Around The World in 80 Minutes Quiz @IIM Kozhikode
T H E T R A V E L A N D P L A C E S Q U I Z
AROUND THE WORLD IN
Q1: IDENTIFY THESE OBJECTS
• The most famous objects
produced by the House
were the larger ones
made for Alexander
III and Nicholas II of
Russia; these are often
referred to as the
Approximately 50 eggs
were made; 42 have
• The _________ are made
of precious metals or
hard stones decorated
of enamel and gem
Q2: WHAT ARE THE FOLLOWING REASONS
• In 1541, reforms implemented by John Calvin,
including a ban on wearing jewels, forced the
goldsmiths and other jewelers to turn to a new,
• Calvin himself was a stickler for timekeeping and in
1541 issued an edict imposing fines on anyone who
turned up late for church.
• In 1685, Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of
Nantes, thereby severely restricting the freedom of
French Protestants. Thousands of them left the
country, and many settled in the nearby Protestant
stronghold of Geneva, bringing their skills with them
Q3: CONTINENTAL POLE OF
• A pole of inaccessibility
marks a location that is
the most challenging to
reach owing to its
that could provide
access. Often it refers to
the most distant point
from the coastline.
• Which city is closest to
the point shown on the
map and hence the most
inaccessible city in
Q4: WHAT DO WE KNOW THE ISLAND
BETTER AS ?
• The most visible element on the island of Rapa Nui was
the production of massive statues called moai that
represented deified ancestors. It was believed that the
living had a symbiotic relationship with the dead where
the dead provided everything that the living needed
(health, fertility of land and animals, fortune etc.) and
the living through offerings provided the dead with a
better place in the spirit world.
• Most settlements were located on the coast and moai
were erected along the coastline, watching over their
descendants in the settlements before them, with their
backs toward the spirit world in the sea.
Q5: WHICH CITY ?
• This city in Argentina
regarded as the
southern-most city in
• A show named ______
: The Ultimate
by Nicolas Hulot on
Discovery made this
city very popular
Q6: WHICH FAMOUS STATUE IS THIS ?
• Legend states that in the 14th century, Brussels was
under siege by a foreign power. The city had held its
ground for some time, so the attackers conceived of a
plan to place explosive charges at the city walls. A little
boy named Julianske happened to be spying on them
as they were preparing. He urinated on the burning fuse
and thus saved the city.
• There was at the time (middle of the 15th century,
perhaps as early as 1388) a similar statue made of stone.
The statue was stolen several times. In 1619, it was
replaced by the current bronze statue, created by
Franco-Flemish Baroque sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy
Q7: WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT ?
• It was started by refugees who came to India in the
19th Century from Yazd. The traditional business of
these people; all such places are located at prime
spots, as Hindus wouldn’t use the land where 3
streets met. Each such place has a list of 10
prohibitions; some dealing with gambling, combing,
outside food and talking to the cashier. What is
being talked about ?
Q8: WHICH CITY IS X ?
• Being used in this sense
since at least 1863,
English dictionaries now
cite X as a metaphor
for any faraway place.
• Nowadays X is a place
that bears with it a
sense of mystery: a
2006 survey of 150
young Britons found
34% did not believe the
town existed, while the
other 66% considered it
"a mythical place“
• This inspite of it being a
World Heritage Site
Q9: ICE-CREAM, ANYONE ?
• By 1898, X, Réunion,
and the Comoros
Islands produced 200
metric tons of vanilla
beans, about 80% of
According to the
United Nations Food
Organisation, X is
currently responsible for
the vast majority of the
world's Bourbon vanilla
production and 58% of
the world total vanilla
Q13: WHICH MONUMENT ?
• Although this monument is not dedicated to
science, it has the name of 72 scientists embedded
in it in steel
• The names are written just under the first
balcony, 18 on each of the four sides
• 7.1 million people visited the monument in the year
Q14: WHICH REGION IS THIS ?
• X is a historical region in central Europe, occupying
the western two-thirds of the traditional Czech
Lands. It is located in the contemporary Czech
Republic with its capital in Prague.
• The word X was used to denote the Czech
people as well as the Czech language before the
word "Czech" became prevalent in English. “X" may
also denote "a socially unconventional person,
especially one who is involved in the arts.”
Q16: WHAT IS X ?
• The X rock shelters are an
archaeological World Heritage
site located in the Indian state
of Madhya Pradesh. The
shelters exhibit the earliest
traces of human life in India; a
number of analyses suggest
that at least some of these
shelters were inhabited by
hominids like homo erectus
more than 100,000 years ago.
