Landmark Quiz Bangalore 2008- Prelims

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  1. This is the opening line of which classic – “______ was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,’ thought ______ `without pictures or conversation?”

    1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  2. What is believed to have been invented by Mavalli Tiffin Rooms during World War II when rice was in short supply?

    1. Rava idly

  3. If Gonsalo Garcia was the first man to achieve this status, who was the first woman?

    1. Sister Alphonsa – Roman Catholic saints from India. Garcia is the patron saint of Mumbai, crucified in Nagasaki in 1597 and declared a saint in 1862.

  4. What comes in these types…bob, corkscrew, docked, odd, saber, sickle, squirrel, and wheel?

    1. Dog’s tails

  5. Every year, 15th September is celebrated as ______ Day in India celebrating the birth anniversary of Sir M Visveswaraya. Fill in the blank.

    1. Engineer’s Day

  6. What is the motto of the state of California because of the discovery of gold and the subsequent Gold Rush?

    1. Eureka

  7. The upper limit to define what is given by the World Bank as $1.25 per day, and by the Asian Development Bank as $1.35 per day?

    1. Poverty

  8. Which is the only Summer Olympics sport that does not include events for women?

    1. Boxing. Women’s boxing which was not included in the Beijing Games is again being considered for the 2012 Games.

  9. Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, formerly Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is the place of training of which group of people?

    1. X-Men

  10. What name has Google given for a unit of information?

    1. Knol (knowledge)

  11. What is the name of the luxury train introduced in Karnataka on the lines of the Palace on Wheels?

    1. Golden Chariot. It is named after the famous stone chariot at the Vitthala Temple in Hampi.

  12. Which 16th century Spanish Bishop of Segura wrote a book Libro de la invencion liberal y arte del juego del Axendrez? It is one of the first fundamental books in Europe relating to this game by one considered by many to be its first unofficial world champion.

    1. Ruy (Rodrigo) Lopez after whom the famous Ruy Lopez chess move is named.

  13. The Belgaum conference of the Indian National Congress in 1924 was presided over by Mahatma Gandhi. Which 11-year-old rendered the famous Kannada anthem, “Udayavagali Namma Cheluva Kannadanadu” on the opening day of the session?

    1. Gangubai Hangal

  14. Over 1,500 years after they occupied parts of Spain, a Germanic tribe is still present in name as which region in the south of Spain?

    1. Andalusia named after the Vandals

  15. Which one of these countries does not lie on the equator – Ecuador, Colombia, Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea?

    1. Equatorial Guinea

  16. Who established Hindustan Aircraft (that later became HAL) in Bangalore in 1940 to produce military aircraft for the Royal Indian Air Force?

    1. Walchand Hirachand. In 1943 the Bangalore factory was handed over to the United States Army Air Force but still using HAL management. It became the centre for major overhaul and repairs of American aircraft operating in India and Burma and was known as the 84th Air Depot.

  17. Where would one find this allegory of the developing Indian economy – a man on a harvester, a woman at a computer, an offshore oil rig, a satellite, and an automated steel production plant?

    1. The 1000 Rupee note

  18. (VISUAL) This is the logo of which organization that is headquartered in Bangalore?

    1. Art of Living Foundation

  19. The Punnett Square is a diagram that is used to predict the outcome of an experiment in what field?

    1. Genetics

  20. (VIDEO) Who composed this official anthem of FIFA World Cup 2002?

    1. Vangelis

  21. Which island was purposely given an inappropriate name in 985 AD by its explorer,” for he said it would make men’s minds long to go there if it had a fine name”?

    1. Greenland

  22. Which Indian sporting event has the largest number of participants?

    1. Kerala boat race

  23. Linen is made from the fibre of which plant?

    1. Flax

  24. Elvis Presley won 3 Grammy Awards all of which were for which style of music?

    1. Gospel

  25. O, beware my lord, of _______; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.’ (a) Fill in the blank (b) Which Shakespeare play contains this line?

    1. (a) Jealousy, (b) Othello

  26. (VISUAL) What is the surname of these much-in-the-news siblings?

    1. Lehman Brothers

  27. This person was awarded the Business Standard Award for making which organization the “Most Innovative Company in India” for the year 2008?

    1. BCCI (Lalit Modi)

  28. What phrase describes the point in a bullfight when the matador makes the kill that is also the title of a reality TV show on Star World?

    1. Moment of Truth

  29. Shortly after completing this work, Michelangelo overheard someone remark that it was the work of another sculptor Cristoforo Solari prompting Michelangelo to carve “Michelangelo Buonarotti Florentine Made It” on the work. Name the work which is the only one the signed by the artist.

    1. The Pieta

  30. When telephones were invented in 1876, (a) who suggested the word “hello” to start a conversation, and (b) what the word did it replace as a greeting on the telephone?

    1. Edison. b. Ahoy

  31. In medieval maps places which were unknown territory had these words written on that area, ‘Here be ______’. Fill in the blank.

    1. Dragons

  32. Which attendant of Shiva instructed Bharata (author of the Natya Shastra) in the use of Angaharas and Karanas, modes of Shiva’s cosmic dance? Some scholars consider he must have been the author of an earlier work on the dramatic arts, which was incorporated into the Natya Shastra.

    1. Tandu, after whom the Tandava is named

  33. Which innovative vehicle is marketed as the G-Wiz in UK and qualifies for exemption from the “London congestion charge” because of its unique nature?

    1. Reva

  34. By what familiar name do we know the All India War Memorial?

    1. India Gate. It bears the names of 90,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of World War I, the Northwest Frontier operations of the same time and the 1919 Afghan fiasco.

  35. (VISUAL) What is the French word for this flower called the mallow, which is known to us because of its distinctive colour?

    1. Mauve

  36. (AUDIO) Identify the band.

    1. The Raghu Dixit project founded by Bangalore musician Raghu Dixit who mixes Indian folk with western influences.

  37. (AUDIO) Identify the voice.

    1. Amelia Earhart

  38. (VIDEO) What breed of horse is this?

    1. Clydesdale horses. The Clydesdale is the symbol of the Anheuser-Busch beer company (makers of Budweiser).

  39. (VIDEO) Which magnificent building is the setting for this anthem for rebellious lovers?

    1. Sheesh Mahal (of the Amber Fort in Jaipur)

  40. (AUDIO) Which movie?

    1. Roadside Romeo

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