Quick Fire Quiz Questions and Answers
Quick Fire Quiz Part 1
1. Who was the author of the book Othello?
Answer: William Shakespeare.
Othello is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It tells the story of a noble Moorish warrior named Othello, the titular character, who falls in love with and married to a woman named Desdemona.
2. The most populous Canadian province is?
Ontario is a province of Canada, located east of the Quebec province and west of the three Great Lakes. It was one of the original Canadian provinces along with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Ontario has a population of 14,755,211. The second-largest province is Quebec (8,575,944).
3. What percentage of the moon can we see from earth?
One side of the moon always faces the Earth and the other side is always hidden. The other half is visible from the side opposite Earth, or what’s known as its “far side.”
4. Who was the first scientist to win Nobel Prizes for Physics and Chemistry?
Answer: Marie Curie.
The first woman to be honored with this coveted prize was Marie Curie. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903 for her discovery of radium and polonium. She then went on to share the prize with her husband Pierre Curie in 1911 for their work in radiation research.
5. Which beetles were regarded highly in Egypt?
Answer: Scarab beetle.
Scarab Beetles are a type of beetle. They are also called “Dung Beetles”. They eat dung. The word “Scarab” is a Greek word. It means “to turn”. This is a reference to the way they can roll back their wings and tuck them in during mating.
Beetles are one of the largest families of animals on Earth. They come in many shapes and sizes, with more than 350,000 types identified.
6. Sweet, sour and salty are three primary tastes, what is the fourth?
There are four different types of taste sensors – sweet, bitter, sour, and salty – each with its own receptors on the tongue. These sensors are classified as either ion channels or G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR). GPCRs tell us about the substance’s taste profile; ionic channels send out nerve signals that help to identify whether a food is salty or not (among other things). Humans have around 2000 taste buds each. Sensitivity to the four tastes varies from person to person.
7. If you travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic through the Panama Canal, in which direction are you sailing through the canal?
Actually, it’s mostly north. The canal is oriented roughly north-south. The Panama Canal is an artificial waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, cutting across some of Panama’s most vital regions. The canal connects the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, and then goes through Central America. It’s a crucial route for international trade and commerce, enabling ships to avoid sailing all the way around Cape Horn in order to get from one ocean to another.
8. Approximately how many high and low tides are there in a period of 24 hours?
Answer: 2 high and 2 low.
So the moon is pulling on the water and creating a bulge of water on opposite sides of it. One side will be higher, one lower. At high tide, the water level is very high and at low tide, it’s very low.
Tides are also affected by Earth’s rotation because Earth rotates from west to east while the moon orbits in its own orbit around Earth from east to west. This combined motion makes waves move in an elliptical shape that has two highs or two lows per day – one at each end known as tidal maxima and tidal minima respectively.
9. Which Pope had the shortest reign?
Answer: Pope John Paul I.
John Paul I, or Giovanni Battista Montini, was one of the most interesting popes in recent history. Born in 1912 to a devout Catholic family, he was ordained as a priest at the age of twenty-four and went on to become Archbishop of Milan. He had many accomplishments during his service as archbishop, including going head-to-head with powerful foes such as Benito Mussolini.
John Paul I was elected pope in 1978 after the death of Pope Paul VI. His time as pontiff is famous for its brevity; he died just 33 days into his reign from apparent heart failure at age 65.
10. The theoretical study of beauty and taste is called:
Aesthetics is one of the four major branches of philosophy in Western thought. The best-known text was written by Plato who considered good art as important for people’s moral development. This branch of philosophy continues to be a topic today with discussions regarding whether or not art should be based on some kind of rationality or should just reflect human nature with all its irrationality.
Aesthetics comes from the Greek word aisthesis.
Quick Fire Quiz Part 2
11. In geography, which U.S. state is known as the “Sooner State”?
Oklahoma nicknamed the Sooner State because settlers who came to the area before 1890 were eligible for land scrip from the government.
Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States. Oklahoma is the 20th most extensive and 30th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City. A major producer of natural gas, oil, and agricultural products, Oklahoma relies on an economic base of aviation, energy, telecommunications, and biotechnology. The term “Oklahoma” comes from Choctaw words meaning “red people”.
12. Which artist released a 1991 album entitled “Dangerous”?
Answer: Michael Jackson.
Jackson was given a $15 million cash advance and a royalty deal for $2 for every album sold.
