Q1. Allahabad, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, _____, Jabalpur, Cuttack & Jodhpur. Bilaspur and Nainital joined the list in 2000.
Kochi. Only non state capitals with High Court.
Q2 . Peter Gordon Fulton is a tall middle-order batsman who plays for Canterbury and New Zealand. He is 198 cm (6’ 8”) tall and one of the tallest men to play international cricket. He is nicknamed ___ _____ _____ because of his height.
Q3. On January 13, 1888, 33 explorers and scientists gathered at the Cosmos Club, a private club then located on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., to organize "a society for the increase and diffusion of _________ knowledge." Gardiner Greene Hubbard became its first president and his son-in-law, Alexander Graham Bell, eventually succeeded him in 1897 following his death. What was thus established?
Q4. 1888 - George Yule 1889 – William Wedderbern 1894 – Alfred Webb 1904 – Henry Cotton 1910 – William Wedderbern 1917 – ? Complete this exhaustive list.
Annie Beasant. Only British Presidents of INC.
Q5. Excerpts from an article by Ramachandra Guha in The Hindu in March 2007 titled 1957, not 1857 or 1757 . “Two dates most Indians at least vaguely recognise the significance of are 1757 and 1857. The importance of 1957 in Indian history has been barely appreciated. The ______ of 1952 were a landmark; so, too, were the ______ of 1957.“ He argues that this event differentiated India from other Asian and African countries who also won independence in the same period. Which event?
Q6. She enrolled at Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai, where she graduated in fine arts, with top honours, winning the gold medal, a fellowship and was nominated a member of the Progressive Artists' Group, founded by Francis Newton Souza, and which included artists by M.F. Hussain and S.H. Raza. She started her career as a freelance fashion illustrator with various women's magazines in Bombay, including the 'Eve's Weekly‘. Identify the lady.
Q7. The company was founded in Laguna Hills, California in 1998 by Steve Ross. The company has locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific, and India. In 2005 it changed its name reflecting “a unified vision as a cohesive organization with expanding global reach” according to its CEO. The decision was made to adopt a market name that blended the original charter with its current global business model. The brand name _______ honors these core values and better represents the enterprises the company now serves. Identify.
Q8. He died in his sleep on Christmas Day, 1977, in Vevey, Switzerland, aged eighty-eight and was interred in Corsier-Sur-Vevey Cemetery in Vaud, Switzerland. On March 1, 1978, his body was stolen by a small group of Polish and Bulgarian mechanics in an attempt to extort money from his family. The plot failed, the robbers were captured, and the body was recovered eleven weeks later near Lake Geneva. His body was reburied under two meters of concrete to prevent further attempts. Who?
Q9. His original full name was Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf _______ al-Qudwa al-Husseini. Mohammed Abdel Rahman was his first name; Abdel Raouf was his father's name and ______ his grandfather's. Al-Qudwa was the name of his tribe and al-Husseini was that of the clan to which the al-Qudwas belonged. Since he was raised in Cairo, the tradition of dropping the Mohammed or Ahmad portion of one's first name was common. However, he dropped also the Abdel Rahman and Abdel Raouf parts of his name as well. During the early 1950s, he adopted the name X, and in the early years of his guerrilla career, he assumed the nom de guerre of Abu Ammar. Both names are related to Ammar ibn X, one of Muhammad's early companions. He retained _______ because Muhammad delivered the Farewell Sermon at that location.
Q10. In 1935 the American expatriate fought on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War against Francisco Franco's Nationalists and in 1936 ran guns to Ethiopia to combat the Italian invasion. In Paris he frequented the cafe "La Belle Aurore“ and during this period he met Ilsa Lund, the love of his life. In December 1941 he set up Cafe Americaine in _______. When a group of Nazi officers sang “Die Wacht am Rhein", a German patriotic song, the house band played "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem. This led the café to be closed. He shot to death the Gestapo officer Major Strasser and left to Brazzaville along with Captain Louis Renault to join the Free French forces, “beginning a beautiful friendship”. Whose biography?
Q11. The idea was proposed in 1939 by Noel Carrington, at the time an editor for Country Life books. It was inspired by the brightly coloured lithographed books mass-produced at the time for Soviet children. It has an introductory article “How the book came to be written" in every book published. Kylie Minogue and Madonna have written for it. What?
Q12. The Time magazine selected Ayatollah Khomeini as the man of the year in 1979. This led to a public backlash in United States. As a result, Time has generally avoided choosing controversial figures. In 2001 Rudolph Giuliani was selected the man of the year, although the rules of selection, the individual or group of individuals who have had the biggest effect on the year's news, made ________ a more likely choice. An article in the magazine seemed to imply that ________ was a stronger candidate than Giuliani.
Osama bin Laden following the September 11, 2001 attacks
Q13. This country was historically divided into three parts Tripolitania, the Fezzan and Cyrenaica. The Ottoman Turks conquered the country in the mid-16th century. After the Italo-Turkish War in 1911-12 it became an Italian colony known as Italian North Africa. From 1943 to 1951, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica were under British administration, while the French controlled Fezzan. In 1951, Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan declared a union with the country being named after the Greek name for North Africa.
Q14. The term found art or _______ describes art created from the undisguised, but often modified, use of objects that are not normally considered art, often because they already have a non-art function. Marcel Duchamp coined the term _______ in 1915 to describe his found art. In 1936 André Breton, defined _______ as "manufactured objects raised to the dignity of works of art through the choice of the artist.“ Which term now used in the garment industry?
