Name:      ____________________________________________________________Category:              College             OpenInst...
In the DC Multiverse, the Riddler has an antimatter counterpart who 1.    makes up for his lack of superpowers with his in...
When Robert Clive wished to pay thanks for his victory in the Battle       of Plassey, he was unable to do so in a Church ...
_______ is a Russian wartime song, composed in 1938, about a girl      longing for her beloved, who is away on military se...
Extract from the song ―Skull Beneath The Skin‖       ‖Prepare the patients scalp            To peel away            Metal ...
Before he was born, his parents had three sons and a daughter, with       all three boys dying in their infancy. Fearing a...
The ______ effect refers to the phenomenon in which the greater the       expectation placed on people, often children or ...
X emerged as the lead character in Hogans Alley, drawn by Richard      F. Outcault. X was a bald, snaggle-toothed boy who ...
In an 1865 speech in Oakland, California, Rev. W. B. Brown of New      Jersey, in a satirical reference to a famous phrase...
An army of 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150       cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buri...
Probably the greatest Brazilian footballer to have never won a World       Cup, he was described as the most rugged footba...
A photo album with pictures of X was recently discovered in Y‘s       compound. During X‘s visit to Y‘s country, Y present...
Give one word:            In Cambridge, a student who has completed the third year of               the mathematical trip...
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  1. 1. Name: ____________________________________________________________Category: College OpenInstitution: _______________________________________________________Phone No.: _________________ Email: ________________________________  90 minutes, 120 questions  *s settle ties  No negative marking  No electronic media, phones OFFTotal: *s:
  2. 2. In the DC Multiverse, the Riddler has an antimatter counterpart who 1. makes up for his lack of superpowers with his incredibly high IQ and knowledge of almost all disciplines. What‘s he called? It used to be the principal port for Yemens capital Sanaa and famous for being the major marketplace for coffee. Coffee beans 2. from here continue to be prized for their distinctive flavor—and remain so even today. In 1998, Page & Brin went to attend the Burning Man festival. What 3. did they do to indicate their absence from office? 4. Campanology is the study of which musical instrument? She was the personification of memory in Greek mythology. This titaness was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus and the mother of the 5. nine Muses by Zeus. Either name her or a word she has given us. You surely remember this. This book, the sequel to the famous Three Men in a Boat, brings back the three companions, this time on a bicycle tour through the 6. German Black Forest. It is called Three Men on the ________. A German word please. The Greeks referred to this Indian region as Pentapotamia. In the 7. sacred text of Zoroastrians, this region is associated with the ancient Land of Seven Rivers. The British called it "Our Prussia." What dish takes its name from the past participle of a Spanish word 8. meaning "season (or decorate) with chili"? A pun on a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage 9. from 264 to 146 BC is used to describe the rivalry between two adult magazines during the 60s and 70s. Name both. He was born in New York City to Russian Jewish immigrants. He was raised on the familys farm. He grew up to become the largest10.* milk producer in Sullivan County, New York. Famous for an important contribution (literally so) in the music field. Identify. This poet makes an appearance in the 1990 alternative history novel The Difference Engine, which also features Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, who also happens to be his only legitimate child in11. real life. In a Britain powered by the mechanical computers of Charles Babbage, he is leader of the Industrial Radical Party, eventually becoming Prime Minister. What word, common in Bharatanatyam, comes from Tamil for12. climbing a raised platform? This film begins with images of camera equipment and projectors lighting up and projecting brief cinematic glimpses, including a crucifixion, an erect penis, clips from a comedic silent-film reel and13. the slaughter of a lamb. The last glimpse features a boy who wakes up in a hospital, reading Lermontovs A Hero of Our Time, and caressing the blurry images of two female faces. Give one word that connects:  A taxon that disappears from one or more periods of a fossil record, only to appear again later.14.  The phenomenon of seeing an unusable semiconductor detector fix itself at cryogenic temperatures.  The unexpected return of spontaneous circulation after resuscitation has been abandoned. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 1
