Mastermind Club

Quiz 2023

Number 4

General Knowledge

Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Composer/pianist James P.Johnson originated the rhythm to which dance named after a harbor city in South Carolina? The dance achieved its peak in popularity in the mid 1920s.


2/ Between 1987 and 1999 which German female tennis player won 22 Grand Slam singles titles? 

Steffi Graf

3/ Which two-word phrase was coined by the sociologist Thorstein Veblen to describe the acquisition of luxury goods to publicly display economic power? 

Conspicous Consumption

4/ Which Roman poet of the first century BCE, famous for both beautiful love lyrics and obscene lampoons, addressed many of his poems to a woman called Lesbia? 


5/ “Six o’clock already, I was just in the middle of a dream, I was kissin’ Valentino, By a crystal blue Italian stream” are the opening lyrics to which major 1980s song?

Manic Monday

6/ In the forearm, what is the companion bone of the radius, also known as the elbow bone? 

The Ulna

7/  In which religion are the natural spirits known as kami worshipped as deities? 


8/ Which African country was known as Bechuanaland prior to independence? 


9/ Which chemical element is added to rubber during the process of vulcanisation?


10/ “Professor Ratigan” was a villain in which 1986 Disney film? 

The Great Mouse Detective

11/ If you sailed due west from San Francisco which country would you reach first? 


12/ What name is given to a pore, found in the epidermis of plants that is used to control gas exchange? 


13/ Which author of the novels Elmer Gantry and Babbitt was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature? 

Sinclair Lewis

14/ Who was the US Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter who resigned in 1980 in protest of the secret mission to rescue American hostages in Iran?  

Cyrus Vance

15/ Only two South American countries do not share a border with Brazil. Name them   

Chile & Equador

16/ In which 1989 film does Robin Williams star as English teacher John Keating? The film is set in 1959 at an elite Vermont prep school.  

 Dead Poets Society

17/ Which US state capital has a Spanish name that translates into English as ‘holy faith’?

Santa Fe

18/ Which American actor, writer and comedian is the creator of the much acclaimed TV series “Family Guy” that has aired on TV since 1999?

Seth MacFarlane

19/Which 2016 multiplayer first person shooter video game by Blizzard is set sixty years into the future of a fictionalized Earth, thirty years after the resolution of what is known as the “Omnic Crisis”? 


20/ Which German physicist gives his name to the Uncertainty Principle that states it is impossible, in quantum mechanics, to simultaneously measure both energy and time accurately?  

Werner Heisenberg

21/ Which 158-year-old US investment bank that went bankrupt in 2008, playing a large part in sparking the global financial crisis of the late 2000s? 

Lehman Brothers

22/ Who painted the famous work depicting the last moments of  Greek philosopher Socrates as he prepared to drink a cup of deadly hemlock? 

 Jacques-Louis David

23/ Considered one of the first grand operas, “Robert le Diable” was an 1831 opera by which German composer? 

Giacomo Meyerbeer

24/ Roman poet, active in the late first and early second centuries CE, is best known for his series of 16 poems known as The Satires?


25/ After the reign name of the emperor during whose rule it occurred, what name is given to the revolution in 1868 that ended the Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan?  

Meiji Restoration