TAKE A SEAT in the black chair over there. Are you sitting comfortably? Do you mind if we shine this light in your face?
Just relax. This is merely a test to find whether you’re smarter than an 11-year-old.
These are the questions from the fifth episode of TV3′s Junior Mastermind, which aired last night.
Answers are linked in a separate post (see below). Good luck!
Take the test:
- Which pop group did the singer Robbie Williams leave in July 1995, but then rejoin in September 2009?
- Which Fox network cartoon features amongst its characters Patty, Krusty and Barney?
- The capital of the largest island in the Caribbean is Havana. What is the island’s name?
- What is the name of Ireland’s official rugby anthem, which was written by Phil Coulter?
- Which planet is known as “The Red Planet”?
- A Beanie, a fez and a Panama are all varieties of which type of clothing?
- The ‘Niña’, ‘Pinta’, and ‘Santa María’ were ships associated with which fifteenth century explorer?
- According to the proverb, what does a rolling stone not gather?
- Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin are credited with being two of the founders of which sporting organization?
- Which presidential candidate of 2011 also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, which she won in 1970?
- Alcatraz, formerly a notorious prison, is an island in the bay of which American city?
- Lough Erne, both Upper and Lower, are located in which county in Ulster?
- Which African-American Civil Rights leader, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was assassinated in April 1968?
- Which Italian city is famous for its canals?
- Mandarin and Seville are both varieties of which fruit?
- Which character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland muttered “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late”?
- Crawl, backstroke and butterfly are different styles in which sport?
- Which fairytale character chooses the possessions of the smallest of three bears - for being neither too large nor too small for her, but ‘just right’?
- Air Force One is a plane used by the holder of which political office?
- How many sides does a hexagon have?
- What is the name of the line of latitude that runs around the world, dividing the earth into Northern and Southern hemispheres?
- The Strait of Gibraltar connects which sea to the Atlantic Ocean?
- ‘You’re Fired’ is a catchphrase used in which reality television show?
- The musicians Sharon Shannon and Mundy had a hit song in 2008, which mentioned an Irish county in the title. Name the song.
- What overall term is given to the people who fought each other and animals as entertainment in Ancient Rome?
- The Knockmealdown Mountains stretch into two counties; one is Tipperary, what is the other?
- What body part, used in the digestion process of food, has a crown, neck and root?
- What is the name of the atmospheric layer that absorbs the majority of the UV radiation from the sun that reaches Earth?
- Excluding substitutes, how many players are there on a rugby union team?
- What is the only mammal capable of true flight?
- In a 1956 book written by Dodie Smith, which breed of dogs were menaced by Cruella De Vil?
- Anfield is the historic home ground of which English Premiership Soccer team?
- Which child performer played the title role in the long-running Disney television series ‘Hannah Montana’?
- In November 2011 in an agreement with Chinese conservationists, two animals were transported to Edinburgh Zoo . What species are they?
- ‘Artemis Fowl’ is a series of books written by which Irish author?
- According to Census 2011, English is the most spoken language in Ireland. What is the second most spoken language?
- Agoraphobia is a fear of what?
- Which country in Asia is divided into two parts, one is a one party state, and the other as a democracy?
- When someone is a difficult situation, they might say they are between a rock and what other area?
- What is the abbreviated name given to a particular piece of software, designed to run specifically on a smartphone or tablet computer?
- What is the capital of Sweden?
- Which member of the traditional Irish music group, ‘The Dubliners’ died in April 2012?
- What is the primary function of internet sites such as Google, Yahoo and Bing?
- In astronomy, which planet is named after the Roman God of the sea?
- Venison is the meat of which animal?
- What is the name of the Australian curved stick that when thrown returns to its thrower?
- What colour of cycling jersey is worn by the race leader in the Tour de France?
- For what do the initials of the Irish institution NAMA stand?
- Which singer, who died in June 2009, had three children known as Prince, Paris and Blanket?
- In the nursery rhyme, what kind of soul was ‘Old King Cole’?
- What substance that is essential to life has the scientific formula H2O?
- What term in Tenpin Bowling describes having knocked all the pins after a player’s second bowl?
- Feline is a description of what kind of animal?
- What Swedish chemist, born in 1883, invented dynamite and later used his vast fortune to fund the Prizes which bear his name?
- Which Scottish loch, some twenty three miles long, is said to contain a mysterious aquatic monster?
- What is the largest ocean in the world?
- What is the term for when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, partially or fully blocking out the sun?
- The writer of the book ‘Mein Kampf’, meaning ‘My Struggle’ was, in 1938, voted ‘Time magazine Person of the Year’? Who was he?
- The oldest university in Ireland, was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth the First. What is its name?
- The Aurora Australis is the Latin name for which celestial phenomenon?
Want the answers? Here they are>
Five youngsters will be competing in the Grand Final next week:
Eoin Finnerty, 11, Co Down (specialist subject: The Tenth Dr Who)
Daniel Walsh, 11, Waterford (specialist subject: Percy Jackson: The Teenage Hero)
Oliver Juchnevicius, 11, Dublin 13 (specialist subject: The Rise and Fall of Concorde)
Callum Farrell, 10, Dublin 5 (specialist subject: The History of the Phoenix Park)
Jack Meenan, 11, Donegal (specialist subject: TinTin the Great Adventurer)