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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?
  2. Which Greek goddess was associated with the peacock?
  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?
  4. Which fossil creatures are named after the symbol of the Egyptian god whose shrine Alexander the Great visited in Egypt?
  5. In Norse mythology, Heimdall was the guardian of Bifrost. What was Bifrost?
  6. In Greek mythology, how is the feeding of the infant Zeus by the goat Amaltheia commemorated in the night sky?
  7. What was the name of the island ruled by Odysseus?
  8. In Slavonic mythology, who lives in a hut which travels around on fowl’s legs?
  9. Which Egyptian deity was represented as a hippopotamus standing upright?
  10. Which Norse goddesses were the equivalent of the Greek and Roman Fates?
  11. What name did the Romans add to the name of the goddess Sul when they built a temple at Bath?
  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?
  13. Who was the Roman god of boundaries?
  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?
  15. Which novel by D. H. Lawrence takes its title from an ancient Mexican god?
  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?
  17. And what went wrong?
  18. Who was the Roman goddess of the hearth?
  19. And what is the connection between that goddess, the planet Venus and a way of starting a fire?
  20. In Greek mythology, who was killed by the giant scorpion represented in the night sky by the constellation Scorpio?


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?

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

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?

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

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

7 Which poem was sparked by the premature death of Arthur Henry Hallam?

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

9 What part of Elfride Swancourt’s anatomy provided the title of an 1873 novel?

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

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

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

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

14 In which land are Quadling Country, Winkie Country and Gillkin Country to be found?

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

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?

17 In which book is blind monastic librarian Jorge di Burgos a muderer?

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

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?

20 Which famous painting includes a King and queen reflected in a mirror?


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 21

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

8. Which Peter was the British theoretical physicist who picked up the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013?

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

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

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?

12. The year 2013 started on a Tuesday. What will be the next year that starts on a Tuesday?

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

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

16. The 2013 debut of which aircraft turned out to be hot news and a rude awakening for it's passengers?

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

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

19. The proposed redevelopment of what was blamed for the rioting in Istanbul in 2013 that ultimately saw industrial quantities of tear gas used?

20. Which sports event was delayed for a total of 34 minutes thanks to a lighting blackout?


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
  Hari Seldon
  Frank Poole
  John Carter
  Sax Russell
  Valentine Michael Smith
  Kimball Kinnison
  Paul Hoehler
  Natalie York
  Eleanor Arroway
  Mark Watney
  Alan Grant


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?
  2. What type of stone includes the varieties called Parian and Travertine?
  3. Which famous author lived in a house called Green Hedges in Beaconsfield?
  4. In which organ of the human body can a Posterior Vitreous Detachment occur?
  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?
  6. The Hindu god Hanuman was represented by which type of animal?
  7. In which fictional Sussex town are Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford books set?
  8. What tourist attraction is based round Les Augres Manor, Jersey?
  9. For which Midlands town was the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan once the MP?
  10. What type of bird can be (among others)  Humboldt, Snares or Jackass?
  11. Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, originally had what name?
  12. Which novel was written as a conscious debunking of the ‘desert island adventure’ genre, specifically parodying R.M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island?
  13. What name is often given to the female version of the Oedipus Complex?
  14. Who was assassinated by Nathuram Vinayak Godse?
  15. Which musical is based on a novel by Gaston Leroux?
  16. What are Limburger, Bruzzo and Cantal?
  17. What London attraction can be found at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields? 
  18. For what industry is Grasse in France particularly famous?
  19. What was the name of the harmonica player who appeared as a running joke in the Morecambe and Wise show?
  20. Which English surname means 'Arrow maker'?


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
Without Limits
Eddie The Eagle
Cool Runnings
Sixteen Days of Glory
Walk Don't Run
Running Brave




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