  3. 3. When Robert Clive wished to pay thanks for his victory in the Battle of Plassey, he was unable to do so in a Church because the only church in Calcutta at that time was destroyed by Siraj-ud-Daulah.15. What was organised for the first time by Raja Nabakrishna Deb of the Shobhabazar Rajbari of Calcutta in honour of Lord Clive in the year 1757? When he was thirteen, his mother committed suicide by drowning in the river. It is claimed that he was there when her body was retrieved16.* and saw her face covered by her dress, which is believed to have inspired one of his famous paintings. It is a 1953 Merrie Melodies cartoon by Chuck Jones, featuring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd. It is widely considered among Jones best and most important films. Its naming is possibly17.* inspired by a concept made famous by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, illustrating the difference between ‗Seeing that‘ and ‗seeing as‘. This game uses a special glove that extends into a long pointed curved basket. Hence it is called cesta-punta in Spanish meaning18. edged basket. It is considered the fastest sport in the world because of the ball speed. It features in the 1982 cult film Tron. This animal has the largest brain among all animals. It gets its name19. from a milky-white waxy substance found in its head, which is used in cosmetics, leatherworking, and lubricants. X was a gaily decorated cap, usually with a number of loose peaks tipped with bells, formerly worn by court jesters and clowns. In the20. 18th century folio-sized paper had a watermark of an X on it, and thus a paper of that size has now come to be known as Y. Give Y. The ending of the Tintin comic The Castafiore Emerald is inspired21. by the name of which Rossini opera? X is a cylindrical cigar with both ends clipped during manufacture, popular as an inexpensive substitute to cigars. The word X comes22. from Tamil ‗shuruttu‘- meaning roll. This word was absorbed into the French language from Tamil during the 18th century and thence into English. Identify X. What was the name given to the supposed sunken landmass connecting Madagascar, South India and Australia which has been23. identified by some historians with ‗Lemuria‘, a hypothetical lost continent posited in 19th century to account for biogeographical discontinuities? She was a mathematician, physicist, and author most famous for translating Newtons Principia into French. She predicted the existence of infrared radiation and also showed that the energy of a24.* moving object is proportional to the square of its velocity. Voltaire, one of her lovers described her as ―a great man whose only fault was being a woman.‖ X was a 1966 movie by Y about a photographer who accidentally photographs a murder in a park. This plot element was repeated in25. the Hindi movie Jaane bhi do yaaron, and in tribute to X the park where the murder happens was called Y Park. Gimme X & Y. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 2
  4. 4. _______ is a Russian wartime song, composed in 1938, about a girl longing for her beloved, who is away on military service. _______ is26. a tender diminutive from the female name Ekaterina. ________ also gave its name to the BM-8, BM-13, and BM-31 rocket launchers that were fielded by the Red Army in WWII. Born in Germany, his father was a prize-winning gymnast of Greek ancestry, and his mother worked as a naturopath. His surname led to27. him being taunted at school for killing Christ. He developed what he called Contrology, a method which he believed uses the mind to control the muscles. It is an alternative alphabet for the English language that is used primarily on the Internet. It uses various combinations of ASCII28. characters to replace Latinate letters. One theory is that it was developed to defeat text filters created to discourage the discussion of forbidden topics, like cracking and hacking. This surname usually refers to members of the Kshatriya caste from the hills of Nepal. They are the largest caste group in Nepal,29. comprising about 15.5% of the total population. It is a colloquial derivative of the word kshatriya. X is a food spread made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer- brewing. The product took its name from the French term for a large,30. covered earthenware or metal cooking pot. X was originally supplied in earthenware pots, but since the 1920s has primarily been sold in glass jars that approximate the shape of such pots. Hemlock water dropwort was a neurotoxic plant used for the ritual killing of elderly people in pre-Roman X. These people were intoxicated with this herb and then dropped from a high rock or31. beaten to death. Y is a commonly used two word phrase, which was apparently used to describe their countenances when this happened. X is a present day Italian province. Give Y. This German mathematician is