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  • QUESTIONS

    1. Which president was crippled by polio?
    2. To what office did John F. Kennedy appoint his younger brother?
    3. In 1961, what did Kennedy call on America to achieve in the next decade?
    4. About which President did Dorothy Parker, when told of his death, say 'How could they tell?' ?
    5. Which President began his working life as a sports commentator?
    6. Which President withdrew American troops from Vietnam?
    7. What was Jimmy Carter's family business?
    8. Who was the only man to become Vice President and President without being elected to either post?
    9. Who said: 'Read my lips. No new taxes!'?
    10. Two Presidents have been assassinated this century. One was Kennedy; who was the other?
    11. The 27th President (1900-1913) was the heaviest President of all time. Who was he?
    12. Where was Bill Clinton born?
    13. Which President renamed 'Shangri-la' as 'Camp David' after his grandson?
    14. Who said in his inaugural speech 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself'?
    15. Which President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919?
    16. The 1981 attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan took place as he left which hotel?
    17. 'Ask not what your country can do for you ..' Complete this quotation from Kennedy's inaugural address?
    18. About what did President Bush say, 'A line has been drawn in the sand'?
    19. What was the name given to the economics of the Reagan era?
    20. Who was the independent candidate in the 1992 presidential campaign?
    21. In a time of rising inflation, who called on Congress to 'bite the bullet'?
    22. In Gerald R. Ford's name, what did the initial R. stand for?
    23. Which President, early this century, was called the 'Great Engineer' and then later, when his policies failed to work, the 'President Reject'?
    24. Which state did Harry S. Truman represent before his elevation?
    25. What was the name of President Eisenhower's wife?

     

    ANSWERS

    1. Roosevelt
    2. Attorney General
    3. Land the first man on the moon
    4. Calvin Coolidge
    5. Ronald Reagan
    6. Richard Nixon
    7. Wholesale peanut business
    8. Gerald Ford
    9. George Bush
    10. William McKinley
    11. William H. Taft
    12. Hope, Arkansas
    13. Dwight D. Eisenhower
    14. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    15. Woodrow Wilson
    16. Washington Hilton
    17. "...ask what you can do for your country"
    18. Iraq's invasion of Kuwait
    19. Reaganomics
    20. Ross Perot
    21. Lyndon Johnson
    22. Rudolph
    23. Herbert Hoover
    24. Missouri
    25. Mamie

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  • QUESTIONS

    1. Which European explorer discovered the Hawaiian islands?
    2. Who beat Captain Robert Scott in the 'race' to the South Pole in 1911-12?
    3. Mary Kingsley was one of the first women explorers. Where did she travel?
    4. Which French naval officer and underwater explorer invented the aqualung?
    5. What nationality was explorer Ferdinand Magellan?  
    6. Against which disease did Edward Jenner discover a vaccine?
    7. Who introduced potatoes and tobacco to England after his voyage of exploration?
    8. What was given the name the 'New World'?
    9. When Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania, what did he call it?
    10. Which United States President became an explorer at age 53 to trace the course of the South American Duvido River, now named after him?
    11. Prince Henry of Portugal earned what nickname because he involved himself with so many voyages of exploration?
    12. In 1947, Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific on a raft. What was it called?
    13. What name was given to the Spanish conquerors of large parts of south and central America in the 16th century?
    14. Which explorer travelled in a ship called the Santa Maria?
    15. David Livingstone disappeared while exploring Africa in the 1860s and Henry Stanley led an expedition to find him. What was Stanley's profession?
    16. What was crossed on foot for the first time in 1968-9?
    17. Who led the expedition that set sail in five ships; the Pelican, the Marigold, the Elizabeth, the Swan and the Christopher?
    18. In 1856 two Englishmen Richard Burton and John Speke, set out through the African continent to find the source of which river?
    19. Which part of the world was once known as the 'Dark Continent'?
    20. What action did Lawrence Oates take in 1912, believing that he was holding up the exploration team?
    21. Bartolomeu Dias called it the 'Cape of Storms'. What is it called now?
    22. What was the name of Yuri Gagarin's spaceship in 1961?
    23. In which land did Charles Doughty, T.E. Lawrence and Bertram Thomas travel and explore?
    24. What nationality was Abel Tasman?
    25. Terra Australia Incognita was the name given to the vast continent supposed, until the 18th century, to exist in the southern hemisphere. What does the name mean?

