1. Located in Asia, this country was established in its modern form in 1932. It has a per capita GDP of above $25,000. A film starring Academy award winning actor Jamie Foxx and directed by Peter Berg is partially based on events which occurred in this country. Which country?
2. Founded by a man named Kiichiro, it is headquartered in Aichi in Japan. Apart from its core business, it is also involved in robotics and financial services. The Brevis is produced by this company. Which company?
3. This jazz musician was born in the United States in a family with nine children. Primarily known for playing the trumpets, he starred in a movie called The Spitball Story. He was once a teacher of the legendary Miles Davis. Name the musician.
4. This Russian man was born to Timofey and Aleksandra and is an author of a few books along with poetry. However, he is rarely known for his literary skills but as the designer of an object which has been produced over 100 million times. This object was originally an entry for a competition and called Mikhitim. Name the person.
5. This Aussie rules football, considered to be one of the greatest of his time, started his career with St.Kilda. He has over 700 goals in his entire career, but is known for several controversial incidents throughout his career. He was suspended for seven games for punching fellow player Brent Staker. Name the player.
1. Saudi Arabia.
2. Toyota Motor Corporation.
3. Dizzy Gillespie.
4. Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creator of the AK-47.
5. Barry Hall.
1. Which Indian ruler from the 18th century is known to be one of the first to use rocket artillery during war?
2. Which king is known to have established the city of Bangalore?
3. One of the earliest presidents of the Indian National Congress, he started a newspaper called the Bombay Chronicle. Name the person.
4. How many times was Dhyan Chand part of the Indian team which won the Olympic Gold medal?
5. Who was appointed the first General Manager of TCS and is known to be one of the pioneers of the Indian IT industry?
6. Which religious figure’s real name was Gadadhar Chatterjee?
7. The Indian political leader George Fernandes was married to the daughter of which famous Indian educationist?
8. Which former Indian Army Chief survived after being hit by nine bullets during the Second World War?
9. The highest rank in the Indian Navy is the Admiral of the fleet. Who was the first person to be awarded this position?
10. The name of which state of India literally translates to ‘The Land of Kingdoms’.
1. Hyder Ali.
2. Kempe Gowda.
3. Sir Pherozeshah Mehta.
5. Fakir Chand Kohli.
6. Ramakrishna Paramahansa.
7. Humayun Kabir.
8. Sam Manekshaw.
9. It has never been awarded.
1. Name the first Indian film to have sound and dialogues. The name of the film literally translates to ‘The Light of The World’.
2. Who was the commander of the British Forces in the Battle of Plassey?
3. Name the Hindu scriptures which describe how rituals stated in the Vedas should be performed along with commentary.
4. Who is the author of the philosophical work called ‘The Life Divine’?
5. The name of which place in India translates literally to ‘New Village’.
6. What came into force on the very first republic day celebrated on the January 26th, 1950?
7. Which Indian freedom fighter and political stalwart was referred to as ‘Loknayak’?
8. Who played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film ‘Gandhi’?
9. Who was the first Indian cricket player to score a Test century as well as take five wickets in the same Test match?
10. Which Indian footballer has scored the maximum number of international goals for his country?
1. Alam Ara.
2. Robert Clive.
4. Sri Aurobindo.
5. Puducherry (Pondicherry).
6. The Constitution of India.
7. Jaiprakash Narayan.
8. Ben Kingsley.
9. Vinoo Mankad.
10. Pradip Banerjee (P.K.Banerjee).
1. A movie named ‘Kaptaan’ has made on this person. A former captain of a Cricket World Cup winning team, he is also the Chancellor of a British University. Name the person.
2. In the inaugural Cricket World Cup in 1975, two teams participated who did not have Test cricket status. Name the two teams.
3. Charlie Bannerman was a former Australian umpire who officiated in 12 Test matches. However, before umpiring, he also played cricket for New South Wales and Australia and holds a record for being the “first” in something. What is it?
4. Daan van Bunge is a cricketer from The Netherlands who has participated in two cricket World cups. However, in March 2007, he was part of an unenviable new record in one day cricket. What is it?
5. This cricketer was once called Lord Snooty. Born in 1972, he is one of the successful players in the history of one day cricket. Which cricketer?
1. Imran Khan.
2. East Africa and Sri Lanka.
3. He scored the first Test century.
4. Herschelle Gibbs from South Africa hit him for six sixes in an over.
5. Sourav Ganguly.
1. Find the common link between the following companies – Gregg Company, Standard & Poor’s, The Economy Company and J.D.Power & Associates.
2. A well known author, he was also a Professor of English in the University of Oxford. One of his novels was made into an Oscan winning movie. He was friends with C.S.Lewis, the author of the chronicles of Narnia and also participated in the First World War. Name the person.
3. This band was started by William Adams and Allan Pineda, and was originally known as Atban Klann. They have won six Grammy awards. Which band?
