Kqa asqkance 2014 social sciences quiz finals

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KQA ASKQANCE Social Sciences Quiz - Prelims and Finals

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  • Final (s) Solution Capital Punishment The Social Sciences Quiz Rajagopal & Alagarsamy
  • The Shaare Shalom Synagogue (pic) in the Jamaican capital is one of five functioning synagogues in the world with sand floors. The most common explanation is that the practice originated in the early 1600s in the northern region of Brazil, where Spanish-Portuguese conversos (forced converts) who had returned to Judaism were trying to retain their jewish traditions while subject to the hostile eyes of Iberian ecclesiastical authorities. Because synagogues were not permitted to operate, the conversos had no choice but to meet in private homes. As such, they put clay and sand on the floor of the prayer rooms to muffle the sounds made by the comings and goings of worshipers, and the prayers themselves. What was the other important religious connection for having sand floor?
  • It is said that the sand symbolizes the terrain of the Sinai Desert, through which the Children of Israel wandered for 40 years after the Exodus
  • In medieval Europe the scribes-in-training were made to copy passages from Bible as part of their training. What was the equivalent source for the scribes-in- training in the middle east in ancient times? This source was discovered by Egyptologist Gustave Jquier in 1901.
  • Hammurabis Code
  • As a tradition the referee in Sumo wrestling carries a ceremonial sword with short blade (called tanto) in his belt. What is the reason behind this custom?
  • In ancient times the referees were expected to commit seppuku if they made wrong decisions. However, in modern days it is just a ceremonial accompaniement to signify that the referee understands the seriousness of the decisions he has to make and his symbolic willingness to commit seppuku if his decision is overruled by the shimpan (the judges).
  • For years, scientists and armchair philosophers have pondered on one of humanity's great evolutionary question: Why do humans _______? Some of the theories propounded to explain this were: It helped them expend less energy It helped them in carrying more food It helped them control their temperature better by reducing the amount of skin directly exposed to the sun What was this great evolutionary question?
  • Why did humans walk on two legs?
  • Ahnighito, also known as the Cape York Meteorite is a 4.5 billion-year- old piece of an asteroid that fell out of the sky and landed in Savissivik, about 10,000 years ago. Non-natives first heard about it in 1818. But it was first located in 1894 by Y, who achieved much greater fame later. For some reason, he thought it would be a great idea to take it back to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Before he could get the meteorite onto a ship, he had to get it to the coast, and that required the construction of ________s first and only railroad. It took three years to get all that done and transport the meteorite to its present location, where it sits on a special display stand whose supports are anchored into the bedrock beneath the museum. Identify the country and the person?
  • X Greenland Y Arctic Explorer Robert E Peary
  • D. R. Wijewardena, a press baron, and E. W. Perera, a prominent figure of the independence movement traced the location of this belonging to Sri Vikrama Rajasinghe, the last king of the Kingdom of Kandy to the Royal Hospital Chelsea where it was kept since the surrender of the Kingdom to the British in 1815. The recovered item became a focal point in the independence movement of Ceylon. What are we talking about?
  • The Lion Banner
  • This ceremony is an integral part of certain countrys culture. What ceremony and which country?
  • Coffee Ceremony Ethiopia
  • The Mystery of Picasso is a 1956 Documentary film made by the acclaimed French Director Henri-Georges Clouzot. This film looks in to Picassos creative process and captures him in the act of creating paintings for the camera. While this was one of the greatest documentaries on art ever made what other important reason made the French Government to declare this documentary as a National Treasure?
  • All the paintings created by Picasso for this movie were subsequently destroyed so that they would exist only on film.
  • __________ is a category of foreign policies institutionalized by leaders who asserted that their nations' best interests were best served by keeping the affairs of other countries at a distance, as well as a term used, sometimes pejoratively, in political debates. Many advocates of this theory believe that limiting international involvement keeps their country from being drawn into dangerous and otherwise undesirable conflicts. The America First Committee (AFC) was the foremost non-interventionist pressure group in US against the American entry into World War II. Peaking at 800,000 paid members in 450 chapters, it was one of the largest anti-war organizations in American history. Started in 1940, it shut down after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 7, 1941. FITB and Which well known American was the face of this committee and its most prominent spokesman?
  • Isolationsiam Charles Lindbergh
  • Language isolates are natural languages that have no known historical or linguistic relationship to any other languages. Since the language of Basque bears no similarity to Indo-European Romance languages spoken in the surrounding regions, its considered an isolated language. Some linguists have theorized that Basque language is a prehistoric language and to prove this they give the example of words such as "knife" (aizto), "axe" (aizkora) and "hoe" (aitzur) etc., Basque-type skulls discovered in Neolithic archaeological sites support this theory. What is their argument in favour of this theory?
  • Words such as "knife" (aizto), "axe" (aizkora) and "hoe" (aitzur) are all derived from the word for "stone" (haitz), and have therefore concluded that the language dates to the Stone Age, when those tools were made of stone.
  • In most of the East European countries, Greece & Russia the surname based on this profession is very common and in fact it is the most popular surname in Romania & Greece. Which profession?
  • Priest Popa (Romania) Popescu (Romania) Papadopoulos (Greece) Popovic (Serbia & Croatia) Popov (Russia) Papp (Hungary) Prifti (Albania)
  • Who classified the Romance languages into three different groups solely based on how they said ____. In his De vulgari eloquentia, he wrote in Latin, "nam alii oc, alii si, alii vero dicunt oil thereby highlighting three major Romance literary languages - Occitan, French & Italian - that were well known in Italy, based on each language's word for _____"
  • Dante Alighieri Yes For some say oc, others say si, others say ol." Oc Occitan Oil - Oui French Si - Italian
  • Modern reading is a silent and solitary activity. Ancient reading was usually oral, either aloud, in groups, or individually, in a muffled voice. What change in the writing system, introduced by the Irish monks at the end of the 7th century, led to the development of silent reading?
  • The practice of transcribing Greek and Latin manuscripts without spaces, or in scriptura continua, made reading silently a mind-bogglingly difficult task. The task of separating the words in continuous written text became instead a labor of professional readers and scribes. It was only after the introduction of word separators by the Iris monks that the practice of silent reading became practical. Introduction of Word Separators Ancientandmedievalmanuscriptslookedlikethisanditwaseasiertoreadthemaloud
  • During the prolonged civil war in the early part of 19th century, Henri Christophe (King Henry I) who ruled this country devised a novel monetary system. While poverty prevailed everywhere, he came to know that there was plenty of ______ in the farm fields and hence ordered, in fact commanded that the entire harvest of _____ be brought to treasury. He released this from treasury as currency and to this day the ______ of 100 centimes is the nominal currency of this country. Identify the country and the currency?
  • Haiti Gourde