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Madras School of Economics General Quiz 2014 Finals

A general quiz conducted at the Madras School of Economics.

Madras School of Economics General Quiz 2014 Finals

  1. 1. Finals Ramesh Natarajan
  2. 2. 1.In 1891, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, one of Indian cricket's earliest big names both as a player and an administrator, incurred the rage of Lord Kitchener due to the Maharaja making a pass at an English girl, rumored to be Lord Willingdon's daughter. It led to the restriction of his entry into the Indian summer capital, Shimla.This incensed the Maharaja and in response he bought a nearby hilltop and erected something which continues to hold a sporting record. What did he build and what record is this? This question is connected to prelims Q1.
  3. 3. At Chail, the world‟s highest cricket ground. Incidentally, the first edition of Roadies (Prelims Q1) was from Chennai to Chail to coincide with the 2003 WC being held at the same time.
  4. 4. 2.The year was 1987. Four years earlier, Hironobu Sakaguchi had left school mid-semester so that he could take a job as a game developer. Now, he was starting to wonder if this video game thing was really for him. He decided to give it one last shot with his latest title – an expansive role playing game – but if it wasn‟t a hit, he was going back to college to finish his electrical engineering degree. As a sort of inside joke, he decided to call the game _____ _____, because he figured it would most likely be his last. FITB.
  5. 5. Final Fantasy
  6. 6. 3.CS Krishna and Karthik Laxman (both IIMA graduates), drained by months of mind- numbing work on a "Shadow Union Budget" under former Finance Minister,Yashwant Sinha, wrote an article titled "Government mulls direct cash transfers by dropping money bags from the sky" taking a dig at the government's much hyped Direct Cash Transfer schemes. Buoyed by the response to the article, what did they start?
  7. 7. The Unreal Times
  8. 8. 4.In a standard QWERTY keyboard, you can find two bumps/nipples mostly on two alphabet keys. What are the two alphabets and what purpose do they serve?
  9. 9. F and J. Helps users correctly position their left and right hand on the keyboard without having to look at it.
  10. 10. 5.Connect.
  11. 11. Vasundhara Das
  12. 12. 6.These hand held devices became popular worldwide in the late 1990s. A US Patent was awarded to Taiwanese inventor Tsao-i-Shih in 1996 for this device. The handle contains batteries and a charging mechanism that generates high voltage.The circuit is composed of an electronic oscillator, a step-up transformer and a voltage multiplier, similar to the circuit in an electroshock weapon or a stun gun, but with much lower power. What device?
  13. 13. Electric Flyswatter / The World Famous Mosquito Bat 
  14. 14. 7._________ refers to five sacred souls - Hazrat Muhammad, Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Fatima, Hazrat Immam Hussain, Hazrat Immam Hassan. These are five sacred souls in Islam and are used as a source to invoke highly spiritual sensations both in the praise of Allah as well as to get holy help from the souls themselves. FITB.
  15. 15. Panchathan AR Rahman‟s recording studio is called Panchatan
  16. 16. 8.The founders of this corporation founded by Stepan Pachikov and launched in 2008, deliberately kept their logo as a/an ________ , because it is supposed to remember everything. Which company? What logo?
  17. 17. Evernote. Elephant.
  18. 18. 9.Starting with the initials VT, the registration number of all Indian civil aircrafts serves as a reminder of the country's colonial past. The registration prefix VT was assigned to India in 1929, and it has continued ever since. What does VT stand for?
  19. 19. Viceroy‟s Territory.
  20. 20. 10.The Bombay Quadrangular was a premier cricket competition in India in the early 20th century. It was played among the Hindus, Europeans, Parsis, and Muslims. In 1937, a new team was introduced and the competition became a Pentangular.The fifth team was created to provide representation for members of three minority Indian religions. Name the three religions.
  21. 21. Buddhists, Jews, and Indian Christians.
  22. 22. 11.The actor Vikram, in a recent interview on a television channel, said that when he goes for shooting in the smaller towns of India, he gets recognized a lot. He felt surprised himself, since Raavan and David, the two major Bollywood movies he has acted in didn‟t necessarily set the box office alight for people in small-town India to know him. After talking to the people there, he came to know there is another logical reason for his popularity. What reason did Vikram cite for his popularity?
  23. 23. The dubbing of regional language movies on Hindi channels. Video Follows.
  24. 24. 12.Buzzfeed, predictably, put out a list recently, mocking someone‟s actions.The list included weird names like - • Jart Liters • Annjeen Jewels • Maddow Mohogany • Janet Loorenstein • Brat Spit • Helen Denergis • Merl Strep • Lunesta Knee-Congo • Bento Tinderbox Who was being mocked?
  25. 25. John Travolta aka Jorn Tromolto. He pronounced “Idina Menzel” as “Adele Dazeem”.
  26. 26. 13.Why is the man in the picture, Shyam Saran Negi, in the news? There is a reasonable chance of you having seen him onYouTube in a campaign initiated by Google India.
  27. 27. Independent India‟s first voter.
  28. 28. 14.The girl in the picture was at the center of a famous case, and she broke a virtual 35 year silence to tell her story and reflect on the events that took place then, which had lifelong repercussions on both her and the person whose name has been blanked out. Who is the person in question?
  29. 29. The Roman Polanski case.
  30. 30. 15. In the Goodreads „Best Books of 2013‟ list, this book emerged as the best book in the „Food & Cookbooks‟ category. The title of the book is ___________ ___________ : Cocktails with a Literary Taste. FITB.
  31. 31. Tequila Mockingbird.
  32. 32. 1
  33. 33. 2
  34. 34. 3
  35. 35. 4
  36. 36. 5
  37. 37. 6
  38. 38. 1
  39. 39. Kepler
  40. 40. 2
  41. 41. Rorschach
  42. 42. 3
  43. 43. Uruguay
  44. 44. 4
  45. 45. Satyajit Ray
  46. 46. 5
  47. 47. Ferris
  48. 48. 6
