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  • 1. Don’t Panic – BQC March 2009
    © Anannya Deb
  • 2. Question 1 : Who is missing?
    ?
    2 points
    Amateur, had his own private gate into the Lord’s
    Came from a colliery; took 3 wkts in 4 balls
    ?
    2 points
    Captain of the Green Howards, died in the Eighth Army’s first attack in Sicily
    Worked as groundstaff at Lord’s; 6’3”
  • 3. Question 1
    ?
    2 points
    Gubby Allen
    Bill Voce
    Harold Larwood
    ?
    2 points
    Hedley Verity
    Bill Bowes
  • 4. Question 2
    X died of an overdose – 9 pills of Vesperax where only one is normal. On the bedside was this couplet,
    “The story of love is hello and goodbye
    Till we meet again”
    Y died of an overdose. Y bequeathed $2,500 for a wake with the note “Drinks are on ___”. The Grateful Dead amongst others performed at her wake
    Who can Z be – (apocryphal story, Z had a premonition that Z would die similarly)
  • 5. Question 2
    Answer:
    X = Jimi Hendrix
    Y = Janis Joplin
    Z = Jim Morrision (the third J)
  • 6. Question 3
    The name of this language was originally a Turkish word for the camp of a Tartar king. It is cognate with the English word which Wiktionary.org defines as a “wandering troop or gang”. It came be the name of the language as the word was used to describe the broad speech of the members of the camp.
    Name the language
  • 7. Question 3
    Answer
    Urdu (from Turkish Orda or Ordu meaning camp) cognate with the English “horde”
  • 8. Question 4
    A hard silica rock found as lumps called nodes in beds of limestone, it is probably the first mineral to be mined and used (evidence from the many pre-historic tools discovered). It is the same material as chest, the origins of which are unknown.
  • 9. Question 4
    Answer
    Flint
  • 10. Question 5
    Name the personality around whom all these clues revolve
    The Daily Telegraph, May 10th 2007
    “How _____ gave us medicine”
    According to documents dating back to 2600BC, the first peoples to have a scientific medical system were the Egyptians and the pioneer was _____
  • 11. Question 5
    Answer:
    IMHOTEP, the world’s first known engineer, architect and physician
  • 12. Question 6
    Born in June 30, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas, he was inspired by Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and became a deep sea explorer. He has many achievements to his credit – the first manned exploration of the Mid Atlantic Ridge and the discovery of a number of shipwrecks including the Titanic, the Bismarck, USS Yorktown and PT109 (the patrol torpedo boat commanded by JFK).
    Name him
  • 13. Question 6
    Answer
    Robert Ballard
  • 14. Question 7
    What Sanskrit word originally meant “water’s edge” i.e. the part where the land meets a water body (ford of a river, lake, etc) and referred to that physical feature as a bridge between this world and the divine? Because of this belief, traditionally holy spots and places of pilgrimage have been established on water edges across the country.
    From The Mahabharata, AnusasanaParva, Section CVIIITranslated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli
    Yudhishthira said: Do thou tell me, O grandsire, of that which is regarded as the foremost of all _____ (place of pilgrimage). Indeed, it behoveth thee to expound to me what that ____ is which conduces to the greatest purity.
    The word ____ as explained in the SantiParva of the Mahabharata means a sacred water. There can be no ____ without water, be it a river, a lake, or even a well. Bhishma, however, chooses to take the word in a different sense.
  • 15. Question 7
    Answer
    Tirtha
  • 16. Question 8
    In the 1994 FIFA World Cup, this lad, a defender, had the task of marking the following star strikers in successive matches. His team reached the second round losing to Brazil, their best performance since 1950. None of these strikers scored a goal against him.
