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The Chaos 2020 General Quiz
Presented by
Quiz Cetera
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75+ quizzes across
25+ campuses, incl.
IITs, IIMs, and NITs
Aniruddha Mitra
p15aniruddham@iima....
Rules of Engagement
● 25 questions in total
● 11-20 are star marked and will be used to resolve ties (please mark them on
...
Prelims
25 questions. 11-20 are starred
1. Which substance?
The Global Commission on Drug Policy concluded in 2019 that drug laws have little
scientific basis, and...
2. Which phrase?
One of the earliest mentions is in Charles Cotton's 1670 work, Voyage to Ireland in Burlesque.
Mistress m...
3. Italian pick-me-up
"X," murmurs Rob Reiner’s character knowingly to Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle.
“What is X?” ask...
4. Which company?
In December 2019, following a New York Times report about racism at some of the
company's outlets in Ari...
5. Which animals X and Y?
Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov often names his minor-piece maneuvers after
animal mo...
6. Give the assumed name of the perpetrator.
In 1972, following a series of "copycat" crimes, the US Federal Aviation
Admi...
7. Give X and Y.
When X was pictured on the cover of Newsweek, and delightedly showed the
magazine to Y, his grudging resp...
8. Why did he do it?
In 2017, Olav Njolstad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, said in an email to
The Associated Pre...
9. What Name?
In November 2019, a Qantas flight flew 10,500 miles from London to Sydney,
making it the longest ever commerci...
10. Give X and Y
X (born 6 February 1969) is an English professional football manager and
former midfielder. As a player, h...
* 11. What am I talking about?
Since 1375, the only time this hadn't happened was between 1789 and 1803 despite
several ch...
* 12. Which famous surname?
Louis ______, along with his brothers Pierre and Jacques, took what was a boutique
jewellery s...
*13. Identify the two names for the country
The ____ _______ is a self-governing country based in the South Pacific. Citize...
* 14. Give X and Y
This increasingly popular lifestyle choice X takes its name from an avant-garde art
movement in the 195...
* 15. What am I talking about?
With no archaeological evidence to establish the origins of X prior to its use in China dur...
* 16. What are classified by the Hornbostel-Sachs system?
Formally, the Hornbostel–Sachs is modeled on the Dewey Decimal Cl...
* 17. Which letter? Which two symbols?
This English letter mysteriously lends itself to not one but two symbols of a finite...
* 18. What is X? What is the sport?
The original product was co-invented in 1965 by James M. Faria and Robert T.
Wright. I...
* 19. Fill in the blank
"All the important questions...have been settled,” Max Schultze, a German biologist,
opined on his...
* 20. Give X and Y
Quite contrary to the portrayal of company X in the blockbuster musical film Y,
Natives Go Wild, a cabar...
21. Fakes of what?
Fritz Vollrath, a zoologist at Oxford University, claims he can kill the demand for
poachers by flooding...
22. Why is RISC-V fast gaining popularity?
Microprocessors are built around designs, known as
instruction-set architecture...
23. What am I talking about?
Colloquially known as "the change", this is a painful process that can damage the
bones, brai...
24. Which brand ? Why the drop in sales?
This brand line (one of the largest selling
for the company) was growing at a
dec...
25. Identify X, the sportsman/ doctor
Though known across the world for achievements in another field, X was actually a
pio...
Answers
1. Which substance?
The Global Commission on Drug Policy concluded in 2019 that drug laws have little
scientific basis, and...
Alcohol
2. Which phrase?
One of the earliest mentions is in Charles Cotton's 1670 work, Voyage to Ireland in Burlesque.
Mistress m...
Goody
Two-Shoes
3. Italian pick-me-up
"X," murmurs Rob Reiner’s character knowingly to Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle.
“What is X?” ask...
Tiramisu
4. Which company?
In December 2019, following a New York Times report about racism at some of the
company's outlets in Ari...
J.P. Morgan Chase
5. Which animals X and Y?
Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov often names his minor-piece maneuvers after
animal mo...
