Pauls Quiz 340

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1. Which fictional little girl sleeps in a polished walnut shell cradle and rows a boat made from a tulip petal?

2. Who composed the 'Bridal Chorus', also known as 'Here comes the bride' or the 'Wedding March'?
a. Ludwig van Beethoven  b. Scott Joplin  c. George Gershwin  d. Richard Wagner 

3. The title of which 1980s Oscar winning film for Best Picture is a Latin word that translated means 'God's love' or 'Love of God'?

4. What is the collective noun for bacteria?

5. Who sometimes uses the fictional company Universal Export (or Exports) as a cover?
a. Sherlock Holmes  b. Jason Bourne  c. James Bond  d. Simon Templar 

6. The 19th century Norwegian Axel Paulsen was the inventor of which difficult manoeuvre?

7. The movie poster tag line for which famous film was
"Check in. Relax. Take a shower."? 

8. Found on both the land and in the sea and with up to 4,000 kilograms in weight, what is the largest living carnivore in the world?

9. What was the first English speaking country to give all adult women the right to vote in 1893?

10. The following is a list of actors and the role they played which earned them the Academy Award for Best Actor. Can you name the film? One point for each correct answer. 
a. Michael Douglas (Gordon Gekko)
b. Paul Newman (Fast Eddie Felson)
c. F Murray Abraham (Antonio Salieri)
d. Humphrey Bogart (Charlie Allnut)
e. Gary Cooper (Alvin C York) 

11. Since 1966, what is the new name for the former British crown colony Basutoland?

12. Often cited as 'the worst film ever made', screen legend Bela Lugosi's last film was in which 1956 science fiction thriller?

13. Which of the following motor corporations is also the name of the angel of light in the old Iranian religion Zoroastrianism?
a. Opel  b. Lancia  c. Subaru  d. Mazda 

14. In which country was the 1954 'Battle of Dien Bien Phu'?

15. The name for which marine mammal stems from an ancient Roman word meaning 'the kingdom of the dead'?

16. The following are the first words to which books popular with children and adults alike? One point for each correct answer.
a. "Motorcars are conglomerations ... "
b. "Squire Trelawney, Dr Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars ..."
c. "My father got the dog drunk on cherry brandy at the party last night" 

17. What was founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D W Griffiths?

18. What are the two most populated cities in Syria? One point for each correct answer.

19. The following are all lyrics from songs with 'rain' somewhere in the song title. Can you name the song? One point for each correct answer.
a. "C'mon you little fighter, no need to get uptighter"
b. "I'm out of work, I'm out of my head, out of self respect, I'm out of bread"
c. "Talking to myself and feeling old, sometimes I'd like to quit, nothing ever seems to fit"
d. "Once in a lullabye" 

20. According to the Committe to Protect Journalists (CPJ), name five of the 10 countries in which the most journalists have been killed since 1992. 


1. Thumbelina (Hans Christian Anderson)

2. Answer d. Richard Wagner (from his opera 'Lohengrin)

3. Amadeus

4. Culture

5. Answer c. James Bond

6. The axel jump in figure skating

7. Psycho

8. Elephant seal

9. New Zealand

10. Five answers.
a. Wall Street
b. The Color of Money
c. Amadeus
d. The African Queen
e. Sergeant York 

11. Lesotho

12. Plan 9 From Outer Space

13. Answer d. Mazda

14. Vietnam

15. Orca (from Orcinus)

16. Three answers.
a. Chitty chitty Bang bang
b. Treasure Island
c. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4 

17. The film studio United Artists 

18. Two answers. Damascus and Aleppo

19. Four answers.
a. It's raining again (Supertramp)
b. It never rains in southern California (Albert Hammond)
c. Rainy days and Mondays (The Carpenters)
d. Over the rainbow (Judy Garland) 

20. Any five of the following ten. Iraq, Philippines, Algeria, Russia, Somalia, Pakistan, Colombia, Syria, India and Mexico.

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