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Daily Quiz #2042

General Knowledge Quiz for 21 August 2014

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Who, according to the Sumerian king list, was the fifth king of Uruk around 2700 BC, and became the central character in one of the best known works of early literature, where he was described as two-thirds god?

A
Lugalbanda
B
Gilgamesh
C
Ninsun
D
Enkidu
Select from the options above.
2

Which of these is not a term for a male deer?

A
Bull
B
Buck
C
Stag
D
Stallion
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3

At the 1896 Olympics, winners received a silver medal and second place received a bronze medal. In 1900, most winners received cups or trophies instead of medals. What present tradition was introduced at the 1904 Games?

A
Awarding gold, silver & bronze medals for the first three places
B
Awarding no tangible reward at all
C
Awarding certificates to every finisher
D
Awarding the winner only with a bronze medal
Select from the options above.
4

Which poem by Thomas Gray, completed in 1750 and inspired by Gray's thoughts following the death of the poet Richard West in 1742, was so popular in London literary circles that Gray was forced to publish the work on 15 February 1751 to pre-empt a magazine publisher from printing an unlicensed copy?

A
The Progress of Poesy
B
Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes
C
Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College
D
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
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5

What saline basin in Central Asia, once the world's fourth largest lake with an area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,000 sq miles), has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s when the rivers feeding it were diverted by irrigation projects?

A
Lake Balkhash
B
The Caspian Sea
C
The Aral Sea
D
Lake Chad
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6

What shape is the chevron found in heraldry and some insignia?

A
Banana shape
B
Two lines joined at an angle
C
Three-leafed
D
An angled bar
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7

Who wrote "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom"?

A
Lawrence of Arabia
B
Mohandas Gandhi
C
Plato
D
Winston Churchill
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