Wednesday, December 28, 2005

General Quiz & Answers


Note: There are 50 questions in total in this Quiz. If you are answering correctly all the 50 questions in the Quiz your score is 200%-DISTINCTION

If you are answering correctly 25 questions in the Quiz your score is 100%-EXCELLENT

If you are answering correctly 12 questions in the Quiz your score is 50%-GOOD

If you are answering correctly 6 questions in the Quiz your score is 30%-JUST OK

Q1 Very recently for the hearing only impaired a soft ware has been developed so that the impaired can read the distant voice and reply by his voice. This software has been developed by a Computer Science-Engineering student of Chennai. What is his name and where he is studying?

A1Sri Aravindakshan Ramachandran a 4th year student of Sri Ram engineering college Chennai has developed the software (News item August 7th Hindu)

Q2 How many Mountain Railways are there existing in India today? Out of this which Railway is going to be added in the UNESCO’s world heritage list now additionally?

A2 Four. They are Darjeeling Himalayan, Nilgiri, Kalka –simla and Kangra valley.

Out of this Nilgiris use a metre gauge with the third notched line in between to make it India’s only rock railway. Dargiling go by British saddle tank engines, while Simla use German side tankers. Mathern engines tiny in size are used for valley pulling in Kangra valley.

Nilgiri being a Swiss invention work with rack mechanism from Switzerland. Dargiling is already added to Unesco’s world heritage list and now Nilgiries too getting added. (News item August 7th Hindu)

Q3 What is the important advantage of partitioning the C drive in your computer . Your answer should be to a basic student level

A3 The advantage of partitioning the C drive is that the data stored by the user can be transferred in to the partitioned portion and the drive can be formatted with out loosing the data

Q4 What is the disadvantage of having a high capacity disc say 40 GB in your computer?

A4 Data accessing is delayed. This is more visibily felt when more datas are stored

Q5 What are the contents of the four Vedas?

A5 The Richas of the Rigveda comprise of prayers and praises of the gods. The Yajurveda speaks of the different types of Yagya (religious sacrifices).

The Samveda consists of many a richas from the Rigveda, which are indeed lyrical and musical. The Atharvaveda contains a lot of knowledge of the physical world and spirituality.

Generally the hymns of the Rig Veda praise the gods and ask them for worldly benefits such as wealth, health, long life, protection, and victory over the Dasa peoples.

Q6 Every body know Dussasana brother of Duryodhana. Name another brother

A12 Vikarna is the brother of Duryodhana, (Mahabharatha Kanda1 Sloka 8 )

Q7 Every body know the famous verse

paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge of Bhagavat Geetha. Where do it appear?

A7 Refer SLOKA 7 & 8 in Chapter 4 of Bhagavath Geetha

Q8 Where we have the famous mahamritunjaya manthram?


We pray to lord Mahadev who is fragrant, has 3 eyes and is the nourisher, may he liberate us from death. May our attachments cease alike that of Urvaaru (a specie of cucumber), which ripens, and falls of the tree i.e. liberates itself from the material objects.

The person who recites this incantation regularly is freed from ailments, fear, and death. Tryimbak means the one with 3 eyes i.e. Adhyatma, Adhiboot and Adhidaivik.

We should meticulously pray to lord Shiva so that all our attachments cease alike the fruit of urvaru and we are liberated from this vicious cycle of life and death.

Q9 Who are the two Gods frequently mentioned in Rig-veda and Yajurveda?

A9 Agni and Indra. in I accept you for you are the giver of food grains and you nourish all. May you take care and protect this world. All people adore the great king Indra.

Agni or fire is the one that gives us food. Agni is imperative for growth and energy therefore one should use agni for the production of all things. Only by doing so will agni be used for the welfare of all and as a result we shall get all the comforts. 14/22, Yajurveda

Q10 Who are the two Gods frequently mentioned in Rig-veda and Yajur-veda other than Indra and Agni?

