Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rejected Questions

These are swap-outs from the first Shadow paper, which I've just about done. And I say, it's bloody hard work, what with it being 12,000 words long.

BH157: Alternates
1. Founded in Magdeburg in 2001, their music has been called emo, teen pop and glam rock. Which German band released both their second German-language album Zimmer 483 and their debut English album Scream in 2007 and led to them winning their first MTV Europe Music Award for Best InterAct?
2. The well-known theme music for the long-running PBS series Masterpiece Theater is the ‘Rondeau’ from Symphonies and Fanfares for the King’s Supper. Also known for his opera-ballet Les fêtes de Thalie and Le Triomphe des sens, which French composer (1682-1738) and Paris Opera orchestra director composed this signature tune?
3. This musician, a member of the International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died at the age of 26 in a hotel room in Joshua Tree, California. A pivotal influence on country rock and alt-country, his 1973 & 1974 albums GP and Grievous Angel are often bundled together on one CD. Name him.
4. Which English pop singer had her career breakthrough in 1981 with ‘Kids in America’, but is best known in the US for her chart-topping cover of The Supremes’ hit ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’?
5. Sometimes known as the “Arabian Elvis” and el-Andaleeb el-Asmar (‘The Dark Nightingale’), which singer (1929-1977) is widely considered to be one of the four greats of Egyptian and Arabic music thanks to such songs as Ahwak (‘I Love You’), Khosara (‘A pity’) and Qariat el-Fingan (‘The Fortune-Teller’)? He also starred in Egypt’s first colour motion picture Dalilah.
6. What number gave the title of a series, which debuted on Dutch television in 1991 and originated the reality TV concept of putting strangers together in the same environment for an extended period of time and recording the resultant drama?
7. At 9,242 feet (2,817m) Phou Bia is located in Xiangkhouang Province. It is the highest point of which landlocked country?
8. Which group of Christian Anabaptists are named after a religious leader (1496-1561), who was born in the modern day Dutch province, Friesland? His writings articulated and formalised the teachings of earlier Swiss founders and there are now about 1.5 million followers worldwide.
9. Moors, Kaffirs and the Malays are ethnic communities in which island country, known as Taprobane in ancient times?
10. Which Russian anarchist communist organisation, whose English name means ‘The Black Banner’ (as in the black flag used as a symbol of anarchism in Russia) emerged as a federation of cadres in 1903 and was the largest and most conspicuous collection of anarchist terrorists in Imperial Russia?
11. Designed by Santiago Calatrava from a 1993 commission, Oriente Station is a transport terminus that serves which European capital?
12. Used by an average of 3.64 million people per day, what is the world’s busiest train station in terms of passenger throughput? Its nearest rival is another Tokyo station, Ikebukuro, which is used by an average 2.71 million per day.
13. Currently numbering about 750, the Batek or Bateq – their name meaning ‘original people’ - are an indigenous group who live in the rainforest of which Asian country?
14. The principal sources of its basic vocabulary were the six (at the time) most widely spoken languages: Mandarin, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. Which constructed, syntactically unambiguous human language based on predicated logic was created by the Logic Language Group in 1987, its predecessor being Loglan, the original logical language created by James Cooke Brown?
15. Opened in 2004, the Chanel Tower was designed by New York-based architect Peter Marino. The largest retail space for the eponymous French fashion house, it is found in which capital city?
16. Affecting blood flow to the extremities (the fingers, toes, nose and ear) when exposed to cold temperatures or in response to psychological stress, which vascular disorder is name for Maurice _______ (1834-1881), the French physician who first described it in 1862?
17. Popularised by Professor Vernor Vinge, what two-word term is given to the theoretical future point that takes place during a period of unprecedented technological progress sometime after the creation of a Superintelligence, its name coming from an analogy between the breakdown of modern physics near a certain type of location and the drastic change in society that may occur following an intelligence explosion?
18. A colourless, odourless, viscous liquid widely used in pharmaceutical formulations, which chemical compound – also known as trihydroxypropane – is produced on saponification and is a 10% by-product of biodiesel production via the transesterification of vegetable oils or animal fats?
19. Classified as a pepo by botanists (a special type of berry with a thick outer wall or rind formed from hypanthium tissue fused to the exocarp), its name generally refers to four species of the genus Curcubita, which is native to Mexico and Central America. Also called marrows depending on variety or the nationality of the speaker, which plant is divided into summer and winter types, the latter including butternut, Hubbard, spaghetti and pumpkin?
20. Discovered in 1841 by botanist William D. Brackenridge, the carnivorous California Pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica) has what alternative name due to the resemblance of its tubular leaves to a rearing snake, complete with a yellow or purplish-green forked leaf, which resembles fangs or a serpent’s tongue?
21. Lasting from 1905 to 1907, the Maji Maji Rebellion was a violent uprising by indigenous Africans against colonial rule in which German colony of German East Africa?
22. Different methods are called “shuttle” and “needle”. The term for it in most European languages is derived from French frivolité, which refers to the purely decorative nature of textiles produced by this technique. What is the technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops called?
23. One of the most influential modern Chinese-language novelists, he co-founded and became the first editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong daily paper Ming Pao in 1959. Born Louis Cha, he wrote 14 novels in the Wuxia genre, which have been translated into Korean, English, Japanese, French, Vietnamese, Burmese and Thai. What is the pen-name of the author of such novels as The Book and the Sword (1955), Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (1959) and Sword of the Yue Maiden (1972)?
24. This man has played various English-language parts, appearing in Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, Elizabeth, Eastern Promises and Guest House Paradiso. In his native France, his breakthrough role was that of Vinz in Le Haine and he has since gone on to star in L’Appartement, Irreversible and Dobermann. Which actor won the 2009 Cesar for Best Actor for playing the bank-robbing title role in Mesrine?
25. It has been called the tallest sea cliff in Europe and the world’s second tallest in many books and brochures, although at least two European cliffs (Preikestolen in Norway and Slieve League in Ireland) are higher. Situated less than 2km from the town of Camara de Lobos, which lofty sea cliff rises from 560 to 589 above sea level on the southern coast of the island of Madeira?






Answers to BH157
1. Tokio Hotel 2. Jean-Joseph Mouret 3. Gram Parsons 4. Kim Wilde 5. Abdel Halim Hafez or Abdel Halim Ismail Shabana 6. 28 (it was titled Nummer 28) 7. Laos 8. Mennonites (from Menno Simons) 9. Sri Lanka 10. Chernoe Znamia 11. Lisbon 12. Shinjuku Station 13. Malaysia 14. Lojban 15. Tokyo 16. Raynaud’s disease 17. Technological singularity 18. Glycerol or glycerine 19. Squash 20. Cobra lily or Cobra plant 21. Tanganyika 22. Tatting 23. Jin Yong 24. Vincent Cassel 25. Cabo Girão


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