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Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 19


Questions set by Maya Davis

                            Ancient myths and legends quiz

  1. Which Egyptian god was regarded by the Greeks as equivalent to Hermes?  Thoth
  2. Which Greek goddess was associated with the peacock? Hera
  3. What was the name of the shepherd who brought up Romulus and Remus after they’d been saved from starvation by the she-wolf?  Faustulus
  4. Which fossil creatures are named after the symbol of the Egyptian god whose shrine Alexander the Great visited in Egypt? Ammonites – he visited the oracle of Zeus-Ammon; Ammon was associated with the ram and often depicted – as was Alexander after the visit – with rams’ horns round his ears
  5. In Norse mythology, Heimdall was the guardian of Bifrost. What was Bifrost? The rainbow bridge between the human world and the world of the gods.
  6. In Greek mythology, how is the feeding of the infant Zeus by the goat Amaltheia commemorated in the night sky? By the Milky Way, which symbolises the non-stop flow of milk needed to feed Zeus
  7. What was the name of the island ruled by Odysseus? Ithaca
  8. In Slavonic mythology, who lives in a hut which travels around on fowl’s legs? The witch Baba Yaga
  9. Which Egyptian deity was represented as a hippopotamus standing upright?  Ta-Uret/Taueret
  10. Which Norse goddesses were the equivalent of the Greek and Roman Fates?  Norns
  11. What name did the Romans add to the name of the goddess Sul when they built a temple at Bath?  Minerva
  12. The god of the Underworld was called Dis in Latin, and one of his Greek names was Ploutos - usually Anglicised as Pluto.  What do both of these names mean? They both mean ‘wealth’ – referring to gold and silver which could be mined from the depths of the earth
  13. Who was the Roman god of boundaries?  Terminus
  14. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, which legendary figure, whom he also called ‘Ambrosius’, was believed to have been fathered on a mortal woman by a demon?  Merlin
  15. Which novel by D. H. Lawrence takes its title from an ancient Mexican god? The Plumed Serpent – the normal appearance of the god Quetzalcoatl
  16. When the Greek god Zeus was caught in flagrante by his wife Hera with the princess Io, how did he hide Io from Hera? They were near a herd of cows, so he turned her into a cow and hid her in the herd
  17. And what went wrong? Hera sent a gadfly to drive the ‘cow’ away from the area and Zeus couldn’t find her to turn her back into a human
  18. Who was the Roman goddess of the hearth?  Vesta
  19. And what is the connection between that goddess, the planet Venus and a way of starting a fire? If Venus appeared in the morning sky, it was called Lucifer –‘light-bringer’. Both ‘Lucifer and ‘Vesta’ were early kinds of match
  20. In Greek mythology, who was killed by the giant scorpion represented in the night sky by the constellation Scorpi ? Orion

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 20


Questions set by Gavin Fuller


1 Ogier the Dane, Archbishop Turpin of Reims and Baligant, Emir of Babylon, are all characters in which epic poem? The Song of Roland

2 Whose 1942 painting Nighthawks is unusual for the painter as it features four people, his works usually featuring fewer than that?

Edward Hopper

3 The Lost Stradivarius and The Nebuly Coat are two of John Falkner’s three published novels. Which work, published in 1898, is the third?


4 What is the name of the human-lilke inhabitants of the land of the Houyhnhnms, discovered by Captain Lemuel Gulliver in 1711?  Yahoos

5 Of which short-lived painter did Turner observe that if this painter had lived, he would have starved?   Thomas Girtin

6 Which musician exerted an unwholesome influence over singer Trilby O’Ferral?   Svengali

7 Which poem was sparked by the premature death of Arthur Henry Hallam?   In Memorium A.H.H by Alfred Lord Tennyson

8 Spencer Gore, son of the first Wimbledon Men’s Singles champion, was the first president of which artistic group? The Camden Town Group

9 What part of Elfride Swancourt’s anatomy provided the title of an 1873 novel?  (A Pair of) Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy

10 Which Shakespeare play ends with Alcibiades reading the title character’s epitaph and promising to bring peace to that character’s home city?   Timon of Athens

11 Which Dominican-born writer published nothing between 1939 and 1966, when she wrote a prequel to Jane Eyre?

Jean Rhys (Wide Sargosso Sea)

