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Thursday, October 28, 2010

English Quiz 2010-2011 - Questions and Answers!

The English Quiz was held on Wednesday, the 27th of October! Have a look at the questions and answers! A detailed report on the event will be published soon! 

Round I – Books and Authors 

1.Who is the author of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

Mark Twain 

2. Who is the author of “Treasure Island”? 

R.L.Stevenson 

3.Who is the author of “The Adventures of Oliver Twist”? 

Charles Dickens 

4.Who is the author of “ “The Glimpses of world history”? 

Jawaharlal Nehru 

Round II – Shakespearean Plays and Characters 

1.Name the Shakespearean play in which you get to meet twins, - a brother and a sister? 

Twelfth Night – Sebastian and Viola 

2.“To be or not to be – That is the question!” is a very famous Shakespearean quote. In which play would you come across this famous quote? 

Hamlet – It is the first line of a soliloquy in Hamlet, and it is one of the most famous quotations in world literature. 

3. William Shakespeare, the greatest of all playwrights has written 38 plays. Which is believed to be the last play written by Shakespeare? 

The Tempest” 

4. Which is the most important scene in the Shakespearean play The Merchant of Venice?

The Court Scene, where Portia comes disguised as a lawyer and saves Antonio! 

Round III – Grammar 

1.“I have completed my work.” What is the tense used in this sentence? 

Present Perfect Tense 

2. Sometimes, words are added to sentences to convey or express emotions. What are such words called? - 

Interjections 

3. What is a gerund? – The –ing form of a verb 

4. My elder brother came there. Pick out the adjective from this sentence:- elder 


Round IV – Visual Round 

In this round, they had to identify the writers and poets. 





1. Robert Frost 










2. Salman Rushdie 









3. William Wordsworth 








4. Ruskin Bond 






Round V– English Movies 

1. We all are familiar with James Bond movies. Who was the actor who played the first James Bond 007? - 

Sean Connery

2. What is the name of the character who wanted to become a nun, but ended up taking care of seven children in the movie, “Sound of Music”? 

Maria 

3. What is the name of the Lion Prince (the lead character) in the movie “Lion King”? 

Simba 

4. What is the name of the rat in the movie, Ratatouille? 

Remy 

Round VI- Awards 

1. Who is the world famous author, who is the youngest recipient of Nobel Prize for Literature? He was just 42 , when he received the Nobel Prize!

Rudyard Kipling, The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Rudyard Kipling "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize his creations. He bagged this prestigious award in the year 1907. 

2. Arundhathi Roy won the Booker Prize in the year 1997. Can you name the novel for which she was awarded this prestigious award? 

The God of Small Things 

3. Salman Rushdie won the Booker prize in 1981. Name the work for which he bagged this prestigious award? 

Midnight’s Children 

4. Who is the famous Indian English writer, who was awarded the Sahithya Academy Award , for his novel, “The Guide”? 

R.K.Narayan - he won the award in 1958, later the novel was made into a movie, starring the evergreen hero of Hindi Cinema, Mr.Devanand. 

Round VII – Facts about English 

1. You may have come across words or phrases that can be read the same way in either direction. What are such words called? 

Palindromes 

2. Sometimes in poems or stories, the writers attribute human traits to non-living things. What is this figure of speech called? 

Personification 

3.What is the detailed description of the life history of a person, written by the same person called ? 

Autobiography 

4. What is the name given to the study of speech sounds or spoken language? 

Phonetics 

Round VIII – Audio Round 

In this round, they were asked to identify the poems after listening to the recital.

1. If

2. The Brook

3. The Road not Taken


4. Solitary Reaper 


Round IX – Rapid Fire Round 

It was the last round. Each team was given 1 minute to answer a set of questions.

Set I 

1. Who wrote the poem The Rainbow? – William Wordsworth 

2. Who is the Indian writer in English whose autobiography is “My Story”? - Kamaladas 

3. Give the meaning of the expression “A fair weather friend”- A friend in favorable times 

4. Give one word for the phrasal verb “Give Up”- Abandon 

5. Which is the theatre in London, which is now a museum and is associated with Shakespeare?- The Globe

6. What do you call a person who sees the darker side of things? Pessimist 

7. What is the antonym for flexible? Rigid 

8. Give a synonym for generous:- kind, good-hearted 


9. Complete the proverb- An idle mind is ______________________.is a devils workshop. 


10.What is the past participle of hide? - Hidden 

11.Complete this simile – As cool as _______________ a cucumber 

12.What is the young one of a bear called? - cub 

13.What is the collective noun for a group of ants? – colony 

14.What is the name given to a noun that is the name of some particular person or place? – Proper Noun

