Friday, October 26, 2007

Quiz questions

A few questions from a quiz I set a few days ago. Try and answer them without using help from the net.

1. Olórin, Mithrandir, Stormcrow, The White Rider, Incánus, Tharkûn. These are the other names of which character?

2. This 6 time pro-bowler running-back was the first NFL player to rush for 2000 yards in a season. He was inducted in the pro-football hall of fame in 1985. He later turned to acting and was considered for the title role in The Terminator, but producers feared he was "too nice" to be taken seriously as a cold-blooded killer. Nowadays he is famous for completely different reasons. Who?

3. Connect
a. Napoleon
b. Pink Floyd
c. Four legs good, two legs bad.
d. Eric Arthur Blair

4. Many novice guitarists try to learn this song, and most end up messing it up. In the movie Wayne's World, it is banned in the guitar shop where Wayne starts playing it. In the movie, Wayne clearly plays the first few notes before being scolded, but due to legal issues, the video version was changed so Wayne plays something incomprehensible. On an episode of South Park, the character Towelie tries to play this in a talent show and screws it up. Which very famous classic rock song?

5. X is credited with leading the fight for independence in what are now the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, and Bolivia, using sometimes-brutal guerrilla warfare tactics as outlined in his "Decree of war to the death". He is revered as a hero in these countries and throughout much of the rest of Hispanic America. Who's X? (Hint: He has a South American country named after him.)

6. X is a platform game developed by Jordan Mechner in 1989 and was widely seen as a great leap forward in the quality of animation seen in computer games. Mechner used a process called rotoscoping, in which he studied many hours of film of his younger brother David running and jumping in white clothes, to ensure that all the movements looked just right. Mechner has said that when he started programming, the first ten minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark had been one of the main inspirations for the character's acrobatic responses in a dangerous environment. X=?

7. up, down, charm, _____, top, and bottom

8. The element Uranium (atomic number 92) has the highest atomic weight of the naturally occurring elements. What are the elements with atomic numbers 93 and 94?

9. Complete the series. Canas, Canas, Nadal, Volandri, Nadal, ________

10. Daughter of Echidna and Typhoeus, she is best known as the riddle-loving monster that terrorised Thebes until Oedipus came along and answered her question correctly. Who is she?

11. Complete the series: Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, ______

12. X was born as John in 2511 and spent the first part of his childhood on the human colony planet Eridanus 2, where he lived with his family. He was large for his age at the time, approximately a foot above his school peers. In his 27-year career, X has been involved in over 200 engagements, and has been awarded all of the UNSC's major Decorations except for the Prisoner of War Medallion. Incidentally, in another world, X was the first of his kind to become a Madame Tussuad's waxwork. Who's X? (Think recent events)

13. This famous sitcom utterance is typically represented in the show's script as "(annoyed grunt)", and is referred to similarly in the official titles of numerous episodes. Which sitcom and what utterance?

7 comments:

PS said...

2. OJ Simpson - sitter
3. George Orwell (guess based on Pink Floyd Animals)
4. Stairway to heaven
9. Ppl who lost to Federer.. Nalbandian
11. Christian Bale - Batman

Nice quiz... do post the answers after a day or two.

Sailesh Ganesh said...

1. From LOTR, is it Aragon? Or the king (dont remember the name).

5. Bolivar

7. strange (quarks)

Gaurav said...

1. Aragon it is
10. Sphinx
12. Someone from that new game Halo' I would say
13. Simpson 'Doh'

Good quiz!

Ankur said...

8. Plutonium n Neptunium (something to do with urnanus, neptune, pluto)

Nikhil said...

Here are the answers:
1. Gandalf (not Aragon. Though that was so close... Wonder why Aragon would be "The White Rider".)
2. OJ Simpson
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
4. Stairway to Heaven
5. Simon Bolivar
6. Prince of Persia (No 1 got this one)
7. Strange (types of quarks).
8. Neptunium, Plutonium (named after the outer 3 planets back then. Good one Patel)
9. Djokovic (People who beat Federer in 2007. Nalbandian is also a good answer now, since I set this quiz before Federer lost to Nalbandian. Federer lost to Djokovic at Montreal before the US Open)
10. The Sphinx
11. Christian Bale (Batman portrayers)
12. Master Chief from Halo (Yeah, tough one to get if you've never played the game. Good guess, Kane)
13. D'oh - The Simpsons

Enjoy :)
-Nikhil

Gaurav said...

I realized later it wouldnt be aragon.. but white rider sounds like saruman when you come to think of it. Dalal and I discussed abt Djocovic being the answer..Thought you would have set the quiz before Federer's latest loss

KD said...

checked your blog after quite a while.. this is a very nice quiz.. definitely challenges your knowledge..
i got 1. gandalf 2. OJ 5. Bolivar (the clue helped) 6. Prince of Persia (matkaa) and 11. Christian Bale