Pauls Quiz 230

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1. Humbert Humbert is a lascivious character in which novel?

2. Which drug is obtained from the Foxglove plant?

3. What are the names of the three active volcanoes in Italy? One point for each correct answer.

4. The name 'Jeep' was a short form for what?

5. The following words are from which song?
"Just like a car you're pleasing to behold
I'll call you Jaguar if I may be so bold"

6. Which controversial American psychologist did President Richard Nixon tag "the most dangerous man in America"?

7. What does the Greek root 'cephal' mean?

8. Which US number one hit in 1975 from a UK singer was a tribute to an American sports team?

9. Abel Magwitch is a sympathetic convict in which novel?

10. Who was the referee in the famous Monty Python sketch 'The Philosophers' Football Match'?


1. Lolita

2. Digitalis Digitalis is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and biennials commonly called foxgloves. This genus was traditionally placed in the figwort family Scrophulariaceae, but recent phylogenetic research has placed it in the much enlarged family Plantaginaceae. This genus is native to western and southwestern Europe, western and central Asia, Australasia and northwestern Africa. The scientific name means "finger-like" and refers to the ease with which a flower of Digitalis purpurea can be fitted over a human fingertip. The flowers are produced on a tall spike, are tubular, and vary in color with species, from purple to pink, white, and yellow. The best-known species is the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. This biennial plant is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers which range in color from various purple tints through various shades of light gray, and to purely white.

3. Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli

4. 'GP' or General Purpose

5. Jeepster (T. Rex)

6. Timothy Leary Timothy Leary was an American psychologist and writer, known for his advocacy of psychedelic drugs. During a time when drugs such as LSD and psilocybin were legal, Leary conducted experiments at Harvard University under the Harvard Psilocybin Project, resulting in the Concord Prison Experiment and the Marsh Chapel Experiment. Both studies produced useful data, but Leary and his associate Richard Alpert were fired from the university nonetheless because of the public controversy surrounding their research. Leary believed LSD showed therapeutic potential for use in psychiatry. He popularized catchphrases that promoted his philosophy such as "turn on, tune in, drop out"; "set and setting"; and "think for yourself and question authority". He also wrote and spoke frequently about transhumanist concepts involving space migration, intelligence increase and life extension (SMI²LE), and developed the eight-circuit model of consciousness in his book Exo-Psychology (1977).

7. Head (as in encephalitis)

8. Philadelphia Freedom (The Elton John band) "Philadelphia Freedom" is a song released by The Elton John Band as a single in 1975. The song was one of John's numerous number-one U.S. hit singles during the early and mid-1970s, which saw his recordings dominating the charts. In Canada, it was his eighth single to hit the top of the RPM national singles chart. The song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin as a favour to Elton's friend, tennis star Billie Jean King. King was part of the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team. The song features orchestral arrangements by Gene Page, including Flutes, Horns, and Strings.

9. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) Charles Dickens started his story in about 1800, setting his character Abel Magwitch to meet a man called Compeyson at the Epsom Races. Compeyson, Dickens wrote, had been brought up in a boarding school and was a good-looking and set up gentleman. Magwitch, at the same time, began a relationship with a mentally unstable woman named Molly, who later stood trial for murder. Jaggers, her defense attorney, convinced the jury that she was too weak to have strangled the woman. Jaggers was convincing, and Molly was acquitted and became (unknown to Magwitch) Jaggers’ maidservant. Later in the novel Magwitch and Compeyson are accused of a serious felony, being charged with putting stolen notes in circulation. Compeyson convinces Magwitch that they should have separate defences and no communication. At the trial, Compeyson appeared as a gentleman, while Magwitch had to sell his clothes to be able to pay for Jaggers. The prosecution placed most of the guilt on Magwitch, who realized that Compeyson had always intended to scapegoat him should they be caught.

10. Confucius

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