2014 07 asKQAnce Middle School Prelims

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The Prelims of the asKQAnce Inter-Middle School Quiz by Santosh Swaminathan and Venkatesh Srinivasan conducted at the KQA anniversary quiz fest on Jul 26. The highest score was 17 on 25.

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2014 07 asKQAnce Middle School Prelims

  1. 1. ASKQANCE 2014 THE INTER-MIDDLE SCHOOL QUIZ PRELIMS Researched and presented by SANTOSH SWAMINATHAN andVENKATESH SRINIVASAN on behalf of the
  2. 2. SOME GROUND RULES FORTHE PRELIMS  25 questions, all-written, forTeams of 2  Multiples of 5 are *-marked questions to resolve ties  No negatives, please take guesses  Top 8 teams qualify for finals; only 2 teams/school
  3. 3. 1. This father-daughter duo have two touristy locations in Bangalore named after them. Lying on opposite sides of the same road, one is a planetarium and the other is a Musical Fountain. Name both people.
  4. 4. 2. Whose statue at the London Natural History Museum?
  5. 5. 3. Identify what this Amul ad released last week is celebrating.
  6. 6. 4.You can see in this picture, a distinctive feature, which give the reptile its name. Identify the creature.
  7. 7. *5.At the centre of what tourist attraction, first opened in 1992 as the European branch of a much larger American attraction, would you find a structure called ‘Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant’?
  8. 8. 6.This three-letter word has several uses in the world of sport apart from the one that is most familiar to us. In baseball,it is the designation given to a team’s best starting pitcher. In golf, it is another word for a hole-in- one. In American Football, it is the name given to an offensive formation also known as “lone setback” or “singleback”. What word, and in which sport is it most commonly used?
  9. 9. 7. The flowers of the ______ plant, seen here, are sometimes cooked and eaten as a vegetable in South-east Asian cuisine. What plant, cultivated around the globe, is this the flower of?
  10. 10. 8. The first two names of which in-the-news personality from the world of sports are Mangte Chungneijang?
  11. 11. 9. Which US state takes its name from the mountain range at its western border, one whose name literally means “snow-capped mountain range” in Spanish? Ironically, the state’s most famous city is located in an area with a hot desert climate.
  12. 12. *10. A google doodle honouring a famous sci-fi author, who wrote about and predicted scientific discoveries in his novels. Name him or the book shown in this doodle.
  13. 13. 11. Identify
  14. 14. 12. The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA was founded in 1630 and named in honour of the University of Cambridge in England.The city has lived up to its name, as it is home to two of the world’s most prominent universities, one established in 1636 and the other in 1861. Name either.
  15. 15. 13. An XY (also known as a silentY or Galton'sY) is a type ofY used to train certain animals. It was invented by Francis Galton. X is an animal;Y is an implement. What is XY?
  16. 16. 14. Excerpts from a short story published earlier this month. What is being described? Also, name the author. There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities.We’ve seen many a famous face from the wizarding world grace the stands here in the Patagonian Desert – Ministers and Presidents, CelestinaWarbeck, controversial American wizarding bandThe Bent-Winged Snitches – all have caused flurries of excitement, with crowd members scrambling for autographs and even casting Bridging Charms to reach theVIP boxes over the heads of the crowd. But when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen.As the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small children mown down. Fans from all corners of the globe stormed towards the area where they were rumoured to have been sighted, desperate above all else for a glimpse of the man they still call the Chosen One.
  17. 17. *15. He was born Melville Louis Kossuth _______ in Adams Center, NewYork.An alumni of Amherst College, he moved to Boston and created and edited Library Journal, which became an influential factor in the development of libraries in America. He was an advocate of the metric system and English language spelling reform. He was an early promoter of winter sports in Lake Placid and was active in arranging the 1932Winter Olympics there. What is he most famous for?
  18. 18. 16.This is the cover of a 1920 edition of a novel by Gaston Leroux, first published in 1910, which shows the title character in his trademark mask.The novel has been adapted into film 27 times around the world (most notably in 2004 by Joel Schumacher), into a stage play 29 times (most notably in 1986, as a musical), not to mention dozens of radio, television and comic book adaptations worldwide. Name the novel.
  19. 19. 17. Which Bangalore brand is this the logo of?
  20. 20. 18. Identify the capital city. • Named after the title of ArthurWellesley • Name in the local language is TeWhanga-nui-a-Tara • Southern-most capital city in the world
  21. 21. 19. Identify this athlete, who was recently upgraded to a gold medal for her achievement in the 2005World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo.
  22. 22. *20. Who tweeted this? What is the blank (6 letters)?
  23. 23. 21. Which primate, classified under the genus Pongo, is divided into Bornean and Sumatran species?
  24. 24. 22. Name please. The magazine date is Jan 1948 and it says ______ of Pakistan.
  25. 25. 23. The current Prime Minister of India,Narendra Modi was elected to the Lok Sabha from two different constituencies – one in his home state, and one, a holy city. Name both.
  26. 26. 24. Who or what are these the measurements of?
  27. 27. *25. Identify the film.
  28. 28. Please hand in your sheets; Answers will be given out shortly
  29. 29. 1. This father-daughter duo have two touristy locations in Bangalore named after them. Lying on opposite sides of the same road, one is a planetarium and the other is a Musical Fountain. Name both people.
  30. 30. The Answer is….
  31. 31. Jawaharlal Nehru Indira Gandhi
  32. 32. 2. Whose statue at the London Natural History Museum?
  33. 33. The Answer is….
  34. 34. Charles Darwin
  35. 35. 3. Identify what this Amul ad released last week is celebrating.
