Politics quiz time

  1. In what year did Jeffrey Donaldson and Arlene Foster join the DUP?
  2. Appointed in 1721, who was Britain’s first Prime Minister?
  3. Name the President of China.
  4. How many members (TDs) of Dail Éireann are there?
  5. Name the creator of US TV show The West Wing.
  6. To the nearest hundred votes, what was Naomi Long’s margin of victory in the 2010 Westminster election?
  7. Which two men were awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1993?
  8. Which Belfast street was the birthplace of Chaim Herzog, sixth President of Israel?
  9. What former speaker of the U.S. House has a chair in peace studies named for him at the University of Ulster?
  10. What was the name of Hitler’s dog?

None of these questions and more will be asked at the Great BIG Politics Pub Quiz, happening in the Black Box on Monday 25 October. It’s a charity fundraiser, helping to build homes in Haiti, and is proudly supported by Slugger O’Toole because a) it’s a great cause, and b) it should be a fantastic night out for everyone who likes their politics served with a dash of fun.

Anna Lo, Alban Maginness, Basil McCrea, Barry McElduff, Dawn Purvis and Jim Wells will be relishing the role of asking the tricky questions, rather than having to answer them, and local comedian Graeme Watson will be inducing a few laughs with his political stand-up.

There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs in both quiz and raffle. Public affairs company Stratagem are putting together a humongous hamper of the best political books and DVDs available. While, for our raffle, big-hearted John McCallister MLA has thrown in a meal for four and a personally guided tour of Parliament Buildings. And some must-have political tomes will be jostling for space on your book-shelf, including signed copies of books by Tony Blair, Malachi O’Doherty, David Gordon…

So, set your cynicism aside for a night, put your hand in your pocket and join Slugger in doing your bit for a good cause. Demand is already high, so – blogger, commenter or lurker – get your team together and pre-book your tickets now!

And no using Google or Wikipedia for the answers to the questions above! Take your best guess and we’ll post the answers in a day or two…

  • Mark McGregor

    Well, one of the questions was on the list but sure I’ll think of another one. Cheers 😉

  • Number 4 is ambiguous: (a) how many currently are there? or (b) how many should there be? And, for the bonus, (c) why does (a) not equal (b)?

  • Alan Maskey

    10. Wolf.

    3. Mr Hu.

  • Number 5 (again a bonus): How does Richard Schiff/”Toby Ziegler” get to Dagenham?

  • No. 10, not so. Try Muckl, Blonda, Blondi or Bella. For a more difficult question (closely related) what is the connection between Stasi, Negus and (the oh-so-briefly) Frau Hitler?

    Y’know, there are some things I wish I didn’t know.

  • Mark McGregor

    Malcolm,

    The answer is zero. No ambiguity involved 😉

  • Dewi

    1, 2003
    2. Walpole
    3 Hu Jintao
    4. 166
    5 Dunno
    6 1500
    7 Hume and Trimble
    8 Dunno
    9 Tip O Neill
    10 Blondi

  • 5 is Aaron Sorkin (You’re either an addict or you’re not: the Pert Young Piece in my household has much of the dialogue by heart);

    and

    8 is 185 Cliftonpark Avenue, currently the base of the Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum (and I know that last one because I’ve blogged it, twice)

  • Some might want want to use Facebook to help put together a team / invite ‘friends’. If so, Facebook event page here.

    By the way, between them, Dewi and Malcolm are nearly there… but not quite!

  • Dewi

    I’m an idiot – the Nobel Peace Prize thing is wrong by about a decade. I’ve googled it now so won’t answer.

  • Yeah: actually I had that aright on first reading of the original post. That’s not a boast: it was in my mind mainly, I guess, as a by-product of reading Henning Mankell’s The White Lioness [Wallander 3] a couple of weeks back.

  • Okay quiz fans … Malcolm and Dewi have (nearly – just one wrong, guys) already done the honours, but for the record, here are the answers:

    1. In what year did Jeffrey Donaldson and Arlene Foster join the DUP? 2004 (they quit the UUP in December 2003 but only joined the DUP in January 2004)

    2. Appointed in 1721, who was Britain’s first Prime Minister? Robert Walpole

    3. Name the President of China. Hu Jintao

    4. How many members (TDs) of Dail Éireann are there? 166

    5. Name the creator of US TV show The West Wing. Aaron Sorkin

    6. To the nearest hundred votes, what was Naomi Long’s margin of victory in the 2010 Westminster election? 1,533

    7. Which two men were awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1993? Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk

    8. Which Belfast street was the birthplace of Chaim Herzog, sixth President of Israel? Clifton Park Avenue.

    9. What former speaker of the U.S. House has a chair in peace studies named for him at the University of Ulster? Thomas P. ‘Tip’ O’Neill

    10. What was the name of Hitler’s dog? Blondi (she died in the bunker with him, testing out the poison capsules he was to use shortly afterwards.)

  • Alan Maskey

    As regards 4, the old days with 144 TDs were best. Gross ignorance they used to call it, something some of us know a lot about:)

  • Dewi

    No 1 is a mean trick…..but liked the quiz – let’s have one a week…

  • Dewi – you should get over from Wales for the Great BIG Poliics Pub Quiz!

  • Dewi

    I’d love it – but this blasted work business gets in the way. Chuck the questions on-line and me and Malcolm will beat the lot of you….