Testing Times, Volume Five. 100 more questions from The Saturday Paper’s weekly Quiz. By Cindy MacDonald.

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Previous volumes of Testing Times
Volume One.
Volume Two.
Volume Three.
Volume Four.



1. Name Australia’s minister for Defence?
2. The “Marcha Real” is the national anthem of which country?
3. What does the acronym EFTPOS stand for?
4. Alphabetically, which US state comes second?
5. Australian nurse Elizabeth Kenny became famous for treating which disease?
6. In which James Bond film did George Lazenby play 007?
7. Minion, Cambria and Palatino are all varieties of what?
8. What is Greece’s largest island?
9. Who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?
10. Which singer links the songs “Someone Like You”, “Make You Feel My Love” and “Rumour Has It”?
11. The first five books of the Hebrew Bible are called the…?
12. Which Australian artist painted the Ned Kelly series?
13. True or false: rhinoceroses are herbivores.
14. David Hallberg is the artistic director of which Australian dance company?
15. Aztecs were native to which current-day country?
16. By area, what is the largest national park in Australia?
17. A full bench of Australia’s High Court comprises how many justices?
18. What is the largest airline of Hong Kong?
19. In what year was Osama bin Laden killed?
20. In which country did he die?
21. The northernmost point in Scandinavia is in which country?
22. WBC is the abbreviation for which company on the Australian Stock Exchange?
23. Nasi lemak is a national dish of which country?
24. What four-letter colour is a dark or purplish brown?
25. How many degrees are in a right angle?
26. In which US state did the shootout at OK Corral take place?
27. What is the accepted normal body temperature for a human being?
28. Name the 2021 Super Netball minor premiers.
29. The English city Newcastle lies on the banks of which river?
30. Hg represents which chemical element on the periodic table?
31. According to mythology, how many labours did Hercules perform?
32. Which 1966 book by Truman Capote carries the subtitle “A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences”?
33. Emmental cheese originated in which country?
34. What is a spirometer used for measuring?
35. Who is the leader of the British Labour Party?
36. Which Australian jockey was known as “The Pumper”?
37. In order, the seven main taxonomic divisions are kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and …?
38. American showman William Frederick Cody was better known as …?
39. What is the smallest breed of possum?
40. Pineal, pituitary and adrenal are all types of what?
41. What is the Japanese word for green?
42. A violin usually has how many strings?
43. Snap, Crackle and Pop promote which type of breakfast cereal in Australia?
44. Where in the human body are the metatarsal bones?
45. Phobos is the largest moon of which planet?
46. In which country did the Battle of Culloden take place?
47. What is the name of the lead female character in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice?
48. Aylesbury, Rouen and Muscovy are breeds of what animal?
49. Name the winner of the 2020 Melbourne Cup?
50. What is the capital city of Slovakia?
51. Which wispy cloud takes its name from the Latin for a curling lock of hair?
52. Wrasse, drum and halibut are all types of what?
53. Trinidadian-born American singer-songwriter Onika Tanya Maraj is better known by what stage name?
54. Which of these South Pacific nations is nearest to Australia: (a) Vanuatu; (b) New Caledonia; or (c) Fiji?
55. What is the name of the plantation in Gone with the Wind?
56. According to Greek mythology, who went in search of the Golden Fleece?
57. What is the name for a mammal that lays eggs?
58. What star sign would someone born on All Saints’ Eve have?
59. In which year did the “Storming of the Bastille” take place?
60. What does DNA stand for?
61. Which book of the New Testament follows the Gospels?
62. The flag of which of these countries is not red and white: (a) Monaco; (b) Austria; (c) Bangladesh; or (d) Turkey?
63. Which US president proclaimed December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy”?
64. A Scouser hails from which English city?
65. The collarbone is also known by what name?
66. Which city is home to the Hermitage Museum?
67. Who was the first woman to win a Nobel prize?
68. In Hinduism, who is the first member of the Hindu Trinity and “the Creator”?
69. Lemurs are endemic to which island?
70. Kansas City is the largest city of which US state?
71. Friends Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin formed which band in the late 1970s?
72. What name beginning with ‘h’ is given to a yearling sheep?
73. Do ligaments connect bones or muscles?
74. The island of Corsica is part of which country?
75. Whom did Gough Whitlam refer to as Kerr’s cur in 1975?
76. According to a Shakespeare play, who does the ghost of Banquo torment?
77. Who wrote the music and lyrics for Matilda the Musical?
78. In the United States Navy, sea, air and land teams are commonly known as what?
79. From which plant is tequila derived?
80. Which of these films did Steven Spielberg not direct: (a) Saving Private Ryan; (b) Minority Report; or (c) The Departed?
81. “Call me Ishmael” is the opening line from which classic novel?
82. What system of the human body transports oxygen and nutrients to cells?
83. Which volcano is known as the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”?
84. Composer (Franz) Joseph Haydn was born in which country?
85. In what year did the television series Home and Away first air?
86. What is the closest known star to Earth?
87. Who wrote the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail?
88. What is fermented to make the Japanese drink sake?
89. Is the length of the day on Mars longer or shorter than on Earth?
90. In which European city is Oscar Wilde buried?
91. In the film Pretty Woman what was the first name of the character played by Julia Roberts?
92. In music, what tempo is andante?
93. The invasion of which country sparked World War II?
94. What is the fifth letter of the Greek alphabet?
95. The skeleton of an adult human body comprises how many bones?
96. Who was the first Australian author to win a Booker Prize for Fiction?
97. For which book did he win?
98. What is the main spirit in a Rob Roy cocktail?
99. In Roman numerals, what number is represented by the letters LX?
100. Which Stevie Wonder hit features the lyric: “Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past”?

Cindy MacDonald is The Saturday Paper’s deputy editor.