2019 Quiz No 7
Set by Mel Kinsey
1/ It has become almost customary for musicians from a particular country to play the duduk to commemorate a tragedy of 1915. Which country?
Armenia (the genocide)
2/ Swedish director Lasse Hallström who directed Chocolat and My Life as a Dog is also known for his contribution in the world of music to whom/what?
ABBA (he directed almost all of ABBA's promotional films)
3/ What popular 1870s music composition is based on a poem of Henri Cazalis that starts with "Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,..."? Danse macabre by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns
4/ The name of what genre has its origin in what producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz had in their mouths when they discussed music targeting the younger crowd?
5/ In 1934, a regulation promulgated in a certain country required that when the Horst-Wessel-Lied was sung, what gesture must be performed? Hitler salute
6/ While selling what 2007 music release did a website list a question mark where the price would normally be? If a user clicked on it, he would see "It's Up To You" and clicking again would show "It's Really Up To You."
Radiohead's In Rainbows
7/ Ships of what cruise line use the tune of "When You Wish upon a Star" from Pinnochio as the melody of their horns? Disney Cruise
8/The meeting of George Harrison with whom in 1965 resulted in the introduction of a certain Indian instrument on "Norwegian Wood"? Ravi Shankar (sitar)
9/ Whose March 31, 1994 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman resulted in the episode becoming the most censored in American network television talk-show history for obvious reasons? Madonna
10/ Who is the American entertainer who shares her name with a West African Empire known for its symbol of Golden Stool? Ashanti
11/ Whose Symphony No. 1 was called "Beethoven's Tenth" by conductor Hans von Bülow? Brahms'
12/ India’s national anthem is written in what language that is also the national language of one of its neighbors? Bengali
13/ "Hey There" is a song from a Broadway musical in which workers of a factory making what are demanding a raise of seven-and-a-half cents? Pyjamas (The Pyjama Game)
14/ The song "Seasons of Love" from Rent has become associated with New Years Day with lyrics mentioning "Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes." What is the significance of that number?
Number of minutes in a (non-leap )year
15/ What album of Sting takes its title from a sonnet he quoted in response to a drunk's query, "How beautiful is the moon?"? .....Nothing Like the Sun
16/ If Michael Jackson popularized the Moonwalk, what yesteryear great is associated with the Duckwalk?
17/ The musical ensemble arrangement called 'gamelan' which often accompanies wayang puppet performances (among others) is a tradition of what Asian country?
18/ During what landmark 1969 event was a 'freak out tent' established for those suffering from the ill-effects of drugs?
19/ Which iconic figure of 20th century music is known for his "I am a Catalan" speech he gave to the UN in 1971?
Pablo Casals, the cellist
20/ The 1902 guitar composition "Gran Vals" by the Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega would have remained obscure but for corporate executive Anssi Vanjoki selecting it for something in 1993. How do millions of people recognize it now? The Nokia tune
21/ Though denied by its author as the source of his inspiration, what musical work has strong resemblance to the story of a mythical village called Germelshausen that fell under a curse and appears for only one day every century?
Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe
22/ In December 1971, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention were playing in a concert when the casino venue they were in caught fire due to an over-zealous member of the audience firing a a flare gun into the rattan covered ceiling. This is the true origin story of what rock classic?
"Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple
2019 Quiz No 8
Set by Mel Kinsey
1/ Which Irish indie band consists of Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday, and Kevin Baird? Two Door Cinema Club
2/ Which musical play by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill features the song Mack the Knife? The Threepenny Opera
3/ What is the name of the musical comedy starring Tommy Steele that was based on HG Wells' novel Kipps?
Half a Sixpence
4/ What was the name of the film starring Charlton Heston which depicts Michelangelo’s life? Agony and Ecstacy
5/ Where in Cambridge will you find a Time Eater?
The Corpus Clock
6/ What is the name of the 1941 novel by AJ Cronin which tells the story of a Scottish Catholic priest, Father Chisholm, who struggles to establish a mission in China?
The Keys of the Kingdom
7/ What is the name of the character played by Carrie Anne Moss in the Matrix Films? Trinity
8/ What was the name of the Conservative politician who served as Foreign Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Speaker of House of Commons until his retirement in 1976? Selwyn LLoyd
9/ Whose first novel is entitled The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop? Clare Balding
10/ Which gland of the human body is affected by Hashimoto’s disease? Thyroid
11/ Which gardener’s item was invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830?
12/ What is the term used for a baby ferret? Kit
13/ Which size of paper measures 148mm by 210mm? A5
14/ Of what is ‘oenology’ the study? Wine
15/ What type of creature is a kob? African Antelope
16/ Who was the main character in cartoonist Chic Young's long-running comic strip Blondie? Dagwood Bumstead
17/ 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
18/ 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
19/ Which monarch knighted artist Sir Joshua Reynolds?
