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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? 


2/ Traditionally, on Boxing Day, cricket test matches start in which Australian city?     

3/ Which city was the capital of Spain until 1560?  

4/ What was the name of the plot to murder the entire cabinet of Lord Liverpool in 1820?     


5/ The Beach Boys’ 1979 song Lady Lynda uses a melody derived from which composer of classical music?  


6/ Which animal appears on the badge of Kent County Cricket club? 

7/ Which English King was known as Beauclerc?  

8/ In 1970 and 1973 Glenda Jackson was awarded an Oscar for Best Actress; name the films which earned her this award. 


9/ In 1902, the second winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine was the first Briton to win a Nobel Prize. Who was he? 


10/ Which circle of latitude forms a large part of the land border 
between Canada and the USA?   

11/ What name was given to the German Military Intelligence Service that existed between 1920 and 1945?    

12/ What was the name of the 1571 plot, which involved the Duke of Norfolk and the Bishop of Ross, to murder Elizabeth I? 


13/ In 1975 Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in which film? 

14/ The first Rugby League Challenge Cup final was in 1897. Which teams played in this match?    


15/ Which English King was known as Bolingbroke?  


16/ What single word describes a sculptor’s small preliminary model? 


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?     


19/ What was the name of the Pope who, in 1532, excommunicated Henry  VIII?.    


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? 

Mastermind Club


Quiz 2019 


Number 2


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?


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?


6/ 'Road to Rouen' is the fifth studio album by which British group?


7/Cornu Aspersum is the common name of which mollusc?


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?


9/ Which Scottish DJ was born Adam Richard Wiles in January 1984?


10/ Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and which other club are the only sides to have won the English title three seasons in succession?


11/ 'Land and Freedom' directed by Ken Loach features which 20th century war?


12/ Who painted 'The Sistine Madonna'?


13/ The "Brabançonne" is the national anthem of which European country?


14/  Which politician became Austalia's 29th prime minister in 2015?


15/ Which unit of electric current is equal to a flow of one coulomb per second?


16/ Which US actor played Private Ryan in the blockbuster film Saving Private Ryan?


17/ Songwriter Billy Steinberg spent more than a year attempting to find someone to record which song before it was accepted by Madonna?


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'?


19/  A 'Kri-kri' is a feral goat now found on which island?


20/ What is Scotland's second highest mountain?


Mastermind Club


Quiz 2019 


Number 3


Set by Mel Kinsey



                                   Literature Quiz


1/ Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha are prominent characters in which controversial literary work that famously attracted a fatwa?


2/Washington Irving's classic story Rip Van Winkle is set in which geographic region of New York state?


3/ Baden-Powell used themes from which two books in setting up the Scouting movement?


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?


5/ Which influential 19th century work on military strategy by Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz is prescribed at various military academies to this day?


6/If the book The Catcher in the Rye is to Mark Chapman-John Lennon, which book is to Yigal Amir-Yitzhak Rabin?


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?


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"?


9/ Which author admitted that large passages of his best seller were copied from the book The African by Harold Courlander?  


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?


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?


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?


13/ Which well-known short story about time travel by Ray Bradbury is a fictional exploration of the 'butterfly effect' of Chaos theory?


14/ What section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey gets its name from the number of literary figures buried there?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


20/ Fans of Russian Literature who cannot read the originals in Russian ought to be thankful to Constance Garnett. Why?


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?


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?


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"?