    Name him
  • 17. Question 8
    Answer
    Alexi Lalas, USA
    USA v SUI 1-1
    USA v COL 2-1
    USA v ROM 0-1
    USA v BRA 0-1
  • 18. Question 9
    From the clues given, what does the highlighted equation prove?
    a + b^n
    -------- = x
    z
    Clue 1 – person honoured in the stamp. He wrote the proof
    Clue 2 – for whom this proof was made
  • 19. Question 9
    From the clues given, what does the highlighted equation prove?
    a + b^n
    -------- = x “Therefore God Exists”
    z
    Denis Diderot, French philosopher, atheist
  • 20. Question 10
    Name the person
    Full name at birth: Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx ______ (1858 – 1947)
    His family saga
    First wife: Marie, died of TB in 1909
    Eldest son: Karl, killed in action at Verdun in WW1
    Second son: Erwin, WW1 POW, Hanged in 1945
    Twin daughters: Both died at childbirth, one in 1917, the other in 1919
    Second wife and son (with second wife) survived him
    Helped a number of Jewish scientists to leave Nazi Germany while asking non-Jewish Germans to stay back (so that Jewish Germans would get whatever jobs available)
  • 21. Question 10
    Answer
    Max Planck
  • 22. Question 11
    What is the significance of this particular chronological series (exhaustive)
    2 points for what the names make up; 2 points for the chronology
    1970: Nanga Parbat
    1972: Manaslu
    1975: Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak)
    1977: Dhaulagiri
    1978: Mount Everest, Nanga Parbat
    1979: K2
    1980: Mount Everest
    1981: ShishaPangma
    1982: Kanchenjunga, Gasherbrum II, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu
    1983: Cho Oyu
    1984: Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II
    1985: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri
    1986: Makalu, Lhotse
  • 23. Question 11
    Answer
    The fourteen 8000+ peaks on the planet (2 points)
    Scaled by Reinhold Messner in the respective year - Only person to climb all 14 highest peaks (2 points)
  • 24. Question 12
    What got started by these
    The Novel – 1913
    "A GENTLEMAN to see you, Doctor."
    From across the common a clock sounded the half-hour.
    "Ten-thirty!" I said. "A late visitor. Show him up, if you please."
    I pushed my writing aside and tilted the lamp-shade, as footsteps sounded on the landing. The next moment I had jumped to my feet, for a tall, lean man, with his square-cut, clean-shaven face sun-baked to the hue of coffee, entered and extended both hands, with a cry:
    "Good old Petrie! Didn't expect me, I'll swear!"
    It was ___ ___--whom I had thought to be in Burma!
    The first comic, 1936
  • 25. Question 12
    Answer
    Fu Manchu (The Insidious Dr Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer)
  • 26. Question 13
    Something was made in 1962, a response in 1965 and something much bigger after that. Give funda.
    “HaiRui (1515-1587) was the Secretary of the Ministry of Revenue under Chinese Emperor Shizong during the Ming dynasty. Hai wrote a controversial piece accusing Shizong of misappropriation of government funds and general inappropriate behavior toward the Chinese people. Because of this attack on the Emperor, Hai was sentenced to torture and death. The Emperor suddenly died before carrying out this sentence, and his successor Wei Zhongxian realized a way to utilize this as a positive public relations stunt. He replaced HaiRui into office, although in a different position -- "Censor in Chief" -- showing the populace that it was indeed okay to provide constructive criticism to the Emperor and the Chinese government. However, Wei Zhongxian later became recognized as one of the most power-hungry leaders in Chinese history.”
  • 27. Question 13
    Answer
    “HaiRui Dismissed From Office” a Beijing opera piece written by Wu Han in 1962 attracted an accusation from Jiang Qing and Zhang Chungiao in 1965 which was followed by the Cultural Revolution in China
  • 28. Question 14
    Give funda (Very specific answer)
  • 29. Question 14
    Answer
    The Five Takhts of Sikhism
    Takht Sri Darbar Sahib Damdama Sahib, Bhatinda
    Akal Takht, Amritsar
    Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur
    Takht Sri Patna Sahib, Patna
    Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded
  • 30. Question 15
    What connects the two? (Specific title)
  • 31. Question 15
    What connects them? (Specific title)
    Halloween Party (1969). Though they never met, Agatha Christie dedicated her novel to PG Wodehouse. Also the only book of Christie to include the word “lesbian”. And only the second story to have a child victim
  • 32. Question 16
    His doctoral thesis was on the study of gastrointestinal juices of the vineyard snail. His autobiography ‘___ My Problem Child’ is about his own invention and the impact on popular culture that it has had and still has. When he first synthesised and tasted it, he wrote about the effects in his diary
    “Desire to laugh, an extremely stimulated imagination”
    He called it “medicine for the soul”
    Who and what?