    ANSWERS

    1. James Cook
    2. Roald Amundsen
    3. West Africa
    4. Jacques Cousteau
    5. Portugese
    6. Smallpox
    7. Sir Walter Raleigh
    8. The newly discovered American continent
    9. Van Diemen's Land
    10. Theodore Roosevelt
    11. Henry the Navigator
    12. Kon-Tiki
    13. Conquistadors
    14. Christopher Columbus
    15. Journalist
    16. North Pole
    17. Sir Francis Drake
    18. The Nile
    19. Africa
    20. Walked out into a blizzard and disappeared
    21. Cape of Good Hope
    22. Vostok I
    23. Arabia
    24. Dutch
    25. Unknown southern land
  • Questions

    1.  What do the initials VCR stand for?

    2.  Isaac Pitman published Stenographic Roundhand in 1837.  What is his system now known as?

    3.  Before the telephone was invented, what electrical device was used to send messages?

    4.  The picture of a small dog listening to 'his masters voice' on a gramophone was the trade mark of which record company?

    5.  In a computer, what is the CPU?

    6.  What unit is used to measure the frequency of radio waves?

    7.  For what are sandwich boards used?

    8.  What did John Logie Baird invent?

    9.  In which field of communication were Sir Humphrey Davy and Joseph Niepce involved?

    10.  Radar played an important part in the conduct of World War II, detecting the positions of enemy planes.  What does RADAR stand for?

    11.  What were 'cats' whiskers' used for in early 'crystal' radios?

    12.  In what year was the first flight around the world over both poles?

    13.  What was the name of the small box camera which became available early this century?

    14.  When was The Times first published?

    15.  What name is given to the decorated books made by the monks in the Middle Ages?

    16.  Why are satellites necessary to send VHF signals around the world?

    17.  What year was the 'Telstar' satellite launched from Cape Canaveral?

    18.  Software is the name given to what?

    19.  Who printed the first book in English in 1474?

    20.  What is the name given to the method of sending signals by arrangement  of flags or a post with moveable arms?

    21.  BASIC is an easy to learn computer language.  What do the initials stand for?

    22.  When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the predecessor of the record player, what was the first recording made?

    23.  The first records were played at 78 rpm.  What does rpm stand for?

    24.  What name is given to the spreading of opinions and ideas, often by giving one-sided information?

    25.  What was the first postage stamp called?

     

    Answers

    1.  Video Cassette Recorder

    2.  Shorthand

    3.  Electric telegraph

    4.  HMV ('His Master's Voice')

    5.  Central Processing Unit

    6.  Hertz

    7.  Advertisements

    8.  Television

    9.  Photography

    10.  Radio Detection and Ranging

    11.  Tuning

    12.  1965

    13.  Brownie

    14.  1785

    15.  Illuminated manuscripts

    16.  High frequency radio waves travel in straight lines and cannot follow the curves of the Earth's surface

    17.  1962

    18.  Computer programmes

    19.  William Caxton

    20.  Semaphore

    21.  Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

    22.  Mary had a little lamb

    23.  Revolutions per minute

    24.  Propaganda

  • 1. Name the Carthaginian general who defeated the Romans at the Battle of Cannae?