Elephant and Cheetah
6. Give the assumed name of the perpetrator.
In 1972, following a series of "copycat" crimes, the US Federal Aviation
Admi...
D.B. Cooper
7. Give X and Y.
When X was pictured on the cover of Newsweek, and delightedly showed the
magazine to Y, his grudging resp...
X: Padma Lakshmi | Y: Salman Rushdie
8. Why did he do it?
In 2017, Olav Njolstad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, said in an email to
The Associated Pre...
In response to popular outrage for stripping Aung San Suu
Kyi of her Nobel Peace Prize
9. What Name?
In November 2019, a Qantas flight flew 10,500 miles from London to Sydney,
making it the longest ever commerci...
Sunrise
10. Give X and Y
X (born 6 February 1969) is an English professional football manager and
former midfielder. As a player, h...
X: Tim Sherwood | Y: Zinedine Zidane
* 11. What am I talking about?
Since 1375, the only time this hadn't happened was between 1789 and 1803 despite
several ch...
Christmas Mass at the Notre Dame
* 12. Which famous surname?
Louis ______, along with his brothers Pierre and Jacques, took what was a boutique
jewellery s...
Cartier
*13. Identify the two names for the country
The ____ _______ is a self-governing country based in the South Pacific. Citize...
Cook Islands,
Crook Islands
* 14. Give X and Y
This increasingly popular lifestyle choice X takes its name from an avant-garde art
movement in the 195...
X: Minimalism | Y: Marie Kondo
* 15. What am I talking about?
With no archaeological evidence to establish the origins of X prior to its use in China dur...
Playing Card
suites.
* 16. What are classified by the Hornbostel-Sachs system?
Formally, the Hornbostel–Sachs is modeled on the Dewey Decimal Cl...
Musical Instruments
* 17. Which letter? Which two symbols?
This English letter mysteriously lends itself to not one but two symbols of a finite...
M. In symbols of Virgo and Scorpio
* 18. What is X? What is the sport?
The original product was co-invented in 1965 by James M. Faria and Robert T.
Wright. I...
Astroturf. Hockey.
* 19. Fill in the blank
"All the important questions...have been settled,” Max Schultze, a German biologist,
opined on his...
Eel
* 20. Give X and Y
Quite contrary to the portrayal of company X in the blockbuster musical film Y,
Natives Go Wild, a cabar...
X: Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Y: The Greatest Showman.
21. Fakes of what?
Fritz Vollrath, a zoologist at Oxford University, claims he can kill the demand for
poachers by flooding...
Rhino horn
22. Why is RISC-V fast gaining popularity?
Microprocessors are built around designs, known as
instruction-set architecture...
It is open source
23. What am I talking about?
Colloquially known as "the change", this is a painful process that can damage the
bones, brai...
Menopause
24. Which brand ? Why the drop in sales?
This brand line (one of the largest selling
for the company) was growing at a
dec...
Gillette, No Shave November
25. Identify X, the sportsman/ doctor
Though known across the world for achievements in another field, X was actually a
pio...
Roger Bannister
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  1. 1. Gen The Chaos 2020 General Quiz
  2. 2. Presented by Quiz Cetera - 75+ quizzes across 25+ campuses, incl. IITs, IIMs, and NITs Aniruddha Mitra p15aniruddham@iima.ac.in 9426310784 Dhanraj B. p14dhanrajb@iima.ac.in 8123955150 Minakhi Misra p13minakhipm@iima.ac.in 9998154540 Tauseef Warsi p14tauseefw@iima.ac.in 8691045534
  3. 3. Rules of Engagement ● 25 questions in total ● 11-20 are star marked and will be used to resolve ties (please mark them on your answer sheet) ● In case of further ties, sudden death will be used ● The prelims are written so please do not shout out the answers ● 6 teams will qualify for the finals ● Please refrain from relying on electronic devices or nearby participants
  4. 4. Prelims 25 questions. 11-20 are starred
  5. 5. 1. Which substance? The Global Commission on Drug Policy concluded in 2019 that drug laws have little scientific basis, and it blamed the UN’s classification system. Drugs were classified on some arbitrary degree of "harm to user," but completely ignored the equally significant "harm to others" factor. Taking the second factor also into account, the Commission found that the substance with highest potential harm has not even been classified at all by most lawmakers.
