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UTPT 2018 India Quiz Prelims

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The Prelims of the India quiz (Indi-Genius) conducted at Under The Peepal Tree, the annual quiz fest of RV QuizCorp, on 23rd March 2018.

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UTPT 2018 India Quiz Prelims

  1. 1. Indi-Genius PRELIMS ANSWERS
  2. 2. Rules • 30 questions • Each question carries 1 point • Every 5th question is starred • No negatives, guess away ! • Quizmaster is god • No use of electronic gadgets during the quiz
  3. 3. Q1 This is the original ad for which very common food drink which bore the tagline “Tann ki shakti, Mann ki shakti” ( “Power to both body and mind” )? (Bigger Pic on Next slide)
  4. 4. ANSWER Bournvita
  5. 5. Q2 What is blanked out in this excerpt from the Mundakopanishad ?
  6. 6. ANSWER Satyameva Jayate
  7. 7. Q3 The growth of the Indian cotton industry was spurred by the American Civil War. Before the War, the mills of England imported only 20% of their cotton from India. With the blockade of the Confederate ports, Indian cotton prices rose. By 1865, when General Lee's army surrendered, the industry had earned 70 million pounds sterling in the cotton trade. Premchand, a merchant in those days made significant profits from this cotton boom which lasted till 1865. Due to his influence in the business arena, he was known as the "Cotton King" or "Bullion King". He lost a lot of fortune in the reclamation schemes and other such ventures. He subsequently earned a portion of it back and turned to philanthropic ventures. What is the extremely famous venture for which Premchand is known as the founder ?
  8. 8. ANSWER Bombay Stock Exchange
  9. 9. Q4 National Film award winner Naman Jain, who won hearts with his acting skills in popular Bollywood movies like Chillar Party, Jai Ho and Raanjhanaa, is all set for his television debut as Ramkishan in Discovery Jeet’s launch show ______ ______: Ek Sangharsh. The show also marks Ajay Devgn’s foray into TV as a producer. Speaking on his association with the show, Naman said, “It is an honor to play ______ ______’s childhood in his biopic. The task was not easy as ______ ______ faced multiple challenges as a child and it was important for me to understand the social tensions that prevailed in a small village. It was also a challenge for me to adopt his style and portray the character.” Who was Naman Jain portraying in the TV show ?
  10. 10. ANSWER Baba Ramdev
  11. 11. Q5* During X’s visit to Bangalore, it was claimed that the sect to which X belongs shares a strong connection with Adichunchungiri Balagangadharanatha Swami’s traditions and practices. Thus during the visit X stayed at the Mutt’s centre at Kengeri which allowed X to follow his/her daily routine as per traditions. The visit culminated with a public gathering at the BGS grounds in Vijayanagar where X again underscored the similarity in traditions by explaining that X’s mentor and Balagangadharanatha were very close due to their training in similar places of worship. ID X
  12. 12. ANSWER Yogi Adityanath
  13. 13. Q6 The following slide contains pictures of London’s crystal palace which was inaugurated in 1854 and was destroyed by fire in 1936. Which famous structure based in Bangalore is modeled after the crystal palace ?
  14. 14. ANSWER Lalbagh Glass House
  15. 15. Q7 The Gold Control act of 1968(now repealed) was an act which prohibited Indians from possessing or controlling sale of gold or gold associated goods. Licensed Goldsmiths were not allowed to own more than 2kg of gold. In a peculiar case published by Indian Committee For Scientific Investigation Of Claims Of The Paranormal, 1986, an accusation was carried out against a certain X for manufacturing of gold jewelry without a license. Y listed 89 items that X claimed to have “manufactured” from ‘68-’78 alone. X defended himself claiming ________. The case was rejected as the method of jewelry manufacturing that X followed was not recognized by the law. Following this, Y appealed on the ground that _______ is not recognized by the law which also was unfortunately rejected. ID X
  16. 16. ANSWER Sathya Sai Baba
  17. 17. Q8 Sanjaya, the advisor of Dhritarashtra, narrated the Mahabharata to him. During the course of realtime narration, he achieved a distinction only one other has ever had. Inspite of this, Dhritarashtra did not attain any enlightenment. What is this distinction?
  18. 18. ANSWER Recited the Bhagvad Gita at the same time as Krishna
  19. 19. Q9 A character from the movie, Rangitaranga - Gautam, an author, writes under the name ‘An.ash.ku’. In a scene from the movie, when asked about reason for choosing that particular name. He says - “I recognize myself just like how the Indian government recognizes every other anonymous person”. Put funda
  20. 20. ANSWER Anamadeya Ashok Kumar is the name given to dead people who’s identity is not known
  21. 21. Q10* The shape of this growth is compared to that of a ‘pot’ which gives this species its name. It is present only among the males and this makes them the only visibly sexually dimorphic in its order. Which is the animal being talked about ?
