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Gurgaon Quiz Circle - General Quiz


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A quiz that I conducted for this "informal" group of enthusiastic quizzers - Gurgaon Quiz Circle. It's been almost a year since I made a quiz, so apologies for all the sitters or weird references that might have crept in.

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Gurgaon Quiz Circle - General Quiz

  1. 1. Gurgaon Quiz Circle presents ~ April Isn’t The Cruelest Month ~ A GENERAL QUIZ Quizmaster – Karun Sethi
  2. 2. Rules (Yes, seriously): - Your Quizmaster is your best friend for the next 90 odd minutes. And also your worst enemy. Tread carefully. - Look out for subtle hints. - 5 rounds: Mixed Bag 1, Business, India, Entertainment and Mixed Bag 2. There are 12 questions in each round. - Scoring patterns change with each round. - Lastly, do not scream, shout, Google or Bing (sic) your answers. - May the best team win!
  3. 3. Round 1: Mixed Bag 1 Direct: +10 Pass: +5 No negatives
  4. 4. 1. What is this minimalist poster a reference to?
  5. 5. Answer Follows
  6. 6. Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris.
  7. 7. 2. Barack Obama pleased the crowds on his recent India visit by quoting the words: “Senorita, bade bade deshon mein…” from DDLJ. This was also done because his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had uttered a famous movie line on his maiden American visit. What words did Modi say?
  8. 8. Answer Follows
  9. 9. Modi had uttered the iconic words from Star Wars: “May the force be with you.”
  10. 10. 3. The first documented use of the word X dates back to 1916, when it was used to describe performers who were known for doing crazy things like biting the heads of various small live animals or eating live insects and the like. These performances were thus known as “X shows”. This word itself came from a Low German word that meant a freak or a simpleton. Identify X.
  11. 11. Answer Follows
  12. 12. The word is Geek.
  13. 13. 4. Who is the founder of this record label?
  14. 14. Answer Follows
  15. 15. Akon
  16. 16. 5. According to the Hindu religion, this place was first created in the mind of Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth. As per Buddhism, this is where Queen Maya conceived Buddha. In Jainism, this is associated with the first Tirthankara Lord Shree Rishabhdev. What is being talked about here?
  17. 17. Answer Follows
  18. 18. Lake Mansarovar
  19. 19. 6. There was a 3 minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools’ Day 1957 by the BBC current-affairs program Panorama, purportedly showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting X from their family tree. At the time, X and its method of preparation was relatively little-known in the UK. A number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own X trees. Decades later, CNN called this broadcast “the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled.” Identify X.
  20. 20. Answer Follows
  21. 21. Spaghetti
  22. 22. 7. This is the picture of a device used by the Chinese in the early second century AD. What was its primary use?
  23. 23. Answer Follows
  24. 24. This “device” was used to detect earthquakes. The large container had water, and if it fell out from the dragons’ mouths, that indicated seismic vibrations.
  25. 25. 8. The following is an “exhaustive” list of people, currently in the news: Lincoln Chafee Martin O’Malley Bernie Sanders Joseph Biden Jim Webb X Identify X and complete this list.
  26. 26. Answer Follows
  27. 27. X = Hillary Clinton This is the list of the 2016 US President nominees.
  28. 28. 9. Identify the logo.
  29. 29. Answer Follows
  30. 30. – the initiative by Mark Zuckerberg.
  31. 31. 10. Identify this gentleman. He’s the only cricketer to play Test cricket for both India and England.
  32. 32. Answer Follows
  33. 33. Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi
  34. 34. 11. The woman in this photo is Shalini Singh, who is media-shy, contrary to her husband who makes “headlines” every few weeks. Who is the more famous husband?
  35. 35. Answer Follows
  36. 36. Yo-Yo Honey Singh
  37. 37. 12. As scary as it sounds, being buried alive was once a common occurrence. People who feared succumbing to such a fate were buried in special coffins that were connected to bells or chimes above the ground. At night, guards listened for any noise in case they had to dig up a living person. Which modern day English phrase has its origin from this rather unusual practice?
  38. 38. Answer Follows
  39. 39. The phrase is “saved by the bell” which means “escape from a difficult situation narrowly or by an unexpected intervention”.
  40. 40. Round 2: Business Direct: +10 Pass: +5 No negatives
  41. 41. 1. This firm was founded by Ashish Hemrajani, Parikshit Dar and Rajesh Balpande, all three alumni of Sydenham Institute of Management, Mumbai University. They had been working for J.W. Thompson, SPAR and Chatterjee Soros Group, respectively. In 2007, they officially came up with this firm, which almost every one of us knows about. Which firm?
