Testing Times: Volume Two

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

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1. Who is the Roman goddess of peace?
2. Which American-British poet wrote The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Hippopotamus?
3. The Australian Stock Exchange code TLS refers to which company?
4. Who was the last tsar of Russia?
5. Dope Lemon is the moniker of which Australian musician?
6. The Battle of Stalingrad was a major conflict in which war?
7. Merthyr Tydfil, Flintshire and Gwynedd are counties of which country?
8. The microorganism Clostridium tetani causes which infectious disease?
9. Who wrote under the pen-name Acton Bell?
10. The Mount Stromlo Observatory is located on the outskirts of which Australian city?
11. Alfred E. Neuman is the fictitious mascot and cover boy of which humour magazine?
12. What temperature is 100 degrees Celsius on the Fahrenheit scale?
13. What is the first name of the Austrian composer Schubert?
14. Firefox, Chrome and Safari are all types of what?
15. The mathematical formula that states the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides is known as whose theorem?
16. Which actress links the films The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Wonder Woman and Forrest Gump?
17. What does the ‘e’ stand for in email?
18. In which year did Hurricane Katrina ravage the city of New Orleans?
19. Germany’s Adolf Dassler founded which sports brand?
20. Who is credited with having written Profiles in Courage, a 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of short biographies?
21. The cimbasso belongs to which section of an orchestra?
22. What is the Italian word for snake?
23. Saudi Arabia has coastlines on what two bodies of water?
24. In blood pressure readings, does systolic refer to the top or bottom number?
25. What nationality is Agatha Christie’s fictional detective Hercule Poirot?
26. Which river flows through the Grand Canyon?
27. What type of animal is a capuchin: (a) a guinea pig; (b) an antelope; or (c) a monkey?
28. Which colour in the CMYK model does the ‘k’ stand for?
29. Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities is set during which major conflict?
30. Italian artist Tintoretto painted during which period?
31. What name was given to the symbolic divider between the northern and southern states during America’s Civil War?
32. Is Bay of Islands located on New Zealand’s north-west, north-east, south-east or south-west coast?
33. In what year was the Fall of the Berlin Wall?
34. Who wrote the nonsense poem Jabberwocky?
35. Name Australia’s Attorney-General.
36. What is the term given to a positive number that can be divided evenly only by 1, or itself?
37. Which rank, along with bishops and archbishops, is in the upper echelon of the Roman Catholic Church, directly below the Pope?
38. Vanilla is harvested from a species belonging to which plant family?
39. In which decade did Bangladesh declare independence from Pakistan?
40. In Spanish, amarillo refers to which colour?
41. John Maxwell are the first names of which Nobel prize-winning author?
42. What type of fruit has varieties that include Imperial, Murcott and Fremont?
43. Which atmospheric layer is closer to Earth: the stratosphere or troposphere?
44. George R. R. Martin wrote the international best-selling series of epic fantasy novels that became the television series…
45. Chevy Chase is a suburb of which US city?
46. In a traditional game of mahjong, each of the four players begins the game with how many tiles (with an additional tile going to the dealer).
47. A swimming naked baby featured on the cover of which seminal 1991 rock album?
48. In which field of the arts is Englishman Henry Moore best known?
49. How many strings on a mandolin?
50. Americans call it kerosene; what do the British generally call it?
51. Schapelle Corby spent nine years in which Balinese prison?
52. Which strait, formerly known as Hellespont, connects the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara?
53. Which artist’s paintings include The Dancing Class (1870) and Portraits at the Stock Exchange (1879)?
54. For which film did Philip Seymour Hoffman win a Best Actor Oscar?
55. What breed of animal is a Belted Galloway?
56. Which actor links the films Mermaids, Spice World, Hook and Snow White and the Huntsman?
57. Name the American architect whose philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935).
58. In a standard deck of cards the one-eyed jacks belong to which suits?
59. What is Valentina Tereshkova’s main claim to fame?
60. The World Heritage-listed archaeological site of Carthage is located in which country?
61. In medical terminology, erythrocytes are commonly known as...
62. Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer were directors of which telco that collapsed in 2001?
63. The smallest bone in the human body is located where?
64. Which nation’s capital city is, in English, an anagram of its former capital city?
65. The troops of which nation were defeated in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu?
66. Don Bradman was out for a duck in his last Test innings in: (a) 1948; (b) 1950; or (c) 1952?
67. Which actress links the characters Rose DeWitt Bukater, Clementine Kruczynski, Hanna Schmitz and April Wheeler?
68. Australia’s most prestigious literary award is named after which author?
69. Which German field marshal was popularly known as the Desert Fox?
70. Which Australian city is home to the historic Fannie Bay Gaol?
71. Where in the body is insulin produced?
72. Which of these musical instruments does not belong to the woodwind family: (a) flute; (b) oboe; (c) bassoon; or (d) cornet?
73. Which former governor-general was the first person to become a Knight of the Order of Australia?
74. In regards to the American cable and satellite television network, the acronym HBO stands for…?
75. Which Shakespeare character utters the line: “It is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing.”
76. Which country does not border the Czech Republic: (a) Germany; (b) Poland; (c) Hungary; (d) Austria?
77. What is the first name of the French artist Matisse (1869-1954)?
78. The Earth’s atmosphere mainly comprises which gas?
79. The acronym APEC stands for …
80. Name the 1940 animated film that was produced by Walt Disney and, in one segment, features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician.
81. What were the names of RMS Titanic’s two sister ships?
82. Mossad is the national intelligence agency of what country?
83. The nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who personify knowledge of the arts, are collectively known as what?
84. In computer terminology, what does DOS stand for?
85. What colour is the ‘S’ on Superman’s suit?
86. The leader of an orchestra plays which instrument?
87. Who wrote The Hunger Games series of adventure novels?
88. The Battle of Midway was fought during World War II in which ocean?
89. Name the largest borough by area of New York City.
90. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, which girl’s name is used to signify the letter ‘J’?
91. Culinary duo Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson were better known as…
92. Florence is the capital of which Italian region?
93. Which card game features the terms “the flop”, “the turn” and “the river”?
94. The acronym ICAC stands for…?
95. The counting system that uses only 0 and 1 is called…
96. Which herb starting with ‘t’ acts as the main flavouring component of a traditional Béarnaise sauce?
97. Who was the last Australian tennis player (excluding juniors) to compete in a Wimbledon singles final?
98. In Scrabble, which four letters are worth three points?
99. Which two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet contested the War of the Roses?
100. A Nobel prize-winning Australian immunologist was Sir Frank Macfarlane …

Cindy MacDonald
is The Saturday Paper’s deputy editor.