Madras School of Economics General Quiz 2014 Finals
1.In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, one of
Indian cricket's earliest big names both as a player
and an administrator, incurred the rage of Lord
Kitchener due to the Maharaja making a pass at an
English girl, rumored to be Lord Willingdon's
It led to the restriction of his entry into the Indian
summer capital, Shimla.This incensed the Maharaja
and in response he bought a nearby hilltop and
erected something which continues to hold a sporting
What did he build and what record is this? This
question is connected to prelims Q1.
At Chail, the world‟s highest cricket
Incidentally, the first edition of Roadies
(Prelims Q1) was from Chennai to Chail
to coincide with the 2003 WC being held
at the same time.
2.The year was 1987. Four years earlier, Hironobu
Sakaguchi had left school mid-semester so that he
could take a job as a game developer.
Now, he was starting to wonder if this video game
thing was really for him. He decided to give it one last
shot with his latest title – an expansive role playing
game – but if it wasn‟t a hit, he was going back to
college to finish his electrical engineering degree.
As a sort of inside joke, he decided to call the game
_____ _____, because he figured it would most likely
be his last.
3.CS Krishna and Karthik Laxman (both IIMA
graduates), drained by months of mind-
numbing work on a "Shadow Union Budget"
under former Finance Minister,Yashwant Sinha,
wrote an article titled "Government mulls direct
cash transfers by dropping money bags from
the sky" taking a dig at the government's much
hyped Direct Cash Transfer schemes.
Buoyed by the response to the article, what did
6.These hand held devices became popular
worldwide in the late 1990s. A US Patent was
awarded to Taiwanese inventor Tsao-i-Shih in
1996 for this device.
The handle contains batteries and a charging
mechanism that generates high voltage.The
circuit is composed of an electronic oscillator, a
step-up transformer and a voltage multiplier,
similar to the circuit in an electroshock weapon
or a stun gun, but with much lower power.
Electric Flyswatter / The World Famous
7._________ refers to five sacred souls - Hazrat
Muhammad, Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Fatima, Hazrat Immam
Hussain, Hazrat Immam Hassan.
These are five sacred souls in Islam and are used as a
source to invoke highly spiritual sensations both in the
praise of Allah as well as to get holy help from the
AR Rahman‟s recording studio is called
8.The founders of this corporation founded by
Stepan Pachikov and launched in 2008,
deliberately kept their logo as a/an ________ ,
because it is supposed to remember
Which company? What logo?
9.Starting with the initials VT, the
registration number of all Indian civil
aircrafts serves as a reminder of the
country's colonial past.
The registration prefix VT was assigned to
India in 1929, and it has continued ever
What does VT stand for?
10.The Bombay Quadrangular was a premier
cricket competition in India in the early 20th
century. It was played among the Hindus,
Europeans, Parsis, and Muslims.
In 1937, a new team was introduced and the
competition became a Pentangular.The fifth
team was created to provide representation for
members of three minority Indian religions.
Name the three religions.
11.The actor Vikram, in a recent interview on a
television channel, said that when he goes for
shooting in the smaller towns of India, he gets
recognized a lot. He felt surprised himself,
since Raavan and David, the two major
Bollywood movies he has acted in didn‟t
necessarily set the box office alight for people
in small-town India to know him. After talking to
the people there, he came to know there is
another logical reason for his popularity.
What reason did Vikram cite for his popularity?
The dubbing of regional language
movies on Hindi channels. Video
12.Buzzfeed, predictably, put out a list recently,
mocking someone‟s actions.The list included weird
names like -
• Jart Liters
• Annjeen Jewels
• Maddow Mohogany
• Janet Loorenstein
• Brat Spit
• Helen Denergis
• Merl Strep
• Lunesta Knee-Congo
• Bento Tinderbox
Who was being mocked?
John Travolta aka Jorn Tromolto.
He pronounced “Idina Menzel” as “Adele
13.Why is the man in the picture, Shyam Saran Negi, in
the news? There is a reasonable chance of you having
seen him onYouTube in a campaign initiated by
14.The girl in the picture
was at the center of a
famous case, and she
broke a virtual 35 year
silence to tell her story
and reflect on the events
that took place then,
which had lifelong
repercussions on both
her and the person
whose name has been
Who is the person in
15. In the Goodreads „Best Books of 2013‟ list, this
book emerged as the best book in the „Food &
Cookbooks‟ category. The title of the book is
___________ ___________ : Cocktails with a
1. __________, _________, and ___________ :The World
of Tamil Politics, is a book written by author-journalist
The three blanks all start with the same letter „C‟,
representing three influential factors in Tamil Politics.