  6. 6. 2. Which phrase? One of the earliest mentions is in Charles Cotton's 1670 work, Voyage to Ireland in Burlesque. Mistress mayoress complained that the pottage was cold; 'And all long of your fiddle-faddle,' quoth she. 'Why, then, _____ ___-_____ (5,3,5), what if it be? Hold you, if you can, your tittle-tattle,' quoth he. The phrase highlights the relative privilege that the mayoress enjoys. The first word in the phrase is a corruption of the then-equivalent of "Mrs." and the second hyphenated word refers to her material advantage in have two of something when the rest have none. Over the years, the meaning of the phrase has changed from someone having privilege to someone showing altruism.
  7. 7. 3. Italian pick-me-up "X," murmurs Rob Reiner’s character knowingly to Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle. “What is X?” asks Hanks' character, a widower venturing back into the world of dating. “Some woman is gonna want me to do it to her and I’m not gonna know what it is!” “You’ll love it,” Reiner assures him. Tristar, the official distributors of the movie, apparently received as many as 30 calls a day from viewers as anxious as Hanks to be enlightened. Some were disappointed (and others were audibly relieved) to discover it was merely an obscure Italian dessert, which literally translated to "pick-me-up."
  8. 8. 4. Which company? In December 2019, following a New York Times report about racism at some of the company's outlets in Arizona, CEO Jamie Dimon was asked by five Democratic lawmakers for a list of steps that the company is taking to combat discrimination against black customers and employees. Dimon was previously on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and was included in Time magazine's 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011 lists of the world's 100 most influential people.
  9. 9. 5. Which animals X and Y? Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov often names his minor-piece maneuvers after animal moves. For instance, despite his attacking style, he sometimes uses his knights defensively in the slow "yawning hippopotamus", a variant of the Hippo Defense. His two favorite attack patterns, however, involve the bishop, and are called the "raging X (8 letters)" and the "chasing Y (7 letters)". In the former, one of his bishops, which in Russian are called X, creates havoc through successive discovered double attacks that cause serious material loss to his opponent. In the latter, fast advancing center pawns push back a major piece like the Queen. The pawns are often supported by a distant bishop that acts as the "balancing tail" of a Y, continuing the chase if the Queen leaves the center for either side of the board.
  10. 10. 6. Give the assumed name of the perpetrator. In 1972, following a series of "copycat" crimes, the US Federal Aviation Administration mandated that all cockpit doors be fitted with peepholes. And specifically the Boeing 727 was mandated to be fitted with a "_____ vane", a device that prevents lowering of the aft airstair during flight. The original crime, which was being copied, had occured on Nov 24th, 1971, during a thunderstorm over Washington state. The crime has since sparked several subplots in books, movies, and serials, often involving fugitives. The blank above is the assumed name of the perpetrator.
  11. 11. 7. Give X and Y. When X was pictured on the cover of Newsweek, and delightedly showed the magazine to Y, his grudging response was: "The only time Newsweek put me on their cover was when someone was trying to put a bullet in my head."
  12. 12. 8. Why did he do it? In 2017, Olav Njolstad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, said in an email to The Associated Press that neither the will of prize founder Alfred Nobel nor the Nobel Foundation’s rules provide for the possibility of withdrawing the honor from laureates.
  13. 13. 9. What Name? In November 2019, a Qantas flight flew 10,500 miles from London to Sydney, making it the longest ever commercial flight. Earlier in the year, when the company ran tests, one of the guinea pig passengers had remarked that he experienced a "double _____", something that one is used to experiencing only once a day. This eventually led to the naming of the project as Project _____ (same word).
  14. 14. 10. Give X and Y X (born 6 February 1969) is an English professional football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was a midfielder from 1987 until 2005, notably as captain of Blackburn Rovers' Premier League title-winning side in 1995. He made three appearances for the England national team in 1999. During his time at Blackburn, coach Kenny Dalglish wanted to sign both Y and Christophe Dugarry, who were playing in France for Bordeaux, but Rovers owner Jack Walker reportedly said to Dalglish: "Why do you want to sign Y when we have X?"