credited with the modern formal definition of a function, apart from other achievements. His surname32. is derived from French for "the youth from Richelette" as his family was from a small community called Richelette in Belgium. Martin Lahart, Samuel Seager, Bernard Cloonan, Lyle Chapman, William Gardner and others, led by X were charged with bringing33. down Al Capone. They came to be known as ‗Y‘ for their legendary courage and incorruptibility. Identify X and Y. This was an extremely sought-after role during this movie‘s making with even Eleanor Roosevelt writing to David Selznick to let her34. maid play the role. The woman X who played it won an Oscar for it, thus achieving a certain first. Identify X. This club is based in the capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan. Due to Islamic insurgency, the players train in Moscow and have to35. travel 2,000 km to play their home games. It has come into the spotlight with the recent signing of Samuel Etoo. Name. It is one of the Mahavakyas in Vedanta. It originally occurs in the Chandogya Upanishad in the dialogue between Uddalaka and his36. son Śvetaketu. It can be translated as ‗Thou art that‘ and influenced the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and is mentioned throughout his book, The World as Will and Representation. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 3
  5. 5. Extract from the song ―Skull Beneath The Skin‖ ‖Prepare the patients scalp To peel away Metal caps his ears Hell hear not what we say37. Solid steel visor Riveted across his eyes Iron staples close his jaws So no one hears his cries‖ Who is being described here? X is a method of extraction, by boiling, of dissolved chemicals, or herbal or plant material. It involves first mashing, and then boiling in38. water to extract chemical substances. X is also the name for the resulting fluid. In South India, this word is used for a certain drink prepared in a certain manner. The Island of Port Lligat is located at the entrance of a small bay in Catalonia, Spain. A famous painter lived here and both the bay and39. the island have been represented in several of his paintings as a rocky landscape background. Identify painter. This educator and librarian was a supporter of spelling reform. He was also active in arranging the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake40. Placid. Most famous for introducing a new system for something, which he devised by improving on something first outlined by Sir Francis Bacon. She was the last of the postwar conventional aircraft carriers commissioned into the Royal Navy. Served as one of four Royal41.* Navy strike carriers mainly in the Indian Ocean area until 1970 and was made the flagship of the British forces during the Falkland wars. Paid off in 1985 and refitted and sold to another navy. This word derives from the inaccurate reading of the Arabic expression samt ar-ras, meaning ―direction of the head‖, by42. Medieval Latin scribes. It was incorrectly reduced to ‗samt‘ ("direction"), and later, via Old French and Middle English, gained its current form. Whats the word? In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship is a portent of doom. This legend has influenced various works, including supposedly43. Coleridges The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and the opera X by Richard Wagner. X is also a nickname given to various sportspersons from a particular country. In 1742 Pierre Martel visited a valley in the Alps. He attributed the dispersal of erratic boulders to the fact that the glaciers had once44. extended much farther. This was followed by research expeditions by various scientists and eventually led to Louis Agassizs ___ ___ theory. This word, now used mainly in an informal context to mean intense criticism, is an abbreviation from the German ‗Flugabwehrkanone‘45. meaning (anti-)aircraft defense cannon, possibly as a metaphor derived from intense bursts of fire from the same. Identify It is a medium blue-green color. It is named after a member of the duck family, whose eyes are surrounded by the color. The post-200446. redesigned version of the United States $100 bill features this as its primary background color. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 4
