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13 - General Quiz:
1. What according to the Indian government is the only 3 wheeler that you can drive without a license?
The Road Roller
2. Persis Khambatta and Protima Bedi both died on the same day. A month earlier they had been interviewed together on a Television show. Name the show and the host.
‘Not a nice man to know’ hosted by Kushwant Singh on Star Plus
3. What name is derived from the Persian for ‘Huge sheet of water’?
India. Since the Persians couldn’t pronounce Sindhu, they referred to it as ‘the huge sheet of water’ or ‘India’.
4. Which animal is the largest member of the Pig family?
5. This vehicle was used for all general purposes during the World Wars and it was said that it could do anything but talk. What?
The General Purpose Vehicle or the Jeep (from GP)
6. In Tirupati, the Hundi receives millions of rupees every year. What is the mythological reason for the Hundi to be there in the first place?
Once Vishnu was reborn on earth to take back Lakshmi who had come away after a fight. In that birth he needed money to marry her and he borrowed it from Kubera since he had none. Till today his devotees are helping him pay back the loan by contributing to the Hundi.
7. Nowadays, there is this trend of conducting marriages at weird locales, like on a plane. But, for a wedding conducted on a plane, the rule is that Sikh rites have to be followed even though it is a Hindu wedding. Why?
Because the Sikh rites of marriage don’t need the marriage to be conducted in the presence of Agni or fire.
8. Complete the lines – “Till earth and sky stand, presently at God’s great judgement seat, _____________”.
“East is East and West is West and the Twain shall never meet” from
Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Ballads of the East and West’
9. In the world of Children’s fiction, if you followed the directions “Second to the right and straight on till morning”, where would you go?
Neverland (Peter Pan)
10. The road outside the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago was originally called Michigan Avenue. Now it has been renamed after an Indian. Who?
11. Captain Haddock is the President of an organization called SSS. What odes SSS stand for?
Society of Sober Sailors
12. The chief architectural planner of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, David H. Burnham wanted to produce a homegrown structure that would rival the Eiffel Tower. He conducted a competition. The winner was George Washington Gale. What did he invent?
The Giant Wheel or the Ferris Wheel
13. What practice evolved when Eskimos murdered the captain of the ship Heartsease in 1612?
The practice of flying the flag at half-mast.
14. The San Francisco Chronicle described this person as having ‘the determination of Bjorn Borg, the grunt of Jimmy Connors and the laugh of Woody Woodpecker’. Who?
15. In 1979, the Nobel Prize winners for medicine Sir Geoffrey Hounsfield and Allan Cormack were neither doctors nor physiologists. Why were they then awarded the Nobel Prize?
For inventing the CAT scan.
16. What, during the French Revolution, were called Liberty, Equality and Fraternity?
The King, Queen and Jack on a pack of cards.
17. Which is the most famous publication of the company Bennett and Coleman?
The Times of India
18. In 1935, Carl Van Ossietzsky, German journalist and pacifist won the Nobel Prize by beating a much more famous person whose nomination for the Prize was vehemently opposed by the British. Who?
19. Sage Bhagiratha performed penance to bring Ganga to earth. Sage Kashyapa performed penance to bring which river to earth?
20. Devonshire House is one of the most popular haunts of Bangaloreans. By what name is it better known?
21. She was the first winner of the Asian Women’s amateur Table Tennis title but is better known for her professional life. Who?
22. The controversial movie ‘Fire’ is the first of director Deepa Mehta’s ‘Elements’ trilogy. Name the other two.
Earth and Water
23. Which two cricketers and singer have been signed on to endorse Coca Cola in addition to Saurav Ganguly and Javagal Srinath?
Robin Singh, Anil Kumble and Daler Mehndi
24. Which celebrity made her Hindi film debut in the small role of the wife of tribal Raghubir Yadav in the award winning ‘Massey Saheb’?
25. Who was awarded the Bank of Sweden Prize for 1998?
Amartya Sen (The Bank of Sweden Prize is the Economics Nobel)
26. Recently a Dubai based company launched a range of perfumes called ‘SK’. After whom is it named?
27. In the world of comics whose mind ‘works faster than a computer’?
28. Which Kannada movie won the National Award for Best Film in 1998?
Girish Kasaravalli’s ‘Thayi Saaheba’
29. Where in Bangalore would you find the following words inscribed ‘Government’s work is God’s work’?
On the Vidhana Soudha
30. What is advertised with the line ‘Nothing else matters at nine’?
31. In the world of Indian classical music how are Lalitha and Haripriya better known?
32. In the name of the popular computer iMAC, What does the ‘i’ stand for?
33. It was earlier called as ‘The Statuette’. How do we know it today?
34. Who or what did Shakespeare describe as ‘the green eyed monster’?
35. In the Mahabharata, other than the Kauravas who else had a hundred brothers?
36. Whose autobiography is titled ‘Wings of Fire’?
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
37. Who edits the women’s magazine ‘New Woman’?
38. Which cricketer is slated to star opposite Madhuri Dixit in a forthcoming film?
39. What was born in a pub in London during a barroom argument on which bird was the fastest in the British Isles?
The Guinness Book of Records
40. Which king, the son of Sage Pulyasta was an accomplished veena player and his royal flag bore it as his insignia?
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