Quizzes set by
T N Avinash
• 4 rounds of quizzing
• 2 rounds of 8 questions each + 2 written rounds
• No bounce, but you can pounce
• +10 points for correct answer on direct/pass
• +10 if correct on pounce; -5 if you get it wrong
Guidelines for the quiz
Chaprah is a pungent chutney unique to the Bastar region of
Chhattisgarh, that is made of __X__s. The name translates to
“a leaf basket” and is a reference to the nests that __X__s
make with the leaves of the sal tree.
A similar dish, called Demta, the word for __X__ in the local
Mundari language, is also found in Jharkhand.
What is X?
She spoke at the United Nations General Assembly
X is derived from the Sanskrit words meaning “wanderer of the
forest”, while the word Y is derived from the Sanskrit lavana,
meaning salt, a product that these people (Y) were well known
for transporting across the country.
Identify both X and Y.
The Destruction of _______ and Herculaneum is a large 1822
painting by English artist John Martin.
The Last Day of _______ is another large painting by Karl Bryullov
produced in 1830–1833.
Based on these paintings, identify the place X.
The general consensus is that the Swiss company Nestlé was
the first to develop XY commercially in 1936.
The story is that it was a way to use up excess milk powder
that had been produced for World War I, and was no longer in
demand. Although it is made from cocoa butter, sugar and milk
solids, many argue that it isn’t really Y as it doesn’t have
everything that a Y would usually have.
What is XY?
In 2013 Sriharsha Majety and Nandan Reddy designed an e-
commerce website called Bundl to facilitate courier services
and ship goods within India. However they soon had to shut
shop, and so decided to start afresh with a different venture.
With the help of Rahul Jaimini they founded the company X,
one whose services aren’t that different from Bundl’s.
Identify this company X.
The First Emperor of the Roman Empire (27 BCE – 14 CE)
thought of himself as being equally important as his maternal
grand-uncle and hence wanted ‘something’ named after him
to be of the same length as the preceding ‘something’ which
was named after the grand-uncle.
This is the often told story (though incorrect) behind a
discrepancy in the pattern of something we all use & change
once a year.
What is the discrepancy we’re talking about?
“War not determine who right. War determine who left.”
“Man with feet firmly planted on the ground have trouble
putting on his pants.”
“Man who run behind car get exhausted.”
“Man who sit a sharp nail, get the point”
“If you cut yourself while shaving, you lose face.”
These are some punny sayings (wrongly & intentionally so)
attributed to/in the style of which Chinese philosopher?
Photograph taken in 1947 at a meeting between Pt. Jawaharlal
Nehru (extreme right), the defense minister Baldev Singh
(extreme left) and two other men.
The person in the military uniform was the last king of this
region, and the one to his left, wearing the cap, went on to
become the Prime Minister of that region.
Identify either of the two men.
2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the
development of Lithium ion batteries”
John B. Goodenough
The late Girish Karnad wrote 3 plays in Kannada based on 3
episodes in Karnataka’s history that he found most fascinating.
1990’s Taledanda was about the rise of a religious movement in
the 12th century, and Tipu Sultan Kanda Kanasu was, well, about
the 18th century king Tipu Sultan. His final play, Rakshasa
Tangadi, was about a 16th century event that had consequences
outside of Karnataka too.
What religious movement was the basis of Taledanda?
What specific event was Rakshasa Tangadi about?
Rise of Sharana movement (Lingayatism)
Battle of Talikota
(also called Battle of Rakkasa-Tangadi)
Also accept Fall of Vijayanagar empire
In the 1860s post-operative moratality rate was >90% - doctors
operated in street clothes with bare hands, used sawdust lifted
from the floor in surgical dressings, instruments weren’t
sterilized etc. All this changed when Joseph Lister pioneered
sanitary operating room procedures.
Lister later gave a speech in Philadelphia in 1876, expressing his
ideas on germs, but the audience wasn’t interested. Except for
one chemist named Joseph Lawrence, who came up with a
What product did Joseph Lawrence create?
To spot instances of plagiarism, organisations that compile original
reference works often include fictitious entries so that they can spot
who has copied their work as-is. For example, map-makers have been
known to include fictitious places in their maps. Such entries are
known by many names: phantom settlements, trap streets,
cartographer's follies or _____ _____.
_____ _____ is also the name of a YA novel by John Green (Fault in Our
Stars) that was made into a 2015 movie starring Cara Delevingne.
Fill in the blanks.
____ of Croton lived in ancient Greece (6th century BCE) and was
renowned for his strength, athletic prowess & military
accomplishments. A six-time Olympic winner, he is reputed have
been able to easily carry a bull on his shoulders, and burst a band
around his head by merely inflating the veins in his
Referred to in the works of Shakespeare and Alexandre Dumas, his
name is now associated with a product that always shows children
engaged in some sort of sporting activity on its packaging.
The track is based off a tune for an ode used in the finale of (probably)
the most famous symphony composed. Who was the composer?
It now is also the anthem for a multi-national entity. Which entity?
5 questions, again based on comics
+10 for each, no negatives
+15 bonus if you get all five correct
Set during the Golden Age of
comics, this novel tells the tale of
two Jewish cartoonists who create
various superhero characters. It was
directly inspired by the story of Jerry
Siegel & Joe Schuster, who sold the
rights to their creation for a paltry
$100, never saw the riches they
deserved & went unacknowledged
for several decades.
What iconic character did they
Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo is set in
16th – 18th century Japan, with
anthropomorphic animals replacing
all humans. His hero is a rōnin who
roams the land on a warrior’s
pilgrimage, occasionally taking on
the role of a bodyguard.
If ‘Yojimbo’ refers to his job, what does
the word ‘Usagi’ mean?
Two comic book characters
drawn in the style of two
other comic characters.
Identify both pairs of
(5 points for each pair)
Eric Shanower’s Age of Bronze is a
faithful (both archeologically & to
literary tradition) retelling of a story
described in many epics.
2018 graphic novel exploring the
current plight of undocumented
immigrants into Europe.
The writer is more familiar for a
series of SF/F novels featuring a
teen-aged criminal mastermind
who tangles with fairies, dwarfs,
leprechauns, centaurs etc.
Who is the writer?