    I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance ___. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.
  • 33. Question 16
    Answer
    Albert Hoffman, LSD
  • 34. Question 17
    In 1847, an American Matthew Maury (1806 - 1873) prepared a document called “Wind and Current Chart of the North Atlantic”. He offered these charts to sailors in exchange for data from their voyages.
    He also got these sailors to toss bottles over and recover floating bottles when they see them. In side these bottles would be notes with information on the date and location of where it was tossed into the sea.
    In 1855, he summarised all the data and presented a report.
    Thus, what was born?
  • 35. Question 17
    Answer
    A formal mapping of the oceans or the discipline of Oceanography
  • 36. Question 18
    Percival Spear writes
    He had broken no pledge, violated no treaty, committed no treachery; he had merely exercised rights which Indian opinion had conceded to his ancestors through eleven generations. He should probably have been treated as a hostile ruler whose dominions might be liable for annexation and whose person might be subject to detention.
    […]
    A halo of martyrdom and an aura of romantic sympathy collected around the aged figure who would otherwise have been regarded as an unfortunate plaything of destiny. His poetry kept alive this memory.

    Who?
  • 37. Question 18
    Answer
    The Last Mughal, Bahadur Shah Zafar
  • 38. Question 19
    Identify the novel from its frontispiece
  • 39. Question 19
    Answer
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
  • 40. Question 20
    The story of how this Indian town got its name is a favourite quiz question (at least it was in the eighties and nineties). It was the headquarters of the 5th Division of the Southern Army of the British Indian Army till 1918. After independence, it became a key Army training centre with three main institutions – the Infantry College, the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (alma mater to the Corps of Signals) and the Army War College.
    Mythology says this town is also the birth place of Parashuram while history says for sure, this town is the birth place of Dr. BR Ambedkar
    Name the town.
  • 41. Question 20
    Answer
    Mhow
  • 42. Question 21
    Answers.com quoting American Heritage Dictionary gives the following meaning of this word:
    1. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
    2. Capricious; impulsive: “At worst his scruples must have been ______, not malicious” (Louis Auchincloss).
    Quoting Roget’s Thesaurus, it offers the following synonyms
    Not compatible with reality: idealistic, romantic, starry-eyed, unrealistic, utopian, visionary. See hope/despair, real/imaginary.
    What word?
  • 43. Question 21
    Answer
    Quixotic
  • 44. Question 22
    The botanical name of this plant is humulus lupulus (lupulus is Latin for wolf). It belongs to the same family as hemp.
    It has scaly and conical shaped fruits. The fruit, in botany, is termed a strobite. It has glandular hairs which contain a bitter resinous principle. This resin is in much demand in medicine, especially in the treatment of tension. It is valued for its bitter taste and preservative action.
    Name the industry which is the biggest user of this fruit
  • 45. Question 22
    Answer
    Beer / Brewery – the hop plant (hop fruit)
  • 46. Question 23
    There are ten aspects of the Divine Goddess (Durga) listed below. Each represents a particular wisdom and its greatness.
    Kali
    Tara
    Bhuvaneshwari
    Bhairavi
    Chinnamasta
    Dhumavati
    Bagalamukhi
    Matangi
    Kamalatmika
    Tripura Sundari(also known as Lalita, Shodashi)
    What are these ten aspects collectively known as?
  • 47. Question 23
    Answer
    MahaVidya – Divine Wisdom
  • 48. Question 24
    Note the following assumptions
    6 bits make 1 letter
    6 letters make 1 word
    300 words make 1 page
    500 pages make 1 book
    According to Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden, using the above assumptions, there are about 4000 books in every ___?
