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Quiz Questions I

  1. Which Nobel Laureate wrote a four-volume history of Britain and its former colonies entitled 'A History of the English-Speaking Peoples'?
  2. Who in 2016, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 'for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition'?

  3. What was the first name of the Swedish inventor Nobel, who established the Nobel Prizes in 1895? And what was his most famous invention?
  4. The prize ceremonies take place annually in Stockholm, Sweden, with the exception of which prize? And where is the ceremony of this one prize held?
  5. Who in 2009 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his 'extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples'?
  6. What did Wilhelm Rontgen discover to receive the first ever Physics Prize?
  7. Who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954?
  8. Who was awarded the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize for his part in Europe's post-war rebuilding?
  9. The first Nobel Peace Prize was jointly won by Switzerland's Henri Dunant, what did set of treaties he set up in 1864 become known as?
  10. In 1968, which new Nobel Prize was established?
  11. In 1962, Francis Crick and James Watson were awarded the Physiology or Medicine Prize for discovering what?
  12. Name the the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences?
  13. Which historical figure did Geir Lundestad, Secretary of Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2006, call 'the greatest omission in our 106 year history'?
  14. Which former politician's work in climate change activism gained him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007?
  15. Which American economist won the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economics?


  1. Sir Winston Churchill
  2. Bob Dylan

  3. Alfred (Nobel). Dynamite was his most famous invention.
  4. The Peace Prize. The Peace Prize ceremony is held in Oslo, Norway.
  5. President Barack Obama
  6. X-rays
  7. Ernest Hemingway
  8. George Marshall (who gave his name to the Marshall Plan)
  9. The Geneva Convention
  10. Economics
  11. Structure of DNA
  12. Marie Curie (Physics Prize in 1903 and the Chemistry Prize in 1911)
  13. Mahatma Gandhi
  14. Al Gore
  15. Milton Friedman

Questions II

  1. Who won the 1954 Chemistry Prize and also the 1962 Peace Prize for his activism against nuclear weapons?
  2. Who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1948 for Literature, 'for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry'?
  3. The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the president of which country for his efforts to end his country's long-running civil war with FARC rebels?
  4. What was the lastname of the father and son team that shared the Physics Prize in 1915 for inventing the X-ray spectrometer?
  5. Who declined the Nobel Literature Prize in 1964?
  6. Which famous Russian physiologist, known primarily for his work in classical conditioning, won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1904?
  7. UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 - what does the acronym UNICEF stand for?
  8. Who was the first English-language writer to receive the Nobel Literature Prize (and as of 2017, the youngest ever Literature recipient)?
  9. In 1997, American Jody Williams won the Peace Prize jointly with the organisation she founded - this organisation was founded to try and do what?
  10. In 1932, British scientist Sir James Chadwick was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for which discovery?
  11. 'Vilakazi Street' is said to be one of the few streets in the world where two Nobel Prize winners have lived - in which country is this street?
  12. In 1930, who became the first writer from the United States to receive the prize?
  13. Who became the eleventh woman and the oldest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007?
  14. Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in 2014 for her activism for female education in which country?
  15. He was president from 1990 to 1995, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, who is he?


  1. Linus Pauling
  2. T.S. Eliot
  3. Colombia (President Juan Manuel Santos)

  4. Bragg. William Henry Bragg and his son, William Lawrence Bragg.
  5. Jean-Paul Sartre
  6. Ivan Pavlov
  7. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
  8. Rudyard Kipling (in 1907, aged 42)
  9. Ban landmines
  10. Discovery of the neutron
  11. South Africa (Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela both once lived there)
  12. Sinclair Lewis
  13. Doris Lessing
  14. Pakistan
  15. Lech Walesa (President of Poland from 1990 to 1995)
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