  42. 42. Answer Follows
  43. 43.
  44. 44. 2. This is the Coat of Arms of a famous “entity” granted in 1698. Identify.
  45. 45. Answer Follows
  46. 46. The East India Company
  47. 47. 3. The Honest Company is a consumer goods company, co-founded by Brian Lee, Sean Kane, Christopher Gavigan and X that emphasizes non-toxic household products to supply the marketplace for ethical consumerism. Identify X, who is probably the most famous founder.
  48. 48. Answer Follows
  49. 49. Jessica Alba
  50. 50. 4. X owned a bakery in Alba, Piedmont, an area known for the production of hazelnuts, and initially sold a batch of 300 kilograms of Pasta Gianduja in 1946. This was originally a solid block, but X started to sell a “smoother” version in 1951 as Supercrema. How do we know this product today? I need the product and not X. If you know X, you know the product.
  51. 51. Answer Follows
  52. 52. X = Pietro Ferrero and the product is Nutella.
  53. 53. 5. Ram Sumiran Pal, Ram Niwas and Manoj Sharma were the infamous brains behind something that rocked India in 2011. What?
  54. 54. Answer Follows
  55. 55. The Speak Asia scam.
  56. 56. 6. What was special about this Fanta advertisement?
  57. 57. Answer Follows
  58. 58. This was apparently an “edible” print advertisement.
  59. 59. 7. In the modern business and start-up lingo, what does the term “sweat equity” mean?
  60. 60. Answer Follows
  61. 61. It means that the founder(s) and/or employees are paid in stocks and NOT in cash for all their hard- work (sweat and a few tears maybe).
  62. 62. 8. The name X is taken from the last line of a Chinese poem written during the time of the Song dynasty. The line goes as follows: “Having searched thousands of times in the crowd, suddenly turning back, she is there in the dimmest candlelight.” X literally means “hundreds of times” and represents the persistent search for the ideal. What is X?
  63. 63. Answer Follows
  64. 64. Baidu, the Chinese search engine.
  65. 65. 9. Identify these “not so gentle” men, who were in the news recently for their controversial statements about artificial insemination.
  66. 66. Answer Follows
  67. 67. Domencio Dolce and Stefano Gabbana
  68. 68. 10. Founded as an independent company in 1996, this firm was acquired by Amazon in 1999. Its name was chosen such that it represented the parallel between the largest repository of knowledge in the ancient world and the potential of the Internet to become a similar store of knowledge. Identify this firm.
  69. 69. Answer Follows
  70. 70. Alexa, inspired by the Library of Alexandria.
  71. 71. 11. Identify the “intelligent” advertiser.
  72. 72. Answer Follows
  73. 73. Monopoly
  74. 74. 12. Following her death in 2007, Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid her tribute by calling her “one of the country’s true pioneers” and an “inspiration to businesswomen”. He said: “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market.” Who is the lady in question?
  75. 75. Answer Follows
  76. 76. Anita Roddick, who founded The Body Shop.
  77. 77. Round 3: India Direct: +20/-5 Pass: +10/0
  78. 78. 1. What is this map representing?
  79. 79. Answer Follows
  80. 80. Silk Route
  81. 81. 2. The word X can be traced to the Persian word sanbosag. It supposedly originated in the Middle East prior to the 10th century. Abolfazl Beyhaqi, an Iranian historian mentioned it in his history Tarikh-e Beyhaghi. It was introduced to the Indian subcontinent in the 13th or 14th century by traders from the Middle East. What is being talked about here?
  82. 82. Answer Follows
  83. 83. Samosa
  84. 84. 3. What was the name of this recent rescue operation?
  85. 85. Answer Follows
  86. 86. Operation Raahat
  87. 87. 4. Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, the founders of X, are two IIT Bombay graduates. Bhavish worked for Microsoft 2 years and then started an online company to sell short duration tours and holidays. While running that business for a couple of months, he took a car rental and had a very bad experience. This experience inspired him to start X, where he was joined by Ankit. Identify X.
  88. 88. Answer Follows
  89. 89. Ola Cabs
  90. 90. 5. The word X has been in use in English since the 1870s, replacing the word gammadion from Greek origin. It was loaned from a Sanskrit term meaning “any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote auspiciousness, or any piece of luck or well-being”. However, it is stigmatized in some of the Western countries. Identify X.