  • 49. Question 24
    Answer
    Human DNA
  • 50. Question 25
    In the sixties, he rewrote advertising history by focusing on the attributes of the people who buy and consume the product rather than the attributes of the product itself
    “____ is young, spirited people doing active things”, he said
    What advertising campaign is this person credited with?
  • 51. Question 25
    Answer
    The Pepsi Generation (Alan Pottasch)
  • 52. Question 26
    In the room outside the Security Council meeting room, there hangs a tapestry. In 2003, when Colin Powell came to the UNSC to make a case for war, this tapestry was discreetly covered with a blue sheet.
    When the original was first made, it was used to raise money across Europe. In many places, the price of admission was a pair of boots in reasonable condition to be sent to soldiers at the front
    Name?
  • 53. Question 26
    Answer
    Guernica (Picasso)
  • 54. Question 27
    Painting A: original, circa 1910 – 1912
    Painting B: annihilation of the original, 2008
    Name the original painter
  • 55. Question 27
    Answer
    Adolf Hitler
  • 56. Question 28
    This is the oldest active sporting competition in the world predating the Modern Olympics by 45 years. The competition is typically a Challenger-Defender format with the activities hosted by the Defending team.
    From 1851 to 1983, one country (X) has been defending and winning this tournament continuously making it the longest winning streak in any international sporting competition of any kind.
    In 1983, John Bertrand led a team representing Australia to win that year. Since then teams from two other countries – New Zealand and Switzerland have won the competition
    Also since 2000, the last three competitions have been hosted outside X for the first time ever.
    Name the tournament
  • 57. Question 28
    Answer
    America’s Cup
  • 58. Question 29
    He is considered the father of modern Hindi literature. Author of many plays, poems, essays and editor of various journals, he was also pioneer of the use of Khadi Boli, a refinement of Hindi that had more Sanskrit and less Urdu / Persian.
    In 1881, he wrote a play – a satire about corrupt, idiotic administration headed by an indifferent king and the resultant chaos in the city. This may well have been a comment on the many Indian kings of the time who were incompetent and indifferent to their subjects leading to easy accession to the British government
    The name of the play is now part of the Hindi language with reference to ‘corrupt lands’ and / or ‘incompetent rulers’
    Name the play and the playwright (2 points each)
  • 59. Question 29
    Answer
    AndherNagariChaupat Raja / BharatenduHarishchandra (1850 – 1889)
  • 60. Question 30
    This legendary actor made his debut in 1959 in a film that won the National Award for Best Film that year. In the same film, his co-star actress also made her debut.
    Since then, in the last 50 years, this actor has acted in 68 films – 20 of these films have been with three top directors, all recipients of the DadasahebPhalke Award. 14 of his films including his debut film have won the National Award for the Best Film of the year (in various categories)
    He himself had only got two “Special Mentions” till this year – he has been given an award for Best Actor for a movie in 2007.
    Identify actor, debut film and the co-star actress (who also made her debut) – 2 points each
  • 61. Question 30
    Answer
    SoumitraChatterjee, ApurSansar, Sharmila Tagore
  • 62. Question 31
    “Like a _____ ____” was a phrase used by Juvenal c. AD 82 meaning an illusion. This metaphor stuck for over 1600 years
    But much before it’s modern usage as a mathematical concept, Hume, John Stuart Mill and later Karl Popper used the ‘The _____ ____ Problem’ to explain the concept of “inductive categorical inference”.
    It is difficult to observe all possible occurences and therefore come up with sweeping generalised statements. However, it is possible to hunt for non-occurrences and therefore come up with a more accurate universal statement.
    Fill in the blanks.
