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.

Bolton

William

6AJP

99

Bond

Callum

8AGK

99

Boyle

Hector

4PNS

98

Inglis

Tom

6AJP

98

Demeester

Gabriel

4PJL

97

Worthington

Jamie

4PJL

97

Perkins

Ben

4PNS

97

Demeester

Arthur

5SLA

97

Perkins

Alex

6AJP

97

Anderson

William

3CMS

96

Ball

Cameron

5LAB

96

Latimer

Harry

5SLA

96

Price

Charlie

6AJP

96

Worthington

Oliver

7DGR

96

Anderson

Theo

7ADL

95

Wynne

Boaz

5SLA

94

George

Jack

3CMK

93

Tyler-Whittle

Sid

4PNS

93

Inglis

Kit

6AJP

93

Geddes

Angus

6JCM

93

Tufnell

Hector

7PAS

93

Robson

Ryne

8AGK

93

Lowrie

Angus

5LAB

91

Harvey

Edward

6AJP

90

Mackinnon

Jamie

6AJP

90

Bond

Matthew

7DGR

90

Anderson

Jack

5LAB

88

Connell

Thomas

5SLA

88

Gilbert

Harry

4PNS

87

McKendrick

Hamish

7ACM

87

Anderson

Alexander

3CMK

85

Utley

William

3CMK

85

Hargreave

Luca

6JCM

84

Atkinson

Tom

8SEW

84

Harvey

Benedict

8SEW

83

Dorich

Kitt

3CMK

82

Bond

Adam

3CMS

82

McCann

Carlo

6JCM

82

Betts

Joseph

8SEW

82

Morris-Weston

Henry

4PJL

81

Robinson

Benedict

4PJL

81

Welchman

Tommy

3CMK

80

Smiley

Oliver

4PJL

80

Atkinson

Alexander

6CLP

80

Inglis

Wilfred

8AWP

80

DGR