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  1. 1. Questions from a quiz made for TISS, Mumbai ILLUMINATIX © Anannya Deb, 2010
  2. 2. 1 Based on Proverbs 24:5 “A wise man has great power and a man of knowledge increases strength”, what classic phrase was first published by Francis Bacon in his Meditationes Sacrae in 1597? You can give the original Latin or the English translation (3 words)
  3. 3. 1 “Scientia Potentia Est” – Knowledge is Power
  4. 4. 2 The archipelago of Bombay was more than the cliched “seven islands”. As the visual (in the next slide shows) there were numerous others – small and big – which have been merged into one metropolitan city. Name the island to the north east of Parel (which is masked).
  5. 5. (Map of Bombay,1906)
  6. 6. (Map of Bombay,1906)
  7. 7. 3 No trick question this, who is / was the last person to hold the official title of Emperor of India?
  8. 8. 3 King George VI who held the title till 1947 King / Queen of England is not enough.
  9. 9. 4 Whose face, in letter if not in spirit, should be on the fourth box? ?
  10. 10. 4 Barack Obama The four US Presidents to win the Nobel Prize (whether all of them earned it or not is a different matter)
  11. 11. 5 Who is this person in the news recently (last couple of months)
  12. 12. 5 Potti Sriramulu His name was on the airwaves as the Telangana movement hit the front pages
  13. 13. 6 Identify this person, a former functionary of the British Raj, who has a geographical feature named after him
  14. 14. 6 Sir George Everest, Surveyor General of India, 1830-43 There’s a signature of Sir Edmund Hillary at the bottom right
  15. 15. 7 Johannes Hendrikes Hubert de Mol, a Dutch media tycoon, through his production company launched this show on the Dutch channel Veronica on 16th September 1999. This show currently has versions in over 70 countries Two of the people who appeared in the first show later on became Playboy models (Dutch editions) Name the show
  16. 16. 7 Big Brother Not Bigg Boss which is only the Indian version.
  17. 17. 8 It's Greek for smell. Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials describes it as a colourless (sometimes pale blue) gas (dark blue in liquid form) and its quantity in the atmosphere is measured using Dobson units. What is it?
  18. 18. 8 Ozone
  19. 19. 9 Harivanshrai Bachchan, in his autobiography, describes the origin of his caste saying that while the four main castes came from different parts of Brahma, this particular caste came out of Brahma’s entire body, or “____” . Over the years, members of this caste have become writers, administrators, accountants, historians. They are outcasts as they do not belong to the four main divisions. This allowed them to work in both Hindu and Muslim courts over the years. Name the caste.
  20. 20. 9 Kayastha
  21. 21. 10 Salil Chowdhury wrote the original Bengali story. In the Bengali film, he was the music composer as well as in the Hindi remake. The Hindi remake won awards at Cannes, Karlovy Vary and the top ones in India (National and Filmfare). Hrishikesh Mukherjee started off working as editor in this film. Name the Hindi film
  22. 22. 10 Do Bigha Zameen Directed by Bimal Roy. The original story is called Rickshawala and is a magnificent example of Salil Chowdhury’s work
  23. 23. 11 The ruins of which city were rebuilt in part by Saddam Hussein where the bricks contained the inscription "This was built by Saddam Hussein, son of Nebuchadnezzar, to glorify Iraq"?
  24. 24. 11 Babylon
  25. 25. 12 One of the four Great Ancient Capitals of China, it's original name meant "Perpetual Peace". It has been the capital of over 13 dynasties in China and has over 3000 years of history. What starts from here?
  26. 26. 12 The Silk Route The place is Xian or Chang’an or Sian. The Silk Route started from here. You’ll also find the famous Terracotta Army here
  27. 27. 13 Which form of English has three variants – Broad, Central and Cultivated?
  28. 28. 13 Australian English also called Strine
  29. 29. 14 This fish has a peculiar trait where the father fish can take on the female form to breed his babies in case of death of the mother. Easily recognised by its bright orange colour with three white and black markings, the demand for this fish as pet suddenly trebled in 2003. Name the fish?
  30. 30. 14 Clownfish
  31. 31. 15 In 2005-6, Time magazine listed him as one of 100 most influential people for something he started in 2001. His philosophy was "Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing". Who and what did he start?
  32. 32. 15 Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Half-point each
  33. 33. 16 The band United Colours of Sound stand with two people at the launch of something which Christopher Martin Jenkins says “The only way to approach the whole adventure is with an open mind”. What was launched?
