Quiz – June 20 2003

1. Pot Pourri

  1. Which company was the first to patent the frisby?
  2. Of what Gospel is Godspell the musical version of?
  3. Who won The Nobel Prize for Physics In 1965, was instrumental in the building of the nuclear bomb in Los Alamos and was portrayed by Alan Alda in the theatre?
  4. What was the personal connection between Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill and Bertram Russell?
  5. Who is registered under the name William Wales at University?
  6. Lasse Viren won both the 5000 and 10000 in 1972 and 1976 Olympics…where was he from?.
  7. Who painted the frescos at the Arena Chapel in Padua and was cannonised for his shade of blue?
  8. What was the kiwi fruit originally known as?
  9. Who played Grizzly Adams on TV?
  10. Which normally indoors sports playing surface is 85feet by 200feet?


2. Buildings:


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3. Logos/Emblems/Trademarks


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4. Literature


  1. Who’s many plays include “Siswe Banshi is Dead” and “Master Harold and the Boys”? –
  2. Who wrote the “Lovely Bones”?
  3. Who’s plays include “Oleanna” (1994) and “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” (1977)? =
  4. Who wrote “Trainspotting”?
  5. Which Shakespearean character says – “I know you all and will a while uphold the unyoked humour of your idelness..”?
  6. Which poet wrote the line “nobody, not even the rain has such small hands”.
  7. Who was the first Yiddish writer to win the nobel prize for literature?
  8. Who wrote “Travels with Charley”?.
  9. Who’s characters include Homer Wells, Franny Berry, and Owen Meany?
  10. Of what religious order was the monastry in Umberto Eco’s “The Name of the Rose”?


5. History/Dates and Events


1. Which of these horses won the Kentucky Derby the longest time ago?


Seattle Slew


Sea Hero


2. Rank these US space programs in chronological order, oldest first: Gemini, Apollo, Mercury


Mercury             6 missions

Gemini                  10 missions

Apollo                  11 missions


3. Who was the first person to reach the South Pole?


4. Of these three countries, which was the *last* to grant suffrage to women: New Zealand, Afghanistan, or Switzerland?


5. Which of these elements was discovered first: radium, uranium or plutonium?



6. Rank these Cold War events from earliest to latest: the first Soviet atomic test, the Korean War, and the Berlin blockade.


7. Rank these three sports in the order in which they were invented: basketball, baseball, and American football.


8. Rank these religious buildings in the order of their construction: the Hagia Sofia, Chartres Cathedral, and Angkor Wat.


9.  After Athens in 1896, what were two of the next three summer Olympics host cities?


10. Who was Pope during the Second World War?


6. Geography


1. What is the longest highway in North America?



2. Rank these three currencies in terms of their current value (one unit) against the US dollar (one unit), from lowest to highest: Japanese yen, Swiss franc, Mexican peso.


3. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, what are the five most populous U.S. states? (All five required to get the point)



4. Mountain heights


Of the seven summits (the highest peak in each continent), the highest is Mt. Everest, in Asia. On what continent is the second highest of the Seven Summits located?


5. What are the northernmost and southernmost national capitals?


6. What is the world’s deepest lake?


7. What is the largest country, in terms of size, in Africa?


8. Rank these rivers in terms of length, from shortest to longest: Yangtze, Danube, Congo.


9. The Öresund Bridge, opened to traffic in 2000, is the world’s longest single bridge carrying both road and railway traffic. Which two countries does the bridge, crossing ten miles of water, connect?


10. Rank these cities in terms of their distance from Chapel Hill, from closest to furthest: Knoxville, Washington DC, and Atlanta.


7. Music


  1. Artist? Christy Moore – City of Chicago
  2. Artist? Shawn Colvin – Another Long One
  3. The Composer? Aaron Copeland – Simple Gifts (Bernstein)
  4. Singer? Pavarotti –
  5. Group? Gypsy Kings – Un Amor
  6. Singer? Janis Joplin – Summertime
  7. Singer? Dobie Grey – Drift Away
  8. Artist? Al Jarreau – “Spain”
  9. Group? Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
  10. From Which Musical? La Vie Boheme - Rent