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                                           Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                    Number 31

                                            Questions set by
                                                  Mel Kinsey
         A set of questions on the first 15 Presidents of the USA

1/ George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States on 30th April 1789. What words did he add to the oath of office, to those specified?   "So help me god" (These words have been used in every inauguration since)
2/ John Adams defended British soldiers accused of taking part in which historic event?     The Boston Massacre
3/ Thomas Jefferson in 1801 successfully asked Congress for a declaration of war against who? It was the first foreign war fought by the United States?    The Barbary States of North Africa
4/ James Madison is known as “The Father of the Constitution” after promoting and drafting what?   Tne first 10 amendments to the constitution, also known as The Bill of Rights
5/ James Monroe was wounded in which battle of the War of Independence?f    The Battle of Trenton on 2nd January 1777
6/ John Quincey Adams wife Louisa Catherine Johnson was the only First Lady born outside the United States, in which city was she born in 1775?  London (Her father was an American merchant and her mother, English)
7/ Andrew Jackson presided over the Indian removal act of 1830, which led to the removal of Native Americans from their traditional lands to lands west of the Mississippi. What name has this been given to this exodus?    "The Trail of Tears"
8/ Martin Van Buren’s nickname gave the world which expression?
"OK" (Van Buren lived in Kinderhook, New York. During the election of 1840, his supporters showed their support by saying they were "OK" (Old Kinderhook) they expression stuck)
9/ William Henry Harrison led his troops to victory over which Indian chief in the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811?

Tecumseh chief of the Shawnee
10/ John Tyler,was the first Vice President to ascend to the Presidency, following the death of W.H.Harrison after just 31 days in office, is the only President not to have his death officialy recognised by Washington, why?   Tyler was a Virginian and died there in 1862, during the civil war.
11/ James Knox Polk won the 1844 Presidential election, defeating which 3 time beaten Whig candidate, a strong proponent of the “American System”? Henry Clay
12/ Zachary Taylor was elected President in 1848, largely due to his victory in which battle of the Mexican War?

Bunea Vista in February 1847
13/ Millard Fillmore, a Whig, was the candidate of which party in the 1856 Presidential election? The American or Know Nothing Party (He won just one state, Maryland)
14/ Franklin Pierce is the only President to date to be a native of which state?    New Hampshire
15/ James Buchanan was the only President who never married. What was the name of his niece who acted as the White House hostess?      Harriet Lane

                                      Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                Number 32
                                Questions set by  Neil Wright

1) Who won a Best Actor Oscar in 1936 for the title role in The Story of Louis Pasteur? Paul Muni
2) What small extra-nuclear loops of DNA can be used by bacteria to transfer genes for antibiotic resistance?    Plasmids
3) What live virus did Edward Jenner use to vaccinate against smallpox?    Cowpox or Vaccinia virus
4) Which infectious intestinal disease is divided into three main types dependent on the causative organism: - bacterial, amoebic and balantidal?     Dysentery
5) What is the more common name for Schistosomiasis, a disease sometimes caught after swimming in infested rivers and lakes in Africa?                Bilharzia
6) What name is given to a device used to sterilise material using steam at high pressure and temperature in a sealed chamber?

  An autoclave

7) Which epidemic louse-borne disease is caused by the intracellular bacterium Rickettsia prowazeki and is sometimes called “gaol fever”?       Typhus

8)The causative organism of which respiratory disease was, in the past, sometimes known as Koch’s bacillus, after it’s discoverer, Robert Koch? Tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

9)And which disease is caused by the organism sometimes known as )’s bacillus, after it’s discoverer in 1873?

Leprosy, caused by Mycobacterium leprae.

10)Epstein-Barr virus is the cause of infectious mononucleosis, more commonly known as what?    Glandular fever

11) MRSA, the multiple antibiotic resistant organism, stands for ……….. Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.  What is the missing word?              Methicillin

12)Which genus of curved or spiral bacteria, particularly associated with chickens, was only isolated in the 1970’s but is now recognised as one of the principal causes of food poisoning in the UK?                Campylobacter

13) Most living things can be divided into two groups.  The higher organisms, such as animals, plants, fungi and protozoa are called eukaryotes.  What name is given to the group containing blue-green algae and bacteria?             Prokaryotes

