2014 07 asKQAnce Middle School Finals


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The Finals of the asKQAnce Inter-Middle School Quiz by Santosh Swaminathan and Venkatesh Srinivasan conducted at the KQA anniversary quiz fest on Jul 26. The winning team was from PSBBLLA.

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2014 07 asKQAnce Middle School Finals

  1. 1. ASKQANCE 2014 Welcome to the Finals of the Inter-Middle-School Quiz
  2. 2. Rules and Format • 4 rounds, 36 questions • Points for each round as we go along • One answer, into the mike, please! • Take guesses for every question! • Finalists, please keep your mobiles OFF
  4. 4. 1. Who, from a 1963 photo? (OR) What crime is he being tried for?
  5. 5. The Answer is….
  6. 6. Lee Harvey Oswald Assassin of John F Kennedy
  7. 7. 2. Who?
  8. 8. The Answer is….
  9. 9. Alan Turing
  10. 10. 3. Who are the two people?
  11. 11. The Answer is….
  12. 12. Charlie Chaplin Helen Keller
  13. 13. 4. Who?
  14. 14. The Answer is….
  15. 15. Marilyn Monroe
  16. 16. 5. What is this famous incident from 1937?
  17. 17. The Answer is….
  18. 18. Hindenburg crash
  19. 19. 6. Who is this well-known author?
  20. 20. The Answer is….
  21. 21. Mark Twain
  22. 22. Scores…
  24. 24. 1. Called a Lichtenburg figure, under what circumstances will you get this fractal tattoo?
  25. 25. The Answer is….
  26. 26. Lightning Strike
  27. 27. 2. The RMS Titanic is a familiar name to everyone. Although it was an ocean liner, the letters ‘RMS’ denoted another function it was supposed to carry out. What?
  28. 28. The Answer is….
  29. 29. Royal Mail Ship These ships used to transport mail across countries and continents.
  30. 30. 3. When this company lost a patent infringement suit to a competitor to use the number ‘5’ on its product in continuation of a series that had the numbers 2, 3 and 4 associated with earlier models, it went on to use the equivalent Greek number prefix to derive a word that also stands for strength. What company and word?
  31. 31. The Answer is….
  32. 32. Intel Pentium
  33. 33. 4. Plato is said to have possessed one of these and used it for signalling the beginning of his lectures at dawn. The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria also had one, which was water powered, to announce prayer times. Italian writer Dante Alighieri described one in 1319. In modern times, the French inventor Antoine Redier was the first to patent one in 1847. What irritating but necessary device, the function of which is today fulfilled by the mobile phone?
  34. 34. The Answer is….
  35. 35. Alarm Clock
  36. 36. 5. Whose experiment is being re-created here?
  37. 37. The Answer is….
  38. 38. James Joule
  39. 39. 6. These pictures represent the first, second and third names in a list pertaining to India, in the years 1975, June 1979 and August 1979. Explain.
  40. 40. The Answer is….
  41. 41. India’s first satellites – Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, Rohini
  42. 42. 7. The 1982 Asian Games were held in Delhi. How would one connect these games to the following cities? Ujjain Mathura Varanasi Jaipur
  43. 43. The Answer is….
  44. 44. Jantar Mantar These were the original locations, and you can see it on the Asiad logo
  45. 45. 7. This is the logo of Studio Ghibli. Which character from one of their most famous movies is seen here?
  46. 46. The Answer is….
  47. 47. My Neighbor Totoro
  48. 48. 8. Two great players from the 1980s, who had a fierce rivalry, especially at Wimbledon. This year, at the 2014 Wimbledon finals, both of them again competed against each other, in a way. Explain.
  49. 49. The Answer is….
  50. 50. Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, were the coaches of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer respectively
  51. 51. 9. The BJP won the maximum seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections (282), followed a long way behind by the Congress (44). Which two parties came 3rd and 4th with 37 and 34 seats, and apart from the fact that they are regional, what is common to these two parties?
