Siddharth's Quiz, February '09


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Siddharth's Quiz, February '09

  1. 1. QUIZ Siddhartha Gorantla
  2. 2. Question 1 Roman Courts had men swearing not on the Bible but on "their" _______. This lead to a word used regularly in the legal context. Give that too.
  3. 3. Answer 1 <ul><li>Testicles. The word is testify or testimony. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Question 2 <ul><li>One of his legendary team mates called him the best batsman he ever saw. Another says he could probably have been the greatest batsman to have ever played for his country. His batting career graph is shown. Name him. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Answer 2 <ul><li>Lawrence Rowe </li></ul>
  6. 6. Question 3 John Pearce in “Why X says Y is catholic”, National Catholic register (Jan 12 -19, 2003) At its most profound level, Y is a sublimely mystical passion play. The carrying of _____ — the emblem of sin — is the carrying of the cross. This is the ultimate applicability of Y — that we have to lose our life in order to gain it; that unless we die we cannot live; that we must all take up our cross and follow him. All of this would be deducible from the story itself but X makes the parallel even more explicit. &quot;I should say,&quot; he wrote, explaining the final climactic moments, &quot;that within the mode of the story [it] exemplifies (an aspect of) the familiar words: 'Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.'&quot; As if this were not enough to silence those sceptics who obstinately refuse to acknowledge the overriding Christian dimension in Y , X makes it even more unmistakable, and unavoidable, in the fact that the climactic attempt to..blah blah… occurred on &quot;the twenty-fifth of March.&quot; The significance of this date will not escape the attention of Catholic scholars, though it is certainly overlooked all too often by X's non-Christian admirers. Tom Shippey, an Anglo-Saxon scholar , states in his book that in &quot;Anglo-Saxon belief, and in European popular tradition both before and after that, March 25 is the date of the Crucifixion.&quot; It is also, of course, the Feast of the Annunciation, the celebration of the absolute centre of all history as the moment when God himself became incarnate as man.
  7. 7. Answer 3 <ul><li>X: J.R.R.Tolkien </li></ul><ul><li>Y: The Lord of the Rings </li></ul>
  8. 8. Question 4 <ul><li>Back in the 18th century, Eton College had a grammar book which </li></ul><ul><li>listed a set of words from Latin which all meant &quot;of little or no </li></ul><ul><li>value&quot;. As a joke, somebody put all four of these together and </li></ul><ul><li>created a new word. The first recorded use is by William </li></ul><ul><li>Shenstone in 1741. What word? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Answer 4 <ul><li>Floccinaucinihilipilification </li></ul>
  10. 10. Question 5 <ul><li>Newport Casino </li></ul><ul><li>Forest hills </li></ul><ul><li>Germantown Cricket Club </li></ul><ul><li>Forest Hills </li></ul><ul><li>??? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Answer 5 <ul><li>Flushing Meadows </li></ul>
  12. 12. Question 6
  13. 13. Answer 6 <ul><li>Richard Gere, George Clooney and LeBron James: the only three men to appear on the front cover of Vogue magazine. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Question 7 <ul><li>The town is about 80 miles southwest of Denver. A peculiarity is that it is almost always winter there and usually snow on the ground. The town flag was changed from the racist image of white people lynching a black man, to a politically correct one featuring a black man being lynched by people of all races and nationalities, including another black man. Name the town. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Answer 7 <ul><li>Southpark! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Question 8 <ul><li>Peace is a lie, there is only passion. </li></ul><ul><li>Through passion, I gain strength. </li></ul><ul><li>Through strength, I gain power. </li></ul><ul><li>Through power, I have victory. </li></ul><ul><li>Through victory, my chains are broken. </li></ul><ul><li>__________ shall free me </li></ul><ul><li>Whose code? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Answer 8 <ul><li>This is the Sith Code. The last line is, “ The force shall set me free. ” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Question 9 Identify the book
  19. 19. Answer 9 <ul><li>Guidebook to Enigma coding. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Question 10 <ul><li>Ad for which company? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Answer 10 <ul><li>Tata Airlines (Not Air India!) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Question 11 <ul><li>What does this map of Bombay represent? </li></ul>
  23. 23. Answer 11 <ul><li>Division of the city by underworld dons. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Question 12 What two word phrase thus entered sporting lexicon?
  25. 25. Answer 12 <ul><li>Phantom Punch </li></ul>
  26. 26. Question 13 <ul><li>What did the father create using the son as the model ? </li></ul>
  27. 27. Answer 13 <ul><li>The logo of Dreamworks SKG </li></ul><ul><li>Notice the background. The logo itself has been blacked out for obvious reasons. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Question 14 <ul><li>Identify the pair. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Answer 14 <ul><li>Rafael and Tony Nadal. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Question 15 In 1912 Walter Deubner was looking for a way to give his business a boost. He invented a product that helped his customers go from buying in 10 pound quantities to buying in 75 pound quantities. What was his invention?