14) Which spongiform encephalopathy, similar to B.S.E.(“mad cow disease”) in cattle and Creutzfeld-Jacob disease in humans, primarily affects sheep?     Scrapie

15/ And which similar disease is found in tribes of cannibals in New Guinea, presumed to be from eating the brains of the dead?  Kuru

16) Which viral haemorrhagic fever was first isolated in 1969 from the Nigerian village of the same name?     Lassa fever

17 )Which microbiologist is credited with developing the first vaccines for anthrax and rabies?       Louis Pasteur

18) Alexander Fleming is generally credited with the discovery of penicillin, but with which two other scientists did he share the 1945 Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine, for their role in developing the drug for clinical use?         Howard Florey and Ernst Chain

19) Fascioliasis, caused by the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica, has been particularly linked in the past with eating which (unwashed) salad vegetable.           Water cress

20) An outbreak of typhoid fever in Aberdeen in 1964 was linked to tins of which imported foodstuff?       Corned beef      

21) Undulant fever, also known amongst other pseudonyms as Malta fever, is an alternative name for which disease caught by drinking unpasteurised milk?    Brucellosis, although usually from Brucella melitensis, from goats, rather than Brucella abortus, from cattle.

22) What often fatal form of food poisoning is particularly associated with a toxin found in inadequately prepared home-canned foodstuffs and which has found uses in other fields?    Botulism, caused by Clostridium botulinum from which we get Botulinum toxin (Botox)

23) What is the name of the glass or now, almost invariably, plastic receptacle used for agar plates to culture bacteria?   Petrie dish

24) Weil’s disease, sometimes occurring in sewage workers and associated with rat’s urine, is a common pseudonym for which disease?          Leptospirosis

25) The last recorded case of smallpox in the UK (and also the world?) occurred in 1978 when Mrs. Janet Parker, a medical photographer, died from what is believed to have been a laboratory acquired infection.  At which UK university did this occur?         Birmingham


                                      Mastermind Club Quiz

                                                  Number 33


                                  Questions set by Tony Bell


            Sporting Politicians - Identify the following sportsmen

                              who have all held political office

1. Olympic Finalist 4x100m 1964

Menzies (Ming) Campbell - Leader of the Liberal Democrats

2. World record holder and Olympic Silver Medallist 1500m 1968

Jim Ryun - US Representative from Kansas

3. Olympic Silver Medallist Rowing 1980

Colin Moynihan - Conservative MP and Sports Minister

4. Olympic Champion 1500m 1980 and 1984 

Seb Coe Conservative MP

5. Olympic Champion 4x100m 1936 

Ralph Metcalfe US Representative for Illinois

6. Olympic Champion Decathlon 1948 and 1952

Bob Mathias US Represesntative from California

7. Cricket World Cup winner 1992

Imran Khan Member of the Pakistan National Assembly

8. West Indies fast bowler 1960

Wes Hall Barbados Minister of Tourism

9. World record holder and Olympic Finalist 5000m 1952

Chris Chataway Conservative MP

10. World Heavyweight Boxing Champion 2012

Vitaly Klitchschko  Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine

11. Olympic Gold Medallist Basketball 1964

Bill Bradley US Senator from New Jersey

12. Olympic Bronze Medallist 1500m 1956

John Landy  Governor of Victoria, Australia


                                       Mastermind Club Quiz

                                                 Number 34


                               Questions set by Mel Kinsey

A set of questions on the 16th to 32nd. Presidents of the USA


1/ Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the 14th April 1865, while watching which play at Fords theatre in Washington?

Our American Cousin

2/ Andrew Johnson is the only President to hold which position after his presidency?  Senator (He returned to the Senate shortly before his death)

3/ Ulysses S Grant In July 1863, after a series of coordinated battles, defeated Confederate armies and seized which city giving the Union control of the Mississippi River?   Vicksburg

4/ Rutherford Hayes and his wife were both supporters of the Temperance Movement and banned alcohol from the White House as a result what nickname was given to Mrs. Hayes by Washington society?  "Lemonade Lucy"

5/ James Garfield was shot at the Sixth Street Station of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad on the 2nd of July by who?

