Pauls Quiz 278

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1. What is the name of the implement of self-torture worn by Silas, the albino monk, in 'The Da Vinci Code'?

2. Who was born as Tom Riddle?

3. In the song "Take a walk on the wild side", where does Holly come from?

4. Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt were all powerful examples of what type of weaponry?

5. Which man banned the yearly carnaval in Venice?

6. Which leader was assassinated by her own bodyguard on 31st October 1984.

7. How many February days were there in total in the Noughties?

8. Which game originated in India and was originally called "caturanga"?

9. Which port city was the capital of the Kingdom of Norway in the Middle Ages?
a: Bergen
b: Oslo
c: Stockholm
d: Copenhagen

10. When women first got the vote in Britain in 1918, how old did they have to be?


1. A cilice. It’s a metal spiked band tied around one thigh The word derives from the Latin cilicium, a covering made of goat's hair from Cilicia, a Roman province in south-east Asia Minor. The reputed first Scriptural use of this exact term is in the original Latin Vulgate of Psalm 35:13, "Ego autem, cum mihi molesti essent, induebar cilicio." This is translated as hair-cloth in the Douay Bible, and as sackcloth in the King James Version and the Book of Common Prayer ("But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth." in the King James Bible). Sackcloth is often mentioned in the Bible as a symbol of mourning and penance, and probably was a form of hairshirt. Sackcloth may also mean burlap. However, sackcloth in the Bible was usually made of coarse, black goat's hair

2. All those familiar with Harry Potter will know that it was Voldemort. Lord Voldemort (born Tom Marvolo Riddle) is a fictional character and the main antagonist in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997. Voldemort appears either in person or in flashbacks in each book and its film adaptation in the series, except the third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where he is only mentioned. Voldemort is the archenemy of Harry Potter, who according to a prophecy has "the power to vanquish the Dark Lord". Nearly every witch or wizard dares not utter his unmentionable name, and refers to him instead with such expressions as "You-Know-Who", "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" or "the Dark Lord". Voldemort's obsession with blood purity signifies his aim to rid the wizarding world of Muggle (non-magical) heritage and to conquer both worlds, Muggle and wizarding, to achieve pure-blood dominance.

3. "Holly came from Miami F.L.A., Hitch-hiked her way across the USA"

4. The longbow

5. Napoleon

6. Indira Gandhi Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician and central figure of the Indian National Congress party, and to date the only female Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was the only child of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. She served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, making her the second-longest-serving Prime Minister after her father.

7. 283 (3 leap years 2000, 2004, 2008)

8. Chess Chaturanga or catur, is an ancient Indian strategy game which is the common ancestor of the board games chess, shogi, sittuyin, makruk, xiangqi and janggi. Chaturanga developed in the Gupta Empire, India around the 6th century AD. In the 7th century, it was adopted as shatranj in Sassanid Persia, which in turn was the form of chess brought to late-medieval Europe. The exact rules of chaturanga are unknown. Chess historians suppose that the game had similar rules to those of its successor shatranj. In particular, there is uncertainty as to the moves of the Gaja (elephant), the precursor of the modern chess bishop.

9. a: Bergen Bergen, historically Bjørgvin, is a city and municipality in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway. Bergen is looked upon as the street art capital of Norway, the famous artist Banksy visited the city in 2000 and inspired many to start with street art, a bit later the city brought up the most famous street artist in Norway; Dolk.

10. 30

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