General Knowledge Quiz
Before Christmas every boy sat a rather difficult and seemingly rather random General Knowledge test. Out of 100 the highest score in the entire school was only 58 and the average, being what an average is, was much lower. However, the boys were gently encouraged to revisit the questions over the Christmas period as there was a retest on the first day of term.
The results were quite dramatic. Out of 200 who re-sat it:
112 boys scored more than the 58 that previously appeared so high.
74 boys scored more than 70, which was incredible.
45 boys scored over 80
An incredible 26 boys scored over 90.
The great news and ultimate aim of the quiz is that all 100 answers got answered correctly and yet no individual boy scores 100 and this was achieved.
The slightly less vindictive aim is not just to research and remember answers, some old fashioned and some more alternative but to encourage or provoke further discussion, whether it be around the meal table or on long car journeys be it the riots of 1752 due to the change in calendar, the Little Ice age of 1814, scrabble scores and who knows what else hopefully enlightened some of the boys.
As all of the parents who helped would know, every 10th question was meant to be very difficult. Below are a few answers that some parents, relatives or friends might be interested in.
In which year did an elephant last walk across the River Thames? 1814
To the nearest whole day how long does a million seconds last? 12
When and who were the last team to win the F.A. Cup with an entirely English team? West Ham 1975
Which is the only place name in the UK to have a number in its name? (not like Sevenoaks – an actual number) ?
Ruyton –XI-Towns (It is in Shropshire and it is a number, a numeral, not a word. Sorry)
If you cut a pizza with 7 straight line cuts, that go from an edge to another edge, what is the maximum number of ieces of pizza you can get? 29 (NOT through the middle)
Who is the only cricketer to hit the ball over the Lord’s pavilion? Albert Trott
In Icelandic, what does the word, ‘sprengikúlar’ mean?? Cannonball
A preliminary sketch Abbozzo
Questions 90 and 100 could have a variety of different answers and the marking was generous, the story behind cannonball is a long amusing one that might be an assembly at some point.
On an Icelandic theme, my biggest apology goes to those that who wasted some of their life trying to find out what it was called before 1989. I am afraid that Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe were merely red herrings. Iceland was called Bejams before 1989.
Many people have said that they are looking forward to the next edition. I am therefore pleased to announce there will be another one for Christmas 2017. There will be many questions that are on a similar theme and carry on a pattern perhaps, but I am not trying to catch you out with trick questions. There will only ever be 1.
All that is left to do is to celebrate those boys that did tremendously well. Below are children that deserve far more than a firm handshake and a round of applause out with trick questions. There will only ever be 1.