TEST YOUR GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
1. Former prime minister Tony Abbott celebrates which birthday today (a) 50th (b) 55th (c) 60th? 2. Is Oceania a region of the Atlantic Ocean or Pacific Ocean? 3. A gang-gang is a species of (a) budgerigar (b) cockatoo (c) pelican? 4. Adolf Hitler was born in (a) 1889 (b) 1899 (c) 1909? 5. Which milestone amount did prizemoney for the Melbourne Cup reach in 1985 (a) $100,000 (b) $1 million (c) $50 million? 6. The 2017 G20 summit was held in which German city? 7. “It must have been cold there in my shadow to never have sunlight on your face,” are lyrics from which song? 8. Which Queensland senator recently resigned after revealing she was a dual Canadian citizen? 9. Name the North American carnivorous plant which has a trapping structure for capturing its prey. 10. For the second time in two years, which Australian surfing star was involved in a shark scare during a competition at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa? 11. Which state won the 2017 State of Origin series 2-1? 12. Miso, the traditional Japanese seasoning, is produced from (a) carrots (b) mushrooms (c) soybeans? 13. Does a pademelon look similar to a dingo or wallaby? 14. Name the highest prime number in the thirties. 15. Is cholera an infection of the liver or small intestine? 16. Steve Whitmore, the long-time voice of which Muppets character, was recently fired for “unacceptable business conduct”? 17. Name the 1764 James Hargreaves invention which was a key development in the industrialisation of weaving. 18. Wyoming is in which Australian state/territory? 19. Which US billionaire investor recently donated $4.17 billion in shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities? 20. With the longest time between Melbourne Cup victories, which jockey rode the winners in 2000 and 2016? 21. Which English movie and TV star was investigated for blasphemy in Ireland for referring to God as “capricious, mean-minded and stupid” on a 2015 TV show? 22. What is the term for the thousands of Japanese people, known as “evaporated people” who annually vanish without a trace? 23. The king’s gambit is an aggressive opening move in which game? 24. Which federal minister grew up on a cherry farm in the Adelaide Hills? 25. The first recorded citation of the term “wild goose chase” is in which Shakespeare play?
1. (c) 60th. 2. Pacific Ocean. 3. (b) cockatoo. 4. (a) 1889. 5. (b) $1 million. 6. Hamburg. 7. Wind Beneath My Wings. 8. Larissa Waters. 9. Venus flytrap. 10. Mick Fanning. 11. Queensland. 12. (c) soybeans. 13. Wallaby. 14. 37. 15. Small intestine. 16. Kermit the Frog. 17. Spinning jenny. 18. New South Wales. 19. Warren Buffett. 20. Kerrin McEvoy. 21. Stephen Fry. 22. Johatsu. 23. Chess. 24. Julie Bishop. 25. Romeo and Juliet.