  • 63. Question 31
    Answer
    The Black Swan (One Black Swan)
  • 64. Question 32
    Popular apocryphal stories of this person include
    Use of old men and women as his messengers and agents in return for which he would gift them expensive watches and even a holiday in the islands of the Caribbean
    A wrong sobriquet that came upon him because a particular book was found amongst his belongings (and a number of films with the sobriquet as the title
    He is addressed as Monsignor
    He and his two brothers were named Vladimir, Illich and Lenin
    He was one of the few non-Arab, non-Nazi most wanted by the Mossad
    Name
  • 65. Question 32
    Answer
    Carlos, Illich Ramirez Sanchez
  • 66. Question 33
    This is Paul Cezanne c. 1888 – 1890; the character is a from a popular drama style in the 16th – 18th century in Europe, particularly Italy and England. What word originates from the batte that the character is holding.
  • 67. Question 33
    Answer
    Slapstick
  • 68. Question 34
    Sir Richard Burton, in his translation of the Arabian Nights, makes the following footnote:
    In an Arabic wedding, one of the last rituals is the displaying of the bride to the bridegroom for the first time. This displaying is done seven times, each time the bride wearing a different dress.
    After this, the bridegroom can proceed to unveil his new bride, but he has to first pay a tax (which Sir Richard Burton jokes – the tax of face unveiling)
    What Hindi word originates from the Arabic term for this ritual?
  • 69. Question 34
    Answer
    Jalwa (from Arabic Jila)
  • 70. Question 35
    A prominent member of the Chhayavaad literary movement in Hindi literature, his last poem was “Ek November 1984” – reference to Indira Gandhi.
    He has translated Shakespeare into Hindi – Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet and King Lear. He is considered to be the last National Poet of India.
    He would typically introduce himself as ”Mitthi ka tan, masti ka man, kshan-bhar jivan – mera parichay” (A body of clay, a mind full of play, a moment’s life - that is me)
    Name his most popular poem, inspired by a Persian classic?
  • 71. Question 35
    Answer
    Madhushala
  • 72. Question 36
    He was member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from 1977 to 1991. In 1996, he was nominated a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha. His term was only three years as the Vajpayee govt fell in 1999 and there was reelections.
    He is a famous educationist – he was Chairman, Council of ICSE. He has been a long serving English teacher at St Xavier’s College, Calcutta.
    He started something in 1967.
    Name him.
  • 73. Question 36
    Answer
    Neil O’Brien
  • 74. Question 37
    Story of a legendary vocalist ‘The Empress of the African Song’: Born of a Swazi mother and Xhosa father, she grew up in the slums of Pretoria. She started her singing career in an amateur group and then formed her own band called “The Skylarks” and she was known as the Songbird
    She died on 9th November 2008.
  • 75. Question 37
    Answer
    Miriam Makeba “Mama Afrika”
  • 76. Question 38
    In 1824, a mathematician published a paper “General Remarks On The Temperatures of the Terrestrial Globe and Interplanetary Spaces” in the respected French scientific publication Annales de Chimie et de Physique (Chemistry and Physics Annual). This paper was in continuation with his 1822 publication “Theory Analytique de la Chaleur” (Analytic Theory of Heat).
    In the Analytical Theory of Heat, he presented an alternative view to heat and heat measurement. Instead of using the Calorific Theory (as championed by Poisson, Lavoisier and other people of the Laplacian school), he used Newton’s law of cooling and expressed the problem in the form of differential equations.
    The 1824 paper is today the basis of a global movement. Name the mathematician.
  • 77. Question 38
    Answer
    Joseph Fourier. The 1824 paper presented the concept of “Greenhouse Effect”
  • 78. Question 39
    Please read the following:
    This is the opening lines of a Prologue. What key philosophical concept was introduced in the book that begins with these words?
    When ___________ was thirty years old, he left his home and the lake of his home, and went into the mountains. There he enjoyed his spirit and solitude, and for ten years did not weary of it. But at last his heart changed,—and rising one morning with the rosy dawn, he went before the sun, and spake thus unto it:
    Thou great star!
    What would be thy happiness if thou hadst not those for whom thou shinest!
  • 79. Question 39
    Answer
    Superman (Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche)
  • 80. Question 40
    Using the trade name Rollo Banks, Micheal Malone created a concept called “the flash” – 11”x7” posters with various designs.
    According to the New York Times obituary (when he died in 2007)
    “…helped popularise and standardise _________ through vivid images of dragons, daggers, cartoon characters and crests.

