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Around the World Quiz 2019 - Prelims

  1. 1. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 QUESTIONS Sahil Gupta | XLRI Jamshedpur | 9 Feb 2019
  2. 2. PRELIMS
  3. 3. Instructions/Requests • There are no negatives, hazard a guess – what feels like the answer likely is • The QM is not GOD, feel free to point out any errors, but please do so in a civilised manner • Answers to questions in the preliminary round should be written on the sheet and not shouted out; refrain from shouting anything out loud that might give away the answer • Please put away cell phones during the quiz • If you have any interesting follow up trivia to share, you are welcome to share it after the question has been closed
  4. 4. 1 The subject of the dispute is disputed – who was better, who gets the prize… who knows. The race should’ve taken 120,225 kilometres to complete. While the favourite had a vehicle to complete the race, the challenger had none and was gifted one, which has since remained with him (and is captured in all imageries associated with him). The latter used what some would call sleight (and most others tact, or simply love and wisdom) in interpreting the challenge in order to win. What race are we talking about? Between whom?
  5. 5. Answer follows
  6. 6. Going around the world thrice • Kartikeya went around the world on his superfast peacock • Ganesh won the race by going around his world, Shiva and Gauri, on his mooshak • Mooshak vaahan
  7. 7. 2 Located downtown in the Pudong district of Shanghai, the Shanghai World Financial Center is one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the city. Although it houses the third highest hotel (the Park Hyatt) in the world, it is known for its unique design. Look at the image on the next slide and tell us what the building is popularly called by foreigners and Chinese alike on the basis of a resemblance. Hint: If it helps, metal replicas of the building that function as actual ______ ______(s) are sold as souvenirs in the tower’s gift shop.
  8. 8. Answer follows
  9. 9. The Bottle Opener
  10. 10. 3 Jasmine and white roses were used, ironically, to recreate which famous Baha’i place of worship at the Lal Bagh a few years back?
  11. 11. Answer follows
  12. 12. The Lotus Temple
  13. 13. 4 This company was founded by Sandy Lerner and her then husband Leonard Bosack, who used to both work at Stanford University. They paid tribute to the city in which the company was founded in two ways. For full points, also mention the two ways in which the company has paid tribute to the city of its origin.
  14. 14. Answer follows
  15. 15. Cisco for San Francisco • The name is a reduction of San Francisco • Its logo represents the city’s iconic Golden Gate bridge
  16. 16. 5 _____ ___ _______ was first used to describe the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland which share their boundary with Dublin and Carlow. It has since been used also to describe Australia, Canada, and famously, New Zealand after Thomas Bracken wrote a poem with that title. The phrase rings well with creationists and is reserved for lands people have considered to have favourable climate, geography, and so on. We, however, have heard of this phrase when being applied to a different place. In this usage, one could say it is very well a misnomer. Simply, fill in the blanks.
  17. 17. Answer follows
  18. 18. God’s Own Country Tribute - #MalluAssociationOfXLRI #MAXI
  19. 19. 6 & 7 Living in cities is always a trade-off having to give up the simple joys of life for the many urban conveniences that escape rural folk. One artist, a certain Mr. Thierry Cohen, has imagined in a series of images what cities would look like sans light pollution. On the following slides are two images. Identify the city for each image.
  20. 20. Answer follows
  21. 21. Rio de Janerio
  22. 22. Answer follows
  23. 23. New York
  24. 24. 8 Regarded as the last real scholar of the ancient world, he was the archbishop of Seville for over 3 decades. What he was widely revered for was his extensive knowledge about just about everything under the sun. People would often come to him with their questions, and he would invariably answer them all. In fact, he compiled one of the first encylopedias of the world – called Etymologiae. For 10 points, either tell me his name or tell me what he is the patron saint of (quite aptly).
  25. 25. Answer follows
  26. 26. Almighty and eternal God, who has created us in thine image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy only- begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee that through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Father we ask you this, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Saint Isidore, the Patron Saint of the Internet
  27. 27. What connects the places shown on the map below? If any of you has sojourned in Bavaria, you couldn’t have missed the inspiration for an integral element of the connect. This is one of those answers you would have easily got a few years back, and will likely easily get a few years later. 9
  28. 28. Answer follows
  29. 29. Disneyland/Disney World Resorts
  30. 30. 10 Whose life took an unexpected turn when he or she ended up arriving at a different location than was the plan? Alternatively, name the cities whose iconic buildings have been shown on the following slide in a meme that’s actually a slice from the person’s life.
  31. 31. Expectation Reality
  32. 32. Answer follows
  33. 33. Amritsar and Lahore, Sardar Tara Singh from Gadar Rab jaane kab guzra Amristar, O kab jaane Lahore aaya, main utthe dil chhod aaya
  34. 34. 11 With a Mayor called Manx, a deputy mayor called Calico, and Ulysses S. Feral as the commander of the forces entrusted with maintaining peace, the name of the city should become obvious. But I’ll ask anyway. Name of the city, please?
  35. 35. Answer follows
  36. 36. Recognise this?