  15. 15. * 11. What am I talking about? Since 1375, the only time this hadn't happened was between 1789 and 1803 despite several changes of monarchs and loyalties. It continued even during the Second World War when Germany occupied the area. In 2019, however, it didn't happen again.
  16. 16. * 12. Which famous surname? Louis ______, along with his brothers Pierre and Jacques, took what was a boutique jewellery store in Paris, and made it an internationally coveted brand even as the world went through the Great Depression and two World Wars. Being the eldest and very hot-headed, he once challenged a Rothschild baron over a snub to his family name. But his creativity fuelled innovations such as the use of platinum for more delicate settings and their famous “mystery clocks”, whose hands appeared to hover in thin air as if “woven from moonbeams”. J.P. Morgan was a fan and the Hope Diamond was one of the attractions on their catalog.
  17. 17. *13. Identify the two names for the country The ____ _______ is a self-governing country based in the South Pacific. Citizens of this place also hold New Zealand citizenship. They are named after a famous British navigator. However, this country has become a haven for tax avoidance especially for rich felons and Ponzi scheme perpetrators. It has therefore gained another notorious nickname : The _____ ________ Identify both nicknames (only differentiated by one letter)
  18. 18. * 14. Give X and Y This increasingly popular lifestyle choice X takes its name from an avant-garde art movement in the 1950s. Championed by person Y in Japan, it spread throughout the western world close to the start of the 2010s, thanks mostly to Y's books, and the blog and podcast of the duo Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. On Pinterest and Instagram, hallmarks of X imagery emerged: clean white subway tiles, furniture in the style of Scandinavian midcentury modern, and clothing made of organic fibers. Next to the products were monochromatic memes and slogans.
  19. 19. * 15. What am I talking about? With no archaeological evidence to establish the origins of X prior to its use in China during the 13th century AD, different historians have suggested theories, most likely apocryphal, that have taken deep root in public imagination. Some Indian texts dated 9th century AD suggest that X was modelled on the Varna system of Hindus. More recently, texts from the time of the French Revolution suggest a similar modeling, albeit of the French system of Clergy, Nobility, Merchants, and Peasants. Ancient Egyptian literature on papyrus dated 2nd century BC claims X is based on the elements: Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth. However, there is contention whether these sources are original or fabrications much later on ancient papyrus. Middle Eastern sources dated 14th century AD suggest that X is based on basic human needs of love, power, wealth, and food.
  20. 20. * 16. What are classified by the Hornbostel-Sachs system? Formally, the Hornbostel–Sachs is modeled on the Dewey Decimal Classification for libraries. It has five top-level classifications (though only the first four have formally recognised numbers), with several levels below those, adding up to over 300 basic categories in all. For instance, spoons would be classified as 111.14 and coconut shells as 111.141. There are ways to classify items with this system even if they have elements from more than one group. Such items may have particularly long classification numbers with colons and hyphens used as well as numbers.
  21. 21. * 17. Which letter? Which two symbols? This English letter mysteriously lends itself to not one but two symbols of a finite, ordered set. In the first of these, the end of the letter has a flourish to possibly indicate a maiden crossing her legs. In the second, the end of the letter has a flourish to indicate the most distinctive anatomical feature of what the symbol represents.
  22. 22. * 18. What is X? What is the sport? The original product was co-invented in 1965 by James M. Faria and Robert T. Wright. It was patented in 1965 and originally sold under a different name. It was rebranded as X by a company employee named John A. Wortmann after its first well-publicized use at the Houston Astrodome stadium - the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium in 1966. For a specific sport, the first major use of X was in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and has been mandatory for global tournaments since. The use of X also coincides with the decline of Asian teams and the rise of European teams and Australia in the sport.
