John: Well, sir, it’s the same dog. A who, what, where?

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I KNOW! 18 Level 2 and 3

Teacher: John, your essay on your dog is word for word the same as your

brother’s essay.

John: Well, sir, it’s the same dog.

A Who, what, where?

Who am I?

3 I am filled with wind.

2 I am played by someone wearing a skirt of tartan.

1 I am well-known in Scotland and was heard at the Commonwealth Games.


The bagpipe is played at all the medal ceremonies of the 2014 Commonwealth Games that take place in Scotland.
B Conquer the Curriculum

1 Which bird is the fastest living being that can run on two legs?

Penguin Partridge Ostrich

It can reach a speed of 72,5 km/h.

2 Which planet’s moon is closest to the Sun?

Neptune Earth Jupiter

The Earth’s Moon is the closest moon to the sun, because Mercury and Venus do not have moons.

3 How many ribs does a normal human being have?

12 pairs 24 pairs 6 pairs

One out of 20 people has 13 pairs of ribs, the same number as dogs and buffaloes. A snake’s whole body consists almost entirely of ribs – between 100 and 400. And although the Bible book Genesis says that Eve was made from Adam’s rib, a man has the same number of ribs as a woman!

4 How many sides and angles does a stop sign have?

Six Seven Eight

A stop sign is an octagon.

5 Which colour is on the outer part of the rainbow and at the top of South Africa’s flag?

Blue White Red

6 What is the combined value of the coins in our current series that are NOT minted anymore?

5c 8c 10c

The 1c and 2c coins were discontinued in 2002 and the 5c coin in 2012. The current series was launched in 1989. There were 8 coins. The R5 coin was added in 1994.

7 How many wonders of the ancient world have been destroyed?

Six Seven Eight

The only ancient wonder that still exists are the Great Pyramids in Egypt.

8 In which town is the house where heart pioneer Chris Barnard was born? It is now a museum.

Riversdale Beaufort West Richmond

Christiaan Neethling Barnard was born on 8 November 1922 in Beaufort West. He did the first human heart transplant on 3 December 1967 in the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. He died on 2 September 2001 in Pafos on the island Cyprus.

9 In which country was the peace treaty signed after the First World War?

United Kingdom France Germany

The peace treaty was signed on 28 June 1919 near Paris, in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.

10 How many countries are there on the North American continent?

Five Four Three

Mexico, USA and Canada are the three countries. The isthmus or narrow connecting strip between North and South America is known as Central America.

11 Which explorer gave the name Natal to the place where he landed on Christmas Day in 1497?

Bartholomew Diaz Vasco da Gama Francis Drake

Natal’ is the Portuguese word for Christmas.

12 Which well-known person lives in Mahlamba Ndlopfu in Pretoria and Genadendal in Cape Town?

South Africa’s president South Africa’s opposition leader

Mahlamba Ndlopfu (Shangaan for ‘New dawn’) was called Libertas until 1995, while Genadendal was known as Westbrooke. The President’s offices are in the Union Buildings in Pretoria and Tuynhuys in Cape Town.

13 Which planet is known for its rings? 

Mars Saturn  Venus

14 Which branch of science deals with the study of matter and energy? 

Physics  Chemistry Trigonometry

15 Which is the only continent without a desert?

Europe  Asia South America
16 In terms of continent size, where does Antarctica fall? Third largest, fourth largest or fifth largest?

Third largest Fourth largest Fifth largest 

17 Which metal has the highest melting point?

Mercury Tungsten Platinum

Tungsten (also wolfram; symbol: W) has the highest melting point of any element, namely 3 410° C. The ‘melting point’ of carbon is higher at 3 550° C, but it does not really melt. It changes from a solid to a gas. Wolfram is used in the filaments of bulbs.

18 Which chemical element is the most abundant in the human body if you calculate the number of molecules?

Hydrogen Oxygen Nitrogen

The hydrogen molecules in the human body represent 63% of the total number of atoms in the body.

19 Nanotechnology refers to something that can be done on a very small scale. What does the Greek word ‘nan(n)os’ mean?

Hair Dwarf Dust particle

Nanometre’ refers to one thousand-millionth of a metre(10-9), about

100 000 times thinner than a human hair. In nanotechnology microscopic machinery are built.

20 What is the correct term for the dots on the lowercase letters i and j?

Tittles Dots Iotas

There is an expression: “Not one jot or tittle”. It means a tiny amount.
C General knowledge and curriculum in the news:

South Africa, Sport, Entertainment, World


21 Think carefully - How many months have 30 days?

7 9 11

If the question were, How many months have only 30 days, the answer would have been four. Seven months have 31 days and one month (February) has 29 days in a leap year and 28 days in other years, including years that are divisible by 400.

22 The word ‘D’oh!’ is included in the Oxford English Dictionary. Which television character made this word famous?

Homer Simpson Bart Simpson Maggie Simpson

He is Bart Simpson’s father. Other quotes are “Holy Moly”, “Woo Hoo” and “Mmmm!” (for food). The most well-known quotes of Bart are “Eat my shorts!” and “Ay, carumba!”.

23 How many streets or blocks on which houses and hotels can be built, are there on a Monopoly board?

20 22 25

There are also 4 stations and 2 utilities.

