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 Quiz 102a - General Knowledge

  1. The 'Society of Friends' are more commonly known as what? - The Quakers

  2. Who sang 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' with Elton John? - Kiki Dee

  3. What is the US equivalent of the Foreign Office? - State Department

  4. On what day is Michaelmas celebrated? -  Michaelmas Day is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, celebrated on 29 September. (St. Michael is the patron saint of the sea and maritime lands, of ships and boatmen, of horses and horsemen. He was the Angel who hurled Lucifer (the devil) down from Heaven for his treachery.)

  5. Who wrote the play containing the mythical 'Bunbury'? - Oscar Wilde

  6. Who is Warren Beatty's famous sister? - Shirley MacLaine

  7. What's the Charles Dickens novel in which you would find the character 'Smike'? - Nicholas Nickleby

  8. What is the name of the Italian lake with the town of Stresa on it's shores? -  Lake Maggiore, (the second largest lake in Italy, is situated in the north west and crosses the border into Switzerland. The Italian part of the lake lies within two regions: Piedmont and Lombardy, with the division from Sesto Calende northwards. The lake also contains 11 islands; the most famous being the Borromean Islands in the gulf between Stresa and Verbania.)

  9. A film star/director who won an Oscar for 'Reds' - Who is he? - Warren Beatty

  10. He invented the 'seed-drill' and his name was used by a pop group? Jethro Tull

  11. Kiss Me Kate is a musical version of which of Shakespeare's works? - The Taming of the Shrew

  12. Who wrote 'The Owl and the Pussycat'? - Edward Lear

  13. In what English county will you find the 'Iron Bridge' at Coalbrookdale. And for a bonus point who designed it? - Shropshire - Designed by Abraham Darby

  14. What tree produces 'Conkers' each autumn (fall)? - Horse Chestnut

  15. Where would you find the world's largest collection of telescopes? - Kit Peak Observatory, Arizona

  16. What is the German name of Hitler's book about his life? - Mein Kampf

  17. Which young poet drowned off the Italian coast in 1822? - Percy Shelly

  18. Which sporting tournament was won five times by Peter Thompson? - British Open (golf)

  19. Who was the French wife of Charles1st? - Henrietta Maria

  20. What is the Hebrew name for the 'Jewish Day of Atonement? - Yom Kippur

     

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