Experimental "Rarer Answer" Quiz by PolinskyL


Each item consists of two questions, and thus there are two right answers. Only the right answer which is given less often will be judged correct. You do not have to specify which question you are answering.
Clarifying example: (hopefully)
In other words, if question 0 is:
0A: What is 2+2?
0B: What is 3+3?
And the results come back:
4 - 11 responses
four - 3 responses
6 - 7 responses
six - 13 responses
Then I'll aggregate 11+3 and 7+13, and declare 4/four, as the less common answer, to be correct.


Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

This quiz is closed for grading, and you can no longer submit answers. When the author has finished grading, the results will be published on this page.


Question 1

1A What is the most populous city in Africa?
1B What is the most populous city in South America?

1A Lagos 1B Sao Paulo

Question 2

2A: In recent months, the regulation of what ridesharing company by New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission been a subject of controversy?
2B: The CEO of what internet company, already a mother of 1, recently announced that she is pregnant with twins?

2A Uber 2B Yahoo!

Question 3

3A Name one of the two leagues whose winners contest the Japan Series.
3B Name at least 3 Japanese baseball teams (city/sponsor AND name required)

3A Central or Pacific 3B 12 options

Question 4

4A Name at least two members of Led Zeppelin in 1975
4B Name at least two members of The Who in 1975

4A Page/Plant/Bonham/Jones 4B Daltrey/Townshend/Entwistle/Moon

Question 5

5A Henri Matisse is considered the leading exponent of what 'wild' artistic movement in the first decade of the last century?
5B Pablo Picasso once said, "When Matisse dies, XXX will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is". What Russian-French artist was Picasso talking about?

5A Fauvism 5B Chagall

Question 6

6A Has a US Presidential election ever been held in a year that was a perfect square? If yes, which President was elected?
6B What was the last prime-numbered year?

6A Yes, Roosevelt (1936) 6B 2011

Question 7

7A Stratovision differed from a traditional TV broadcast due to the use of what device in the transmission process?
7B Until he was surpassed in 2011 by another TV executive, what thrice-married man, who pioneered the superstation concept and 24-hour news, was the largest landowner in the US?

7A Airplanes 7B Ted Turner

Question 8

8A The company Lexmark was created when what legendary company divested many of its hardware and printing manufacturing businesses?
8B Name any two of the current "Big Four" accounting firms.

8A IBM 8B PWC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG

Question 9

9A In the His Dark Materials series, each human character has an animal embodiment called what?
9B What five races were represented in the Fellowship of the Ring? (For the sake of easier grading, please use the English names.)

9A Daemon 9B Human Hobbit Elf Dwarf Wizard

Question 10

10A A roux is a basic sauce most commonly created by cooking what foodstuff in a fat such as butter?
10B What two ingredients are generally used to make simple syrup?

10A Flour 10B Sugar and Water

Question 11

11A: What is the English name of either of the books known in Hebrew as Eikhah and Kohelet?
11B: What Assyrian Capital was the prophet Jonah tasked with saving?

11A Lamentations or Ecclesiastes 11B Nineveh

Question 12

12A: The USSR hosted the Olympics only once. Who was the General Secretary of the Communist Party at the time?
12B: Who was the leader of the USSR during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Please give the correct spelling of his last name when it is transliterated into German.

12A Brezhnev 12B Chruschtschow