  6. 6. Before he was born, his parents had three sons and a daughter, with all three boys dying in their infancy. Fearing a curse that targeted male children, he was brought up as a girl for the first few years of47. his life, including being made to wear a nose-ring, because of which he came to be called by a certain nickname. This nickname stuck and he is still famous by this name. Who? Also known as Japanese horseradish, this plant is a member of the family which includes cabbages and mustard. Its root is used as a48. condiment and has an extremely strong flavor which is a result of complex chemical mixtures from the broken cells of the rhizome. What is it commonly known as? It is a term for a motivating element in a story that is used to drive the plot and serves no further purpose. The term was popularized by49.* Alfred Hitchcock, who described it as ―In crook stories it is almost always the necklace and in spy stories it is most always the papers". A Scottish name gives you the answer. Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves,50. And the mome raths outgrabe. The first stanza of which famous poem of nonsense verse written by Lewis Caroll as part of his novel ―Through the Looking Glass‖? ―________ charges‖ was the term applied to human wave attacks by the infantry of the losing Imperial Japanese Army during the WWII51. when surrender or death were the only options. The Japanese word ________ literally means ―Ten thousand years‖ and is a common exhortation of long life or celebration in Japan. This word is the feminine passive past participle of a French verb meaning ―to melt‖. It is used as a noun and was first attested in52. French in 1735, in Vincent la Chapelle‘s ―Cuisinier Moderne‖. Today used to describe dishes where food is dipped into a communal pot of hot liquid. He was a general of the Russian army during the Napoleonic Wars. He features in Tolstoy‘s War and Peace. He led the left wing at the Battle of Borodino, where he constructed a number of fleches. He53.* was mortally wounded in this battle. An operation in WW2 which cleared the German forces from Belorussian SSR and eastern Poland is named after him. The term "XY" might have originated in Pennsylvania in 1888, when an Act raised the states fee for a saloon license. Kate Hester refused to pay the new license fee and wanted to keep from drawing54. attention to her illegal business. So when her customers got too rowdy, she would hush them by whispering, "X Y, boys! X Y!". Give XY. Give one word for:  The British English term for a high spiral slide  A song from the album ―The Beatles‖ (better known as The55. White Album)  The term given by Charles Manson for an apocalyptic war which he believed would arise between whites and blacks. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 5
  7. 7. The ______ effect refers to the phenomenon in which the greater the expectation placed on people, often children or students and56. employees, the better they perform. It is named after a Cypriot sculptor in a narrative by Ovid in Greek Mythology who fell in love with a female statue he had carved out of ivory. Fill in the blank. This animal, colloquially called the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf, was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern57.* times. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it is thought to have become extinct in the 20th century. It was one of only two marsupials to have a pouch in both sexes. X is a 1973 American sci-fi film directed by Richard Fleischer. It is set in a dystopian future. Much of the population survives on58. processed rations including X, which, advertised as being produced from "high-energy plankton" turns out to be processed human meat. Identify X. X, German for ‗Night of (broken) Glass‘ was a pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9–10,59. 1938 and was triggered by the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew in Paris, France. Give X. "Little twines", "Little worms", "Rifles", "Cooking Pot", "Large60. canes", "Pens" and "Squashed" are some of the famous types of? He was the inventor of the first portable fully automatic machine gun. He also laid a claim to inventing the light bulb and61. experimented with powered flight. He is also the inventor of the ubiquitous mousetrap. Xs wheel was invented in 1150 by Indian mathematician X, in an attempt to create a perpetual motion machine. The wheel consisted62. of curved or tilted spokes partially filled with mercury. Once in motion, the mercury would flow from one side of the spoke to another, thus forcing the wheel to continue motion. He was the son of Helios and Clymene. Seeking assurance that Helios was indeed his father he obtained his fathers permission to63. drive the sun chariot as proof. He failed to control it and the Earth was in danger of burning up when he was killed by a thunderbolt from Zeus to prevent further disaster. When the crew of Apollo 8 became the first humans to see the far64. side of the moon in late 1968, they were tempted to radio back the discovery of a large, black _______. He was called the "Atom Smasher", and the man who "held the key" to atomic energy. The invention that brought X to international fame65. started out when X was once intrigued by a diagram which proposed to produce very high-energy particles by means of a succession of very small "pushes." This indigenous tribe is found mostly in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Their name is derived from a word meaning "piece of land" or66. "field". Their mural paintings are famous and similar to those done between 500 and 10,000 BCE in the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, in Madhya Pradesh. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 6
