Quiz 2019 Number 1
Set by Mel Kinsey
1/ In Britain, a peeler is an old name for a policeman. What is a
peeler in the USA? A Striptease dancer
2/ Traditionally, on Boxing Day, cricket test matches start in which Australian city? Melbourne
3/ Which city was the capital of Spain until 1560? Toledo
4/ What was the name of the plot to murder the entire cabinet of Lord Liverpool in 1820? The Cato Street conspiracy
5/ The Beach Boys’ 1979 song Lady Lynda uses a melody derived from which composer of classical music?
Johann Sebastian Bach (his Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring)
6/ Which animal appears on the badge of Kent County Cricket club? A Horse
7/ Which English King was known as Beauclerc? Henry the First
8/ In 1970 and 1973 Glenda Jackson was awarded an Oscar for Best Actress; name the films which earned her this award.
Women in Love and A Touch of Class
9/ In 1902, the second winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine was the first Briton to
win a Nobel Prize. Who was he?
Sir Ronald Ross (for the discovery of the mode of transmission of malaria)
10/ Which circle of latitude forms a large part of the land border
between Canada and the USA? The 49th parallel
11/ What name was given to the German Military Intelligence Service that existed between 1920 and 1945? The Abwehr
12/ What was the name of the 1571 plot, which involved the Duke of Norfolk and the Bishop of Ross, to murder Elizabeth I? The Ridolfi Ploit
13/ In 1975 Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in which
film? One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
14/ The first Rugby League Challenge Cup final was in 1897. Which teams played in this match?
Batley and St Helens (Batley won 10-3)
15/ Which English King was known as Bolingbroke?
Henry the Fourth
16/ What single word describes a sculptor’s small preliminary model? Maquette
17/ Who co-wrote the TV sitcom Fawlty Towers with John Cleese and played the role of the chambermaid, Polly?
18/ Who was the muse of astronomy? Urania
19/ What was the name of the Pope who, in 1532,excommunicated Henry VIII? Pope Clement VII
20/ What was the name of the plot to murder Charles II and his brother (later James II) on their return journey from Newmarket races in 1683? Rye House Plot
Set by Mel Kinsey
1/ Vince Gilligan created and produced which successful American TV series starring Bryan Cranston?
2/ Originally acquired by eBay in 2005, which communications tool was bought by Microsoft in 2011 for $8.5bn? Skype
3/ By what name is singer Elly Jackson better known?
4/ What is the name of the constructed international auxiliary language created by L.L. Zamenhof?
5/ 'Woman with a Hat' and 'Nu Bleu' are notable works by which French painter? Henri Matisse
6/ 'Road to Rouen' is the fifth studio album by which British group? Supergrass
7/Cornu Aspersum is the common name of which mollusc? Garden snail
8/ Directed by Carol Reed, which 1949 film starring Orson Welles top a 1999 BFI poll as the greatest British film of the 20th century? The Third Man
9/ Which Scottish DJ was born Adam Richard Wiles in January 1984? Calvin Harris
10/ Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and which other club are the only sides to have won the English title three seasons in succession? Huddersfield Town
11/ 'Land and Freedom' directed by Ken Loach features which 20th century war? Spanish Civil War
12/ Who painted 'The Sistine Madonna'? Raphael
13/ The "Brabançonne" is the national anthem of which European country? Belgium
14/ Which politician became Austalia's 29th prime minister in 2015? Malcolm Turnbull
15/ Which unit of electric current is equal to a flow of one coulomb per second? Ampere
16/ Which US actor played Private Ryan in the blockbuster film Saving Private Ryan? Matt Damon
17/ Songwriter Billy Steinberg spent more than a year attempting to find someone to record which song before it was accepted by Madonna? Like a Virgin
18/Though often associated with John Barry, can you name the film composer who wrote the music to the first James Bond movie, 'Dr. No'? Monty Norman
19/ A 'Kri-kri' is a feral goat now found on which island?
20/ What is Scotland's second highest mountain?
Questions set by Mel Kinsey
1/ Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha are prominent characters in which controversial literary work that famously attracted a fatwa?
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
2/Washington Irving's classic story Rip Van Winkle is set in which geographic region of New York state? The Catskills
3/ Baden-Powell used themes from which two books in setting up the Scouting movement?
The Jungle Book and Kim
4/ What is observed annually on June 16 in Dublin to celebrate the life of James Joyce and relive the events in his novel Ulysses? Bloomsday
5/ Which influential 19th century work on military strategy by Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz is prescribed at various military academies to this day? On War
6/ If the book The Catcher in the Rye is to Mark Chapman-John Lennon, which book is to Yigal Amir-Yitzhak Rabin?
The Day of the Jackal
(As published in the Israeli press at the time, police investigators believed that the assassination was partially inspired by the book, and that Amir used it as a kind of "how to" manual).