12 Which artistic method was brought to England by Prince Rupert of the Rhine?   Mezzotint

13 Who is the father of Guinevere, who gave the Round Table to King Arthur as a wedding present?  King Leodegrance of Cammilard

14 In which land are Quadling Country, Winkie Country and Gillkin Country to be found?   The Land of Oz

15 The Goldfinch is a well-known work by which painter, who perished in a Delft gunpowder magazine explosion?  Carel Fabritius

16 “Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade, Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, The rude Forefathers of the hamlet sleep”. What was the name of the village in which these lines were written?  Stoke Poges (where Thomas Gray wrote Elegy written in a Country Churchyard, from which these lines come)

17 In which book is blind monastic librarian Jorge di Burgos a muderer?  The Name of the Rose (by Umberto Eco)

18 Elizabeth Siddal and Jane Morris were favourite models of which artist?  Dante Gabriel Rossetti

19 Who is the master thief turned master detective in a series of stories by Maurice LeBlanc, some of which include a character called Herlock Sholmes?    Arsen Lupin

20 Which famous painting includes a King and queen reflected in a mirror?  Les Meninas By Diego Velazquez

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 20


Questions set by Mel Kinsey

A quiz on events in the year 2013


1 Which film was the highest grossing in 2013, raking in over $1.2 billion worldwide?   Iron Man 3

2. Which American disclosed operations engaged by a US government mass surveillance program to news publications and fled the country, later being granted temporary asylum in Russia?

Edward Snowden

3. What was responsible for injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings in Chelyabinsk back in February 2013?

A meteor (the most powerful meteor to strike Earth's atmosphere in over a century)

4. Which country rejected a seat on the United Nations Security Council making them the first to reject a seat?  Saudi Arabia

5. Who's resignation made the news headlines around the world on February 28th 2013?   Pope Benedict XVI

6. Which two countries were most affected by typhoon Haiyan "Yolanda", one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record?

The Philippines and Vietnam

7. Which Irish/English Actor, Singer and Producer, known for his role in such classics as Lawrence of Arabia, Troy, The Last Emperor and Casino Royale, sadly passed away in December 2013?     Peter O'Toole

8. Which Peter was the British theoretical physicist who picked up the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013?  Peter Higgs (for his prediction of the existence of a new particle, the Higgs Boson)

9. In July, amid mass protests across Egypt, which President was deposed in a military coup d'état, leading to widespread violence?

President Mohamed Morsi

10. On July 1st 2013, which country became the 28th member of the European Union?   Croatia

11. July 22 saw the birth of the son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, George is one of his three names, what are the other two? Alexander Louis

12. The year 2013 started on a Tuesday. What will be the next year that starts on a Tuesday?  2019. (2014 started on a Wednesday, 2015 a Thursday, 2016 a Friday, 2017 a Sunday, 2018 a Monday, 2019 a Tuesday as 2016 is a Leap year thus has one more day)

13. Tennis player Maria Sharapova changed her name for the US Open. To what did she change it?  Maria Sugapova
14. In 2013, which American singer declared: "I was the Justin Bieber of the 70s. Really. Ask your mother."? Barry Manilow

15. In terms of their downfall, what do Silvio Berlusconi and Alphonse Capone have in common? Both convicred of Tax Fraud

16. The 2013 debut of which aircraft turned out to be hot news and a rude awakening for it's passengers? Boeing 787 Dreamliner (thanks to a series of fires)

17. At a children's event, which world leader declared that his favourite food was broccoli?   Barack Obama

18. Andy Murray won Wimbledon in 2013 but who was the last British man to win it and when? Fred Perry in 1936

19. The proposed redevelopment of what was blamed for the rioting in Istanbul in 2013 that ultimately saw industrial quantities of tear gas used?   A park (Taksim Gezi Park to be exact)

20. Which sports event was delayed for a total of 34 minutes thanks to a lighting blackout?   The Superbowl (Superbowl XLVII)


                            Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 22


Questions set by Tony Bell

In which Science Fiction novels do the following characters appear for the first time?

