The Big Quiz of the School Year – answers

The Big Quiz of the School Year – answers


1. Francis Deng is South Sudan’s first Ambassador to the United Nations. The country became an independent state in July 2011. Find out more about the birth of the new nation with this resource from TES Connect partner The Day.

2. Andy Murray is celebrating his win at the US Open. The Scot beat Novak Djokovic in five sets: 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. Introduce students to tennis with this week-long activity pack.

3. The Mars rover is known as Curiosity. You can follow the rover’s adventures on the Red Planet easily; the vehicle has its own Twitter account. You can also have your own summer of curiosity thanks to these resources from TES Connect partner Nasa.

4. This is the Ghent Altarpiece. It has been stolen at least six times and looted in three different wars – as a result, part of the painting is still missing.

5. Gwyneth Paltrow was named as the world’s best dressed woman by People magazine. She was praised for her red carpet style, “always arriving in unexpected, yet chic looks”.


1. This is Hugo Chavez, who was president of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. He won his fourth term in October 2012 with 54 per cent of the vote. Introduce yourself to Venezuelan culture with this video from BBC Class Clips.

2. The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was won by the European Union. The institution donated its prize money to projects that help children affected by war and conflicts. Find out more about the EU with these slides from the EuropeanCommission.

3. “Fearless” Felix Baumgartner is Austrian. During his space jump journey, he broke the world records for highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight and fastest speed of freefall. The science behind his jump is explored in more depth in this activity on physics and falling.

4. All four men were part of Henry VIII’s court, but the protagonist of Hilary Mantel’s two novels is Thomas Cromwell. Born into humble origins, Cromwell rose through King Henry’s court, eventually becoming chief minister and Earl of Essex. He fell from favour after engineering Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves and was executed on Tower Hill on 28 July 1540. Watch author Hilary Mantel discuss Henry VIII with historian David Starkey in this video from TES Connect partner HistoricRoyalPalaces .

5. The James Bond film franchise celebrated 50 years in October 2012. The first Bond film, Dr No, was released in 1962 and starred Sean Connery as the dashing secret agent. Go behind the scenes of the latest 007 release with these videos from TES Connect partner FILMCLUB .


1. The phrase not uttered by Mitt Romney: “Three proud words: Made in the USA.” The quote was a gaffe made by President Obama in a speech in September 2012. Recreate the presidential election with this school-based activity.

2. Puerto Rico voted to become a state of the US in November 2012. Although 61.1 per cent of respondents favoured the option, opponents claimed that the questions asked on the ballot were ambiguous. The White House announced in April 2013 that it planned to seek $2.5m for a new, federally-funded referendum to take place in the territory. Learn more about the existing states with these free activities, which include a song about the current fifty states of the US.

3. This is Jackie Chan, who announced in November 2012 that his movie CZ12 – also known as Chinese Zodiac – would be his last action movie.

4. Gangnam is a district of Psy’s home country of South Korea. “Gangnam Style” is a phrase used in South Korea to mean hip or high-class. Why not make your own version of Gangnam Style , with lyrics that fit you.

5. Australian scientists revealed that Sandy Island, despite appearing on maps for over two centuries, did not exist. The first recorded charting of the island comes from Captain James Cook in 1774. Although the island had been removed from some charts decades ago, it still appeared on some maps – including those of the National Geographic Society and Google Maps.


1. Prince George is third in line to the throne, behind Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge. A new act of succession was passed in 2013, which stated that female children of the heir to the throne would not lose their place in line to a younger male sibling. This meant that if the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a girl, she would have remained third in line to the throne even if the royal couple went on to have a male child. Write a letter to, or a poem about, the new royal baby with these writing tasks.

2. Pope Benedict’s first tweet was: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” The other three tweets have been sent through the @Pontifex account by his successor, Pope Francis.

3. True. No, really, absolutely true.

4. The 2014 Tour de France will begin from the Victorian Town Hall in Leeds, Yorkshire. Find out more about this year’s race with these resources on the Tour de France .

5. The Large Hadron Collider shut down for two years in February 2013. It is due to reopen, after essential renovations, at some point in 2015. You can go on a tour of the Large Hadron Collider by watching this video.


1. Ray Lewis played for the Baltimore Ravens for the entirety of his professional career. He retired at the end of the 2011-12 NFL season after helping his team to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49-ers.

2. Horse DNA was first found in beef burgers in January 2013. The resulting testing saw big brands such as Tesco, Findus and Ikea caught up in the scandal over the next few months. Start a discussion on whether it’s right to eat meat with this unit of work.

3.Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France title in 1999. He was formally stripped of his seven titles in October 2012. The tour director, Christian Prudhomme, said that there were no plans to announce an alternate winner for those years. You can hear more about performance-enhancing drugs in sport in this free podcast.

4. North Korea threatened the United States with a long-range missile strike. Explore the effects of a nuclear strike with this timeline from TES Connect partner Peace Education.

5. Queen Beatrix was monarch of the Netherlands. She took the throne in 1980 following the abdication of her mother, Juliana.


1. This is Richard III. It is thought that monks recovered his body and buried him at a chapel after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, which was won by his Lancastrian rival, Henry Tudor. The remains of the chapel – and of the king – were discovered by a team from the University of Leicester, who excavated a car park that had been built over the site. You can find out more about the archeological expedition by watching this video .

