General Knowledge Quiz #64

  1. What widely used symbol is known variously around the world by names such as monkey's tail, snail, little mouse, and asperand?
  2. The Great Train Robbery of 1963 was close to what Buckinghamshire county town, which later hosted its criminal trial?
  3. The cauliflower was first cultivated on or in the region of what island: Cyprus; Barbados; Taiwan; or Manhattan?
  4. On 1st April 1980 a 25-day riot and siege began at what UK prison?
  5. What Munich festival, claimed to be world's largest Volksfest (People's Fair), attracts over six million visitors each year?
  6. Which musician called his children Moon Unit and Dweezil?
  7. What is a maven: an expert; a female crow; a secret room; or an unbranded calf?
  8. The 'Reign of Terror', 1793-94, was a particularly violent political period in which country?
  9. Which authoress wrote the book frequently listed among the most popular ever which begins: "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.." ?
  10. What York-based Quaker family created several substantial social reform trusts as a legacy of its chocolate business?
  11. The original Greek meaning of the word Hippodrome was what: hippopotamus noise; nightclub; horse racetrack; or hip replacement?
  12. What does a cruciverbalist make: government statements; religious ornaments; crossword puzzles; or legal judgments?
  13. The Holy See is the highest earthly authority of what religion? 
  14. An expanded and renamed Schonefeld airport is a replacement for Tegel airport in which European city?
  15. What car maker's name means 'roll' in Latin?
  16. What positional characteristic do these French adjectives have in common: beau, bon, grand, petit, nouveau and joli?
  17. Whom did Maragaret Thatcher describe as "...The man who paints those dreadful pictures..."?
  18. Who is the choirmaster in the UK TV series called The Choir?
  19. In which large gland of the human body where are the Islets of Langerhans?
  20. Which actor was born Issur Danielovitch: John Wayne; Kirk Douglas; Laurence Olivier; or Brad Pitt?
  21. Au Poivre describes a dish involving what spice in its cooking or sauce?
  22. The translation of Persian poems called The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was the work of which 19th century English writer and poet?
  23. The Gaudi designed Sagrada Familia church, whose construction began in 1882 and is unlikely to finish before 2026, is in which European city?
  24. Brian Mulroney was the prime minister of which country?
  25. In 1725 Catherine the First succeeded which Russian emperor, also her husband?
  26. Giles Andreae created which popular greeting card character, also used in a Vimto advertising campaign?
  27. What is the two-handled curved blade used for mincing herbs and vegetables, which in Italian means 'half-moon'?
  28. A mohel is a Jewish man trained in the practice of what?
  29. What are the two minor suits on contract bridge?
  30. Who carried the British flag at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games?

General Knowledge Quiz #64 Answers

  1. What widely used symbol is known variously around the world by names such as monkey's tail, snail, little mouse, and asperand? The 'at' symbol (@ or the 'at' sign)
  2. The Great Train Robbery of 1963 was close to what Buckinghamshire county town, which later hosted its criminal trial? Aylesbury
  3. The cauliflower was first cultivated on or in the region of what island: Cyprus; Barbados; Taiwan; or Manhattan? Cyprus
  4. On 1st April 1980 a 25-day riot and siege began at what UK prison? Strangeways(since renamed HM Prison Manchester)
  5. What Munich festival, claimed to be world's largest Volksfest (People's Fair), attracts over six million visitors each year? Oktoberfest (Oktoberfest beer festival)
  6. Which musician called his children Moon Unit and Dweezil? Frank Zappa
  7. What is a maven: an expert; a female crow; a secret room; or an unbranded calf? An expert (especially one who shares knowledge - derived from Jewish mevyn/mevin for understanding)
  8. The 'Reign of Terror', 1793-94, was a particularly violent political period in which country? France
  9. Which authoress wrote the book frequently listed among the most popular ever which begins: "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.." ? Harper Lee (fully Nelle Harper Lee, from her book To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960)
  10. What York-based Quaker family created several substantial social reform trusts as a legacy of its chocolate business? Rowntree (notably Joseph Rowntree and his son Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree)
  11. The original Greek meaning of the word Hippodrome was what: hippopotamus noise; nightclub; horse racetrack; or hip replacement? Horse race
  12. What does a cruciverbalist make: government statements; religious ornaments; crossword puzzles; or legal judgments? Crossword puzzles (from the Latin, crux - cross, verbum - word)
  13. The Holy See is the highest earthly authority of what religion? Roman Catholic
  14. An expanded and renamed Schonefeld airport is a replacement for Tegel airport in which European city? Berlin (to be Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, 2011)
  15. What car maker's name means 'roll' in Latin? Volvo
  16. What positional characteristic do these French adjectives have in common: beau, bon, grand, petit, nouveau and joli? They precede the noun (whereas most adjectives follow the noun)
  17. Whom did Maragaret Thatcher describe as "...The man who paints those dreadful pictures..."? Francis Bacon
  18. Who is the choirmaster in the UK TV series called The Choir? Gareth Malone
  19. In which large gland of the human body where are the Islets of Langerhans? Pancreas
  20. Which actor was born Issur Danielovitch: John Wayne; Kirk Douglas; Laurence Olivier; or Brad Pitt? Kirk Douglas
  21. Au Poivre describes a dish involving what spice in its cooking or sauce? Pepper(specifically peppercorns)
  22. The translation of Persian poems called The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was the work of which 19th century English writer and poet? Edward FitzGerald
  23. The Gaudi designed Sagrada Familia church, whose construction began in 1882 and is unlikely to finish before 2026, is in which European city? Barcelona
  24. Brian Mulroney was the prime minister of which country? Canada (1984-93)
  25. In 1725 Catherine the First succeeded which Russian emperor, also her husband? Peter the First (or Peter the Great)
  26. Giles Andreae created which popular greeting card character, also used in a Vimto advertising campaign? Purple Ronnie
  27. What is the two-handled curved blade used for mincing herbs and vegetables, which in Italian means 'half-moon'? Mezzaluna
  28. A mohel is a Jewish man trained in the practice of what? Circumcision
  29. What are the two minor suits on contract bridge? Diamonds and Clubs
  30. Who carried the British flag at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games? Kelly Holmes



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