Questions from the prelims of our MELAS Quiz(Music, Entertainment, Literature, Arts and Sports) conducted on the 16th July 2016 at St Francis College for Women, Hyderabad as part of the K-Circle College Quiz Fest
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ALL THE BEST!
In August 1990, shortly after Iraq invaded Kuwait, Saddam took thousands of foreigners
hostages among which were 15 American men, who Saddam used as human shields by holding
them in buildings America was likely to bomb.
To retrieve these hostages, an independent mission was taken up by an individual who counting
on his popularity in the middle east, following a landmark decision in 1964 went on to reclaim
all the 15 hostages in exchange of presenting “an honest account” of Iraq on his return.
Who took up this independent mission?
An armillary sphere has a skeleton made of graduated metal circles linking the poles. Usually
a ball representing the Earth or, later, the Sun is placed in its center. It is used to demonstrate
the motion of the celestial objects around the Earth. Before the advent of the telescope, the
armillary sphere was the prime instrument of all astronomers in determining celestial positions.
Shown in the next slide is an earth centered one.
Where would on have seen a sun centered one with various circles representing not
celestial bodies but something of much greater importance?
Usually the metal circles are scaled for measurements but sometimes more representative
information is inscribed on them. The one we’re looking for has ‘historical’ events inscribed on it.
‘__________ Reimagined’ was a recently staged exhibition at Victoria and Albert museum,
The show opens with the famous clip of Ursula Andress stepping out from the waves in Dr. No,
(an allusion to the exhibition’s subject) and continues through works which reimagine the
subject's works from a viewpoint of modern consumerism.
The exhibition also contained the works of the artist Orlan who subjected herself to various
plastic surgeries in order to assume a certain look.
What is the name of the exhibition?
In the first 52 minutes of this motion picture, the head of lead character is actually a CGI
creation and features no live performances by the actor himself. Digital Domain, the company
responsible for the CGI, created and integrated CG heads with three different body actors,
and drove the character’s every move with the actor’s performance and facial expressions to
deliver a seamless performance for 52 minutes of the movie, over 325 shots, while the main
character interacts with live actors in extreme close-up, naked, and in other such situations.
They even coined a term for this process – ‘Emotion Capture’.
Which film is being talked about here?
A recent competition asked designers to submit plans for a redesign of the X
Museum in Odense. The winning firm and their renderings were unveiled in April,2016 in
celebration of this author’s would-be 112th birthday.
Japanese architectural firm Kendo Kuma and Associated collaborated with some others to
create a green space with magical elements befitting the author's style. The redesign is
scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Which author is this?
The set design for ‘The Wall’ series of concerts, usually led by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd
involves the building of an actual wall at the back of the stage in front of which Roger Waters
performs. Depending on the location of the concert, the wall carries different messages such as
Capitalism, War etc.
At the end of the concert this wall is destroyed by a ‘symbol’ which made headlines in the mid
1970’s as it broke from its moorings and resulted in flights from Heathrow getting cancelled
due it floating at a height of 35,000 ft.
What symbol is used to destroy the Wall?
THE INFLATABLE PIG MADE FAMOUS BY IT’S
INCLUSION IN THE ANIMALS ALBUM COVER
Bleachers Report came out with a brilliant picture following PSG’s loss to Manchester city in the
Champions league this year. The picture has Zlatan , who remains unsuccessful in his quest for a
Champions league walking agonizingly past the trophy at the end of the match. This brought
out comparisons with another image from approximately a decade ago, which documented ‘a
so close yet so far moment’ of another individual from the same sport.
What image from a decade ago was Zlatan’s image compared to?
ZINEDINE ZIDANE WALKING PAST THE
2006 WORLD CUP TROPHY
Between 9 P.M. and midnight on August 2, 2015, the southern face of the Empire State
Building became a giant projection screen filled with images of a snow leopard, a manta ray,
and other imperiled land and sea creatures.
The event, “Projecting Change: The Empire State Building,” part of the film “Racing extinction”
devised by the filmmaker and photographer Travis Threlkel, was a union of art, activism, and
ambitious publicity stunt, designed to call attention to the plight of endangered species.
The most interesting projection was right at the end, which makes this worthy of being in this
What “endangered species” did they project in the end?
In 2013 Ferrero wanted a fresh advertising approach to its famous chocolate, the Rocher. They
wanted it to be much more than a chocolate, “a true masterpiece”. The design team took the
general look and packaging of the chocolate and went about enhancing the packaging.
Later that year, fans had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive famous Ferrero Rocher candies
with an original artistically designed package.