• The name X is associated
with Bhima, a hero-deity
renowned for his immense
strength, from the
epic Mahabharata and literally
means "sitting place of Bhima"
Q18: WHICH COUNTRY ?
• X became an independent state on 9 July 2011,
following a referendum that passed with 98.83% of
the vote. It is a United Nations member state, a
member state of the African Union, and a member
state of the Intergovernmental Authority on
• In July 2012, X signed the Geneva Conventions
making it the youngest country in the world
Q19: GIVE X AND Y
• X was the name given by Y to his estate in
• Y created the character Z based on his own life and
profession of a secret service agent
• Many of the films based on Y’s books were shot
Q21: WHICH PLACE ?
• Until the late 19th century, this area was mangrove
swamp, inhabited by Koli fishermen. When the
swamp filled in (with coconut leaves, rotten
fish, and human waste), the kolis left - and others
• Which now well known place is this?
Q23: FIRST BUILDING EVER !
• It is a large masonry structure roughly the shape of
a cube. It is made of granite, and stands upon a
marble base, which projects outwards. Its four
corners roughly face the four cardinal directions of
• In modern times, entry to its interior is generally not
permitted except for certain rare occasions and for
a limited number of guests.
• It is believed that it is the first building ever built on
Q24: WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT ?
• The network includes five large lakes linked by
canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38
rivers. The _________ were formed by the action of
waves and shore currents creating low barrier
islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing
down from the Western Ghats range.
Q26: SPECIAL AIRLINES
• Smintair is a luxury airline that was scheduled to
begin flying between Düsseldorf,
Germany and Tokyo, Japan in 2007, but has been
put on hold indefinitely.
• Smintair is founded by German financier Alexander
Schoppmann. Schoppman claims he has obtained
approximately 300 million euros in financing for the
• Smintair flights, if it ever gets off the ground,
allegedly will have two classes of
service, business and first class.
• What is so special about this airline?
Q27: HMM… SMELLS NICE
• This is a specific method
of cooking which involves
a sealed clay pot (known
as a handi). Foods are
cooked low and slow
over a flame or in the
oven. This style of cooking
was introduced by the
Mughals and is very
popular in Northern India
and is used to cook
meats, chicken, vegetabl
es, rice.The tightly sealed
clay pot imparts flavor
while retaining moisture.
• What is this method ?
• There is something that connects these:
• Sri Lanka
• Northern Territory(Aus)
• Southern Australia (Aus)
• New Foundland
PLACES HAVING TIME ZONES IN ½ OR
Q29: STRANGE CUSTOMS ?!
• The residents of this hamlet, believe that they are
descendants of Alexander himself and hence
superior to the outsiders. They are a reclusive set of
people, who have minimal contact with outsiders.
However they produce something that is
considered to be the best of its kind in the world.
This has given rise to a strange custom. They have
stone roads throughout their hamlet. Outsiders are
only allowed to stay on the stone road. The
outsiders throw the money on the ground and have
_____________thrown at them. After the transaction
is complete, the outsiders must leave. What place?
BURBANK, CALIFORIA – WARNER BROS.
FIRST NATIONAL STUDIOS
Q31: TALE OF TWO CITIES
• X was the capital of its country till 1868, when Y was
made the capital
• X and Y are anagrams of each other and both are
well known cities
• X in the language of its country means “capital city”
and Y means “Eastern Capital”
• What are X and Y ?
Q32: IDENTIFY X
• Originally a little-known town, X became famous in
India in 1957 owing to its connection with Vividh
Bharati. The largest number of requests for film songs
addressed to the channel came from X.
• Young listeners from the town would compete
among themselves to send out the most song
requests in a day or month.
• Vividh Bharati Radio listeners thus became familiar
with the town of X. Many listeners of Vividh Bharti
used to doubt the existence of such a village, and
thus the “X" came to be associated with any less-
known or insignificant place.
Q33: ANOTHER CULINARY DELIGHT
• This delicay is named not directly after the
mountain range in southwestern Germany but
rather from the specialty liquor of that
region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) and
distilled from tart cherries. This is the ingredient, with
its distinctive cherry pit flavor and alcoholic
content, that gives the flavour to the delicacy.
Cherries, cream, and Kirschwasser were first
combined in the form of a dessert in which cooked
cherries were served with cream and Kirschwasser
• What delicacy am I talking about ?
Q35: WHAT HISTORY DETERMINING
PLACE IS THIS ?