  23. 23. * 19. Fill in the blank "All the important questions...have been settled,” Max Schultze, a German biologist, opined on his deathbed in 1874. “Except the ___ question.” Fishermen know how to catch them, chefs know how to cook them, but biologists even today have very little idea about how they reproduce. This is mostly because they travel from freshwater to long into the seawater - the ones in Bay of Biscay are known to procreate near Bermuda - sometimes even crossing short patches of dry land in between if conditions are right. No one has actually seen them mate, so a more pressing concern these days is no one knows how to repopulate the species, which is already declared critically endangered.
  24. 24. * 20. Give X and Y Quite contrary to the portrayal of company X in the blockbuster musical film Y, Natives Go Wild, a cabaret at the Sydney Opera House, depicts the fate of the 17 Aboriginal people kidnapped from Queensland by X in the 19th century. Advertised as “human oddities” and cast as “cannibals and boomerang throwers”, these men, women and children featured in a show called the “Ethnological Congress of Strange Tribes” alongside Sioux, Toda and Zulu people. Tens of thousands of Americans bought tickets. The performers paid a higher price. Half of them died within six months from diseases to which they had little resistance, such as pneumonia and tuberculosis.
  25. 25. 21. Fakes of what? Fritz Vollrath, a zoologist at Oxford University, claims he can kill the demand for poachers by flooding the market with his artificial ______. His fakes are made of hairs collected from horses’ tails, which have similar dimensions and symmetry and share a spongy core structure. The binding matrix is made from a fibrous protein-rich glue of the sort produced naturally by spiders and silkworms. The fakes even stand the test of scanning electron microscopy, a method often used by the most sophisticated of Chinese Triads. They will of course fail in a DNA test, but the black market is yet to escalate to that level for the moment.
  26. 26. 22. Why is RISC-V fast gaining popularity? Microprocessors are built around designs, known as instruction-set architectures, i.e. ISA, which are owned by-and-large by either Intel (USA) or by Arm (Japan). 2018-19, however, saw a boomlet in chips made using an ISA called RISC-V. It was originally written by computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, who wanted an instruction set that they could use for publishable research. If boomlet becomes boom, as the popularity trend suggests, it may shatter the Arm-Intel duopoly.
  27. 27. 23. What am I talking about? Colloquially known as "the change", this is a painful process that can damage the bones, brain, and heart of a person. In the US, close to 80% of those undergoing "the change" experience symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, depression, insomnia, anxiety and memory loss. Symptoms can last up to 12 years. Around 25% in developed countries feel so wretched that their quality of life is dimmed. Almost 50% in Britain experiencing it say that their work suffers as a result.
  28. 28. 24. Which brand ? Why the drop in sales? This brand line (one of the largest selling for the company) was growing at a decent pace until 2008-09 where it started seeing a gradual decrease and a bottoming out in sales. This was majorly due to a massive decrease in sales in a single month every year. Which brand ? Why was there a monthly drop in sales ?
  29. 29. 25. Identify X, the sportsman/ doctor Though known across the world for achievements in another field, X was actually a pioneer in the field of medicine. His major contribution to academic medicine was in the field of autonomic failure, an area of neurology. Till the end, he always said that he was prouder of his achievements in medicine than in sport, saying that he had spent 60 years in medicine as compared to just 8 in sport. Who is X, a famous celebrity in sport despite never winning a Olympic medal in his discipline ?
  30. 30. Answers
  31. 31. 1. Which substance? The Global Commission on Drug Policy concluded in 2019 that drug laws have little scientific basis, and it blamed the UN’s classification system. Drugs were classified on some arbitrary degree of "harm to user," but completely ignored the equally significant "harm to others" factor. Taking the second factor also into account, the Commission found that the substance with highest potential harm has not even been classified at all by most lawmakers.
  32. 32. Alcohol
  33. 33. 2. Which phrase? One of the earliest mentions is in Charles Cotton's 1670 work, Voyage to Ireland in Burlesque. Mistress mayoress complained that the pottage was cold; 'And all long of your fiddle-faddle,' quoth she. 'Why, then, _____ ___-_____ (5,3,5), what if it be? Hold you, if you can, your tittle-tattle,' quoth he. The phrase highlights the relative privilege that the mayoress enjoys. The first word in the phrase is a corruption of the then-equivalent of "Mrs." and the second hyphenated word refers to her material advantage in have two of something when the rest have none. Over the years, the meaning of the phrase has changed from someone having privilege to someone showing altruism.
