Sunday, 9 April 2017

Buzzer Quiz Questions - Geography/Science

Next up in my postings of Buzzer Quiz Questions from a recent event I helped to host...The Geography/Science round!

1.       This city was founded in 421AD and in 1689 conquered the island of Cyprus. In 1516 the first Ghetto in the world was established in this city. It is home to one of Europe’s oldest film festivals and was the birthplace of Casanova. The city gave its name to a South American country  and Marco Polo travelled from this city to the court of Kulbai Khan. Name this Italian city in which you would find Doge’s Palace, St Marks Square and Gondola’s floating on its famous canals?




2.       This European country has a population of just over 1.3 million and consists of a mainland and around 2,000 islands in the Baltic Sea. It is bordered by Russia in the East and Latvia in the South and joined Nato as a full member in 2004 along with various other Baltic states. Name this country of which Tallin is the capital city?



3.       This German city was stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2009 due to the construction of a road bridge across the Elbe. It has a long history as the Royal Residence of the Kings of Saxony and was the site of controversial British and American bombing towards the end of World War II. Name this Germany city which is the second largest city in the Free State of Saxony which has been known as “Jewel Box” for its baroque city centre and “Silicon Saxony” for its important German high tech industries?



4.       Signed in 1985, the Schengen Agreement is named after a town in which country?




5.       Which river located in Devon is spelt out by combining the symbols for elements 73 and 74, namely Tanatalum and Tungesten?



6.       If you were the sail North from the northernmost tip of the island of Borneo, which country would you hit first?




7.       Gold, Lead, Zinc, Neon and which other element are the only elements on the periodic table to contain 4 letters?



8.       With the chemical formula C6 H6, which important chemical compound  was first isolated and identified by Michael Faraday in 1825 and is a natural constituent of Crude Oil?




9.       A statue of this scientists most famous invention stands outside the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and he also has named after him a crater of the moon and an annual medal issued by the Royal Society of London. He is also the subject of the 2005 Nick Darke play “Laughing Gas”. Name this scientist, born in Cornwall in 1778, who discovered both Chlorine and Iodine  and invented a lamp to which he gives his name?


Humphry Davy



10.   What was the surname of the British father and son who shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1915 for their “services to the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-Ray” and is also the surname” of  the host of BBC Radio 4’s “In Our Time” series?





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