2. Despite British politician Ed Balls proclaiming Call Me Maybe “THE song of 2012” on Twitter, it was Fun that triumphed at the Grammys, winning Song of the Year for their hit We Are Young.

3. This cover is for a new edition of Anne of Green Gables. Detractors of the cover pointed out that Anne Shirley, the novel’s protagonist, had red hair, freckles and is the age of 11 when the novel begins.

4. Despite thrilling Twihards everywhere, the “Razzie” for worst film went to Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. The adaptation of the novel by Stephanie Meyer also picked up awards for Worst Actress (for Kristen Stewart), Worst Supporting Actor (for Taylor Lautner), Worst Screen Couple (shared between Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner), Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, Worst Director (for Bill Condon) and Worst Screen Ensemble. You can analyse the film and decide for yourself whether the series is a classic or a dud with these Twilight resources.

5. Bradley Manning leaked classified material to WikiLeaks. His trial began in June 2013. Has WikiLeaks been good for democracy? Start a debate with this Debating Matters topic.


1. Noways Chuckles, Choo-tai of Egham and Burtonswood Bossy Boots are all genuine names of past Crufts winners, but it was Soletrader Peek A Boo that took the title of Best in Show at this year’s event.

2. Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina. Find out more interesting facts about Pontiffs from history with this TES Connect game.

3. It was The Eiffel Tower that was shut down temporarily after a hoax bomb threat in March 2013.

4. The team from the University of Cambridge won the Boat Race in 2013. The race this year was temporarily halted when a protester swam near the boats. As a result, the celebrations for the event were muted and the award ceremony was cancelled.

5. This capuchin monkey, also known as OG Mally (the OG stands for, of course, Original Gangster), was a birthday present for teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber. Alas, monkey and singer were not reunited, and Mally has begun a new life at a zoo in northern Germany. Justin Bieber and Germany is also the theme of this languages activity, in which the Canadian songster recounts a rather odd dream he’s had.


1. Queen Elizabeth II was hailed as the “most memorable Bond girl” by Bafta, following her acting turn in a short film directed by Danny Boyle for the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

2. Margaret Thatcher was the leader of the Conservative Party between 1975 and 1990 and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1979 and 1990. She was the UK’s first female Prime Minister and led her party to three successive victories at the polls. Baroness Thatcher was a divisive figure; discuss her successes and failures in this exercise.

3. Luis Suarez was charged with violent conduct for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. Although the incident went unnoticed by the referee during the match, he was later charged by the FA and served a 10 match ban.

4. It was Hollywood star Ben Affleck who lived on $1.50 a day for a week as part of the Live Below the Line awareness campaign. Mr Affleck took part to raise the profile of his charity, the Eastern Congo Initiative.

5. The restoration of the world’s first ever website marked the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the technology was donated by Cern to the public domain. You can find out more about the history of the internet with this guide.


1. Although Michael Owen and Sir Chris Hoy announced their retirement from football and cycling respectively during this year, it was football player David Beckham who chose to make his announcement in May. He finished his career playing for the French side Paris St-Germain. Away from football, he has pursued several other careers, but still found time to come and talk to Elmo on Sesame Street (

2. True. There are currently only 29,000 rhinoceroses left in the wild today, compared to a total of 500,000 rhinos at the start of the 20th century. Watch TES Connect partner Green TV’s video on the rhino poaching crisis.

3. Nadine Dorries was suspended from the Conservative Party for taking time off to appear in the British reality television programme I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! without informing the Chief Whip. She was the first contestant to be voted out of the series.

4. Writing in The New York Times, Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy following the discovery that she carried a faulty gene that increased her risk of cancer.

5. Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut.


1. Haizi, perhaps prophetically, means “child” in Mandarin.

2. Matt Smith played the Eleventh Doctor. The long-running series marks its fiftieth anniversary this year. Write the Eleventh Doctor out of trouble with this activity from BBC Learning Zone Class Clips.

3. Kinky Boots won the most Tonys this year, six in total. The production took home awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (for Billy Porter), Best Sound Design of a Musical (for John Shivers), Best Choreography (for Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (for Stephen Oremus), Best Score (for Cyndi Lauper) and Best Musical.

4. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West gave their child the name of North West. The baby will apparently be known as “Nori” for short.

5. The protester who defaced the The Hay Wain was a member of Fathers 4 Justice. The group, which campaigns for equal parenting rights, has a history of direct action. Arguably the most famous protest by the organisation involved a man dressed as Batman scaling the walls of Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen.


1. Mohammed Morsi was president of Egypt before he was ousted from power. Find out more about the background of the protests in Egypt with this lesson on the Arab Spring.

2. This is the flag of Croatia, which entered the European Union on 1 July 2013. You can find out how nations get membership to the EU by watching this video from EuroparlTV.

3. The last Brit to win a title at Wimbledon was Jonathan Marray, who won the men’s doubles in 2012 with his Danish partner Frederik Nielsen.

4. The Ashes were first played in 1882, and were a reaction to a mock obituary placed in The Sporting Times, which read:

In Affectionate Remembrance
of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval
29th AUGUST 1882,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances
N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.

5. It was revealed in July 2013 that J.K. Rowling had released a crime novel under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. The book, A Cuckoo’s Calling, has since shot up the Amazon best-sellers’ list.