George III (in 1769)
20/ The Rapa Nui are specifically inhabitants of which part of the world? Easter Island
21/ Which actress provided the voice for Duchess in the 1970 American animated film The Aristocats? Eva Gabor
22/ Which war, thought between 1665 and 1667 for control over trade routes, was given an eyewitness account in Samuel Pepys' diaries? The 2nd Anglo Dutch War
23/ During the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, which actress played the Queen on board the helicopter in the short James Bond segment?
24/ 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
25/ What was the name of Amy Johnson's plane in which she flew solo to Australia in 1930? Jason
2019 Quiz No 9
Set by Mel Kinsey
1/ Various artists have recorded "Death is not the end" but who wrote the song? Bob Dylan
2/ Auf Wiedersehen Pet Launched the career of which actor & singer? Jimmy Nail
3/ Exit is a large dance music festival held each year in which country? Serbia
4/ The first line of which song is "We're leaving together/ but still it's farewell" ? The Final Countdown by Europe
5/ Cloud to Cloud and intra-cloud are two types of what?
6/ Which figure from greek mythology answered the Riddle of the Sphinx? Oedipus
7/ Where is the Denmark Strait?
Between Greenland & Iceland
8/ What colour is the outer ring of an official. Fita approved archery target? White
9/ What is the chemical formula for the form of limestone known as chalk? CaCo3
10/ "Amy and George and Alberto and Helena and Aaron all went to the park" is an example of which linguistic device. Polysyndeton
11/ What was the pseudonym used by Edwin Snowden before he leaked the NSA file, it is also the title of Laura Poitras's documentary about him? Citizen 4
12/ To which country do the Galapagos Island belong?
13/ In the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what was Buffy's surname? Summers
14/ What turns a Martini into a Roosevelt martini?
An extra olive
15/ What does the computer file extension .tif or .tiff stand for? tagged image file format
16/ For which film did Russell Crowe win his only best actor Oscar to date? Gladiator
17/ Who wrote Le Morte d' Arthur ? Thomas Malory
18/ Ogaden is the name of a disputed region lying between which two African countries? Somalia & Ethiopia
19/ In which Sci-Fi show are the Minbari, Drakh, Vorlon and pak'ma'ra alien races? Babylon 5
20/ Which Egyptian paraoh was responsible fr the building of the great pyramid of Giza? Khufu
2019 Quiz No 10
Set by Les Morrell
a difficult quiz on football losers
2019 Quiz No 11
Set by Mel Kinsey
1/ In 2013 to encourage the use of zebra crossings, Kolkata's police employed what image from the world of music with the caption "If they can, why can't you?"?
The Beatles crossing Abbey Road
2/ In December 1989, along with "I Fought The Law" by
The Clash, what hard rock song was famously used by the
US Military to ferret out a hiding Noriega from the
Vatican Embassy? Van Halen's "Panama"
3/ An aversion therapy called the 'Ludovico technique' from
the 1971 classic A Clockwork Orange features which
composer's music? Kudos if you can name the piece too.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
4/ Composer Philip Glass's 'Portrait Trilogy' of operas
consists of Einstein on the Beach, Akhnaten and Satyagraha with the last one focusing on whom? Mahatma Gandhi
5/ In 2010 Sony signed a $250 million deal to retain
distribution rights to whose works, a fall
out from a 2009 incident? Michael Jackson's
6/ Talking about which of his hits did Eric Clapton say the following?
"... It's no good to write a deliberate anti__ song and hope
that it will catch. Because the general thing is that people will be upset by that. It would disturb them to have someone else shoving something down their throat. So the best thing to do
is offer something that seems ambiguous ..." Cocaine
7/ A West End theatre that opened in 1881 to perform the
comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan was built on the site of a palace that was called as what? Savoy Palace
8/ Talking about what 1977 rock classic did a band member
say that his physics training helped him in designing the
"stomp, stomp, clap" section of the song?
Queen's "We Will Rock You"
9/ After a premiere in 1952, the creator of a certain work said the following words. Name him.
“They missed the point. There's no such thing as ... What they thought was ..., because they didn't know how to listen, was full of accidental ... You could hear the wind stirring outside
during the first ... During the second, raindrops began
pattering the roof, and during the third the people themselves made all kinds of interesting ... as they talked or walked out.”
John Cage after the premiere of 4'33"
(It was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination
of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to
play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece
throughout the three movements (which, for the first
performance, were divided into thirty seconds for the first,
two minutes and twenty-three seconds for the second, and one minute and forty
seconds for the third).
10/When this classical music suite was written in the period of 1914-16, it consisted of seven parts, and not eight, for astrological
reasons. When a discovery was made in 1930, the composer was urged to add an eight part but refused. In 2006 the work was said to have became complete again.