  52. 52. The Answer is….
  53. 53. AIADMK AITMC Both led by women
  54. 54. 10. There were many Dutch artists who left their mark on the art landscape. One of them was Peter Brueghel the Elder. Look carefully at these parts shown here. They are all from one of his paintings. Can you identify any two of the parts, and therefore the name of the painting?
  55. 55. The Answer is….
  56. 56. “No use crying over spilt milk” “Banging your head against a wall” “to count one's chickens before they hatch” The painting is called “Proverbs”
  57. 57. 11. Identify this institution and the bird on the logo
  58. 58. The Answer is….
  59. 59. Bombay Natural Historical Society The Great Indian Hornbill
  60. 60. 12. What happened at this location on July 7, 1896?
  61. 61. The Answer is….
  62. 62. The first film screening in India the Lumiere Brothers’ Cinematographe
  63. 63. Scores…
  64. 64. DIFFERENCE WARS! • 6 QUESTIONS • ALL-WRITTEN, ATTEMPT IF YOU WANT TO • +15/12/10/8 depending on how many teams get it right • -5 for wrong answers
  65. 65. 1. This word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2014, around half a decade after it came into widespread prominence. The dictionary defines the word as “a word or phrase preceded by a ____ and used to identify messages relating to a specific topic; (also) the ____ symbol itself, when used in this way.” What word?
  66. 66. The Answer is….
  67. 67. Hashtag
  68. 68. 2. An actor named Brad Lennon currently plays the role of ______ ________ in advertisements worldwide, a role which was originated in 1963 by Willard Scott. In 2010, the company which owns the ______ ________ trademark has been pressured to retire the character, in order to combat childhood obesity worldwide. However, the company stood firm and the ______ ________ mascot continues to be used in advertisements worldwide, including India. Name the character.
  69. 69. The Answer is….
  70. 70. Ronald McDonald
  71. 71. 3. In 1958, Italian industrialist and entrepreneur Ferruccio ___________ travelled to Maranello to buy a Ferrari 250GT sports car. ___________, an automotive enthusiast, suggested several modifications and improvements to the clutch and gearbox of the 250GT, but his suggestions were dismissed by the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. Stung by this insult to his pride, which brand did ___________ go on to start?
  72. 72. The Answer is….
  73. 73. Lamborghini
  74. 74. 4. The five domesticated species of the ________ genus are as follows: • ________ annuum, which includes many common varieties such as wax, cayenne, guajillo, and the chiltepin; • ________ frutescens, which includes malagueta, Thai, and Malawian Kambuzi; • ________ chinense, which includes habanero, Datil and Scotch bonnet; • ________ pubescens, which includes the South American rocoto peppers; • ________ baccatum, which includes the South American aji peppers. What is this genus better known as? Or, fill in the blanks.
  75. 75. The Answer is….
  76. 76. The genus Capsicum, better known as chilli peppers.
  77. 77. 5. • The Latin word for “to flow” • The Greek word for “greenish-yellow” • The Greek word for “bad smell” or “stench” • The Greek word for “violet” • The Greek word for “unstable” The above can be grouped under a category which has a seven-letter name that comes from the Greek for “originating in the sea”. What seven-letter name?
  78. 78. The Answer is….
  79. 79. Halogens comprised of Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine, Iodine and Astatine.
  80. 80. 6. In the world of food, what is divided into two categories, i.e. monofloral (with subcategories including Acacia, Apple Blossom and Manuka) and polyfloral (the more common, generic variety)?
  81. 81. The Answer is….
  82. 82. Types of Honey
  83. 83. Scores…
  85. 85. 1. This is the poster for an upcoming video game, a crossover between a popular video game series and the fourth entry in a blockbuster movie series. Name this game.
  86. 86. The Answer is….
  87. 87. Angry Birds: Transformers
  88. 88. 2. The pull-tab on soft drink cans was invented in 1956, by Mikola Kondakow of Ontario, Canada. From the very beginning, they were designed with a hole in them, as seen here. Aside from saving on material costs, what is the purpose of the hole in the pull-tab, something most people neglect when drinking from these cans?