  34. 34. Goody Two-Shoes
  35. 35. 3. Italian pick-me-up "X," murmurs Rob Reiner’s character knowingly to Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle. “What is X?” asks Hanks' character, a widower venturing back into the world of dating. “Some woman is gonna want me to do it to her and I’m not gonna know what it is!” “You’ll love it,” Reiner assures him. Tristar, the official distributors of the movie, apparently received as many as 30 calls a day from viewers as anxious as Hanks to be enlightened. Some were disappointed (and others were audibly relieved) to discover it was merely an obscure Italian dessert, which literally translated to "pick-me-up."
  36. 36. Tiramisu
  37. 37. 4. Which company? In December 2019, following a New York Times report about racism at some of the company's outlets in Arizona, CEO Jamie Dimon was asked by five Democratic lawmakers for a list of steps that the company is taking to combat discrimination against black customers and employees. Dimon was previously on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and was included in Time magazine's 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011 lists of the world's 100 most influential people.
  38. 38. J.P. Morgan Chase
  39. 39. 5. Which animals X and Y? Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov often names his minor-piece maneuvers after animal moves. For instance, despite his attacking style, he sometimes uses his knights defensively in the slow "yawning hippopotamus", a variant of the Hippo Defense. His two favorite attack patterns, however, involve the bishop, and are called the "raging X (8 letters)" and the "chasing Y (7 letters)". In the former, one of his bishops, which in Russian are called X, creates havoc through successive discovered double attacks that cause serious material loss to his opponent. In the latter, fast advancing center pawns push back a major piece like the Queen. The pawns are often supported by a distant bishop that acts as the "balancing tail" of a Y, continuing the chase if the Queen leaves the center for either side of the board.
  40. 40. Elephant and Cheetah
  41. 41. 6. Give the assumed name of the perpetrator. In 1972, following a series of "copycat" crimes, the US Federal Aviation Administration mandated that all cockpit doors be fitted with peepholes. And specifically the Boeing 727 was mandated to be fitted with a "_____ vane", a device that prevents lowering of the aft airstair during flight. The original crime, which was being copied, had occured on Nov 24th, 1971, during a thunderstorm over Washington state. The crime has since sparked several subplots in books, movies, and serials, often involving fugitives. The blank above is the assumed name of the perpetrator.
  42. 42. D.B. Cooper
  43. 43. 7. Give X and Y. When X was pictured on the cover of Newsweek, and delightedly showed the magazine to Y, his grudging response was: "The only time Newsweek put me on their cover was when someone was trying to put a bullet in my head."
  44. 44. X: Padma Lakshmi | Y: Salman Rushdie
  45. 45. 8. Why did he do it? In 2017, Olav Njolstad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, said in an email to The Associated Press that neither the will of prize founder Alfred Nobel nor the Nobel Foundation’s rules provide for the possibility of withdrawing the honor from laureates.
  46. 46. In response to popular outrage for stripping Aung San Suu Kyi of her Nobel Peace Prize
  47. 47. 9. What Name? In November 2019, a Qantas flight flew 10,500 miles from London to Sydney, making it the longest ever commercial flight. Earlier in the year, when the company ran tests, one of the guinea pig passengers had remarked that he experienced a "double _____", something that one is used to experiencing only once a day. This eventually led to the naming of the project as Project _____ (same word).
  48. 48. Sunrise
  49. 49. 10. Give X and Y X (born 6 February 1969) is an English professional football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was a midfielder from 1987 until 2005, notably as captain of Blackburn Rovers' Premier League title-winning side in 1995. He made three appearances for the England national team in 1999. During his time at Blackburn, coach Kenny Dalglish wanted to sign both Y and Christophe Dugarry, who were playing in France for Bordeaux, but Rovers owner Jack Walker reportedly said to Dalglish: "Why do you want to sign Y when we have X?"
