Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Quiz Questions - Set #1

Welcome to a brand new feature of this blog! From now on, every Monday (I may change this to Wednesday, and I realise it's now technically Tuesday as this gets posted) I'll be posting 30 quiz questions for everyone to have a go at! Here's the format:
  • Round 1: General Knowledge
  • Round 2: A random subject as per my whims at the time. Could be general, could be specific. For this first week, it will be "Classic Geography"; this probably won't surprise regular readers of this blog.
  • Round 3: A hidden link connections round, where 9 questions all have something in common, and the 10th is "What is the connection?" For this round, remember that getting the connection early ought to help a lot with getting the remaining answers, but getting all the answers should make the connection a lot easier to work out.
And here's a couple of guidelines:
  •  I'll post the answers here in a week, but I'll send them directly to anyone who asks. If you would like me to give your score, you can post your answers in a comment or send them to be via email or Twitter. Or Facebook, if we're friends there.
  • Each question is worth 1 mark unless specified. Usually, half marks will be given for partially correct answers to multi-part questions, but there may be exceptions now and then.
  • Spelling does not matter, I really don't care how you spell things as long as I can tell what you're getting at.
 I think that's everything (this preamble won't be repeated each week), so, let the quiz begin!

Round 1: General Knowledge
  1. Your starter for one...who was the original host of University Challenge, back when it first aired in 1962?
  2. A "spermologist" is a collector of what? Technically there's two answers, you get the point for either.
  3. In 1875, which of my ancestors became the first person to ever swim the English Channel unaided? I'm rather proud of being descended from this person, actually!
  4. If cats are feline, what are foxes?
  5. On which 1975 Queen album did Bohemian Rhapsody originally appear?
  6. The Terrans, Zerg and Protoss are the primary warring factions in which video game franchise?
  7.  The 10 Commandments appear in two books of the Bible. One is Exodus - what is the other?
  8. Nicholas Breakspear was significant for being the only what in history, as of the present day?
  9. In darts, what is number the highest possible checkout in standard play?
  10. Eliza Higgins is the main character in which musical?
 Round 2: Classic Geography
  1. Which two countries in the world are double-landlocked; i.e., landlocked and surrounded entirely by other landlocked countries? Half a mark for each.
  2. Stewart Island is the third largest island of which country?
  3. What is the largest country in the world that only uses one timezone?
  4. The Antonine Wall is in which modern day country?
  5. The mountain with the English name "White Mountain" is in which two countries? Half a mark for each.
  6. What stretch of water separates the USA and Russia?
  7. What is the only country that crosses both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn?
  8. Name all three of South Africa's official capital cities. 0 marks for 1, half a mark for any 2, 1 mark for all 3.
  9. What is the only sea in the world with no coastline or shore?
  10.  In what country is Zealand?
 Round 3: Connections
  1.  Percival Blakeney is better known by what name?
  2. What was Ghana called before it received its current name in 1957?
  3. Which leader of the Labour Party was an MP between 1983 and 2015, having first been elected to the Dunfermline East constituency?
  4. What famous song starts with the lines "In the town where I was born, lived a man who sailed to sea, and he told us of his life"?
  5. Which battle of the Italian Wars of Independence took place on 4th June 1859?
  6. Which 1877 novel by Anna Sewell was written to promote animal welfare?
  7. What was the name of the spin-off to Only Fools & Horses, starring Boycie and his family?
  8. A small, dense, dying star is known as what?
  9. Which 1980 film starred Dan Ackroyd and Jim Belushi as musicians on a mission from God?
  10. What connects all of the above answers?
Best of luck to anyone attempting this, I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on!

1 comment:

  1. Round 1:
    1 Bamber Gaiscoyne
    2 seeds
    3 captain Webb
    4 canine
    5 queen
    6 Warcraft
    7 Psalms
    8 execute a king
    9 170
    10 my fair lady

    Round 2
    2 Australia
    3 South Africa
    4 Greece
    5 Italy and France
    6 Adriatic
    7 Brazil
    8 Pretoria Johannesburg Durban
    9 sea of tranquility
    10 Netherlands

    Round 3
    1 scarlet pimpernel
    2 the orange state
    3 Gordon brown
    4 yellow submarine
    6 black beauty
    8 white dwarf
    9 blues brothers
    10 colours