Q15. This is the only Shakespearean play to bear a subtitle. The full title is _______, or What You Will. It is a reference to the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany (January 6), formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking. Servants often dressed up as their masters, men as women and so forth. This is the cultural origin of the twin-based comedy of cross-dressing and mistaken identity.
Twelfth Night. January 6 is the twelfth day after Christmas.
Q16. On 27 March 1966, David Corbett was taking a Sunday-evening stroll with his mongrel dog, Pickles, in South London suburb of Beulah Hill, South Norwood. Pickles began to sniff under a bush, and Corbett uncovered a newspaper-wrapped bundle. He collected a £6,000 reward. Pickles was presented with a year’s supply of dog food, got himself a film contract at double the normal dog rates, and became a national canine hero. Why?
Q17. It was started in 1988 to commemorate the birth centenary of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, by Madhav Rao Scindia. Variants were introduced later prefixed Swarna and Jan. Currently there are a total of 26 in all. New Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal, Chennai, Mysore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Ajmer, Dehradun, Amritsar and Kalka are served by it.
Q18. It is believed that the ships of King Solomon landed in a port called Ophir in 1036 BC. The city was the trading post of spices, sandalwood and ivory. The early rulers of the city were the Ays. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "Evergreen city of India", the city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys. Which city?
Q19. Master Mason is the highest rank in Freemasonry, above Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft. To obtain it a Freemason had to must submit to ritual questioning which was long and intense. From Jeremiah How’s “Freemason’s Manual” (1865) “The Fellow-Craft who is duly qualified by time, on presenting himself as candidate for the _____ ______, has to submit himself to an examination of his qualifications as a Craftsman”. The term was also associated with a severe burn when the epidermis is lost with damage to the subcutaneous tissue.
Q20. Y was developed by engineers at Roke Manor Research Limited of Romsey, Hampshire in the UK, in 2001. The patent is held by Dr Paul Hawkins and David Sherry. Later, the technology was spun off into a separate company, Y Innovations Ltd. as a joint venture with television production company Sunset + Vine. It is based on the principles of triangulation using the visual images and timing data provided by at least four high speed video cameras located at different locations and angles around the area of observation.
Q21 . When American pioneers pushed west of the Allegheny Mountains following the American Revolution, the first counties they founded covered vast regions. One of these original, huge counties was X, established in 1785 and named after the French royal family. While this vast county was being carved into many smaller ones, early in the 19th century, many people continued to call the region Old X . Located within Old X was the principal Ohio River port from which whiskey and other products were shipped. “X" was stenciled on the barrels to indicate their port of origin. X whiskey was different because it was the first corn whiskey most people had ever tasted. In time, X became the name for any corn-based whiskey.
Q22. On 1 September 1970, there was a failed attempt by Palestinian organizations to assassinate King Hussein of Jordan. On 16 September, King Hussein declared martial law. Jordanian armored troops attacked the headquarters of Palestinian organizations in Amman. Three thousand to more than five thousand were killed, although exact numbers are unknown. In July 1971, Palestinian militants were driven out to Southern Lebanon. In Jordan this period is referred to as the "era of regrettable events.” How do we know these events?
The Black September in Jordan. The terrorist group responsible for the Munich massacre, was established by Fatah members driven out of Jordan and took its name from the conflict.
Q25. It was originally a Greco-Roman invention. The modern equivalent was invented by French engineer Louis Réard in 1946. Jacques Heim called its precursor the Atome , named for its size, and Louis Réard claimed to have "split the Atome " to make it smaller. During those days, words like "atomic" were beginning to be used by the media to describe something sensational. So he named it after Operation Crossroads on July 1, 1946. The reasoning was that the burst of excitement created by it would be like a nuclear device.
Q26 . When the First World War broke out, X became a conscientious objector. He spent a second spell in India in the early 1920s as the private secretary to the Maharajah of Dewas. The Hill of Devi is his non-fictional account of this trip. After returning from India, he completed his last novel, Y for which he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. In the 1930s and 1940s X became a successful broadcaster on BBC Radio. Identify X and Y?
Q27. Complete the poem which appears in the epigraph of a novel. ___ ____ ____ _____: Once when you're born And once when you look death in the face. The poem is listed as being "after Basho", meaning written in the poet Matsuo Bashō’s style. In the novel the hero attempts to compose a haiku for his friend Tiger Tanaka. It is not a proper haiku because it has the wrong number of syllables.
Q28. The book cover features a puzzle devised by the author. Identify the puzzle.
The 42 Puzzle by Douglas Adams on the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The rock formation in the background is in fact the number 42 at a slight angle.
Q29. _______ is a torture device, usually a cabinet, with a hinged front. It usually has a small closable opening so that the torturer can interrogate the victim and torture or kill a person by piercing the body with sharp objects (such as knives, spikes or nails), while he or she is forced to remain standing. The condemned would bleed profusely and weaken slowly, eventually dying because of blood loss, or perhaps asphyxiation. How did it achieve fame in 1970s?
Iron Maiden. Steve Harris attributes the band name to a movie adaptation of The Man in the Iron Mask from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The group was christened after the purported torture device.
Q30. "This is probably a conspiracy against Egypt, its civilization and monuments", wrote editorialist Al-Sayed al-Naggar in a leading Egyptian state-owned daily. Egyptian Culture Minister Farouq Hosni said the project was "absurd" and described its creator, Weber, as a man "concerned primarily with self-promotion". Nagib Amin, an Egyptian expert on World Heritage Sites, has pointed out that "in addition to the commercial aspect, the vote has no scientific basis“. UNESCO said it reflected " only the opinions of those with access to the Internet and not the entire world”. Which project?