4. Which movie – The Customer is Always Right, The Hard Goodbye, That Yellow Bastard and The Big Fat Kill?
5. The second largest stadium in the world in terms of the number of people it can accomodate, it shares its name with a place in the United States. German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn played his last official match for Bayern Munich here. Name the stadium.
1. They are all part of the McGraw-Hill group of companies.
2. J R R Tolkien.
3. Black Eyed Peas.
4. Sin City.
5. Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.
1. A well known actor in Hollywood, I was born in Germany. My mother was German, while my father was an American soldier. In 1984, I was selected for a role in the television series Miami Vice. I was once married to the actress Demi Moore. Who am I?
2. Though I am more famous for being a great general, I was also an expert writer of prose in Latin as well as a great public speaker. I was married three times. My mother was called Aurelia. Who am I?
3. A famous European footballer, I have been called ‘The Roadrunner’. I started and ended my career with a club called ‘Go Ahead Eagles’. My first international match was against Turkey in 1993, and I also played together with my friend Dennis Bergkamp in the English Club Arsenal. Who am I?
4. My last name is Germanotta. A well known singer, I have started a not for profit called Born This Way Foundation. I am a recipient of five Grammy Awards. Who am I?
5. Born to Michael and Eugenia, I moved to the United States while still a child. I studied in Stanford University, but took leave to work on my own company. Forbes magazine has named my friend and me as one of the most powerful men in the world. I have invested in a company called Space Adventures. Who am I?
1. Bruce Willis.
2. Julius Caesar.
3. Marc Overmars.
4. Lady Gaga.
5. Sergey Brin.
1. On this day in 1982, a South Korean man named Woo Bum-kon who had served in the army and then a police officer, went on a killing spree and killed 57 people including himself. Before the Norway attacks by Anders Breivik in 2011, this was the worst killing spree in modern history. Name the incident.
2. Havelock is part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India popular among foreign tourists as a diving destination. In 2010, a foreign tourist was killed in a snorkeling expedition after being attacked by an animal – this was a rare instance where this animal attacked in open sea, as it typically attacks only on land. Name the animal.
3. The Netherlands controlled a small portion of North America till around the late 1600s. The Dutch established a “capital” called New Amsterdam in order to operate their fur trading practice. What was this city later named to?
4. NYPD, depicted commonly in movies is only the second largest law enforcement agency in the United States. Which is the first?
5. Complete the following list with an explanation – Puncak Jaya, Mount McKinley, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua and Vinson Massif.
1. Uiryeong Massacre.
2. Saltwater Crocodile.
3. New York City.
4. US Customs and Border Protection.
5. They are the highest points in Australia, North America, Africa, Europe, South America and Antarctica. The highest point in Asia, Mount Everest, completes the list.
1. What is common to the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and Furnace Creek Airport in Death Valley USA?
2. What is common to the following places – Pitcairn, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue?
3. This famous British economist began his career as a clerk in the Civil Services, as part of the India Office. However, it proved uninteresting to him and he took up a position in Cambridge to study probability theory. Name the economist.
4. The footballer David Beckham launched a range of clothing for children in 2002 called ‘DB07′. He partnered with a retail chain in order to do so. Which one?
5. Born as Mary Cathleen Collins in the United States in 1956, she went on to become a well known actress. She starred opposite the British comedian Dudley Moore in the film 10, and is also known to have campaigned for George Bush in the 2004 US Presidential Elections. Name the actress.
1. Both are below sea level.
2. ANZAC Day is observed in these places other than Australia and New Zealand.
3. John Meynard Keynes.
4. Marks and Spencer.
5. Bo Derek.
1. Which football (soccer) player was nicknamed El Loco, meaning ‘The Madman’?
2. Connect – Panoramix, Miraculix, Ashafix, Crudemix and Akvavitix.
3. Bill “Mad Dog” Rizer and Lance “Scorpion” Bean are the protagonists of which classic arcade game released in 1987?
4. Which WWE wrestler has released a rap album called “You Can’t See Me”? This album was made with his cousin Marc Predka.
5. This software company was founded in 1980 and developed the database application dBase. It was later acquired by Borland Corporation in 1991. Name the company.
1. Rene Higuita.
2. They are all names given to the druid Getafix from Asterix comics in different languages.
4. John Cena.
1. Connect – an area in Monaco (France), a car manufactured by General Motors, computational algorithms which make use of random sampling to derive results and a brand of biscuit manufactured by Arnott’s.
2. A rumored tradition in Microsoft requires an employee to bring in “n” pounds of which famous chocolate brand, where “n” is the number of years the employee has worked in the company?
3. Which Argentine born director is currently making a sequel to Martin Scorsese’s classic Raging Bull, starring William Forsythe as Jake LaMotta?
4. Paul Day was the lead vocalist of which metal band formed in 1975 named after a torture device? He left the band in 1976.
5. Which term, literally translating to ‘God Wind’, referred to suicide attacks by Japanese aircrafts during World War II?
1. Monte Carlo.
3. Martin Guigui.
4. Iron Maiden.