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Isolation! Fun Quiz Questions About Isolation.


  1. In the film Cast Away what nickname does Chuck Noland give to his volleyball?
  2. "Isolation" is a 1980 song from the Closer album by which Salford band?
  3. Who wrote the poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud?
  4. The story Robinson Crusoe has been thought to be based on the life of which Scottish castaway who lived for four years on a Pacific island?
  5. Which 2015 science fiction film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, depicts an astronaut's lone struggle to survive on Mars?

  6. Which group of islands, a territory of the United Kingdom, are the most remote inhabited group of islands in the world?
  7. Who is known for saying, "magnificent desolation"?
  8. After World War Two which European country isolated itself from the rest of Europe for decades under the leadership of Enver Hoxha?
  9. Sir Isaac Newton, during the 18 months that he isolated in Cambridge from the bubonic plague, wrote papers on the rules of "fluxions"; by what name today is this branch of mathematics better known?
  10. What was the original name for Tasmania? In 1848 The Separate Prison opened there, where prisoners were sent to quietly reflect on their past deeds in isolation.
  11. For how long did the Apollo 11 astronauts have to quarantine as a precaution against an uncertain threat of contagion: (a) 7 days, (b) 14 days, or (c) 21 days?
  12. Now extrated from natural gas, Scottish chemical scientist William Ramsey was the first to isolate which substance from the radioactive mineral celveite in 1895?
  13. Which character was played by Dan Haggerty in a 1974 film and the subsequent TV series?
  14. Hiroo Onoda hid in the jungles of which country until 1974 not knowing that World War 2 had ended?
  15. Who wrote the book Robinson Crusoe, first published in 1719?
  16. "Only the Lonely" is a 1960 song and the first major hit for which singer?
  17. Which 1954 novel by William Golding features a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island?
  18. Who directed the 2012 film Life of Pi, which tells the story of "Pi" Patel who is adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger?
  19. Name the author of the 1959 book The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner?
  20. When isolation is a measure of distance from your fellow man, who in 1969 became the most isolated person ever on earth?


  1. Wilson (dubbed Wilson after its manufacturer)
  2. Joy Division
  3. William Wordsworth
  4. Alexander Selkirk
  5. The Martian
  6. Tristan da Cunha
  7. Buzz Aldrin (when he stepped onto the moon)
  8. Albania
  9. Calculus
  10. Van Diemen's Land's
  11. (c) 21 days
  12. Helium
  13. Grizzly Adams
  14. Phillipines
  15. Daniel Defoe
  16. Roy Orbison
  17. Lord of the Flies
  18. Ang Lee

  19. Alan Sillitoe
  20. Astronaut Michael Collins (who flew the Apollo 11 command module and who got to be more than 3,400 miles from his colleagues Armstrong and Aldrin)