Mastermind Club

Quiz 2024-5


Set by Mel Kinsey

With thanks to the 5Quiz Group for the questions


1/The Tumen and Yalu rivers form most of the boundary between China and which of its neighbours?

 North Korea

2/ Which capital city is located on the western center of the country and is surrounded by hills with the Dajti Mountain on the east and a slight valley opening on the north-west overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the distance? It was proclaimed the temporary capital in February 1920 by the Congress of Lushnje.  


3/ Construction beginning in 1384 upon the orders of King Pedro the Cruel, in which Spanish city is the Alcazar Palace located? It is considered one of the best surviving examples of mudejar design.  


4/Nicknamed The Heart of India’ due to its central location, which Indian state’s capital city is Bhopal — the site of the deadly industrial disaster in 1984?    

Madhya Pradesh

5/The Central African nation of Equatorial Guinea consists of a mainland & an insular region. The capital city Malabo is located on the insular island of Bioko, that is actually off the coast of which neighboring country?


6/ One of Scotland’s three main mountain ranges, it occupies a large portion of the Scottish Highlands. Extending southwest to northeast between the Great Glen Fault and the Highland Boundary Fault, it includes Ben Nevis . Name this mountain range.

The Grampians

7/Stretching from the White Sea to the Gulf of Finland and encompassing Lakes Ladoga and Onega, what is the name of the historical region of Northern Europe now divided between Russia and Finland? It gives its name to an 1893 musical work with movements entitled `The Founding of the Viipuri Castle’ and Pontus De La Gardie at the Gates of Kakisalmi’.   


8/ Which city is this? It is the 4th-largest city (by population) in its country, and the capital of the island on which it is located. Its name in the indigenous language meaning ‘great, dry river’, it is located in the southwest of the Ishikari Plain (in the alluvial fan of the Toyohira River), and noted for a sporting event held in 1972.

Sapporo (Hokkaido)

9/Which capital city is this? Served by the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (named after its first President), it is situated between the Kgale and Oodi Hills on the Notwane River in the southeastern corner of its country, only 15 km from the border with South Africa.  

Gaborone – Botswana

10/Completed in 1830 and named after the company that owned it originally, which canal connects Lake Ontario to Lake Erie? It forms a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and was a major factor in the growth of the city of Toronto.   

Welland Canal

11/ Designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, the Milau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world, with one mast’s summit at 343m. Across which river, a tributary of the Garonne, does it stand?   

River Tarn

12/Lying on the River Waal, which city in the Dutch province of Gelderland is widely considered to be one of the three oldest cities in the Netherlands? Failure of the Allied forces to secure/ capture a vital road bridge in this city was a key factor in the ultimate failure of the World War II military operation known as Market Garden.   


13/The most extensive mountainous regions between the Rockies and the Appalachians, which geological highland region is located primarily in Arkansas and Missouri? Together with the Ouachita Mountains, it forms the area known as the U.S. Interior Highlands.   


14/The longest river in New Zealand, the Waikato River empties into which body of water south of Auckland?  

Tasman Sea

15/Name all the four US states whose name ends with the letter ‘E’ 

Delaware/ Maine/ New Hampshire/ Tennessee

16/At 6961m and the highest mountain outside of Asia, in which South American country would you find Mt. Aconcagua?  


17/Which Belgian city at the confluence of the rivers Scheldt and Lys gives its name to a large polyptych piece of art attributed to the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck, as well as a treaty that ended the War of 1812? 


18/On which Carribean island would you find the Ian Fleming international airport? His estate “Goldeneye” is on the northern coastline


19/The capital city of South Australia  is named after the consort of which British monarch?

William IV (Adelaide)

20/Turkmenistan shares its borders with four other nations. Name them

Iran/ Kazakhstan/ Uzbekistan/ Afghanistan

21/On which Mediterranean island would you find the ‘Terrace of the Lions? Built around 600 BCE, it originally featured 9-12 snarling marbled lion guardians facing east, towards the Sacred Lake where a Greek deity was believed to have been born

Delos (Apollo)

22/The second most populous city in its country, which city is located at the confluence of the Svitava and Svratka rivers, and also gives part of its name to a British  weapon ?  

Brno (Czech Republic) – Bren gun (from Brno and Enfield)

23/Discovered by and named after an American polar explorer on a trans-Antarctic flight in 1935, what is the name of the highest mountain range in Antarctica? Arranged in a north to south configuration on the western margin of the Ronne Ice Shelf, it is bisected by Minnesota Glacier to form the northern Sentinel Range and the southern Heritage Range. 

Ellsworth Mountains

24/At which African capital city does the two main tributaries of the Nile (the Blue Nile and the White Nile) join together as one?


25/The Ayeyarwady River (or Irrawaddy River) is the primary river of which Southeast Asian country?    

Myanmar (Burma)