  91. 91. Answer Follows
  92. 92. Swastika
  93. 93. 6. Which city in India gets its name after this goddess and the famous temple built in her honour?
  94. 94. Answer Follows
  95. 95. Mumbai, named after Mumba Devi.
  96. 96. 7. Developed by a team of Bengaluru based techies, Dwingloo was first tried in the Karnataka state-run FlyBus service between Mysore and Bengaluru airport. The start-up, Dwingloo Technologies, believes that its product is best suited for countries like India. What exactly does this product do?
  97. 97. Answer Follows
  98. 98. The box, called Dwingloo, acts as a modem and streams videos into your smartphone at zero data cost.
  99. 99. 8. A little risqué for its time. Identify the advertiser.
  100. 100. Answer Follows
  101. 101. Bombay Dyeing
  102. 102. 9. According to Hindu mythology, there are only four people to have heard the Bhagwad Gita from Krishna and seen his Vishvarupa (universal) form. Three of these were Arjuna, Sanjaya and Barbarika, son of Ghatotkacha. Who was the fourth one?
  103. 103. Answer Follows
  104. 104. Hanuman
  105. 105. 10. In Iran, from which the word X ultimately originated, it does not carry any special significance, as it is merely the generic word for any kind of bread. The earliest appearance of this word in English is from 1810, in a travelogue of William Tooke. X’s current spelling first attested in 1979, has since become the normal English spelling. Identify X, which is really popular in India.
  106. 106. Answer Follows
  107. 107. Naan
  108. 108. 11. Identify this man, who holds a key position in one of the top technology firms in the world.
  109. 109. Answer Follows
  110. 110. Sundar Pichai, who handles Android, Chrome and Apps at Google.
  111. 111. 12. What supposedly controversial word, comes from the Sanskrit word for “faithful wife”?
  112. 112. Answer Follows
  113. 113. Sati
  114. 114. Round 4: Entertainment Direct: +20/-5 Pass: +10/0
  115. 115. 1. Consider the following three movie roles: Nolan Hayes in Hours (2013) Damien Collier in Brick Mansions (2014) X in Y (2015) Identify X and Y. Give funda.
  116. 116. Answer Follows
  117. 117. X = Brian O’Connor, Y = Furious 7 Funda being the characters portrayed by Paul Walker in movies released after his demise.
  118. 118. 2. Which classic “gangster” movie is based on this book?
  119. 119. Answer Follows
  120. 120. Goodfellas
  121. 121. 3. He was born in Mumbai to Jagjit Singh Bhavnani and Anju Bhavnani. He dropped his original surname, since he felt that the name would have been “too long”, thus downplaying his brand as a “saleable commodity”. He worked for a few years in advertising as a copywriter, with agencies like O&M and JWT. He then worked as an assistant director, but left it to pursue acting. How do we know him better?
  122. 122. Answer Follows
  123. 123. Ranveer Singh
  124. 124. 4. Identify the three “legends” from the movie industry. Part points applicable.
  125. 125. Answer Follows
  126. 126. From L-R: Akiro Kurosawa, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas
  127. 127. 5. Thomas Geoffrey Fowler was a failed writer, an American-Nazi father who was also physically and sexually abusive. He collected Nazi memorabilia and claimed that the Holocaust never happened. His son, X has managed to use these painful experiences as a means to help create deeply interesting and dynamic characters. In most of his interviews, X generally averts questions relating to his private life. Identify X.
  128. 128. Answer Follows
  129. 129. Kevin Spacey
  130. 130. 6. The upcoming Hindi movie “Brothers” is an adaptation of which Hollywood movie?
  131. 131. Answer Follows
  132. 132. Warrior
  133. 133. 7. Simply identify.
  134. 134. Answer Follows
  135. 135. Eddie Redmayne
  136. 136. 8. Chadwick Aaron Boseman is an American actor, screenwriter, and playwright. He is best known for portraying Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013) and James Brown in Get On Up (2014). What major role has he been chosen for, that will supposedly make him famous?
  137. 137. Answer Follows
  138. 138. He is playing Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting from Civil War (2016).
  139. 139. 9. Look at the following list and identify X. Also give the funda. Uttam Kumar (1967) Satindra Bhattacharya (1974) Subhrajit Dutta (2009) Abir Chatterjee (2010, 2012) Sujoy Ghosh (2013) Dhritiman Chatterjee (2015) X (2015)
  140. 140. Answer Follows
  141. 141. X = Sushant Singh Rajput Funda is actors who have played Byomkesh Bakshi in mainstream movies.
