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Does Grey Matter? (Prelims)


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The set for the preliminary round for 'Does Grey Matter', a quiz organized by the ex-students of M. P. Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School Quiz Club, Quotient.

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Does Grey Matter? (Prelims)

  1. 1. Does Grey Matter? Prelims (2015) By Ananyo Brahma 1
  2. 2. RULES 2  There are 26 questions in the prelims.  Each answer begins with the corresponding letter. For example, the answer to the first question begins with the letter ‘A’, the second answer starts with ‘B’ and so on.  Letters ‘M’, ‘P,’ ‘B’, ‘I’, ‘R’, ‘L’, and ‘A’ are starred questions.  In case of a tie, the team with more starred questions correct will be selected.  In case of a tie in the finals, the prelims score will be used to resolve it.  Top 6 teams make it to the finals.
  3. 3. A.**  ______ : An Elegy on the Death of John Keats, is a pastoral elegy written by Percy Bysshe Shelly for John Keats in 1821, and is widely regarded as one of Shelley’s best and most well known works.  The poem, which is in 495 lines in 55 Spenserian Stanzas, was composed in the spring of 1821 immediately after 11 April, when Shelley heard of Keat’s death.  Fill in the blank. 3
  4. 4. Answer  Adonais (also spelled Adonaies) 4
  5. 5. B.**  What has been blacked out? 5
  6. 6. Answer  Bob Ross 6
  7. 7. C. 7  This French dessert consists of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel.  In Italy and France, it is often served at weddings, baptisms, and first communions.  On November 16, 2015, that is, after the Paris attacks, John Oliver called it a French Freedom Tower because of its shape and structure on his show ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’.  Identify this dish.
  8. 8. Answer 8  Croquembouche
  9. 9. D.  This is a philosophy and lifestyle introduced by a character from the Coen Brothers’ 1998 film ‘The Big Lebowski’.  Its stated primary objective is to promote a modern form of Taoism, blended with the concepts of the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus and presented in a style as personified by the character Jeffrey in the movie.  It has sometimes been regarded as a mock religion, although its founder and many adherents regard it seriously.  March 6 is the sacred high holy day for this religion.  Identify the religion.9
  10. 10. Answer  Dudeism 10
  11. 11. E. (from Akash Banerjee) 11
  12. 12. Answer 12  Eric Cantona
  13. 13. F. (from Akash Banerjee) 13  _____is a series of post-apocalyptic role-playing video games.  It was created by Interplay Entertainment.  Although the series is set during the 22nd and 23rd centuries, its atom-punk retro-futuristic setting and artwork are influenced by the post-war culture of 1950s America, and its combination of hope for the promises of technology, and lurking fear of nuclear annihilation.  A forerunner for ______ is Wasteland, a 1988 video game of which the ______ series is regarded to be a spiritual successor.  Although the game worlds are different, the background story, inhabitants, locations, and characters draw many parallels.  Fill in the blank.
  14. 14. Answer 14  Fallout
  15. 15. G.  He was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1921.  He flew eighty-nine combat mission in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and worked as a commercial pilot after the war.  He is best known as an American screenwriter, producer, futurist and satirist.  On 5th September, 1985, he became the first television writer to win a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Identify the individual. 15
  16. 16. Answer  Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek. 16
  17. 17. H.  To the Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, since millions of them were born after the annual inundation of the Nile, which brought fertility to the otherwise barren lands. Consequently, in Egyptian mythology, there began to be a frog- goddess, who represented fertility, referred to by Egyptologists as ______.  She was considered the wife of Khnum, who formed the bodies of new children on his potter's wheel. 17
  18. 18. Answer  Heqet or Heket 18
  19. 19. I.**  Identify the logo. 19
  20. 20. Answer  Imangi Studios.  They developed the Temple Run series. 20
  21. 21. J. (from Akash Banerjee) 21
  22. 22. Answer  The answer is Johnson.  First picture is Andre Johnson from NFL.  Second picture is from Mitchell Johnson’s last test.  Third picture is Dwayne Johnson (The Rock).  Fourth picture is Magic Johnson from the Lakers. 22
  23. 23. J. 23
  24. 24. K. (from Souvik Maity) 24  Identify the man.
  25. 25. Answer 25  Professor Kip Thorne  The man behind the physics of Interstellar.  He also served as an executive producer on the film.
  26. 26. L.**  ____ fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever caused by the ____ virus and first described in 1969 in the town of ____, in Borno state, Nigeria.  Similar to Ebola, clinical cases of the disease had been known for over a decade, but had not been connected with a viral pathogen.  It frequently infects people in West Africa. It results in 300,000 to 500,000 cases annually and causes about 5,000 deaths each year.  Outbreaks of the disease have been observed in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Central African Republic.  The primary animal host of the ____ virus is the Natal multi- mammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis), an animal found in most of sub-Saharan Africa.  The virus is probably transmitted by contact with the feces or urine of animals accessing grain stores in residences. Given its high rate of incidence, _____ fever is a major problem in affected countries.26
  27. 27. Answer  Lassa Fever 27
  28. 28. M.**  _____ is a fictional brand of cigarette that has appeared in various films, television shows, and video games, that otherwise have no connection to each other.  It has featured primarily in television shows as both a prop and a plot element.  Examples of movies which feature this include The World’s End (2013) and Definitely, Maybe (2008).  Examples of television shows include Breaking Bad, 24, Prison Break, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead, That 70’s show, etc.  Identify the brand. 28
  29. 29. Answer  Morley 29