    Rollo educated the bulk of all _______ across the world using the flash”
    What activity is being spoken of
  • 81. Question 40
    Answer
    Tattoo Art
  • 82. Question 41
    A play on names: __A__ __B__ is a comic character
    __B__ ___C___
    Above is the most famous and saddest aspect of his career
    __A__ ___C___
    Recipient of New Zealand’s “Driver in Europe” scheme – designed to give promising Kiwi drivers experience
  • 83. Question 41
    A play on names: Bruce Wayne is a comic character
    Wayne McLaren
    Bruce McLaren
  • 84. Question 42
    The production of this crop is supervised by a department in the Ministry of Finance. Each farmer is given a licence under which he is paid Rs. 250 per kilogram and he has to harvest a minimum of 4.5 kgs.
    According to the Indian Economy Overview (www.ieo.org) the annual revenue for India from this crop is Rs. 30 crores. It is primarily exported to United States, United Kingdom, France and Japan.
    It is processed and treated in two places in India shown in the maps below. Name the crop.
  • 85. Question 42
    Answer
    Opium
  • 86. Question 43
    A bit of contemporary history coming up: Identify the blitzkrieg being narrated below
    2nd August 19XX
    00:00 hrs – Commandos “pathfinders” infiltrate across border posts, eliminate border guards, clear the path
    01:00 hrs – Border posts attacked and crossed by 120,000 soldiers in two prongs – one headed for the capital, the other headed south to cut off possible reinforcements from neighbouring countries
    03:30 hrs – The Tanks reach the capital
    04:00 hrs – There is combat in the capital. The king’s palace is attacked, one member of the ruling family is killed
    12:00 hrs – The Capital is under the invader’s control. The country no longer exists in its independent form
  • 87. Question 43
    Answer
    Iraq invading and annexing Kuwait
  • 88. Question 44
    It was one of the largest districts in the Bengal Presidency (under the British Raj). It is mentioned in memoirs of both Fa Hein and Hueng Tsang. It was defended by Mir Jaffar against the Marathas but the subsequent betrayal of Mir Jaffar, it passed on to British hands.
    It is believed to have two origins for its name – the Muslim version was the number of mosques reminded many of a certain holy place in Saudi Arabia; the Hindu version was the presiding deity whose name meant Mother of the World.
    It is also the birth place of a former prime minister of Pakistan who later became founder of the Awami League in East Pakistan
    Name the district
  • 89. Question 44
    Answer
    Midnapur (Medinipur, Midnapore)
  • 90. Question 45
    In the Kamasutra, it is advised that a woman must learn 64 practices along with the Kama Sutra and by doing this earns the name “Ganika” or a public woman of high quality. She receives a seat of honour in any assemblage and is always respected by the king and learned men.
    Random from the list (quoting the translation by Bhide and Sir Richard Burton)
    18. Art of making ear ornaments
    21. Magic or sorcery
    27. Solution of riddles, enigmas, covert speeches, verbal puzzles and enigmatical questions
    37. Chemistry and mineralogy
    50. Composing poems
    The question: Which is the first practice she must learn?
  • 91. Question 45
    Answer
    Singing
  • 92. Question 46
    Solve for the fifth one
    Agkistrodon Contortia (sub species: Southern, Broadband, Northern, Osage, Trans Pecos)
    Crossword clue for Common name: Metal above shoulders
    Agkistrodon Piscivorus (Florida, Western, Eastern)
    Lateral clue for Common name: Dryness in the throat after smoking pot
    Crotalus Cerastes (Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert, Colorado Desert)
    Lateral clue for Common name: a missile
    Lampropelis Getula (California, Florida, Eastern, Speckled, Black, Black Desert, Desert, Outerbanks) Crossword clue for Common Name: Gold state heights
    Dendroaspis Polylepis - Common name = ?
