6 Nov 2016

Quiz 30 - 10 Questions on Questions

"The Answer to the Great Question Of…Life, the Universe and Everything…[is] Forty-two."
-The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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 ?

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

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?

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?

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?
Silver coin of Menander

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?

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?

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?

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?

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? 

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