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                                         Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                  Number 25
                            Questions set by Stewart Cross

1.Which artist said, 'if only these Venetians could draw'? Michelangio
2.Who fled the French Revolution and became a successful portrait painter in Russia before moving to Rome? Elizabeth Vigee-LeBrun
3.Who was questioned by the Inquisition over a 'Last Supper'? Veronese
4.Who died on a beach of malaria whilst returning to Rome to seek pardon for a murder committed some years earlier?   Caravaggio
5.Who fled from a new regime in Spain and died in Bordeaux? Goya
6.Who was the sister-in-law of Manet? Berthe Morisot
7.Whose friendship with Joshua Reynolds led to her being elected as a founder member of the Royal Academy? Angela Kauffman
8.Who painted many of the Genoese aristocracy on a visit in the 1620s?    Van Dyke
9.Which Dutch landscape painter was a mute?

Hendrick Havercamp
10.Who made his home in Vence, where he decorated the local chapel?      Matisse
11.Who in 1772 sailed with Captain Cook to Antarctica as a draughtsman?    William Hodges
12.Who was raped in her father's studio by a fellow artist? Artemesia Gentileschia
13.Who painted George Washington over 120 times? Gilbert Stuart
14.Who burned all his nude studies fater hearing Savanarola preach?      Fra Bartolommeo
15.Whose set of 12 apostles are to be found a long way from home, in the church of San Francisco, Lima?    Zurburan
16.Who in 1958, designed a tiled wall for the Unesco building in Paris?      Joan Miro
17.Who voted for the execution of Louis XVI? Jacques-Louis David
18.Who was the brother-in-law of Andrea Mantegna?

Giovanni Belini
19.Which Dutch genre painter was unusually (on both counts) Catholic innkeeper?     Jan Steen
20.Who was a schoolfellow of Zola       Paul Cezsnne

                                       Mastermind Club Quiz
                                               Number 26
                                 Questions set by Maya Davis

1. Each of The Three Fates made the decisions about when and how a human was destined to die. Each of the Fates had her own role; what was the role of Lachesis?  Deciding the length of the thread of life being spun by Clotho.
2. What was unusual about Jason’s’ tutor Chiron?
He was a Centaur – half man and half horse.
3.Heracles’ father was the god Zeus. Who, according to the ancient Greeks, was his mother?    Alcmene. No, not Hera – that’s just the Disney version! Hera was his sworn enemy.
4. When Odysseus first returned to Ithaca in disguise after the Trojan War, he was immediately recognised by Argus. Why didn’t Argus give him away?   He died of joy on recognising Odysseus – but he couldn’t have told anyone other than by barking excitedly and wagging his tail – he was a dog; and, rather implausibly, he must have been 20 years old.
5. What three creatures made up the Chimaera?

Lion, goat and snake.
6. Which Greek god has a name which also translates into English as ‘Unseen’?   Hades
7. What question was the soothsayer Teiresias able to answer diplomatically when asked by both Zeus and Hera?
Both were satisfied with his answer and rewarded him. Whether the man or the woman got more pleasure from sex.
8. And why was he the ideal person for them to ask?
He’d been changed into a woman and then back into a man. Long story, involving sacred snakes.
9. What generic name is given to nymphs whom the Greeks believed lived in the mountains?     Oreads.
10. What ‘reward’ was given to King Midas for judging a musical contest involving the god Apollo?
Ass’s ears. He awarded the prize for best musician to Apollo’s opponent, who was the satyr Marsyas – or, in some versions of the story, Pan.
11. Whom did Theseus and his friend, the Lapith king Peirithous, unsuccessfully attempt to kidnap from the Underworld? Persephone.
12. Who was the Greek goddess of the hearth? Hestia
13. Whose death was Achilles avenging when he killed Hector in the Trojan War?    Patroclus
14. Who built the Labyrinth in which the Minotaur was kept? Daedalus
15. Which constellation is supposed to represent Callisto, a mortal attendant of Artemis who became pregnant by Zeus?
Ursa Major/Great Bear; she was turned into a bear as a punishment.
16. Callisto is also the name of one of the four ‘Galilean’ moons of Jupiter named after mortals seduced or abducted by Zeus. To abduct which one did Zeus disguise himself as an eagle? Ganymede
17. Who was the Greek goddess of victory?     Nike
18. Where was the stone known as the Omphalos, which marked what the Greeks believed was the centre of the known world? Delphi
19. What did Rhea give Cronos to swallow instead of her last-born child?     A stone wrapped in swaddling clothes.
20. In Athenian coinage, what was the cost of crossing the river Styx?   One obol – the smallest denomination of Athenian coinage.

                                       Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                  Number 27
                                   Questions set by Tony Bell

lInternational actors quiz. Which male actor from one country played a character from another country on TV or in movies?