  89. 89. The Answer is….
  90. 90. Straw Holder
  91. 91. 3. Name the illusionist seen here, and the man (with a rather distinctive voice) he is performing for.
  92. 92. The Answer is….
  93. 93. David Blaine George W Bush
  94. 94. 4. This is a list of the batsmen with the most runs in a single Ranji Trophy season. Positions #3 and #4 are occupied by two batsmen from the same Mumbai team in the 2008-09 season. The man in the #3 position had already played his last test match by the start of the 2008-09 season, while #4 would make his test debut four years after the end of the season. Identify both.
  95. 95. The Answer is….
  96. 96. Wasim Jaffer Ajinkya Rahane
  97. 97. 5. The name given to the sporting equipment seen here comes from the material used to make them, and the living creatures that they replaced in 1921. What two-word name?
  98. 98. The Answer is….
  99. 99. Clay Pigeons Used in shooting
  100. 100. 6. Although it was first described in 1665 by astronomer Giovanni Cassini, it is still not known what exactly causes the _____ ___ ____’s distinctive colour. Theories supported by laboratory experiments suppose that the colour may be caused by complex organic molecules, red phosphorus, or a sulphur compound. Contrary to its name, the _____ ___ ____varies greatly in hue, from almost brick-red to pale salmon, or sometimes even white. The higher temperature of the reddest central region is the most convincing evidence that the colour is affected by environmental factors. What planetary feature?
  101. 101. The Answer is….
  102. 102. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (also known as the Eye of Jupiter)
  103. 103. 7. This six-letter word is used for breeds of dogs that are small enough for a person to hold comfortably, and which have a calm, non- excitable temperament. Typical examples include Pekingese, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Pugs and Shih Tzus. This term is also used to describe an excessively submissive person (similar to a “yes man”) or institution that can be very easily controlled. What six-letter word?
  104. 104. The Answer is….
  105. 105. Lap dog
  106. 106. 8. Over the years, there has been a repeated debate in Germany as to whether November 9 would make a suitable national holiday. The reasons given by proponents of the idea include that the 9th of November is the date of the end of the Revolution of 1848 and the date of the 1918 abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II and declaration of the Weimar Republic, the first German republic. However, the 9th of November is also the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch and the infamous Kristallnacht attacks of the Nazis in 1938. Finally, as a compromise, the 3rd of October was finally chosen as a national holiday. What was the major reason given by those who wanted the 9th of November to be made a national holiday?
  107. 107. The Answer is….
  108. 108. Fall of the Berlin Wall
  109. 109. 9. This is an illustration of ________ _____, the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, showing him as he appeared in a 2010 episode of The Simpsons. Who and which organization did he start?
  110. 110. The Answer is….
  111. 111. Mohammed Yunus Grameen Bank
  112. 112. 10. Apart from being an acronym of their proper name (which translates to “Islamic Resistance Movement”), the popular name of this organisation is also the Arabic word for “enthusiasm”. Which organisation, very much in the news recently?
  113. 113. The Answer is….
  114. 114. Hamas Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah
  115. 115. 11. This type of construction equipment, used to lay the foundations to provide support for buildings and other structures, has a name that is familiar to fans of a particular ‘sport’. What name?
  116. 116. The Answer is….
  117. 117. Piledriver
  118. 118. Last Question coming up…
  119. 119. 12. This is the CEO of company X, talking about the reasons company X acquired company Y in February 2014. Name both companies. “The idea is to develop a group of basic internet services that would be free of charge to use. These could be a social networking service like X, a messaging service like Y, maybe search and other things like weather. Providing a bundle of these free of charge to users will work like a gateway drug of sorts. They would have some context for why these service are important, and that will lead them to paying for more services like this – or so the hope goes.”
  120. 120. The Answer is….
  121. 121. Facebook and Whatsapp