  8. 8. X emerged as the lead character in Hogans Alley, drawn by Richard F. Outcault. X was a bald, snaggle-toothed boy who wore a67. nightshirt and hung around in a ghetto alley filled with equally odd characters, mostly other children. Which webcomic generally characterized by the juxtaposition of whimsical childlike imagery or fantasy with morbid, sudden or68. unexpected surreal humor, takes its name from the name of a church in Maine? The author of this book has emphasized that the book is not about mathematics, art, and music but rather about how cognition and69. thinking emerge from well-hidden neurological mechanisms. Identify the book. While with the French Resistance during World War II, this director adopted a pseudonym as a tribute to his favorite American author. Jean-Luc Godard used him as a minor character in Breathless. When70. Godard was having difficulty editing the film, he suggested that he just cut directly to the best parts of a shot, which inspired Godard to use the extremely famous jump cuts. It is the practice of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the consent of everyone involved. The infinity heart, a red and white heart combined with a blue infinity is often used as a71. symbol by people who practice this. The French philosophers Jean Pierre Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were famously involved in such a relationship. In 1726, Jonathan Swift described tensions in Lilliput and Blefuscu: whereas in Lilliput people cracked open a soft-boiled egg at the72. small end, inhabitants of the rival kingdom of Blefuscu cracked it at the other end. What term, used in computing, derives from this? Marcus Garvey, Jr. was a 20th century Jamaican journalist and orator. A staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan- Africanism movements, he founded a shipping line which promoted73. the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands. This line derived its name from a well-known shipping line, whose success Garvey felt he could duplicate. Name the line. In music, X is a motif or phrase which is persistently repeated in the same musical voice. X is to classical music what a riff is to popular74. music, though a riff doesnt necessarily have to repeat. The term X comes from the Italian word for "obstinate", owing to the phrases unwillingness to leave. Xs are referred to by the Chinese as Yuan-yang, where yuan and yang respectively stand for male and female Xs. In the eyes of the75. ancient Chinese, Xs form a life-time couple, unlike many other species. Hence they are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity. X was a French-Italian cardinal, diplomat, and politician. He was a noted collector of art and jewels, particularly diamonds, and he76. bequeathed the "X diamonds" to Louis XIV in 1661, one of which featured in a Sherlock Holmes case. He is a great King of the nagas and is known in Chinese and Japanese mythology as being one of the "eight Great Naga Kings".77. During Samudramanthan, he was used as the churning rope to extract the ambrosia of immortality from the ocean of milk. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 7
  9. 9. In an 1865 speech in Oakland, California, Rev. W. B. Brown of New Jersey, in a satirical reference to a famous phrase, quipped that the78. reason the ___ ___ _____ ___ __ ___ ______ was that God did not trust the British in the dark. Gimme a seven word phrase. X and Y were both authors and lifelong friends. X based the character of Idabel in Other Voices, Other Rooms on Y, and was in79. turn the inspiration for a character in Y‘s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Y was also X‘s research partner in X‘s most famous book, a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family. This Australian came to Mumbai to meet Parveen Babi whilst awaiting a work permit to work in Muscat. He got his first break as a type-cast villain in the Hindi movie Abdullah in 1980. His film80. career restricted him to be typecast and portray stereotypical roles such as a henchman, prisoner, the villains sidekick or a British officer in pre-war related movies. He studied medicine and worked at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Kiel, where he published papers81. on cancer metastasis and the physiology of egg implantation. He also developed the first intrauterine device in 1929. Give one word:  a historical term for pawn shops or moneychangers in the Middle Ages  a musical rhythm, especially used in Baroque music82.  