  50. 50. X: Tim Sherwood | Y: Zinedine Zidane
  51. 51. * 11. What am I talking about? Since 1375, the only time this hadn't happened was between 1789 and 1803 despite several changes of monarchs and loyalties. It continued even during the Second World War when Germany occupied the area. In 2019, however, it didn't happen again.
  52. 52. Christmas Mass at the Notre Dame
  53. 53. * 12. Which famous surname? Louis ______, along with his brothers Pierre and Jacques, took what was a boutique jewellery store in Paris, and made it an internationally coveted brand even as the world went through the Great Depression and two World Wars. Being the eldest and very hot-headed, he once challenged a Rothschild baron over a snub to his family name. But his creativity fuelled innovations such as the use of platinum for more delicate settings and their famous “mystery clocks”, whose hands appeared to hover in thin air as if “woven from moonbeams”. J.P. Morgan was a fan and the Hope Diamond was one of the attractions on their catalog.
  54. 54. Cartier
  55. 55. *13. Identify the two names for the country The ____ _______ is a self-governing country based in the South Pacific. Citizens of this place also hold New Zealand citizenship. They are named after a famous British navigator. However, this country has become a haven for tax avoidance especially for rich felons and Ponzi scheme perpetrators. It has therefore gained another notorious nickname : The _____ ________ Identify both nicknames (only differentiated by one letter)
  56. 56. Cook Islands, Crook Islands
  57. 57. * 14. Give X and Y This increasingly popular lifestyle choice X takes its name from an avant-garde art movement in the 1950s. Championed by person Y in Japan, it spread throughout the western world close to the start of the 2010s, thanks mostly to Y's books, and the blog and podcast of the duo Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. On Pinterest and Instagram, hallmarks of X imagery emerged: clean white subway tiles, furniture in the style of Scandinavian midcentury modern, and clothing made of organic fibers. Next to the products were monochromatic memes and slogans.
  58. 58. X: Minimalism | Y: Marie Kondo
  59. 59. * 15. What am I talking about? With no archaeological evidence to establish the origins of X prior to its use in China during the 13th century AD, different historians have suggested theories, most likely apocryphal, that have taken deep root in public imagination. Some Indian texts dated 9th century AD suggest that X was modelled on the Varna system of Hindus. More recently, texts from the time of the French Revolution suggest a similar modeling, albeit of the French system of Clergy, Nobility, Merchants, and Peasants. Ancient Egyptian literature on papyrus dated 2nd century BC claims X is based on the elements: Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth. However, there is contention whether these sources are original or fabrications much later on ancient papyrus. Middle Eastern sources dated 14th century AD suggest that X is based on basic human needs of love, power, wealth, and food.
  60. 60. Playing Card suites.
  61. 61. * 16. What are classified by the Hornbostel-Sachs system? Formally, the Hornbostel–Sachs is modeled on the Dewey Decimal Classification for libraries. It has five top-level classifications (though only the first four have formally recognised numbers), with several levels below those, adding up to over 300 basic categories in all. For instance, spoons would be classified as 111.14 and coconut shells as 111.141. There are ways to classify items with this system even if they have elements from more than one group. Such items may have particularly long classification numbers with colons and hyphens used as well as numbers.
  62. 62. Musical Instruments
  63. 63. * 17. Which letter? Which two symbols? This English letter mysteriously lends itself to not one but two symbols of a finite, ordered set. In the first of these, the end of the letter has a flourish to possibly indicate a maiden crossing her legs. In the second, the end of the letter has a flourish to indicate the most distinctive anatomical feature of what the symbol represents.
  64. 64. M. In symbols of Virgo and Scorpio
  65. 65. * 18. What is X? What is the sport? The original product was co-invented in 1965 by James M. Faria and Robert T. Wright. It was patented in 1965 and originally sold under a different name. It was rebranded as X by a company employee named John A. Wortmann after its first well-publicized use at the Houston Astrodome stadium - the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium in 1966. For a specific sport, the first major use of X was in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and has been mandatory for global tournaments since. The use of X also coincides with the decline of Asian teams and the rise of European teams and Australia in the sport.
