General Knowledge Quiz #21

  1. What Latin phrase means operational method, or the way a job is done?
  2. In the human body which gland secretes the hormone insulin?
  3. The state of Nebraska was sold to the USA in 1803 by which country?
  4. Tala is the basic monetary unit of which country?
  5. Carrageen is an edible variety of what?
  6. Who composed the opera Turandot?
  7. Which English cathedral has 'The Clock with no Face'?
  8. Who was the first woman to walk in space?
  9. Spiro Agnew was US vice-president to which president?
  10. In which European town is the Menin Gate Memorial to missing British and Commonwealth soldiers?
  11. The Lowell Observatory is in which US state?
  12. Who was the president of Chile from 1974-90?
  13. What is the world's smallest republic?
  14. Who played the prison warden in the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz?
  15. Sounding like a placename, what is the traditional pronged spear used for catching Salmon called?
  16. Who succeeded Michael Foot as leader of the Labour Party in the UK?
  17. Jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton played which instrument?
  18. Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire, England, is famous for which annual event?
  19. Which country had the Roman name Mauritania (also spelled Mauretania)?
  20. The Laughing Cavalier is a work by which painter?
  21. What type of rock is carbonado?
  22. What is limnophobia a fear of?
  23. Ribes Nigrum is the Latin name for which fruit?
  24. What type of animal is a Garron?
  25. In which US city was the 2006 Super Bowl held?
  26. Which country (at July 2007) boasts the world's longest suspension bridge span between towers?
  27. What does OAPEC (not OPEC) stand for?
  28. In which country was fashion designer Rifat Ozbek born?
  29. What is the main ingredient of guacamole?
  30. Which country has the international car registration DZ?
  31. In which city is the United Nations headquarters?
  32. In 1987 a French court found which Gestapo chief guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life imprisonment?
  33. Which famous US architect designed the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo in 1916?
  34. Ichthyology is a branch of zoology concerning which creatures?
  35. W Somerset Maugham's novel The Moon and Sixpence is based on the life of which painter?
  36. How many international caps did English footballer Stanley Matthews (later Sir Stanley Matthews) win?
  37. Who became leader of the People's National Party in Jamaica in 1969?
  38. What element is mixed with Iron to make cast iron?
  39. Which type business traditionally has three balls hanging outside?
  40. What is the fictional Scottish island setting of the 1973 film The Wicker Man?
  41. Which famous Mormon church leader and educational pioneer died in Salt Lake City in 1877?
  42. Which US actress's real name is Mary Cathleen Collins?
  43. In which body of water are the Balearic Islands?
  44. Who was hanged in Edinburgh in 1829 for multiple murder in supplying doctors with corpses for dissection?
  45. Mariolatry is the idolatrous worship of whom?
  46. Who said in a radio broadcast in 1939, "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia" ?
  47. What is Zurich's main river?
  48. What is the collective term for a group of woodpeckers?
  49. What is the name of the Cambridge University College that was originally for women only?
  50. Who was King of Egypt from 1936-52?