Charles Guiteau

6/ Chester Arthur performed the opening ceremony on 24th May 1883 of which American landmark?  Brooklyn Bridge

7/ Grover Cleveland on the 2nd of June 1886 became the first US President to do what?  Marry in the White House

8/ Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President was what relation to William Henry Harrison, the 9th President?  Grandson

9/ William McKinley was the last President to wear “The Bloody Shirt”. To what did this refer?  An electoral ploy of the Republican Party to promote presidental candidates who had fought in the Civil War

10/ Theodore Roosevelt ran as a third party candidate in the 1912 Presidential election. The party became known as the “Bull Moose” party, but what was its official name? The Progressive Party

11/ William Howard Taft is the only former President to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Which President appointed him in to the post?  Warren G Harding

12/ Woodrow Wilson who won the 1912 Presidential election, did not hold public office until becoming Governor of which state in 1910?   New Jersey

13/ Warren G Harding had died in office before the great scandal of his administration came to light. This involved his Secretary of the Interior, selling naval oil reserves to private oil companies. What name, based on the Wyoming location of the reserve is given to the scandal?    Teapot Dome

14/ Calvin Coolidge, succeeded to the Presidency on the death of Harding in 1923. Who administered the oath of office as Coolidge was sworn in as president?  His Father who was a Notary Public

15/ Herbert Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food Administration during World War I, and became internationally known for humanitarian relief in which war torn country?  Belguim

16/ Franklin Roosevelt was the only President to win 4 Presidential elections in 1932,1936, 1940 and 1944. Name his 4 opponents in those elections. 

Herbert Hoover, Alfred Landon, Wendle Wilkie & Thomas E Dewey


                                      Mastermind Club Quiz

                                                 Number 35


                               Questions set by Mel Kinsey


1/ In what year was the first LASER built?   1960

2/ A mutiny on which ship was integral to the Russian revolution of 1905?    Potemkin

3/ The molecular structure of DNA was identified in 1953 by which two people?   James Watson & Francis Crick

4/ Mark Rylance won the 2016 BAFTA for Best Leading Actor for his role in which TV drama?  Wolf Hall

5/ In the film Frozen, who played the voice of Anna? Kristen Bell

6/ Which actress and in which film, said "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" ?  Bette Davis in All About Eve

7/ Who played the character Janice Battersby in Coronation Street ?  Vicky Entwhistle

8/ In the Thomas the Tank Engine series, The Fat Controller is the head of the railway, what is his name? Sir Toppham Hat

9/ Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister between 2010 and 2013 was born in which country?   Wales

10/ What is the largest lake wholly in Canada? Great Bear Lake

11/ Which British architect designed the striking Reichstag glass dome in Berlin ?   Sir Norman Foster

12/ What is the name of the Indian sport where a player from one side has to touch an opponent and escape back to his own half?


13/ Known as 'the father of genetics' this Austrian monk discovered the basic principles of hereditary. What was his name?

Gregor Mendal

14/ Which Iranian born physician composed both the Book of Healing and The Canon of Medicine, among some of the most famous books in the history of medicine?  Ibn Sina

15/ Thom Yorke is the lead singer of which English band that formed in Oxfordshire in 1985?  Radiohead


                                         Mastermind Club Quiz

                                                   Number 36


                                   Questions set by Tony Bell


         Sportspeople who voluntarily changed nationality

(does not include German reunification, dissolution of USSR etc),

                                      Identify from initials


RF. Chess Player - USA to Iceland.      Robert "Bobby" Fischer

BL. Middle Distance runner - Kenya to USA.  Bernard Lagat

FM. Long jumper - Great Britain to Italy.  Fiona May

LR. Cricketer - Australia to New Zealand.  Luke Ronchi

VM. Marathon runner - France to Great Britain. Veronique Marot

AB. Distance runner - Mexico to USA.  Arturo Barrios

KW. Cricketer - South Africa to Australia. Kepler Wessells

MG. Alpine Skier - Austria to Luxembourg.  Marc Girdelli

CF. Cycling - Kenya to Great Britain.   Chris Froome

VA. Short Track Speed Skater - Korea to Russia.shcer   Victor Ahn

GR. Tennis Player - Canada to Great Britain. Greg Rusedski

LL. Boxer - Canada to Great Britain.   Lenox Lewis

MN. Tennis Player - Czechoslovakia to USA. Martina Navratilova

AP. Judoka - Great Britain to France.  Angelo Parisi

KK. Marathon runner - Morocco to USA. Khalid Khannouchi



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