Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Questions from the July Quiz

Questions from Anil's quiz

Q.Guru Nanak ran a shop in his native Talwandi. He used to visit a nearby town called Chuhar Kana to make purchases for his shop. On the way to the town, there was a resting place where holy people who were passing through the city could stay. Guru Nanak would have regular discussions with those people and often shared his earnings with them. His father Kalyan Chand was not too supportive of this fact but Guru Nanak continued to share money with the needy people. A Gurudwara stands at that resting place commemorating this. Name the place.
A. Sacha Sauda, named after the fact that Guru Nanak told his father that he was doing a 'Sacha Sauda' - True Business /Bargain

Q.'The Sound Sweep' is a story by J G Ballard set in a futuristic world where waste noise is 'collected' and disposed by the use of a 'sonovac'. Mangon, who is the title character, finds former opera singer Madame Giaconda hiding in an abandoned radio station. She wishes to sing again, but there are no takers for her music. All music are being composed & stored in ultrasonic media and there's no demand for audible music. This story inspired Trevor Horn to do what?
A. The story was the inspiration for the song he wrote - ‘Video killed the Radio Star’

Q.Much of the British East India Company's navigational information in the 18th century comes from two pioneers Capt John Ritchie and X. X was known for his survey of Diego Garcia and surrounding waters in the late 1780s and his work enabled the British to put up a temporary settlement on the island. During this trip, X also did a check on the ocean currents surrounding the Maldives. Later, the Governor of Bombay, Rawson Hart Boddam initiated another survey enlisting officers from the Bombay marines (under the leadership of X) to figure out the geographies of a particular place. X was quite successful in this attempt and managed to produce an accurate map of the place. Identify.
A. Lieutenant Archibald Blair, who surveyed and produced the first map of the Andamans – Port Blair is named after him

Q.This word, in a particular context, was used to refer to a community social gathering at which friends and neighbours join together in a single activity usually to help one person or family. The earliest known usage was when families would come together for a sewing session. According to Webster's Third New International Dictionary, the usage might have originated from an old English word which meant "voluntary help given by neighbors toward the accomplishment of a particular task". This word is now associated with a few events held annually. Which word?
A. Bee, as in the Spelling Bee, Geography Bee etc

Q.He’s reported to have been the first bishop of Pavia in the 1st century. Much of his legend is known today because of a 14th century text ‘De Laudibus PapiƦ’ (meaning ‘In praise of Pavia’) – he’s said to have been a follower of Saint Peter and travelled all over Italy to preach and convert. He’s now the patron saint of Pavia and his relics are housed in the city’s cathedral. Among the things named after him are a district in an Italian city and a municipality off Lake Como. Who?
A. Saint Syrus, known in Italian as San Siro – the district in Milan (& hence the stadium area) are named after him

Q.There was a ruler named Neroon who ruled over a city ‘Neroon Kot’ meaning the ‘place of Neroon’. This was a historic place dating back to the 3rd and 4th centuries. Many years later in 1768, Ghulam Shah Kalhora founded this city at the site of Neroon Kot. One of the features of the city was a massive fort that was built by Ghulam Shah to shelter as well as defend the people. He named the place after Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, who incidentally was given a nickname by his mother for the resemblance of his hair to that of a lion’s mane. Which city?
A. Hyderabad, Pakistan – named after Ali Ibn Abu Talib (named ‘Haider’)

Q.This is the name given to an internet worm which can affect all vulnerable machines in less than fifteen minutes. The SQL slammer worm was the first example of this category - it used a random number generator to determine which IP to attack next and studies by Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) showed that this method was found to be very effective when it comes to quick propagation. The same name was also applied by John Cullen Murphy Jr, who was the editor of The Atlantic Monthly, in 1997 for a unit of 'celebrityness' or hype. What?
A. Warhol, from Andy Warhol's "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes"; One Warhol would be equivalent to 15 minutes of fame

Q. In 16th century England, whenever someone from an aristocratic family would go on a deer-hunting expedition, the hunters would eat the deer meat (venison) after the hunt. The inferior parts (kidneys, intestines etc) were given over to the servants & the helpers on the hunting mission. The name for the inferior set comes from the French 'lumbulus' meaning a 'little loin' and has given rise to an English phrase. Which phrase?
A. ‘Humble Pie’, comes from (N)umble derived from Lumbulus; the lower classes were associated with eating the humble pie, later moved to become a generic expression

Q. Born in 1201, this French theologian entered the Church at a young age. After completing his education in Paris, he lived under the patronage of Comte d'Artois and Louis IX. Later he became the canon of Cambrai before becoming the canon of Paris. During that period, he began teaching and established a college in Paris to teach theology to poor students. The programme was sponsored by King Louis IX and the Pope too gave a commendation. He taught and preached there from 1258 until his death in 1274. Who?
A. Robert de Sorbon, who founded the College de Sorbonne as a part of the University of Paris. The term Sorbonne is now used for the University itself.

Q. In the Mel Brooks' film 'The Producers', two Broadway directors create a musical 'Springtime for Hitler' which is intended to flop so as to effect a tax dodge. In the film, a mock character of Hitler utters a phrase. This phrase appealed to Joe O'Herlihy, a soundman, who would often utter it while he was working on a particular album in Berlin. The band, with whom he was working, liked the phrase and used it to name their album. Which album?
A. Achtung Baby by U2

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