Mastermind Club

Quiz 2021

Number 7

General Knowledge

Set by Mel Kinsey

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Wynton Marsalis


1/ A 2003 book by Gian J. Quasar subtitled Pursuing the Truth Behind the World’s Greatest Mystery focuses on a region with vertices at Florida, Puerto Rico and what other island?


2/  What architectural term originated from the 16th century after Renaissance revived Classical construction and created a perception of past styles as a product of barbarous tribal ctures?


3/  Who is the 1st century BC Roman architect who wrote that the figure of a man can be inscribed both in a circle and a square in his best known work De architectura?


4/ In 19th century Britain, the poet Keats and the writer Charles Lamb chastised a painter for inserting this person into one of his paintings by claiming this person “… had destroyed all the poetry of the rainbow …” Which person?

Isaac Newton

5/ Which tradition, whose first pick was Charles Lindbergh, began in 1927 with some magazine editors contemplating newsworthy stories during a slow week?

Time Person of the Year

6/ Boustrophedon is a style of bi-directional text where every other line of writing is reversed. It literally means the turning of an ox in Greek referring to what activity?

Plowing of a field

7/  In Rainbow Gatherings, the communities of bohemian/counter-culture folks, what old city’s name is typically used to refer to mainstream society as a representation of everything unhealthy and unsustainable?


8/ Before he became famous for another work, who sculpted the monumental The Lion of Belfort in 1880 to symbolize French resistance of a Prussian assault?

Frédéric Bartholdi, best known for the Statue of Liberty

9/ Once Neil deGrasse Tyson was talking to someone and pointed that in the key scenes of his movie, which was otherwise noted for its high attention to detail, the star alignment in the sky was completely wrong. That person sarcastically replied that his film grossed over a billion and he couldn’t imagine how much more it would have made had he gotten the night sky correct.  Who?

James Cameron (Titanic)

10/ Since doctors are meant to ‘cure-all’, the first line of the Hippocratic oath appropriately mentions what other goddess along with Apollo, Aesculapius, and Hygeia?


11/ Travis Tygart was chiefly instrumental in leading the expose of whom, now a fallen hero, in 2012?

Lance Armstrong

12/ The key attribute of what distinctive ethnic group has one possible explanation as the low ultraviolet light levels in rainforests hindering the production of vitamin D and limiting calcium uptake for bone growth?


13/ Albert Bigelow who as the skipper of Golden Rule achieved renown in the 1950s as the first person to disrupt a nuclear test. He later inspired the tactics of a Vancouver-based group called Don’t Make a Wave Committee which ultimately became what organization?


14/ A Blue Flag certification is given by the Foundation for Environmental Education as an endorsement of cleanliness to what type of places?


15/ In September 2014, a news anchor in India’s public service broadcaster was disciplined after reading which visiting dignitary’s name as President Eleven?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s

16/ The nymph Caïssa created in a 16th century poem has come to be regarded as the goddess for which popular pastime?


17/ Bicycle mechanic Charlie Taylor is best known for his collaboration with which two gentlemen in the early part of the 20th century?

The Wright Brothers

18/ Didier Delsalle who wrote the following words confirming his May 14, 2005 achievement became the first person to land a helicopter where?

“No, nobody went out of the helicopter as I was alone and quite busy to stabilize the helicopter on this windy … The terrain characteristics prevent any full landing on the … as you can see on the videos and only a hover landing…”

The summit of Mt. Everest

19/  In his 2013 book Serve to Win, a certain European personality wrote about his experiences of watching an F-117 bomber drop laser guided bombs as a child. He also wrote that he looks back on his childhood positively because he could skip school and practice what?

Tennis (Novak Djokovic)

20/ Once when he was fishing on his boat Pilar, he and his friend caught a giant marlin. To prevent sharks from getting to it, he used a machine gun to gun them down but it proved detrimental as the blood attracted even more sharks which ate away half of the caught fish.  Who is the person in question?

Ernest Hemingway

21/  What annual observation started in 1889 by members of Second International who wanted to commemorate the Haymarket Riot in Chicago (1886)?

International Workers’ Day (or) May Day

22 / What organization that operates with the slogan “The Opinion and The Other Opinion” started in 1996 with a loan of 500 million Qatari riyals?

Al Jazeera

23/ The much-hated help icon that used be part of Microsoft’s Office Suite was shaped like what workplace product?


24/ Photographer Walter Iooss who also shoots swimsuit models among others is known for his contributions to which magazine?

Sports Illustrated

25/ A memorable phrase in the annals of American polity, who was called a ‘bloviating ignoramus’ by columnist George Will in 2012?

Donald Trump