Brain Power

Test Your Knowledge with the Sydney Ideas Quarterly Quiz.

1. Violent demonstrations against a police raid at this establishment in New York City in 1969 become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the US and the world:
a) Cork Club
b) Fedora's
c) Stonewall Inn
d) Bon Soir

2. Who first used the words "survival of the fittest", a phrase appropriated by Charles Darwin in the fifth edition of his The Origin of Species in 1869?
a) Jeremy Bentham
b) John Stuart Mill
c) Friedrich Nietzsche
d) Herbert Spencer

3. What was invented in 1965 by Qantas flight attendant Jack Grant?
a) Black box flight recorder
b) Inter-scan aircraft landing system
c) Inflatable aircraft escape chute
d) Twin-cell life jacket

4. Which British writer founded the Association for the Abolition of the Aberrant Apostrophe?
a) Keith Waterhouse
b) Bernard Levin
c) Martin Amis
d) Richard Littlejohn

5. What was the internal codename at Google for the communication application launched in 2009 under the name Google Wave?
a) Corroboree b) Walkabout
c) Didgeridoo d) Dreamtime

6. Where was Australian-American biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, joint-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, born?
a) Hobart
b) Geelong
c) Brisbane
d) Wollongong

7. Whose earliest definitive studies of the photoelectric effect formed the basis for Albert Einstein's hypothesis of light quanta, or photons?
a) Wilhelm Wien
b) Max Planck
c) Philipp Lenard
d) James Clerk Maxwell