General Knowledge Questions (189)

  1. The Aquino, Arroyo and Cojuangco families have in recent times ruled what country?
  2. (As at 2012, and here translated into English) it is illegal to use the slogan 'One People, one Empire, one Leader' in what country?
  3. As at 2012 what is the oldest age of a British monarch on taking the throne: 38; 52; 64; or 85? Bonus point - who was it?
  4. In the human body the hypophysis is better known as what gland?
  5. The Bedouin people are so named because they originated in: Forest; Desert; Grasslands; or Lakelands?
  6. What English word from French meaning literally 'cold blood' refers to (a person's) composure under pressure?
  7. The deeply inaccessible lakes Vostok, Whillans, and Ellsworth are in the: Amazon rainforest; Russian tundra; Australian outback; or South Pole?
  8. Redolent means: Unnecessary; Continuous; Glowing; or Odorous?
  9. Violent government attacks on pro-democracy protests including besiegement of Homs city occurred in which country, 2011-12?
  10. Near Field Communication technology (NFC) is a set of standards for: Hot-air ballooning; Smartphones; Border control; or Satnav?
  11. UK road signs for tourist destinations and places of interest are normally a white icon on what colour background?
  12. The 1805 Battle of Austerlitz was a major victory for which commander?
  13. What 'white-tail' species grew in such numbers in US Washington DC parklands as to prompt radical control measures in 2012: Rats; Snakes; Cats; Rabbits; Beetles; Deer; Eagles; Goats; Weasels; Squirrels; or Porcupines?
  14. What nationality (at 2012, and at founding) are the corporations Samsung, Hyundai and LG?
  15. Spell the word (meaning gently, quietly, hardly noticeably): Subtly; Subtley; Subtlely; or Subtely?
  16. What film won five Oscars in 2012 including Best Actor, Original Score and Costume Design?
  17. In Feb 2012 British cruise ships Adonia and Star Princess were refused entry to Ushuaia port in the southern tip of which country?
  18. Moody's, Fitch, and Standard and Poor's are leaders in what market: Care homes; Outdooor clothing; Credit ratings; or Cider?
  19. What 'discriminatory' personal title did the French government decree in Feb 2012 should be removed from official forms?
  20. Brent Crude is the common trading classification for oil sourced from the bed of what sea?

General Knowledge Answers (189)

  1. The Aquino, Arroyo and Cojuangco families have in recent times ruled what country? The Philippines (fully, Republic of the Philippines)
  2. (As at 2012, and here translated into English) it is illegal to use the slogan 'One People, one Empire, one Leader' in what country? Germany ('Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer' was a slogan of Nazi Germany before and during World War Two)
  3. As at 2012 what is the oldest age of a British monarch on taking the throne: 38; 52; 64; or 85? 64 Bonus point - who was it? William IV (1765-1837 - he reigned 1830-37)
  4. In the human body the hypophysis is better known as what gland? Pituitary gland(about the size of a pea in humans, at the base of the hypothalamus part of the brain)
  5. The Bedouin people are so named because they originated in: Forest; Desert; Grasslands; or Lakelands? Desert (the name derives from Arabic words referring to semi-arid desert and 'people of the desert')
  6. What English word from French meaning literally 'cold blood' refers to (a person's) composure under pressure? Sangfroid (loosely pronounced 'sangfrwad')
  7. The deeply inaccessible lakes Vostok, Whillans, and Ellsworth are in the: Amazon rainforest; Russian tundra; Australian outback; or South Pole? South Pole (sub-glacial, about 2 miles under ice, and subject to exploration and scientific research in the early 2000s)
  8. Redolent means: Unnecessary; Continuous; Glowing; or Odorous? Odorous (especially prompting emotion)
  9. Violent government attacks on pro-democracy protests including besiegement of Homs city occurred in which country, 2011-12? Syria
  10. Near Field Communication technology (NFC) is a set of standards for: Hot-air ballooning; Smartphones; Border control; or Satnav? Smartphones
  11. UK road signs for tourist destinations and places of interest are normally a white icon on what colour background? Brown
  12. The 1805 Battle of Austerlitz was a major victory for which commander? Napoleon (fully Emperor Napoleon I of France - also called the Battle of the Three Emperors - Napoleon defeated the Russo-Austrian army of Tsar Alexander I and Francis II, near Austerlitz, then Moravia in the Austrian Empire, now in the Czech Republic)
  13. What 'white-tail' species grew in such numbers in US Washington DC parklands as to prompt radical control measures in 2012: Rats; Snakes; Cats; Rabbits; Beetles; Deer; Eagles; Goats; Weasels; Squirrels; or Porcupines? Deer
  14. What nationality (at 2012, and at founding) are the corporations Samsung, Hyundai and LG? South Korean
  15. Spell the word (meaning gently, quietly, hardly noticeably): Subtly; Subtley; Subtlely; or Subtely? Subtly (pronounced 'suttle-lee')
  16. What film won five Oscars in 2012 including Best Actor, Original Score and Costume Design? The Artist (also won Best Picture and Directing)
  17. In Feb 2012 British cruise ships Adonia and Star Princess were refused entry to Ushuaia port in the southern tip of which country? Argentina (due to tensions over the disputed Falklands Islands/Las Malvinas)
  18. Moody's, Fitch, and Standard and Poor's are leaders in what market: Care homes; Outdooor clothing; Credit ratings; or Cider? Credit ratings (three major agencies who rate the credit-worthiness of countries and corporations for the advice of big investors)
  19. What 'discriminatory' personal title did the French government decree in Feb 2012 should be removed from official forms? Mademoiselle (so that madame became the only term for a woman, as monsieur has been the sole term for a man)
  20. Brent Crude is the common trading classification for oil sourced from the bed of what sea? North Sea (between Britain, Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium)


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