1. German playing a Spaniard - Sitcom 1975,1979
Andrew Sachs as Manuel - Fawlty Towers
2. Canadian playing an American - Science Fiction TV series and movies 1966-1994
William Shatner as Captain James T Kirk in Star Treck
3. Englishman playing a Frenchman - Science Fiction TV series and movies 1987-2002  Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard - Star Trek The Next Generation
4. Australian playing a Scotsman - Spy movie 1969
George Lazenby as James Bond - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
5. Australian playing a Scotsman - Historical drama movie 1995
Mel Gibson as William Wallace - Braveheart
6. Egyptian playing a Russian - Historical drama movie 1965
Omar Sharif as Dr.Zhivago
7. Russian playing a Thai - Musical movie 1956
Yul Brynner as The King - The King And I
8. New Zealander playing a Russian - Spy TV series 1983
Sam Neill as Sydney Reilly - Reilly Ace of Spies
9. Englishman playing a Belgian - Detective movie 1978
Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot - Death on the Nile
10. Englishman playing an Indian - Historical movie 1982
Ben Kingsley as Gandhi

                                  Mastermind Club Quiz
                                          Number 28
                            Questions set by Mel Kinsey
                                          Canada Quiz

1/ Canada was formally declared a Confederation on the 1st July 1867, whichfour provinces made up the new confederation?
Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia & New Brunswick
2/ Who became the first Prime Minister of Canada?

John A McDonald
3/ Who founded Quebec City on 1608 ?     Samuel de Champlaine
4/ Both the commanding Generals at the Battle of Quebec on 13th September 1759 were killed during the battle, name them

 James Wolfe & Louis-Joseph de Montcalm
5/ Wayne “The Great” Gretzky, born in Branford, Ontario is the only professional Ice Hockey player to have his number retired by the NHL. What number did he wear throughout his career?  99
6/ Located in The Yukon Territory at a height of 19,551ft which is the highest mountain in Canada?      Mt.Logan
7/ The name Canada comes from the Iroquoian word Kanata what does this mean?    Village or Settlement
8/ Montreal International Airport is named after which Canadian Prime Minister?      Pierre Elliot Trudeau
9/ In 1969 which Canadian club became the first Major League Baseball franchise outside the United States? they re-located to Washington DC in 2005.    The Montreal Expo’s
10/ Fought between 9th and 12th April 1917, which battle between four divisions of Canadian Corps and three divisions of the German Sixth Army, resulted in 10,602 Canadian casualties?   Vimy Ridge
11/ The Stanley Cup, the major trophy of Professional Ice Hockey is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor General of Canada. In which Canadian City is Stanley Park?       Vancouver
12/ Which Canadian won the US Masters golf in 2003? Mike Wier
13/ Which Canadian author won the 2000 Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin?     Margaret Attwood
14/ Which sport was invented by Canadian James A Naismith in 1891?        Basketball
15/ Which Canadian Jazz singer is married to Elvis Costello?

Diana Krall
16/ Which is the newest, largest, northernmost, and least populous territory of Canada ? It was separated officially from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999      Nunavut
17/ At 2635 miles, which is the longest river in Canada?

The McKenzie
18/ Born July 24, 1982, in Winnipeg, Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1993 for her debut role in The Piano.?

Anna Paquin
19/ The Canadian Football League’s major trophy first played for in 1910 is named after which Governor General in office between 1904-1911?       The Earl Grey (The Grey Cup)
20/ Whose image is on the Canadian $20 note?
HM Queen Elizabeth II

                                           Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                     Number 29
                                        Questions set by Tony Bell