  34. 34. 16 The first T20 Cricket tournament, Twenty20 Cup, England
  35. 35. 17 Which is "The great city of angels, the supreme unconquerable land of the great immortal divinity, the royal capital of nine noble gems, the pleasant city, with plenty of grand royal palaces, and divine paradises for the reincarnated deity Vishnu, given by Indra and created by the god of crafting Visnukarma"?
  36. 36. 17 Bangkok, capital of Thailand. The official name is Krung Thep… Much of Thai culture originates from Hindu-Buddhist origins.
  37. 37. 18 What is the English translation of the Spanish phrase used to refer to Spanish nobility / royalty who were deemed pure i.e. free of Moorish or Jewish ancestry / parentage?
  38. 38. 18 Blue Blood from Sangre Azul. Since the pure stock Spanish were fairer than the Moors, the bluish veins were more visible . Hence the phrase used to describe royalty or nobility.
  39. 39. 19 Towards the end of the WW2, the tables had turned on the Italian-German friendship with Mussolini loosing his grip and finally his life. Hitler ordered the Nazi armies into Italy to take control. This particular piece of art in the possession of Dr. Ottarino Bassini had to be hidden at all costs. He did so by hiding it in a shoe box and keeping it under his bed. Many years later it found a permanent home in Brazil. But in 1983, this piece was stolen from an office in Rio De Janeiro and apparently melted down by the thieves. What piece of art am I referring to?
  40. 40. 19 The Jules Rimet Trophy
  41. 41. 20 This novel is a story of Sal Paradise, the narrator, who meets Dean Moriarty, the protagonist, who puts a perspective to the story to follow. Quoting from the book: "with the coming of Dean Moriarty began the part of life you could call life ___ ___ ____". Name the novel (or fill in the blanks)
  42. 42. 20 On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  43. 43. 21 Revelations 13:18 of the Bible says (from the King James’ Bible): Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the ______ __ __ ____: for it is the ______ of a man; and his ______ is ___ ______ _____ ___ ___. This has particular interest to heavy metal music fans, especially Iron Maiden. What concept is being referred to here?
  44. 44. 21 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (666). If you have written any of the underlined phrases, you get points
  45. 45. 22 What word (used as a name) in Hebrew means "One who has struggled with the challenges of God and triumphed"?
  46. 46. 22 Israel
  47. 47. 23 Name the infamous secret police of the Tsar of Russia which was formed in the 19th century and among other events, was responsible for the Bloody Sunday killings of peaceful demonstrators in 1905.
  48. 48. 23 Okhrana or the Department of Defense and Public Security and Order.
  49. 49. 24 Of what are Stoors, Fallohides and Harfoots three different varieties?
  50. 50. 24 Hobbits (JRR Tolkein, The Hobbit)
  51. 51. 25 His name has coined a word in Hindi meaning "champion" or "extremely skilled". In Arabic, he is known as "Dhul-Qarnayn" meaning two-horned because in the coins minted during his time, he was depicted with horns of a ram like the Egyptian God Amon. Name this megalomaniac from history?
  52. 52. 25 Alexander the Great
  53. 53. 26 1st: What is the _____ _____? Everything. 2nd: What has it been heretofore in the political order? Nothing. 3rd: What does it demand? To become something herein. This is from a famous pamphlet published by a French abbot Sieyes. What are the blanks.
  54. 54. 26 Third Estate Published in 1789 when the Third Estate was finally allowed to participate in the Estates-General
  55. 55. 27 What is the Persian word for "quatrains" meaning a four line verse or poem, usually a stanza in a longer poem?
  56. 56. 27 Rubai, hence the Rubai’yat of Omar Khayyam i.e. the Quatrains of Omar Khayyam
  57. 57. 28 Sister of Cratus, Bia and Zelus, she is usually depicted by Ancient Greeks as a small winged figure perching on another god's arm or the like. She also features in similar vein in all Olympic medals. Who?
  58. 58. 28 Nike
  59. 59. 29 What social concept is being described in these quotations below: 12th July 1992, New York Times, on Kosovo: “The nationalists have a two-point platform, according to Becir Hoti, an executive secretary of the Communist Party of Kosovo, first to establish what they call an __ __ Albanian republic and then the merger with Albania to form a greater Albania.” 2nd August 1991, Washington Post, reporting from Croatia: “The Croatian political and military leadership issued a statement Wednesday declaring that Serbia’s “ obviously the __ __ of the critical areas that are to be annexed to Serbia.”