What are we talking about? The Planets by Gustav Holst
11/ What is the better known name of Violin Sonata in G
minor by Giuseppe Tartini that the composer said was played to him in a dream by Satan himself? Devil's Trill sonata
It is famous for being extremely technically demanding.
12/ In which country did the dictator Rafael Trujillo promote
the merengue style of music/dance into the country's national music? Dominican Republic
13/ "March of the Volunteers" was the second most played
tune at the award ceremonies of what 2012 event?
It is the national anthem of China.
14/ The titular object fashioned by dwarf Alberich is the focus of what monumental work of music? Ring Cycle by Wagner
15/ The cold infection of which superstar of music was the
subject of Gay Talese's 1966 article for Esquire, a piece now considered a landmark in journalism?
Frank Sinatra (Frank Sinatra Has a Cold)
16/ As its lyrics attest, what 1974 rock classic that celebrates a place was written in response to two songs of Neil Young
that were derogatory of the American South?
"Sweet Home Alabama"
17/ What custom in the world of classical music originates
from the belief that at the premiere of a Handel's musical
event, King George II did so and the crowd followed suit?
Standing during the Hallelujah Chorus
18/ According to the lyrics of a 1931 song by Noël Coward,
what is it that the Japanese don't care to do, the Chinese
wouldn't dare to do and the Hindus and Argentines avoid it
as they sleep firmly from twelve to one?
"go out in the midday sun" ("Mad Dogs and Englishmen")
19/ What song by The Doors that has a strong reference to
the Oedipus complex got them fired from the
Whisky a Go Go nightclub in West Hollywood? "The End"
20/ What musical instrument that takes its name from a muse was used in riverboats and in circuses because of its loudness? Calliope
21/ Which 1977 musical was inspired by a magazine article
about Bay Ridge kids of Brooklyn whose working class lives were said to be so empty that they lived just to dance on the weekend?
Saturday Night Fever
22/ The title of what well known piano waltz comes from the composer's specification
that it must be played with both hands held sideways, little
fingers down, striking the keys with a particular type motion?
23/ In 1934 when a Broadway production As Thousands Cheer played this song, the producers were taken to court by the Hill family for using it without paying royalty as they owned the melody.
What ubiquitous song? "Happy Birthday to You"
24/ In 1989, rocker Ted Nugent made a multi-million dollar bid to purchase what company to shut it down as he felt it's ubiquitous sounds were representative of everything "uncool" about music? Muzak
25/ Which breakthrough hit for Queen contains the phrase
"Let them eat cake", a quote often attributed to
Marie Antoinette? "Killer Queen"
26/ When an American theatre director was reading about the travels of Henry Kissinger, he came across the figure of Mao and thought "there's an opera in there." What work resulted when he proposed this idea to a composer?
Nixon in China by John Adams
27/ The phrase "it's better to burn out than to fade away" from Neil Young's classic song "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" became better known after being quoted in whose 1994
suicide note? Nirvana's Kurt Cobain
28/ The short poem And did those feet in ancient time by
William Blake that features the phrase 'dark satanic mills' is
best known in what musical context? The anthem Jerusalem
29/ In 2009, a Face to Face tour featuring Elton John and
Billy Joel was promoted as '___ Man meets ___ Man.'
Can you fill-in the missing words? Rocket, Piano
30/ What is the term given to a musical that uses previously released popular songs as its musical score, examples of which are Mamma Mia! and Jersey Boys? Jukebox musical
2019 Quiz No 12
Set by Mel Kinsey
A Movie based quiz
1/ 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.
2/ The Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming features prominently in which landmark 1977 science fiction film?
Close encounters of the third kind
3/ In which 1990 award winning movie, is much of the dialogue in the Lokota language? Dances with Wolves
4/ 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
5/ Who are Kambei Shamada, Katsushiro Okamoto, Gorobei Katayama,
Scihicorji, Heihachi Hayashida and Kikuchiyo?
The samurai in The Seven Samura
6/ 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)
7/ Which 2000 film tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazinewhile covering the rock band Stillwater?
8/ Tataouine in Tunisia was the setting for many of the scenes in which blockbuster franchise? The Star Wars franchise
9/ What chilling 1968 film is set almost entirely in the Bramford apartment buildin in New York City? Rosemary's Baby
10/ Burkisville in Maryland gained notoriaty in 1999 after the release of which 'fake real' film that supposedly took place there?
The Blair Witch Project
11/ Which 1995 film starring Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson & John Candy has a cult following among Peace Corps personnel/ Volunteers
12/ 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
13/ In the movie Rain Man Raymond insists on flying with which airline, as it has a perfect safety record? Quantas
14/ 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)
15/ Which 1972 film musical has the distinction of winning the most Oscars (8) without winning the Best Picture award? Cabaret
16/ 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)
17/ Which 2005 movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn
deals with African politics, was banned by Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe? The Interpreter
18/ 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
19/ 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
20/ 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