Thursday, February 04, 2016

2nd Feb Specialist - easier to read but no pictures

 

SPECIALIST ROUNDS –

SET BY THE ROBIN HOOD

1. Arts and Entertainments

2. Geography (pics)

3. Runners Up

4. Science

5. Teenage Kicks

6. PPE

7. History

8. Sport (Pics)

Apologies for the smaller than traditional pictures…we live in austere times.

Arts and Ents – Waxing Lyrical. Identify either the song/novel/poem OR the singer/band/author as appropriate.

Q1

With reference to our stay in the A-League….

2002 Song, taken from album “A rush of blood to the head” –

Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh take me back to the start

Coldplay or “The Scientist

Q2

On the same theme……..

1993 Song taken from album “Pablo Honey”

I’m a _BLANK_, I'm a weirdo,
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here.

Radiohead or “Creep

Q3

1898 Poem

I only knew what hunted thought quickened his step, and why

He looked upon the garish day with such a wistful eye;

The man had killed the thing he loved and so he had to die.

Oscar Wilde or “The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Q4

1819 Poem

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains

My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,

Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains

One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunkMy heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains

         My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,

Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains

         One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk

Ode to a Nightingale – John Keats

Q5

1987 Song taken from the album “Actually”

At school they taught me how to be
so pure in thought and word and deed
They didn't quite succeed

Pet Shop Boys or “It’s a Sin

Q6

1967 Song from an eponymous album

The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

Procol Harum or “A Whiter Shade of Pale

Q7

1878 Novel

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

Leo Tolstoy or “Anna Karenina

Q8

1963 Novel

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

Sylvia Plath, or “The Bell Jar

S1

Supp 1 1989 Novel

"To be born again," sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die."

Salman Rushdie or “The Satanic Verses

S2

Song – Original Artist from 1975 or title Required

She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair

Hallelujah or “Leonard Cohen

Geography – Picture Round. Identify the country from the image provided.

Q1

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Honduras

Q2

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Angola

Q3

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Germany

Q4

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China

Q5

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Peru (Machu Pichu)

Q6

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South Africa (Table Mountain)

Q7

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Venezuela

Q8

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Slovenia

S1 / VI 1

SUPP/VISUALLY IMPAIRED 1.

Kinshasa is one of the 20 biggest cities (by population) in the world. In which country is it found.

DR Congo (accept Zaire with reluctance)

S2/ VI 2

SUPP/VISUALLY IMPAIRED 2

Dili is the capital of which country which achieved independence in 2002.

East Timor/ ( or Timor-Leste)

Runners Up – in honour of the position the Robin keeps achieving on a Tuesday night. In each case you will be given the name of a winner of an event. Name the memorable 2nd placer.

Q1

1997 General Election. Enfield Southgate constituency. Winner, Stephen Twigg (Labour)

Michael Portillo (..were you still up for him?...)

Q2

2015. General Election. Twickenham Constituency. Winner, Tania Mathias (Conservative)

Vince Cable

Q3

2002 Pop Idol. Winner – Will Young

Gareth Gates

Q4

2009 Britain’s Got Talent. Winner – Diversity

Susan Boyle

Q5

2015. General Election. Thanet South Constituency. Winner Craig Mackinlay (Conservative)

Nigel Farage

Q6

2015 General Election. Bradford West constituency. Winner Naseem Shah (Labour)

George Galloway

Q7

1990-1994. 5 World Snooker Championship Finals. Winners – Stephen Hendry and John Parrott

Jimmy White

Q8

1993 Wimbledon Ladies Singles (tearfully). Winner: Steffi Graf

Jana Novotna

S1

SUPP1

1968 Eurovision Song Contest. Winner: Massiel (Spain)

Cliff Richard

S2

SUPP2

2000 US Presidential Election. Winner: George W. Bush

Al Gore

Science – Periodic Table. All of these are chemical elements – but there are other routes to the answer if you are not a scientist. Slight errors in the ending of the name should be tolerated.

Q1

Atomic Number 84. Radioactive and metallic chemical named after a European country, in honour of one of its leading female scientists. Used to poison Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in 2006

Polonium

Q2

Atomic Number 8. Comes from the Greek for “gives birth to acid”

Oxygen

Q3

Atomic Number 97. Silvery radioactive transuranic chemical named after an Ivy League university, itself named after a philosopher and bishop who argued that a falling branch in a forest makes no sound unless someone hears it.

Berkelium

Q4

Atomic Number 77. Silvery white metal, named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow.

Iridium

Q5

Atomic Number 93. Radioactive transuranic chemical that appears in between Uranium and Plutonium in the Table.

Neptunium

Q6

Atomic Number 10. Colourless Noble Gas, named after the Greek for “new”

Neon

Q7

Atomic Number 3. Soft alkali metal which shares its name with a 1991 hit single for Nirvana

Lithium

Q8

Atomic Number 112. Radioactive synthetic element, shares its name with Polish astronomer and polymath who pioneered a Heliocentric view of the universe.

Copernicium

S1

Supp 1: The final elements are currently Ununseptium and Ununoctium What is the atomic number of Ununoctium

118 (no leeway)

S2

Supp2: Atomic Number 24. Grey, brittle metal, name comes from the Greek for “colour” because of its many brightly coloured compounds.

