Tuesday, 10 April 2007

THE 4th TUESDAY QUIZ

And so, here we are again - another Tuesday, another 30 questions. Enjoy.

1. Lady Charlotte Guest was an important 19th Century figure in the study of Welsh literature and is best remembered for her pioneering translation of which major mediaeval work?
2. A tajine is a heavy clay dish used for cooking in which African country?
3. The name of which American state translates from a Native American word meaning 'red people'?
4. At which Spanish port was Sir Francis Drake said to have 'singed the King of Spain's beard' by setting fire to Spanish ships in 1586?
5. In Greek mythology, who was the faithful hound of Icarius who, upon finding his master's grave, leapt off a cliff to his death, later to be placed, by Dionysus, in the sky as the dog star?
6. What was the name of the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs who was assassinated by a knifeman in a Stockholm department store in 2003?
7. In May 1953, which singer became the first person to have two UK number 1 singles when 'I'm Walking Behind You' reached the top spot in the charts?
8. What is the SI unit of magnetic flux?
9. The athletics event known as the marathon was inspired by the actions of which Ancient Athenian herald who is said to have run the 150 miles to Sparta in two days to request help when the Persians landed at Marathon in Greece?
10. Who wrote the music for the musical 'Annie'?
11. Which French post-impressionist painter was nicknamed 'La Douanier' (or the customs officer) because he once worked as a tax collector at the Customs Office in Paris?
12. What name is given to the Proven├žal delicacy served on toast and usually made from olives, garlic, capers and anchovy?
13. What is the name of the town in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, famous for its orange-throwing festival?
14. Who was the founder of the People's Temple church, 914 of whose members committed suicide in the jungle of Guyana in 1978?
15. Which 16th Century bishop produced the first complete printed translation of the Bible into English?
16. Which word, that derives ultimately from the Slavonic for 'highwayman', has been used to refer to certain types of cavalry throughout Europe since the 15th Century and is present, to this day, in the names of two British regiments?
17. Which song, released in June 1964 and with a melody taken from a traditional ballad, was the first UK number 1 single to have a playing time of over 4 minutes?
18. What name did the British chemist Sir James Lovelock give to his controversial theory that life on Earth creates a suitable environment for its own continuity through its functioning as a self-regulating single organism?
19. The Hawaiian swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, who won the 100m freestyle gold medal at the 1912 and 1920 Olympic Games, is considered the inventor of which sport?
20. What was the name of The Addams Family's pet octopus?
21. In the novel 'Gulliver's Travels' by Jonathan Swift what was Gulliver's first name?
22. In which Asian country were carrots first grown?
23. Which volcano on Tenerife is the highest mountain in Spain and the third largest volcano on Earth?
24. Who was the commander of the French army at the time of the Fall of Quebec who died of battle wounds sustained on the Plains of Abraham just one day after the death of General Wolfe?
25. According to Islam, what is the name of the bridge, narrower than a spider's thread and sharper than a sword, that good Muslims will cross on the Day of Judgement to enter Paradise?
26. Which political theorist established the Italian Communist Party and spent much of his life in jail where he wrote his most famous works called 'The Prison Notebooks'?
27. What was the title of the first record ever played on Radio 1?
28. Which huge aquatic reptile of the Jurassic period, with a name meaning 'smooth-sided tooth,' is the largest carnivore ever to have lived?
29. What were the names of the two American athletes who performed the infamous Black Power salutes during the playing of the American National anthem after each had won a medal in the 200m at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City?
30. In the 1944 film 'National Velvet', starring Elizabeth Taylor, what was the name of the horse ridden to victory in the Grand National?


That wasn't so bad this week, was it? So to the answers...


1. THE MABINOGION
2. MOROCCO
3. OKLAHOMA
4. CADIZ
5. MAERA
6. ANNA LINDH
7. EDDIE FISHER
8. WEBER
9. PHEIDIPPIDES
10. CHARLES STROUSE
11. HENRI ROUSSEAU
12. TAPENADE
13. IVREA
14. JIM JONES
15. MILES COVERDALE
16. HUSSAR
17. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
18. GAIA HYPOTHESIS
19. SURFING
20. ARISTOTLE
21. LEMUEL
22. AFGHANISTAN
23. MOUNT TEIDE
24. LOUIS-JOSEPH DE MONTCALM
25. AL-SIRAT
26. ANTONIO GRAMSCI
27. FLOWERS IN THE RAIN
28. LIOPLEURIDON
29. TOMMIE SMITH and JOHN CARLOS
30. THE PIE

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