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Selected questions from the prelims of the Greenko Open 2011

Selected questions from the prelims of the Greenko Open 2011

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  • 1. Prelims
  • 2. Rules:
    35 questions
    16-25 are starred(*) to be used for resolving ties
    In case there is a tie in starred marked questions as well, then ties will be resolved using sudden death from Q1
    No negative marks
    Quizmaster’s decision is final
  • 3. Tax authorities in Karachi have come up with an innovative way of extracting dues from evaders. They have hired certain people who go to the businesses and houses of debtors and try to embarrass them into paying. They sing and dance at the debtor’s doors, while the embarrassed debtor pays the dues to the accompanying revenue officials. Who are these people?
  • 4. and the answer is….
  • 5. Eunuchs
  • 6. The Pan-European transport corridors were identified in 1994 as 10 vital routes in Central and Eastern Europe that required major investments. All, except one, are named after the cities they connect (e.g. Helsinki-Warsaw, Brussels-Kiev etc.) The exception goes through or borders 10 European countries. Name?
  • 7. and the answer is….
  • 8. 3
  • 9. The name is a pun on the “pain” inflicted on the contestants as well as a reference to the current season of the TV reality show. Give the full name of the show.
  • 10. and the answer is….
  • 11. KhatronKeKhiladiTorchaar
  • 12. The logo shown below, is associated with which event which is going to make its debut in India.
  • 13. and the answer is….
  • 14. Formula 1
  • 15. What does the map on the next page depict?
  • 16. 6
  • 17. and the answer is….
  • 18. Jyotirlingas of Shiva
  • 19. The Perpetual Maritime Truce of 1853 ended on 1 December 1971, after the UK announced its intention to end its protectorate over the Trucial Coast. The next day, Umm al-Quwain joined 5 others to form what?
  • 20. and the answer is….
  • 21. United Arab Emirates
  • 22. In order to improve connectivity and public transport in London for the 2012 Olympics, a high speed train shuttle service will be introduced. What name, which is also an Olympic sport, has been given to this train service?
  • 23. 8
  • 24. and the answer is….
  • 25. Javelin
  • 26. DLF dedicated its latest annual report (FY 2010-11) to this person who was appropriately enough, employed with them as an Art Director till 1993. Who?
  • 27. and the answer is….
  • 28. 9
  • 29. One of the experiments in the final shuttle mission involved the use of a software called SpaceLab which measured altitude and radiation in space running on a terrestrial commercial device. Although not mission-critical, the purpose was to check if terrestrial commercial devices could be repurposed for use in space. So what device was SpaceLab running on?
  • 30. and the answer is….
  • 31. 10
  • 32. This area was ceded to the British and was therefore called Ceded Area, which was widely seen as derogatory. In November 1928, after a serious discussion at the Andhra MahaSabha meeting, its current name, based on the dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire, was adopted. What?
  • 33. and the answer is….
  • 34. Rayalseema
  • 35. The shindo scale is used in Japan and Taiwan. It is measured in units of shindo unlike the “moment magnitude scale” that is commonly used elsewhere. As a result, a given event may be described as “shindo 4 in Tokyo, shindo 3 in Yokohama” etc. The original 4 stage shindo had the levels “faint”, “weak”, “strong” and “violent” but was later overhauled to have more gradations. What does shindo measure?
  • 36. and the answer is….
  • 37. Earthquake
  • 38. In Mathematics, what name is given to angles between 180 and 360 degrees?
  • 39. and the answer is….
  • 40. Reflex Angles
  • 41. Connect the audio with the visual.
  • 42. and the answer is….
  • 43. Silk Smitha
  • 44. George Orwell describing an idyllic Sunday afternoon.
    “The wife is already asleep in the armchair and the children have been sent out for a nice long walk. You put your feet up on the sofa, settle your spectacles on your nose and open the ____ __ ___ ______. ”
    Fill in the blanks.
  • 45. and the answer is….
  • 46. 15
  • 47. The Aihole inscription at Meguti temple dating to 634 C.E. contains a fine example of a Sanskrit pun. Praising the achievements of the king in battle, it says of his famous opponent that the mighty ______ lost his _____. Fill both blanks with one word.
  • 48. and the answer is….
  • 49. Harsha & Harsha
  • 50. In 1892, a member of the United Services Club worked out the ______ score for his course. Since the members were all military officers, and could not measure themselves against a “Mister ______”, they used a military rank as prefix. The name in the blank went on to mean something else in the same context, and the combination of rank and name became musically popular. Derive.