7/ What is the significance of the title of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 given that it is set in a society where censorship is prevalent? 451 degrees Fahrenheit is stated as 'the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns'
8/ The title of which book comes from a dialogue within where the character Atticus warns his children that, although they can "shoot all the blue jays they want," they must remember that "it's a sin to do this"? To Kill a Mockingbird
9/ Which author admitted that large passages of his best seller were copied from the book The African by Harold Courlander? Alex Haley for Roots
10/ Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India spoke with Khrushchev and was partly instrumental in preventing the expulsion of which writer from the Soviet Union after that person won the Nobel Prize for Literature? Boris Pasternak
11/ If Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence fictionalizes the life of Paul Gauguin, his novel Cakes and Ale contains characterizations of which English author who never lived in Wessex? Thomas Hardy
12/ What 1889 comic classic that describes a boating holiday on the Thames was initially intended to be a serious travel guide until the humorous elements took over and made the book what it now is?
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
13/ Which well-known short story about time travel by Ray Bradbury is a fictional exploration of the 'butterfly effect' of Chaos theory? A Sound of Thunder
14/ What section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey gets its name from the number of literary figures buried there? Poets' Corner
15/The 2000 film Finding Forrester in which Sean Connery plays a reclusive author was loosely based on the life of which person who passed away in 2010? J. D. Salinger
16/ Which 1939 American play takes place in Harry Hopes' saloon and starts with the scene where everyone is waiting for 'Hickey' to show up?
The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill
17/ San Jose State University in the US has an annual fiction contest for bad writing named for which 19th century writer known for his hyperbolic prose?
Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)
18/ In adventure literature, what lie in an unexplored region of Africa beyond a mountain range called Sheba's breasts and a lush green valley called Kukuanaland?
Mines of King Solomon
19/ Which 1903 book by Erskine Childers that is still enjoyed for its accurate portrayal of inland sailing was credited by Winston Churchill as a major reason for the establishment of naval bases in the UK? The Riddle of the Sands
20/ Fans of Russian Literature who cannot read the originals in Russian ought to be thankful to Constance Garnett. Why?
She was an English translator whose translations of nineteenth-century Russian classics introduced them on a wide basis to the English public.
21 / Mark Twain's ridiculing of chivalry in his story A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is considered as specifically targeting whose books? Sir Walter Scott
22/ In Dante's Divine Comedy, if Hell is divided into 9 circles and Paradise into 9 spheres, what is divided into 7 terraces?
23/ In the Indiana Jones series of novels, Indiana loses his virginity to which real life spy? Mata Hari
24/ After William Shakespeare, who is the most frequently quoted writer in the English language with phrases like "Theirs not to reason why,/Theirs but to do and die"?
Alfred Lord Tennyson
25/ The following lines are the answer to what book's titular explanation?
"When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,
When he beats his bars and would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings"
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Questions set by Maya Davis
Another Shakespeare-based quiz
Quiz 2019 Number 5
Set by Mel Kinsey
1.What gas were British World War Two barrage balloons filled with? Hydrogen (which was highly explosive so detered any attacks on the balloons themselves, plus the safer Helium was in rare supply!)
2.Who was the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia between 1989 and 1992? Shirley Temple (former child actress)
3.Name the main character in cartoonist Chic Young's long-running comic strip Blondie? Dagwood Bumstead
4.Who bought Dodington Park, in Gloucestershire, in 2003 for a price believed to be £20 million? James Dyson
5.What is a clerihew? A poem - four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. (e.g. Sir Humphry Davy, Abominated gravy. He lived in the odium, Of having discovered sodium.)
6.Which monarch knighted artist Sir Joshua Reynolds? George III (in 1769)
7.Which famous 19th century book's title comes from the name of a stop along the pilgrim's route in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress? Vanity Fair
8.If you're unfortunate to have a furuncle, what do you have? A Boil
9.Which poem, written by Alexander Pope, is the source of the famous quotations "To err is human, to forgive divine," and "A little learning is a dang'rous thing"? An Essay on Criticism
10. The Rapa Nui are specifically inhabitants of which part of the world? Easter Island
11.Which actress provided the voice for Duchess in the 1970 American animated film The Aristocats? Eva Gabor
12.Which war, thought between 1665 and 1667 for control over trade routes, was given an eyewitness account in Samuel Pepys' diaries? The Second Anglo-Dutch War
13/ During the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, which actress played the Queen on board the helicopter in the short James Bond segment? Julia McKenzie
14. Which play features assistant bank manager, Peter Hunter, who lives in a flat above his bank with his new bride Frances? No Sex Please Were British
15. What was the name of Amy Johnson's plane in which she flew solo to Australia in 1930? Jason
16. In which year was the death of Queen Elizabeth I? 1603
17.Which film roles have been done by boxer Billy Wells and wrestler Ken Richmond? The man banging the gong introducing Rank Films
18, Edible varieties of which fruit can be divided into three main types: purple ones, yellow ones and giant granadilla? Passion Fruit
19.The 1992 Winter Olympics were held in Albertville, France; the next Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer, Norway, but in which year ? 1994 (the Winter Olympics were held in the same year as the Summer, but it was decided to change this to every two years after in the early nineties)
20/ Can you name the fictional Welsh fishing village that features in the play Under Milk Wood? Llareggub (which is "bugger all" backwards!)