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General Knowledge Quiz: Monday 22nd February 2021

#1. Which letter is silent in the word CLIMB?

Today I’m going to talk about the silent b in the mb spelling, like the word climb c-l-i-m-b. The silent b in the mb spelling only happens at the ends of words, and it only happens in about 10 words. But I want you to know about it. Just because you see the b at the end of the word does not mean that you need to say it. The final sound in the word climb is the m sound, not a b sound: climb, not climb(b)

The rule is simple: if a word ends in the letters mb, the b is silent. Lets look at some examples. I already told you the word climb. Some others are thumb, comb, crumb, lamb, limb, bomb, and dumb.

#2. What is the name of the ancient Chinese calculating frame?

The Chinese abacus, known as the suanpan ( “calculating tray”), is typically 20 cm (8 in) tall and comes in various widths depending on the operator. It usually has more than seven rods. There are two beads on each rod in the upper deck and five beads each in the bottom. The beads are usually rounded and made of a hardwood. The beads are counted by moving them up or down towards the beam; beads moved toward the beam are counted, while those moved away from it are not. One of the top beads is 5, while one of the bottom beads is 1. Each rod has a number under it, showing the place value.The suanpan can be reset to the starting position instantly by a quick movement along the horizontal axis to spin all the beads away from the horizontal beam at the center.

#3. In what year did Halley's Comet last fly past the Earth?

Halley’s Comet is arguably the most famous comet. It is a “periodic” comet and returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 76 years, making it possible for a human to see it twice in his or her lifetime. The last time it was here was in 1986, and it is projected to return in 2061.

#4. Which word is closest to meaning the opposite of lively?

Dormancy is a period in an organism’s life cycle when growth, development, and (in animals) physical activity are temporarily stopped. This minimizes metabolic activity and therefore helps an organism to conserve energy. Dormancy tends to be closely associated with environmental conditions.

#5. Mowgli was raised by what in "The Jungle Book"?

The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling. Most of the characters are animals such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear, though a principal character is the boy or “man-cub” Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. The stories are set in a forest in India; one place mentioned repeatedly is “Seonee” (Seoni), in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

#6. What country borders Switzerland to the west?

Switzerland is bordered to the west by France, to the north by Germany, to the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, and to the south by Italy.

#7. What comes between milli and nano?

Micro- (Greek letter μ or legacy micro symbol µ) is a unit prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of 10−6 (one millionth). Confirmed in 1960, the prefix comes from the Greek μικρός (mikrós), meaning “small”. Typical bacteria are 1 to 10 micrometres in diameter.

#8. From what fish's egg is caviar traditionally made?

Caviar comes from the Persian word khaviar, which means “egg carrier.” Traditional caviar is the roe from wild sturgeon raised in the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea and has historically been called “black gold”; it is harvested from beluga, osetra, and sevruga sturgeon.

#9. What is the name of the 3-headed dog that guards Hades?

In Greek mythology, Cerberus is often referred to as the hound of Hades, is a multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving. He was the offspring of the monsters Echidna and Typhon, and was usually described as having three heads, a serpent for a tail, and snakes protruding from multiple parts of his body. Cerberus is primarily known for his capture by Heracles, one of Heracles’ twelve labours.

#10. What is a chorophobe afraid of?

Chorophobia (from Greek choro, “dance”) is the fear of dancing. People suffering from chorophobia will do anything and everything to avoid dancing of any form or kind. … Chorophobia is often associated with other fears, such as the fear of embarrassment, social phobia or the fear of crowds.

#11. What was the Soviet equivalent of the CIA?

The KGB  tr. Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti,  translated in English as the Committee for State Security, was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 13 March 1954 until 6 November 1991, when it split into the Federal Security Service and the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation. As a direct successor of preceding agencies such as the Cheka, OGPU, NKGB, NKVD and MGB, it was attached to the Council of Ministers. It was the chief government agency of “union-republican jurisdiction”, carrying out internal security, intelligence and secret police functions. Similar agencies operated in each of the republics of the Soviet Union aside from the Russian SFSR, with many associated ministries, state committees and state commissions. Created after the death of I. V. Stalin.

#12. What is the largest species of lizard?

The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard in the world. These wild dragons typically weigh about 154 pounds (70 kilograms), but the largest verified specimen reached a length of 10.3 feet (3.13 meters) and weighed 366 pounds (166 kilograms).

#13. What is the 2nd book of Bible?

The Old Testament (also known as the Jewish Tanakh) is the first 39 books in most Christian Bibles. The name stands for the original promise with God (to the descendants of Abraham in particular) prior to the coming of Jesus Christ in the New Testament (or the new promise). The Old Testament contains the creation of the universe, the history of the patriarchs, the exodus from Egypt, the formation of Israel as a nation, the subsequent decline and fall of the nation, the Prophets (who spoke for God), and the Wisdom Books.

Exodus is the second book in the Torah. Exodus in Hebrew is called Shmowt, which means ‘names.’ Exodus means ‘going out’ in Latin. It is about how the Hebrew people were led out of Egypt by God. Moses, their leader, hears God’s words and then tells the Israelites. Exodus ends with God’s laws and his instructions on how to build a holy container called the Ark of the Covenant.

#14. In what country did espresso originate?

­Espresso does not refer to a particular type of bean, but rather a process of extracting the flavor from ground coffee beans by a combination of not-quite-boiling-hot water and pressure. It’s actually the past participle of the word esprimere, which means, “to express” or “to press out.” So caffè espresso literally means “pressed-out coffee.” Espresso is generally attributed to originating in Italy around the 1900s, when Luigi Bezzera filed a patent for a machine that forced boiling water and steam through coffee grind into a cup.

#15. What element has the symbol Sn?

Tin is a chemical element with the symbol Sn and atomic number 50. Tin is a silvery metal that characteristically has a faint yellow hue. Tin, like indium, is soft enough to be cut without much force.



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