Quiz Actually!

Please do not blame me. This is the title the PR dept came up with for an intra-company quiz contest.

The elims were held yesterday. 30 questions (provided at the end), 30 minutes, 25 teams and 5 finalists to be chosen. The elims was fun and I hope a sign of things to come. Prepared by Rohan, a very interesting set of typical (though pretty easy ones) quiz questions. Anyways, the good news is that Ojas and me qualified (we were the last ones ;)). Yet another point ot note was that 5 out of the 10 finalists (5 teams) were BITSians. Sandeepan (’96, ELAS, BoB finalist), Ram (’98, HDC), Chaitanya (’98, PCr), Ojas (’01, Soundz), and yours truly.

The finals are slated for Monday Tuesday, and I hope to have loads of fun then.

Here are the questions of the elims: (Answers in bold)

  1. He is regarded as a celebrity despite the fact that he has no neck, no chin and no one has ever seen his eyes. His merchandise ranks third in worldwide sales. Who? Dilbert
  2. Panchaguni is the God of which ancient Indian science? Palmistry
  3. The title of Somerset Maugham’s world famous novel “The Razor’s Edge”, was taken from which Sanskrit work? Kathopanishad
  4. Who is the CEO of Microsoft? Steve Ballmer
  5. This is a spanish word for Charming. It is also the name of a car. Name the brand. Matiz
  6. Who wrote the entry on UFOs in the Britannica Encyclopedia? (Hint: You could try to ‘call’ this person for an answer.) Carl Sagan
  7. With which brand would you identify the famous advertising slogan ‘Think Different’? Apple
  8. The video games X box is a product of: Microsoft
  9. GE’s broadcasting company NBC launched CNBC in 1989. What does CNBC stand for? Consumer news business channel
  10. “Here’s another fine mess you’ve got me into” was a line associated with which Hollywood actor? Oliver Hardy, or more popularly “Hardy” of the “Laurel and Hardey” fame
  11. It was the brand that made David Ogilvy famous. Which shirt brand’s ads had the famous man with an eye patch in the 1950s, which catapulted David Ogilvy to fame? Dockers Hathaway (Thanks to Sandeep. See comments.)
  12. What is the Titmus test? ICC’s test for bowling action
  13. Which company owns the footwear brand – Stryde? Tata International
  14. This company was called Lutsuko and later changed its name to something that literally means ‘to lose money’. Which one? Sony
  15. His work place was infested with a family of mice. While all other employees were setting mouse-traps he used to get extra lunch for them. Who? Walt Disney
  16. What’s common to: Devil Dx, Target, Neon, Queen, Miss India? All bicycles models of Hero Cycles
  17. Fill in the blank:
    Two little women shivering with fright,
    seek a cosy doorway in the middle of the night,
    his knife flashes and then there is but one,
    and the last ones the ripest for Jack the Ripper‘s idea of fun.
  18. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like and how my parents were occupied before me and all that David Copperfield kind of crap”. Which twentieth century classic begins with these lines? Catcher in the Rye
  19. Which company’s famously advertised vision statement is ‘The Network is the Computer’? Sun Microsystems
  20. They introduced laptop to the world. Which co. is this? Toshiba Corp.
  21. The Oscars are the big one, the emperor of Awards shows, the only one that really matters. Which organsiation counts the votes cast by the members of the US Motion Picture Academy for these awards every year? PwC
  22. Darpan is a common in-flight magazine for 2 of India’s leading airlines. Name the airlines. Indian airlines; Alliance Air
  23. The Essar group of companies has been promoted by a very renowned family in India. Name them. Ruias
  24. Whish is the most performed song ever? Imagine (John Lennon)
  25. What brandname did the Maharashtrian entrepreneur, Kaka Dandekar, coin after seeing an American cigarette ad in 1930? Camlin
  26. This character’s only comprehensible and human sounding words were “Who me? Oh no! I got a belly ache”. Which character? (Hint: No pants) Donald Duck
  27. This city gets its name from the Portuguese meaning ‘I saw the mountain’ which was uttered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520. Which city? Montevideo
  28. Who hosted the FIFA worldcup of football in 1990? Italy
  29. Which music star’s real name (at birth) is Farrokh Bulsara? Freddie Mercury
  30. Which is the longest river of Europe? River Volga







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