  37. 37. Megakat City from Swat Kats Manx cat / Mayor Manx Feral cat / Ulysses Feral Calico cat / Callie Briggs
  38. 38. 12 What is done with your contribution is seldom on your mind as you partake in a tradition that dates at least as far back as the 18th century (though made popular by a 1954 romantic comedy). It is a sizeable sum, however, and is sent to Caritas, a Catholic non-profit that supports noble causes related to health, hunger, and disaster relief. We learn that the collection happens thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 and 9 am, amounts to €8,000. Where in the world am I talking about?
  39. 39. Answer follows
  40. 40. Tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, Rome
  41. 41. 13 This trail is especially popular with tourists from a particular country. The tourists are taken to the countryside villages dotting the Gstaad- Saanenland region and the St. Mauritius Church. Then, comes the rather ordinary train station of Zweisimmen. The next stop is not so ordinary – Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in all of Europe, and finally Lake Lungern. In which country does one find these attractions? What is this trail about?
  42. 42. Answer follows
  43. 43. Switzerland, DDLJ Trail
  44. 44. 14 Cleverly punning on the location and the format/type of enterprise it is, ________ is located in the capital of Moldova, Chișinău. It has various brands such as UCB, Guess, Mango, Levi’s, and Pierre Cardin for shopping and also boasts of beauty shops such as Yves Rocher and Inglot. When hunger pangs trouble you, you can walk over to any of the varied restaurants or drink coffee at Tucano. Needless to say, bowling and movies are other options to spend your time here. Read the question carefully and fill in the blank.
  45. 45. Answer follows
  46. 46. MallDova = Mall + Moldova
  47. 47. 15 Now a world renowned city, it is believed that it has much to owe to an event it hosted in 1992. The event brought with it green like never before which was spent to develop and renovate several areas such as Poblenou, the ring roads called the Rondas, and Màgica de Montjuïc. The most interesting change, however, was the creation of a 2 mile long beachfront using sand imported from Egypt. This is queer because the city has become known the world over for its beaches and its association with the sea, the most famous of its beaches having two letters in addition to the name of the city. Identify the city and the event.
  48. 48. Answer follows
  49. 49. Barcelona, the 1992 Olympics • Barceloneta is one of its most well known beaches • The sand had to be brought in because Beach Volleyball was introduced as a sport in this particular edition
  50. 50. 16 Kevadiya is a sleepy little town which until recently was of little interest to the average Indian or its rulers. However, the town will soon be getting a new railway station which is expected to be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind himself. A railway official said Railway Board has sanctioned the work to convert 18- km Dabhoi-Chandod narrow gauge into broad gauge and extension from Chandod to Kevadia Colony by constructing a new 32-km line. What has prompted this development? Or simply, what is the town’s claim- to-fame?
  51. 51. Answer follows
  52. 52. Statue of Unity
  53. 53. 17 Located close to Jordan, it is the world’s deepest hypersaline lake. It is so salty that it makes the ocean seem sweet, with a saltiness 9 times greater. This ensures the swimming is similar to floating. However, this has another implication which reflects in its name. What am I talking about?
  54. 54. Answer follows
  55. 55. The Dead Sea, unsuitable for flora and fauna
  56. 56. 18 & 19 An exonym is an external name for a geographic place, language, or group of people. The following are two places which are more famously known by their French exonyms. (So, obviously, they are not located in France.)
  57. 57. 18 The French exonym for this four-lettered city is also famous for the product it gives its name to, originally produced and sold by the brand that you see below.
  58. 58. Answer follows
  59. 59. Cologne from Köln
  60. 60. 19 This city is known for its long history associated with a certain sport and the building shown below.
  61. 61. Answer follows
  62. 62. Munich from München
  63. 63. 20 Whereas shinkashens or bullet trains run on electricity, this system of train transportation uses two sets of magnet, one set to repel and push the train off the track, then another set to move the floating train ahead at great speed taking advantage of the lack of friction. Operational in Japan, South Korea, and China – I missed my chance to get on the famous line in Shanghai. What is the 6 letter name this system is known by, which is a reduction of a two word description? The first word refers to the technology used and second refers to something that happens to the train as a result.
  64. 64. Answer follows
  65. 65. Maglev from Magnetic Levitation
  66. 66. 21 Identify, very relevant to the theme of the quiz.
  67. 67. Answer follows
  68. 68. Atlas
  69. 69. 22 The most familiar and common type of these is always slightly inaccurate because of the difference in that which it measures and that which one desires to gauge using it. Depending on one’s location, this difference varies. Further, one of the above two is constantly changing and hence, maps with latest declination information denoting this difference should be used. What object is being described?
  70. 70. Answer follows
  71. 71. Compass; difference between magnetic north and true north
  72. 72. 23 Either identify this pasta variety or tell me what they resemble. I will accept any one of 3 answers.
  73. 73. Answer follows
  74. 74. Farfalle / Butterfly / Bowtie
  75. 75. 24 The customs office at Honolulu, Hawaii accepted the declaration made on July 24 of some rock and dust samples that the travellers were carrying from their place of visit. The three did not have anything else to declare. Except their declaration of health, which read, rather ominously, “Any other condition on board which may lead to the spread of disease to be determined”. However, they were let off without much hassle. Name any one of the three, who had been allowed such an exception.
  76. 76. Answer follows
  77. 77. Neil Armstrong / Buzz Aldrin / Michael Collins
  78. 78. Finals shortly…