2006: Your final exam answers

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A The Scream, by Edvard Munch

B Velazquez

C "No 5, 1948"

D Damien Hirst

E They were all on the Turner Prize short-list - but lost out to Tomma Abts

F Jamie Hewlett, the graphic artist behind Gorillaz


A 335,000 - any answer between 330,000 and 340,000 is permissible

B 4,200

C £2.3m

D Mobile phone giant John Caudwell

E West Ham

F Virgin Mobile

G Tesco

H Sir Clive Thompson, chairman of the parent company of the collapsed hamper firm, Farepak

I They all went up


A Chantelle Houghton, winner of Celebrity Big Brother

B Los Angeles; the subsequent star-studded ceremony, at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano near Rome, was merely a celebration of an act that had already been performed

C Jade Goody

D Cameron Diaz

E Britney Spears - Sean Preston

F Max

G Pete Doherty

H None; but you can study it at the University of Western Ontario


A Gas hydrate

B It is used as an anti-static agent

C Clubbers have been abusing it as "laughing gas"

D The Association of Chief Police Officers was warned that crystal meth, as it is more popularly known, "could become as popular as crack" in the UK

E By slowing global warming - Professor Paul Crutzen, of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany, argues that if large quantities of it were released into the upper atmosphere the resulting sulphate particles would reflect sunlight back into space


A For selling T-shirts with a "Bollocks to Blair" slogan

B For reading an issue of Vanity Fair that contained an article entitled "Blair's Big Brother Britain"

C 55 per cent

D £600,000

E 4.2 million

F (i) not always; (ii) not without adverse inferences being drawn; (iii) yes, just (following a Law Lords ruling this month); (iv) not necessarily; (v) no; (vi) yes (according to the European court); (vii) yes; (viii) yes


A John Prescott

B George W Bush

C Margaret Beckett, offered the post of Foreign Secretary

D Bovvered

E Eamonn Holmes

F (i) voluntourism; (ii) threequel; (iii) locationship

G George W Bush

H Naomi Campbell, who won a Foot in Mouth prize for the statement at the annual Plain English awards


A Alan Fletcher

B Satellite navigation systems for cars

C The Nintendo Wii, whose motion-sensitive "Wiimote" remote controls kept flying across the room when over-enthusiastic users lost their grip on them

D Jaguar

E Madrid

F The Segway, the "green" two-wheeled personal transport device

G Frank Gehry

H The Eden Project


A A Right Royal Farce, by Toby Young and Lloyd Evans, at the King's Head Theatre in London

B The Sound of Music, at the London Palladium

C Eve Best for Hedda Gabler at the Almeida and Duke of York's, and Brian Dennehy for Death of a Salesman at the Lyric

D They all did catastrophic damage to their images by making bizarre racist rants; Naceri, who shared the Best Actor award at Cannes, was jailed for his

E They both starred in acclaimed productions of Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape

F Resurrection Blues


A They were all judges for the British Book Awards

B Dangling upside down in gravity boots

C Extreme, by Sharon Osbourne

D Orhan Pamuk

E They didn't publish a new Harry Potter book

F David Blunkett's

G The Costa Prize

H It was the 1977 memoir from which Ian McEwan was alleged to have relied unduly in creating certain passages in Atonement; McEwan strongly denied plagiarism

I Twenty Something, by Iain Hollingshead

J The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai, which won the Man Booker Prize

K HMV, which following its takeover of Ottakar's has about 22 per cent of the market


A Deserts and desertification

B In ascending order: 2004, 1989, 2003, 1995, 1997, 2002, 1949, 1990, 1999, 2006

C They are down by about a 10th

D The City of London

E About 27 per cent

F Probably none

G NW10

H 90 per cent


A Nicole Kidman, who, according to the Hollywood Reporter, now commands £8.7m a film

B Rachel Weisz, for The Constant Gardener

C Six: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan in the "official" EON productions, plus David Niven in the 1967 version of Casino Royale

D Lyra Belacqua in The Golden Compass - the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's Northern Lights

E Borat, with $26.4m to Happy Feet's $22.3m and Casino Royale's $21.4m

F The Delinquents


A Ségolène Royal

B Ban Ki-moon, incoming Secretary-General of the United Nations (French is one of the UN's two working languages)

C Johnny Hallyday's

D Contrat première embauche - the controversial contract for new employees

E The mother of Zinedine Zidane reportedly said it of Marco Materazzi, whose alleged insults her son had already avenged with a head-butt witnessed by more than a billion people


