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Published on March 16, 2014

Author: anandraiyer1

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IIT Madras Department of Computer Science and Engineering General Quiz held as part of Exebit 2014.

Welcome Friends. This quiz comprises an extremely personal, subjective, prejudiced, biased and #judgemental collection of questions that I found interesting and felt like sharing with the quizzing community. I hope you enjoy this set, I sure loved compiling it. Please relax, guess away, have fun. To quote that famous chinese proverb, “The Journey is the reward”. That has been the raison d'etre behind this quiz. I'm going to be your guide through this action-packed adventure. Feel free to stop me any time and ask for clarifications to any questions you may have. Top 8 teams make it to the finals. Prelims scores carry over. Scaled 2x. Finals follow Chennai Bounce and Pounce. (Cue: Purists nod approvingly here) Audience feel free to pounce on any questions you know by writing down the answer and showing it to me or the volunteers, to win goodies. As always prizes for 'Best Dressed', 'Most Outraged Quizzer', 'Classy chimping' (both original and adapted), 'Most appropriate usage of Pop Culture references' and 'Very dogerrel. wow'. Chocolates will always be distributed from each according to his ability, to each according to his need. So it goes...

Congrats on making it to the Finals Thanks to Patanjali SLPSK and team Exebit for allowing me to host. Wish we could have held the Vikram Joshi Quiz at the same venue. Feedback to anand.r.aiyer@gmail.com


1 What does the following painting titled 'Scenes from July 1830' depict?

The White flag of the monarchy transformed into the Tricolore as a result of the July Revolution, painting by Léon Cogniet (1830).

2 "If we want peace on earth, we must make the effort to embody peace with each step. Brandon Wilson's inspiring journey, told beautifully in this book, is a living example of peacemaking." - Cindy Sheehan X is a non-fiction travelogue written by Brandon Wilson, published in 2008. It is the true story about Wilson, an American, and "Émile", a 68- year old Frenchman, who set off in the spring of 2006 to hike the route taken by an army. Traveling simply with backpacks and trusting in the kindness of strangers, the pair have two goals: to carry a message of peace along a route historically used for war, and to establish a pilgrimage path others might follow regardless of nationality, culture and religion. Named to honor ___ ____ originally tasked with aiding early travellers along such a trail. Their five-month journey leads them 2620 miles across eleven countries and two continents toward Y. Give either X or Y.

Templar Trail Jerusalem

3 Identify the location of this monument

Battle of Stalingrad Volgograd

4 Put fundae. Why was this photo taken outside social services agency?

Whatsapp deal inked. Jan Koum used to stand in line here for foodstamps.

5 First, X showed up intentionally late to the 8 AM meeting. Second, he wore pajamas. Third, X walked to the front of the room and presented a PowerPoint deck titled "The Top Ten Reasons You Should Not Invest." Some of those reasons: "We have no revenue." "We will probably get sued by the music industry." "We showed up at your office late in our pajamas." "Because Y is involved." "We're only here because [a Sequoia partner] told us to come." Obviously, Sequoia did not invest in Wirehog. It never invested in ______ either. However it made $6.4 Billion on _______. Revenge?

Mark Zuckerberg Sean Parker

6 “If you’ve ever tried to recover lost data after accidentally deleting a drive or maybe watched an episode of CSI, you might know that with the right forensic tools, it’s sometimes possible to retrieve data after it has been deleted. So… you know… keep that in mind before putting any state secrets in your _____ :)” Founder Evan Spiegel explained that X is intended to counteract the trend of users being compelled to manage an idealized online identity of themselves, which he says has "taken all of the fun out of communicating". Research conducted in the UK has shown that, as of June 2013, half of all 18 to 30-year-old respondents 67 percent had received "inappropriate poses or gestures"


7 Fill in the blanks


8 An Olympic Sport from 2008, X began in the early 1970s when children began racing on dirt tracks in southern California, inspired by the motocross stars of the time. The size and availability of the Schwinn Sting-Ray made them the natural choice for these races, since they were easily customized for better handling and performance. The 1972 motorcycle racing documentary On Any Sunday is generally credited with inspiring the movement nationally in the United States