    2. What sort of tax sparked the Peasants' Revolt in 1381?

    3. Which country left the British Commonwealth in 1961?

    4. Which famous Russian dissident was released from internal exile in 1986?

    5. Which French leader is buried at Colombey les Deux Eglises?

    6. Which King planted the New Forest?

    7. Which laws of 1797 made trade unions punishable as a conspiracy? 

    8. Which war lasted 116 years?

    9. Who ordered the waves to go back?

    10. Who raided Cadiz in 1587 and destroyed a large part on the Spanish fleet?

    11. Who was Earl of Beaconsfield?

    12. At which battle did Napoleon beat the Austrians?

    13. In which battle was Nelson killed?

    14. Of which country was Paul Keating Prime Minister?

    15. What did the Romans call the Mediterranean sea?

    1. Hannibal

    2. A poll tax

    3. South Africa

    4. Andrei Sakharov

    5. Charles de Gaulle

    6. William I

    7. The Combination Acts

    8. The Hundred Years War

    9. King Canute

    10. Sir Francis Drake

    11. Benjamin Disraeli

    12. Marengo

    13. Trafalgar

    14. Australia

    15. Mare Nostrum

     

  • QUESTIONS

    1. In which century did Catherine the Great rule in Russia?
    2. Which French Queen spent so wildly that she was known as 'Madame Deficit'?
    3. Who succeeded Queen Juliana as ruler of the Netherlands in 1980?
    4. Which British sovereign had the longest reign?
    5. Prince Albert of Liege succeeded to which throne in 1993?
    6. Which English Queen was nicknamed Brandy Nan?
    7. Which Swedish Queen did Greta Garbo play on screen?
    8. Queen Salote reigned from 1918 to 1965 over which island kingdom?
    9. In ancient times which country was ruled by the Moguls?
    10. In 1931, when Communist forces were strong in his country, Alfonso XIII has to abdicate. What was his country?
    11. To which powerful royal house did the Emperors Ferdinand I and Franz Joseph I of Austria belong?
    12. Who followed King David as King of Israel?
    13. Whom did Queen Elizabeth I succeed to the British throne?
    14. What happened to William II, Emperor of Germany, when he was defeated by the Allies in World War I?
    15. Where was Napoleon born?
    16. Which King of Prussia waged the Seven Years War in the 18th century?
    17. How were the English king Richard I and his successor King John related?
    18. Boris III was king of which country from 1918 to 1943?
    19. Which French King was called le Roi Soleil?
    20. Who was the enlightened King of Sardinia who became King of Italy when the states united in 1861?
    21. How many children did Queen Victoria and Prince Albert have?
    22. To which royal house did Louis XIV, Henry IV and Louis Philippe of France belong?
    23. Name the King of Jordan.
    24. Which King of England was the first Prince of Wales?
    25. King Umberto was deposed from the throne of which country in 1946?

    ANSWERS

    1. 18th century
    2. Marie Antoinette
    3. Queen Beatrix
    4. Queen Victoria
    5. Belgium
    6. Queen Anne
    7. Queen Christina
    8. Tonga
    9. India
    10. Spain
    11. Hapsburg
    12. Solomon
    13. Mary I
    14. He fled into exile in Holland
    15. Corsica
    16. Frederick the Great
    17. Brothers
    18. Bulgaria
    19. Louis XIV
    20. Victor Emmanuel
    21. Nine
    22. Bourbon
    23. King Hussein
    24. Edward II
    25. Italy
  • QUESTIONS

