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22 Questions and Answers about Punishment


  1. What name is given to the punishment that involves the caning of the soles of the feet?
  2. The Hougoumont, the last ship to take convicts from the UK to Australia, docked in Western Australia in which decade?
  3. Which Prime Minsiter would you associate with the quote 'tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime'?
  4. What name is given to the punishment where a sailor was tied to a line looped beneath a ship, thrown overboard, and dragged under the ship?
  5. Causing much controversy, where were young offenders still birched until 1976?
  6. Yellow and red cards were first introduced to football at the FIFA World Cup in which year: (a) 1950, (b) 1960, or (c) 1970?
  7. Can you name the Russian author of the novel Crime and Punishment?

  8. Corporal punishment was banned in all state-run British school in which year?
  9. Which band, formed on Christmas Day 1975, took their name from a torture device?
  10. Oscar Wilde served two years in prison, firstly at Wandsworth prison and then at which other jail?
  11. In Greek mythology, who was punished as a consequence of the theft of fire and giving it to humans?
  12. Which well known phrase, which can mean the time when past misdeeds will be punished, is also the title of a 2000 novel by Jack Higgins?
  13. Can you name the last woman to be hanged in the United Kingdom?
  14. Which Greek mythological figure was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the pool always receding before he could drink from it?
  15. The 1884 novel Treasure Island contains at least three mentions of which punishment, including at the beginning where Billy Bones tells stories of the practice to Jim Hawkins?
  16. Who was punished in the Edict of Worms?
  17. Who was hung next to John Stead on 7 April 1739?
  18. Which instrument of public humiliation, sometimes used as a punishment for arguing with neighbours, is referred to as a form of woman's punishment in Langland's Piers Plowman written in 1378?
  19. William Tell, who was set the cruel punishment of shooting an apple from his son's head, is a folk hero in which country?
  20. In which opera do we hear the phrases 'a short, sharp shock' and 'let the punishment fit the crime'?
  21. What name was given to the English court that sat at the royal Palace of Westminster, from the late 15th century to the mid-17th century?
  22. Valjean is sentenced to five years' hard laboor in the novel Les Miserables for stealing what?


  1. Bastinado
  2. 1860s (1868)
  3. Tony Blair
  4. Keelhauling
  5. Isle of Man
  6. 1970 (in Mexico)
  7. Fyodor Dostoevsky
  8. 1986
  9. Iron Maiden
  10. Reading
  11. Prometheus
  12. Day Of Reckoning
  13. Ruth Ellis (1955)
  14. Tantalus
  15. Walking the plank
  16. Martin Luther
  17. Dick Turpin (in York)

  18. Ducking stool
  19. Switzerland
  20. The Mikado
  21. Star Chamber
  22. A loaf of bread