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Hard General Knowledge Quiz 13

Yet another in this series - as usual 8 questions in two minutes. 8 Questions.

 
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1

"Talent hits the target no-one else can hit, genius hits the target no-one else can see". Who said this marvellous truism (in Latin) 150 years before dot.com?

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein

2

Stephen Dedalus is the pen-name and alter ego of which Irish writer?

  • Brendan Behan
  • Jonathan Swift
  • James Joyce
  • Oscar Wilde

3

Whose law of elasticity was published in 1660 as "ut tensio, sic vis"?

  • Robert Hooke
  • Isaac Newton
  • Robert Boyle
  • William Harvey

4

Which of these was the immediate predecessor of the KGB?

  • NKVD
  • Cheka
  • MGB
  • OGPU

5

Why was Eamon de Valera not executed for his part in the Easter Uprising of 1916?

  • Not present at the Post Office on the day
  • He was a US citizen, so diplomatically sensitive
  • Lloyd George needed someone to negotiate
  • Escaped from jail

6

Who was the father of King Harold II, killed at the Battle of Hastings?

  • King Edward the Confessor
  • King Ethelred 'the Unready'
  • Godwin, Earl of Wessex
  • King Canute

7

Headmaster Thomas Gradgrind, who is only concerned with facts, appears in which Dickens novel?

  • Bleak House
  • Hard Times
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
  • Little Dorrit

8

Which of these thinkers is NOT included in the Monty Python Philosopher's Drinking Song?

  • Karl-Wilhelm von Schlegel
  • Martin Heidegger
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Bertrand Russell

 

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