• A Resume of who all have been here will boast of:
• Cyrus the Great
• Alexander the Great
• Chandragupta Maurya
• Mahmud of Ghazni
• Mohammad Ghori
• Genghis Khan
• Taimur the Lame
• And the list goes on
• George Molesworth, a member of the British force of 1919,
summarized: "Every stone in the X has been soaked in
blood." Rudyard Kipling called it "a sword cut through the
• X is the name of a cement brand in Kashmir as well. “X cement
mazboot hai, tabhi Kashmir mehfooz hai.”
Q36: WHAT BUILDING/STRUCTURE ?
• Irving Morrow, a relatively unknown residential architect,
designed the overall shape of this structure’s towers, the
lighting scheme, and Art Deco elements such as the
tower decorations, streetlights, railing, and walkways.
The famous International Orange color was originally
used as a sealant for the bridge. Many locals persuaded
Morrow to paint the structure in the vibrant orange color
instead of the standard silver or gray, and the color has
been kept ever since.
• International orange is a color used in the aerospace
industry to set things apart from their surroundings, similar
to safety orange, but deeper and with a more reddish
Q41: WHAT ARE THEY KNOWN AS ?
• In total, the earthwork project is
huge and complex: the area
encompassing the lines is
nearly 500 square kilometres
(190 sq mi), and the largest
figures can span nearly 270
metres (890 ft). Some of the
measurements for the figures
include that the Hummingbird
is 93 meters (310 ft) long, the
Monkey is 93 meters (310 ft) by
58 meters (190 ft), and the
Spider is 47 meters (150 ft). The
extremely dry, windless, and
constant climate of the X
region has preserved the lines
well. The lack of wind has
helped keep the lines
uncovered and visible to the
Q42: DUAL NAMES
• The local Pitjantjatjara people call the landmark X. This word has
no further particular meaning in the Pitjantjatjara language.
• On 19 July 1873, the surveyor William Gosse sighted the landmark
and named it Y in honour of the then Chief Secretary of South
Australia, Sir Henry Y. Since then, both names have been used.
• In 1993, a dual naming policy was adopted that allowed official
names that consist of both the traditional Aboriginal name and
the English name. On 15 December 1993, it was renamed “Y/X"
and became the first official dual-named feature. The order of
the dual names was officially reversed to “X/Y" on 6 November
2002 following a request from the Regional Tourism Association.
• X (or Y as you choose to call it) is notable for appearing to
change colour at different times of the day and year, most
notably glowing red at dawn and sunset.
• Give both X and Y
Q43: TRUTH OR FICTION ?
• X is a fictional place described in the
1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James
Hilton. Hilton describes X as a mystical, harmonious
valley, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun
• Television presenter and historian Michael Wood,
suggests that the legendary X is the abandoned
city of Tsaparang in upper Satluj valley, and that its
two great temples were once home to the kings
of Guge in modern Tibet.
• What is X ?
Q44: JOHN WILLIAM BURGON’S POEM
It seems no work of Man's creative hand,
by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned;
But from the rock as if by magic grown, eternal,
silent, beautiful, alone!
Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
where erst Athena held her rites divine;
Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;
But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
which Man deemed old two thousand years ago,
match me such marvel save in Eastern clime, a
rose-red city half as old as time
• Which city is he telling us about ?
Q45: WHAT’S THIS PLACE ?
• The most famous
beach in the world
• 11 of the 15 FIFA
beach soccer world
cups have taken
• Song by Barry
• Film featuring
• Nightclub in New York
• Hint (if required): The
Q46: WHAT FAMOUS ROAD IS THIS ?
• Approximately 22 miles (35 km) in length, it roughly
mimics the arc of the mountains that form the
northern boundary of the Los Angeles Basin,
following the path of a 1780s cattle trail from
the Pueblo de Los Angeles to the ocean.
• From Downtown Los Angeles, it heads northwest,
to Hollywood, through which it travels due west for
several miles before it bends southwest towards the
ocean. It passes through or near Echo Park, Silver
Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Holmby
Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, and the Pacific Palisades.
Q47: WHICH ISLAND ?
• One meaning of the word lesbian derives from the
poems of Sappho, who was born in X and who
wrote with powerful emotional content directed
toward other females. Due to this association, this
place and especially the town of Eresos, her
birthplace, are visited frequently
by lesbian tourists much to the chagrin of some
deeply conservative and traditionalist Greek
Orthodox elements of the island's population.
• Which beautiful island is this ?