Identify to poem these lines are taken from
"...Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch of the North Church tower as a signal light. -- One if by land and two by sea....."
Paul Revere's Ride (1860) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Hail to the, blithe spirit!
Bird thou never wert-
That from heaven or near it
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art....."
To a Skylark (1820) by Percy Byss Shelley
"How do I love the? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
for the ends of Being and ideal Grace..."
Sonnet 43 from Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"...And before the street begins,
And the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind..."
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) by Shel Silverstein
"... Where both deliberate, the love is slight,
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?"
Hero and Leander (1592) by Christopher Marlowe
"... The larks on the wing;
The snal's on the thorn;
God's in his heaven -
All's right with the world!...."
Pippa Passes (1841) by Robert Browning
"...And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking..."
Sea-Fever (1902) by John Masefield
"...Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May..."
Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
"...Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light..."
Do not go gentle into that good night (1951) by Dylan Thomas
"... My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-
It gives a lovely light!"
A Few Figs from Thistles (1920) by Edna St.Vincent Millay
"...In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?..."
The Tyger from Songs of Experience (1794) by William Blake
"April is the cruellest month,
breeding Lilacs out of the dead land,
mixing memory and desire,
stiring dull roots with spring rain..."
The Wasteland (1922) by T.S.Eliot
"...Beuty is truth, truth beauty - that is all
that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know/"
Ode on a grecian Urn (1819) by John Keats
" ... No more:; where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise."
Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742) by Thomas Gray
"...Allminsy were the borogroves,
And the mome raths outgrage..."
Jabberwoky from Through the Looking Glass (1872) by Lewis Carroll
"...like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all thats best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes..."
She Walks in Beauty (1814) by Lord Byron
"....To take us lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry-
This Traverses may the poorset take...."
There is no Frigate like a Book (1924) by Emily Dickinson
"... I hold it is true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all..."
In Memorium A.H.H. (1850) by Alfred Lord Tennyson
"... A little learning is a dang'rous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring..."
An Essay on Criticism (1711) by Alexander Pope
"....Far from the madding crowdd's ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray;
Along the cool sequester'd vale of life
The keep noiseless tenour of their way..."
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1749) by Thomas Gray
"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying..."
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (1648) by Robert Herrick
Who are the only two persons to be awarded an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize? George Bernard Shaw (Oscar for screenplay for Pygmalion in 1938) and
Bob Dylan (Oscar for Best song "Things Have Changed" in 2000)
Who was the oldest actor to win an Academy Award? Christopher Plummer was 82 when he won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners in 2011
What was the first (and to date only) American G Rated, General audience Film to win the Best Picture Academy Award? Oliver
Which film has had the most Academy Award nominations, without being nominated for Best Picture? "They Shoot Horses Don't They" With 9 in 1969
Who is the only person to have won 4 acting Academy Awards?
Katherine Hepburn. (she won four Best Actress awards for: Morning Glory (1932/33), Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, (1967), The Lion in Winter, (1968),
and On Golden Pond, (1981)
Who are the only two people to have won an acting Academy Award posthumously?
Peter Finch for Network in 1976 and Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight in 2008
Who is the oldest person awarded an Academy Award?
James Ivory won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2018 for Call Me By Your Name at the age of 89
Who holds the record for receiving as well as being nominated for the most Academy Awards? Walt Disney (He won 22 Competitive awards, 4 Honourary awards and was nominated for 59 Academy Awards during his lifetime)
Who has had the most Academ Award nominations in an acting category?
Meryl Streep (Nominated 21 times, 3 wins)
Who has had the most Academy Award nominations for Best Actor / Supporting Actor? Jack Nicholson with 12
Which are the only 3 films to have won the Oscar "Big 5" Best picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay?
It Happened One Night (1934) One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (1975) and
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Who are the only two people who have refused to accept an Academ Award?
George c Scott (1970 in Patton) and Marlon Brando (1972 in The Godfather)
Who is the youngest person to win an acting Academy Award?
Tatum O'Neal (Aged 10 in 1973 for Paper Moon)
How many films have won all four Academy Awards in the Acting Category?
