General Knowledge Questions (194)

  1. What religious code refers to 'the three poisons' (or 'unwholesome roots') of ignorance, attachment, aversion, as the roots of all suffering? Islam; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism?
  2. Which of these towns lie(s) inside London's M25 orbital motorway: Watford; Biggin Hill; Harrow; Epsom; Dartford?
  3. As at at 2012 Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao are/were president and premier of which country?
  4. Behind Wal-Mart, Carrefour, and Tesco, what corporation is the fourth largest retail group (by turnover, at 2012) in the world: Metro; Aldi; Sears; or IKEA?
  5. What organ of the body has a pericardium, pulmonary trunk, and superior vena cava?
  6. Who succeeded Joseph Stalin as leader of the Sovient Union?
  7. A dagga (duggi or dhama) is the bass element of what Indian percussion instrument?
  8. Lye is an old English word for: Caustic soda; Baking soda; Cream soda or Soda bread?
  9. Which Greek hero killed the 'half-man/half-bull' Minotaur?
  10. The army bugle call meaning get ready/mounted and into line/parade is traditionally called: Swords and Lances; Hats and Bayonets; Boots and Saddles; or Guns and Roses?
  11. Which country has (at 2012) the longest national highway in the world?
  12. Spell the country name: Kazakhstan; Kazahkstan; Kazhakstan; or Kahzakstan? - Bonus points - Kazakhstan is one of five countries whose homeland spans Europe and Asia - what are the other four?
  13. What is the only country whose homeland spans Africa and Asia?
  14. A medina is typically an Arabic city area characterized by: Waterways; Shopping malls; Huge market squares; or Walled narrow maze-like streets?
  15. Which country's royal anthem is called 'Kongesangen'?
  16. The word membranophone technically refers to a: Drum; Hearing aid; 78 RPM record-player; or Condom?
  17. What is the traditional name for a tradesman who makes things such as gates and furniture by forging iron/steel?
  18. Carthage is a 3,000 year old urban settlement now part of what North African capital city?
  19. What modern-day publishing corporation, owner of Penguin books, built the Blackwall Tunnel (under the River Thames in London)?
  20. What traditionally mysterious, increasingly transparent organization is casually referred to as 'The Craft'?

General Knowledge Answers (194)

  1. What religious code refers to 'the three poisons' (or 'unwholesome roots') of ignorance, attachment, aversion, as the roots of all suffering? Islam; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism? Buddhism
  2. Which of these towns lie(s) inside London's M25 orbital motorway: Watford; Biggin Hill; Harrow; Epsom; Dartford? All of them
  3. As at at 2012 Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao are/were president and premier of which country? China
  4. Behind Wal-Mart, Carrefour, and Tesco, what corporation is the fourth largest retail group (by turnover, at 2012) in the world: Metro; Aldi; Sears; or IKEA? Metro (Metro Group, or Metro AG, of Germany)
  5. What organ of the body has a pericardium, pulmonary trunk, and superior vena cava? Heart
  6. Who succeeded Joseph Stalin as leader of the Sovient Union? Nikita Khrushchev
  7. A dagga (duggi or dhama) is the bass element of what Indian percussion instrument? Tabla
  8. Lye is an old English word for: Caustic soda; Baking soda; Cream soda or Soda bread? Caustic soda (sodium hydroxide, and also generally for a corrosive alkaline solution, notably historically potassium hydroxide - the word is from the old German which also gave the word lather - Lye solutions are/were commonly used for washing and cleaning purposes)
  9. Which Greek hero killed the 'half-man/half-bull' Minotaur? Theseus
  10. The army bugle call meaning get ready/mounted and into line/parade is traditionally called: Swords and Lances; Hats and Bayonets; Boots and Saddles; or Guns and Roses? Boots and Saddles
  11. Which country has (at 2012) the longest national highway in the world? Australia(Highway 1 - a highway network circumnavigating the Australian continent, joining all mainland state capitals, total c.9,000 miles, 14,500 km)
  12. Spell the country name: Kazakhstan; Kazahkstan; Kazhakstan; or Kahzakstan? Kazakhstan - Bonus points - Kazakhstan is one of five countries whose homeland spans Europe and Asia - what are the other four? Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey
  13. What is the only country whose homeland spans Africa and Asia? Egypt
  14. A medina is typically an Arabic city area characterized by: Waterways; Shopping malls; Huge market squares; or Walled narrow maze-like streets? Walled narrow maze-like streets (medina means city or town in Arabic)
  15. Which country's royal anthem is called 'Kongesangen'? Norway ('The King's Song' - used at royal ceremonies - the national anthem is 'Ja, vi elsker dette landet' - 'Yes, we love our country')
  16. The word membranophone technically refers to a: Drum; Hearing aid; 78 RPM record-player; or Condom? Drum (also a kazoo and various other instruments involving a vibrating membrane)
  17. What is the traditional name for a tradesman who makes things such as gates and furniture by forging iron/steel? Blacksmith
  18. Carthage is a 3,000 year old urban settlement now part of what North African capital city? Tunis (Tunisia)
  19. What modern-day publishing corporation, owner of Penguin books, built the Blackwall Tunnel (under the River Thames in London)? Pearson (founded by Samuel Pearson in 1844 as a building/engineering company. The company built the Blackwall Tunnel between 1892 and 1897, after which it diversified into publishing via acquisition and disposed of its engineering/construction operations - Pearson owns Penguin and the Financial Times, many educational publishers and interests, and until early 2012 also 50% of FTSE Group - see FTSE in the business dictionary)
  20. What traditionally mysterious, increasingly transparent organization is casually referred to as 'The Craft'? Freemasonry



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