a phenomenon in which a speaker or singer involuntarily raises his or her vocal intensity in the presence of high levels of sound  a medieval alliance of some 30 cities in Northern Italy formed to counter the Holy Roman Empires Frederick I _______ (hate), Akheron (sorrow), Kokytos (lamentation) and83. Phlegethon (flaming), Lethe (forgetfulness). Just fill in the blank. This British actor won the academy award for best supporting actor twice – for Spartacus and Topkapi. He was unintentionally a part84. witness to the assassination of Indias Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. She was on her way to be interviewed by him for a documentary for Irish television when she was assassinated. A X, also known as a X helmet or ski mask, is a form of cloth headgear that covers the whole head, exposing only part of the face.85. The name comes from a Ukrainian town of the same name. It‘s commonly called a monkey cap in India. What is it? A fellow of the Royal Society, he made pioneering studies in anthropometry in India. He founded the Indian Statistical Institute,86. and contributed to the design of large scale sample surveys. He is perhaps best remembered for a multivariate distance measure, named after him, which is independent of measurement scale. He is one of the earliest Indian playwrights in Sanskrit. His works were discovered in 1912 by Ganapati Shastri, a Sanskrit Scholar in Kerala. His plays do not follow all the dictates of the Natya Shastra,87. which has been taken as a proof of their antiquity. His plays are still very much popular in Kutiyattam, the only surviving Sanskrit drama tradition in Kerala. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 8
  10. 10. An army of 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits, was88. discovered by farmers in 1974. The purpose of this army was to guard an emperor in his afterlife. Which army? The name of this town is an Iroquois word, meaning either "two moccasins tied together", "bag tied at the middle", "where the fish are taken out" or "jumping fish." It lent its name to an adult89. education movement featuring lectures, plays, and musical performances, which Theodore Roosevelt described as "the most American thing in America." Norris McWhirter came to particular public attention while working for the BBC as a sports commentator. On 6 May 1954, he kept the90. time when Roger Bannister ran the four-minute mile. Which famous publication did he go on to co-write with his brother? ____ is a strategic board game, invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse and originally released in 1957 as La Conquête du91. Monde ("The Conquest of the World") in France. The object of the game is "to occupy every territory on the board and in so doing, eliminate all other players." What is it? Once popular throughout the North American region, its numbers declined rapidly owing to the bio-magnification of DDT in its prey.92. The DDT resulted in abnormally thin egg shells. However, with restrictions on DDT use, its population has stabilized once again. What creature are we talking about? He was a Spanish priest who wrote one of the first definitive books about modern chess in Europe. Considered by many to be the first93.* unofficial world chess champion, he is today remembered as having studied in detail an extremely popular chess opening, named after him. Who? Connect with a word: Potatoes, Tomatoes, Eggplants, Tobacco and Belladonna. Most likely, albeit ironically, the name comes from the94. perceived resemblance that some of the flowers bear to the sun and its rays. Give two words for:  Indian Cobra, Russell‘s Viper, Krait and Saw Scaled Viper  Deloitte Touche (M.E), Ernst & Young, PwC, KPMG95.  Alberta cattlemen Patrick Burns, George Lane, A. E. Cross and Archie McLean who together founded the Calgary Stampede The term __________ (Greek for "having four letters") refers to the name of the Lord of Israel, YHWH, used in the Hebrew Bible.96. Observant Jews write it down but do not pronounce it as it is considered too sacred to be used for common activities. The etymology of this phrase, used as a euphemism for having died in war is unclear, but it has been theorized that the death benefits97. paid to the beneficiaries of soldiers who died in battle were often enough to pay off the mortgage of the family home or farm, hence the deceased was said to have "________ the ______". English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 9
  11. 11. Probably the greatest Brazilian footballer to have never won a World Cup, he was described as the most rugged footballer of the Cold War era. Name this attacking midfielder who was noted for being an 98. intellectual, and was a co-founder of the Corinthians Democracy movement, wherein the players took over the management of the club. X was formed in 2001, and based in Moyock, North Carolina as a company that would train US Navy SEALs for combat. X later 99. evolved and diversified, and claims to have been absolutely successful in certain theatres. ID X. Which famous book has chapters such as "On the Arrangements of a House, and Household Furniture", "Of Different Kinds of Gain",100. "How to Begin and How to End the Congress" and "On Pressing or Marking with the Nails"? X: They came in or, you know, told him or they must have spoken to him and Prime Minister