  22. 22. ANSWER Gharial
  23. 23. Q11 _____ Farsi is a secret language spoken by South-Asian _____ communities. The language is spoken by the _____ community throughout Pakistan and North India. The language is based on Hindustani and not Farsi, and is considered by native Hindi and Farsi speakers to be highly “impure”. Even though the language is not actually based on Farsi, the community considers the language to be related to the language of the Mughal Empire, which they associate with the origin of their identity. Though _____ Farsi is similar to Hindi, it is not intelligible to Hindi speakers due to distinctive intonation and a large amount of distinctive vocabulary. FITB or ID the community
  24. 24. ANSWER Hijra
  25. 25. Q12 A report by the Karnataka government stated this in its analysis of the occurrence of a substance in a particular area: X is formed in _____ due to sustained inflow of waste (rich in phosphates). Decomposition of algae and macrophytes occurs releasing a variety of organic compounds into it. These organic compounds act as surfactants that have a hydrophilic end and hydrocarbon chain at the other end. Also, surface-active agents in the waste include synthetic detergents, fats, oils, greases and bio surfactants. These agents rise to the top and interact with molecules thus, reducing the surface tension. When the surface tension decreases, air mixes with the molecules and surfactants. All these aggregate together to form X. The incendiary nature of X is due to the hydrocarbons and organic polymers present in it. On what specific occurrence was this report drafted ?
  26. 26. ANSWER Bellandur Lake froth
  27. 27. Q13 Vinod Kothari clicked one of the last photos of X when the latter was in the twilight of his life due to complications from an enlarged prostate gland. It was said that his creative nature was not diminished at that age and X always maintained a calm demeanour smiling through all his pain. ID X (Bigger Pic on Next slide)
  28. 28. ANSWER Rabindranath Tagore
  29. 29. Q14 The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development. Currently there are 180 cities from 72 countries in the network. The Network recognizes 7 creative fields : Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music. Jaipur and Chennai are 2 of the 3 Indian Cities present in the Network. Which is the third city?
  30. 30. ANSWER Varanasi
  31. 31. Q15* Sadahalli (aka Sadarahalli) — a nondescript village near the Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli, may soon disappear according to the locals, thanks to continuous quarrying of grey granite reserves. This is due to the fact that the government has leased out new mining leases to various stakeholders. However the locals are happy that the government has not opened the precious Koira rock nearby for mining. One local says, “Sadahalli granite is in great demand as it is widely used in flooring. But Koira rock near Koira village is more precious as it is used to make idols and structures. Currently, only one block has been leased out to make the statue of Vishwakarma.” Where is the rock from Koira is most famously seen ?
  32. 32. ANSWER Vidhana Soudha
  33. 33. Q16 The ‘Wickerman Chronicles’ is a book about the story of a bounty hunter who is contracted to deliver a ghoul. What is Wickerman Chronicles based on ? (Bigger Pic on Next slide)
  34. 34. ANSWER Vikram Betal
  35. 35. Q17 The value of this saw a 4.7 percent jump in its valuation in December 2016, a little over a month after a “disruptive” event occurred in the country. Its founder sold 1 percent stake in the parent company, for about Rs 325 crore then, which translates to an enterprise valuation of Rs 32,500 crore. The company also saw its turnover increase drastically to 120 crore per day from a few crores earlier. Which was the company and what was the “disruptive” event ?
  36. 36. ANSWER Company: Paytm Disruptive Event: Demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes
  37. 37. Q18 _______ is actually a traditional Bhil tribe folk dance, originally performed for worshipping goddess Saraswati. Originating in Marwar, it is traditionally performed during auspicious occasions, including the onset of rains, Diwali, Holi and on a bride's arrival at her marital home. Interestingly, ________ is not only an act of singing and dancing but this folk dance is also a symbol of womanhood--a rite of passage in which young girls participate, declaring that they are entering womanhood. Traditionally performed by women in general, their ghagharas along with colourful chunaris and heavy embroidery or mirror work on the blouses, add the vibrant touch to the performance. The skirts are wide enough for easy twirling, flowing and allowing easy pirouettes. Women cover their heads with a veil, which is adorned with spectacular mirror and lace-work. FITB
  38. 38. ANSWER Ghoomar
  39. 39. Q19 X and Y both worked at _________, an American multinational technology corporation, in the late 2000’s. X had applied for a greencard to the US in the 1990’s and succeeded in getting one a few months later. However since he could not bring his newly wedded bride to the US due to the greencard rules existing at the time, he chose to continue working at _________ through H1B, which allowed spouses to be employed in the US. X went on to become the CEO of _________. Y on the other hand was denied a greencard before his H1B tenure ended. He chose not to renew the visa and returned to India to start the initially successful but now troubled ecommerce firm Z. ID X (0.5 points),Y & Z (0.25 each)
  40. 40. ANSWER X- Satya Nadella Y- Kunal Bahl Z- Snapdeal
  41. 41. Q20* ______ tower is a landmark monument in the city of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. This was built on Mahatma Gandhi Road and this monument was established as a symbol of peace and harmony. The tower was erected on six pillars which open to a dome. About its origins, one story is that a representative of ______, visited Guntur in the pre-Independence era. Khan was felicitated by Lal Jan Basha, the grandfather of the present Telugu Desam Party Rajya Sabha member, S. M. Laljan Basha and he got a tower built in ______’s honour. Who is this monument named after?
