Phase Shift Prelims

Phase Shift 2006- The General Quiz

Venue: MSRIT, Bangalore
QM: Avinash Mudaliar


Q1 Who founded the St. Stephens College Quiz Club in the early 1970’s?
A Shashi Tharoor

Q2 Gopal, Lucky, Mahadev and Laxmi got together to do what?
A Golmaal. These are the names of the four protagonists from whom the movie derives its name.

Q3 In 1926, she left for Hollywood to pusue a career as a screenwriter. Cecil B. DeMille gave her a job, first as an extra, then as a script reader. She sold her first screenplay ‘Red Pawn’ to Universal Studios in 1932 and also staged her first play ‘Night of January 16th’ on Broadway.Who?
A Ayn Rand

Q4 They have been measured at 102.12 decibels — apparently as loud as a police siren. causing a lot of distraction.Complaints regarding this aspect of this person’s behavior has been reported as recently as the month of July, this year. What are we talking about?
A Maria Sharapova’s on-court grunts – Elena Dementieva, Sharapova’s opponent in the Wimbledon 2006 quarter-final, is the latest player to complain about the distraction it causes.

Q5 Throughout his presidency, he has hosted the live talk show known as Aló Presidente (“Hello, President!”). The show broadcasts in varying formats each Sunday at 11:00 AM. The show features him addressing topics of the day, taking phone calls and live questions from both the studio and broadcast audience, and touring locations where government social welfare programs are active.Who?
A Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Q6 The Amount:4,223,500.00 USD The date: November 27, 1895. What are we talking about?
A The last one was written on November 27, 1895—a little over a year before he died. He signed it at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris on November 27, 1895.So in his will, Alfred left 94% of his worth (31 million kronor or 4,223,500.00 USD) to the establishment of five prizes.

Q7 The first was built with borrowed wood near Pasadena by two brothers, who wanted to pursue a career in Hollywood. There is one at the North Pole, and a floating one on a steamer at St. Louis. What are we talking about?
A Mc Donalds

Q8 On the official website of Bloomsbury books, there’s a section dedicated to the Harry Potter books. This particular section can be browsed in two different modes. What modes?
A Muggle and Wizard Mode

Q9 What is Swahili for “cramp-like seizure caused by an evil spirit”?
A Dengue Fever

Q10 According to folklore, the Flying Dutchman is a ghost ship that can never go home, but must sail “the seven seas” forever.But who is endearingly named “The Non-Flying Dutchman” and why?
A Dutch footballer Dennis Bergkamp suffers from severe Aviophobia, and is endearingly named “The Non-Flying Dutchman

Q11 George Lucas has said on multiple occasions that his portrayal of a particular character was one of the primary inspirations for the Indiana Jones character.Who and which caracter?
A Sean Connery’s potrayal of James Bond, a reason Connery was chosen for the role of Indiana’s father in the third film of that series.

Q12 The earliest inhabitants of the area were Khoisan hunter-gatherers. They were largely replaced by Bantu-speaking tribes during Bantu migrations. The present area emerged as a single polity (state) under Paramount chief Moshoeshoe I in 1822; it was recognized by Britain on 13 December 1843.Which place?(in the news very recently)
A Lesotho

Q13 Vishwamitra took Rama and Lakshmana with him to slay the demoness Tataka. During the journey, they slept on the banks of Sarayu river. Vishwamitra did something to wake Rama up every morning before dawn so that he could complete his rites. What?
A He sung the Venkateshwara Suprabhatam

Q14 In 2006 she has released a new book called “In the Wonderland of Numbers” with Orient Paperbacks which talks about a girl Neha and her fascination for numbers. The book is in the form of story and will excite the readers about numbers and number theory. Who?
A Shakuntala Devi

Q15 Modern Times ‘was claimed to be a remake of a French Movie ‘A nous la liberte’ by Rene Clair. Since it was made under a German banner J Goebbels wanted to sue Chaplin but couldn’t as Rene Clair refused to support him. Why?
A Rene Clair refused saying that he was honoured to have inspired Chaplin!!

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