spoke to him. Y: No. Prime Minister did not. I was the one who was talking with101. him. I was on the phone and he – Prime Minister said a few words, that‘s all. And see, Prime Minister can‘t talk on a phone to dad and convey, there is obviously… Prime Minister is also, you know, very soft spoken and dad can‘t hear that clearly also. Just gimme Y. This drink is believed to get its name because it was made for the workers in a steel works in Glasgow. These workers were dying 102. from the large amounts of beer drunk to quench their thirst from the heat of the steel works and this was introduced as an alternative by A.G. Barr. X, sometimes called "the father of algebra", was an Alexandrian Greek mathematician and the author of a series of books which deal 103. with solving algebraic equations. It was while studying these that Pierre de Fermat formulated the famous Fermat‘s Last Theorem. When Erle Stanley Gardner created this fictional attorney, he borrowed the name of the company which published his favorite 104. childhood magazine. Name this fictional character, who famously described himself as "Im a specialist on getting people out of trouble". _______ _____ is a common name for over 1,000 species of flowering plants in the family Convolvulaceae. The seeds of many of these contain alkaloids such as the hallucinogenic ergonovine and 105. ergine (LSA). The seeds of at least two species are used as psychedelics and can produce a similar effect to LSD when taken in the tens. This animal was brought to prominent European attention by speculation on its existence in popular press reports, where it was 106. called the ‗African unicorn‘. Remains of a carcass were later sent to London by the English adventurer Harry Johnston and became a media event in 1901. X was a Parisian punch-cutter and publisher. He was one of the leading type designers of his time. The French court adopted X‘s107.* Roman types for their printing and their influence spread across France and Western Europe. Give me X. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 10
  12. 12. A photo album with pictures of X was recently discovered in Y‘s compound. During X‘s visit to Y‘s country, Y presented X with a diamond ring, a lute, a locket with an engraved likeness of himself108. inside and an inscribed edition of "The Green Book," a personal political manifesto that explains his "Third Universal Theory for a new democratic society." Gimme X and Y A controversial figure among cricketers, he was well known for his dislike of Australian players and crowds and was unpopular in109. Australia. He was the captain of the English team during the 1932- 33 Bodyline series. Who? Sir Francis Galton defined it as "the study of all agencies under human control which can improve or impair the racial quality of110. future generations". It advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population. It has been called ―the self-direction of human evolution‖. What? He is one of the Trinity in Carnatic music. At a young age, he was also exposed to the music of the Western bands at Fort St. George.111. He composed some forty songs to several western folk tunes. This corpus is now known as Nottuswara Sahitya. The influence of Celtic and Baroque styles in these compositions is quite evident. Who? This astronomer, according to legend, died of complications resulting from a strained bladder at a banquet as it was considered bad etiquette to leave the table before the meal was finished. This112. version of events has since been brought into question as other causes of death (murder by Johannes Kepler, suicide, and mercury poisoning among others) have come to the fore. He was the father of the Devas, Asuras, Nagas and all of humanity. He married Aditi, with whom he fathered Agni, the Adityas, and113. also Vamana. With his second wife, Diti, he begot the Daityas. He received the earth, obtained by Parashuramas conquest of King Kartavirya Arjuna. The Sealed Air Corporation was founded in 1960 by inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. Their most famous product114. was created by sealing two shower curtains together, which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper. What product? In psychology, the X effect is a demonstration of the reaction time of a task. When the name of a color is printed in a color not denoted by the name, naming the color of the word takes longer and is more115. prone to errors. The effect has been used to create a psychological test (X Test) that is widely used in clinical practice and investigation. What is X? Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman was a Khoikhoi woman who became famous after being exhibited as a freak show attraction in 19th century Europe under the name ________ _______, owing to the116.* unusual bodily features she possessed. Since 1994, Baartman has become an icon in South Africa as representative of many aspects of the nations history. Fill in the blanks. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 11
