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General Knowledge Competition 2003
1. Which is the hardest rock?
2. Which are the first three words in the Bible?
3. King Henry VIII had 6 wives - how many of them did he execute?
4. Nike, one of the world's most famous brand names is, according to Greek mythology, the
Goddess of what?
5. What currency is used in Japan?
6. Which river flows through London?
7. In an orchestra the first violins are closest to the conductor on the left-hand side. Which
instruments are positioned closest to the conductor on the right?
8. In the film Casablanca, what instrument did Sam play in Rick's Cafe?
9. Who is the current Argentine Vice president?
10. What is the name of the geological feature in the Earth's crust which runs for
approximately 600 miles through N.W.California to the Colorado desert which marks the
boundary between the Pacific and American crustal plates?
11. What name is given to the Muslims from North Africa who conquered the Iberian
Peninsula in the 8th century and were repelled by the Hispanic Christian kingdoms by the
end of the 13th century?
12. What is the name of the ape-like creature said to live at the edge of the snow-line in high
valleys of the Himalayan Mountains?
13. Who, in the Old Testament, was swallowed and later thrown up by a whale?
14. What year did the First World War start?
15. What is the name of the awards for outstanding achievements in literature, drama, music
and journalism that were established by a Hungarian-born American newspaper proprietor
and awarded annually since 1917 by Columbia University?
16. In which William Shakespeare comedy does Shylock, a Jewish money lender, demand a
"pound of flesh" from Bassanio's friend, Antonio?
17. How many permanent teeth does an adult have?
18. What did the Montgolfier brothers invent?
19. What is the capital city of New Zealand?
20. What rock group did Luca Prodan belong to?
21. What gland in the human body produces the hormone Insulin?
22. Which planet is the fifth from the sun?
23. Which Greek mountain divides Thessaly from Macedonia and in Greek mythology was
the court of Zeus and home of the gods?
24. Who developed the theory of relativity?
25. Name the two Argentines currently in the top ten ATP ranking
26. Which chemical element is represented by the symbol N?
27. In which country is Mount Everest?
28. In which organelle of a living cell is DNA found?
29. What is longest running race in the Olympic Games called?
30. Which travel faster, light or sound waves?
31. Which continent has the biggest population?
32. Which organ in the body regulates the amount of water in the blood and helps in the
removal of waste products?
33. On which continent is the Sahara desert?
34. How do you call your grandmother's sister?
35. Name the two longest rivers in the world.
36. Horst Köhler is the director of which international organization?
37. The word Apocalypse is of Greek origin, what does it mean?
38. In which sport can you throw a 'curve ball'?
39. How many prongs are there on a dinner fork?
40. What is the yellow part of an egg called?
41. Which team won the 2002 Formula One car racing championship?
42. Which pop singer married British movie director Guy Ritchie?
43. Which rock group did George Harrison belong to?
44. What Greek philosopher wrote The Republic?
45. How many events are there in the decathlon?
46. What's the most commonly used letter of the alphabet?
47. What book has been the second most translated into different languages?
48. How do you spell "14th"?
49. Who cut off Van Gogh's ear?
50. Who starts first in chess?
51. How many loaves of bread did Jesus hand out to the crowd of 5000 men?
52. Who composed the ballet “Swan Lake”?
53. Which flower is the national emblem of Scotland?
54. Which are the official languages of Canada?
55. In what country was St. Francis Xavier born?
56. What colour is a crab’s blood?
57. Name two pollutants that cause the greenhouse effect ( )
58. How many syllables does the word "scraunched" have?
59. End this common idiom: "To be green with...
60. Which ocean is to the east of Africa?
61. What letter is silent in the word "hourglass"?
62. What is the name Sumerian legal code?
63. What nationality was Chopin?
64. What's the opposite of "deep"?
65. Where is the smallest bone in the body?
66. In what city is the Prado museum?
67. How do you say "not honest" in one word?
68. What was the previous name of Thailand?
69. Who discovered penicillin?
70. Name the two leaders of the countries that invaded Iraq
71. What temperature does water boil at?
72. What does UN stand for?
73. What did Joseph Priesley discover in 1774?
74. Who were the first Europeans known to visit Canada?
75. What's another word for "fix"?
76. Who baptized Jesus Christ?
77. What are the things that wipe the rain off the front window of a car?
78. Who checks and balances the financial books?
79. Who sang "My Way"?
80. The word "funny" means both "amusing" and...
81. What does NAFTA stand for?
82. What's the opposite of "wide"?
83. What is an electric machine for cleaning carpets called?
84. Where did Salvador Dali live?
85. Which is the smallest ocean?
86. Who said, "Vini, vidi, vici"?
87. Name a famous detective who smoked a pipe and played the violin.
88. Where was Marco Polo's home town?
89. What does the boxing term KO stand for?
90. Who painted the Sistine Chapel?
91. What's the largest city in India?
92. How many people went into Noah's Ark?
93. What country gave Florida to the USA in 1891?
94. What was the name of Don Quixote’s horse?
95. Who was Robin Hood's girlfriend?
96. Who wrote the James Bond books?
97. Who said, "I think, therefore I am"?
98. Who wrote "The Ugly Duckling"?
99. Who were the two main actors in "Pretty Woman"?
100. What is the name of the French National Anthem?