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Junior Mastermind: How many questions can you answer?

I’ve started so I’ll finish.
Nov 5th 2012, 1:45 PM 30,801 26

THE SUPERBOWL, MARY Robinson, the Olympian Gods of Greece and military aircraft were the specialist topics on TV3′s brand new series of Junior Mastermind which aired last night.

Presented by former Minister for Justice Nora Owens, the contestants are all aged eleven and under, and face the questions sitting in the famous black chair of doom.

We’ve decided to put you dear readers to the test to see how many of the general knowledge questions you would have gotten right. And before you scoff and say “TOO EASY”, think about how your ten-year-old self would have done.

Take the test:

  1. In which city was the doomed liner the Titanic built?
  2. In the year 2000 which American golfer became the youngest person ever to complete a career grand slam by winning all four major championships?
  3. In 1966 the band The Beatles had a global hit with a song about which type of yellow sea craft?
  4. An insect usually has one or two pairs of wings and how many legs?
  5. The literary and movie characters of Peter Pan and Captain Hook are associated with which mythical land?
  6. Which former German political party came to power in 1933?
  7. Daniel Fahrenheit devised a scale used for measuring what?
  8. Ban Ki Moon, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Kofi Annan have all been appointed secretaries general of which international organisation?
  9. In which fictional city might you meet the villains The Joker, The Penguin and Catwoman?
  10. Which American cyclist has won the Tour de France seven times?
  11. In which Mediterranean country are the ruins of the ancient city of Troy situated?
  12. In 1941 the United States entered World War Two when the Japanese attacked which United States naval base?
  13. In Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic story, upon drinking a potion, into whom does Doctor Jekyll transform?
  14. The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in which Canadian city?
  15. In 1993 Dawson Stelfox became the first Irishman to climb the world’s highest mountain. What is the name of the peak?
  16. The Inuit peoples of Alaska, Northern Canada, Greenland and Siberia are more commonly known as what?
  17. Connemara, Shetland and Welsh are all varieties of which animal?
  18. What was the name of the world’s most powerful rocket that NASA built to launch the Apollo missions to the Moon?
  19. In Irish folklore, what job does a leprechaun usually do?
  20. Which inventor made a series of remarkable inventions related to the telegraph, telephone, phonograph and the incandescent light bulb in the late 1800s?
  21. Which classic property boardgame celebrated its seventy-fifth birthday in 2010?
  22. ‘The Parr family, Bob, Helen, Violet and Dash, all feature in which 2004 animated movie?
  23. What did the Montgolfier brothers invent that was first flown in 1783 in Paris?
  24. According to the traditional nursery rhyme, little boys are made of “slugs and snails and puppy dog tails”, what are little girls made of?
  25. Which country did the Romans call ‘Hibernia’?
  26. The German brothers Jakob and Wilhelm were famous for their classic collections of fairy tales. What was their surname?
  27. In which sport do the American sisters Serena and Venus Williams compete?
  28. What is the name given to the bones in the human body which protect internal organs including lungs and the heart?
  29. What sleek, oceanic predator has species named the bull, tiger and leopard?
  30. Which German racing-car driver currently holds the record for winning the most Formula One Drivers’ Championships?
  31. Which legendary British king wielded the magic sword Excalibur?
  32. What is the name of the optical instrument used by a submerged submarine to view above the water?
  33. What is unusual about the domestic breed of cat known as the Manx Cat?
  34. Which historical Japanese warriors followed Bushido, their unwritten code of honour?
  35. Paul Hewson is the real name of which member of the Irish rock band U2?
  36. In which capital city do you find Lenin’s Mausoleum, Red Square and the Kremlin?
  37. What famous train and his friends would you find on the fictional island of Sodor?
  38. What is the name given to the remains or impression of a prehistoric plant or animal that is embedded in rock and preserved in petrified form?
  39. In Walt Disney’s 1967 movie “The Jungle Book”, which was loosely based on Rudyard Kipling’s short stories of the same name, what type of animal is Bagheera?
  40. Opthamology is a medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of which body part?
  41. Which Scottish scientist discovered Penicillin?
  42. You would be greeted by the native phrase “Aloha” on which Pacific Islands?
  43. What type of percussion instruments are kettle, snare and bass?
  44. The terms ‘crease’, ‘wicket’ and ‘stumped’ are associated with which sport?
  45. What term describes a natural satellite orbiting a planet?
  46. The eruption of Which Volcano destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii in 79 AD?
  47. Which two clay puppets were created by the Oscar-winning animator Nick Park?
  48. What London-based, English Premiership soccer team plays its home games in the Emirates Stadium?
  49. Weighing over a hundred tonnes and now on the Endangered Species List, what is the largest animal ever to have lived?
  50. Which classic adventure story, where the hero is helped survive by ‘Man Friday’, was written by the author Daniel Defoe?
  51. How many counties are in the province of Munster?
  52. Niall Horan from Westmeath is a member of which chart-topping Boy Band?
  53. Ancient Egyptians used a picture writing system. What was it called?
  54. Ulan Bator is the capital city of which Asian country?
  55. What is the name given to a glove with two sections, one for the thumb and the other for all four fingers?
  56. Composed from the two Greek words ‘deinos’ and ‘sauros’, the word dinosaur means what in English?
  57. How many players are there on a baseball team?
  58. What is the name given to a group of lions?
  59. Which European country celebrates the fourteenth of July, as a public holiday for Bastille Day?
  60. In what country would you find Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe?
  61. The Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari, also known as ‘Stradivarius’, is famous for making what type of musical instrument?
  62. In which north-western state of America is the active volcano Mount Saint Helens?

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