2.The Water of Life Foundation in India is an
organization founded by Sudharshan Dheer. He
named the foundation after a book called Water
of Life, written by John Armstrong.The book
advised Dheer to do something to treat a viral
infection that had rendered his right hand
almost immobile. After following the advice,
Dheer found that his ailment was coming under
What did the book primarily instruct Dheer to
do which prompted him to name the
organization after the book?
3. In 2007, Microsoft Office introduced a change to its
default settings. According to Joe Friend, a senior
Project Manager at Microsoft, the change was
necessitated due to two factors -
1) Growth of digital consumption. Since more and
more documents wouldn't be printed and would solely
be consumed on digital devices, screen readability
would become more important.
2) Office was looking to modernize the look and feel
of documents created by Office applications since
they hadn't changed substantially since the early 90s.
What was the change that was brought about?
The default font was changed from Times
New Roman to Calibri.
4.There are two possible origins for this drink-
1) Robert Butt invented it as an entry to create a new
mixed drink in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach
Inn on ________ _______, NY. Various local NewYork
references also echo Butt's claims.
2) It was claimed to have been invented in the 1920s
during Prohibition by an "Old Man Bishop" in a local
community named ______ _______ in Kingsport,
Tennessee.The drink was then perfected by Ransom
Bishop, his son.
5.This metaphor was conceived by
Adam Smith to describe the self-
regulating behavior of the
marketplace. Individuals can make
profit, and maximize it without the
need for government intervention.
6.The five rings you see in the
Olympic logo now represent the five
continents. But, they were originally
invented in 1913 by Pierre De
Coubertein, president of IOC, for a
What was the reason and why were
they forced to make the change?
A ring for each of the 5 previously
successfully completed games.The
Olympics didn‟t happen in 1916 due to
the World War I and hence the sequence
7.Arthur Chu has won more Jeopardy games
than nearly anyone else on earth. Chu has
amassed more than $277,000 in winnings. A
strategy Chu uses while he quizzes is
something called Forrest Bounce, named after
its pioneer, the 1985 champion Chuck Forrest.
How does this strategy work and what
advantage does it give a player?
Jeopardy board image follows.
Rather than starting with the first clue in a
category and working his way down the
column, he jumped around the board. (It
taxes people‟s brains to move around like
this, but the person who knows which
clue is coming next has a split-second
8. A 2009 study in the Journal of Applied
Psychology in the US examined 576,292 mining
injuries that were sustained in the years 1983 to
It was found that on a particular Monday
(usually in the month of March), coal miners
reported a 5.7% increase in the number of on-
the-job injuries reported.
What did they mention as the reason for the
sudden spike in the injuries that occurred?
The Mondays were post DST (Daylight
Savings Time) Mondays.Workers due to
lack of sleep tended to become „zonked‟
resulting in a higher number of injuries.
9.The roots of this initiative were set when
Shashank Mani Tripathi, now 48, first embarked on
a journey in 1997 to commemorate 50 years of
The seed had been planted in his mind years ago,
when he saw a film in 1954 as a child, which was
about a teacher's quest to instill pride in the
country's heritage and values in children.The film
also featured a song - 'Aao bachchon tumhen
dikhayen jhaanki Hindustan ki'.
What is the initiative in question? The initiative is
named after this movie.
10.Robert Ward, of the Economist Intelligence Unit,
coined an acronym CIVETS, for six favored
emerging market economies.
These countries are supposed to have a diverse
and dynamic economy and a young growing
Expand CIVETS. Picture if needed.
+6 for 3 correct.
+7 for 4 correct.
+8 for 5 correct.
+10 for 6 correct.
11.The movie Frozen recently entered the list of
Top 10 grossing movies of all time.
What is unique about Frozen‟s entry into this list
when compared with the rest of the 9 movies?
It is the only movie which is neither a
sequel nor has it been directed by James
Bharat Scouts and Guides.
Boys – Bunnies (3-6), Cubs (5-10), Scouts
(10-17), and Rovers (16-25)
Girls – Bulbuls(6-10), Guides(10-18),
Ages in brackets
13. _________ is the apparent loss of fine motor
skills without apparent explanation, in one of a
number of different sports.The technical term
is focal dystonia.
Athletes affected by it demonstrate a sudden,
unexplained loss of previous skills.They
sometimes recover their ability, sometimes
compensate by changing technique, or may be
forced to abandon their sport at the highest
level. The word has its origins in the world of
What‟s the good word.
14. ____ __ ___ ___ is a 2013 American comedy film
written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan
Goldberg in their directorial debut, starring an
ensemble cast including Rogen, James Franco, Jonah
Hill as fictional versions of themselves in the aftermath
of a global apocalypse.
The film was released on June 12,
2013, and was a critical and
Name the movie (4,2,3,3). Also, last