                 British athletes at the Olympic Games 1896-2012

1/Athens 1896. Launceston Elliott won the first British Olympic gold medal in which sport?    Weightlifting
2/ Paris 1900. Great Britain defeated which country to win the only Olympic gold medal in cricket?!      France
3/ St. Louis 1904. British born Thomas Hicks won which event for the USA?        Marathon
4/ London 1908. Wyndham Halswelle beat how many other runners in the final of the 400m? None (All his American rivals withdrew in protest)
5/ Stockholm 1912. Edith Hannam won two gold medals in which sport?     Tennis
6/ Antwerp 1920. Which rower won the first of his five medals at five consecutive Olympics?     Jack Beresford
7/ Paris 1924. Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell were immortalised in "Chariots of Fire". How many medals did they win in 1924?   Four (Abrahams gold in the 100m and silver in the 4x100m relay, Liddell gold in the 400m and bronze in the 200m).
8/ Amsterdam 1928. Ellen King won two silver medals in which sport?      Swimming
9/ Los Angeles 1932. Which father of a famous actress won the first of his two Olympic medals? Godfrey Rampling (father of Charlotte)
10/ Berlin 1936. Which son of a famous explorer won a bronze medal in sailing?     Peter Scott (Son of Scott of the Antactic)
11/ London 1948. Which father of a famous actor won a gold medal in rowing?     Ran Laurie (Father of Hugh)
12/ / Helsinki 1952. Who represented Britain at light-heavyweight boxing?    Henry Cooper
13/ Melbourne 1956. Which British gold medallist was reinstated after disqualification?     Chris Brasher in the 3000m Steeplchase
14/ Rome 1960. Allan Jay won two silver medals in which sport? Fencing
15/ Tokyo 1964. Which British athlete won gold, silver and bronze medals. Mary Rand (Gold in the Long Jump silver in the Pentathlon and bronze in the 4x 100m relay)
16/ Mexico City 1968. When David Hemery won the 400m hurdles gold medal David Coleman infamously commentated "Who cares who's third". Which British athlete finish third?   John Sherwood
17/ Munich 1972. Which Italian born Judoka won a bronze medal for Britain and would later go on to win gold and silver medals for France? Angelo Parisi
18/ Montréal 1976. How many medals were won for Britain by females? None
19/ Moscow 1980. Which of the 5 British gold medallists only won one medal in 1980.   Daley Thompson
20/ Los Angeles 1984. Which married couple won athletics medals?           Gary & Kathy Cook
21/ Seoul 1988. Which British medallist originally won a bronze medal before being upgraded to silver?

linford Christie after Ben Johnson was disqualified

22/ Barcelona 1992. Which pair of brothers beat another pair of brothers to win a gold medal?  Greg & Johnny Searle beat the Italian Abbagnalle brothers

23/ Atlanta 1996. Who partnered Neil Broad to win silver medals in the men's doubles tennis?  Tim Henman

24/ Sydney 2000. Who was the only British athlete to win two medals?   Jason Queally -Gold in the 1km Time Trial and Silver in the Team Sprint

25/ Athens 2004. Which British equestrian won his gold medal on his return to the UK?  Leslie Law - after Bettina Hoy of Germany had 12 penalty points added for crossing the start line twice.

26/Beijing 2008. Who won a gold medal in cycling 4 years after winning a silver medal in rowing?  Rebecca Romero

27/ London 2012. Who finally won a gold medal after silver medals in the three previous Olympics?  Katherine Grainger


                                      Mastermind Club Quiz

                                               Number 30


                                Questions set by Maya Davis

        The Remarkable (but still sometimes Rotten) Romans


Whom, according to legend, did the shepherd Faustulus take home and bring up? Romulus and Remus

What relation was Augustus Caesar (= The Emperor Augustus) to Julius Caesar?   Great-nephew

For what crime were convicted criminals executed by being sewn up in a sack with a dog, a cockerel and a viper and thrown into the Tiber?  Parricide

How did a tortoise feature in the Roman army? The word for tortoise = testudo was the technical term for a defensive formation consisting of a 3–sided wall and roof made by soldiers using their shields.

Who wrote two letters describing the eruption of Vesuvius?

Pliny the Younger

Apart from Pompeii and Herculaneum, which other settlements were buried in the eruption?  Stabiae and Oplontis

For which younger contemporary – later a well-known Roman author himself - did Pliny the Younger later write a reference?  Gaius Suetonius –biographer of Julius Caesar and the first eleven Emperors, and the source of most of the scandalous stories about them.

What important symbol of Rome’s permanence was guarded by the Vestal Virgins?  The everlasting flame in the temple of Vesta.

The terms Caecuban and Falernian were used by the Romans as names of the best examples of what consumable substance?  Wine

Where did the Emperor Claudius order the construction of a lighthouse?  Ostia.

What sort of criminal would normally be executed by being thrown off the top of the Tarpeian Rock?   Traitors

Of what was Pomona the goddess?  Orchards

Which Emperor had a nickname derived from an item in the soldier’s outfit he was given as a child?  Gaius = Caligula; a ‘caliga’ was a soldier’s hob-nailed boot

Which Emperor was so upset at the death of his young lover Antinous that he made him into a demigod?  Hadrian

To a Roman soldier, what were ‘lilies’? A  defensive trench containing sharply-pointed spikes set vertically; there are some well-preserved ones along the Antonine Wall near Edinburgh

What was manumission? The formal freeing of a slave

Who wrote the comedy on which Shakespeare’s ‘A Comedy of Errors’ is based?  And, for a bonus point, what was it called?  Plautus; Menaechmi or, in the Penguin translation, The Brothers Menaechmus

Which famous Roman author and lawyer had a surname derived from the Latin word for ‘chick-pea’?     Marcus Tullius Cicero

The town now known as Cirencester (Roman Corinium) was the main training centre in Britain for what kind of artist?

Mosaic makers

What type of everyday objects included items called dupondius, dodrans and as?     Coins





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