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Madras School of Economics General Quiz 2014 Prelims

A general quiz conducted at the Madras School of Economics.

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Madras School of Economics General Quiz 2014 Prelims

  1. 1. Prelims with answers Ramesh Natarajan
  2. 2. 1.MTV Roadies, one of the longest running TV reality shows in India, started in the year 2003. In the first season, which place was chosen as the starting point?
  3. 3. Chennai
  4. 4. 2.One of the more popularly shared images on social media recently, the image below is a satirical take on the reading habits of your average Indian “voracious” reader.The blanked out portions are the name of an author – all the same. Name the author.
  5. 5. Chetan Bhagat
  6. 6. 3.A kind of spiked hairstyle – what are these spikes popularly known as?
  7. 7. Liberty Spikes
  8. 8. 4.Who talking about which show? “I wanted to telecast my show on Sunday mornings. I want each family to watch the show and connect with it.We have watched Ramayana and Mahabarata and it used to come on Sunday morning.The shows created a different atmosphere”.
  9. 9. Aamir Khan. Satyameva Jayate
  10. 10. 5.The first ________ were created in 1998/99 by Shigetaka Kurita, who was part of the team working on NTT DoCoMo's i- mode mobile Internet program. The first set of 172 12*12 were created as a part of i-mode's messaging features to help facilitate electronic communication, and to serve as a distinguishing feature from other services. FITB.
  11. 11. Emojis/Emoticons.
  12. 12. 6.This town is a municipality in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. It has a permanent population of 11,156 (2012) and is located on the Landwasser River, in the Swiss Alps. At 1,560 m (5,120 ft), it is the highest city in Europe. Every year this town comes into news for one particular event, familiar to most of you in the audience. Name the town.
  13. 13. Davos, where the World Economic Forum is held.
  14. 14. 7.The lead characters in the recently released Bollywood movie,Total Siyapa, take their names from a three word people-to-people Indo-Pak peace initiative undertaken by the Jang newspaper and Times of India. Name the characters played by Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam.
  15. 15. Ali Zafar – Aman Yami Gautam – Asha The peace initiative was named Aman Ki Asha .
  16. 16. 8.Symonds, an Australia based bat company, released a brand of bats in the 1990‟s, with the title Star __________. The following image shows a print ad which was released for promotions. Fill in the blank.
  17. 17. Star Waughs
  18. 18. 9.This character was born out of three narrative stories sent by Sameer Salman from Trichy.The concept was rendered into comic format with illustrations by artist Ram Waeerkar and the character made its debut in the 27th edition of a still-running Indian magazine in January, 1983. Also, unlike most others, this character was not originally conceptualized by the creators of the magazine. Name the character.
  19. 19. Suppandi
  20. 20. 10.The image below shows the type of medals that will be received by winning athletes in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. What is special about these medals? One keyword needed.
  21. 21. The names of the events will be written in Braille as well on the medals.
  22. 22. 11.This is from one of the latest editions of Forbes India.What is the title “ Can she make the elephant dance? “ a reference to?
  23. 23. Who Says Elephants Can‟t Dance. IBM‟s Lou V. Gerstner‟s bestselling book.
  24. 24. 12.The brand was so well known in the refrigeration field in the early 20th century that many Americans called any refrigerator, whatever its brand, a ____(X)______. X may be the actual origin of the slang term ____(Y)_____, also commonly used in India. X and Y. No part-points.
  25. 25. Frigidaire. Fridge.
  26. 26. 13.20 Feet from Stardom is an Oscar-winning 2013 American documentary film directed by documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville and produced by Gil Friesen, a music industry executive whose curiosity to know more about the lives of a certain group of people inspired the making of the film. Which group of people did he make the movie on?
  27. 27. Background Singers / Chorus Singers
  28. 28. 14. A song from the upcoming animated Rajinikanth movie Kochadaiyaan. ID the singer.
  29. 29. Latha Rajinikanth.
  30. 30. 15.The earliest known appearance of the phrase is from The Michigan School Moderator, a journal that provided teachers with education-related news and suggestions for lessons. In an article titled "Interesting Notes" in the March 14, 1885 issue, the phrase was given as a suggestion for writing practice: "The following sentence makes a good copy for practice,…………………………………”. What was the phrase/sentence?
  31. 31. A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog/ The quick brown fox jumps over the lazt dog. Variations Accepted.
  32. 32. 16.These sculptures were chiefly used as decorative rainwater spouts by builders of Gothic churches, and allowed the builders to take their imaginations to full flight as they were placed so high earth-bound man could hardly see them. The best examples of them can be seen on the top of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. What are these sculptures known as?
  33. 33. Gargoyles.
  34. 34. 17.This is a list of books which were nominated in the „General Non Fiction‟ category for the National Book Critics Circle Award, an annual American literary award, in 2009. • Greg Grandin - Fordlandia :The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City • Richard Holmes - The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science • William T.Vollmann - Imperial • Tracy Kidder - Strength in What Remain Which is the fifth book, now in news, that was nominated?
  35. 35. The Hindus, an Alternative History by Wendy Doniger
  36. 36. 18.Till now, since inception, only one professional sportsperson has made an appearance on Koffee With Karan. Who and with whom did he/she appear?
  37. 37. Mahesh Bhupathi Lara Dutta
  38. 38. 19.There is a section in Wikipedia, which is used for discussions about Wikipedia itself, including areas for technical issues and policies. The name of the section is based on the speculation that, like the modern office water cooler, the __________ __________ (the name of the section) must have been a gathering place where dwellers discussed ideas for the improvement of their locale. What is the section called?
  39. 39. Village Pump
  40. 40. 20.This is the logo of a non-profit organization based in Netherlands that has put forward conceptual plans to establish something at a particular place by 2024.The project is led by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Landsorp, who announced this plan in May 2012. What is the organization trying to achieve (or) Name the organization?
  41. 41. Human settlement on Mars Mars One
  42. 42. 21.One day Sampat Pal Devi, a simple woman living in a village in Northern India, saw a man mercilessly beating his wife. She pleaded with him to stop but he abused her as well.The next day she returned with a bamboo stick and five other women and gave the rogue a sound thrashing. The news spread like wild fire and soon women started approaching Sampat Pal Devi in droves requesting similar interventions. Many women came forward to join her team and in the year 2006 she decided that the sisterhood needed a uniform and a name. What was the uniform chosen and consequently what did the sisterhood call themselves? (0.5+0.5)
  43. 43. Pink Saree. Gulaabi Gang
  44. 44. 22.A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). Example – Kanchipuram Silk. From the state of West Bengal, which was the first GI tagged product in India?
  45. 45. Darjeeling Tea.
  46. 46. 23.Planet Money published a series where economic concepts were shown through minimalist posters.Which economic concepts do the following posters depict? (0.5+0.5)
  47. 47. 24.“The Doom That Came To ______” is an early story by horror fiction writer H.P.Lovecraft. It is written in a mythic/fairy tale style. ________ is also a historical city in India, associated with Buddhism. Lovecraft didn't know that though, and claims to have thought out the name independently. Fill in the blank.
  48. 48. Sarnath.
  49. 49. 25.What is being parodied here? << Simpsons‟ parody of Game of Thrones video>>
  50. 50. Game of Thrones.

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