  49. 49. Sydney Harbor Bridge
  50. 50. 1. __________, _________, and ___________ :The World of Tamil Politics, is a book written by author-journalist Vaasanthi. The three blanks all start with the same letter „C‟, representing three influential factors in Tamil Politics. FITB.
  51. 51. Cut Outs, Caste and Cine Stars
  52. 52. 2.The Water of Life Foundation in India is an organization founded by Sudharshan Dheer. He named the foundation after a book called Water of Life, written by John Armstrong.The book advised Dheer to do something to treat a viral infection that had rendered his right hand almost immobile. After following the advice, Dheer found that his ailment was coming under control. What did the book primarily instruct Dheer to do which prompted him to name the organization after the book?
  53. 53. Drink Urine.
  54. 54. 3. In 2007, Microsoft Office introduced a change to its default settings. According to Joe Friend, a senior Project Manager at Microsoft, the change was necessitated due to two factors - 1) Growth of digital consumption. Since more and more documents wouldn't be printed and would solely be consumed on digital devices, screen readability would become more important. 2) Office was looking to modernize the look and feel of documents created by Office applications since they hadn't changed substantially since the early 90s. What was the change that was brought about?
  55. 55. The default font was changed from Times New Roman to Calibri.
  56. 56. 4.There are two possible origins for this drink- 1) Robert Butt invented it as an entry to create a new mixed drink in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on ________ _______, NY. Various local NewYork references also echo Butt's claims. 2) It was claimed to have been invented in the 1920s during Prohibition by an "Old Man Bishop" in a local community named ______ _______ in Kingsport, Tennessee.The drink was then perfected by Ransom Bishop, his son. FITB.
  57. 57. Long Island Iced Tea.
  58. 58. 5.This metaphor was conceived by Adam Smith to describe the self- regulating behavior of the marketplace. Individuals can make profit, and maximize it without the need for government intervention. What metaphor?
  59. 59. Invisible Hand.
  60. 60. 6.The five rings you see in the Olympic logo now represent the five continents. But, they were originally invented in 1913 by Pierre De Coubertein, president of IOC, for a different reason. What was the reason and why were they forced to make the change?
  61. 61. A ring for each of the 5 previously successfully completed games.The Olympics didn‟t happen in 1916 due to the World War I and hence the sequence was disrupted.
  62. 62. 7.Arthur Chu has won more Jeopardy games than nearly anyone else on earth. Chu has amassed more than $277,000 in winnings. A strategy Chu uses while he quizzes is something called Forrest Bounce, named after its pioneer, the 1985 champion Chuck Forrest. How does this strategy work and what advantage does it give a player? Jeopardy board image follows.
  63. 63. Rather than starting with the first clue in a category and working his way down the column, he jumped around the board. (It taxes people‟s brains to move around like this, but the person who knows which clue is coming next has a split-second advantage.)
  64. 64. 8. A 2009 study in the Journal of Applied Psychology in the US examined 576,292 mining injuries that were sustained in the years 1983 to 2006. It was found that on a particular Monday (usually in the month of March), coal miners reported a 5.7% increase in the number of on- the-job injuries reported. What did they mention as the reason for the sudden spike in the injuries that occurred?
  65. 65. The Mondays were post DST (Daylight Savings Time) Mondays.Workers due to lack of sleep tended to become „zonked‟ resulting in a higher number of injuries.
  66. 66. 9.The roots of this initiative were set when Shashank Mani Tripathi, now 48, first embarked on a journey in 1997 to commemorate 50 years of India's independence. The seed had been planted in his mind years ago, when he saw a film in 1954 as a child, which was about a teacher's quest to instill pride in the country's heritage and values in children.The film also featured a song - 'Aao bachchon tumhen dikhayen jhaanki Hindustan ki'. What is the initiative in question? The initiative is named after this movie.
  67. 67. JagritiYatra.
  68. 68. 10.Robert Ward, of the Economist Intelligence Unit, coined an acronym CIVETS, for six favored emerging market economies. These countries are supposed to have a diverse and dynamic economy and a young growing population. Expand CIVETS. Picture if needed. +6 for 3 correct. +7 for 4 correct. +8 for 5 correct. +10 for 6 correct.
  69. 69. 11.The movie Frozen recently entered the list of Top 10 grossing movies of all time. What is unique about Frozen‟s entry into this list when compared with the rest of the 9 movies?
  70. 70. It is the only movie which is neither a sequel nor has it been directed by James Cameron.
  71. 71. 12.Connect to an association started in 1907.
  72. 72. Bharat Scouts and Guides. Boys – Bunnies (3-6), Cubs (5-10), Scouts (10-17), and Rovers (16-25) Girls – Bulbuls(6-10), Guides(10-18), Rangers(18-25) Ages in brackets
  73. 73. 13. _________ is the apparent loss of fine motor skills without apparent explanation, in one of a number of different sports.The technical term is focal dystonia. Athletes affected by it demonstrate a sudden, unexplained loss of previous skills.They sometimes recover their ability, sometimes compensate by changing technique, or may be forced to abandon their sport at the highest level. The word has its origins in the world of golf. What‟s the good word.
  74. 74. Yip/Getting the yips
  75. 75. 14. ____ __ ___ ___ is a 2013 American comedy film written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their directorial debut, starring an ensemble cast including Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill as fictional versions of themselves in the aftermath of a global apocalypse. The film was released on June 12, 2013, and was a critical and commercial success. Name the movie (4,2,3,3). Also, last question.
  76. 76. This Is The End.

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