None (The two films that came nearest were, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Network (1976) Each film won three of the four acting catergories)
Who received the most acting nominations without a win/
Peter O'Toole with 8
Who are the only two people to be nominated as Producer, as Director, as writer and as Actor, all in the same film/
Warren Beatty (For Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981)
Orson Welles Citizan Kane (1941)
Which two films received the most Academy Award nominations with 14?
All About Eve (1950 6 wins) and Titanic (1997 11 wins)
Which three films share the record for the most Academy Awards with 11?
Ben-Hur (1959) Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King (2003)
Which is the only film to win in every category it was nominated for?
The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King (2003)
Who has won most Best Director Academy Awards
John Ford with four. (The Informer (1935) The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
How Green was my Valley (1941) The Quiet Man (1952)
Who are the only actors to have won the Best Actor Academy Award, two years in succession.
Spencer Tracy in 1937 for Captains Courageous and in 1938 for Boys Town
Tom Hanks in 1993 for Philadelphia and in 1994 for Forrest Gump
Which actress holds the record for winning an Academy Award with the shortest on screen time?
Judi Dench (She was on screen less than eight minutes as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998) Beatrice Straight's Oscar winning performance in Network was 5 minutes 40 seconds. Though other non speaking scenes added up to about 10 minutes
Which two films hold the record for the most Academy Award nominations, but no wins?
The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985) Both with 11 nominations.
Which film has the distinction of winning the most Academy Awards, without winning the award for Best Picture? Cabaret (1972) Won 8 Oscars)
Who was the first female to win the Best Director Academy Award?
Kathryn Bigelow for Hurt Locker (2009)
A Quiz on the Nobel Prize
Who was the youngest Nobel Prize winner, in any catagory?
Malala Yousafzai aged 17 ( Peace Prize in 2014)
Which two prizes were awarded posthumously?
Eric Axel Karfeldt (Literature in 1931) and Dag Hammarskjold (Peace in 1961)
Which four people have won more than 1 prize?
Marie Curie (Physics 1903 & Chemistry in 1911)
Linus Pauling (Chemistry in 1954 & Peace in 1962)
John Bardeen (Physics in 1956 & 1972)
Frederick Sanger (Chemistry in 1958 & 1980)
The prizes are awarded on which date, the anniversary of Nobel's death?
What is the maximum number of people a prize can be shared amomng? Three
Who is the only UK Prime Minister to receive the prize?
Winston Churchill (for Literature in 1953)
Who are the only Father and Son to share a prize?
William Henry Bragg and Willian Laurence Bragg (Physics in 1915)
Which family has 5 prizes? The Curie's (Maire Curie won 2, her husband Pierre Curie won 1, Her daughter Irene Joliot-Curie won the Chemistry prize in 1935 and her second daughter was the director of UNICEF when it won the Peace prize in 1965)
Who was the first woman to win the Literature prize? Selma Lagerlof (in 1909)
Who was the first Asian to win in any catagory?
Rabindranath Tagore (Literature in 1913)
Who is the only person to reject the Peace Prize? Le Duc Tho in 1973
Who was the first woman to win the Peace prize? Bertha Vonn Suttner in 1905
Who is the only person to reject the Literature prize? Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964
Known as "The Father of the United Nations" which American won the 1945 Peace Prize? Cordell Hull
The Nobel prizes are awarded in Stockholm, apart from the Peace prize which is awarded in which city? Oslo
Who was the first American to win in any catagory
Theodore Roosevelt (Peace in 1906)
A Science Fiction Quiz
Which number is the answers to everything in Douglas Adams “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”? 42
Which 1895 book talks about Eloi and Morlocks? The Time Machine by H.G.Wells
Which 1960 novel by Walter Miller is set in a Roman Catholic monastery after a devastating nuclear war and spans thousands of years as civilisation rebuilds itself?
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Which book by Robert Heinlein is about the adventures of Valentine Michael Smith?