9 Who is this UNESCO World Heritage site dedicated to? Where is it?

Pandavas Mahabalipuram

10 Identify this tune. (Part points for the movie) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXtFRl1nSs4

Lara's Theme Dr. Zhivago

11 Fill in the Blanks

Blondie Blondes

12 Id this superhero. Criminally under-rated. Loves choco cookies.

Martian Manhunter J'onn J'onzz

13 Identify the Poet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha3V_87LvR0

Bahadur Shah 'Zafar'

14 Identify the Poet and the actor on stage singing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCC6tV8sgSM


15 Pour peach puree into chilled flute, add gently sparkling wine, Stir gently. Identify the cocktail.


16 Identify the Actor and the Role

Liam Neeson Rob Roy

17 Identify the Brand and Type of bag

Hermes Berkin

18 Identify the Man and his best friend

Kurt Vonnegut Lhasa Afso

19 Fill in the blanks and Explain what this list signifies

Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee Fastest Recorded Delivery

20 A noted Indian food writer, chef, best-selling cookbook author and host of cooking shows. Identify.

Tarla Dalal

21 Identify this amazing scientist. How has ACM commemorated her?

Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper The award goes to a computer professional who makes a single, significant technical or service contribution at or before age 35.

22 Einstein said that he went to Princeton for the pleasure of walking home with X

Kurt Gödel

23 IITMCSE Alumni Dr.Krishna Bharat created an early version of X to keep himself abreast of latest information post 9-11. beta in 2002.

Google News

24 Fill in the blanks for X and for Y give the name of the movie. ID van. X Y

The Mystery Machine Dumb and Dumber Ford Econoline Van

25 Fill in the Blanks

“That's all folks!”


1 Capable of speech, speech recognition, facial recognition, natural language processing, lip reading, art appreciation, interpreting and reproducing emotional behaviours, reasoning, and playing chess. Often conjectured that the name was based on a one-letter shift of X. Denied vigorously by it's creator Dr. Y as : "utter nonsense! [...] I thought that by now every intelligent person knew that it is derived from Z” Dr. Y discovers that Z's crisis was caused by a programming contradiction: constructed for "the accurate processing of information without distortion or concealment", yet his orders required him to keep the discovery of TMA-1 a secret for reasons of national security. This contradiction created a "Hofstadter-Moebius loop", reducing Z to paranoia.


X : IBM Y : Dr. Chandra Z : Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer

2 Identify the movie X and the actor Y who plays Claude Lacombe, a French government scientist in charge of UFO-related activities


X : Close Encounters of the Third Kind Y : François Truffaut

3 Identify the science fiction author (on the right) Mr.X Popular films based on his works include Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, The Adjustment Bureau, Impostor.


X : Philip K. Dick

4 Identify the movie X and the author of the novel by the same name Y


X : Contact Y : Carl Sagan



X : Chewbacca @TheWookieeRoars

6 According to wikipedia (possible #fakefunda), What is the significance of the movie in this trailer? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCC6tV8sgSM @Omie check out this brilliant adventures of Astronaut Anand and the moon people https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rl7Z7Q7rhA


Tamil-Hollywood Co-production Possibly the first Science Fiction Movie made in India

7 Put fundae on the significance of this clip to trekies? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg8_cKxJZJY


only person to play themselves in the Star Trek universe

8 X: Identify the movie and director Y: Identify the painter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcglyhUre4w



X: Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky Y: Pieter Bruegel the Elder


1 X: Identify the actor who plays Tommy DeVito in the original Y: Identify the Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjfAAghkSB4 Original : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_DwZfyXAXI Indian homage : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kW7ePZ2PyA



X: Joe Pesci Y: Goodfellas

2 Based on the true story of Joseph D. Pistone, an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias X https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS6zJ7IsJkM



X: Donnie Brasco

3 X : an Italian word, has now come to mean the head of a branch of the mafia who commands a crew of soldiers and reports directly to a boss or an underboss. Y: What's in the box? #muchwisdom