    1. Which European explorer discovered the Hawaiian islands?
    2. Who beat Captain Robert Scott in the 'race' to the South Pole in 1911-12?
    3. Mary Kingsley was one of the first women explorers. Where did she travel?
    4. Which French naval officer and underwater explorer invented the aqualung?
    5. What nationality was explorer Ferdinand Magellan?
    6. Against which disease did Edward Jenner discover a vaccine?
    7. Who introducted potatoes and tobacco to England after his voyage of exploration?
    8. What was given the name the 'New World'?
    9. When Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania, what did he call it?
    10. Which United States President became an explorer at age 53 to trace the course of the South American Duvido River, now named after him?
    11. Prince Henry of Portugal earned what nickname because he involved himself with so many voyages of exploration?
    12. In 1947, Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific on a raft. What was it called?
    13. What name was given to the Spanish conquerors of large parts of south and central America in the 16th century?
    14. Which explorer travelled in a ship called the Santa Maria?
    15. David Livingstone disappeared while exploring Africa in the 1860s and Henry Stanley led an expedition to find him. What was Stanley's profession?
    16. What was crossed on foot for the first time in 1968-9?
    17. Who led the expedition that set sail in five ships; the Pelican, the Marigold, the Elizabeth, the Swan and the Christopher?
    18. In 1856 two Englishmen Richard Burton and John Speke, set out through the African continent to find the source of which river?
    19. Which part of the world was once known as the 'Dark Continent'?
    20. What action did Lawrence Oates take in 1912, believing that he was holding up the exploration team?
    21. Bartolomeu Dias called it the 'Cape of Storms'. What is it called now?
    22. What was the name of Yuri Gagarin's spaceship in 1961?
    23. In which land did Charles Doughty, T.E. Lawrence and Bertram Thomas travel and explore?
    24. What nationality was Abel Tasman?
    25. Terra Australia Incognita was the name given to the vast continent supposed, until the 18th century, to exist in the southern hemisphere. What does the name mean?


    ANSWERS

    1. James Cook
    2. Roald Amundsen
    3. West Africa
    4. Jacques Cousteau
    5. Portugese
    6. Smallpox
    7. Sir Walter Raleigh
    8. The newly discovered American continent
    9. Van Diemen's Land
    10. Theodore Roosevelt
    11. Henry the Navigator
    12. Kon-Tiki
    13. Conquistadors
    14. Christopher Columbus
    15. Journalist
    16. North Pole
    17. Sir Francis Drake
    18. The Nile
    19. Africa
    20. Walked out into a blizzard and disappeared
    21. Cape of Good Hope
    22. Vostok I
    23. Arabia
    24. Dutch
    25. Unknown southern land
  • QUESTIONS

    1. What nationality was Catherine the Great?
    2. Which novelist wrote Emma and Mansfield Park?
    3. Andrée de Jongh, known as Dédée, was 24 years old when she set up the Comet Line and was later awarded the George Medal by King George VI. What was the Comet Line?
    4. In what field did Sarah Siddons achieve fame in the 18th century?
    5. Which singer was known as the Swedish Nightingale?
    6. What did Harriet Beecher Stowe do to help the lot of black slaves in America?
    7. With what slogan are Emmelin Pankhurst and her daughters associated?
    8. In which country was Israeli leader Golda Meir born?
    9. Who was nicknamed 'The Iron Lady'?
    10. The Nobel Peace Prize was awared to two Irish women in 1976. Mared Corrigan was one; who was the other?
    11. What was Nancy Reagan's occupation before she devoted herself to help in her husbands political career?
    12. Which dancer, a soloist with Diaghilev's ballet Russe, formed a London company which became, in 1957, The Royal Ballet?
    13. Which 19th century English woman campaigned for prison reform?
    14. Which of the Brontë sisters wrote The Tenant of Wildfell Hall?
    15. Which famous opera singer left her husband for Greek shipping magnet Asistotle Onassis, who in turn left her to marry Jaqueline Kennedy?
    16. In which film did Elizabeth Taylor achieve child stardom in 1944?
    17. Joan Armatrading has achieved worldwide success as a vocalist and guitarist, where was she born?
    18. In the last 9 years of her life, Sarah Burnhardt suffered from a physical disability, although she continued to act. What was the disability?
    19. Who was the legendary 19th-century pioneer of women's rights in the British medical profession, in which she qualified and was eventually finally allowed to practice as a doctor and after whom a very famous women's hospital in London was named?
    20. Which young woman stabbed Jean Paul Marat, one of the leaders of the French Revolution, in his bath?
    21. Gladys Aylward became famous for her missionary work in China. Who portrayed her in the film Inn of the Sixth Happiness?
    22. Which American state is named for Queen Elizabeth I?
    23. Who was the only person to win Nobel prizes for physics and chemistry?
    24. What is Mother Teresa's given name?
    25. Name the woman who was elected President of the Philippines after Ferdinand Marcos fled?