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham in which the protagonist wakes up to find the world strangely quiet inspired which zombie-fest film? 28 Days Later
Pierre Boulle the author of The Bridge on the River Kwai also wrote which novel made into a Charlton Heston film, with a wicked twist ending? Planet of the Apes
Probably the greatest work of Isaac Asimov, which ‘series’ is about a certain Hari Seldon who spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory?
The Foundation Series
Which book by Carl Sagan was made into an equally good movie starring Jodie Foster and concerns extra-terrestrials contacting the earth? Contact
Battlefield Earth, made into an atrocious movie starring John Travolta was written by who?
L. Ron Hubbard
Which 1985 classic by a Canadian author features Offred and explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain a hold in the world?
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Which 1961 novel by Stanislaw Lem that deals with the limitation of communication, was the subject of a 1972 film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky as well as a 2002 remake featuring George Clooney? Solaris
Which novel set in the 26th After Ford dystopia portrays an artificial society in which everything is programmed?
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Which prolific author is known for his several stories that were made into films, but his best novel probably is The Three Stigmata of palmer Eldritch? Philip K. Dick
Brian Aldis’s influential story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, was the basis for which Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film? A.I. Artificial Intelligence
In which book by Ursula Le Guin is set on the planet of Gethen is there no gender?
Left Hand of Darkness
Which 1984 novel, the defining work of cyberpunk was the winner of science-fiction’s ‘triple crown’ – the Nebula Award, the Philip K Dick Award and the Hugo Award?
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Which classic work of dystopia takes its title from the purported fact that that ‘it is the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns’? Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Which bona-fide classic, made into an equally classic film was expanded by its author from the short story The Sentinel? 2001: A Space Odyssey
Which cult classic is set on the planet of Arrakis and concerns the quest for the spice Melange? Dune by Frank Herbert
With Shikasta, which author and Nobel-laureate, best known for The Golden Notebook, dwelt into science fiction? Doris Lessing
A Geograpgical Quiz
1/ The mighty Himalayas take the cake as far as the list of highest mountains goes; so, what is the highest peak outside of this range?
Mount Aconcagua, in the Andes
What gorge in the Ngorongoro area of Tanzania is considered the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of modern man? Olduvai Gorge
Upon seeing which stunning South American geographic feature did Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly say "Poor Niagara"? Iguazu Falls
The Shatt al-Arab waterway constitutes a part of the border between which countries? Iran and Iraq
What is also known as Qomolangma or Sagarmatha or Chomolungma in the native tongues of the people around it? Mount Everest
Jarbah island in the Mediterranean Sea is a popular tourist place which is said to be so idyllic that one forgets all sense of time there. This is attested by Homer who called it as what in his Odyssey? Land of the lotus-eaters
Which beautiful geographic feature can be shaped as Crescentic, Linear, Star, Dome, Parabolic, Longitudinal, Transverse and Reversing? Sand dunes
Which country became the first sovereign state of the 21st century when Indonesia relinquished control on it in May 2002? East Timor
Three of the ten largest islands in the world belong to which country? Canada - with Baffin (5th largest), Victoria (9th largest) and Ellesmere (10th largest)
What is the largest country in the world without permanent rivers? Saudi Arabia
Which national capital is the only city entirely built in the 20th century to be considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO? Brasilia
Which Peruvian city was the historic capital of the sun-worshipping Inca empire? Cusco
What is the geographic and historical term for the Western Asian peninsula which comprises about two-thirds of Turkey? Anatolia, also known as Asia Minor
After Russia, what is the second largest country in area amongst the former Soviet republics? Kazakhstan It is the 9th largest country in the world
Which tiny landlocked European country, also the smallest German-speaking country in the world, has bordering countries that are also landlocked? Liechtenstein
The city of DeKalb, Illinois is credited as the first manufacturing site of what 'restraining' invention that revolutionized ranching in the US? Barbed wire
Flemish Cap, an area of shallow waters in the north Atlantic east of Newfoundland and Labrador is featured in which 2000 film as the final fishing grounds for Billy Tyne (George Clooney) and his crew? The Perfect Storm
18/ Established in 1974 in a self-governing territory, which is the largest national park in the world with an area of 972,000 sq kms (375,000 square miles)? Northeast Greenland National Park
