General knowledge 39

From the quiz on 7/7/15.

  1. What form of entertainment takes its name from the Japanese for “empty orchestra”? Karaoke

  2. In Roman numerals, which number is represented by the letter D? 500

  3. In which European country are Reichenbach Falls, the setting for the climactic confrontation between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty in Conan Doyle’s 1893 short story The Final Problem? Switzerland

  4. In Greek mythology, which daughter of Zeus and Demeter was spirited away by Hades and made queen of the underworld? Persephone

  5. In 2000, who defeated Aston Villa 1–0 to win the last FA Cup held at the old Wembley Stadium? Chelsea

  6. The log flume Tidal Wave and the rollercoasters Colossus and Nemesis Inferno are major attractions at which UK theme park? Thorpe Park

  7. Which American fashion retailer employs high-profile models known as Angels? Victoria’s Secret

  8. In 2011, who succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple? Tim Cook

  9. What colour is sindoor, a pigment traditionally applied by Hindu women to the parting of their hair to indicate that they are married? Red

  10. Which American writer and cartoonist gives her name to a test for gender bias in films and other media, the criterion for passing being that “at least two women … talk to each other about something besides a man”? (Alison) Bechdel

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