  13. 13. Give one word:  In Cambridge, a student who has completed the third year of the mathematical tripos with first-class honours 117.  a profession of handling animals, especially horses and cattle  a clothing brand owned by the VF Corporation  an SUV and off-road vehicle manufactured by Chrysler under its Jeep marquee. ______ ______ is a novel in verse written by Alexander Pushkin. Its eponymous protagonist has served as the model for a number of 118. Russian literary heroes (so-called superfluous men). The novel served as the basis for Tchaikovsky‘s 1879 opera of the same name. X is an early electronic musical instrument named after its Russian inventor. It consists of two metal antennas which sense the position119.* of the players hands. So it can be played without being touched. It features in soundtracks of movies like Spellbound, The Machinist, The Day the Earth Stood Still among others. It is a form of propaganda where a few people attempt to give the impression that mass numbers of enthusiasts advocate a specific 120. cause. It gets its name from the fact that it is often in support of a political or corporate agenda but is designed to give the appearance of a "grassroots" movement. English Language Activities Society – BITS Pilani 12
  14. 14. This quiz is conducted by the English Language Activities Society, BITS Pilani.Quizmasters: Srisha Haridas, Nachiketa Adhikari, Pavan Bharadwaj, Mayank KowshikWe would like to express our immense gratitude to the following people:  Dr. Anurakshat Gupta, International Quizzing Association  Karnataka Quiz Association  Odisha Quiz Association  The Coimbatore Quiz Circle  QFI, Chennai  Kutub Quizzers, Delhi  SEQC, Goa  IIT Kharagpur Quiz Club  Mr. Gautam Ghosh, Kwizmaniax, Kolkata  Quizzing Commoners, Lucknow  The Bombay Quiz Club  Mr. Ramanand of the Boat Club Quiz Club, Pune and Mr. Amit Patil
  15. 15. About OASIS and the Theme:As the clock strikes 2:00, the texture of the winter sky gets murkier, but faces are still spotted entering through the rusty gatesinto the hallowed portals of BITS Pilani. You might mistake them for lost wanderers attracted to the azure oasis in the middle ofthe unforgiving desert, but not when there’s so many of them. The chilly wind blows sand into their faces, but they aren’t reallybothered, partly because they have already fistfuls of it in their shoes and on their skin, but mostly because they have beenthrough a thoroughly exhilarating experience during their drive to the shanty town of Pilani. And the road trip is just the start ofit.October is as good a time as any to be in Pilani. The sun looks down with considerably less fury, the pesky insects that came with stthe rain are all gone, and then there’s Oasis. Oasis, the annual cultural festival of BITS Pilani, now in its 41 edition, is one of themost eagerly anticipated college festivals in the country. It’s 96 hours of unadulterated thrill, a ceaseless euphoria thatoverwhelms every being at hand to witness it.Oasis ’11 – The Roadtrip, as the theme goes, is about capturing and preserving the endless sense of motion that comes with along hard trip on an alien path, with briskly changing landscapes, with a heart yearning in the expectancy of something grandawaiting us at the end of the road. The feeling of being in constant motion does not stop there, though, as the following 96hours are best spent mindlessly roaming around every nook and corner of the historic yet majestic campus, which is typicallybursting with activity at this time. Academics are on hold, classrooms serve as rehearsal spots, and every student is busy addingsheen to the grandeur of the college festival, with nothing but a sense of fulfilment to expect in return. Oh, that and a whole lotof fun. Students are busy with their work, looking after every aspect of the fest, right from gathering sponsors to setting upstage lights, and also organizing events for the outstation participants to relish. Yes, Oasis is a completely student-organizedcultural fest, and every member of the BITS Pilani fraternity takes tremendous pride in that fact.The places and events for you to indulge yourself in are aplenty. There is always something or the other going on in pretty muchthe entire campus. Rock concerts, plays, mime, street dance, workshops, music competitions, spoofs, quizzes, cyber gamingwars, solo guitar challenges, talent hunts, a DJ night, a mock parliament, games, a treasure hunt, photography contests,journalism events, writing challenges, exhibitions, oratory jams, debates and fashion parades: basically, if you can think up of aninterest, we will have an event lined up for you.Visit us at: www.bits-oasis.orgKeep up with the latest goings-on at: Publicity: Saurabh Sachdeva saurabh[at] Ph:+918890407860For Participation: Rohit Garg pcr[at] Ph:+91-9928460668For Sponsorship: Sachin Sethi sachin[at] Ph:+91-9772975338Events and Misc.: Arunav Kanoria arunav[at] Ph: +91-9772976161