EQC 2006 Paris-Lesigny
Best-of questions from the last Estonian quizzing season
1. The anger of the people exploded 15 years after the death of their national leader. He was exhumed from his fancy mausoleum and ritually beaten to death. This did not happen in the Middle Age but in 1986. Where?
2. In the Athletics
World Championships 2005 in
4. Many libraries of the world use Dewey system to categorize books. Of the 10 general subjects, the Dewey number 200 refers to religion, 300 to social sciences, 700 to arts, 800 to fiction etc. One author is represented in nine categories out of this ten; he only missed out on philosophy. Who?
5. This writer was
6. Alfred, Robert and Ludwig Nobel founded in 1879 the Nobel Brothers Company in one present day capital city. It soon became one of the biggest oil companies of its time. While Alfred was the main stock-holder, his brothers did most of the work. In which country was the company founded?
7. About 300 ahu have been found there, about a third of those have a moai on it, some moais also have pukaos. Where can you see those things?
8. It boundaries are the Golf Stream in the west, North-Atlantic Current in the north, Canary Current in the east and North Equatorial Current in the south. What is it?
10. The Dutch scholar Hugo Grotius and French philosopher Rene Descartes have something in common – they both died in pneumonia, shortly after visiting the same monarch. Also called “Minerva of the North” who was this queen?
11. This “place” got its name from Dr Ernst Gräfenberg (1881-1957). The name got widely used in the 1980s and many magazines frequently seek this place. There is a lot of discussion about the existence and whereabouts, but there is no common scientific position. What are we talking about?
12. The story of the Garden of Eden may have been inspired by the island Dilmun. 5000 years ago it was one of the wealthiest economic centers in the world. Sumerians called the island “The Land of Living” and made it the scene of their creation myth; the Epic Gilgamesh also features the island. By what name do we know the island today?
13. Hedvig Antoinette Isabella Eleonore
Jensen (1867-1889) was a Danish circus artist. While touring in
“wannabe-country” is functioning thanks to the Sherif
factory, so the place is sometimes also called the
15. Luxembourgians call him the greatest athlete of recent
times. Four times World Champion and an Olympic medalist gained
16. In 1977 Josez Korbel, the father of
former US State Secretary Madeleine Albright died. He was the dean of
International relations department in the
17. The patron saint
18. When this French writer
was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, he donated the money to help
starving people in
19. In 1859-60 Albert Niemann and Wilhelm Lossen extracted which substance with the formula C17H21NO4? Still widely used, its first use as a medication was in eye surgery.
20. In 621 BC a code
of laws was introduced in
21. Paris – Charles de Gaulle, Berlin – Otto Lilienthal, Venice – Marco Polo, New Orleans – Louis Armstrong, Munich – Franc Joseph Strauss, Istanbul – Atatürk, Gdansk - ?
22. Uranium is widely used as nuclear fuel. Which element is the final product when radioactive uranium isotopes 238, 235 and 234 decay?
23. Only one
24. In 135 AD Hadrian rebuilt this city, named it Aelia Capitolina and forbid the previous inhabitants to return to the city. Which city?
25. This film director
(born in 1954) is considered one of the most creative and successful of
European filmmakers. His “Do You Remember Dolly Bell” was named as a best debut
26. Fullerene, that was discovered only 21 years ago, is a form of a chemical element that was known already in ancient times. Some forms of this chemical element are very well known, others are extremely rare. One isotope is radioactive, with a half-time of 5570 years. Which element?
28. This physicist,
the professor in
29. She was the
trendsetter in women’s tennis. In 1919 she played in
30. This Jewish-Hungarian
nuclear physicist went to study in
31. There were only six female athletes in 1904 St Louis Olympics, all competing in the same sports. Which?
32. When this reigning European monarch was 18, he was once playing with a gun given to him as a present and by accident killed his younger brother. Which monarch has such tragic event in his life?
33. This was the first
Western magazine that was officially allowed to be sold in
34. His barber could not keep the secret to himself and whispered it into a hole in the ground. He filled in the hole, but reeds grew from the spot and broadcast the sibilant secret when the wind blew through them. Whose secret was that?
35. They were first
set up in
36. Francis Ford Coppolas ”Apocalypse Now” was based the 1902 novel ”Heart of Darkness” by which writer?
37. After the 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis was disqualified for using doping, who was declared the tour winner?
38. This club was founded in 1899 by Swiss Johan Gamper, a few other Swiss, English and local people. Among other sports the club has its team in handball, basketball, rugby, ice hockey, volley ball, baseball, cycling and figure skating. In the main sports it is the 18 time champion of its country. Which famous club?
most famous work of this writer was published in his birth country only this
year, 22 years after it was first published. After emigrating in 1975, he has
40. This striker (born
in 1970) is believed to be the only active footballer to have played in all the
five major leagues on
41. Name the only independent country whose flag has nothing but St Andreas’ cross on it (except for different colours of course)!
42. The Bolivian
president Evo Morales comes from which Native
American tribe? The majority of the nation of two million people lives in
43. From which country
44. The record-breaking Formula-1 driver Michael Schumacher did not achieve the record for most races. Who has been the most experienced F-1 driver with 256 stages?
45. The New York Times has only once published an obituary to a fiction character. This happened in 1975. Who died?
46. This French marshal
was the commander of Allied forces during the closing months of World War I, and
generally considered the leader most responsible for the Allied victory.
Therefore there are monuments of him in nearly all French towns, an avenue of
his name in
47. The word ”atoll” stems from the language spoken in a country that is itself made of about 1200 coral islands and atolls. Which country or language?
48. The southernmost
50. One character in the 1960 film “La Dolce Vita” has given its name to a journalistic term. Which?
2. Women’s javelin
3. Gideons Bibles
4. Isaac Asimov
5. “Mary Poppins”
9. Errol Flynn
10. Christina (of
13. Elvira Madigan
15. Marc Girardelli
16. Condoleezza Rice
17. Benedict of Nursia
18. Anatole France
21. Lech Walesa (airports)
22. Lead (stannium)
23. Jimmy Carter
25. Emil Kusturica
29. Suzanne Lenglen
30. Edward Teller
32. Juan Carlos I
35. Traffic signs
36. Joseph Conrad
37. Oscar Pereiro
44. Riccardo Patrese
45. Hercule Poirot
46. Ferdinand Foch
48. Tariff (Tarifa)
49. Sigmund Freud