  60. 60. 29 Ethnic Cleansing or Ethnically Clean
  61. 61. 30 Fill in the missing words of this famous poem Take up the ____ ______ _____ Send forth the best ye breed-- Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild-- Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.
  62. 62. 30 White Man’s Burden Rudyard Kipling
  63. 63. 31 What did the man say next? “It is your fault that I am ten minutes late. It is the duty of nurses to carry on their work even if God himself should be present there. If it is time to give medicine to a patient and one feels hesitant about it, the poor patient will die. So it is with prayers. It irks me if I am late for prayers even by a minute.”
  64. 64. 31 Hey Ram The last remark made by Gandhi before being shot at.
  65. 65. 32 Give one word for "the categorical prohibition of cooperation with state authorities or reliance on its services, even when one has been victim of a crime"?
  66. 66. 32 Omerta, the code of the Sicilians in their struggle (later associated with the Mafia)
  67. 67. 33 Give the last name of this newsmaker: Eldrick Tont _____
  68. 68. 33 Woods a.k.a Tiger Woods
  69. 69. 34 As president of the Indian Olympic Association in 1924, who paid for the Indian contingent to the 1924 Paris Olympics?
  70. 70. 34 Dorabji Tata
  71. 71. 35 Connect this text (opening lines given) to the picture. In the reign of the new king who was Lord of the diadems, great in glory, the stabilizer of Egypt, but also pious in matters relating to the gods, superior to his adversaries, rectifier of the life of men, Lord of the thirty-year periods like Hephaestus the Great, King like the Sun, the Great King of the Upper and Lower Lands, offspring of the Parent-loving gods, whom Hephaestus has approved, to whom the Sun has given victory, living image of Zeus, Son of the Sun, Ptolemy the ever-living, beloved by Ptah; …
  72. 72. 35 The Rosetta Stone & The Rosetta Project The Rosetta Stone opened up Egyptian hieroglyphics (that is the English translation of the text). The Rosetta Project is an international movement to document all the human languages from time immemorial to the present
  73. 73. 36 Sometime in 1897, Virginia O’Hanlon had a question to ask. Her father Dr. Philip O’Hanlon told her to write to the New York Sun saying “If you see it in the Sun, it’s so”. So the 8 year old girl wrote. The editor Francis Church duly replied with an editorial on Sept 21, 1897 which is considered one of the greatest ever and one of the most reprinted pieces. What did Virginia ask?
  74. 74. 36 Is there a Santa Claus? And Francis Church replied, “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” “Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.”
  75. 75. 37 Two statues of the same Buddhist icon – there is a Tibetan name and a Sanskrit name. He is the patron deity of a region of India which according to legend he had blessed. Name him (either of the Tibetan or the Sanskrit name will do)
  76. 76. 37 Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambava (The Lotus Born) The patron deity of Sikkim, he blessed the area and deemed it fit for Tibetan Buddhists to settle there.
  77. 77. 38 Which predator, an endangered species, has its habitat shown in the NatGeo map below?
  78. 78. 38 The Royal Bengal Tiger
  79. 79. 39 This is a family photograph of four cricketing brothers Give the family name and any two of the brothers (5 points)?
  80. 80. 39 The legendary Palwankar brothers – Baloo, Vithal, Yeshwant, Shivram They were Dalits. Baloo, the eldest, was the first Dalit to play first class cricket when he was selected for the Hindus team in 1905-06. He was India’s first exponent of left arm spin Vithal joined the Hindus team later and was made captain of the Hindus in 1922. This was special as previous year India saw Mahatma Gandhi enter the Indian political and social sphere.
  81. 81. 40 The first woman to graduate out of medical school in Italy, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949, 1950 and 1951. Her face replaced Marco Polo on the 1000 lire bank note and stayed there till Italy adopted the Euro. Who?
  82. 82. 40 Dr Maria Montessori
  83. 83. 41 Violin player, jailed freedom fighter from Karnataka, as a cinematographer he has to his credit one of the greatest scenes in the history of Indian cinema - the climax of a 1959 Black and White classic. The film flopped with the then President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad walking out in disgust. Today it is rated as a one of those films that cognoscenti consider pathbreaking. Name the cinematographer (5 points) and the film (5 points)
  84. 84. 41 VK Murthy, Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
  85. 85. 42 In the book “The Edge of the Unknown”, Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed in spiritualism, expressed his deep anguish and anger at his close friend who spent much of his time chasing and ridiculing godmen and mystics. This person would attend seances in disguise and ridicule them. Name this friend of Doyle.
