The Rainbow has been a symbol of hope since the time of Noah. In today’s pandemic it has reappeared in many windows. My Rainbow quiz was to be used at a Friends’ fundraising event this Spring, which cannot, now, take place.
I thought that some of you could occupy a little time answering those you could, and researching those you could not. I start with white as this is the colour of the light which forms the basis of the rainbow. The colours will follow , finishing with the rainbow round.
If you have had enjoyment in doing this non-competitive quiz, perhaps you could make a small contribution to the museum, when we re-open.
Take care and have fun! Dorothy
The White Round
1 The Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was premiered in which year?
2 What colour is the square for Whitechapel on a standard Monopoly board ?
3 The Woman in White was written by which author?
4 What sporting activities took place at the White City?
5 In which county is the most famous white horse?
6 The white rose is the symbol of which county?
7 Where is the White Tower?
8 What is the address of the White House in Washington DC?
9 Which football team traditionally played at White Hart Lane?
10 Who was the White Queen?
The Red Round
This week the questions are related to the colour red. It is the first colour in the rainbow. It has the longest wavelength of the light visible to the human eye. Some animals can see beyond our range, bees for example can see the ultraviolet which emanates from some flowers. Having the longest wavelength is the reason red is used as a warning colour, as it can be seen better than violet in difficult conditions.
1 The Red House was the home of which well-known designer?
2 Which planet has a Red Spot?
3 In which county is the town of Redcar?
4 In the logo of the Olympics, what is the position of the Red ring?
5 What city has been called “The rose red city half as old as time”?
6 Who was the Red Baron?
7 Who trained the race-horse Red Rum?
8 What is a redstart?
9 The followers of which Italian Republican wore Red Shirts?
10 Red mullets are fresh-water fish. What other colour do they come in ?
The Orange Round
This week’s colour is orange. A secondary colour made by the merging if the two primary colours, red and yellow, on either side of it.
It is associated with the Dutch Royal family who took the name from the village of that name in the south if France where their ancestors came from. They are unique, as they allowed the monarchy to descend through the female line early in the 20th Century. Queen Wilhelmina reigned in her own right until she abdicated in favour of her daughter, Juliana. She in turn abdicated and her daughter, Beatrix, ruled until 2013, when she gave up the throne to her son. Willem-Alexander. He is the first king of the Netherlands for over a century.
Orange is said to be the only word in English that has no rhyme. Sporange, a corruption of sporangium, has been suggested, but is rather difficult to see how it could be used in a poem. Srorangium is part of fern.
1 The Orange River is the boundary between which two countries?
2 What is the botanical name for mock orange blossom?
3 Satsumas are in the orange family, but what is Satsuma Ware?
4 Who wrote the novel, The Clockwork Orange?
5 William of Orange became king of England under which name?
6 Seville oranges are used to make marmalade, but who wrote the opera, The Barber of Seville?
7 What is an orange tip?
8 “Oranges and lemons,” said the bells of St Clements. Which local celebrity is buried in that church?
9 Oranges are not the Only Fruit was written by whom?
10 What acid is found in oranges?