     

    ANSWERS

    1. German
    2. Jane Austen
    3. An escaped route through Nazi occupied Europe, which ran from Brussels to The Pyrenees, that helped Allied forces escape to freedom.
    4. Acting
    5. Jenny Lind
    6. She wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin
    7. "Votes for Women"
    8. Russia
    9. Margaret Thatcher
    10. Betty Williams
    11. Film Actress
    12. Ninette De Valois
    13. Elizabeth Fry
    14. Anne
    15. Marie Callas
    16. National Velvet
    17. West Indies
    18. She had a leg amputated
    19. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
    20. Charlotte Corday
    21. Ingrid Bergman
    22. Virginia
    23. Madame Curie
    24. Agnes
    25. Corazon Aquino
  • QUESTIONS

    1. During Prohibition, Americans drank illegally in clubs. What were these places called?
    2. Who spoke the first word in the first 'all singing, all dancing' film The Jazz Singer?
    3. What were 'Oxford bags'?
    4. By what nickname was French designer Gabrielle Chanel always known?
    5. Who followed the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz along with Dorothy and her dog?
    6. What discovery set off the fashions in clothes, fabrics and footwear known as Tutmania?
    7. What famous dance of the 1920s shared its name with a city in the southern United States?
    8. Which film cartoon character made his debut in Steamboat Willie in 1928?
    9. Who was the British Prime Minister when King Edward VIII abdicated?
    10. What was the other name for the men's fashion of knickerbockers?
    11. The struggle for votes for women was finally successful in Britain in 1918. What was the voting age for women at the time?
    12. The British called the fashion-concious young people of the 1920s 'bright young things'. What were they called in America?
    13. What film character was portrayed by American Olympic gold medallist swimmer Johnny Weissmuller?
    14. In which sport was Frenchwoman Suzanne Lenglen famous, delighting crowds with her fashionable outfits?
    15. Who was Ginger Rogers' famous dancing partner in musicals such a Top Hat?
    16. What were Kickin' the Mule, Truckin' and Peckin' the Apple?
    17. What type of skirt was a dirndl?
    18. What famous skyscraper with 102 stories was build in New York in 1931?
    19. One of the most famous gangland killings in the United States took place on the 14th February, 1929, when members of Al Capine's gang gunned down seven unarmed rivals. What was the killing known as?
    20. Which President of the United States brought in the 'New Deal' to revive the American Economy in the 1930s?
    21. What new fabric replaced rayon for stockings in 1930?
    22. German film maker Leni Riefenstahl was commissioned by Hitler to make a documentary of which event, aimed at glorifying Germans as the 'master race'?
    23. Which British Prime Minister promised that the treaty signed with Germany in September 1938 meant 'peace in our time' ?
    24. Who starred as the glamorous nightclub singer in The Blue Angel?
    25. What record did racing car driver Sir Malcolm Campbell break at Daytona Beach, Florida in 1932?

    ANSWERS

    1. Speak-easies
    2. Al Jolson
    3. Wide-legged trousers
    4. Coco
    5. The cowardly lion, the scarecrow and the tin man
    6. The tomb of Tutankhamen, the Egyptian boy king
    7. The Charleston
    8. Mickey Mouse
    9. Stanley Baldwin
    10. Plus-fours
    11. 30
    12. Flappers
    13. Tarzan
    14. Tennis
    15. Fred Astaire
    16. Dances
    17. A full skirt, loosely gathered onto a waistband
    18. Empire State Building
    19. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    20. President Roosevelt
    21. Nylon
    22. The Berlin Olympic Games in 1936
    23. Neville Chamberlain
    24. Marlene Dietrich
    25. World land speed record