13 Nov 2016

Quiz 30 - 10 Questions on Questions - Answer

1.  "?"- this was the entire content of a telegram sent by Victor Hugo, to his publishers, asking how 'Les Miserables' was selling. What was the publishers reply ?

Ans: "!"

2. The so called " Roman Question" was settled by the signing the Lateran Treaty in 1929. What was the result of the treaty?

Ans: The state of Vatican City was created and full and independent sovereignty was  guaranteed to the Holy pope. The treaty was signed for King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy by Prime Minister Benito Mussolini and for Pope Pius XI by Pietro Cardinal Gasparri, papal secretary of state. The term  "The Roman Question" was from the title of an article headed "The Roman Question" in the Westminster Review . It expressed the opinion that the Papal States should be deprived of the Adriatic provinces and be restricted to the territory around Rome.

3. Groups of officers called 'legati', were assigned to carry out a survey. They visited each county of their country and conducted  public inquiries. The set of questions that these officers asked with the town and county representatives constituted the 'Inquisitio Eliensis'. The answers to these questions provided the basis for which famous manuscript?

Ans: The Domesday Book, which was a written record of a statistical survey of England ordered by William the Conqueror. The survey, made in 1086, was an attempt to register the landed wealth of the country in a systematic fashion, to determine the revenues due to the king. Domesday is a corruption of Doomsday (the day of the final judgment); the work was so named because its judgments in terms of levies and assessments were irrevocable.

4. The Modified Mercalli scale does not use any instruments to measure this natural phenomenon, but relies on the opinions of human observers.  Scientist who use the Modified Mercalli scale, gather information by means of letter questionnaires sent to people who experienced the phenomenon or reports from the local population and then assign Mercalli numbers to points in the affected areas. Which phenomenon is thus measured in this way?

Ans: Earthquake. The scale has 12 levels of intensity. Each level is defined by a group of observable earthquake effects, such as shaking of the ground and damage to structures such as buildings, roads, and bridges. The levels are designated by the Roman numerals I to XII. Levels I through VI are used to describe what people see and feel during a small to moderate earthquake. Levels VII through XII are used to describe damage to structures during a moderate to catastrophic earthquake.

5. King Menander was a Greek ruler of a large Indo-Greek empire in the late 2nd century BC. The questions and dilemmas posed by the king were answered by the Buddhist philosopher and senior monk Nagasena. These question and answer dialogues, between the two, form the basis for which Buddhist doctrine?

Ans: Milinda Panha,  in Pali means “Questions of Milinda”. Menander, was known to Indian sources as Milinda .This work forms a important part  in Theravada Buddhism, in which certain key Buddhist teachings are explored.

6. This disease is caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii  and was first described by  Edward Holbrook Derrick of Queensland, Australia. The name for the disease is derived from the word 'Query' because when it was initially identified it posed many unanswered questions to Edward. Which disease?

Ans: Q fever.In which Q stands for query

7. During the religious meal of Seder, four to five cups of wine are poured. After the second cup is poured, the youngest child asks four standard questions about the unusual ceremonies:
“Why does this night differ from all other nights? For on all other nights we eat either leavened or unleavened bread; why on this night only unleavened bread?
On all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs; why on this night only bitter herbs?
On all other nights we need not dip our herbs even once; why on this night must we dip them twice? On all other nights we eat either sitting up or reclining; why on this night do we all recline?”
Which festival is thus commenced with the partake of  Seder?

Ans:  The Jewish festival of Passover. The prepared answers to the questions are recited by all in unison.The fifth cup of wine is not drunk and is poured in honour of prophet Elijah.

8. Philosophers have attempted to answer this question for thousands of years. Today the four main theories they have proposed to answer this question are the correspondence, pragmatic, coherence, and deflationary theories. Which question?

Ans: “What is truth?”

9. The "Question Hour" in the 'Lok Sabha' (India's lower house of parliament) has two main types of question—Starred and non-starred. What is the difference between the two?

Ans: Starred Questions are those for which an oral answer is expected. The member is allowed to ask a supplementary question, with the permission of the Speaker, after the reply is obtained from the Minister concerned. Non-starred questions are those for which a written reply is expected. After the reply has been provided, no supplementary question can be asked.

10. Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? was a game show on Indian Television channel STAR Plus and was based on the American game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Which Indian star hosted the show?

Ans: Shahrukh Khan

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