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General Knowledge Quiz for 18 May 2016

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From where did the guillotine get its name?

A
From the name of the man who first operated it in 1792
B
Deputy to the Estates-General who proposed beheading as the death penalty in the French Revolution
C
From the word "guilloter" which may mean "to behead"
D
From the name of the village where it was made for French Revolutionary use
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2

What was the main element in the UK television series "Last Tango in Halifax"?

A
The romance and marriage of two widowed septuagenarians
B
The acting ambitions of a Marlon Brando lookalike
C
The retirement celebration of two dance instructors
D
A drug trial
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3

The first time that Roger Bannister ran under 4 minutes for a mile at an international meeting was at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, B.C. Which country was he representing?

A
USA
B
Austria
C
England
D
India
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4

What was the first known contact by Europeans with the people of the islands known at one time as New Hebrides?

A
Martinique trader Peter Dillon in 1825
B
British explorer James Cook in 1774
C
French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville in 1768
D
Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernandes de Queirós in 1606
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5

How did Rio de Janeiro get its name?

A
The bay where the town was later built was discovered by Portuguese on 1 January.
B
The first European explorer who sailed the river was called Janeiro
C
In honour of the wife of the first European explorer in the area
D
It was the name of the ship which first anchored in the area
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6

What did Jacuzzi, an Italian immigrant to the USA, invent?

A
Whirlpool bidets
B
Bubble bath
C
Low-flow shower heads
D
A pump to enable a whirlpool to be created in a bath
Select from the options above.
7

The anxiety treatment drug Diazepam was originally marketed under what name?

A
Prozac
B
Valium
C
Effexor
D
Beta Blocker
Select from the options above.
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