A Single women

B £378

C The GCSE pass-rate - 98.1 per cent, compared with a mere 96.6 per cent for A-levels

D Monday 27

E Tony Blair

F David Mills

G Philip Anschutz, the US billionaire who hopes to be allowed to open a super-casino on the site of the Millennium Dome

H 1 in 10

I £552bn

J Prince Charles, on his 58th birthday

K they all won Nobel Prizes: John C Mather, George F Smoot for Physics; Roger D Kornberg for Chemistry; Andrew Z Fire and Craig C Mello for Physiology or Medicine; Edmund S Phelps for Economics

L Wally the bottle-nosed whale

M (i) Harry Whittington was the 78-year-old lawyer who was shot by Dick Cheney during a quail shoot in Texas; (ii) Adriana Iliescu was the Romanian who gave birth to her first child at 66; (iii) Aishah Azmi is the primary school teacher who was sacked for insisting on wearing a niqab in class; (iv) Tom Watson was the junior defence minister whose resignation helped precipitate the leadership crisis in the Labour Party this summer; (v) Regev and Goldwasser were the Israeli soldiers whose kidnappings provoked Israel's attack on southern Lebanon in July; (vi) Misbah Rana, also known as Molly Campbell, the Scottish schoolgirl taken to Pakistan by her father without her mother's consent - a judge in Pakistan recently ruled that she should be returned to her mother in Scotland

N Jamie Oliver

O Peter Kay

P Jane Garvey of Radio Five Live

Q Norman Tebbit


A (i) France; (ii) Spain; (iii) Australia; (iv) Malaysia; (v) Germany; (vi) China

B Nicaragua, which is proposing to build its own Atlantic-Pacific canal

C None. Bulgaria and Romania become members in 2007

D Denmark

E 463,500,000

F 5.5 million

G Pakistan

H India


A Nothing

B She called for Muslim women in Germany to stop wearing headscarves

C England lost their World Cup quarter-final to Portugal

D They had been used for the inhalation of crystal meth


A Scarlett Johansson

B 25 per cent and 20 per cent respectively

C Panton-Valentine Leukocidin - the deadly toxin created by the new superbug that is officially known as PVL-producing MRSA

D Red wine

E £106,000

F Four times more likely, according to a Bupa survey

G Hay fever - the pills in question are called Grazax

H Charles Kennedy, who resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after admitting that, "Over the past 18 months I've been coming to terms with, and seeking to cope with, a drink problem."

I Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Health

J According to the WHO, 76, as of the end of November


A Tony Banks; B Linda Smith; C Jack Wild; D Caspar Weinberger; E Floyd Patterson; F Charles Haughey; G Fred Trueman; H General Alfredo Stroessner; I William Styron; J Professor Milton Friedman; K Ahmet Ertegun


A You tell us - we've no idea

B Paris Hilton

C Hugh Grant

D Carlos Slim Helu

E Ricky Gervais

F £198,000


A Larry Sanger

B Internet television

C By launching BT Vision, an internet television service, with a deal to show some 282 Premiership football matches a year

D They are chief executives of, respectively, Orange and Vodafone

E She is European Union commissioner for Information Society and Media

F Because Google paid them $1.65bn for YouTube, their creation

G Facebook - at the time of going to press the owner, Mark Zuckerberg, was refusing to sell

H A technology platform that allows television to be broadcast to mobile phones

I Voice over Internet Protocol - with which such services as Skype operate

J A service - similar to VoIP - that lets users make free mobile phone calls between 3G handsets

K Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web

L Vodafone, the world's largest mobile phone company, announced the largest-ever loss by a European company

M MySpace

N By buying a 17.9 per cent stake in ITV, so thwarting Branson's hopes of making his own bid through NTL


A Gerald Ford

B Finland

C Argentina; Republic of the Congo; Denmark; Ghana; Greece; Japan; Peru; Qatar; Slovakia; Tanzania

D Fifa has 207; the United Nations a mere 191

E Michelle Bachelet

F The Canadian federal election

G Slobodan Milosevic

H Portugal



A 19

B Seven; the Prince of Wales's office, it should be added, categorically deny Paxman's claim

C 60

D £3,175

E 3.3 per cent

F 44

G 40 per cent


A Google

B Jarvis Cocker

C Karmarama

D Respectively: Elle; The Independent; Closer; French Vogue; Vanity Fair

E The Daily Telegraph (37 per cent to The Sun's 22 per cent)

F Down

G 21 per cent

H The Old Lion

I Cherie Blair

J Janet Street-Porter and Polly Toynbee

K The Star

L The London Paper

M The Church Times sells more than twice as many

N Pies were not (as far as we know) the subject of a wallchart given away by a quality British newspaper


