General knowledge 78

From the quiz on 26/4/16.

  1. What facial injury may be colloquially referred to as a shiner? Black eye

  2. In the vast majority of the languages of Europe (English being a notable exception), a variation of ananas is the standard word for which tropical fruit? Pineapple

  3. Which member of the Spice Girls was the eldest, left the band first and has the most solo UK number-one singles (4)? Geri Halliwell

  4. In Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, how old is the title character, Dolores Haze? 12

  5. The mosquito-borne disease yellow fever is named after which of its symptoms, whose technical medical name is icterus? Jaundice

  6. All twelve Apollo astronauts who have walked on the Moon did so during the tenure of which US President? Richard Nixon

  7. For what does the name of the vehicle safety test MOT stand? Ministry of Transport

  8. Which metropolitan cathedral, which is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is the mother church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales? Westminster Cathedral

  9. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” is the much-quoted opening line of which classic Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy? Anna Karenina

  10. Flattery Not Included, I Say, The Tweed Album and Can’t Stop, Shan’t Stop are the first four studio albums by which artist who plays a banjelele and performs “chap-hop”, a kind of hip-hop delivered in strict Received Pronunciation? Mr B (the Gentleman Rhymer)


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