We hosted over 20 people from 10 countries for the Big BOSS Quiz on Tuesday 24th March. The youngest participants were 5 year old twins from Liverpool who came in 4th place but the quiz champion crown went to 'human Google' Anya, 15 years old from Hong Kong.
Controversy was averted during the popular culture round when Quiz Master Neil was put in his place by the majority of participants who pointed out that he might be wrong. 'Who was the first Disney princess?' he asked believing that the correct answer was Persephone, as an article entitled 'questions everyone always gets wrong,' informed him that morning. However after the majority of participants answered Snow White, he considered that he might have the wrong answer that he thought was the right answer to a question that everyone always gets wrong. He did have it wrong as one participant pointed out that Persephone, from Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies short “The Goddess of Spring” (1937), was indeed a goddess and not a princess.
If you were unable to make the session, we made a recording of it which you can watch below.
Below are the questions and answers from the Big BOSS Quiz.
Round 1 - The United Kingdom
1. Name the countries that make up the United Kingdom.
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
2. What is the second largest city in England?
3. What is the name of the person who stands on top of a column in Trafalgar Square, London?
4. What is the address of the British Prime Minister?
10 Downing Street.
5. How old do you have to be to drive a car alone in the UK?
Round 2 - Music
1. Name the four Beatles. Full names.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr.
2. With which Cuban singer did Shawn Mendes team up with on the track "Señorita"?
3. True or false; Billie Eilish's real name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell?
4. BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys are a seven-member boy band from which country?
5. Everybody knows the name of the famous Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, but what is the name of the bass player?
Round 3 - History
1. In what year did the Titanic hit an iceberg and sink?
2. What year was the Battle of Hastings?
3. How many wives did Henry VIII have?
4. Name Henry VII’s wives.
Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
5. When where the famous Egyptian pyramids built?
Round 4 - Geography
1. What is the name of the longest river in the world?
The River Nile. 6,695 km (4,160 miles) in length.
2. Which country has the longest coastline in the world?
Canada. (202,080 km).
3. Which country has the shortest coastline in the world?
4. Which city is located on two continents?
Istanbul in Turkey is located both on the Asian and European continent as the city spreads over two sides of the Bosporus. The strait is the boundary between Asia and Europe.
5. What is the longest mountain range in the world?
The Andes in South America are the longest mountain range stretching over 7,600km/4,700 miles from north to south.
Round 5 - Popular Culture
1. Who was the first Disney princess?
Persephone. In 1937, Walt Disney released a Silly Symphonies short called “The Goddess of Spring” that starred Persephone, the daughter of Zeus (and thus, a princess).
2. What is Paul McCartney’s middle name?
Paul. His first name is James.
3. Who holds the record for most streams on Spotify?
Ed Sheehan. “Shape of You” has been streamed more than 1.4bn times. His third album also holds the record for most streamed album of 2017 — having been played 3.1bn times.
4. What is the highest-grossing video game franchise to date?
Mario. With more than 180 games, the franchise had sold more than 555m units as of 2016.
5. Which artist/s saw their music video become the first video in YouTube history to reach 4bn views?
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. Their song “Despacito” achieved that milestone in just 272 days. To date, it’s been played over 5bn times.
Takeaways from the session
- This Thursday (26th March) at 13:00 (GMT) we will have our 'BOSS Has Got Talent' talent show! Please contact Neil to let him know if you would like to participate and show the world your talent!
- This Friday (27th March) at 13:00 (GMT) we will have the BOSS Book Club. The book of the week is called Hugh Did Watt? and you can download it by clicking here.
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Online group English lessons: £10 per hour
Online one-to-one English lessons: £25 per hour
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We hope that we will see you all tomorrow for Workout Wednesday at 13:00 (GMT)!