CHRISTMAS QUIZ. Improve your brain power…

MUSIC

A. Which member of U2 was so afraid of horses that a double had to be used in the filming of the video of New Year's Day?

1. Bono

2. Dave Robbins

3. The Edge

4. Adam Clayton

5. Larry Mullins

B. Which composer wrote a symphony number 0 and one numbered 00?

1. Mahler

2. Beethoven

3. Haydn 4. Bruckner

5. Brahms

C. Which group started off as Group X?

1. The Jam

2. The Police

3. Hawkwind

4. Free

5. The The

D. How many violin concertos did Mozart compose?

1. 41

2. 27

3. 0

4. 5

5 .7.

E. What was the B side of You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive?

1. Freewheelin' 2. Blue Mountain 3. Sledgehammer

4. Second hand 5. Blue buck

F. What killed Ernie?

1. Cancer 2. Old age

3. A stale pork pie 4. A gunshot wound 5. A shark

G. Which of the following conductors was born in 1885?

1. Toscanini 2. Karajan

3. Klemperer 4. Boult

5. Mladijcz

HISTORY

A. Which year was the battle of Sempach?

1. 1386 2. 1286 3. 1486

4. 1586 5. 1587

B. In which year was the tax per proof gallon raised to 3s 6d for whisky?

1. 1829 2. 1830 3. 1831

4. 1832 5. 1834

C. Which Holy Roman Emperor was known as “Red Beard”?

1. Frederick I 2. Frederick II 3. Frederick III 4. Frederick IV 5. Frederick V

D. On which date in 1945 did the German forces officially surrender to the Allies?

1. May 7 2. May 8 3. May 9

4. August 14 5. They didn't

SCIENCE

A. Which type of fossil used to be placed in milk to stop it from going sour?

1. Echinoid 2. Trilobite

3. Ammonite 4. Brachiopod

5. Granite

B. Which metal makes iron become galvanised

1. Mercury 2. Copper 3. Zinc 4. Tin 5. Brass

C. Where would you expect to find “Lines of Pickerill”?

1. In a cow's brain 2. In a

human tooth 3. On Pluto

4. In two of the three hearts of an octopus 5. Somewhere on the boundaries of wishful thinking

D. What medical condition can diatomes cause?

1. Silicosis 2. Kidney failure 3. Byssinosis 4. Cancer of the bladder 5. Extrinisic allergic alveolitis

QUOTATIONS

A. Who said: “American youth should understand that even though actual invasion of American territory is unlikely, the United States is liable to be involved in international entanglements at any time”?

1. Einstein 2. Hoover

3. Churchill 4. Coolidge

5. Roosevelt

B. Who wrote: “It is hard to tell where MCC ends and the Church of England begins”?

1. Edgar Wallace 2. Evelyn Waugh 3. JB Priestley

4. Harold Pinter 5. George Orwell

C. Who said: “I am for the people. I can't help it”?

1. Adolf Hitler 2. Charles Chaplin 3. Benito Mussolini

4. Robert Kennedy 5. Andrew McKenzie

D. Who said: “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself”?

1. Alexander Harvey 2. Henry Mencken 3. Noel Coward

4. Mark Twain 5. Abraham Lincoln

E. Who wrote: “For certain people, after 50, litigation takes the place of sex”?

1. Gore Vidal 2. Jasper Griegson 3. Maureen Lipman

4. Rex Reed 5. Joseph Heller

LITERATURE

A. Who wrote a poem including this line: “In the time it takes to blow your nose, the people fell the mushroom rose”?

1. John Betjeman 2. Bob Dylan 3. John Lennon 4. Roger McGough 5. Mary Wilson

B. Which book ends with the line “And after all, what more could any one want than that!”?

1. Jennings and Darbishire

2. What Katy Did 3. What Katy Did Next 4. What Katy Did Not Do 5. The Monster of Widgeon Weir

C. When offered some wine by the March Hare, Alice looked all around the table but there was nothing on it but tea. She then said “I don't see any wine”. What did the March Hare say in reply?

