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Theme Quiz

Following is the theme round from the quiz I conducted at K-circle Hyderabad this weekend. The live quiz had a running theme that could be guessed as answers kept getting revealed. Am not sure the online version permits the same liberty. Suggestions are welcome on tuning the theme format to suit future posts.

Quick rules/scoring:
a>There are 2 unrelated sets of questions - each set with a common theme.
b>+5 for guessing the theme, +1 for linking each answer with the theme.
c>Theme1 is off-limits for those who attended my quiz
d>Theme2 was a discard for my quiz and is open to all.


1. ____ is a generic term used for something that started as a knee-jerk reaction against the excessive use of reason and rationale in the political, aristocratic and social norms imposed by the Age of Enlightenment. It stressed a strong emphasis on emotions such as trepidation, horror and awe imposed by nature leading to an aesthetic experience of the same.

2. The walled city of Cochester, Britain belonging to the King’s Royalists was laid under siege during the British Civil War of 1648. A massive cannon was strategically placed on the city’s wall. On July 15th 1648, the Royalist fort was blown to pieces and this massive cannon was destroyed. The Royalists attempted to raise the cannon on to another part of the wall but because it was so heavy, they failed to do so. The whole incident was immortalized in English literature in a rather humorous way. What?

3. George Shelvocke, like many others of his time, commanded a non-government ship authorized by the British Empire through letters of marque to attack foreign shipping. In 1719, while attacking enemy vessels and plundering them, Shelvocke and his crew circumnavigated the globe via the coast of South America as far up as California, later crossing over to China seas and returning to England by land. He was later arrested on charge of “piracy” and acquitted shortly thereafter. What were his class of sailors called?

4. Alexander is credited with having introduced it to India and Persia in 330 B.C. Persian physicians document its use in the treatment of migraine headache, sciatica and other painful ailments. Sometime in 400 A.D., it was introduced into China. In 1799, the Chinese empire issued the following decree: "__ is a harm, it is a poison, undermining our good customs and morality and its use is prohibited by law. Now the commoner Yang dares to bring it into the Forbidden City."

5. A single word/name connects the following pictures.

Pic 1 is the RAF logo that in its original(not its present form) linked up to the final word.
Pic 2 is of an aircraft whose name directly links up to the word.
Pic 3 is a Greek character who lends his name to a category associated with the word.


6. Musical connect. Fairly straightforward.



1. In 1846, at the end of the Mexican-American war US marines acquired a significant part of California and raised the American flag in what is now called Old Town. At that time, the Marine Corps Station was part of an enormous rancho. Sometime in 1890, newspaper publisher Edward Scripps renamed the area to ___, which loosely translated means "view of the sea". Between 1917 and 1937, Charles Lindbergh used it to practice tricky landings and take-offs. During the 1940s it became a permanent military location. In 1986 the base came into public spotlight for entirely non-military reasons, making it is a favorite tourist attraction. What is the popular name for this base?

2. Tzaraath is an affliction/group of afflictions commonly mentioned in the Tanach and other Jewish sources. Biblical descriptions imply that it would afflict clothes and houses in addition to the person. Symptoms included the whitening of skin over the whole body with sores, patches on the skin and spots which are reddish-white. The infected were often characterized as spiritually impure, reside in isolation and beg for redemption as Tzaraath was a punishment for sin. Tzaraath is commonly misinterpreted by several Biblical translations to be another common disease, one who's major symptoms are not observed in Tzaraath. Which disease?

3. Established in 1902 by James Lansdowne ____ , the company was known for making fast street racers and had a long series of wins. In 1913, the company filed for bankruptcy before business revived when James combined with Bob Shelley and they developed the BS 490 cc bike for races. In 1930s, the company became a household racing name in Britain and produced models such as The Featherbed and CS1. The company still survives today under the famous name and is contemplating venturing into other markets.

4. Originally meaning 'Old Peak' in Quechua language, it was discovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and is considered one of the most enigmatic sites in the world. Two thousand feet above the Urumba river, the place functioned as a city and served additional purposes as an astronomical laboratory with stone pillars/carvings found to be precise to the point of accurately indicating the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods. A smallpox outbreak is purported to have emptied the city of its last residents.

5. Connect the following album art covers. Specifically looking for the name of a person.


6. Born in a 1920s wealthy Italian family under a fascist regime, he was deeply influenced by proletarian beliefs early on after observing the plight of poor peasants and workers. A brief stint in politics followed with the Communist Party of Italy before he established his own publishing house. Among the first publications was an autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru before his 1950s success of accidentally stumbling upon and later smuggling a manuscript of Pasternak's 'Doctor Zhivago' out of communist Russia efore publishing it for capitalist readership. A career of terrorist activity followed before he was found dead at the foot of an electricity pylon near Milan, apparently killed by his own explosives. Who?

7. He sued a vodka company in 2000 for reasons expressed as follows:
"As a supporter of the ideals for which ___ died, I am not averse to its reproduction by those who wish to propagate his memory and the cause of justice throughout the world, But I am categorically against the exploitation of it for the promotion of products such as alcohol, or for any purpose that denigrates __'s reputation. "

He won an out of court settlement for the lawsuit of about $50,000 which he donated to his country’s medical system saying "___ would have done the same." Famous for reasons closely associated with the above incident. Who?

Answers, scores when replies dry up. Suggestions/complaints/curses are welcome.
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1. romantic
2. humpty dumpty
4. opium


2. Humpty Dumpty, the nursery rhyme
3. Shelvocke was one of the inspirations for Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is the answer Mariner?
4. opium
6. Iron Maiden songs

II: motorcycle diaries is the theme
2. leprosy? (features in the movie)
3. Norton (the bike used)
4. Machu Pichchu (i wonder if they visit the place)
7. Alberto Korda, and Che Guevara photograph for the Smirnoff campaign (che)

2. Humpty Dumpty
4. Not opium, surely?
6. Iron Maiden, of course. Icarus, Where Eagles Dare

No idea about the theme. Unless it is Led Zeppelin, of course.

4. Macchu Picchu?
7. The guy in the blank is Che Guevara. I've no idea who the person in the question is though.

Again, give up on the connect. Some Latin American stuff, no doubt.
Theme 1

1. Sounds like Sturm und drang, esp. the terror etc.
2. Humpty Dumpty
3. Buccaneers?
4. Alcibiades, what looks like an Albatross and the RAF? No idea.
5. Iron Maiden songs? Where Eagles Dare, Lord of the flies etc.
As for the theme: whatwhatwhaaaat?

Theme 2

1. Area 51/Rosswell? But view from the sea doesn't fit.

2. Leprosy?


4. Macchu Picchu

5. Spielberg/Dreamworks?

6. I'm going to kick myself for this one. I know it.

7. Castro/Che?

Theme 1
3. Privateers

Theme 2
1. Vista del Mar, which would make the base.... Miramar?
4. machu Pichu


December 24 2007, 13:45:01 UTC 9 years ago

i dont know the ALL the individual answers but i can guess the connects

Theme 1: Tintin
Theme 2: che guevara

corporate 'ho