15.What is the name of the tiger in”Jungle Book”? – Sher Khan 


16.What is a 14 line poem with carefully patterned rhyme scheme? - Sonnet 

17.Who is the famous author whose pen name is O.Henry? William Sydney Porter 

Set II 

1. Who wrote “Paradise Lost”? – John Milton 

2. Miles to go before I sleep – To which poem does this line belong to?- Stopping by the woods on a 

snowy evening

3. Give the meaning of the idiom – A left handed compliment? – An insincere compliment 

4. Give one word for the Phrasal Verb “ Call on” – visit/meet 

5. Which is the third oldest surviving university in the world? – Oxford University 


6. What do you call a person who collects stamps? – Philatelist 

7. What is the antonym for prohibit? - Permit 

8. Give a synonym for confess:- Admit 

9. Complete the proverb – People who live _____________________.live in glass houses should not 

throw stones.

10. The past participle of bite – Bitten 

11. Complete the simile – As merry as _______________- a bird 

12. What is the young one of a deer called? – fawn 

13. What is the collective noun for a group of bees? – swarm 

14. What is the name given to a word used instead of a noun? - Pronoun 

15. Name the fictional character who was carved from a piece of pine:- Pinocchio 

16. What is the name given to a lengthy, narrative poem, containing the details of heroic deeds- Epic 


17. What is the famous writer whose pen name is Saki? H.H.Munroe 


Set III 

1. Who is the author of the famous short story “ Last Leaf”? – O.Henry 

2. Name the semi autobiographical novel by E.R.Braithwaite:- To Sir, With Love 

3. Give the meaning of the idiom “To put all the eggs in one basket”? to risk everything together 


4. Give one word for the phrasal verb “go on with”- continue 

5. Which is the largest library in the world? – Library of congress, Washington DC 


6. What do you call a person who loves mankind? - Philanthropist 

7. What is the antonym for renowned? -Notorious 

8. Give a synonym for brittle:- -weak/feeble 


9. Complete the proverb: - Fools rush in _____________________. where angels fear to tread. 


10. What is the past participle of swim? -Swum 


11. Complete the simile As fit as ___________________ a fiddle 


12. What is the young one of a duck called ? Duckling 

13. What is the collective noun for a group of elephants?- herd 


14. What is the name given to the nouns that we can only think of? – Abstract Nouns 

15. Who is the famous mythological character who is believed to have stolen fire from Zues? - Prometheus 

16. What is the name given to a play with a sad ending? - Tragedy 

17. Who is the famous writer whose pen name is J.K.Rowling ? – Joanne Rowling 


Set IV 

1. Who wrote "The Golden Gate? – Vikram Seth 

2. Whose autobiography is “Wings of Fire”? – A P J Abdul Kalam 

3. Give the meaning of the expression “French Leave”? – A leave without approval 

4. Give one word for the phrasal verb “put up with” -tolerate 


5. Name the collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in Middle English at the end of the 14th century? 

Canterbury Tales 


6. What do you call a person who sees the brighter side of things? - Optimist 

7. What is the antonym for production? - destruction 

8. Give a synonym for decorate:- adorn 

9. Complete the proverb – Make hay __________________________.while the sun shines 

10. The past participle of freeze - frozen 


11. Complete the simile As gloomy as______________________ night 

12. What is the Young one of an eagle called? - eaglet 


13. What is the collective noun for a group of robbers? –gang 

14. What is the name given to a noun that we can see, feel or taste? – Concrete Nouns 

15. Who is the mythological character who fell in love with his own reflection? – Narcissus 

16. What is the poem written to celebrate a wedding called? - Epithalamium 


17. Who is the famous writer whose pen name is George Eliot? – Mary Ann Evans 


Audience Round 
1.Which is the only word in English which will be pronounced the same, even when the last four letters are removed?

Queue 

2. In English, there are just 4 words which begin with ‘dw’. The first one is dwarf, the second one is dwell, the third one is dwindle. Which is the fourth one?

Dweeb - A boring person 


3. Which is the longest word in English without a vowel? – Rhythm 


4.What is the dealer in rare books called ? Bibliopole 

5. Who is the famous poet who penned Kubla Khan? S.T.Coleridge 

Thank You!

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