A10 Rudra and Adhiti .16/4 Yajurveda O Rudra ! may our entire universe be devoid of ailments and be engaged in good constructive thinking

Q11 Who is the Goddess frequently mentioned in Yajurveda?

A11 -20/86, Yajurveda Goddess Saraswati the goddess of knowledge enlightens the vast expanse of the sky and enlightens the mind with all kinds of knowledge.

Q12 Name three places in Gulf countries where we have Hindu temples?
A12 Bahrain, Dubai and Oman are the only three places in the Gulf that have temples. Bahrain’s temple, however, is very small and mainly caters to a certain community from Rajasthan. In Dubai and Oman, most Hindus are left in peace.
There is an actual brick-and-mortar temple in Oman. In the temple there is crude reflection of money throughout. All that gold and silver ornamentation, and the indulgent fountains with colour lighting, in front of the idols.”

Q13 It is told Sri Rama has performed only two miracles. What are they?

A13 Sri Rama performed two miracles – One in the case of ‘Ahalya’ changing her from stone to life and the other in breaking the bow of Siva in winning the hands of Seetha. 

Q 14 What is the origin of shaking hands?Has it any disadvantage?

A14 Shaking hands supposedly got started as a way to show another that you didn’t have a weapon in your hands. As it turns out, we do have a weapon in our hands: the flu virus. Human influenza viruses—the genetically mutated descendants of bird germs—are extremely clever and resilient little bugs. They can live on hands and on surfaces like doorknobs, railings and computer keyboards for up to two hours.

Hence as per modern theory shaking of hands has to be discouraged.

Q 15 Has any thing inauspicious has specially happened on New Moon and Full Moon days recently?( Nov 2004-Jan 2005)

A 15 Astrologers give lot of importance to New Moon and Full Moon in their predictions. The latest happenings coinciding with these days are

1.Arrest of H.H. Sri Jayendra Swamigal, Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakotipeetam on Amavasya Day.2.Tsunami on Pournami Day.3.Arrest of H.H. Sri Vijayendra Swamigal, Junior Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakotipeetam on Amavasya Day.

Q16 What is the story of Radha after Krishna left Brindavan?

A16 When Lord Krishna left Brindavanam, Radha did not go home. She wandered in the banks of Yamuna till she died. Like this Radha exhibited the love on the Lord.

Q17 What is the relation between Charcoal and diamond?

A17Perhaps many of you do not know that diamond and charcoal are only the two forms of same element, carbon. When the carbon atoms are in crystallising state it is diamond. The same carbon atoms in amorphous state is charcoal. The substance is same but the arrangements of atoms differ

Q18 Every body recite the sloka -Sri Rama Rama Rameti-Rame Raame Manorame
Sahasra Nama Tat Tulyam-Rama Nama Varanane This sloka was told by a God to Godess. Who are the God and Godess?

A18 Lord Shiva told this shloka to Parvati. I meditate upon Sri Ram as Sri Rama Rama Rama, the thrice recital of Rama’s name is equal to Recitation of the thousand names of Lord Vishnu (Vishnu Sahasra-nama)
Q19 What is the sloka is to be recited while lighting Kuthuvilakku in the evening ?

A19 The slokam is-Subham Karoti Kalyanam
Arogyam Dhana Sampadah
Shatru Buddhi Vinashaya
Dipa Jyotir Namostute

The meaning is I salute the One who is the lamplight that brings auspiciousness; prosperity, good health, abundance of wealth, and the destruction of the intellect’s enemy.
This prayer is chanted before lighting the lamplight. Light is considered a symbol of auspiciousness, prosperity, and abundance in many cultures. Light brings with it brightness, but how does it destroy the intellect’s enemy? The intellect’s enemy is ignorance, which is likened to darkness. Light removes the darkness and makes it possible to see things clearly.

Q20 Which body organ do not grow from birth? Which body organ grow from birth to death?

