Pit your wits in this family quiz from TV personality, maths educator and ambassador to Potential Plus UK, Bobby Seagull. Bobby hosted this quiz on YouTube, 20th February, 2021, as part of Potential Plus UK’s vPlus Festival. The maximum points you can gain are 35.

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Round 1: STEM

10 Points

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  1. The great red spot is a huge storm that has raged for at least 150 years on which planet?
  2. In maths, what is the next number in this sequence: 2, 3, 5, 7…
  3. What vitamin, also known as ascorbic acid, is also found in citrus fruit?
  4. What is the only metal that is in liquid form at room temperature?
  5. True or False? Australia is wider than the diameter of the moon.
  6. What is a baby kangaroo called?
  7. What do the letters DVD stand for?
  8. How many metres is half of half of half of a kilometre?
  9. In the periodic table element number 74 is W – known as Wolfram in some European countries. What do we call this element?
  10. If you are facing North and you turn anticlockwise through 270°, in what direction are you now facing?

Round 1: STEM - Answers

1) Jupiter
2) 11 (they are prime numbers)
3) Vitamin C
4) Mercury (key thing here is room temperature which is generally taken to be 20°C)
5) True
6) A joey
7) Digital Video Disc or Digital Versatile Disc
8) 125m
9) Tungsten
10) East

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Round 2: Spelling

5 Points

Cartoon Owl sitting on a book

Below are definitions of words, along with additional clues. Can you find the words they describe… and you need to SPELL them correctly to get the mark!

  1. Very strange or unusual and difficult to explain. Begins with w.
  2. A political leader of ancient Egypt. Begins with p.
  3. A small piece of material or paper that you use for blowing your nose, etc. Begins with h.
  4. Extremely small. 9 letters. Begins with m.
  5. Taking care to do things carefully and correctly. Begins with c.

Round 2: Spelling - Answers

1 point each for finding the right word and for SPELLING it correctly

1) Weird
2) Pharaoh
3) Handkerchief
4) Minuscule (miniscule is also acceptable as it has now been adopted by some dictionaries as an acceptable incorrect form of the word) or miniature
5) Conscientious

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Round 3: The Arts and Humanities

10 Points

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  1. Potential Plus UK was established in which year? In that same year Milton Keynes was given the New Town designation order; Man Utd won the old first division; The Beatles released the Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
  2. What colour must gondolas in Venice be painted?
  3. The Harry Potter novels are written by J.K. Rowling. What do the initials J.K. stand for?
  4. When England won the World Cup in 1966, who gave Bobby More the trophy?
  5. ‘All children except one grow up’. This the first line of which novel?
  6. What is the only Shakespeare play with an animal in its title?
  7. Aesop’s Fables are believed to have originated from which country?
  8. What modern day country was called Caledonia by the Romans?
  9. Who was Henry VIII’s First Wife?
  10. Rikki-tikki-tavi, Bagheera and Baloo are characters in a book by which author?

Round 3: Arts and Humanities - Answers

1) 1967
2) Black
3) Joanne Kathleen
4) The Queen (Elizabeth II)
5) Peter Pan
6)The Taming of the Shrew
7) Greece
8) Scotland
9) Katherine of Aragon
10) Rudyard Kipling

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Round 4: Musicals

10 Points

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Below you are given the name of a song from a film musical. Name the musical (1 point) and the year the film was released (1 point). Total of 10 points available.

  1. Good Morning
  2. This is Me
  3. My Favourite Things
  4. America
  5. Let it Go

Round 4: Musicals - Answers

1 point for naming the musical and 1 point for the year the film was released (if you are within 2 years either side you can have the point).  Total of 10 points available.

1) Good Morning – Singing in the Rain – 1952
2) This is Me – The Greatest Showman – 2017
3) My Favourite Things – The Sound of Music – 1965
4) America – West Side Story – 1961
5) Let it Go – Frozen – 2013

Did You Get 35 Points?

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