Thursday, February 09, 2017

7th February The Questions

 

 

Questions set by the Robin Hood, vetted by the Harrington Academicals

Specialist Rounds:

History

Geography

Science inventions

Arts and Entertainment

Sport

Cheshire Life through the ages

Airport!

Boys named Sue

 

History Questions

   

1

Name the last pitched battle fought on British soil in 1746?

A

Culloden

   

2

A Victoria Cross is struck from the gun metal of Russian cannons captured at which battle?

A

Sebastopol

   

3

In 1804, which country became the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt?

A

Haiti

   

4

During which year did George V become king and Halley's Comet return?

A

1910

   

5

Which native American was war leader of the Oglala Lakota and led a war party to victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn?

A

Crazy Horse

   

6

Around 400 'Glorious Gloucesters' fought a last stand on Hill 235 in which war?

A

Korean war

   

7

Name the last British king born outside the UK?

A

George II

   

8

Who was the first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace?

A

Queen Victoria

   
 

Supplementary Questions

S1

Whose parents were Philip II of Macedon and Olympias?

A

Alexander the Great (born in Pella in 356 BC)

   

S2

In 1867, who became special correspondent for the New York Herald?

A

Henry Stanley

 

Science Inventions

 
     

1

Who first developed the Polio Vaccine?

A

Jonas Salk

   

2

Who championed Alternating Current as a means of power transmission?

A

Nikla Tesla

   

3

Who invented the movable type printing press?

A

Johannes Gutenberg (William Caxton was only the first to introduce a printing press into England)

   

4

Who is credited with inventing the World Wide Web?

A

Tim Berners-Lee

   

5

Who invented the first practical airworthy helicopter

A

Igor Sikorsky

   

6

Percy Shaw is famous for inventing what ubiquitous item in 1934?

A

Cat’s eyes (road reflectors)

   

7

Who invented bifocal spectacles ?

A

Benjamin Franklin

   

8

Who invented the widely adopted version of the telegraph?

A

Samuel Morse

   
   
 

Supplementary Questions:

S1

Who invented the vulcanisation of rubber?

A

Charles Goodyear

   

S2

Who discovered X-rays?

A

William Roentgen

 

 

Geography

   

1

Of which African country is Lilongwe the capital?

A

Malawi

   

2

Which gulf lies between Saudi Arabia and Iran?

A

The Persian (or Arabian) Gulf

   

3

Which UK city has an annual goose fair?

A

Nottingham

   

4

Which is the third most populous country on earth?

A

United States of America

   

5

Into which body of water does the River Ganges drain?

A

The Bay of Bengal

   

6

What is the capital of the US state of South Carolina?

A

Colombia

   

7

Name either of the two communes that stand on the estuary of the Seine?

A

Le Havre or Honfleur

   

8

The Goodwin sands are at the entrance to which straits?

A

The Straits of Dover

   
   
 

Supplementary Questions:

S1

In which US state is Mount Rushmore?

A

South Dakota

   

S2

Of which country are the Galapagos Islands a province?

A

Ecuador

 

Arts and Entertainment

   

1

What is the name of the town in which ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is set?

A

Maycomb

   

2

Whose works include ‘The Persistence of Memory’ and ‘Swans Reflecting Elephants’?

A

Salvador Dali

   

3

‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever…’ These are opening lines by which famous poet?

A

John Keats

   

4

‘The Sellout’ was the Man Booker Prize-winning title of 2016. Who wrote it?

A

Paul Beatty

   

5

‘The Accident’ (2014), ‘The Lie’ (2015) and ‘The Missing’ (2016) are all novels by which British author?

A

C.L.Taylor

   

6

6. What colour is the coat mentioned in the opening line of ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ by Oscar Wilde?

A

Scarlet (He did not wear his scarlet coat, for blood and wine are red…)

   

7

‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ were looking for a ring so that they could be married. Where did they find one?

A

In the end of a pig’s nose or words to that effect (And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood With a ring at the end of his nose)

   

8

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Bertolt Brecht is a satirical allegory of the rise to power of which political figure?

A

Adolf Hitler

   
 

Supplementary Questions

S1

Which artist founded the Cubist movement in collaboration with Pablo Picasso?

A

Georges Braque

   

S2

Who has written children’s books entitled ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’?

A

David Walliams

 

Sports Questions

   

1

Which sport is played on the largest pitch; 300 x 160 yards?

A

Polo - approximately the area of 6 football pitches

   

2

Which sports playing area is 2.7 metres by 1.5 metres?

A

Table Tennis

   

3

What is the connection between Volleyball, Squash and Badminton? Clue: This connection is not shared with tennis or table tennis

A

Only the server can score

   

4

In darts, what is the lowest score that CANNOT be scored with a single dart?

A

23

   

5

In 1950, India withdrew from the World Cup because FIFA refused to let them do what?