A20 Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Q21 What are the specialities with cow, elephant and snail?

A21 It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump. A snail can sleep for three years.

Q22 Name the liquid in which pearl will melt and disappear?

A22 Pearls melt in vinegar.

Q23 From where we have the maximum dust of the house?

A23 Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

Q24 What is the speciality with the tender coconut water relating to human blood?

A24 The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

Q25 How do the Mosquito repellents actually function?

A25 Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

Q26 When is to be announced the New Seven Wonders of the World .From India which are all to be included?

A26 Initially, there will be short-listing for 21 monuments till February and then the voting will continue and will be announcing the New Seven Wonders of the World on January 1, 2006.

The Taj Mahal and Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, for which we are proud to be are also in the competition.

Q27 When did Tajmahal was constructed?

A27 In 1631, when his wife died in childbirth, the emperor Shah Jahan brought to Agra the most skilled craftsmen from all Asia and even Europe, to build the white marble mausoleum that is the Taj Mahal. If you have ever visited the Taj Mahal then your guide probably told you that it was designed by Ustad Isa of Iran, and built by the Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal

Q28 What is Tsunami ?

A 28 A tsunami is a series of travelling ocean waves generated by geological disturbances near the ocean floor. With nothing to stop them, the waves can race across the ocean like the crack of a bullwhip, gaining momentum over thousands of miles. The Causes of tsunami are EARTHQUAKES ,LANDSLIDES and VOLCANOES

Q29 Who were the parents of Ramanuja the vaishnavite saint? How may years he lived?

A29 In the year 1017 A.D., Ramanuja was born in the village of Perumbudur, about twenty-five miles west of Madras. His father was Kesava Somayaji and his mother was Kantimathi, a very pious and virtuous lady. Ramanuja's Tamil name was Ilaya Perumal .Ramanuja lived for120 years.

Q30 Every body know about Pythagoras the mathematician. Name another field he has contributed? Who is his follower?

A30 We are taught his mathematical theories in high school geometry Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician who lived from 569-470 B.C., has contributed much for numerology. The teachings of Pythagoras were taken up by Plato and reinforced by the writings of the Jewish Cabala

Q31 People with Phobia is not uncommon. What's a Phobia?
A31 A phobia is the fancy name for a fear. But a phobia isn't just any kind of fear. A phobia is different because it is an extremely strong fear of a situation or thing. It is also a kind of fear that doesn't go away.
A person who has a phobia will be afraid of something every time he or she sees or experiences it. She won't just be afraid once or twice. Person who have phobias often go out of their way to avoid the situation or thing that scares them.
Q32 What is the significance of Great Wall of China other than it is one of the world wonders?

A32 GREAT WALL: -221before CE Great Wall of China is built, ultimately 2,600 miles long is the only man-made object visible from the moon.

Q33 Every body know Columbus discovered America. What is the period? He has also proved one more thing. What is it?

A33 COLUMBUS: 1492 AD: Looking for India, Christopher Columbus landed on San Salvador island in the Caribbean, thus “discovering” the Americas and proving that the earth is round, not flat.

Q34 There was a death toll of 2 MILLIONS DIED: 1630: Over the next two years, millions also starved to death. This was during the period of a famous Mugal emperor. Name the emperor.

A34 As Shah Jahan (1592-1666), fifth Mughal Emperor, emptied the royal treasury to buy jewels for his “Peacock Throne.” The above were occurred

Q35 Every body know about Darwin’s theory of evolution. When did he release it?

A35 It was published in 1859. Hardly about 150 years back –Is it convincing?

DARWIN: 1859: Charles Darwin, released controversial book, The Origin of Species, propounding his “natural selection” theory of evolution, laying the foundations of modern biology.

Q36 When was Gandhiji assassinated?

A36 GANDHI: 1869-1948: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Indian nationalist and Hindu political activist who develops the strategy of non-violent disobedience that forces Christian Great Britain to grant independence to India (1947).

