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Can You Answer Any of These University Challenge Starter Questions?

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1. Which comedy by Shakespeare is the source of the opera by Berlioz entitled Beatrice and Benedick?
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing

Julius Caesar
2. What is the common name of songbirds of the genus motacilla? British species include the yellow, grey and pied.
Warbler
Wren

Wagtail
3. What surname links a bagpipe-playing Canterbury pilgrim in Chaucer; a Henry James novella of 1878; the author of the trilogy Sexus, Plexus and Nexus, and the playwright husband of Marilyn Monroe?
Miller
Mawther

Maunther
4. When read aloud, the three words meaning "island whose capital is Douglas", "units of digital information" and "common name of Canis lupus familiaris" form what improbable three-word headline?
Man bites dog
Dog bites man

Man eat man
5. Which savoury dish has a name derived from an Old French word for the blade of a sword or knife, or for a thin plate, possibly referring to its shape?
Crepes
Omelette

Port-au-feu
6. An ancient temple site near Luxor in Egypt, the director of Lolita and Dr Strangelove, and the electronic music group whose albums include Autobahn and Computer Love all have names that begin and end with which letter of the alphabet?
F
S

K
L
7. A senator for 47 years, Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009, lost his only attempt to secure the Democratic presidential nomination against which opponent, who was also the incumbent president?
Jimmy Carter
Gerald Ford

Lyndon Baines Johnson
8. In 1961, who became the first living artist to have his work exhibited at the Louvre? His paintings include Terrace of Hotel Mistral, The Portuguese and Violin and Candlestick.
Henri Matisse
Georges Braque

Pablo Picasso
9. "In the darkening twilight I saw a lone star hover gem-like above the bay." This was the last diary entry of which explorer, written on January 5th 1922 at Grytviken in South Georgia?
Ernest Shackleton
Ludwig Leichardt

Percival Fawcett
10. Collagen is the constituent protein of which strong flexible connective tissue that joins bone to bone at moveable joints?
Tendon
Ligament

Muscle
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