  • 51. and the answer is….
  • 52. 17
  • 53. Sarpa (snakes), rudraksha, Ganga, mruga (animals), pushpa (flowers), damaruka, and nishkara collectively give rise to what name which is also famous in the world of music?
  • 54. and the answer is….
  • 55. Ornaments of Shiva - Shankarabharanam
  • 56. This color shade was first synthesized by paint maker Diesbach in 1706 and was given a patriotic name. It proved an instant hit with European painters who used it as a cheaper alternative to shades obtained from Lapis Lazuli. Its popularity increased when a chemist showed that the color could be reduced to a salt of iron and a new acid which could be used to reconstitute the dye, thus making the color easily transportable. In fact, the acid thus synthesized was named after this color. Which color and which acid?
  • 57. and the answer is….
  • 58. Prussian Blue & Prussic Acid
  • 59. This term used by the Assyrian Army in the early 7th Century BC was for one who excavated trenches under defensive fire to advance a besieging army's position in relation to the works of an attacked fortification. In today’s lingo, this person is a combatant soldier who performs a wide variety of combat engineering duties, like bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields and is also trained to serve as an infantryman when needed in both defensive and offensive operations and is fully involved in modern counter-insurgency operations. What term are we talking about?
  • 60. and the answer is….
  • 61. Sapper
  • 62. Which phrase, made famous by a fable, reflects the distinguishing feature of a particular seed's pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity?Incidentally the seed's name is also part of the phrase.
  • 63. and the answer is….
  • 64. Open Sesame
  • 65. Identify the animal which is seen on the tail wing of Qatar Airways?
  • 66. and the answer is….
  • 67. Oryx
  • 68. This was the first radio receiver/transmitter manufactured by Galvin Manufacturing Co named Motorola SCR-300. What was its more popular nickname?
  • 69. 24*
  • 70. and the answer is….
  • 71. Walkie Talkie
  • 72. Martin Marietta Corp. , in 1982 was subject to a hostile takeover bid by Bendix Corporation. Bendix bought a majority of shares and in effect owned the company. However, Martin Marietta used the short time separating ownership and control to sell non-core businesses and launch its own hostile takeover of Bendix. Martin Marietta eventually survived. This unique strategy was given a name by media in reference to a phenomenon of that time. What ?
  • 73. and the answer is….
  • 74. Pac Man Defense
    In reference to Pacman eating a pill in the game and getting the ability to eat the ghosts
  • 75. The key ingredient of this is specially compounded wax. When heated it expands until it becomes less dense than the liquid above causing it to rise. When it reaches the top, the wax cools and starts to sink again. The basic principle behind the operation of which “groovy” device?
  • 76. and the answer is….
  • 77. Lava Lamps
  • 78. In 1981, Hermes CEO Jean Louis Dumas noticed an actress’ struggles with her straw bag when seated on a flight next to her. This prompted him to create something just for her. This object, bearing no logos, is one of the most recognized entities in the fashion world. These are distributed to Hermes boutiques on unpredictable schedules and in limited quantities, creating scarcity and, intended or unintended, exclusivity. Which personality in the news has brought this object into the limelight again?
  • 79. and the answer is….
  • 80. 28
  • 81. Which is the only paramilitary force in India which has its own Air, Water and Artillery regiments?
  • 82. and the answer is….
  • 83. 29
  • 84. The structure at the front of the INS Viraatfrom where you see the Harriers take off gets its informal name from a structure built for a similar purpose from the world of sport. What is it called?
  • 85. and the answer is….
  • 86. and the answer is….
  • 87. Ski Jump
  • 88. It expands to Random Access: Version One but also pays tribute to a mythological villain.
  • 89. and the answer is….
  • 90. 32
  • 91. Complete the following lines from the Mundaka Upanishad:
    _____ _______नानृतम् सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्यात्मकामो यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानं ॥
    _____ _____ nānṛtaṃsatyenapanthāvitatodevayānaḥ|yenākramantyṛṣayohyāptakāmāyatra tat satyasyaparamaṃnidhānam ||
  • 92. and the answer is….
  • 93. 33
  • 94. Which happening place in Hyderabad is named after its two founders Sanjay Batla & Sanjay Chimnani?
  • 95. and the answer is….
  • 96. 35