A

Play barefoot

   

6

In Athletics, what is the last event of the Decathlon?

A

1500m

   

7

What is the only sport to have been played on the surface of the moon?

A

Golf - In 1971, astronaut Alan Shepherd hit 2 golf balls to see how far they might travel.

   

8

Who was the first cricketer to achieve 10,000 runs in test cricket?

A

Sunil Gavasker

   
 

Supplementary Questions

S1

What is the highest possible break in snooker (but under unusual circumstances)?

A

155; foul by opponent snookers all reds, player pots nominated colour as a replacement red, black, then 15 reds and blacks and clears the colours.

 

Achieved by Hurricane Higgins in a friendly match

   

S2

James Naismith invented which sport?

A

Basketball

 

Cheshire Life Through the Ages

   

1

What was the name of the Anglo Saxon Princess who became the Patron saint of Chester?

A

St. Werbergh

   

2

In which century was Macclesfield Grammar School (Kings) founded?

A

16th Century (1502)

   

3

In which year was the second IRA bomb explosion that killed two children on Bridge Street in Warrington?

A

1993 (20 March. Leeway of 1 year either side)

   

4

After the Romans left Chester, Cheshire formed part of which Anglo Saxon Kingdom?

A

Mercia

   

5

Which King of Wessex drove the Danes from the City of Chester?

 

King Alfred the Great (894-5)

   

6

Charles Roe, English Industrialist, played a major part in establishing which industry in Cheshire?

A

Silk in Macclesfield, 1744

   

7

In terms of Roman Catholic Church administration, most of Cheshire falls into which Diocese?

A

Diocese of Shrewsbury

   

8

Two rivers meet in Stockport to form the River Mersey. The Goyt is one, name the other.

A

The River Tame.

   
 

Supplementary Questions:

S1

Lewis Carroll was born Charles Ludwig Dodgeson in which Cheshire village?

A

Daresbury

   

S2

Which World War Two American General was based for a time at Peover Hall near Knutsford?

A

General George S Patten

   
   
   
   
   

 

Airport!

 

Please give the names of the cities served by the airports below:

   

1

Dulles International Airport

A

Washington DC

   

2

Sheremetyevo Airport

A

Moscow

   

3

Humberto Delgado Airport

A

Lisbon

   

4

Jomo Kenyatta Airport

A

Nairobi

   

5

Indira Gandhi Airport

A

New Delhi

   

6

Presidente Juscelino Kubitchek Intl Airport (Pron Jusselino)

A

Brazilia

   

7

Adolfo Suarez Airport

A

Madrid (aka Madrid - Barajas)

   

8

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

A

Manila

   
 

Supplementary Questions

   

S1

MacDonald - Cartier International Airport

A

Ottawa

   

S2

Heydar Aliyev International Airport

A

Baku

 
   
   
   
   

 

Boys named Sue

 

The questions relate to works in which men play women or vice-versa

   

1

In which film did Julie Andrews play a woman pretending to be a man working as a female impersonator?

A

Victor Victoria (1982)

   

2

In which film did Alec Guiness play 8 male and female members of the D'Ascoyne family?

A

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

   

3

Which Norse God dresses as a woman to enter the stronghold of his enemies?

A

Thor - the giant Thrym steals Thor's hammer and demands the beautiful goddess Frejya in marriage for its return. He instead gets Thor in drag - who kills everyone at the wedding feast

   

4

Which hero was disguised as a woman by his mother to avoid the Trojan War?

A

Achilles; discovered by Ulysses, he went to war and was killed as prophesised

   

5

In which film was Rachel Welch unconvincingly transformed into a man, then a woman and back to a man?

A

Myra Breckinridge (1970): considered to be one of the worst films ever made

   

6

In which 1982 film starring Mel Gibson was the other main male part played by a woman?

A

The year of living dangerously - Linda Hunt played the role of the male Billy Kwan and received an oscar for the performance

   

7

In the play/film Hairspray which female role is always played in drag?

A

Edna Turnblad

   

8

Who played Elisabeth I in the film Orlando (1992)

A

Quentin Crisp

   
 

Supplementary Questions

S1

Which male actor played the headmistress in the original St Trinians films?

A

Alistair Sim

   

S2

In which film series did Eddie Murphy play male and female members of his character's extended family?

A

The Nutty Professor films

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

General Knowledge Questions

   

1

Which epic movie, based on a real historical character, was the only film to have won the Oscar for Best Picture without a single female speaking role?

A

Lawrence of Arabia

   

2

Name one of the Titanic's two sister ships

A

Britannic or Olympic

   

3

Ukrainian Sergey Bubka is best-known for record setting in which sporting discipline?

A

Pole vault; Sergey Bubka represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991 breaking the world record 35 times.

   

4

If you're on a boat called "Maid of the Mist" you're looking at which of natural spectacle?

