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General Knowledge Quiz for 29 July 2015

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Begun in 1897 and inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon at the 1896 Olympics, what is the world's oldest annual marathon?

A
The New York Marathon
B
The Boston Marathon
C
The London Marathon
D
The Sydney Marathon
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2

Which of these names refers to a Mexican ritual that involves 5 people climbing a 30 meter pole from which 4 launch themselves (tied with ropes) to the ground while one stays on top, dancing and playing a flute & drum?

A
Whirling dervishes
B
The Passion of Iztapalapa
C
La Ofrenda
D
The Flyers of Papantla
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3

Where would a thorny devil usually be found?

A
In ikebana arrangements
B
In mediaeval illustrated Christian gospels
C
In the art of Hieronymus Bosch
D
In the Australian arid scrubland or desert
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4

Ashton Carter, appointed USA Secretary of Defense in 2015, succeeded whom?

A
Chuck Hagel
B
Condoleeza Rice
C
Donald Rumsfeld
D
Monica Lewinsky
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5

What is a common factor in these films - fairy tale fantasy "Enchanted", biopic "Mr Turner", the Harry Potter series of films, and social drama "Secrets & Lies"?

A
Production company Walt Disney Pictures
B
Director Mike Leigh
C
Actor Timothy Spall
D
Composer Alexandre Desplat
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6

The night of 9 March 1945 saw, according to historians, the most devastating World War II bombing raid on what city?

A
Dresden, Germany
B
Nagasaki, Japan
C
Tokyo, Japan
D
Kobe, Japan
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7

When were television sets with built-in closed-caption display first introduced to the US?

A
1991
B
1973
C
1980
D
1962
Select from the options above.
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