  42. 42. ANSWER Muhammed Ali Jinnah
  43. 43. Q21 ID the actor in the clip and the role she’s playing
  44. 44. ANSWER MS Subbulakshmi playing Mirabai
  45. 45. Q22 X, then a struggling bollywood actor, met Y, then a clapper boy on the sets of Sarhad Lootera (1965). The pair immediately hit it off. Over the next few years, X decided make the transition from acting to writing, and convinced Y, who was then working as an assistant to Kaifi Azmi, to join him. The duo formed a script-writing team where X formed the stories and plots and Y wrote the dialogue and screenplay. The duo are often credited with introducing a graver, a more aggressive hue into Bollywood cinema as well as establishing Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Angry Young Man’ image. X-Y produced hits such as Zanjeer, Sholay, Seeta Aur Geeta and Mr India ID the duo.
  46. 46. ANSWER Salim-Javed
  47. 47. Q23 “People ask me what is this ______? And if I am left or right? That is why I kept the name ‘______’, which means centre. Six hands in my party symbol represent six states, star in the middle represents people.” Who’s words ?
  48. 48. ANSWER Kamal Haasan
  49. 49. Q24 Yelan was born in Tianjin, and is a grand-daughter of a Gandhian named Tseng. Yelan first came to India in 1977 with her grandfather to visit the Sevagram ashram, where she translated Gandhi's autobiography and other works into Chinese language. She married Kranti, who hailed from a family of freedom fighters and leftists from Peddapuliveru in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district. Their child went on to win the bronze medal in the World Championships as well gold in the Commonwealth Games. Who is this decorated sportsperson ?
  50. 50. ANSWER Jwala Gutta
  51. 51. Q25* When this Indian company used this tune in their ads, there was much debate as to whether the company was violating any Intellectual Property rights in doing so. However the tune was composed in 1773 whereas the music was used for the ad only in the 2000’s when the IP rights over the tune had lapsed. ID the company being talked about
  52. 52. ANSWER
  53. 53. Q26 In the following video, the structure shown is the X fort in Rajasthan which is nicknamed as the “_____ ____ __ _____” for its sheer size and similarity to a famous structure in the East. ID X and FITB
  54. 54. ANSWER Great Wall of India
  55. 55. Q27 X studied at Don Bosco School in Egmore, Chennai. He went on to study business management at the University of Texas at Austin and law at the University of Cambridge. After his graduation, he returned to Tamil Nadu where a political upheaval had taken place when his father had broken away from the Congress and formed his own political party. X became a member of this political party and served as his father's election manager. ID X
  56. 56. ANSWER Karthi Chidambaram
  57. 57. Q28 Indian long jump champion Anju Bobby George has complained to the Sports Ministry about the misuse of athletes' training grounds. She says that due to the growing popularity and size of X in India, athletes do not have round the clock access to the best grounds in the country. They are now forced to practice in places with mediocre facilities instead. Why are the athletes complaining about this non-availability of grounds for training ?
  58. 58. ANSWER The stadiums are used by ISL for football matches
  59. 59. Q29 This Google Doodle was released on 21st March 2018 in the memory of which famous musician ?
  60. 60. ANSWER Ustad Bismillah Khan
  61. 61. Q30* The Great Indian Novel is a satirical novel by Shashi Tharoor. It is a fictional work that takes the story of the Mahabharata and recasts and resets it in the context of the Indian Independence Movement and the first three decades post-independence. Figures from Indian history are transformed into characters from mythology, and the mythical story of India is retold as a history of Indian independence and subsequent history, up through the 1980s. If the characters named after and based on Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva represent the Judiciary, Army, News Media, Civil Service and Foreign Service of India respectively, what does the character based on Draupadi, named Draupadi Mokrasi represent?
  62. 62. ANSWER Democracy

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