Sunday, 21 September 2014

New questions with an Italian theme

A break from the norm, rather than just writing x amount of general questions I thought I would try picking a theme and go from there.

So it won't be much of a suprise, that going by the above title I chose Italy for this week.


1 In 1993 who became the first Italian golfer to play in the Ryder Cup? He is best known for sinking a 60 foot putt on the final hole at the 1995 Open Championship, held at St Andrews, to force a playoff against the American John Daly. A playoff he ultimately lost.

2 Which Italian sprinter won the 200 metre gold medal at the 1980 Summer Oympics held in Moscow? In 1979 he set a World Record at the same distance, a record that stood for seventeen years and is still the European record for the event.

3 In 2010 who became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title, when she won the French Open?

4 The Serie A football club Atalanta plays its home games in which city?

5 In terms of race and World Championship wins, who is the most successful motorcycle rider in Grand Prix history? Between the years of 1962 and 1977 he won 122 Grand Prix and 7 world titles in the 350cc class and 8 world titles in the 500cc class, not to mention the 10 Isle of Man TT races he also won.


1 Which Tuscan city is famous for its marble quarries? High quality marble has been quarried here since the time of Ancient Rome and has been used to build the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Rome, as well as many sculptures from the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo's David.

2 Of Italy's twenty regions which is the smallest both in terms of area and population?

3 The name of which port city in Tuscany is anglicised as Leghorn?

4 The peak of Monte Solaro is the highest point of whch Italian island?

5 What is the collective name for the three small islands of Lampedusa, Linosa, and Lampione, located in the Mediterranean Sea between Malta and Tunisia, south of Sicily? Politically and administratively the islands fall within the Sicilian province of Agrigentoand and represent the southernmost part of Italy.


1 The Scrovegni Chapel, also known as the Arena Chapel, in Padua,  contains a fresco cycle which depicts the life of Christ by which artist born around 1266?

2 Which early Renaissance painter, born Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone, is best known for his fresco cycle in the Brancacci Chapel, as well as the Holy Trinity Fresco in church of Santa Maria Novella, both in Florence?

3 In 1479 which Venetian artist was sent, as a cultural ambassador, to the  Ottoman capital Constantinople as part of a peace settlement between Venice and the Turks? Whilst there he is believed to have painted the portrait of Sultan Mehmed II now in the National Gallery, London.

4 Meaning light-dark in Italian, what is the name for the artistic technique which uses strong contrasts between light and dark within a composition? Notable exponents include Baglione and Carravagio.

5 What was the  name of the Italian painter, architect, writer and historian, most famous today for his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, first published in 1550, considered the ideological foundation of art-historical writing?

Famous Italians

1 Which Nobel Prize winning physicist is best known for his work on the first nuclear reactor and had a synthetic element, atomic number 100 named after him?

2 What was the name of the former Prime Minister of Italy, kidnapped and subsequently murdered by the terrorist organization the Red Brigades in 1978?

3 Named after a sixteenth century Genoese admiral, what was the name of the ocean liner which sunk after a collision with the MS Stockholm in 1956?

4 The films of which Italian director and screenplay writer include La Dolce Vita, 8½ and Amarcord? He jointly holds the record for directing films that have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

5 The Devil's Violinist is a 2013 film based on the life story of which nineteenth century Italian violinist and composer?

Mixed Bag

1 What is the name of the organised crime syndicate which originated in Naples and the surrounding region of Campania?

2 What part did Welshman Glyndwr Michael take in the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943?

3 Which opera by Puccini is set during the time of the Californian gold rush?

4 Which basilica is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope?

5 Meaning 'The Phoenix' in English, Teatro La Fenice is an opera house in which Italian city?


1 Costantino Rocca
2 Pietro Mennea
3 Francesca Schiavone
4 Bergamo
5 Giacomo Agostini

1 Carrara
2 Aosta Valley
3 Livorno
4 Capri
5 Pelagie Islands

1 Giotto
2 Masaccio
3 Gentile Bellini
4 Chiaroscuro
5 Giorgio Vasari

Famous Italians
1 Enrico Fermi
2 Aldo Moro
3 SS Andrea Dora
4 Federico Fellini
5 Niccolò Paganini

Mixed Bag
1 Camorra
2 His body was used as the decoy in Operation Mincemeat, the link explains it better than I could.
3 The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West)
4 (Papal Archbasilica of) St. John Lateran
5 Venice

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