X: Caporegime Y: Cannolli

4 One of the founders of Murder, Inc. and described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters. He was also a driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip. Starting with The Flamingo Hotel in 1946. He would supply the gambling, the best liquor and food, and the biggest entertainers at reasonable prices. He believed these attractions would lure not only the high rollers, but thousands of vacationers willing to lose $50 or $100. LA Coroner's Report states the cause of his death as cerebral hemorrhage from Gunshot Wounds of the head. While he was not shot exactly through the eye (the eyeball would have been destroyed if this had been the case), the bullet-through-the-eye style of killing nevertheless became popular in Mafia lore and in movies, and was called the "____ ______ special" after the character based on him was killed in this manner in The Godfather. Identify and Fill in the blanks.


'Bugsy' Seagal Moe Green Special

5 The first Mafia member to publicly acknowledge it's existence. He is also the person who made ___ _____ (meaning "Our Thing") a household name. In October 1963, he testified before Arkansas Senator John L. McClellan's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate Committee on Government Operations that the Mafia did exist. Although these disclosures never led directly to the prosecution of any Mafia leaders, he was able to provide many details of its history, operations and rituals, aiding in the solution of several uncleared murders, as well as naming many members and the major crime families. The mob was no longer invisible to the public. A biography heavily influenced by those memoirs and by interviews with journalist Peter Maas was published in 1968 forming the basis for a later movie of the same title starring Charles Bronson in the title role. Identify and Fill in the blanks.


Joseph Valachi Cosa Nostra

6 The title of this book comes from an anecdote told to the author Norman Mailer by a prizefighter named Roger Donahue: Frank Costello, the Murder Inc. honcho, and his gorgeous girlfriend greet three champion boxers in the Stork Club. Costello demands that each, in turn, dance with the woman, and each nervously complies. The last, Willie Pep, suggests that Mr. Costello dance. What was Costello's reply?


Tough Guys don't dance

7 "I talked to...(authentic gangsters and Gilly McKenzie)...about what they meant and where they were on the body, what that said about where they'd been, what their specialties were, what their ethnic and geographical affiliations were," X says. "Basically their history, their calling card, is their body." The tattoos that he wore, according to the New York Daily News, were so realistic that diners in a Russian restaurant in London fell silent out of fear. With one exception, the tattoos X wore were accurate for the character he played. The crucifix on his chest is inappropriate for a mob chauffeur, since it incorrectly indicates that he is a "Prince Of Thieves" in the Russian Mafia. A few positions below a "Godfather" within the Russian Mafia. Identify X. What movie?


Viggo Mortenson Eastern Promises

8 Identify the original movie and director this scene plays homage to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOA9Ax1v30k Original : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QsNXd57Ppw


On the waterfront Elia Kazan





Seven Samurai

2 IDENTIFY THE MOVIE AND AUTHOR OF THE NOVEL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UV6HVMRmdk


Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis



Sultana Daku

4 The term dates back to about 1790 or 1898. It gained some recognition during the British Gezira Scheme in the early to mid 20th century, when Sudanese labourers protested their relative powerlessness by working lethargically, a form of protest known as X. Connect with a Linklater movie.



5 Connect: Man of Law, Wife of Bath, Friar, Summoner, Clerk, Merchant, Squire, Franklin, Physician, Pardoner, Shipman, Prioress, Monk, Nun Priest, Second Nun, Canon Yeoman, Manciple, Parson


The Canterbury Tales

6 “As a result of a long sequence of coincidences I entered the programming profession officially on the first spring morning of 1952 and as far as I have been able to trace, I was the first Dutchman to do so in my country. in 1957, I married and Dutch marriage rites require you to state your profession and I stated that I was a programmer. But the municipal authorities of the town of Amsterdam did not accept it on the grounds that there was no such profession. And, believe it or not, but under the heading “profession” my marriage act shows the ridiculous entry _____ _____!” Who and what is the entry


Edsger W. Dijkstra Theoretical Physicist

7 Identify the designer and the strategic life simulation series


Will Wright The Sims

8 this flight attendant for Pan Am, based in Mumbai was murdered while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5 September 1986. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India's highest civilian award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra. Identify.


Neerja Bhanot

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