Q37 Every body know of Dropping of atom bomb at NAGASHAKI & HIROSHIMA during 2nd world war. Who dropped it? What was the death toll? Was any photographs were taken of it?

A37: In 1945: US dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, ending World War II. Total war dead was 60 million.

701 photo graphs were taken and now unearthed (News item Hindu 7-8-05)

Q38 When did man first set his foot in moon?

A38 ON THE MOON: 1969: US astronaut Neil Armstrong sets foot on his foot on the moon.

Q39 What special happened when Ramanuja travelled throughout the length and breadth of India at Tirupathi?

A39 Ramanuja travelled throughout the length and breadth of India to disseminate the path of devotion. He visited all the sacred places throughout India including Kashi, Kashmir and Badrinath. On his way back he visited the Tirupathi hills.

There he found the Saivites and the Vaishnavites quarrelling with one another, one party contending that the image of the Lord in the Tirupathi hills was a Saivite one and the other party saying that it was a Vaishnavite one.

Ramanuja proposed that they should leave it to the Lord Himself to decide the dispute. So they left the emblems of both Siva and Vishnu at the feet of the Lord, and after locking the door of the temple, both parties stayed outside on guard.

In the morning, when they opened the doors, it was found that the image of the Lord was wearing the emblems of Vishnu, while the emblems of Siva were lying at its feet as left there the evening before. This decided that the temple was a Vaishnavite one and it has remained so ever since.

Q40 Every body know of ST Thomas mount in Chennai. What is his period?

A40 SAINT THOMAS: 53 CE or AD: Legend records Saint Thomas’ death in Madras, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ and founder of the Church of the Syrian Malabar Christians (Syrian Rite) in Goa.

Q41 When is the origin of Currency?
A41 Currency The oldest coin currency that we know is a Sumerian bronze piece dating from before 3000 BC. On one side of the coin is a representation of a sheaf of wheat, and on the other, Ishtar, the goddess of fertility.
Q42 Where is Iraq?

A42 the capital of BABYLONIA, situated on the Euphrates River south of Baghdad in modern Iraq

Q43 What is malocclusion and brace? How many years braces has to be worn?
A43 If your upper jaw is bigger than your lower jaw, that's called an overbite. If your lower jaw is bigger than your upper jaw, you have an under bite. Either way it's called malocclusion.
Your dentist might notice one of these problems during a regular visit and recommend that you see an orthodontist This person may also be called a braces specialist. He or she can determine whether you need braces.
If your parents had braces, you may have seen pictures of them with their mouths full of metal. Today, braces are much less noticeable. Metal braces are still used, but you might be able to get clear braces or braces that are the same colour as your teeth.
Braces straighten teeth by putting steady pressure on your teeth and by staying in place for a certain amount of time. Everyone has to wear braces for different lengths of time, but most people usually wear braces for about 2 years
Q44 What is father’s day? When it is celebrated?
A44 In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a law making Father's Day a nationally observed holiday on the third Sunday in June.
Q45 How many people save and prepare for retirement plans in India?
A45 Even among government employees, where the proportion of people preparing for retirement is the highest, and the figure is a dismal 17.8%. It is about 10% for private sector employees and is the lowest, 2.6%, among wage labourers.

Q48 When did the first newspaper started? Who started it?
A48 It is believed that Rajya Samacharam was the first Malayalam newspaper, which started publishing from Tellicherry in 1847. Brought out by Basel Mission under the leadership of Dr.Herman Gundert.

Q49Which is the biggest water tower of the world?

A49 Himalayas are the greatest water tower of the world, the ranges stretch from Teheran in the west to Hanoi in the east

Q50 Is it good to take limejuice?

A50 Yes Yes. Lemon juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C while both lemon juices And rose water has a cleansing and cooling effect on the body.

They Blend with any fruit juice without causing any side effeas They enhance the flavour of the drink.cts, even


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