  86. 86. 42 Harry Houdini
  87. 87. 43 In 1906, in a study, Italian economist Vilfredo ______ observed a certain pattern in the land holding in Italy. Later, when gardening, he found a similar pattern in the productivity of peapods. Later this pattern was moved into business management by Joseph Juran. Name the economist.
  88. 88. 43 Pareto. Hence the Pareto Principle or 80-20 Rule
  89. 89. 44 Eugene Polly and Robert Adler were two among a dozen scientists at Zenith Electronics who in 1955-56 were working on an unique assignment. As part of this Eugene Polly invented the “Flashmatic”, a wireless device using photo cells while in 1956 Robert Adler improved upon it using Ultrasonics. Both are credited as co- inventors and were awarded an Emmy in 1997 for their contribution to television. What did they invent?
  90. 90. 44 The TV Remote and by extension, the couch potato
  91. 91. 45 “Let us away, knights, this fellow will arise no more”. And thus Reginald Fitzurse, Hugh de Moreville, William de Tracy, Richard le Bretan went their way. Who is “the fellow”?
  92. 92. 45 Thomas Becket
  93. 93. 46 Daniele da Volterra was a 16th century Italian painter and sculptor. He was very well renowned for his frescoes and other commissioned work. However, for one specific job, he unfairly got the the dubious nickname "Il Braghettone" or The Breeches Maker. It involved painting breeches on a particular fresco, to make it less scandalous. Which fresco and who was the original painter?
  94. 94. 46 Michelangelo Buonorotti, The Last Judgment
  95. 95. 47 Who came third? ? 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
  96. 96. 47 Leander Paes 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Men’s Singles Tennis.
  97. 97. 48 Name the flower. Latin name: Leontopodium Alpinium; common name is German for “Noble White”. There is an airline named after the flower. And a famous folk song, often called the unofficial anthem of the country where it is maximum found.
  98. 98. 48 Edelweiss
  99. 99. 49 If the accidental discovery of happy things is called serendipity, what is the suppression or censorship of such discoveries (very frequent in scientific research circles) called?
  100. 100. 49 Bahramdipity Originates from Bahram Gur, who tries to punish the Three Princes of Serendip thinking they stole the camel
  101. 101. 50 Which movie title will you get if you were to complete this quotation from Hamlet: "I am but mad ____ ____ _____ When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw."
  102. 102. 50 North (by) North West
  103. 103. 51 Which legendary voyage of the 20th Century is shown in the map below
  104. 104. 51 The Kon Tiki raft expedition of Thor Heyerdahl and company
  105. 105. 52 “Francis can’t draw, and I can’t draw, and we needed something done quick” said Dr _____. “The drawing showed the essence of the structure and it became historically important, reproduced over and over.” Since neither could draw, Francis asked his wife Odile to draw. What iconic sketch did Odile draw?
  106. 106. 52 The DNA double helix for Crick and Watson (who went on to win the Nobel Prize)
  107. 107. 53 What trail does this map show
  108. 108. 53 Ashtavinayak. 8 temples of Ganesh in Maharashtra 1. The Moreshwar Temple, Moregaon 2. The Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek 3. The Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali 4. The Varadavinayak Temple, Mahad 5. The Chintamani Temple, Thevur 6. The Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyandri 7. The Vighnahar Temple, Ozar 8. The Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon
  109. 109. 54 Depending on the source of the legend, he has a variety of names like Buttadeus, Cartophilus, Isaac Laquedem and Juan Espera en Dios. His equivalent in Indian legend would be that of Ashwathama who was doomed to remain a wandering leper forever. His influence in literature cuts across entire Europe including an incomplete work by Alexander Dumas. Who?
  110. 110. 54 The Wandering Jew
  111. 111. 55 His full name is Ab’ul Hasan Yamin al-Din. Considered the father of the qawwali, among his poems is this bi-lingual poem (written in Persian and Brij Bhasha) Zeehaal-e miskeen makun taghaful, duraye naina banaye batiyan; ki taab-e hijran nadaram ay jaan, na leho kaahe lagaye chhatiyan Name the poet.
  112. 112. 55 Amir Khusro