What did they use to design the special packages?
To mark the Golden Jubilee of this historic event, this performance was exactly re-enacted by
S. Aishwarya and S. Soundarya on March 26, 2016 as part of an annual festival in Cleveland.
The two of them performing was quite fitting as they were the great grand-daughters of the
individual in question. Aishwarya and Saundarya’s practice sessions were overseen by Radha
Vishwanathan, someone who took part in the original performance. The original performance
was a smashing hit and was even set into an LP record.
Who is the individual? What is this historic event?
Throughout history and across cultures there has been a custom for women to cover their hair.
Wrapunzel.com is a site dedicated to help women cover their hair as fashionably as possible.
One of them is briefly described below
It involves usage of two usually contrasting long scarfs. It is required to put your hair into a high
bun and draping it with one of the scarfs. The bun gives the volume needed and it is important
to leave long part of the scarf flowing(like a pony tail). The second(darker) one comes over the
first making sure to cover the hairline up.
Why are we famliar of this style of covering one's hair?
GIRL WITH A PEARL
BY JOHANNES VERMEER
The main feature in this item was created by Florentine sculptor and painter Giuseppe Cassioli
in 1928 and the basic design element remained roughly identical for a long time. The major
change came in 2004, when critics point out the long-standing feature on the front was not
Greek, but a Roman coliseum. Designer Elena Votsi, decided to go back to the roots and
depicted the Goddess Nike instead, as the Greek character was symbolic with regards to both
the origin and the revival of the gathering during which these items are handed out.
Which item is being talked about?
These fliers were handed out in August,1991 at the Roxy Theatre, LA. They were to basically
invite people to show up at the GMT Studios, Culver city the following week.
The people were expected to dress in a certain fashion and avoid wearing dresses with
branding. Apart from these people, a set of cheer leaders were also hired (They had to wear
black with an anarchist A).
What were these fliers for?
The initial thought of Ian Meckiff was that his side had lost ; “Fancy losing like that,” he
mouthed to his partner Lindsey Kline as they walked back morosely. His belief was somewhat
reinforced by the fact that it was announced on the radio that the visitors had won by the
narrowest of margins. “We were coming off the field a little bit concerned as we knew that we
hadn’t won. In hindsight, it was a little difficult at the time to appreciate things in perspective,”
Joe Solomon, another player instrumental in this confusion, recalled how he'd try to throw at
mangoes, when he was a young kid, to get them down from trees and believed that it all came
in to make him a good pitcher.
What event were these people a part of?
Left to Right- Ian Mekiff, Lindsay Kline, _____, Joe Solomon
FIRST TIED TEST IN BRISBANE BETWEEN
AUSTRALIA AND WEST-INDIES IN 1960-61
Disarmed is a book written by Gregory Curtis, chronicling the humble journey of the subject’s
rise from the rags of one of the Aegean islands to the riches and royalty of Paris.
The book refutes a theory that a skirmish between the French and the Ottoman resulted in the
subject being mutilated, which further added to the mystery that it was already embroiled in.
The subject has single handedly raised the status of the Aegean island and significantly
improved the tourism of an already beautiful, breath taking place.
What is this aptly titled book documenting?
What island are we talking about?
This 1974 novella is centered mainly around a society where medicine is only for a certain
privileged causing many surgeons to go underground to provide services to the under
In such a scenario the protagonist is a smuggler of important medical supplies for such
surgeons, who mainly deals with various sort of scalpels and saws used in surgery.
We know of it because it shares it's name with a profession of “retiring certain Nexus 6
variants”. (as just calling such people detectives was too bland).
What is the novel called?
This personality came under fire due the uncanny similarity of some of his sketches to famous
photographs such as
Sally Mann’s Rodney Plogger at 6:01
Alfred Stieglitz’s Hands, 1920
Brassaï’s “Bijou” of Montmartre
Though he never published his work nor publicized them by showcasing them at a gallery, these
sketches caught attention through a “completely different medium”. One of these sketches
(portraying a woman with some jewelry, naked and reclining on a couch) went under the
hammer for £10,000 in 2011.
Which personality are we talking about?
Where would one have seen these sketches?
Graphic designer Muzski has created a series of art that takes Hergé’s classic comic
character Tintin and throws him into the terrifying universe of an author who earned a
lot of posthumous fame. A forward for the series would be of the form:
‘What eldritch horrors await our companions as they unearth the secrets from untold aeons in the
dark corners of the earth? Will they heroically flee from these abominations from the stars, or will
they choose the merciful oblivion that is death by throwing themselves on squalid pavements or
shooting themselves in the head? And what trick does Nyarlathotep have up ‘His’ sleeve this time?’