Among US states with the highest number of national parks, California and Alaska come in first with 8 each. Which state comes next with 5 of them? Utah
With Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Zion
The erstwhile Yugoslavia was broken up into seven countries. Can you name them? Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and Kosovo
A Quiz on Sculpture & Sculptors
Winged Victory of Samothrace (or) Nike of Samothrace
Michelangelo's masterpiece Moses complete with horns was part of which larger ensemble? Tomb of Pope Julius II
Which sculptor of Venezuelan heritage is known for her distinctive box-faces? Marisol Escobar
Daniel Chester French? Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
William Rush is called the father of American sculpture and one of his best known works is a life-sized sculpture of which rather important man that had a long life in Independence Hall, Philadelphia? George Washington
Manneken Pis in Brussels
Designed by Edvard Eriksen, it is only 1.25 meters high and sits on a rock and also attracts pranksters. What is it? The Little Mermaid in Copenhagan
A quiz about Caribbean Islands
Occupies one-third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. A former French colony, it became the first independent black republic and the only nation ever to form from a successful slave rebellion. Haiti
A unitary island nation in the Caribbean and the smallest nation in the Americas in both area and population. Historically the British dependency of Anguilla was also a part of this union. Alexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, was born here. St.Kitts & Nevis
It is also known as the "Helen of the West Indies" as the island switched between British and French control so often it was likened to the mythical Helen of Troy. It is one of the Windward Islands. St.Lucia
Has its capital at Kingstown and Bequia is the largest island and is one of the few places in the world where limited whaling is still allowed by the International Whaling Commission.St.Vincent & The Grenadines
An island nation located in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean with two major islands. Columbus landed on his second voyage in 1493 and named one of the islands after a church in Seville, Spain. The English pop band Duran Duran shot the video for their 1980s hit "Rio" here. Antigua and Barbuda
In Latin, its name means "Sunday", which was the day on which it was discovered by Columbus. Has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" due to its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty. It is one of the youngest islands in the Lesser Antilles, and it is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. In 2004, it was selected for the film of Pirates of the Caribbean. The Sisserou parrot is the national bird and is indigenous to its mountain forests. Dominica
There are two main islands, which are the only inhabited ones of the group, . A great many of the tourists who visit the islands are Canadian. Owing to this, the islands' status as a British colony, and historic trade links, some politicians in Canada and here have suggested some form of union. Turks and Caicos Islands
The most easterly island in the Caribbean and the only island completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. As early as 1511, the island is referred to as 'the island of the bearded ones' in an official Spanish document.
Was given its name by Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, after its namesake located in Catalonia, Spain. It is often referred to as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, due both to its resemblance to coastal Ireland and to the Irish descent of most of its early European settlers. With the advent of Beatles producer George Martin's studio in the 1970s, the island attracted world-famous musicians. Monserrat
Currently occupies the eastern portion of the Caribbean island called Hispaniola. Was the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas after Greenland, and became the first point of colonization in the Western Hemisphere by explorers from Europe. Domican Republic
An English-speaking nation consisting of two thousand keys and seven hundred islands and cays that form an archipelago. The origin of the name is ambiguous. It is thought to derive from the Spanish for "shallow seas"; others trace the name to the Lucayan word for a "large upper middle land." The Bahamas
The islands form an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The island of Aruba was part of this group until 1986, when it was granted a "status aparte", and became a separate part of the kingdom. Since 2006 the islands have given rise to diplomatic disputes between Venezuela and the Netherlands. Netherlands Antilles
Napoleon's wife, Joséphine, was born here to a family of the wealthy Creole elite. The city of Saint-Pierre (destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée), was often referred to as the Paris of the Lesser Antilles. Martinique
