Q 1. Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan is a novel written by Morgan Robertson. The story features the ocean liner Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. The Titan and its sinking have been noted to be very similar to the real-life passenger ship RMS Titanic.
Some similarities betwen the book and the real event
1. Both were triple screw (propeller).
2. The Titanic carried only 16 lifeboats, less than half the number required for her passenger and crew capacity of 3000. The Titan carried 24 lifeboats, which could carry less than half of her total complement of 3000.
3. Moving at 22½ knots, the Titanic struck an iceberg on the starboard side on the night of April 14, 1912, in the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles away from Newfoundland. Moving at 25 knots, The Titan also struck an iceberg on the starboard side on an April night in the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles from Newfoundland.
4. The Titanic sank, and more than half of her 2200 passengers and crew died. The Titan also sank, and more than half of her 2500 passengers drowned.
Apart from these similarities, what weird specialty of the book made it popular and a bestseller?
Q 2. Identify
He was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories. He was a keen cricketer, and between 1899 and 1907 he played 10 first-class matches for the Marylebone Cricket Club.
In his short stories, he introduced a fictional character who is a popular name today. The picture below shows the statue of the protagonist in his novels, erected in front of his paternal house.
Identify the writer and the fictional character.
Q 3. He is James Lord Pierpont, a New England born songwriter, arranger, organist, and composer, best known for writing and composing “Jingle Bells” in 1857, originally entitled “The One Horse Open Sleigh”.
Years later one of his descendants dominated the world of Banking and Finance. Who?
Q 4. The Druk White Lotus School is located in Shey, Ladakh, in northern India. What is it’s claim to fame?
Q 5. Which Indian state has the maximum number of operational airports?
Q 6. In the current BJP government, who is the Union Minister of State, Ministry of Urban Development?
Q 7. New mascot of ___________________?
Q 8. Who is the author of Pax Indica, Show Business, The Great Indian Novel, The Five Dollar Smile.
Q 9. Based on Ramayana, Ram Rajya was directed in 1943 byVijay Bhatt, and had Prem Adib and Shobhna Samarth inthe lead roles.It was a major success, and the third highest grossingIndian film of 1943.What unique distinction does it hold?
Q 10. While issuing tickets as a B.E.S.T. bus conductor, Badruddin Kazi used to entertain passengers aboard with some antics. These antics caught the attention of actor and script-writer Balraj Sahniin 1950 while he was once traveling in a B.E.S.T. bus on which Badruddin, then 27, was working as a conductor. Sahni was penning at that time the script for the movie, Baazi (1951), and introduced Badruddin to Guru Dutt as a candidate for a role. It was Dutt who gave him his screen name , a reference to the brand of Scotch whisky, when he was inspired by Kazi’s display in the role of a drunkard.
By what screen-name do we know Badruddin Kazi today?
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Ans 1. It was published in 1898, 14 years before the real incident took place in 1912.
Ans 2. Arthur Conan Doyle and his creation Sherlock Holmes.
Ans 3. John Pierpont Morgan (J.P. Morgan)
Ans 4. The school featured in the bollywood film “3 idiots” and Cisco’s “Human Network” Advertisement.
Ans 5. Gujarat has 9 operational airports.
Ans 6. Babul Supriyo – Famous playback singer
Ans 7. Air India – Read more here
Ans 8. Shashi Tharoor
Ans 9. The only Indian film watched by Mahatma Gandhi in a special screening in the year 1944. Just a few days before, the Mahatma had seen the pro-Soviet Hollywood film, ‘Mission To Moscow’, made in response to a request by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These are the two films the Mahatma ever saw. You can read more here
Ans 10. Johny Walker