In whose world has the Tintin franchise been thrown into?
"Breaking the Habit" is a song by Linkin Park released in 2004, as part of the album Meteora.
A short for the video was animated and directed by Kazuto Nakazawa.
Nakazawa was chosen because of his involvement in another critically acclaimed and
unforgettable animation work, which was about 8 minutes long.
Taking the animation style as a clue, what other unforgettable work do we know Nakazawa
Mariano Rivera was a legendary NYY’s pitcher whose ability to close out games made him one
of the best pitchers to have played the game.
During the latter half of his career due to the aura that he had built up for himself, a certain
nickname and song became associated with him. The song was regularly played as he
approached the pitching mound from the bullpen, acting as a signal of the impending doom
that faced the batting team.
Considering what a pitching mound is made of and the proficiency he displayed on it, what
early 90’s song became associated with Rivera?
Gianluigi Toccafondo is an Italian director who paints a series of still images and then
photographs them one-by-one to create his wonderful animations. The following clip is a
excerpt from a short film about Pinocchio.
We are more familiar with him because of his involvement with certain animation sequence of
a company's logo .
This new innovation combines an impact modified honeycomb with a military grade crush foam
in order to maximise impact absorption. They have been introduced as attachments to an
already existing gear and come with moulded clips. The clips are in three sizes of
interchangeable centre strap, so that the size can be adjusted accordingly to ensure a
Sam Miller, MD of the company said that the primary challenge while designing them was to
retain freedom of movement for the players whilst increasing protection in the region.
What object is being talked about here?
What incident brought out the need for such objects?
STEM GUARDS BY MASURI USED AS A
PROTECTIVE GEAR BEHIND THE HELMET
INTRODUCED BECAUSE OF PHIL HUGHES’
The Thomas Crown affair is a movie starring Pierce Brosnan who plays the role of a successful
playboy who amuses himself by stealing artwork.
During one such escapade, Thomas Crown (Brosnan) adopts a certain tactic to conceal his
identity as he goes about his work with the police on his tail.
This tactic is obviously a tribute to which famous 20th century artist?
District 7 Media, is a Washington based video production company that specializes in creating
high-quality HDR motion time-lapse productions as well as story-telling multimedia productions.
They claim static time-lapses remain pretty boring and believe that time lapses become
exciting with a bit of movement. To implement this they use various kinds of sliders to induce this
slow but subtle motion into their work.
Why did they come into the limelight a few years ago?
“Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem” is a Japanese -
French animated fantasy science fiction film released in 2003 and was produced by X
with Toei Animation under the supervision of Leiji Matsumoto. The film has no dialogue and uses
minimal sound effects.
The story begins on an alien planet where four blue-skinned music stars are performing
onstage to a similarly blue-skinned audience when an unscrupulous music executive and his
flunky kidnap, rob them of their identities, pass them off as human, and foist them on an
unsuspecting public on Earth.
As part of which project was this movie made?
DAFT PUNK . THE MOVIE WAS MADE AS
PART OF THEIR 2001 ALBUM, DISCOVERY
Plantation Literature is a title given to a series of books written by authors in response to a
certain book. These writings were generally written by authors from the Southern United States
with the objective of refuting the depictions in the book, stating them as overblown and
They adopt a variety of polemical strategies, from defending the themselves as a good place
to attacking the North for its treatment of the working class to depicting slaves as either happy
in slavery or racially unfit for freedom. Some of them are listed on the next slide.
As a response to which book did this movement come about?
1. Antifanaticism: A Tale of the South
2. White Acre vs. Black Acre
3. Little Eva: The Flower of the South
4. The Ebony Idol
5. Frank Freeman's Barber Shop: A Tale
6. The Planter's Northern Bride
UNCLE TOM’S CABIN
BY HARRIET BEECHER STOWE
The most common grips used around the world are Germanian Grip, French Grip, American
Grip. The latter being the most commonly used and seen as it is very comfortable.
While the above ones are all the matched grips (i.e. identical left and right), the most
nontrivial one (and hard to master) is the traditional grip (unmatched), where in you hold one
sideways like a chopstick.
In 2014 a certain someone when through a lot, to change his matched grips to traditional grip
for a certain project he was working on.
What are these the grips of?
Who wanted to change grips?/For which project did he want to change the grips?