  30. 30. N.  Often considered the nicest character in the history of television, he was recently honored in a way no one has ever been before.  The character has a very annoying tendency to speak in rhymes and is a devout Evangelical Christian with two kids named Rod and Todd.  A metal band called ‘Okilly Dokilly’ is named after a phrase which is used by this character very frequently. The members of the band even dress themselves the way this character does.  Identify the character. 30
  31. 31. Answer Ned Flanders (from The Simpsons) 31
  32. 32. O.  _____ is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or a dragon eating its own tail.  It often symbolizes self- reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re- creating itself, the eternal return, and other things such as the phoenix which operate in cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished.  Fill in the blank.32
  33. 33. Answer  Ouroboros 33
  34. 34. P.**  Identify this movie from the minimalist poster. 34
  35. 35. Answer  Psycho (1960) 35
  36. 36. Q.  _____ is an ancient port city located on the southern coast of Essos. Situated on the Jade Gates in a central location between the Summer and Jade Seas, it is a gateway of commerce and culture between the east and west, and the north and south.  Brimming with wealth, the city's architecture makes a grand display. It is home to warlocks and merchant princes, and nominally ruled by the Pureborn.  However, the powerful guilds of the Thirteen, the Tourmaline Brotherhood and the Ancient Guild of Spicers all attempt to play a role in the governance of the city. It has been referred to as the Queen of Cities.  Fill in the blank. 36
  37. 37. Answer  Qarth (from the Song of Ice and Fire Series). 37
  38. 38. R.** 38  As a boy, X's father nicknamed his son "Dutch", due to his “fat little Dutchman"-like appearance, and his "Dutchboy" haircut; the nickname stuck with him throughout his youth.  Identify X.
  39. 39. Answer 39  Ronald Reagan
  40. 40. S.  He is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician.  He rose to prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock band Montrose. He launched a successful solo career afterwards, scoring an enduring hit in 1984 with “I can’t drive 55”. He enjoyed huge commercial success when he replaced David Lee Roth as the lead singer of Van Halen in 1985, but left the band in 1996.  He returned to the band for a 2 year reunion from 2003 to 2005. On March 12, 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.  His musical style primarily consists of hard rock and heavy metal. His present musical project is lead singer of Chickenfoot.  He is also known as The Red Rocker.  Identify the person. 40
  41. 41. Answer  Samuel Roy Hagar or Sammy Hagar 41
  42. 42. T.  Identify the track. 42
  43. 43. Answer  The Adventures of Tintin 43
  44. 44. U.  The _____ is a sword with a flexible whip-like blade from South Asia. Originating in what are now southern India and Sri Lanka, it is thought to have existed as far back as the Maurya dynasty.  It is considered one of the most difficult weapons to master due to the risk of injuring oneself. It is treated as a steel whip, and therefore requires prior knowledge of that weapon. For this reason, it is always taught last in South Asian martial arts.  The word _____ is of north Keralan origin. In the state's southern region it is more commonly called a chuttuval, from the words for coiling or spinning (chuttu) and sword (vaal). Alternative Tamil names for the weapon are surul val (curling sword) and surul katti (curling knife).  Visual in the next slide. 44
  45. 45. U. 45
  46. 46. Answer 46  Urumi
  47. 47. V.  It is a team sport, played mainly by women in Australia, that originally combined elements of cricket and tennis, although in its current form it may be more similar to cricket and baseball.  There are two teams of 12 players which will bat and field two innings each. The aim of the game is for a team to score more runs than the opposition team.  There are no overs and the batters bat from one end only. Two bowlers bowl alternately. If the ball is hit forward of the crease, the batters must run.  A run is completed each time both batters safely make it to the crease at the opposite end of the pitch. Fours and sixes also apply where the batter hits the ball past the boundary markers.  Players may be dismissed by the same methods as in cricket.  Identify the sport. 47
  48. 48. Answer 48  Vigoro
  49. 49. W. 49
  50. 50. Answer 50  Water Vole
  51. 51. X. 51  Pumpkin Island is a privately owned island on Keppel Bay near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  It is 13.8 kilometres (8.6 mi) off the coast from Yeppoon and has an area of 18 acres.  In 2012, it was the world's sixth most expensive island.  The island has been temporarily renamed _____ Island after Queensland brewer Castlemaine Perkins leased it in 2012 as part of a campaign to promote their beer, Castlemaine _____.  ____’s three-year lease ends in December 2015 the island will return to its owner.  Visual in the next slide.
  52. 52. X. 52
  53. 53. Answer  XXXX Island. 53
  54. 54. Y.  Y is a social media Smartphone application.  It is available for iOS and Android. It allows people anonymously to create and view ____ within a 5-mile radius.  It is similar to other anonymous sharing apps such as Nearby, but differs from others such as Whisper in that it is intended for sharing primarily with those in proximity to the user, potentially making it more intimate and relevant for people reading the posts.  All users have the ability to contribute to the stream by writing, responding, and "voting up" or "voting down" (liking or disliking) ____s.  The developers of the app, Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, are both graduates from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
  55. 55. Answer
  56. 56. Z.  _____ refers to an imaginary point directly "above" a particular location, on the imaginary celestial sphere. "Above" means in the vertical direction opposite to the apparent gravitational force at that location.  It is the "highest" point on the celestial sphere (meaning it is the farthest up from the gravitational force).  It is sometimes used as a given name, most commonly for males.  Its meaning, "highest point," evokes success and power.  Fill in the blank.56
  57. 57. Answer 57  Zenith