Pauls Quiz 282

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1. Name the five European Union countries with a vertical tri-colour flag. One point for each correct answer.

2. The name of Barbie's best friend, introduced in 1963, is also that of an annoying animal that can bite. Who is Barbie's best friend since 1963?

3. The word for which festive occasion actually means "the putting away of flesh"?

4. In which war did Mohandas K. Gandhi serve in the British Ambulance Corps?

5. Cyan, as in cyanide, is the Greek root for which colour?

6. Tandoori chicken is popular with many Indian food lovers. What is a 'tandoor'?

7. Which man, with a title that means 'Ocean teacher', won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize?

8. Name the film in which Brad Pitt plays the following characters. One point for each correct answer.
a. Heinrich Harrer
b. Louis de Pointe du Lac
c. Achilles
d. Lt. Aldo Raine

9. The aerial bombardment of which German city is described in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse-Five?

10. In some South American countries 'Portunol' is a mixture of what?


1. Five answers. Italy, France, Belgium, Ireland and Romania

2. Midge Midge Hadley is a fictional doll character in the Barbie line of toys by Mattel that was first released in 1963. Midge was created, along with Skipper, to counteract criticism that claimed Barbie was a sex symbol. She was marketed as Barbie's best friend. No Midge dolls were sold for the rest of the vintage years after the 1960s.

3. Carnival (from carnem, 'flesh'; and levare, 'to put away')

4. The Boer War During the Boer War, Gandhi volunteered in 1900 to form a group of stretcher-bearers as the Natal Indian Ambulance Corps. He wanted to disprove the British idea that Hindus were not fit for "manly" activities involving danger and exertion. Gandhi raised eleven hundred Indian volunteers. They were trained and medically certified to serve on the front lines. They were auxiliaries at the Battle of Colenso to a White volunteer ambulance corps; then at Spion Kop Gandhi and his bearers moved to the front line and had to carry wounded soldiers for miles to a field hospital because the terrain was too rough for the ambulances. Gandhi was pleased when someone said that European ambulance corpsmen could not make the trip under the heat without food or water. General Redvers Buller mentioned the courage of the Indians in his dispatch. Gandhi and thirty-seven other Indians received the Boer War Medal

5. Blue

6. Oven (a cylindrical clay oven)

7. The Dalai Lama The omission of Mahatma Gandhi has been widely discussed, including in statements by members of the Nobel Committee. The Committee has confirmed that Gandhi was nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and a few days before his assassination in January 1948. The omission has been publicly regretted by later members of the Nobel Committee. Geir Lundestad, Secretary of Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2006 said, "The greatest omission in our 106-year history is undoubtedly that Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace prize. Gandhi could do without the Nobel Peace prize, whether Nobel committee can do without Gandhi is the question". In 1948, following Gandhi's death, the Nobel Committee declined to award a prize on the ground that "there was no suitable living candidate" that year. When the Dalai Lama was awarded the Peace Prize in 1989, the chairman of the committee said that this was "in part a tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi".

8. Four answers
a. Seven Years in Tibet
b. Interview with a Vampire
c. Troy
d. Inglorious Basterds

9. Dresden Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (1969) is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of Billy Pilgrim, from his time as an American soldier and chaplain's assistant, to postwar and early years. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work. A central event is Pilgrim's surviving the Allies' firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner-of-war. This was an event in Vonnegut's own life, and the novel is considered semi-autobiographical.

10. The Portugese and Spanish language. (Portunol, from the words Portugese and Espanol)

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