  36. 36. The Answer is….
  37. 37. India’s test win at Lord’s after 28 years
  38. 38. 4.You can see in this picture, a distinctive feature, which give the reptile its name. Identify the creature.
  39. 39. The Answer is….
  40. 40. Black Mamba
  41. 41. *5.At the centre of what tourist attraction, first opened in 1992 as the European branch of a much larger American attraction, would you find a structure called ‘Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant’?
  42. 42. The Answer is….
  43. 43. Disneyland, Paris The name translates to “The Castle of the Sleeping Beauty”
  44. 44. 6.This three-letter word has several uses in the world of sport apart from the one that is most familiar to us. In baseball,it is the designation given to a team’s best starting pitcher. In golf, it is another word for a hole-in- one. In American Football, it is the name given to an offensive formation also known as “lone setback” or “singleback”. What word, and in which sport is it most commonly used?
  45. 45. The Answer is….
  46. 46. Ace Tennis
  47. 47. 7. The flowers of the ______ plant, seen here, are sometimes cooked and eaten as a vegetable in South-east Asian cuisine. What plant, cultivated around the globe, is this the flower of?
  48. 48. The Answer is….
  49. 49. Banana
  50. 50. 8. The first two names of which in-the-news personality from the world of sports are Mangte Chungneijang?
  51. 51. The Answer is….
  52. 52. MC Mary Kom
  53. 53. 9. Which US state takes its name from the mountain range at its western border, one whose name literally means “snow-capped mountain range” in Spanish? Ironically, the state’s most famous city is located in an area with a hot desert climate.
  54. 54. The Answer is….
  55. 55. Nevada from the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
  56. 56. *10. A google doodle honouring a famous sci-fi author, who wrote about and predicted scientific discoveries in his novels. Name him or the book shown in this doodle.
  57. 57. The Answer is….
  58. 58. JulesVerne 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  59. 59. 11. Identify
  60. 60. The Answer is….
  61. 61. Giraffe
  62. 62. 12. The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA was founded in 1630 and named in honour of the University of Cambridge in England.The city has lived up to its name, as it is home to two of the world’s most prominent universities, one established in 1636 and the other in 1861. Name either.
  63. 63. The Answer is….
  64. 64. Harvard Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology (MIT)
  65. 65. 13. An XY (also known as a silentY or Galton'sY) is a type ofY used to train certain animals. It was invented by Francis Galton. X is an animal;Y is an implement. What is XY?
  66. 66. The Answer is….
  67. 67. DogWhistle
  68. 68. 14. Excerpts from a short story published earlier this month. What is being described? Also, name the author. There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities.We’ve seen many a famous face from the wizarding world grace the stands here in the Patagonian Desert – Ministers and Presidents, CelestinaWarbeck, controversial American wizarding bandThe Bent-Winged Snitches – all have caused flurries of excitement, with crowd members scrambling for autographs and even casting Bridging Charms to reach theVIP boxes over the heads of the crowd. But when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen.As the crowd stampeded, tents were flattened and small children mown down. Fans from all corners of the globe stormed towards the area where they were rumoured to have been sighted, desperate above all else for a glimpse of the man they still call the Chosen One.
  69. 69. The Answer is….
  70. 70. Quidditch World Cup JK Rowling
  71. 71. *15. He was born Melville Louis Kossuth _______ in Adams Center, NewYork.An alumni of Amherst College, he moved to Boston and created and edited Library Journal, which became an influential factor in the development of libraries in America. He was an advocate of the metric system and English language spelling reform. He was an early promoter of winter sports in Lake Placid and was active in arranging the 1932Winter Olympics there. What is he most famous for?
  72. 72. The Answer is….
  73. 73. Dewey Decimal System
  74. 74. 16.This is the cover of a 1920 edition of a novel by Gaston Leroux, first published in 1910, which shows the title character in his trademark mask.The novel has been adapted into film 27 times around the world (most notably in 2004 by Joel Schumacher), into a stage play 29 times (most notably in 1986, as a musical), not to mention dozens of radio, television and comic book adaptations worldwide. Name the novel.
  75. 75. The Answer is….
  76. 76. The Phantom of the Opera
  77. 77. 17. Which Bangalore brand is this the logo of?
  78. 78. The Answer is….
  79. 79. Adiga’s
  80. 80. 18. Identify the capital city. • Named after the title of ArthurWellesley • Name in the local language is TeWhanga-nui-a-Tara • Southern-most capital city in the world
  81. 81. The Answer is….
  82. 82. Wellington
  83. 83. 19. Identify this athlete, who was recently upgraded to a gold medal for her achievement in the 2005World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo.
  84. 84. The Answer is….
  85. 85. Anju Bobby George
  86. 86. *20. Who tweeted this? What is the blank (6 letters)?
  87. 87. The Answer is….
  88. 88. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Selfie
  89. 89. 21. Which primate, classified under the genus Pongo, is divided into Bornean and Sumatran species?
  90. 90. The Answer is….
  91. 91. Orangutan
  92. 92. 22. Name please. The magazine date is Jan 1948 and it says ______ of Pakistan.
  93. 93. The Answer is….
  94. 94. Mohammed Ali Jinnah
  95. 95. 23. The current Prime Minister of India,Narendra Modi was elected to the Lok Sabha from two different constituencies – one in his home state, and one, a holy city. Name both.
  96. 96. The Answer is….
  97. 97. Vadodara / Baroda Varanasi / Benares
  98. 98. 24. Who or what are these the measurements of?
  99. 99. The Answer is….
  100. 100. Statue of Liberty
  101. 101. *25. Identify the film.
  102. 102. The Answer is….
  103. 103. Maleficent
  104. 104. Good Luck! See you in the finals

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