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Cognito prelims 2015


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Prelims from Cognito 2015, KQA's High School Championship.

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Cognito prelims 2015

  2. 2. Rules 25 Questions Star Questions 1-10 will resolve ties No Negative Marking
  3. 3. 1. This nation has an area of 603,628 km making it the largest country entirely within Europe. Identify the country.
  4. 4. ANSWER Ukraine
  5. 5. 2. We commonly refer to them by a Greek term meaning ‘sacred carvings’. The Greek term is an exact translation of the phrase medu-netier from the original language. What are we talking about?
  6. 6. ANSWER Hieroglyphs
  7. 7. 3.This cartoon refers to the fact that two countries opened up normal diplomatic relations with each other recently—after a gap of 54 years. Which two countries?
  8. 8. ANSWER US & Cuba
  9. 9. 4. Schoolchildren in India, China, the Philippines, Western Europe and the English-speaking countries are taught that there are 7. Schoolchildren in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan are taught that there are 6. Schoolchildren in France and its former colonies, Portugal, Spain, Latin America etc are also taught that there are 6, but their classification differs from the previous set by splitting one unit into two, and combining two other units into one. What 9-letter /10-letter word is the answer to this question?
  10. 10. ANSWER Continent/s Africa, Eurasia, North & South America, Antarctica, Oceania in the former Eastern bloc/Japan Africa, Europe, Asia, America, Antarctica, Oceania in Latin America, France etc.
  11. 11. 5. Aristotle, who was the first to observe this structure in the human body, called it parencephalis, meaning little brain. Today, in biology, it is known by a Latin name meaning exactly the same thing. What are we talking about—10 letters in all?
  12. 12. ANSWER The cerebellum
  13. 13. 6. There were several images like this one in the newspapers over the last ten days. What is happening here?
  14. 14. ANSWER In tribute to French F1 driver Jules Bianchi who passed away on 17 July.
  15. 15. 7. China, Russia, France, USA, and the UK are sometimes referred to as the P5. Sometimes they are clubbed with Germany and called the P5+1. Either tell me what the letter P stands for, or give me the reason for this name.
  16. 16. ANSWER P for Permanent After the fact that these are the permanent members of the UN Security Council
  17. 17. 8. Here is somebody taking pride in his own creation, and the fact that he didn’t leave out anybody, in 1912: “The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colors of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.“ What symbol? OR Who is being quoted here?
  18. 18. ANSWER Baron Pierre de Coubertin On the Olympic rings
  19. 19. 9. This cartoon combines two recent events for laughter. One of them is Angela Merkel’s handling of the Greek crisis. What is the other recent event?
  20. 20. ANSWER Photographs of Pluto via New Horizons
  21. 21. 10. While the rest of the world usually prefers the term athletics for a range of running, jumping and throwing events, sports authorities in North America prefer a three-word phrase referring to venues where such contests are held. What is this alternative name for athletics?
  22. 22. ANSWER Track & Field
  23. 23. 11. Their name translates to Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board in English. Their logo features two question marks and is thus remarkably similar to the logo of the Quiz Foundation of India. This similarity may be accidental. What is the common name for this government body?
  24. 24. ANSWER Vyaapam
  25. 25. 12. Which Indian state uses this as their official logo?
  26. 26. ANSWER Arunachal Pradesh
  27. 27. 13. The official term for the units used in this game is ‘men’, possibly drawn from chess. Other terms used include ‘seeds’, ‘coins’ and ‘pawnpucks’. What game are talking about?
  28. 28. ANSWER Carrom
  29. 29. 14. A country in the Middle East derives its 5-letter name ultimately from an ancient empire in the Mesopotamia region. This empire turns up occasionally in the Bible, and inspired at least one famous poem. Seen here is art from the days of that empire. Name either country or empire.
  30. 30. ANSWER Syria/Assyria
  31. 31. 15. This map shows the languages spoken in a certain European country. The French- speaking portion on the west is often called Romandy. Which country?
  32. 32. ANSWER Switzerland
  33. 33. 16. This is a monument called the Hindu-Christian Unity Memorial, built to acknowledge the role of the two communities in driving out a coloniser. In which Indian state?
  34. 34. ANSWER Goa
  35. 35. 17. In botany, this 5-letter word is applied to fleshy fruit produced from a single flower and containing one ovary. Prominent examples include the brinjal, the banana and the tomato. What is this term?
  36. 36. ANSWER Berry
  37. 37. 18. This is beachwear for people interested in protecting themselves from UV radiations. What 8-letter word is used for such an item?
  38. 38. ANSWER Facekini
  39. 39. 19. This image is from a recent Prado Museum exhibition featuring copies of six paintings including the Mona Lisa, produced with 3D printing technology. What was the purpose behind the exhibition?
  40. 40. ANSWER For the visually impaired
  41. 41. 20.This image shows a particular herb, noted for its use in perfumes, being harvested. You might be able to identify it by the colour. What herb is this?
  42. 42. ANSWER Lavender
  43. 43. 21. In cycling, competitors often tend to form a tight little mass cycling together because this helps reduce drag. An 8-letter French word is normally used for such formations, very close in meaning to a 7-letter English word for military unit. Give me either word.
  44. 44. ANSWER Peloton and Platoon
  45. 45. 22. One of the first newspaper ads for a Bangalore eatery. Identify.
  46. 46. ANSWER Corner House
  47. 47. 23. Which Karnataka city and industrial centre takes its name from the river on whose banks it is built?
  48. 48. ANSWER Bhadravati
  49. 49. 24. What term is used for such maps which are constructed to show terrain variations?
  50. 50. ANSWER Relief Maps
  51. 51. 25. This statue near Anegundi pays tribute to a historical personality, and to an actor’s depiction of this person. Name both people.
  52. 52. ANSWER Dr. Rajkumar Krishna Deva Raya