  66. 66. Astroturf. Hockey.
  67. 67. * 19. Fill in the blank "All the important questions...have been settled,” Max Schultze, a German biologist, opined on his deathbed in 1874. “Except the ___ question.” Fishermen know how to catch them, chefs know how to cook them, but biologists even today have very little idea about how they reproduce. This is mostly because they travel from freshwater to long into the seawater - the ones in Bay of Biscay are known to procreate near Bermuda - sometimes even crossing short patches of dry land in between if conditions are right. No one has actually seen them mate, so a more pressing concern these days is no one knows how to repopulate the species, which is already declared critically endangered.
  68. 68. Eel
  69. 69. * 20. Give X and Y Quite contrary to the portrayal of company X in the blockbuster musical film Y, Natives Go Wild, a cabaret at the Sydney Opera House, depicts the fate of the 17 Aboriginal people kidnapped from Queensland by X in the 19th century. Advertised as “human oddities” and cast as “cannibals and boomerang throwers”, these men, women and children featured in a show called the “Ethnological Congress of Strange Tribes” alongside Sioux, Toda and Zulu people. Tens of thousands of Americans bought tickets. The performers paid a higher price. Half of them died within six months from diseases to which they had little resistance, such as pneumonia and tuberculosis.
  70. 70. X: Barnum & Bailey Circus. Y: The Greatest Showman.
  71. 71. 21. Fakes of what? Fritz Vollrath, a zoologist at Oxford University, claims he can kill the demand for poachers by flooding the market with his artificial ______. His fakes are made of hairs collected from horses’ tails, which have similar dimensions and symmetry and share a spongy core structure. The binding matrix is made from a fibrous protein-rich glue of the sort produced naturally by spiders and silkworms. The fakes even stand the test of scanning electron microscopy, a method often used by the most sophisticated of Chinese Triads. They will of course fail in a DNA test, but the black market is yet to escalate to that level for the moment.
  72. 72. Rhino horn
  73. 73. 22. Why is RISC-V fast gaining popularity? Microprocessors are built around designs, known as instruction-set architectures, i.e. ISA, which are owned by-and-large by either Intel (USA) or by Arm (Japan). 2018-19, however, saw a boomlet in chips made using an ISA called RISC-V. It was originally written by computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, who wanted an instruction set that they could use for publishable research. If boomlet becomes boom, as the popularity trend suggests, it may shatter the Arm-Intel duopoly.
  74. 74. It is open source
  75. 75. 23. What am I talking about? Colloquially known as "the change", this is a painful process that can damage the bones, brain, and heart of a person. In the US, close to 80% of those undergoing "the change" experience symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, depression, insomnia, anxiety and memory loss. Symptoms can last up to 12 years. Around 25% in developed countries feel so wretched that their quality of life is dimmed. Almost 50% in Britain experiencing it say that their work suffers as a result.
  76. 76. Menopause
  77. 77. 24. Which brand ? Why the drop in sales? This brand line (one of the largest selling for the company) was growing at a decent pace until 2008-09 where it started seeing a gradual decrease and a bottoming out in sales. This was majorly due to a massive decrease in sales in a single month every year. Which brand ? Why was there a monthly drop in sales ?
  78. 78. Gillette, No Shave November
  79. 79. 25. Identify X, the sportsman/ doctor Though known across the world for achievements in another field, X was actually a pioneer in the field of medicine. His major contribution to academic medicine was in the field of autonomic failure, an area of neurology. Till the end, he always said that he was prouder of his achievements in medicine than in sport, saying that he had spent 60 years in medicine as compared to just 8 in sport. Who is X, a famous celebrity in sport despite never winning a Olympic medal in his discipline ?
  80. 80. Roger Bannister
  81. 81. Pens Down
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The prelims of the General Quiz held at IIM Ahmedabad Chaos 2020 - presented by Quiz Cetera. Questions on a range of topics including history, arts, politics, technology, travel and living, language and literature, cinema, arts, sports, and business - practically everything under the sun.

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