General Knowledge Quiz #21 Answers

  1. What Latin phrase means operational method, or the way a job is done? Modus Operandi (loosely translated as mode of operating)
  2. In the human body which gland secretes the hormone insulin? Pancreas
  3. The state of Nebraska was sold to the USA in 1803 by which country? France (as part of the Louisanna Purchase, which transferred much of central North America to the US from France - for about $15m - so called because a main reason was to secure American access to the vital port of New Orleans in Lousianna)
  4. Tala is the basic monetary unit of which country? Samoa (fully the Independent State of Samoa - the Tala is comprised of 100 Sene - and incidentally the words Tala and Sene are derived from dollar and cent.)
  5. Carrageen is an edible variety of what? Seaweed (or algae)
  6. Who composed the opera Turandot? Puccini (Giacomo Puccini)
  7. Which English cathedral has 'The Clock with no Face'? Salisbury (apparently a clock-face was considered unnecesary because the time was announced by bells)
  8. Who was the first woman to walk in space? Svetlana Savitskaya (of Russia, 25 July 1984, on Salyut 7)
  9. Spiro Agnew was US vice-president to which president? Richard Nixon
  10. In which European town is the Menin Gate Memorial to missing British and Commonwealth soldiers? Ypres (Flanders in Belgium, location of some of the worst fighting and heaviest losses of WW1)
  11. The Lowell Observatory is in which US state? Arizona (in Flagstaff)
  12. Who was the president of Chile from 1974-90? Augusto Pinochet
  13. What is the world's smallest republic? Nauru (an eight-square-mile Pacific island 26 miles South of the equator, 2,500 miles from Australia - Nauru became independent in 1968 taking the smallest republic title from San Marino. Nauru was previously under trusteeship of the UN, jointly administered by Australia, New Zealand and the UK.)
  14. Who played the prison warden in the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz? Patrick McGoohan
  15. Sounding like a placename, what is the traditional pronged spear used for catching Salmon called? Leister (pronounced 'lester')
  16. Who succeeded Michael Foot as leader of the Labour Party in the UK? Neil Kinnock (in 1983)
  17. Jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton played which instrument? Piano (real name Ferdinand Joseph Lamott Morton, 1885-1941, famous for Black Bottom Stomp among others)
  18. Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire, England, is famous for which annual event? Cheese Rolling (or Cheese Rolling and Wake)
  19. Which country had the Roman name Mauritania (also spelled Mauretania)? Morocco
  20. The Laughing Cavalier is a work by which painter? Frans Hals (1580-1666 - he was Dutch)
  21. What type of rock is carbonado? Diamond (also known as black diamond - carbonado's characteristics cause many to believe that they come from space or result from meteor impact)
  22. What is limnophobia a fear of? Lakes (or big bodies of water)
  23. Ribes Nigrum is the Latin name for which fruit? Blackcurrant
  24. What type of animal is a Garron? Horse
  25. In which US city was the 2006 Super Bowl held? Detroit (Michigan)
  26. Which country (at July 2007) boasts the world's longest suspension bridge span between towers? Japan (opened in 1998, the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge, or Pearl Bridge, connects Akashi near Kobe to the island Awaji-shima - total length 3,990m with a centre span of 1,990m. The Great Belt Fixed Link Bridge in Denmark is much longer overall but its longest span is shorter than the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge at just over 1,660m.)
  27. What does OAPEC (not OPEC) stand for? Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC stands for Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, whose membership obviously extends beyond the Arab nations. Essentially OPEC aims to manage oil pricing, whereas OAPEC focuses on oil and energy development among its member Arab nations.)
  28. In which country was fashion designer Rifat Ozbek born? Turkey
  29. What is the main ingredient of guacamole? Avocado (guacamole - a dip or relish - was originally made by the Aztecs of the Central Americas thosands of years ago. It contains mashed avocado, with various additions such as tomato, salt, lemon or lime, chilli peppers, and onion)
  30. Which country has the international car registration DZ? Algeria
  31. In which city is the United Nations headquarters? New York
  32. In 1987 a French court found which Gestapo chief guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life imprisonment? Klaus Barbie (he died four years later of leukemia, age 77)
  33. Which famous US architect designed the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo in 1916? Frank Lloyd Wright (the hotel was demolished in 1968, the entrance lobby was saved, and reconstructed in the Meiji Mura museum in Nagoya)
  34. Ichthyology is a branch of zoology concerning which creatures? Fish
  35. W Somerset Maugham's novel The Moon and Sixpence is based on the life of which painter? Paul Gaugin
  36. How many international caps did English footballer Stanley Matthews (later Sir Stanley Matthews) win? Fifty-four
  37. Who became leader of the People's National Party in Jamaica in 1969? Michael Manley
  38. What element is mixed with Iron to make cast iron? Carbon
  39. Which type business traditionally has three balls hanging outside? Pawnbroker (or Pawnshop - the three balls can be traced back to the symbol associated with the Medici family, adopted the medieval bankers of Lombardy, who developed the pawnbroking system of money-lending to circumvent the religious constraints of the times. The word Lombard, aside from its modern 'backronym' interpretation, was the formal term for a pawnbroker banker in the late middle ages, hence Lombard Street in London and other financial centres)
  40. What is the fictional Scottish island setting of the 1973 film The Wicker Man? Summerisle
  41. Which famous Mormon church leader and educational pioneer died in Salt Lake City in 1877? Brigham Young
  42. Which US actress's real name is Mary Cathleen Collins? Bo Derek
  43. In which body of water are the Balearic Islands? Mediterranean Sea
  44. Who was hanged in Edinburgh in 1829 for multiple murder in supplying doctors with corpses for dissection? William Burke (William Hare, his accomplice, saved himself by giving evidence against Burke)
  45. Mariolatry is the idolatrous worship of whom? The Virgin Mary
  46. Who said in a radio broadcast in 1939, "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia" ? Winston Churchill
  47. What is Zurich's main river? Limmat
  48. What is the collective term for a group of woodpeckers? Descent
  49. What is the name of the Cambridge University College that was originally for women only? Girton (boys were allowed in 1979)
  50. Who was King of Egypt from 1936-52? Farouk (Farouk I, forced to abdicate in 1952, at which his son Faud II became briefly the last King of Egypt, reigning for less than a year, when the monarchy was brought to an end by the 1952 revolution, officially creating the Arab Republic of Egypt in 1953)


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