different species came much later, initially in the US and Canada, for certain fish in those regions, notably in the Great Lakes - thanks to C Hall for raising the query and prompting/assisting this clarification)
  14. What is the large island state of Australia, 150 miles from its south east edge? Tasmania
  15. What same three words are in the titles of biographical books about Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, Ben Hogan, Benjamin Franklin, Condoleeza Rice and Dr Spock? An American Life
  16. What type of creature has the family name howler? Monkey (native to south and central America)
  17. What was first and last European colony in China? Macau (previously a Portuguese colony)
  18. Which eastern European country, called Hrvatska in its own language, has the international vehicle registration code HR? Croatia
  19. Which popular UK TV police series started as a pilot episode called 'Woodentop' in 1983? The Bill
  20. What type of alcoholic drink is Manzanilla? Sherry (from Spain - around the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Andalusia, named after manzanilla tea, made from camomile, whose flavour it resembles)
  21. A Gibus or Chapeau Claque is what sort of top hat, originally popular at the opera: white; collapsible; exploding; or made of beaver-skin? Collapsible (named after its inventor Antoine Gibus, claque refers to the snap or bang of its spring mechanism)
  22. By what name is footballer Edison Arantes do Nascimento better known? Pelé
  23. In which European country is the Caledonian Canal? Scotland (62 miles, of which two thirds uses lochs, from the east coast at Inverness to the west coast at Corpach near Fort William, built by Thomas Telford, it opened in 1822)
  24. In 1725 King George the First created what British chivalric honour, whose original ceremony entailed bodily cleansing? Order of Bath (fully, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, formerly The Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, hence 'Knight of Bath')
  25. In astrology the constellation Leo represents the Lion slain by whom? Hercules(Hercules is the Roman version; Greek is Heracles)
  26. Whom did Pat Cash defeat in the 1987 Wimbledon Men's Singles Final? Ivan Lendl
  27. Ergophobia is the irrational fear or what: working; oneself; snails; or the future? Working(from the Greek ergon, meaning work)
  28. Donatello's 15th century bronze statue of David, at the Bergello Museum in Florence, Italy, has what significantly at his feet? Goliath's severed head
  29. What spirit usually goes into the making of a mint julep? Bourbon (plus mint, water and sugar - the julep derives from its 15th century meaning, a mix of medicine with a sweet drink - from Persian for rose water, gulab, gul - rose, and ab - water)
  30. What is the chemical name for Laughing Gas? Nitrous oxide (formula N2O)


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