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  1. IISc Quiz Club Fourth General Quiz

  2. 1. The word X, first recorded in 1782, meant an odd or eccentric person. From the noun in this sense came a verb meaning “to make fun of” and “to regard mockingly.” How it acquired its current meaning is unknown and could be a corruption of a Latin word, meaning "Who are you?”. The Oxford English Dictionary has a cite from 1847 where the word appears: "She com back and _ _ _ _ us", which could be a clue to its origin. American Heritage says it may be from the English dialect verb Y, meaning to question. Which is this word X? Answer

  3. The construction of this famous/notorious structure was started in 1896 and was completed in 1906. The original building was a puce-colored (a shade of red) brick building. The bricks used to build the building were brought from Burma (Myanmar). The building had seven wings, at the centre of which a central tower served as the fulcrum. The wings forked out of the tower in straight lines, much like the spokes of a bicycle wheel. A large bell was kept in the tower to raise an alarm in any eventuality. Each of the seven wings had three stories. There were in total • 698 ‘rooms’, no dormitories , each with a dimension 4.5m x 2.7 m with a ventilator located at a height of three metres. Identify the building. Answer

  4. 3. Identify the place marked Answer

  5. 4. “‘I don't know how you manage this, but it seems to me that all the _ _ _ _ of fact and of fancy would be children in your hands. That's your line of life, sir, and you may take the word of a man who has seen something of the world.'       ‘And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability with which he prefaced it was, if you will believe me, the very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby. At the moment, however, I was too much concerned at the sudden illness of my host to think of anything else’.” Identify the famous fictional character, who made a profession out his ‘merest hobby’ on the advice of ‘a man who has seen something of the world’ Answer

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  7. This painting is from The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images), a series of paintings by Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte. This painting is often cited to illustrate the concept of "perception always intercedes between reality and ourselves" and is famous for its inscription. Magritte commented on his work thus, "The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written otherwise on my picture ' I'd have been lying!“ What is the inscription? Answer

  8. 6. Which famous automobile manufacturer’s name literally means "people's car" ? Answer

  9. 7. This prize is awarded, once in four years, to two, three, or four people not over 40 years of age for outstanding achievement in a particular field of study. The medal carries a portrait of Archimedes, along with his proof concerning the sphere and the cylinder. The inscription around the head of Archimedes is a quote attributed to him which reads in Latin: "Transire suum pectus mundoque potiri" (Rise above oneself and grasp the world). Which is this award? Answer

  10. 8. Hera, the queen of gods in Greek mythology, placed a nymph Io in the charge of Argus Panoptes (Argus "all eyes"), to keep her separated from Zeus. Zeus then commanded Hermes, an Olympian god, to kill Argus, which he did by lulling all one hundred eyes to sleep. In Ovid's interpolation of this story, when Hera learned of Argus' death, she took his eyes and placed them in the body of a particular species. Identify the species Answer

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  12. This common European plant is generally considered a weed and is an indicator of light soils. Scientific name is Anagallis arvensis; also known as the red chickweed, poorman's barometer, shepherd's weather glass, or shepherd's clock. The barometer (weather glass) common names have their origin in the fact that the flowers close when atmospheric pressure decreases and bad weather is approaching. But it has a more famous name and is well known for being the emblem of a fictional hero, who is a precursor to the "disguised superhero" tales such as Zorro, Superman and Batman. He first appeared in a play, opened on 15 October 1903 at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and subsequently in the book version that came after the play became a success. Name the flower or the play or the novel, all bearing the same name Answer

  13. 10. Anvār-e Soheylī (Persian:, 'The Lights of Canopus') Kalilag and Damnag (Syriac), Kalīlah wa Dimnah (Kalila and Dimna) (Arabic), The Fables of Bidpai (or Pilpai), The Morall Philosophie of Doni (in various European languages). All the above are the various names of “the most frequently translated literary product of India”. Which is this great literary work? Answer

  14. Thank you …

  15. A1. Quiz. Latin “Qui es”, meaning "Who are you?“ _ _ _ _ - quiesed Y- quiset back

  16. A2. The Cellular Jail, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands back

  17. A3.Challenger Deep in Mariana Trench, deepest part of the world's oceans, and the deepest location on the surface of the Earth's crust with a maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,798 feet; 6.78 miles) back

  18. A4. Sherlock Holmes. _ _ _ _ - detectives The Gloria Scott, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes back

  19. A5. This is not a pipe(Ceci n'est pas une pipe) back

  20. A6. Volks-Wagen In 1933, Adolf Hitler gave the order to Ferdinand Porsche to develop a "Volks-Wagen" . The name means "people's car" in German, in which it is pronounced [folksvagən]). back

  21. A7. The Fields Medal is a prize awarded at each International Congress of the International Mathematical Union. The medal was first awarded in 1936 has been regularly awarded once in four years since 1950. “Congregati ex toto orbe mathematici ob scripta insignia tribuere” (The mathematicians having congregated from the whole world awarded because of outstanding writings) back

  22. A8.The Peacock back

  23. A9. The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emmuska Orczy back

  24. A10.Panchathanthra Kalilah and Dimna – transmogrified from Karataka ('Horribly Howling') and Damanaka ('Victor'), the two jackals in the first story, Bidpai – from Sanskrit Vidya-pati Anton Francesco Doni – who translated it from Latin to Italian back