  142. 142. 10. Nothing Lasts Forever is a 1979 novel. It was adapted into screenplay for Frank Sinatra to star in, but after he declined, the script was rewritten as a standalone film. Which classic movie of the 80s, that later spawned many sequels is based on this book? IMAGE FOLLOWS
  143. 143. Answer Follows
  144. 144. Die Hard
  145. 145. 11. Launched only in 2014, which is the most watched branded web series in the world?
  146. 146. Answer Follows
  147. 147. Permanent Roommates, launched by TVF Productions.
  148. 148. 12. Who played the role of The Green Hornet’s sidekick Kato in the 1966 TV series The Green Hornet? LARGER IMAGE FOLLOWS
  149. 149. Answer Follows
  150. 150. Bruce Lee
  151. 151. Round 5: Mixed Bag 2 Choose your level beforehand. Two chances on each question. +30/-15 +20/-10 +10/-5 +5/0 Pass: +10/0 (Irrespective of the value of the chosen level)
  152. 152. 1. This “image” recently became really popular on the Internet. Identify.
  153. 153. Answer Follows
  154. 154. First ever coloured photograph of Pluto.
  155. 155. 2. This is the logo of something that gets hyped every year. Identify.
  156. 156. Answer Follows
  157. 157. Cannes Film Festival
  158. 158. 3. The Art in Island Museum in Philippines is the first of its kind in the world as it promotes its visitors to do a particular activity. What nickname has thus been given to this museum?
  159. 159. Answer Follows
  160. 160. This is the world’s first “selfie” museum.
  161. 161. 4. A theory that became prevalent in the late 19th century and has since gained momentum is that the name X derives from the name of one of the Hindu deities. The Italian traveler Niccolò de' Conti mentioned the word X, which meant “Island of Gold”. Identify X.
  162. 162. Answer Follows
  163. 163. Andaman, apparently derived from Hanuman.
  164. 164. 5. There are only three recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band. If Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney are two of these artists, then who is the third one?
  165. 165. Answer Follows
  166. 166. Phil Collins
  167. 167. 6. This cricketer holds the ODI record for most fours in an innings. Also, he’s tied with two other players for the ODI record for most sixes in an innings. Identify this cricketer.
  168. 168. Answer Follows
  169. 169. Rohit Sharma
  170. 170. 7. Her name is Erika Mitchell, better known by her pen name X. In 2012, Time magazine named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People”. How do we know her better?
  171. 171. Answer Follows
  172. 172. E L James
  173. 173. 8. A group of Shamans in San Juan Chamula, Mexico, believe that X heals worshipers. They believe that since X induces burping, it releases evil from the soul. Every group involved in ritual practice had X with them and took it in quantities almost as if they were taking a medicine. Identify X.
  174. 174. Answer Follows
  175. 175. Coca Cola
  176. 176. 9. Before the days of trains or cars, port cities that thrived on trade suffered during winters because frozen rivers prevented commercial ships from entering the city. So, smaller ships known as X would rescue these larger ships by creating a path for them to follow. In today’s times, before any type of business arrangement, it is now customary to __________ before beginning a project. Fill in the blank and complete this phrase that has its origins from the names of these ships.
  177. 177. Answer Follows
  178. 178. The smaller ships were known as “Ice-breakers” and the phrase is “to break the ice”.
  179. 179. 10. Adam Richard Wiles, born 17 January 1984, better known by his stage name X is a Scottish singer, songwriter and record producer. According to Forbes, he was the highest paid person in his profession both in 2013 and 2014. How do we know him better?
  180. 180. Answer Follows
  181. 181. Calvin Harris
  182. 182. 11. This is a recent example of a Twitter celeb-fight, when X had a word with John Legere, CEO of T- Mobile. Identify X. MORE IMAGES FOLLOW
  183. 183. Answer Follows
  184. 184. Donald Trump
  185. 185. 12. The man in the pic (on the next slide) is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers. He holds the NBA record for the highest points per game average in a playoff series with 46.3. He was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996. How has he been “immortalized” in sports history?
  186. 186. Answer Follows
  187. 187. This is Jerry West, whose silhouette has been used for the NBA logo.
  188. 188. Thank you, folks. Feedback welcome!