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Quiz I

  1. Which object travels the fastest in sport: a shuttlecock, golfball, tennis ball, or baseball?
  2. Which acrtess plays Annie Porter in the 1994 American action film Speed?
  3. Which letter of the alphabet represents speed in Albert Einstein's equation, 'energy equals mass times the speed of light squared'?
  4. What are the fastest creatures raced for sport?




  5. If you beeped you car horn at a man 1,000 metres away, how long would it take for him to hear the noise: (a) 1 second, (b) 2 seconds, or (c) 3 seconds?
  6. What is the average speed in miles per hour for someone who runs a 4-minute mile?
  7. On a 30 mph UK road, a speed camera shouldn't normally activate unless a car drove past at: (a) 30 mph, (b) 33 mph, or (c) 35 mph or above?
  8. Which animated cartoon character was "The Fastest Mouse in all Mexico"?
  9. Does sound travel fastest in air or water?
  10. Which dinosaurs name translated as speedy predator?
  11. What is the normal speed limit on French motorways in kilometres per hour?
  12. Which London and North Eastern Railway locomotive is holder of the world speed record for steam locomotives at 126 mph?
  13. What's the speed limit in miles per hour for vehicles towing caravans or trailers on British motorways?
  14. An anemometer is a device used for measuring the speed of what?
  15. Which Italian physicist is usually credited with being the first to measure speed by considering the distance covered and the time it takes?
  16. If speed is how fast something moves, what is speed with direction called?
  17. Which British record breaker is the only person to set both world land and water speed records in the same year? The year was 1964.
  18. What is the fastest bird and in fact the fastest animal on Earth when in a dive?
  19. Which chemical element is commonly known as quicksilver?
  20. Which human invention was the first object to travel faster than the speed of sound?
  21. Which ship, named after a flowering plant sometimes known as bird's eye or gypsyweed, transported Pilgrims with the Mayflower?
  22. English actress Doris Speed is best known for her role as which fictional soap character?




Answers:

  1. Shuttlecock
  2. Sandra Bullock
  3. 'C' (as in E=MCsquared)
  4. Pigeons
  5. Roughly 3 seconds (sound travels through air at 330 metres per second)
  6. 15 miles per hour
  7. (c) 35 mph or above?
  8. Speedy Gonzales
  9. Water (almost 4.3 times faster)
  10. Velociraptor
  11. 130 km/hr (just over 80 mph)
  12. Mallard
  13. 60 mph
  14. Wind speed
  15. Galileo Galilei



  16. Velocity
  17. Donald Malcolm Campbell
  18. The Peregrine falcon
  19. Mercury
  20. Whip
  21. Speedwell
  22. Annie Walker (former landlady on Coronation Street)