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Byline: Mike Harris

Quizopedia is influenced by two quotations. "All knowledge is of itself of some value" (Dr Johnson) and, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." (Anon.) Compiled by Mike Harris 1 Explain this matrimonial equation: "The real Bess of Hardwick + 1 = the fictional Wife of Bath." 2 What are the main connectors which link the massive global computer network known popularly as the Internet? 3 What are the three basic properties of the atom? 4 Complete the names of these French novelists - H * * * * * de Balzac, A * * * * * Camus. G****** Flaubert, A****** France, V * * * * * Hugo, M * * * * * Proust, F******** Sagan, G***** Sand, J***** Verne * E**** Zola.

5 The following is a corruption of which famous detective novel's opening. "'Hell!' said the Duchess when she caught her teats in the mangle." 6 Of which movie star is this a description? "He (1913-1987) was one of those people who was a wonder once, but who looks frantic and alien now. He was called a genius. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was an international event." 7 Identify the Manchester United & England footballer (1960-1971) who was nicknamed El Bandito by the Argentinian press because of his supposed brutal tackling.

8 In which Shakespeare play are Mistress Overdone and Master Froth, minor characters? 9 Name the internationally-acclaimed medieval English art form which produced what was known collectively as Opus Anglicanum.

10 Which English monarch i) was beheaded at Whitehall (1649) ii) signed the Magna Carta iii) suffered greviously from porphyria iv) was known as Rufus because of his red complexion, v) was born at Pembroke Castle (1457) vi) died on Bosworth Field (1485) vii) never married viii) married six times) ix) was Prince of Wales for nearly 60 years and known as the Uncle of Europe x) abdicated (1936) and xi) shared the throne with his wife, Mary II.

1 The real, four-times married Bess of Hardwick (c1527-1608) and Countess of Shrewsbury was a formidable Elizabethan who built the original Chatsworth and the magnificent near-by Hardwick Hall, while Chaucer's creation, The Wife of Bath, from The Canterbury Tales is described thus: "She was a worthy woman al hir lyfe/Hosbondes at chirche dore had she five. …

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