Specialist: US politics

From the quiz on 23/5/17.

  1. In 1962, which American actress sang Happy Birthday, Mr. President at a celebration ten days ahead of John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday? Marilyn Monroe

  2. How many (voting) members are there in the US Senate and US House of Representatives? 100 (Senate); 435 (HoR)

  3. Which amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime? 13th

  4. What colloquial Americanism for a person with extreme left-wing political views combines the name of a heavenly body with an animal? Moonbat

  5. In 1886, 21-year-old Frances Folsom became the youngest ever First Lady when she married which Democratic US President in the White House? Grover Cleveland

Specialist: UK Prime Ministers

From the quiz on 16/5/17.

  1. By what title is British PM Arthur Wellesley more commonly known? Duke of Wellington

  2. Who is the only British PM to have won a Nobel Prize? Winston Churchill

  3. Which two-time British PM was the first of Jewish ancestry, was created Earl of Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria, and declared “I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole” on succeeding the Earl of Derby? Benjamin Disraeli

  4. Who is the only British PM not to have been born in the British Isles? Andrew Bonar Law

  5. Which two-time British PM was the recipient of the second-ever Pipe Smoker of the Year award, went by his middle name instead of his first name, James, and lends his surname to a doctrine stating that MPs’ communications should not be intercepted? Harold Wilson

Politics, philosophy & economics 12

From the quiz on 7/3/17.

  1. Which article of the Treaty on European Union governs the process of withdrawing from the EU? Article 50

  2. What two-word animal nickname was given to the booming economy of Ireland between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s? Celtic Tiger

  3. The Clematis Tree, An Act of Treachery and Father Figure are novels by which former Tory MP? Ann Widdecombe

  4. In which European city are the headquarters of Europol, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court? The Hague

  5. Before becoming US President, Ronald Reagan served eight years as the 33rd governor of which US state? California

  6. For what do the letters D and M stand in the name of the US copyright act usually referred to by its abbreviation DMCA? Digital Millennium

  7. In economics, of what is there only one in the market situation known as a monopsony? Buyer

  8. Which of the Founding Fathers of the United States is nicknamed The First American and was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence? Benjamin Franklin

  9. In English law, the M’Naghten rule is a test for insanity inspired by a case of 1843 in which a woodturner named Daniel M’Naghten attempted to assassinate which British Prime Minister? Robert Peel

  10. In commerce, what adjective, from the Latin for “to perform”, is applied to a good whose individual units are freely interchangeable with different ones of the same type (e.g. cash, pure gold or oil)? Fungible

Specialist: Donald Trump

From the quiz on 17/1/17.

  1. In 2017, which actor succeeded Donald Trump as host of The Apprentice (US)? Arnold Schwarzenegger

  2. In which borough of New York City are Trump Parc, Trump Park Avenue and Trump Tower? Manhattan

  3. Who established Donald Trump’s nickname The Donald when she referred to him as such in a 1989 issue of Spy magazine? Ivana Trump

  4. In 1991, Donald Trump won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for playing himself in which 1989 film starring Bo Derek? Ghosts Can’t Do It

  5. In 2007, what did Donald Trump and WWE owner Vince McMahon both wager on a match at WrestleMania 23 dubbed Battle of the Billionaires? Their hair

Politics, philosophy & economics 11

From the quiz on 10/1/17.

  1. What fruity name is given to a politically-unstable country whose economy is crucially dependent on a single export? Banana republic

  2. In economics, how many basis points equal one percentage point? 100

  3. Who are the only two US Presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia? John F. Kennedy and William Taft

  4. What is purportedly proven by the Quinque viae (“five ways”), a set of five arguments proposed by Italian philosopher Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century? Existence of God

  5. What name, after a woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009, is commonly given to the UK’s Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme? Clare’s Law

  6. Which President of France had a secret 30-year extramarital relationship (and one daughter, named Mazarine) with an art historian named Anne Pingeot? François Mitterand

  7. In which country is the Court of Justice of the European Union, the supreme court in matters of EU law? Luxembourg

  8. Which American political scientist and economist wrote the 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man, in which he argues that the final form of human government is capitalist liberal democracy? Francis Fukuyama

  9. In philosophy, what Latin phrase, meaning “from what comes before”, describes knowledge that proceeds from theoretical deduction and is independent of experience? A priori

  10. Which Conservative MP was elected Prime Minister in the last UK general election not held on a Thursday? Stanley Baldwin (in 1931)

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From the quiz on 5/7/16.

  1. As indicated by its name, HSBC is a banking corporation originally founded in which two Asian cities? Hong Kong and Shanghai

  2. What is the common name, literally meaning “institute” in Hebrew, of the principal intelligence agency of Israel? Mossad

  3. The very first Nobel Peace Prize was co-awarded in 1901 to Henry Dunant, the founder of which international humanitarian organization, which itself jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize for its centenary in 1963? Red Cross

  4. The Übermensch (overman or superman), a person who rises above conventional Christian morality to impose his own values, is a central concept in the philosophy of which German philosopher, who described it in detail in his 1883–5 work Thus Spake Zarathustra? Friedrich Nietzsche

  5. Named after two psychologists from Cornell University who identified it in a series of experiments in 1999, which cognitive bias describes how less competent individuals consistently overestimate their own competence? Dunning–Kruger effect

  6. The Wealth of Nations (1776) is the magnum opus of which key figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, who is often regarded as the founder of modern economics? Adam Smith

  7. Which pre-Socratic philosopher was a disciple of Leucippus and developed therewith an early theory of atomism, proposing that all matter is composed of small indivisible particles called atoms? Democritus

  8. In 1903, which prominent English suffragette founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, a group whose members were responsible for many extreme acts in the name of women’s liberty, including prison hunger strikes, breaking windows and arson? Emmeline Pankhurst

  9. Who served as the first female President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and the first female UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002? Mary Robinson

  10. In 2001, which Scottish politician had a cameo as a ghost in a Pakistani TV drama called The Castle, which was produced by fellow SNP politician Tasmina Sheikh? Alex Salmond

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From the quiz on 26/4/16.

  1. Who is the only person to have served in all four of the so-called Great Offices of State, having been Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary before becoming Prime Minister? James Callaghan

  2. In economics, which animal describes a speculator who buys shares in the hope of reselling them later at a higher price? Bull

  3. By what name, after the philosopher who pioneered it, is the method of enquiry known as maieutics or the method of elenchus more commonly known? Socratic method

  4. What term for an uncouth person who lives far from civilization is applied colloquially in the UK to a peer who seldom attends the House of Lords? Backwoodsman

  5. Wim Duisenberg, Jean-Claude Trichet and Mario Draghi were the first three presidents of which European institution? European Central Bank

  6. Founded in 1973 by Eugène Terre’Blanche, the AWB is a far-right nationalist political party in which African country? South Africa

  7. What name, after the Englishman whose company originally printed it, is given to the official verbatim reports of the proceedings of Parliament? Hansard

  8. According to the opening line of the opening chapter of the Communist Manifesto, “The history of all hitherto existing society” is the history of what struggles? Class

  9. In accounting, what word, from the French for “to kill”, is applied both to the depreciation in value of an intangible asset and to the repayment of a debt in regular instalments? Amortization

  10. In accordance with his will, which English philosopher’s skeleton was preserved, dressed in his own clothes and crowned with a wax head as a so-called “auto-icon” that is now on public display at University College London? Jeremy Bentham