Monday, December 04, 2006

My Own Quiznet Quizzes: General - I

Originally posted on Quiznet in September 2001

1. Michael Dudok de Wit received an Oscar in 2001 for the Best Animated Short Film. He also won a high definition TV set. For what reason?
Answer: For making the shortest acceptance speech of 18 seconds.
A side anecdote: Julia Roberts was jabbering away after receiving the Oscar and when prompted to keep her speech short, in the midst of her speech she retorted, "I already have a TV."

2. Who wrote the short essay 'The Nine Billion Names of God', about a Tibetan lamasery engaging the services of Western Computer experts to run through all the possible combinations of letters to come up with one that is the hidden name of God?
Answer: Arthur C Clarke

3. Name this painter (famous for his moustache), whose paintings usually contained watches bent in mysterious ways.
Answer: Salvador Dali

4. According to the author himself, his best works were the little remembered historical romances 'Micah Clarke' and 'The White Company'. Who was he?
Answer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

5. These games held in Israel every two years are restricted to athletes of the Jewish faith. It features cricket among other disciplines at international level. What are they called?
Answer: The Maccabbee Games

6. Connect: Percy Shelley, Sylvia Plath, Uranus and 'The Tempest'.
Answer: The connection is Ariel.
Percy Shelley died in the boat 'Ariel'.
It was the name of a 1965 volume of poetry published by Sylvia Plath.
Ariel is one of the moons of Uranus.
The name of the principal spirit in 'The Tempest' was Ariel.

7. Paleontologists recently discovered a 70 million year old dinosaur in Madagascar and named it 'Masiakasaurus Knopfleri'. Why?
Answer: They named it after the Dire Straits vocalist Mark Knopfler, since the crew was listening to the band when they made this discovery. It means 'Knopfler - The Fierce Lizard'.

8. This Australian leg spinner made his debut at the age of 34 years. He played 37 Test matches and took 216 wickets. He loved Indian tea and wore a ring with a gemstone, on which was inscribed, 'Eyes of Allah'. Who was he?
Answer: Clarrie Grimmet

9. Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a book titled 'Gadsby'. What is unique about this book?
Answer: He did not use a single 'E' in the entire book.

10. It is considered to be the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize. It was started in 1992 by the late Stig Anderson, the manager of ABBA. In 2001, the honour went to Burt Bacharach, an American songwriter. What is this award called?
Answer: The Polar Music Prize
Former winners include Ravi Shankar and Elton John.


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