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 -



Mastermind Club

Quiz 2019 

Number 4


Set by Maya Davis

Another Shakespeare-based quiz

  1. Which play features two sets of twins called Antipholus and Dromio?
  2. ‘Enter Rumour, painted full of tongues.’  To which play does Rumour deliver the prologue?
  3. In The Merchant of Venice, what name does Portia adopt when she speaks in court in Antonio’s defence?
  4. In which play is a Latin lesson used to create a comic scene? 
  5. The signature tune to The Apprentice was taken from a scene in the ballet based on which Shakespeare play?
  6. Which person, mentioned by Shakespeare in a dedication, has been identified variously as the 3rd Earl of Pembroke, the 3rd Earl of Southampton or William Holme, an associate of Shakespeare’s publisher?
  7. Which character delivers the ‘Seven Ages of Man’ speech, and in which play?
  8. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain (also called Deeds of the Britons) seems to have been Shakespeare’s source for two plays. One is King Lear. What is the other?
  9. In Julius Caesar, which character delivers the speech which starts ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears’?
  10. Which work by Berlioz is based on Much Ado about Nothing?
  11. In Twelfth Night, who is the steward in Olivia’s house?
  12. Apart from Timon of Athens, one other Shakespeare play is set primarily in or around Athens. Which one?
  13. In the opening scene of Macbeth, one of the witches says ‘Paddock calls’. In Shakespeare’s time, what sort of creature was referred to as ‘Paddock’?
  14. ‘Prince of Tyre’ is the description of the title character of a Shakespeare play and appears in the full title of that play. What is this character’s name?
  15. In what professional capacity is Shakespeare’s father linked to the mother of crime and thriller writer Peter James?
  16. The speech in which England is described as ‘this sceptred isle’ is part of the deathbed scene of a character in King Richard II. Which character delivers this speech?
  17. In Hamlet, what is the name of Ophelia’s brother? 
  18. In which war is Troilus and Cressida set?
  19. And who wrote the English poem (based mainly on a French source) which is generally believed to be Shakespeare’s main source for this play?
  20. In Henry IV, what was the name of the tavern in Eastcheap frequented by Falstaff, Prince Hal and their friends?
  21.  ‘Upstart Crow’ is an insult levelled at Shakespeare in a posthumous pamphlet by Robert Greene. In Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow, David Mitchell plays Shakespeare – but who plays Greene?
  22. In The Taming of the Shrew, what is the name of Katharina’s milder-mannered sister?
  23. Which Terry Pratchett novel mixes a pastiche of theatre in Shakespeare’s time and a pastiche of Macbeth?
  24. Dogberry in All’s Well That Ends Well and Dull in Love’s Labour’s Lost both have the same profession. What is it?
  25. In Henry V, what provocative present does the King of France send to Henry?
  26. Which 20th century writer’s play shares its title with the play performed before Claudius and Gertrude in Hamlet?
  27. Which sonnet provides the title for the first in a series of books by H. E. Bates about an unconventional family?
  28. ‘A plague on both your houses’ is said by a character who lies dying. To what ‘houses’ does the character refer?
  29. Richard II’s was called Barbary, and Richard III’s was called Surrey. What are we talking about?
  30. Which Shakespearean character is the rightful Duke of Milan, deposed by his brother?





Mastermind Club


Quiz 2019 


Number 5


Set by Mel Kinsey


  1. What gas were British World War Two barrage balloons filled with?
  2. Who was the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia between 1989 and 1992?
  3. Name the main character in cartoonist Chic Young's long-running comic strip Blondie?
  4. Who bought Dodington Park, in Gloucestershire, in 2003 for a price believed to be £20 million?
  5. What is a clerihew?
  6. Which monarch knighted artist Sir Joshua Reynolds?
  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?
  8. If you're unfortunate to have a furuncle, what do you have?
  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"?
  10. The Rapa Nui are specifically inhabitants of which part of the world?
  11. Which actress provided the voice for Duchess in the 1970 American animated film The Aristocats?
  12. Which war, thought between 1665 and 1667 for control over trade routes, was given an eyewitness account in Samuel Pepys' diaries?
  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?
  14. Which play features assistant bank manager, Peter Hunter, who lives in a flat above his bank with his new bride Frances?
  15. What was the name of Amy Johnson's plane in which she flew solo to Australia in 1930?
  16. In which year was the death of Queen Elizabeth I?
  17. Which film roles have been done by boxer Billy Wells and wrestler Ken Richmond?
  18. Edible varieties of which fruit can be divided into three main types: purple ones, yellow ones and giant granadilla?
  19. The 1992 Winter Olympics were held in Albertville, France; the next Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer, Norway, but in which year?
  20. Can you name the fictional Welsh fishing village that features in the play Under Milk Wood?





Mastermind Club


Quiz 2019 


Number 6


Set by Mel Kinsey

Name the Actor, Movie, Year and Director of the following film roles


1/ Tommy DeVitto


2/  Virgil Tibbs 


3/  Stanley Kowalski 


4/   Jules Winnfield


5/   Terry Malloy


6/    Dil


7/    Rose Sayer 


8/    Rick Blaine


9/    Vito Corleone


10/  Atticus Finch 


11/   Fred C. Dobbs


12/  Travis Bickle


13/   George Bailey 


14/   Roger (Verbal) Kint


15/   Howard Beale


16/   Mrs.Robinson


17/   Jake Gittes


18/   Harry Lime


19/   Marge Gunderson


20/   Sandy Olsson


21/    Margo Channing


22/    Tony Montana 


23/    Dorothy Gale


24/     Jacques Clouseau


25/     Ratso Rizzo


26/     Randle Patrick McMurphy


27/     Gordon Gekko


28/     Alex Forrest


29/     Carl Spackler


30/     Captain Quint


31/     Oda Mae Brown


32/     Raymond Babbitt


33/     Lt.Col Bill Kilgore


34/     Alex DeLarge


35/     Norman Bates


36/     William (Bill the Butcher) Cutting


37/     Melanie Daniels


38/     Tony Manero


39/      Kevin McCallister


40/      Jack Torrance


41/      Norma Desmond


42/      Ellen Ripley


43/      Lester Burnham


44/      Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels


45/      Mrs. Iselin


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