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c. d. a. Elec­tro­cut­ing a dead frog b. De­lib­er­ately in­fect­ing an eightyear-old boy with small­pox c. Am­pu­tat­ing his own arm d. Cross-dress­ing be­cause he wanted to be a nurse 17 Ac­cord­ing to Leonardo da Vinci, fos­sils are found high up in rocks be­cause: a. An­cient peo­ple put them there b. The an­cient sea floor has been pushed up to a new level c. The seas once cov­ered all the Earth d. They orig­i­nally fell from the sky and have since been buried 18 What is thought to be the pri­mary cause of the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer? a. Carbon diox­ide b. Chlo­roflu­o­ro­car­bons c. Leaded petrol d. Bovine flat­u­lence

Earth & agri­cul­ture

19 Who in­de­pen­dently came up with a the­ory of evo­lu­tion at the same time as Charles Dar­win? a. Charles Lyell b. Richard Owen c. Thomas Hux­ley d. Al­fred Rus­sel Wal­lace

Build­ing & in­ven­tions

20 What ac­counts for what the an­cient Greeks saw when they rubbed am­ber against cloth? a. Mag­netism b. Ero­sion c. Elec­tric­ity d. A ge­nie 21 What did Greek ge­nius Archimedes of Syra­cuse in­vent that al­lowed him to launch a ship sin­gle­hand­edly? a. A crane b. A slide c. A pul­ley

d. A screw 22King

Henry VI of Eng­land was the first per­son to grant: a. Stocks and shares b. A patent c. A pen­sion d. Three wishes 23 The dis­cov­ery of which ma­te­rial in Cum­bria, Eng­land, helped in­tro­duce the prac­tice of writ­ing and draw­ing? a. Chalk b. Oil c. Graphite d. Alum 24 Which ar­ti­fi­cial con­struc­tion, com­pleted in 1914, took 33 years to build at a cost of an es­ti­mated 22,000 lives? a. The Panama Canal b. The Suez Canal c. The Three Gorges Dam d. The Eif­fel Tower

Trans­port & com­mu­ni­ca­tions

27 John McAdam’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nique for road-build­ing was first de­ployed on the turn­pike from Lon­don to which UK city? a. Ox­ford b. Cam­bridge c. York d. Bris­tol 28Which

of the fol­low­ing rep­re­sents the let­ter W in Morse code? a. •–• b. ––• c. ••– d. •–– 29Which

crea­tures were NOT in­cluded in the Mont­golfier test bal­loon flight that took off from the Palace of Ver­sailles in Septem­ber 1783? a. Rooster b. Rab­bit c. Sheep d. Duck 30Where

did in­ven­tor Ed­mond Hal­ley test his ex­per­i­men­tal div­ing bell? a. In a swim­ming pool b. In Lake Win­der­mere c. In the Thames d. In a fish pond

Sky & space


they took to the skies, the Wright brothers spe­cialised in mak­ing and re­pair­ing: a. Sew­ing ma­chines b. Bi­cy­cles c. Type­writ­ers d. Lawn­mow­ers 26For

how many years was the su­per­sonic com­mer­cial air­liner Con­corde in ac­tive ser­vice? a. 19 b. 27 c. 29 d. 32 31Ulugh

Beg’s gi­ant sextant, built in his home city of Sa­markand, could ac­cu­rately mea­sure: a. The dis­tance be­tween the Earth and the Sun b. The length of a year c. The cir­cum­fer­ence of the Earth d. The num­ber of stars in the north­ern hemi­sphere 32The

op­po­site of a red gi­ant is known as a: a. White elf b. White hob­bit c. White pixie d. White dwarf 33The

first liv­ing crea­ture to be launched into space was a dog called:

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 14, 2013 a. Lulu b. Laika c. Litva d. Lolly 34Which

fa­mous sci­encefic­tion tele­vi­sion se­ries was first launched in 1966? a. Doc­tor Who b. Blake’s 7 c. Star Trek d. The Clangers


long af­ter Apollo’s land­ing on the Moon did Neil Arm­strong take his gi­ant leap for mankind? a. 30 min­utes b. Two hours c. Six hours d. One day 36The

first space shut­tle to blast off from Cape Canaveral was called: a. Columbia b. Chal­lenger c. Dis­cov­ery d. En­ter­prise 37In

1978 the Ja­panese com­puter sci­en­tist To­mo­hiro Nishikado de­vel­oped: a. The World Wide Web b. CFCs c. Leaded petrol d. Space In­vaders 38James

Clerk Maxwell ex­plained which of the fol­low­ing astro­nom­i­cal phe­nom­ena? a. The rings of Saturn b. The moons of Jupiter c. The Crab Ne­bula d. The first black hole 39Hal­ley’s

Comet is vis­i­ble from the Earth roughly once ev­ery: a. 62–63 years 63–64 years 70–71 years 75–76 years 40Hazâr­fen

Ahmed Çelebi is said to have flown across which water­way us­ing a pair of man-made wings? a. The Suez Canal b. The Bospho­rus c. The River Nile d. The English Chan­nel

An­swers on Dec 28; or if you are par­tic­u­larly im­pa­tient, email info@ wha­ton­earth­

which de­tails more than 1,000 in­ven­tions on a time­line from the Stone Ages to the present day, is avail­able from Tele­graph Books at £15. Call 0844 871 1515 or visit books.tele­graph. (be­fore next Tues­day if you want Christ­mas de­liv­ery).

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