Sailen Baishya

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In today’s Master’s Choice section, do try out a set of questions which has been compiled by one of our regular contributors, Adish Agarwalla of Moranhat. Meanwhile, keep writing to us with quiz reports, questions (with answers and full postal address) and interesting bits of information to: Quiz Zone, Horizon, C/o The Assam Tribune, Maniram Dewan Road, Guwahati. SMS or WhatsApp me at: 98640-26322 and e-mail at: [email protected] or [email protected] To read Quiz Zone online, you can log on to


1. What is the name of the test that depends on a person being able to tell whether or not they are communicating with artificial intelligence or a human operator on a computer?

2. Which article of the Indian Constitution provides for the powers and privileges of the Houses of Parliament and of its members and committees thereof?

3. Watson, Crick, and Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering which organic chemical that is shaped like a double helix?

4. Who defeated the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, in the Lok Sabha elections in 1984 from the Allahabad constituency?

5. Which multinational body was formed by seven countries in response to the Indian Nuclear Test of 1974?

6. Deepinder Goyal, an IIT-alumnus, co-founded which online platform that provides food delivery and dine out services?

7. According to Forbes magazine, which CEO is the first person in history to have a net worth exceeding $200 billion?

8. Which British novelist served as an Assistant District Superintendent in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma between 1922 and 1927?

9. At the Double and Rhythm and Swing are the autobiographies of which all-round cricketer from New Zealand?

10. Which nationalist leader from Punjab became the first president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress in 1921?


11. How is Ferenc Purczeld, the famous Hungarian footballer and manager, and the first international sports superstar, better known as? (Rim Baruah, North Lakhimpur)

12. Which British Prime Minister was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1964? (Nipam Dutta, Guwahati)

13. As per the recent statement of UNICEF, which country recorded the highest number of births on New Year’s Day? (Sneha Goswami, Tezpur)

14. Which British children’s author wrote Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches? (Bidyut Das, via SMS)

15. The historic Chauri-Chaura incident at Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh prompted Mahatma Gandhi to call off which national movement in the early part of the 20th century? (Subrata Dutta, Tangla)

16. Autumn King, Figaro, and St Valery are varieties of which vegetable? (Amrita Nath, Guwahati)

17. China has completed a railway line linking the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Nyingchi, near the border of which Indian state? (Sanjeeb Das, Pathsala)

18. Which type of Ethanol is made from sources like molasses, sugarcane, sugar beet, sorghum and edible oil seeds? (Chayanika Daka, Barpeta)

Picture Clue:

19. This original structure, later replaced, was built by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka. Identify it. (Sapnil Ranjan Borah, Guwahati)


20. This song was released in 1985 by a singer who was born in 1959. He sings about a wonderful time he had during a particular season, though it doesn’t fit as he was only 10 years old then and couldn’t have probably done all the things he said he did. Who was the singer and what song is this that’s a staple at reunions? (Dr Hemanga Kumar Kalita, Barpeta Road)


1. The Turing Test, 2. Article 105, 3. DNA, 4. Amitabh Bachchan, 5. Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), 6. Zomato, 7. Jeff Bezos (Amazon), 8. George Orwell, 9. Richard Hadlee, 10. Lala Lajpat Rai, 11. Ferenc Puskas, 12. Boris Johnson, 13. India, 14. Roald Dahl, 15. Non-Co-operation Movement, 16. Carrot, 17. Arunachal Pradesh, 18. 1G ethanol, 19. The Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, 20. Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69.