  • 93. Question 46
    Solve for the fifth one
    Agkistrodon Contortia (sub species: Southern, Broadband, Northern, Osage, Trans Pecos)
    Common name: COPPERHEAD
    Agkistrodon Piscivorus (Florida, Western, Eastern)
    Common name: COTTONMOUTH
    Crotalus Cerastes (Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert, Colorado Desert)
    Common name: SIDEWINDER
    Lampropelis Getula (California, Florida, Eastern, Speckled, Black, Black Desert, Desert, Outerbanks) Common Name: CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN SNAKE (KINGSNAKE)
    Dendroaspis Polylepis - Common name = BLACK MAMBA
    THE DEADLY VIPER ASSASSIN SQUAD
  • 94. Question 47
    A distinguished IAS officer having served many top positions including Secretary to the President of India, High Commissioner to South Africa – he is also a man of letters. He translated Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy into Hindi “Koi Achha Sa Ladka”.
    He is however consigned to history as being the grandson of two distinguished individuals – one on his maternal side (a Bharat Ratna) and one on his paternal side (who is beyond a Bharat Ratna).
    Name?
  • 95. Question 47
    Answer
    Gopal Krishna Gandhi, present Governor of West Bengal – grandson of Mahatma Gandhi (father’s side) and C Rajagopalachari (mother’s side)
  • 96. Question 48
    What are these instructions (randomly selected from an entire book)
    If you open your legs so much as to decrease your height 1/14 and spread and raise your arms till your middle fingers touch the level of the top of your head you must know that the centre of the outspread limbs will be in the navel and the space between the legs will be an equilateral triangle.

    The hand from the longest finger to the wrist joint goes 4 times from the tip of the longest finger to the shoulder joint.

    The arm, as it turns, thrusts back its shoulder towards the middle of the back.

    The loins or backbone being bent. The breasts are always lower than the shoulder blades of the back.
  • 97. Question 48
    Answer
    The Vitruvian Man – Leonardo Da Vinci’s instructions to painters on how to depict the human body in paintings
  • 98. Question 49
    Liem Siew Liang at one time was the richest individual in his country. He was very close to the ruling dictator Suharto and this ensured that all the major industrial assignments were with him. Similar connections have helped him build up his presence in other countries as well making him one of the biggest conglomerates of South East Asia.
    In line with the ruling regime of his country, he became Islamic and changed his name.
    Name the conglomerate which takes from his Islamic name.
  • 99. Question 49
    Answer
    Selim (Salim?) Group
  • 100. Question 50
    Follow the sequence and suggest the last one
    Mountain Chestnuts
    Wind Sun on the daisies
    Dark Eggs
    Fish Fish on a small table, man sitting on a stool, cat eating bones
    Time _______
  • 101. Question 50
    Answer
    The Ring. The sequence of riddles exchanged between Bilbo Baggins and Gollum inside the dark passages (The Hobbit)
  • 102. Question 51
    The second image is a logo designed based on the generic character shown in the first image. What is the character called?
  • 103. Question 51
    Answer
    Chinthe, Lion god in Burmese legends – hence The Chindits
  • 104. Question 52
    On Dec 7, 1872, a British naval corvette HMS Challenger under the command of Captain George Nares with 200 crew set sail to circumnavigate the world. Their assignment was to study the oceans. They spent 3.5 years measuring the depth of the ocean (372 points), observing new organisms (4417 species) and dredging (133 points).
    Their report serves as a major platform for many marine institutions across the world
    How did the ship leave their calling card?
  • 105. Question 52
    Answer
    The Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on earth, located in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean (named after HMS Challenger)
    The name of the space shuttle is also inspired from this ship
  • 106. Question 53
    QudratullahShahab, a renowned Pakistani diplomat and writer, was once the District Magistrate during the Bengal Famine of 1943. Going against the British government’s directives, he routed strategic wheat reserves to the starving local community.
    In 2009, a bye election held in the Assembly constituency saw the ruling party lose this seat to the opposition candidate FerozaBibi.
    A meeting held in early 2007 to celebrate the full toilet coverage of the village turned into a nasty affair.
    Name the village / place
  • 107. Question 53
    Answer
    Nandigram

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