A

Niagra Falls

   

5

Who was the second German voted Footballer of the year in England?

A

Jurgen Klinsmann

   

6

Which large US city, located on the Ohio river, was named after a popular Roman statesman?

A

Cincinnati after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (519–430 BC)

   

7

If you took a walk along Venice Beach, in which city would you be?

A

Los Angeles

   

8

Sir Sandford Fleming came up with a world changing invention when a mistake printed in a timetable caused him to miss his train, this apparently inspired his invention of what?

A

Worldwide Standard Time Zones

   

9

What part of the eye can be described as the transparent front part that covers the iris, pupil, and anterior chamber

A

Cornea

   

10

Which Mediterranean capital’s name is derived from the Greek word for 'Anchor'?

A

Ankara

   

11

Which film of 1995, tells the story of William Wallace.

A

Braveheart

   

12

The adventurer and archaeologist Thor Hayerdahl was born in which country?

A

Norway

   

13

Who composed the Brandenburg Concertos?

A

Johann Sebastian Bach

   

14

David Beckham's son Cruz was born where?

A

Madrid, Spain

   

15

Which planet in our solar system has the most rings?

A

Uranus

   

16

Which nation has been runner-up in the Football World Cup the most times without actually winning it?

A

Netherlands

   

17

As of Jan 23rd 2017, who is the UK Secretary of State for Education ?

A

Justine Greening

   

18

What is the name of the Rugby World Cup trophy?

A

The William Web Ellis Cup (accept Web Ellis Cup)

   

19

How many countries border France?

A

8 (Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, Spain)

   

20

As of Jan 23rd 2017, who is the Shadow Home Secretary?

A

Diane Abbott

   

21

Whose book ‘The Tropic of Cancer’ was banned for many years?

A

Henry Miller

   

22

Which Hemingway book title comes from a line in a John Donne poem?

A

For whom the bell tolls

   

23

Into which sea does the Mekong River flow?

A

The South China Sea

   

24

Which French philosopher wrote ‘I think therefore I am’?

A

Rene Descartes

   

25

In which year did UK National Service end?

A

1960 (accept 1959-1961)

   

26

When is All Saints Day?

A

November 1st

   

27

In which Italian City is Taming of the Shrew set?

A

Padua

   

28

On which river does the city of Ely stand?

A

The Ouse

   

29

Which is the largest island in the Bristol Channel?

A

Lundy

   

30

Who is the porcine ruler in George Orwell’s Animal Farm?

A

Napoleon

   

31

Who was Shirley Williams' pacifist mother?

A

Vera Brittain

   

32

Who wrote ‘Brevity is the soul of wit’?

A

William Shakespeare

   

33

What is the capital of the US state of Nevada?

A

Carson City

   

34

To which 1960s group did the poet Roger McGough belong?

 

The Scaffold

   

35

Which TV cop is based in Ystad?

A

Kurt Wallander

   

36

What colour is malachite?

A

Green

   

37

Sb is the chemical symbol for which element?

A

Antimony

   

38

Who wrote ‘The Maltese Falcon’?

A

Dashiell Hammett

   

39

What was the name of the purchase that saw the USA more than double in size when it bought out France's territorial claims in North America?

A

Louisiana Purchase

   

40

During which century was the Black Death?

A

Fourteenth

   

41

Which queen was the last Stuart monarch?

A

Queen Anne

   

42

Which two-word Latin expression meaning 'a scraped tablet' refers to the human mind in its primary state?

A

Tabula rasa (both words needed)

   

43

In which year did Great Britain join what would become the European Union?

A

1973

   

44

Which oath taken by GPs requires doctors to act in the best interests of their patients?

A

Hippocratic Oath

   

45

Talia Balsam was married to which actor between 1989 and 1993?

A

George Clooney

   

46

Benedict Cumberbatch plays mathematician Alan Turing in which 2014 film?

A

The Imitation Game

   

47

Actor Wagner Moura played which crime figure in the Netflix series Narcos?

A

Pablo Escobar

   

48

Which was the first film in the James Bond series to star Pierce Brosnan in the role?

A

GoldenEye

   

49

Which country was known as Ceylon until 1972?

A

Sri Lanka

   

50

Which 'C' is the name for an object used to measure the thickness of things?

A

Caliper

   

51

What is the real name of rocker Alice Cooper?

A

Vincent David Furnier, accept Vince Furnier

   

52

Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael made up which crime fighting team?

A

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Teenage Hero Ninja Turtles

   

53

Which river runs through Leeds city centre?

A

River Aire

   

54

Which group worked with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers on the track Get Lucky in 2013?

A

Daft Punk

   

55

Which Irish county is known as 'The Red Hand County'?

A

Tyrone

   

56

What does a Clinometer measure?