Group of islands that are an insular area of the United States. Consist of the four main islands of St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, and Water Island, and many smaller islands. It is the only part of the United States where traffic drives on the left. U.S, Virgin Islands
A British overseas territory that is a global offshore financial services centre and one of the leading tourist scuba diving destinations in the world. Columbus named them 'Las Tortugas' after the numerous sea turtles there. Has the dubious honor of being the most hurricane strikes in history. Large parts of the novel The Firm by John Grisham, and the film, take place here. The Cayman Islands
Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named the island to mean either the "Land of Springs," or the "Land of Wood and Water." Formerly a Spanish possession known as Santiago, it later became a British West Indies Crown colony. It is the third most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after Canada and the United States. The musical genres reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub, and, more recently, dancehall and ragga all originated in the island's vibrant popular urban recording industry and internationally known reggae musician Bob Marley was born here. Jamacia
The Amerindian name for one of the islands is usually translated as 'The Land of the Hummingbird.' Columbus named the islands as 'Holy Trinity' and 'Bella Forma.' Birthplace of calypso music and the steelpan, which is widely claimed to be the only acoustic musical instrument invented during the 20th century. Home of two Nobel Prize-winning authors, V. S. Naipaul and St. Lucian-born Derek Walcott. Trinidad & Tobago
Is the second-smallest independent country in the Western Hemisphere. Columbus first sighted the island and gave it the alias 'Conception Island.' Operation Urgent Fury was an invasion of this island by the US and several other nations in response to a coup in 1983 Grenada
A British overseas territory in the Caribbean, the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. The name derives from the word for "eel" in any of various Romance languages, probably chosen because of the island's eel-like shape. Anguilla
A Movie based quiz
During her state visit to Beijing in the 1980's. Queen Elizabeth II was unable to visit the forbidden city, for a specific reason, Why?
The Last Emperor was being shot there and the production was given priority over the queen.
The Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming features prominently in which landmark 1977 science fiction film?
Close encounters of the third kind
In which 1990 award winning movie, is much of the dialogue in the Lokota language? Dances with Wolves
Which 1960's epic is unique in the sense that the only female featured in the film is a camel called Gladys? Lawrence of Arabia
Who are Kambei Shamada, Katsushiro Okamoto, Gorobei Katayama,
Scihicorji, Heihachi Hayashida and Kikuchiyo?
The samurai in The Seven Samura
What is the only Alfred Hitchcock film to be re-made by himself?
The Man Who Knew to Much (Original made in 1934, re-make in 1956)
Which 2000 film tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazinewhile covering the rock band Stillwater?
Tataouine in Tunisia was the setting for many of the scenes in which blockbuster franchise? The Star Wars franchise
What chilling 1968 film is set almost entirely in the Bramford apartment buildin in New York City? Rosemary's Baby
Burkisville in Maryland gained notoriaty in 1999 after the release of which 'fake real' film that supposedly took place there?
The Blair Witch Project
Which 1995 film starring Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson & John Candy has a cult following among Peace Corps personnel/ Volunteers
What period film of Stanley Kubrick recounts the exploits of an 18th century Irish adventurer isw loosly based on a novel by William Makepeace Thackery? Barry Lyndon
In the movie Rain Man Raymond insists on flying with which airline, as it has a perfect safety record? Quantas
In 2003 the American Film Institute came out with a list of the 100 Heros and Villians. A lawyer and a doctor topped the respective lists, can you name them?
Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mocking Bird) and Haniball Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs)
Which 1972 film musical has the distinction of winning the most Oscars (8) without winning the Best Picture award? Cabaret
Refering to which film did Malcolm X say "When Butterfly McQueen went into her act, I felt like crawling under the rug" Gone with the Wind ( He was referring to the sterotypical portrayal of black characters in the film)
Which 2005 movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn
deals with African politics, was banned by Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe? The Interpreter
A landmark legislation in the US in the 1930's that is designed to look after a child actors earnings, by depositing some of them in trust funds, is named after who? Jackie Coogan
Which 1971 coming- of- age movie is based is based on the memoir of screenwriter Herman Raucher and is set on Nantucket Island off the coast of New England? The Summer of '42
The title of which 2007 film starring Tommy Lee jones, comes from the the place in the bible, where David fought Goliath?
In the Valley of Elea