A Eyes Open, by Snow Patrol

B "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley

C Roberto Alagna, who stormed off stage in mid-aria after being booed during a performance of Aida

D Spinal Tap's

E Elton John

F Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is a line from Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

G They each won three Grammy awards

H The one billionth song was purchased from the Apple iTunes Music Store

I Finland

J Andreas Scholl

K U2

L 45

M Liam Gallagher

N Elton John

O The Very Best of Nina Simone

P "Early One Morning", "Rule Britannia", "The Londonderry Air /Danny Boy", "Annie Laurie", "What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor", "Greensleeves", "Men of Harlech", "Scotland the Brave" and the Trumpet Voluntary

Q Best British Group, British Rock Act and British Live Act


A There was a "leap second" - technically part neither of the old year nor of the new - immediately after midnight on 31 December 2005, to keep Co-ordinated Universal Time sufficiently close to "Sun time", to compensate for the slowing of the rotation of the Earth

B the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor aims to produce energy through nuclear fusions

C Saturn

D The latest Space Shuttle mission, launched on 8 December

E Also known as Eris, UB313 is now recognised as the solar system's largest dwarf planet (larger than Pluto, which in August ceased to be recognised as a planet proper)


A Cherie Blair; André Suard of Mayfair

B Limousines

C Steve Hilton

D Rula Lenska's

E José Manuel Barroso

F £60,277

G Tony Blair

H Lord Hattersley

I Lord Falconer

J The SNP MP Angus MacNeil

K Lavender

L Caroline Flint

M Ruth Turner

N Ferenc Gyurcsany, prime minister of Hungary

O Lord Kinnock, banned for speeding

P Jack Straw


A 12 January

B Men, 30; women, 28

C Chris Tarrant

D Heather Mills-McCartney

E David Gest accused Liza Minnelli

F Billie Piper of ex-husband Chris Evans

G They are represented by the same solicitors: Fiona Shackleton, of Payne Hicks Beach, acts for Rick Stein and Paul McCartney; Anthony Julius, of Mishcon de Reya, acts for Jill Stein and Heather Mills-McCartney

H Lembit Opik MP

I Anna Nicole Smith


A (i) 2.6 million

B Islam

C Sikhism

D John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

E Mercedes

F Tony Blair, in his final speech as leader to the Labour Party conference

G Her on-stage "crucifixion" stunt

H Pope Benedict XVI, for quoting some anti-Islamic words of the 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus

I The Chief Rabbi


A The Beckhams' pre-World Cup party

B Gordon Ramsay

C Keira Knightley

D Simon Fanshawe

E Joe Cole; Page 3 girl Keeley Hazell

F Giorgio Armani

G Prince Andrew

H A "VIP 1" numberplate

I A kiss from Kate Moss - although he donated it to Jemima Khan

J Michael Winner

K Steve Wynn


A Sorry, we haven't a clue. Any figure over £5bn scores a point; score two points if, having thought of a figure, you doubled it

B The Duke of Edinburgh

C 16 out of 32

D Monty Panesar

E The Briton who won silver in the bob skeleton at the Winter Olympics in Turin

F The SAP Open in San Jose, California

G The Ashes, by England

H Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe

I England lost 5-0 in 1920-1921

J Felix Limo of Kenya

K The Atlantic Rowing Race

L Scissors, paper, stone

M She did not "possess the sexual characteristics of a woman"

N Sao Paulo

O Ricardo Carvalho

P Robbie Fowler

Q It was the horse on which Zara Phillips won individual gold in three-day eventing at the World Equestrian Games, as a result of which BBC viewers voted her Sports Personality of the Year

R It was headbutted by its jockey, Paul O'Neill

S Oscar Pereiro

T Ronnie O'Sullivan, who abandoned a 17-frame UK championship match against Stephen Hendry with the words "I've had enough" after playing a bad shot in the sixth frame


A Simon Cowell, after landing a £20m, three-year contract with ITV

B Chris Moyles

C Jonathan Ross

D Michael Grade, moving from chairman of the BBC to be executive chairman of ITV

E It is an anagram

F It was EastEnders' lowest ever audience

G They were the first to be voted off, respectively, Big Brother; Celebrity Big Brother; I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here; Celebrity Love Island; How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?; and Strictly Come Dancing

H Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie"

I Janacek's String Quartet No 2 ("Intimate Letters"), played by the Prazak Quartet and chosen by Quentin Blake

J Chris Moyles

K 20 million on BBC, 3.5 million on ITV