1. “Wine is brine and brine is fine” 2. “Wine's a terrible drink, try brandy” 3. “There isn't any” 4. “Use your ears and you'll see quite clearly”

5. Nothing

D. Who wrote the words “We burn daylight”?

1. James Whistler 2. George Eliot 3. Lord Byron

4. HG Wells 5. Shakespeare

E. Which of the following poets wrote a book with his brother called Poems by Two Brothers?

1. John Keats 2. Hilaire Belloc 3. John Galsworthy 4. Homer 5. Lord Alfred Tennyson

POLITICS

A. Which famous British politician has or had the middle names Denzil Xavier?

1. Screaming Lord Sutch

2. Michael Portillo 3. Lord Liverpool 4. Hugh Gaitskell

5. Gerry Bowden

B. Which famous British politician was consultant to the Guild of Glass Engravers between 1979 and 1983?

1. John Major 2. Michael Portillo 3. Austen Mitchell

4. Michael Mates 5. Harold Macmillan

C. Which nation has the highest percentage of women in its legislature?

1. Norway 2. Sweden 3. Finland 4. Denmark 5. Iraq

D. Which country (in addition to Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia) joined the United Nations in 1956?

1. Japan 2. Kenya 3. Mali

4. Austria 5. Papua New Guinea

SPORT

A. In the 1972-73 Plunket Shield Competition which side won the most bonus batting points?

1. Wellington 2. Otago

3. Auckland 4. Canterbury

5. North District

B.Who won the Miller Hallet Cup in 1956?

1. AM Weir 2. A Jay

3. CB Harlow 4. DC West

5. EC Hui

C. Who scored a goal which Kenneth Wolstenholme described as being good enough to win the League, the Cup, the World Cup and even the Grand National?

1. Jimmy Greaves 2. Bobby Charlton 3. George Best

4. George Graham

5. Charlie George

D. If you found yourself playing The Toilet Variation in a game of chess, what is the name of Black's original defence?

1. Alekhine 2. Caro-Kann

3. French 4. Sicilian

5. German

E. Which MP won an Olympic silver medal for rowing in 1990?

1. Colin Moynihan 2. Sebastian Coe 3. Bernie Grant

4. Douglas Brewer

5. Michael Portillo

MISCELLANEOUS

A. The last official Maypole was erected in London in 1661. How many feet tall was it?

1. 22ft 2. 87ft 3. 94ft

4. 119ft 5. 134ft

B. Which of the following is not, strictly speaking, a fruit?

1. Tomato 2. Banana 3. Kiwi fruit 4. Avocado 5. Apple

C. Pavlova and Collette are?

1. Types of courgette 2. Types of enamel 3. Well known craters on the planet Venus

4. Codenames for paratroop units employed by the Allies at the battle of Arnhem 5. The names of two cats looked after (but not owned) by Her Majesty the Queen

D. What language did Jesus Christ speak?

1. Arabic 2. Aramaic 3. Akkadian 4. Phoenician 5. Moabite

E. Which football team does Michael Foot support?

1. Plymouth Argyll

2. Swindon Town 3. Bolton Wanderers 4. Wolverhampton Wanderers 5. Ipswich Town

F. Who was Mohammed's successor?

1. Umar I 2. Abu Bakr 3. Abu Al-Faraj 4. Jesus Christ

5. Ashi

G. The first cargo of cocoa beans to arrive in this country came in:

1. 1499 2. 1532 3. 1585

4. 1630 5. 1987

H. Which is the odd one out?

1. Chambertin 2. Vosne Romanee 3. Clos de Vougeot

4. Bonnes Mares

5. La Romanee

I. The oldest smock windmill in England is situated in which English village?

1. Lacy Green 2. Weedley

3. Doves End 4. St. Columb Major 5. St. Columb Minor

J. Which is the odd one out?

1. Kintyre 2. Lochindaal

3. Glen Nevis 4. Springbank

5. Dalarvan