24 What does the Swahili term ‘hakuna matata’ mean?

That’s life No worries Take a chance

25 Which composer suffered from progressive deafness and near the end of his career was almost totally deaf?

Beethoven Mozart Bach

26 Which digital satellite TV service has a new slogan, namely Feel Every Moment? It was ‘So much more’. SABC2 DStv

27 South Africa is taking part in the Commonwealth Games that is held every 4 years. Which largest city in Scotland is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games?

Edinburgh Glasgow Aberdeen

The Commonwealth of Nations is an association of sovereign states. Most of them are former British colonies, with the British monarch as its head. There are 53 nations.

28 Which British monarch is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations?

Prince Charles  Queen Elizabeth II

29 Which swimmer won 7 medals, including gold medals in the 100 metres and 200 metres butterfly events, at the Commonwealth Games?

Chad le Clos Sebastien Rousseau Cameron van der Burgh

He equalled the previous best of seven medals set by Australian legend Ian Thorpe at the 2002 Manchester Games. Le Clos has won 12 medals at two Commonwealth Games, which is one more than Thorpe’s 11 medals.

30 What is the nickname of the South African Sevens rugby team who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games?

Springboks Blitsbokke Proteas

31 The Blitsbokke beat which rugby team in the final at the Commonwealth Games?

New Zealand Australia England

32 Who is the coach of the Blitsbokke?

Neil Powell Paul Treu

33 Who is the captain of the Blitsbokke?

Cecil Afrika Kyle Brown Justin Geduld

34 Who is the captain of the South African test cricket team?

AB de Villiers Graeme Smith Hashim Amla

35 Which country did South Africa’s test cricket team overtake to become the number one in the world again?

New Zealand Australia England

36 Which country’s cricket team did South Africa beat for the first time since 1993?

Sri Lanka Australia England

37 Name one racquet sport in which the participants do not use a round ball?

Volleyball Badminton Lacrosse

Badminton is played with a shuttlecock that is formed from 16 overlapping duck feathers embedded into a rounded cork base.

38 Which Namibian town lies about 30 kilometres north of Walvis Bay in the Namib Desert?

Henties Bay Lüderitz Swakopmund

Captain Curt von François founded Swakopmund in 1892 as the main harbour of the German Colony, because Walvis Bay was a British harbour.

39 Which popular sweets have the names Brilliant, Bubbles, Baby Bonny, Boofuls, Bigheart and Bumper?

Smarties Jelly Babies Jelly tots

Each one has a certain colour and flavour: Brilliant (red; strawberry), Bubbles (yellow; lemon), Baby Bonny (pink; raspberry), Boofuls (green; lime), Bigheart (purple; blackberry) and Bumper (orange; orange).

40 In which USA state was Barack Hussein Obama born on 4 August 1961?

Hawaii Texas Alaska

Obama was born in Honolulu. He was the first American President to be born in this state. His mother was Stanley Ann Dunham (1942–1995) who was born in Kansas, and his father was Barack Obama, senior, from Kenya (1936–1982). Obama’s parents met in 1960 in a Russian class at the University of Hawaii.

41 What do the following names have in common: Uniondale; Joubertina and Proklamasieheuwel?

They are in Gauteng  They contain all 5 vowels

42 Which singer’s second posthumous album, Xscape, was released recently?

Elvis Presley Michael Jackson Neil Diamond

He died in 2009 - 5 years ago. His first posthumous album was Michael in 2010. The album has 8 previously unreleased tracks by Michael Jackson.

43 Which 1982 album of Michael Jackson is the best-selling album of all time?

Thriller Bad Dangerous

Between 51 and 65 million copies have been sold worldwide.


44 Who is the new head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Carlos Parreira Steve Komphela Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba

He replaces Gordon Igesund. Mashaba was the coach of the Under-20 and Under-23 teams.

45 Which war broke out on 28 July 1914, 100 years ago? South Africans also took part in this war.

First World War Second World War Anglo-Boer War

229 000 South African officers and men served in the war.

46 About 10 000 South African soldiers died in France and Flanders during the First World War. The Battle of Delville Wood is the best known battle. The Delville Wood South African National Memorial was designed by which British architect, who also designed the Union Buildings?

Gerard Moerdijk Sir Herbert Baker Lee Berger

47 What are the most Tour de France titles that someone has won?

Three Four Five

The seven ‘victories’ of Lance Armstrong (with the help of forbidden substances) are not acknowledged any more.

48 Which playwright’s children from his marriage to Anne Hathaway were called Judith, Susanna and Hamnet?

Charles Dickens William Shakespeare William Wordsworth

He lived from 1546–­1616. Judith and Hamnet were twins who were born in 1585, two years after Susanna.

49 Which country’s flag has an eagle that sits on a cactus plant while it is devouring a snake?

Mexico Egypt India

According to tradition the gods told the Aztecs to build a city (Mexico City) where they see an eagle that sits on a cactus while it eats a snake.

50 What do the letters HB stand for on a pencil?

Hard Black Hexagonal Black

The more H’s there are on the pencil, the harder is the lead; the more B’s there are, the softer (and more black) is the lead.

51 What was the world population at the end of 2013?

7,2 billion 5,2 billion 10,2 billion

The world population will be more than 8 billion at the end of 2024. In 1804 there were 1 billion people, in 1927 there were 2 billion people, in 1960 there were 3 billion people and 4 billion in 1974. There were 5 billion people in 1987 and 7 billion people in 2011.

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