Chromium

Teenage Kicks – Having failed miserably to get to grips with 1960s radio shows and 1970s racist TV comedies (mainly courtesy of the Park Taverners), the 30something question writer has taken revenge by asking his Upper-Sixth Formers to submit questions – he did tell them to take it easy and vet thoroughly…

Q1

Which musician, born in 1942 got Down with the kids when accompanying Rihanna and Kanye West on “Fourfiveseconds”

Paul McCartney

Q2

Which Tennessee-based chanteuse had, according to October 2015 statistics, over 52 million Instagram followers, second only to Instagram’s own page

Taylor Swift

Q3

Popularised in a 2011 rap, which four letter acronym has become a popular alternative to “carpe diem”

YOLO (you only live once)

Q4

Which 8 letter word has become a verb meaning to remove a person from a list of contacts, particularly on Facebook

Unfriend

Q5

Which 5 letter word was OEDs word of the year for 2015 – it describes a symbol, often a smiley yellow face that can be attached to e-mails, texts and the like.

Emoji

Q6

Who is the American female actress and singer of Italian descent who starred in Victorious, Sam & Cat and had the most top 10 singles in the US in 2014, taken from the album “My Everything”

Ariana Grande

Q7

What is the name of the brother of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian

Rob(ert)

Q8

Without needing to be too specific, how did Rebecca Black achieve youtube notoriety in 2011?

She uploaded the viral “hit” song Friday – please accept any reference to “very bad song” or similar, the more abusive the better.

S1

Supp1. What was the name of the American singer who hit number one with the Body Positive (unless you happen to be very slim, at least) single “All about the base” in 2014

Meghan Trainor

S2

Supp2. Which heartthrob actor (born 1978), divorced Demi Moore (born 1962) and subsequently married Mila Kunis (born 1982)

Ashton Kutcher

PPE – In honour of the degree taken by David Cameron amongst many other movers and shakers, identify the Philosopher, Political Theorist or Economist (and, yes, the fields do overlap) from the following details.

Q1

1712-1798. Swiss philosopher, more associated with France. Wrote the Social Contract. Famously stated that “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains”.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (also stated Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.)

Q2

1912-2006. American Economist, intellectual darling of Thatcher and Reagan. Wrote “Capitalism and Freedom”. Famously stated that “There's no such thing as a free lunch.”

Milton Friedman (also stated that If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.)

Q3

1818-1883. German Philosopher, Economist and Political Theorist. Author of “The German Ideology”. Stated “Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.”

Karl Marx (also stated that The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.)

Q4

Approx 470BC-399BC. Greek Philosopher. Inspired “The Dialogues” written by other Philosophers. Stated that “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”

Socrates (also stated that “By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher”).

Q5

1469-1527. Italian Political Theorist. Wrote “The Prince” and stated that “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both”.

Niccolo Machiavelli (also stated that The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Q6

1724-1804. German Philosopher, wrote the “Critique of Pure Reason”. Stated that “Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law”, otherwise known as the Categorical Imperative.

Immanuel Kant (also stated that From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.)

Q7

1883-1946 English Economist. Wrote “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”. Famously stated that “in the long run, we are all dead”

John Maynard Keynes. Also described Education as the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.

Q8

1906-1975 Jewish-American (token?) female philosopher born in Germany. Wrote “Eichmann in Jerusalem. A report on the Banality of Evil”. Stated that “The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”

Hannah Arendt. Also stated that Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse.

S1

SUPP 1

1723-1790 – Scottish Philosopher and Economist. Wrote “The Wealth of Nations”. Stated that “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest”.

Adam Smith. Also stated that “Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.”

S2

SUPP 2

1788-1860. German Philosopher. Wrote “on the Suffering of the World”. Stated that Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

Arthur Schopenhauer Also stated that “The pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don't believe it, compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.”

HISTORY – Culture does history. Which historical event/figure is depicted by the following pieces of art and literature?

Q1

Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge was set against the backdrop of which 1780 events?

Gordon Riots (accept reference to anti-Catholic riots/protests)

Q2

In Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children”, what event did “midnight” herald?

The independence of India (also accept partition of India/Pakistan and independence of Pakistan)

Q3

The National Gallery contains Paul Delaroche’s painting of the 1553 execution of which teenage woman?

Lady Jane Grey

Q4

Scenes from which conflict is represented in Picasso’s Guernica?

Spanish Civil War

Q5

Who was the author of “The Rhythm of Time” amongst other poems, written during his imprisonment in HMP Maze between 1976 and 1981?

Bobby Sands

Q6

“Drummer Hodge”, written by Thomas Hardy, was a fictitious victim of which War?

Boer War

Q7

What is the name of the Czech Priest burned at the stake for heresy, to whom a monument stands in Prague’s Old Town Square?

Jan Hus

Q8

The last non-religious statue to be the tallest in the world, “The Motherland Calls” commemorates which battle of 1942-43?

Stalingrad

S1

SUPP1: Primo Levi wrote “If This is a Man” about his experiences as a prisoner in which place?

Auschwitz

S2

SUPP2 What was the name of the historically significant aircraft that provided Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with a 1980s hit title.

Enola Gay

SPORT – Name that Team (past and present). Identify the team from the badge, colours or both. The place that the team is from will be accepted without needing the full correct name. eg: “Partick” would be OK, no need for the “Thistle”.

Q1

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Bradford Bulls (Rugby League)

Q2

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Nottinghamshire Outlaws (Cricket)

Q3

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Chelsea (retro football)

Q4

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Leicester Tigers (Rugby Union)

Q5

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Benetton (F1)

Q6

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Green Bay Packers (American Football)

Q7

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Godolphin/Sheikh Mohammed (al-Maktoum)

Q8

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Orlando Magic (Basketball)

S1

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SUPP1

Doncaster Belles (Football)

S2

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Team Sky (Cycling)

VI1

VIS IMP 1.

Which county cricket team has a badge featuring three black pears?

Worcestershire

VI2

VIS IMP 2

Which Italian football team has a badge featuring two twin babies and a wolf?

AS Roma

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