  31. 31. Answer 15 <ul><li>The shopping bag </li></ul>
  32. 32. Question 16 An unimaginative ad for which product?
  33. 33. Answer 16 <ul><li>Bournville </li></ul>
  34. 34. Question 17 <ul><li>Australian ex-test cricketer Mike Whitney said ,&quot;I'm the only cricketer to take a hat-trick with 2 balls.&quot; Why? </li></ul>
  35. 35. Answer 17 <ul><li>His wife gave birth to triplets. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Question 18 <ul><li>This word was first coined during World War II to mean a powerful bomb which could destroy large parts of the city. Its most popular usage, however is in an entirely different field. What? </li></ul>
  37. 37. Answer 18 <ul><li>Blockbuster </li></ul>
  38. 38. Question 19
  39. 39. Answer 19 <ul><li>A highly controversial list of the 8 most influential people in history. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Question 20 <ul><li>Among others, their name has also been attributed to this quote, although it’s generally believed that they came across this one later: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;We now return our souls to the creator, as we stand on the edge of eternal darkness. Let our chant fill the void in order that others may know. In the land of the night the ship of the sun is drawn by the ______________&quot; </li></ul>
  41. 41. Answer 20 <ul><li>The Grateful Dead </li></ul>
  42. 42. Question 21 <ul><li>A slightly modified version of the original article that appeared in the New York times on 16 th February, 1992: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;We want to make sure that when it comes Tuesday, February 18th, that you all go out there and help the President and pump up his vote,&quot; Mr. X told a crowd in a school gymnasium that got to its feet, cheered, whistled, squealed and generally gave him a much bigger ovation than it granted the President. 'Send a Message to Pat' </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I want you to vote, and at the same time send a message to Congress,&quot; said Mr. X, who is chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. &quot;At the same time, send a message to Pat Buchanan: _____________&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Identify X and fill in the blank with an immortal phrase </li></ul>
  43. 43. Answer 21 <ul><li>X; Arnold Schwarzenegger. </li></ul><ul><li>The blank: Hasta la Vista, baby. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Question 22 <ul><li>It is believed that in Medieval France, upon gaining employment a workman would carry his implements in a bag made of sheepskin or leather and carry it to work on the first day. Upon completing the days work, he would deposit this bag with his employer for safe keeping as it would be quite cumbersome to carry the bag to work everyday. This practice has given rise to a phrase in the English language. What phrase? </li></ul>
  45. 45. Answer 22 <ul><li>A bag is called a sac in French. When the worker was fired, his sac was returned. Hence the phrase getting the sack or getting sacked. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Question 23 <ul><li>What did this guy inspire in the world of comics? </li></ul>
  47. 47. Answer 23 <ul><li>Calvin’s father in Calvin and Hobbes . The guy is Bill Waterson himself. Calvin’s father’s character was based on Waterson’s own while his features were based on those of Waterson. </li></ul>
  48. 48. Question 24 The British launched a massive operation to defend Gibraltar during World War II. One of the planners named a house he built in Jamaica after this operation. Name him, and name his house.
  49. 49. Answer 24 <ul><li>Ian Fleming; Goldeneye </li></ul>
  50. 50. Question 25 <ul><li>Everyone knows what a litmus test is. What’s a Titmus test? </li></ul>
  51. 51. Answer 25 <ul><li>The ICC’s test to check whether a bowler’s action is satisfactory </li></ul>
  52. 52. Question 26 <ul><li>His invention was subtitled “Ars artium omnium conservatrix” meaning “The Art Preservative of all the Arts”. Who and what invention? </li></ul>
  53. 53. Answer 26 <ul><li>Johanes Gutenberg; The Printing Press </li></ul>
  54. 54. Question 27 <ul><li>&quot;I am happy to greet the geniuses who made me a born-again writer, having announced my retirement in 1978, I now have six books in the works and two probables, all through …..X&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Arthur C. Clarke made the above remarks on meeting Rubenstein and Barnaby. Identify “X”? </li></ul>
  55. 55. Answer 27 <ul><li>The Typewriter </li></ul>
  56. 56. Question 28 <ul><li>&quot;When I first heard X’s voice I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.” </li></ul><ul><li>Name X and the speaker. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Answer 28 <ul><li>Bob Dylan on Elvis Presley. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Question 29 <ul><li>X is an important oil producing area in South-east Turkey, and has the country's oldest refinery, established in 1955. There is also a regional airport. Recently, the mayor of the province’s capital placed the blame for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on the psychological impact that Y had on the city's inhabitants and began looking into the possibility of legal action. Identify X and Y. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  59. 59. Answer 29 <ul><li>X: Batman </li></ul><ul><li>Y: The Dark Knight </li></ul>
  60. 60. Question 30 <ul><li>It was originally meant to be used in the Broadway version of V.S. Naipaul’s “A house for Mr. Biswas”. What? </li></ul>
  61. 61. Answer 30 <ul><li>The James Bond tune </li></ul>