GRIPS FOR DRUMSTICKS
MILES TELLER FOR WHIPLASH
Mila Furstova is a Czech artist who uses etching to explore the human soul. It involves working
on metal plates after completely covering it in wax. She is responsible for the covers of the
young adult fantasy novels, Mortal Instruments.
However, we know her best for a project that she undertook after being contacted by a certain
group which caused her work to see international limelight. When asked how she felt while
working on this project, she said “It felt like walking into this dark room. And the darkness was
the plate and I had the needle. So I tried to trace his feelings. And I tried to trust my intuition. I
drew the first one gradually before I completed an entire design. There was something in it for
each one of them.”
Which group contacted her?
What did she create as a result?
S. Neil Fujita is a graphic designer who used avant-garde painting and photography to create
some of the most striking album covers of the 1950s.
His most recognizable contribution comes with a departure from his routine album cover
designs, which resulted in him working on a 1969 project.
In this project he uses a thick serif font which largely appears rectangular, with various
extensions. This coupled with the use of a marionette's X-shaped control bar conveys a serious
message of power, authority, command and that of complete control, which is in turn
synonymous with the subject matter of the work.
What was he working on?
Goliath is a short story written by Neil Gaiman about a man who was sent on a mission to
destroy a ship of attacking Aliens. After accomplishing his mission, he is informed that his return
journey had not accounted for, so he is then left to suffocate and die. His dying request was to
spend his last minutes in “the real world”, which turns out to be well over a decade.
This, along with many more comics, was released as part of the promotion for a motion picture,
because the studio heads feared that the subject matter would be too complicated and
therefore wanted to familiarize the masses with the universe.
In which universe is this short story set in/For the promotion of which movie was this
Peter Stults, on his Tumblr page, explores interesting concepts with regard to movies.
One such escapade involves him introducing the characters of a certain film in a style which
has became synonymous with the opening credits of a TV show which started in 2003.
Which film? (whose characters feature in the following images)
Which TV show’s credits style has Peter adopted?
MOVIE – THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
TV SHOW – ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
To celebrate this book’s anniversary, renowned artist X was commissioned to illustrate this
classic tale with his signature manic scratch and splatter style. Though X was said to be “jaded”
about illustrating any more books, he was thrilled to illustrate this classic as he considered it “as
a really powerful social comment”.
Who is X?
Which book has gone about illustrating, for which the author himself complimented by saying
“You’ve brought my book into the 21st Century. Thank you.”?
Stomp is a percussion group that uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical
Late last year they teamed up with an ‘organization’ whose members: Bull Bullard, Cheese
Chisholm, Firefly Fisher and Handles Franklin collaborated with the STOMP performers in an
outdoor area in New York.
Listening to the audio, tell us what was used to create the percussion?
Which is this other ‘organization’?
Human rights charity Amnesty International is pairing the work of two stalwarts of their
respective fields, in a picture book. The picture book is nothing but an illustrated cover version
of an iconic song from 1971 coupled with an illustrated tale of a young pigeon’s mission to
spread peace to all birds.
The illustrator while having worked on children books such as Ralf and This is not a book, first
came to the international public’s attention in November 2015 for a symbol which he created.
Who is the illustrator? Or alternatively what did he create in Nov 2015?
Which Song’s lyrics feature in this book?
JEAN JULLIEN – PEACE FOR PARIS
IMAGINE BY JOHN LENNON
The Euro 2016 group stage clash between France and Albania saw Les Blues clinch the match
in the dying moments by strikes from Griezzman and Payet.
After the match the coach blasted the caretakers of the pitch, the Velodrome, for the appalling
state it was maintained in. He referred to another event which took place a month ago (May),
which warranted a relaying of the turf.
The event saw the usual newsboy hat wearing persona replaced by an individual who often
sported a bandana. Though this change was highly criticized initially, it proved to be pretty
Who are the two personas?
ROCK OR BUST TOUR AC DC
BRIAN JOHNSON, AXEL ROSE
On May 20, 2016, some of this his ashes were laid to rest in the cloisters of Cartagena
University in his childhood home, a couple of years after his death. The rest will remain in
Mexico, where he lived since the 1980s. They were hidden in stonework beneath a bronze
bust of the him, also unveiled during the ceremony attended by close to 400 people. He was
even saluted by President Juan Manuel Santos as “the greatest individual to come out from
Apart from the people, a lot species of the order Lepidoptera, all sharing a common trait,
also graced the cloister's trees for the ceremony. These species were innately associated with
him as he believed that adding this trait to the species and describing them in such minute
detail gives them their own reality, something he claimed to have picked up from his
Who is this individual? Who were these additional guests?