This is last day of our week-long quiz set by Bamber Gascoigne. You should now have answers to all seven prize rounds, which have appeared each day since Friday. All the questions are reprinted below. Email your answers to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can post them to Bamber Gascoigne Quiz, PO Box 55705, London E14 1AQ.
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Round 1 - Love
1. Who received wide publicity for putting love above duty in 1936?
2. Who wrote the novel Love in the Time of Cholera?
3. Who fell in love when he glimpsed Laura in a church in Avignon?
4. Which music-hall singer had a great success with his recording of “I Love a Lassie”?
5. Which 20-year-old Chilean poet became famous with the publication of his Twenty Love Poems?
6. For what had love been learned in the subtitle of Stanley Kubrick’s film Dr Strangelove? ( above right)
7. Which heroine develops a fatal love for Count Vronsky?
8. Which Roman poet had an early success with a collection of witty love poems entitled simply Amores?
9. Which English parson, with a consuming love of food and wine, began to keep a diary in the 1750s?
10. What was the name of Lady Chatterley’s lover? (right, two women prepare to find out )
Round 2 - Capitals
1. Which city did the Babenberg dynasty adopt as their capital in the 12th century?
2. Which river was chosen as the one on which the capital city of the newly independent USA would be sited?
3. Timur, or Tamburlaine, brought massive quantities of loot from Delhi to his capital city in central Asia – which city?
4. Which Peruvian people’s capital city was San Lorenzo until replaced by La Venta?
5. On which river did Alexander the Great’s general Seleucus found a new capital city, calling it Seleucia after himself?
6. Which city in Japan became the new imperial capital in the late eighth century?
7. Which impressive new capital city was established with access to the Baltic in the early 18th century?
8. Which ancient city became the capital of a new nation in 1871?
9. Which people selected a site for their capital, Tenochtitlan, that has developed into Mexico City?
10. On which African river did the Fatimids establish a new capital city in the 10th century, calling it Al Kahira (‘the victorious’)?
Round 3 - Fiction
1. Who, on the first day of 1660, had the remains of a turkey for breakfast and began a new project?
2. Who gave Horace his Sabine farm?
3. Which Greek poet worked for 30 years as a civil servant in Alexandria’s Irrigation Service?
4. Which Persian poet of the thirteenth century wrote Bustan (Orchard)?
5. Which two playwrights were born in England in the same year, in the 1560s?
6. Which New Zealand poet called her first collection The Eye of the Hurricane?
7. Which poet was expelled from Oxford in the early 19th century for circulating a pamphlet entitled The Necessity of Atheism?
8. Who was presented to Kublai Khan in Xanadu and later claimed, in his own account, to have made a very good impression?
9. What action did the Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima carry out, in 1970, in the traditional Samurai manner?
10. Which book caused Ayatollah Khomeini to declare a fatwa against Salman Rushdie?
Round 4 - Bridges
1. Which bridge in Rome, still standing, was built for the Roman emperor Hadrian?
2. Which play by Arthur Miller tells the story of Eddie Carbone, an Italian-American longshoreman?
3. Of what type were the two bridges that Thomas Telford completed in the same year at Conwy and the Menai Strait?
4. Which of Sydney’s two defining landmarks was completed in 1932?
5. In which battle in 1297 did William Wallace inflict a severe defeat on an English army?
6. On what great project by Isambard Kingdom Brunel did construction work begin in 1836?
7. Which 1957 film, directed by David Lean, had William Holden and Jack Hawkins as two of its three leading actors?
8. What major climatic change enabled human beings to migrate from Siberia to Alaska about 30,000 years ago?
9. Before what battle did the Roman emperor Constantine order his men to wear a Christian symbol, the Chi-Rho, on their shields?
10. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge links Brooklyn with which island?
Round 5 - Animals
1. To frustrate which group of people was Britain’s Cat and Mouse Act of 1913 devised?
2. For which painting did Holman Hunt travel all the way to the Dead Sea to achieve an authentic landscape?
3. For what purpose did landlords remove crofters from their estates in Scotland’s Highland Clearances?
4. What was the real name of Buffalo Bill?
5. What astronomical feature derives its name from the Greek for ‘circle of animals’?
6. What name is given to the battle in which Ali defeated Aisha, one of the wives of Muhammad?
7. Which mutiny, leading to a war of independence, was provoked by the use of animal fat?
8. What did an Arab goatherd find in a cave in the Qumran desert in the 1940s?
9. In which Chinese dynasty did brightly coloured camels take their place among the tomb attendants?
10. Which pioneering photographer published Animal Locomotion, using s uccessive still images to display the process of motion?
Round 6 - Cities
1. What name was formally given to the new Christian city inaugurated in AD 330?
2. Which now-ruined city in Mongolia was the headquarters of Genghis Khan and was developed by his son Ogadai?
3. The fire department of which German city coined the term ‘firestorm’ to describe the unprecedented effects of an RAF raid in 1943?
4. Which great work of Christian philosophy did St Augustine write in response to the fall of Rome to the Visigoths?
5. In which of Charlie Chaplin’s films does the tramp befriend a blind flower girl?
6. Which city, in the extreme south-east of Turkey, fell to the knights of the first crusade after a siege of seven months?
7. Which city did Shah Abbas I establish as a spectacular new Persian capital?
8. Which city rose and fell, according to the opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht?
9. Which city did Napoleon find abandoned and burning after his victory at Borodino?
10. What type of contest was the City Dionysia in ancient Athens?
Round 7 - Islands
1. From which island did the Venetians move their administration to the Rialto in the ninth century?
2. Which island was ceded to Britain at the end of the First Opium War?
3. On an island in which great West African river did the British build Fort James in 1661?
4. To which island was Napoleon sent into exile in 1814?
5. On which island was the Palace of Knossos built?
6. What was the world’s leading observatory in the late sixteenth century, built by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe on the island of Hven?
7. The Spanish, when in sole occupation of the Falkland Islands in the 1770s, gave them a more Spanish name – what name?
8. Which island reverted in the late twentieth century from Portuguese to Chinese ownership?
9. Which country used Devil’s Island as a penal colony?
10. On which island of the Outer Hebrides is Compton Mackenzie’s Whisky Galore! set?
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