General Knowledge Questions (98)

  1. Which famous 18th century English theologian and chemist pioneered the discovery of oxygen?
  2. In 1958, Maria Teresa de Filippis was the first woman to compete in which sport?
  3. In video and audio data, what does MPEG stand for?
  4. What colour is the No 5 engine James, featured in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories?
  5. Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of which country in 1877: Canada; Rhodesia; India; or Australia?
  6. Notaphily is the collecting of what?
  7. Which Cornish castle is said to be the birth place of King Arthur?
  8. Over which desert did France test its first atom bomb in 1960?
  9. The phrase 'eleven plus two' is an anagram of what phrase which also suggests a total of thirteen?
  10. Translating as 'place of the way' what Japanese word describes a facility for teaching physical skills such as martial arts?
  11. What air traffic control centre (as at 2010) commands the largest airspace in Europe: Heathrow; Frankfurt; Paris; or Prestwick?
  12. Kenneth Moore portrayed which famous 2nd World War fighter pilot in the 1956 film Reach for the Sky?
  13. In botany, if a plant is monocarpic what does it do only once?
  14. Penalty shoot-outs were introduced to the FIFA World Cup in which tournament (state the year of the Finals)?
  15. What is the call-sign name of the US presidential helicopter?
  16. Which English county is the setting for most of painter John Constable's works: Suffolk; Norfolk; Essex; or Cornwall?
  17. What is the name of Long John Silver's parrot in the novel Treasure Island?
  18. Used in riot control, what is a lachrymator commonly known as?
  19. The Blarney Stone is in which county of the Republic of Ireland?
  20. What, in 1961, was the first animated cartoon TV show to be nominated for an Emmy?
  21. Provolone is what type of foodstuff?
  22. What are the four smaller inner planets of the Solar System, also called the terrestrial planets?
  23. Actress Nancy Davis (born Anne Francis Robbins in 1921) became wife of which famous leader?
  24. "A floating object displaces its own weight in fluid" is essentially what principle?
  25. Shah Jahan of India had what built as his wife's tomb?
  26. What did Irish Colonel Thomas Blood attempt to steal in May 1671?
  27. Which TV character worked for Gateman, Goodbury and Graves funeral parlour?
  28. A flittermouse is an old term for which type of creature?
  29. Robert Hawke was the prime minister of which country?
  30. Nyotaimori and Nantaimori refer to the rare Japanese practice of eating sushi or sashimi from what surface: Wood; Leaves; Newspaper; or a Naked Person?

General Knowledge Answers (98)

  1. Which famous 18th century English theologian and chemist pioneered the discovery of oxygen? Joseph Priestley (1733-1804)
  2. In 1958, Maria Teresa de Filippis was the first woman to compete in which sport? Formula One Grand Prix
  3. In video and audio data, what does MPEG stand for? Moving Pictures Experts Group
  4. What colour is the No 5 engine James, featured in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories? Red
  5. Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of which country in 1877: Canada; Rhodesia; India; or Australia? India
  6. Notaphily is the collecting of what? Banknotes (or paper money)
  7. Which Cornish castle is said to be the birth place of King Arthur? Tintagel
  8. Over which desert did France test its first atom bomb in 1960? Sahara
  9. The phrase 'eleven plus two' is an anagram of what phrase which also suggests a total of thirteen? Twelve plus one
  10. Translating as 'place of the way' what Japanese word describes a facility for teaching physical skills such as martial arts? Dojo
  11. What air traffic control centre (as at 2010) commands the largest airspace in Europe: Heathrow; Frankfurt; Paris; or Prestwick? Prestwick (near Glasgow)
  12. Kenneth Moore portrayed which famous 2nd World War fighter pilot in the 1956 film Reach for the Sky? Douglas Bader
  13. In botany, if a plant is monocarpic what does it do only once? Bear fruit
  14. Penalty shoot-outs were introduced to the FIFA World Cup in which tournament (state the year of the Finals)? 1978 (in Argentina)
  15. What is the call-sign name of the US presidential helicopter? Marine One
  16. Which English county is the setting for most of painter John Constable's works: Suffolk; Norfolk; Essex; or Cornwall? Suffolk
  17. What is the name of Long John Silver's parrot in the novel Treasure Island? Captain Flint
  18. Used in riot control, what is a lachrymator commonly known as? Tear gas
  19. The Blarney Stone is in which county of the Republic of Ireland? Cork (see why blarney means persuasiveness)
  20. What, in 1961, was the first animated cartoon TV show to be nominated for an Emmy? The Flintstones
  21. Provolone is what type of foodstuff? Cheese (an Italian, soft, smoked variety)
  22. What are the four smaller inner planets of the Solar System, also called the terrestrial planets? Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars
  23. Actress Nancy Davis (born Anne Francis Robbins in 1921) became wife of which famous leader? Ronald Reagan (US President 1981-89)
  24. "A floating object displaces its own weight in fluid" is essentially what principle? The Archimedes Principle (after Greek scientist Archimedes of Syracuse, 287-212BC)
  25. Shah Jahan of India had what built as his wife's tomb? The Taj Mahal
  26. What did Irish Colonel Thomas Blood attempt to steal in May 1671? The Crown Jewels
  27. Which TV character worked for Gateman, Goodbury and Graves funeral parlour? Herman Munster
  28. A flittermouse is an old term for which type of creature? Bat
  29. Robert Hawke was the prime minister of which country? Australia (1983-91)
  30. Nyotaimori and Nantaimori refer to the rare Japanese practice of eating sushi or sashimi from what surface: Wood; Leaves; Newspaper; or a Naked Person? A naked person(Nyotaimori and Nantaimori are respectively female and male)


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