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Mastermind Club

Quiz 2020

No 2

General Knowledge



Set by Mel Kinsey


1. The name of which country means "The Shallows"?   The Bahamas

2. What common factor links actors Ian McKellen, Julie Walters, Humphrey Bogart and Miley Cyrus? They all have a "Bacon number" of 2 in the internet game sensation Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

3. What name is given to the traditional Alpine women's costume notable for its close-fitting bodice?  Dirndl

4. The Koran is divided into 114 sections – what are these known as?   Surahs

5. What was the name of the Smurfs' evil nemesis?  Gargamel

6. Which US state's official nickname is the Show-Me State? Missouri

7. Although he and his wife were too afraid to use it, US President Benjamin Harrison was the first to install what in the White House?   Electricity – an engineer would be brought it every day to switch the lights off and on

8. Which Premier League club has the motto "Superbia in Proelia" ("Pride in Battle") on their crest?  Manchester City

9. "Let us join in a cohort / We are ready to die" are lines from the chorus of which country's national anthem?    Italy

10. Granadilla is another name for which fruit?    Passion fruit

11. Which Caribbean-born British author wrote the novels Voyage in the Dark and Wide Sargasso Sea?   Jean Rhys

12. What pasta sauce derives its name from the Italian word for angry? Arrabiata

13. An attack on Nancy Kerrigan orchestrated by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding, sent a shockwave through which sport in 1994?    Ice skating

14. The Hindenburg Disaster occurred when a German Zeppelin airship tried to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in which US state?      New Jersey

15. Pudong, meaning "east bank", is the financial district of which city? Shanghai

16. Who presented four series of television's The Hotel Inspector between 2005 and 2008?      Ruth Watson 

17. Which semi-precious mineral is also known as Derbyshire Spar?   Blue John

18. Jack Kerouac, Wiilliam S.Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg were pioneers of which literary movement?    the Beat Generation

19. Which was Britain's first National Park?    The Peak District in 1951

20. In the book Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, where exactly was Moll Flanders born?Newgate prison

21. Where would you find the mountain range Maxwell Montes? On Venus 

22. Its a system, that to some harmonizes the surrounding environment, but what is the literal meaning of the Chinese phrase Feng Shui?   Wind Water

23. Which group of islands consists of the main islands of St.Croix, St.John and St.Thomas?      The U.S. Virgin Islands

24. Which very tough, hard, and stable mineral, is a nine on the Moh's scale of hardness?   Corundum

25. If 'nano' is a unit prefix meaning 'one billionth', what unit prefix in the metric system denotes 'one trillionth'?      Pico

26. In September 2016, Cardiff city centre 'gave way to magic and invention' to celebrate the centenary of the birth of which famous person?      Roald Dahl 

27. Which German philosopher. a leading figure in modern philosophy, wrote The Critique of Pure Reason?    Immanuel Kant

28. Which island, off the coast of Alaska, is the second largest island in the United States?   Kodiak Island

29.  'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' is a famous 1884 painting by which artist? And the painting is a leading example of which technique?

Georges Seurat    Pointillism

30. In February 2015, 400 people turned up to demonstrate when President Lisa Wehden invited Marine Le Pen to speak in which city?  Oxford (Lisa Wehden was then President of the Oxford University Debating Society)

31. Which country joined the EU in 2013 and was the first new EU member state since Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007?    Croatia

32. What is the third largest cat species after the Tiger and the Lion?  Jaguar

33. Superintendent Mr.Gradgrind open which Dickens novel with the line, "Now, what I want is, facts"?    Hard Times

34. Who was the third man to walk on the moon?    Pete Conrad

35. What name is given to the elevated region of mountains and plateau's in the middle of southern France, that covers 15 percent of the country?  The Massif Central

36. Parts of the space research satellite Skylab fell to earth in 1979 close to which Australian city?    Perth

37. Which word, often associated with sport, is an ancient Roman or Greek measurement of about 185 metres?   Stadium

38. The middle name of Amerian track legend Jesse Owen, is also the name of an American city - what is it?    Cleveland

39. Which British pop group is best known for scoring zero points in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest in Latvia?       Jemini

40. Which European capital city has a name that means 'bay of smokes' in English? Reykjavik

41. Which Oxford college was founded by Elizabeth I in 1571 for the education of clergy; it is the only Oxford college to date from Elizabeth's reign? Jesus College

42. What word is used for a hole emmitting gasses or steam in a volcano, and is derived from the Latin for smoke?    Fumerole

43. What is the common name of the bird buteo buteo, whose population decreased greatly in the 1950's when rabbits were decimated by myxomatosis?  Buzzard

44. Which title character from Shakespeare kills characters called Tybalt and Paris?    Romeo 

45. What is the capital city of Armenia?   Yerevan

46. from which country does Cotija cheese originate?   Mexico

47. In area, which is the 7th largest country in Europe?  Finland

48.Who played the main antagonist Le Chiffre in the 21st James Bond film Casino Royale?    Mads Mikkelsen  

49. How are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution known? 

The Bill of Rights

50. Which team won the 2019 Baseball World Series?  Washington Nationals



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