The Spectrum Quiz

The Spectrum Quiz The Answers his quiz is not about the 2G Spectrum scandal but about colours. in a general sense.  Barring 1, 2, and 12 all the questions have answers containing the name

Published: 08th February 2012 02:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:52 PM   |  A+A-

The Spectrum Quiz The Answers his quiz is not about the 2G Spectrum scandal but about colours. in a general sense.  Barring 1, 2, and 12 all the questions have answers containing the name of a colour.

 Try it and you’ll see what I mean.  A word about colour blindness.  The term is misleading since most people with this condition have perfectly good visual acuity — the ability to see things clearly.

 In its congenital form it affects about 7-8 per cent of males and about 0. 4 per cent of females.  It is a good idea for all children in schools to have a simple test for colour blindness called the Ishihara test.

 Since certain professions like flying a plane or the textile and gem industries require good colour discrimination it is better for children to know their colour discrimination abilities early to avoid

disappointments later.

 The English chemist John Dalton published the first scientific paper on this subject in 1798, Extraordinary Facts Relating to the Vision of Colours, after the realisation of his own colour blindness.

 Because of Dalton’s work, the condition was often called daltonism.

1. Apart from the image of an apple falling on his head, Isaac Newton is famously

remembered for showing what using a

prism of glass?

2.  Which famous rock band used the above ‘prism splitting light’ image as the cover

for one of their iconic albums?

3. The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at latitudes

north and nearby to the north of the Arctic Circle, and south and nearby, to the south of the Antarctic Circle where the

sun remains visible at the local midnight.

Given fair weather, the sun is visible for a continuous 24 hours, mostly north of

the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle.  What term describes the night where instead of darkness, there is perpetual


4. What was the name of the Palestinian paramilitary terrorist group, founded in 1970 that was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes and officials, and fatal shooting of a West German policeman, during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, their most publicised event?

5.  Which city square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod.

 As the major streets of Moscow radiate from here in all directions, being promoted to major highways outside the city, it is often considered the central square of Moscow and all of Russia.

 6.  The successful construction of the Panama Canal was possible only after the confirmation by Dr Walter Reed that themosquito was the transmitting vector of malaria and which other disease? After two

years of extensive sanitation and mosquito abatement work involving thousands of workers and millions of dollars themosquito spread diseases were nearly eliminated.

 7. Which telecommunications industry specification describes how mobile phones, computers, and personal digital assistants (PDAs) can be easily interconnected using a short-range wireless

connection? The word is an anglicised version of the epithet of the tenthcentury king Harald I of Denmark and parts of Norway who united dissonant Danish

tribes into a single kingdom.  The implication is that this electronic standard does the same with communications protocols, uniting them into one universal standard.

 8. Which DC Comics superhero’s real name was Alan Scott, a railroad engineer who, after a railway crash, came into possession of a magic object (that gave him his name) which spoke to him and said it

would bring power? From this, he crafted a magic ring which gave him a wide variety of powers.

 9.  Easy question! Which colour is named after a fruit? Interestingly, before this word was introduced to the English-speaking world, the colour was referred to as ġeolurēad (yellowred).

 10.  Which fictional ‘bad girl’ who chews gum all day gets her infamous comeuppance when she chews an experimental three-course meal gum at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? When it gets to the

dessert, blueberry pie, she turns blue and begins to fill with juice, inflating into a human blueberry.

 11. Dinabandhu Mitra’s 1859 play Nil Darpan is based on a non-violent peasant movement and subsequent uprising of farmers against the planters that arose in Bengal in 1859 when the farmers refused to grow a

dye-producing plant? Mitra’s play was translated into English by Michael Madhusudan Dutta and published by Rev James Long.  It attracted much attention in England, where the people were stunned at the

savagery of their countrymen.  The British Government sent Rev Long on a mock trial and punished him with imprisonment and fine.  Kaliprasanna Sinha paid the fine for him. Which plant led to this revolt?

12.  In Latin this word means ‘image’ or ‘ghost’.  The word was strictly used to designate a ghostly optical afterimage by Goethe in his Theory of Colours .  In the 17th century the word was introduced into optics.

 What’s the good word, and can you also name the related word that means ‘ghost’?


1. Newton investigated the refraction of light, demonstrating that a prism could split white light into a spectrum of colours, and that a second prism could restore the multicoloured spectrum into white


 2. Pink Floyd; Dark Side of the Moon

3.  White Nights

 4. Black September

 5. Red Square

6.  Yellow Fever

7. Bluetooth (after King Harald Bluetooth).

 Bluetooth was created by Ericsson in 1994.

 8. Green Lantern

9.  Orange.  The word originated from the Dravidian word for this fruit

10.  Violet Beauregarde

11.  Indigo plant (Indigofera tinctoria)

 12. Spectrum; spectre

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