The first single released from the album was “Black Or White” in November 1991 and it became a huge commercial success. It was followed by “Jam” in April 1992, which did less well but still reached number two in the US singles charts. The second release, “Remember The Time”, came out in November 1992 and reached number one on the singles charts in January 1993. A promotional only single, “In The Closet” was released to radio stations in 1993 for airplay before Dangerous went on sale, but failed to chart.
13. What type of animal is the walrus?
The walrus is a large, aquatic pinniped that lives in the Arctic. It feeds mostly on clams and mussels, but also shrimp and crabs. The walrus spends most of its time in chilly saltwater and has been known to dive to depths of over 600 feet.
The average weight for a male walrus is 2900 pounds (1302 kilograms), although one was recorded at 6500 pounds (2951 kilograms). Female walruses are much smaller about 150 pounds (68 kilograms) and have been recorded as small as 200 pounds (90 kilograms).
15. Completed in 1883, which New York suspension bridge was the first to be built of steel?
Answer: Brooklyn Bridge.
New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge is a marvel of engineering that spans the East River, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It has been called one of the “Seven Wonders of The Modern World.” Construction on the bridge began in 1869 and it opened in 1883. It was designed by John Augustus Roebling who also designed the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, but died from an injury sustained during its construction to his foot. He died from tetanus as a result of his injury before he could complete it.
The bridge towers’ height varies between 185 feet (56 m) at midspan to 230 feet (70 m) at shore ends; they are constructed out of 3,517 individual steel spans.
16. What percentage of the world’s freshwater is in the frozen ice mass of Antarctica?
There is much more water in the earth than people realize. 70% of the world’s freshwater is contained in the ice mass of Antarctica. The salt content of this frozen water is what differentiates it from regular freshwater. Freshwater has lower levels of salt, and it evaporates at a higher rate so that means there are other sources of freshwater available worldwide.
17. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 3,000 cherry trees given to Washington, D.C., by which Asian city?
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual spring celebration in Washington, D.C. that commemorates the 1912 gift of Japanese cherry blossom trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington. It typically starts on March 20th and lasts for one week, ending on April 15th. The festival attracts over a million visitors each year from all over the world and has become an anticipated event for families in our area who come to marvel at this remarkable natural phenomenon reflecting centuries old age-old tradition pass down by their ancestors living in Japan.
18. What do the Olympic Rings symbolize?
Answer: Unity between Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
The five interlocking Olympic Rings symbolize the unity of the five inhabited regions of the world: Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.
The Olympic Rings were created by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. In 1913 he wanted a symbol that could represent all of humanity with no political connotation. He determined that a grouping of five rings would be perfect because they are round but not too curvy to look like a natural object or plant; it includes both three and two-dimensional elements; they resemble objects that come from nature without being too abstract or modernist in appearance; and finally, there is one ring for each inhabited continent on Earth at that time [Europe, Asia, Africa, America (North and South), Oceania].
19. Who’s the female detective hero created by Agatha Christie and played by Margaret Rutherford?
Answer: Jane Marple.
Agatha Christie is the most widely published novelist in history. She is most famous for her detective novels. Her books and plays have been translated into at least 103 languages. Because of this, they are read all over the world.
Jane Marple is an old lady who helps solve crimes in the Miss Marple Mysteries by Agatha Christie. She is a keen observer of people and behavior and has a certain wisdom that lets her fit small bits of information together to help solve murders. She is also extremely friendly and helpful.
The main characters in “Home To Danger” are Mr. Shaw, an amateur detective, his daughter, Lizzie, Miss Silver from Wales, and Jane Marple. Mr. Shaw loves to find things out, and he is always investigating something or looking for information that seems unimportant but can help in solving a case. The other characters do not do much detecting; they mostly act as observers of the events that happen in Cranton-Underhill.
20. What was first published in 1755, contained 40,000 words and took 8 years to write?
Answer: Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary.
An English dictionary of the 18th century, compiled by Samuel Johnson. It is often called simply Johnson’s Dictionary. First published in 1755 with illustrations by Thomas Sheridan, this book is considered the most successful and influential English dictionary of all time. The Dictionary was a large and comprehensive linguistic resource for speakers of English throughout the British Empire and remained so for over 150 years after publication.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines Johnson as “the father of modern lexicography”.
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