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Bumper General Knowledge Quiz Christmas 2019

 For fun only!  55 questions to help pass those quieter moments (if there are any) during the Christmas holiday or you can challenge your family and friends to test their wits.

The questions are a real mixed bag of subjects.
In addition to the 55 possible points, you could also get up to another 58 bonus points making a total of 113  !

We’ll post the answers early on in the New Year!


Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

from Alamgir & Alison at AMK Coaching.



1.  Which English actor had major roles in films as diverse as ‘From Russia with Love’ (1963), ‘A Man for All Seasons’ (1966), ‘The Sting’ (1973) and ‘Jaws’ (1975)?

2.  Bertie Wooster’s life was dominated by two of his aunts in P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster’ stories.
Bertie’s ‘good and deserving aunt’ was called Dahlia.  What was the name of his other aunt, whom he described as ‘the one who chews broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth.’

3.  What was Elvis Presley’s first UK No.1 hit single? (a bonus point if you can name the year.)

4.  In what year was the first London Marathon held? (a bonus point if you can name the year.)

5.  To date, how many astronauts have walked on the moon? (a bonus point for each astronaut you can name correctly.)

6.  Who was the composer/musician/conductor who performed at the grand opening ceremony of the first purpose-built recording studio at Abbey Road in 1931?

7.  Which Italian company, backed by Andrea Bonomi, bought the majority shareholding in the Morgan Motor Company in 2019?

8.  What did the poet, Rabindranath Tagore, describe as a ‘teardrop on the cheek of eternity’?

9.  Which heavyweight boxer is generally recognised to have been the last bare-knuckle heavyweight champion, as well as the first lineal heavyweight champion of the gloved era?

10. Which is Spain’s third largest city?

11. What is the name of the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson make their first appearance?

12. Which was the first national side to win the FIFA World Cup three times and allowed to keep the tournament’s original Jules Rimet trophy? (a bonus point for each correct year of each of the tournament wins.)
13. The car probably most associated with James Bond 007 is the Aston Martin DB5, but in which car did he make quite a splash in the 1977 film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’?

14.  Which classic novel, originally published in December 1847, begins with the following sentence?: '1801 - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.' ( a bonus point if you can name the 'solitary neighbour'?)

15.  By what name did the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, who ruled during the Eighteenth Dynasty of the New Kingdom, become better known to history as? (a bonus point if you can name this Pharaoh's main wife?)

16. Which old-time Hollywood legend, closely associated with Christmas, was one of the actors offered the role of TV police detective ‘Columbo’ before Peter Falk eventually took on the role? (a bonus point if you can state why the star turned it down?)

17. Where and when was Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the animal shelter, founded?
18. Before becoming Horatio Nelson’s flagship, at which encounter and in which year did H.M.S. Victory first see action? (a bonus point if you can name the exact date and a further bonus point if you can name the Admiral whose flagship the Victory was at this battle.)

19. Pompeii was not the only Roman city to be destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. What was the name of the other one?

20. Who produced and performed a ‘space disco’ version of the Star Wars theme music which peaked at No. 7 in the UK singles chart in 1977?

21. From where in the world does the coffee plant originate from?

22. How many U.S. states are named after its original peoples, or a native American word? (a bonus point for every state you can name.)

23. What do these four films have in common: ‘Pygmalion’ (1938), ‘The Philadelphia Story’ (1940),  ‘Anna  and the King of Siam’ (1946), and ‘The Producers’ (1967)?

24. Which west London football team was the Stamford Bridge stadium offered to in circa 1904, before it was decided to create Chelsea Football Club and it as its home?
25. Where did John Logie Baird (1888-1946), early pioneer of the television, or as he called it, the ‘televisor’, hold his first demonstrations to the general public in 1925?
26. Which historical figure named more than 70 cities after himself and one after his favourite horse?

27. Which composer’s ‘Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16’ was totally mangled by Morecambe & Wise in their much-beloved ‘all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order’ 1971 musical comedy sketch, featuring an exasperated ‘Mr Andre Preview’?

28. Who is the author of ‘The World According to Garp’, ‘Cider House Rules’ and ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ who has recently become a naturalized Canadian citizen?
29. The Sahara, the largest hot desert in the world, covers substantial parts of how many African countries? (a bonus point for each country you can name.)
30. In which year did 11 Downing Street become the official residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer?
31. When was the London Broncos, the only professional rugby league team in the entire south of England, founded and what was the club’s original name?

32. The remains of which medieval English king were found under the surface of a Leicester car park in 2012?

33. José Mourinho has recently returned to management in the English Premier League. How many different teams in total has he managed in this league? (a bonus for each team you can correctly name.)

34. Which ailing competitor did Sky Television plc buy in 1990 to form British Sky Broadcasting (BSB), and become the UK’s sole satellite TV operator?
35.  What do ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’ by Sir Thomas Malory, ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ by John Bunyan, ‘Don Quixote’ by Miguel de Cervantes, and ‘Justine’ by the Marquis de Sade have in common?

36. Who composed the song ‘White Christmas’?

37. Which scientist was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to date to win two Nobel Prizes, and remains the only person to date to win the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields? (a bonus point for naming the scientific fields that the Nobel Prizes were awarded in.)

38. Which two cities have been named as the 2020 European Capitals of Culture?

39. Which deceased 1950s Hollywood icon will make his movie comeback having been ‘posthumously cast’ as a Vietnam war veteran in a new film called ‘Finding Jack’? (a bonus point if you can state why casting him as a Vietnam vet weas even more peculiar that the already peculiar manner of his casting.)
40. Which bomber plane was the world’s first large delta-winged aircraft and named after the Roman god of fire?

41. Which is the world’s largest country by land mass?

42. Where was the Chicago Bears professional American football team franchise founded on 17 September 1920?
43. Which Australian Prime Minister went missing having gone for a swim, presumed drowned at sea, and subsequently had a municipal swimming pool named after him?
44. Name the two ‘rival’ American explorers who both claimed that they were the first to discover the North Pole?
45. What was the UK’s highest court of appeal until the creation of the Supreme Court, based in the former Middlesex Guildhall building on Parliament Square?

46. Which American actor took over from Peter Sellers for one ‘Pink Panther’ film to star in ‘Inspector Clouseau’, released in 1968?
47. Which Cornish chemist, in response to a number of fatal explosions in mines, invented a lamp in 1815 that could be safely lit underground, greatly contributing to the safety of miners’?
48. To date, which has been the only year when Queen Elizabeth II has not delivered a message on Christmas Day?

49. In which city would you find the Topkapi Palace, or the Seraglio, once the main residence and  administrative headquarters of the Ottoman Sultans?
50. Which play by William Shakespeare is his shortest tragedy?
51. Henry Ford (1863-1947) is often quoted as saying that you could buy his cars in any colour, as long as it was black. However, what colour or colours did the first Model ‘T’ Fords come in?

52. Muhammad Ali (1942-20) won the World Heavyweight Championship three times. Who were his opponents on each of the occasions?
53. Where in Antarctica did a major scientific expedition travel to in January 2019 to investigate ice shelves, document marine life and to attempt to locate and survey the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship 'Endurance'?

54. Who holds the record for the most appearances on ‘Jackanory’?

55. The No.1 hit song on the first official UK singles chart in 1952 remained at that position for  Christmas. Name the song? (a bonus point for naming the singer.)