A

The angle of slope, tilt, elevation or depression of an object with respect to gravity

   

57

Who was the creator of Coronation Street who died in 2016?

A

Tony Warren

   

58

During which century did the world's population reach 1 billion?

A

19th; estimated to have happened in 1804

   

59

Which German philosopher is known for his major work 'Critique of Pure Reason'?

A

Immanuel Kant

   

60

Michael Aspel presented which television show between 1987 and 2003?

A

This Is Your Life

   

61

If it's a motorway in the UK, Autobahn in Germany and Autopista in Spain, what is it in Italy?

A

Autostrade

   

62

Kent Walton was a regular commentator of which sport broadcast on ITV's World of Sport in the 1970s?

A

Wrestling

   

63

Brothers Joseph and Edward Tetley founded their tea company in 1837 in which British city?

A

Leeds

   

64

Which former IRA activist, who was Sinn Fein’s leader in Northern Ireland, has announced the end of his political career due to illness?

A

Martin McGuinness

   

65

Trump was inaugurated as President this week, but who is his Vice President?

A

Mike Pence

   

66

Sales of yellow dresses have rocketed thanks to a tea dress that is worn by Emma Stone in which recent film?

A

La La Land

   

67

The Duke of Marlborough is apparently planning to build up to 1600 houses on land he owns. What was his name before he became the Duke in 2014?

A

Jamie Blandford

   

68

Biz Stone has called for a 'trust' button to counter 'fake news', but which IT company did he co-found?

A

Twitter

   

69

Adama Barrow a former security guard at an Argos store in north London, has been elected leader of which African country?

A

Gambia

   

70

Which striker has just broken Manchester United's all time goal scoring record?

A

Wayne Rooney

   

71

Which city has hosted the premier of the film 'T2 Trainspotting'?

A

Edinburgh

   

72

In which English National Park would you find the highest point at the summit of Dunkery Hill?

A

Exmoor

   

73

Which US star because the highest-paid actress in the world following her performance alongside Chris Pratt in Passengers?

A

Jennifer Lawrence

   

74

Which Irish jockey is the eldest son of former champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh (full name required)?

A

Ruby Walsh

   

75

What is the occupation of Otto Man in the animated series The Simpsons?

A

School Bus Driver

   

76

Tom Bombadil is a fictional character created by which English author?

A

J. R. R. Tolkien

   

77

If an event is said to be 'quotidian', it will re-occur how frequently?

A

Daily

   

78

Between 1986 and 2005, which Russian chess grandmaster was once ranked world number 1 for 225 out of 228 months?

A

Garry Kasparov

   

79

What colour is the lower half of the Welsh flag?

 

Green

   

80

Which English football club play at Gigg Lane?

A

Bury

   

81

Bells Beach, Margaret River and Byron Bay are Australian towns best known for which sport?

A

Surfing

   

82

Who recorded the 1965 album 'Bringing It All Back Home'?

A

Bob Dylan

   

83

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is a fear of which number?

A

666

   

84

Along with partner Hal David, who wrote the following songs: "What's New Pussycat?", "Long after Tonight Is All Over" and "Alfie"?

A

Burt Bacharach

   

85

What is the surname of the British singer Adele?

A

Adkins

   

86

Which ancient Greek temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, sits on the hill of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece?

A

Parthenon

   

87

What is the first name of the Coronation Street character played by Samia Ghadie?

A

Maria

   

88

The books of which Venetian merchant traveller introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China?

A

Marco Polo

   

89

Carole King's Tapestry album was released and became the longest charting album by a female solo artist in which year?

A

1971 (accept 1970-1972)

   

90

Who published works under the pen name Currer Bell?

A

Charlotte Bronte

   

91

William Pitt 'the younger' was prime minister from 1783 to 1801. How old was he when he became Prime Minister?

A

24 years

   

92

Who was the only President of the Confederate States of America?

A

Jefferson Davis

   

93

The Kennington Oval hosted the inaugural final of which competition in 1872?

A

The FA Cup final

   

94

What is the fifth planet from the Sun?

A

Jupiter

   

95

What is the name for the process of the loss of water vapour through the stomata of leaves?

A

Transpiration

   

96

Which film of 2016 is based on a comic by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld?

A

Deadpool

   
 

Supplementary Questions

S1

8 minutes and 47.8 seconds is the fastest ever winning time for what race?

A

The Grand National

   

S2

Edina and Patsy starred in a film version of which BBC comedy television series in 2016?

A

Absolutely Fabulous

   

S3

Which country has a national anthem entitled ‘Wilhelmus’ which can be translated as the name ‘William’?

A

The Netherlands

   

S4

Which letter in Morse Code consists of one single dash?

A

T

   

S5

Which evil mythological creature was part woman and part bird, having a human face and a bird’s wings and claws?

A

Harpy

   

S6

Which river flows through the city of Durham?

A

River Wear