Louis Wu - Ringworld by Larry Niven
Hari Seldon - Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Frank Poole - :2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
John Carter -A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Sax Russell - Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Valentine Michael Smith Stranger in a Strange Land

by Robert Heinlein
Kimball Kinnison - Galactic Patrol by E.E. "Doc" Smith
Paul Hoehler - The Peace War by Vernor Vinge
Natalie York - Voyage by Stephen Baxter
Eleanor Arroway - Contact by Carl Sagan
Mark Watney - The Martian by Andy Weir
Alan Grant - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 23

Questions set by Maya Davis


  1. The Native American god Kawasha became well-known in England in the 16th century, with his statue outside some apothecaries’ shops. Why?  His image – often a statue - outside a shop showed that tobacco was sold there.
  2. What type of stone includes the varieties called Parian and Travertine?  Marble
  3. Which famous author lived in a house called Green Hedges in Beaconsfield? Enid Blyton
  4. In which organ of the human body can a Posterior Vitreous Detachment occur?    The Eye
  5. Queen’s Bench, White Cross Street, Horsemonger Lane and Fleet were four of the official five Debtors’ Prisons in Victorian London. What was the fifth and best-known? Marshalsea – as featured in novels by Charles Dickens.
  6. The Hindu god Hanuman was represented by which type of animal?  A Monkey - Specifically a Langur monkey
  7. In which fictional Sussex town are Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford books set?   Kingsmarkham
  8. What tourist attraction is based round Les Augres Manor, Jersey? Durrell Wildlife Trust – i.e. Jersey Zoo, founded by Gerald Durrell as the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust
  9. For which Midlands town was the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan once the MP?   Stafford
  10. What type of bird can be (among others)  Humboldt, Snares or Jackass?   Penguins
  11. Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, originally had what name?   New Hall
  12. Which novel was written as a conscious debunking of the ‘desert island adventure’ genre, specifically parodying R.M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island?   Lord of the Flies
  13. What name is often given to the female version of the Oedipus Complex?  Electra Complex
  14. Who was assassinated by Nathuram Vinayak Godse? Gandhi
  15. Which musical is based on a novel by Gaston Leroux? Phantom of the Opera
  16. What are Limburger, Bruzzo and Cantal?  Limburger is a very smelly  Dutch cheese, Bruzzo a soft cheese from a very small mountainous area in Italy and Cantal is a hard French cheese.
  17. What London attraction can be found at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields?  Sir John Soane's museum
  18. For what industry is Grasse in France particularly famous? Perfume
  19. What was the name of the harmonica player who appeared as a running joke in the Morecambe and Wise show? Arthur Tolcher
  20. Which English surname means ‘arrow-maker’?  Fletcher

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 24


Questions set by Tony Bell


Identify the Summer or Winter Olympic Games associated with these movies. Some include dramatisations of Olympic Events, others are documentaries.


Chariots of Fire.   Dramatisation of the stories of Olympic champions Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddel at the 1924 Paris summer games 

Miracle.  Dramatisation of the USA Olympic Ice Hockey team who unexpectedly defeated the USSR and went on to win the gold medallion at the 1980 Lake Placid winter games.
Without Limits  Dramatisation of the life of US athlete Steve Prefontaine, 4th in the 5000 metres at the 1972 Munich summer games.
First. Official documentary of the 2012 London summer games, featuring athletes competing in their first Olympic Games.
Olympia. Official documentary of the 1936 Berlin summer games.
Eddie The Eagle. Dramatisation of the story of the spectacular unsuccessful British Ski jumper Eddie Edwards at the 1988 Calgary winter games.
Cool Runnings.  Dramatisation of the story of the Jamaican bobsleigh team at the 1988 Calgary Winter games. 
Sixteen Days of Glory   Modestly titled official documentary of the 1984 Los Angeles summer games. 
Walk Don't Run  A romantic comedy about a competitor in the 50 km walk at the 1964 Tokyo summer games. 
Salute  Documentary about the "Black Power" salute following the 200 m in the Mexico City 1968 summer games. 
Running Brave  Dramatisation of the story of native American runner Billy Mills winner of the 10,000 m at the 1964  Tokyo summer games. 
Endurance  Documentary about the Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassi winner of the 10,000 m at the 1996 Atlanta summer games . 



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