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quiz 1265 – general knowledge (QA)

1 Which circle of latitude on the Earth is also known as the Northern Tropic? Tropic of Cancer
2 English statesman Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, was executed during the reign of which English monarch? King Henry VIII
3 Dipsophobia is the irrational fear of doing what? Drinking alcohol
4 The world’s first vacuum bottling factory was opened in which European country in 1804? France
5 What is the tradition in Greece and Cyprus in which people eat fasting foods, such as vegetables and seafood, on the first day of Lent? Green Monday or Clean Monday
6 The AK Parti (the Justice and Development Party) is a political party in which country? Turkey
7 In which year was the Bank of England entirely nationalised? 1946
8 Apart from English, what is the official language of Pakistan? Urdu
9 Which computer company was founded in 1983 as Control Video Corporation? AOL
10 The Philippines were named after which king of Spain? King Philip II
11 Who made his ‘I Am Prepared to Die’ speech in 1964 at the opening of the Rivonia Trial in South Africa? Nelson Mandela
12 In March 1975, which silent movie star was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II? Charlie Chaplin
13 In the late 19th Century, who brought a libel action against the Marquess of Queensbury who won a counterclaim? Oscar Wilde
14 How many ribs does a human have? 24
15 US singer/songwriter Richard Wayne Penniman is better known by what name? Little Richard
16 In the nursery rhyme, who was unable to be put together again by all the kings men? Humpty Dumpty
17 Which country’s football team was runner up in the 1970 FIFA World Cup? Italy
18 Which actress played ‘Bond girl’ Honey Ryder? Ursula Andress
19 Which year saw the first ‘space tourist’ Dennis Tito, who paid a reported 20 million dollars to board the International Space Station? 2001
20 What is the national plant of Ireland? Shamrock