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17 December 2009updated 27 Sep 2015 2:59am

The NS Quiz: Books/Sport

By Olav Bjortomt

Books

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1 Which Englishman sold the most novels in France during the month of March?
a Sebastian Faulks
b Hugh Laurie
c David Thewlis
d Ken Follett

2 Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Wolf Hall, takes its title from the family seat of which Tudor figure?
a Thomas Cromwell
b Jane Seymour
c Anne Boleyn
d Thomas More

3 Which cartoonist published The Book of Genesis Illustrated, an adaptation of the first book of the Bible?
a Chris Ware
b Art Spiegelman
c Robert Crumb
d Joe Sacco

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4 Which posthumously published work consists of 138 handwritten index cards with about 150 words on each?
a The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov
b Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
c Beginners by Raymond Carver
d The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

5 Which political text became an overnight bestseller when the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, gave a copy to Barack Obama in April?
a A New Society by Che Guevara
b The Turning Point by Fritjof Capra
c Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky
d Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano

Sport

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1 How many games were there the record last set in the Wimbledon men’s singles final between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer?
a 25 b 30 c 35 d 40

2 During a Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster, which club orchestrated the fake blood injury that led to the “Bloodgate” scandal?
a Saracens
b London Irish
c London Wasps
d Harlequins

3 The Sheffield-born athlete Jessica Ennis won the gold medal in which event at the 2009 world championships?
a Long jump
b 5,000 metres
c Heptathlon
d Javelin

4 Who took the final wicket of the England cricket team’s Ashes-winning Test series?
a Stuart Broad
b Steve Harmison
c Andrew Flintoff
d Graeme Swann

5 The violence surrounding which two African countries’ World Cup qualifier play-off matches caused a diplomatic incident?
a Tunisia and Libya
b Burundi and Rwanda
c Egypt and Algeria
d Morocco and Cameroon

 

ANSWERS – Books:

1b Hugh Laurie
2b Jane Seymour
3c Robert Crumb
4a The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov
5d Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano

 

ANSWERS – Sport:

1b 30
2d Harlequins
3c Heptathlon
4d Graeme Swann
5c Egypt and Algeria