Yes, it’s the return of the monthly quiz.
This first set are from the 1952 Quiz Inquisition book I wrote about a week or two ago.
1) What name was given to the ruler of Hyderabad ?
2) How many herrings are there to a cran ?
3) What name is given to Instructions in the Prayer Book for the conduct of Divine Service ?
4) Who was Sir William Orpen ?
5) What is afforestation ?
6) What are Torpids ?
7) What is a khaki Campbell ?
8) What is a verst ?
9) Who was Sir Truby King ?
10) How did Carey Street become a term used to denote financial difficulties ?
OK – that’s enough of them for now. Something a little more modern, and a bit easier. This next set are all from the Bumper TV Top of The Form Quiz Book ( 1974)
1) Which natural disaster befell the Italian village of Longarone in 1963 ?
2) What are the names of the two cities at either end of the journey in The Pilgrim’s Progress ?
3) Why did Cain kill Abel ?
4) Which type of thermionic valve has a cathode, and anode and a control grid ?
5) Where does the term cathedral come from ?
6) What is the difference between a knight and a baronet ?
7) What specific type of bridge is London’s Tower Bridge probably the most famous example of ?
8) What is a lady’s smock,and where would you find it ?
9) In which hills does the River Mersey have its source ?
10) Which bird is sometimes called the invisible bird ?
Compare them with something much more recent – this next set come from Foley and Coates’ Advanced Homework for Grown Ups ( published 2009 )
1) Who wrote a volume of literary criticism called New Bearings on English Poetry ?
2) What is a surd ?
3) Which stretches further north – Lancashire or West Yorkshire ?
4) The Sao Gabriel was the ship of which explorer ?
5) In which year was the IMF set up ?
6) Whose film-like work, such as Nighthawks, greatly influenced photorealists and pop artists of the 1960s ?
7) Which is the odd one out – charm – beta – strange – up ?
8) Who were the parents of Ptolemy Caesarion ?
9) Enter Lavinia – her hands cut off, her tongue cut out and ravished – is a stage direction from which Shakespeare play ?
10) The french subtitles to which film include the line “Demain c’est un autre jour “ ?
Alright, lets take the tempo down a notch or two to finish. This final set are from a randomly picked page of Collins’ Pub Quiz book 1 ( 2004 ) , and are a pretty representative sample of the kind of stuff that you get in an average quiz book. Draw your own conclusions : -
1) What country is also known as the Union of Myanmar ?
2) How many brothers were in the Kennedy Family ?
3) Which country uses the dong as its main unit of currency ?
4) Which hugely successful movie sparked off a succession of disaster movies in the 1970s ?
5) Which important set of manuscripts from the time of Jesus were discovered in a cave over 50 years ago ?
6) Which Spanish singer used to play in goal for Real Madrid reserves ?
7) What are the two types of canoe used in international competition ?
8) Do arteries carry blood to the heart or away from it ?
9) What seas are linked by the Kiel Canal ?
10) What happened to the Stone of Destiny in 1950 ?
Answers to be posted in a few days. Email me if you can’t wait.