General knowledge (9): 10 questions

  1. When Japan had an empire in the first half of the 20th century, in which modern day country was the tallest mountain in that empire?
  2. What name is given to a dog which is a cross-breed between a cocker spaniel and a poodle?
  3. Which country produces the most olive oil in the world?
  4. Which word for a mad person is derived from the fact that madness was originally thought to be related to the phases of the moon?
  5. What farm animal has breeds including Berkshire and Gloucester Old Spot?
  6. Which fictional and less than competent police force were named after the film company whose films they appeared in between 1912 and 1917?
  7. The price of what object collapsed in the Netherlands in February 1637, in what is considered to be the world’s first speculative bubble?
  8. In what country was the capital of the Portuguese Empire between 1808 and 1821?
  9. What time were the clocks striking in the opening lines of 1984 by George Orwell?
  10. How is Curtis James Jackson III better known?

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  1. When Japan had an empire in the first half of the 20th century, in which modern day country was the tallest mountain in that empire?
    A: Taiwan
  2. What name is given to a dog which is a cross-breed between a cocker spaniel and a poodle?
    A: Cockapoo
  3. Which country produces the most olive oil in the world?
    A: Spain
  4. Which word for a mad person is derived from the fact that madness was originally thought to be related to the phases of the moon?
    A: Lunatic
  5. What farm animal has breeds including Berkshire and Gloucester Old Spot?
    A: Pig
  6. Which fictional and less than competent police force were named after the film company whose films they appeared in between 1912 and 1917?
    A: Keystone Cops
  7. The price of what object collapsed in the Netherlands in February 1637, in what is considered to be the world’s first speculative bubble?
    A: Tulips
  8. In what country was the capital of the Portuguese Empire between 1808 and 1821?
    A: Brazil (Rio de Janeiro – an interesting story, explained here)
  9. What time were the clocks striking in the opening lines of 1984 by George Orwell?
    A: Thirteen
  10. How is Curtis James Jackson III better known?
    A: 50 Cent

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