Guest Business Quiz # 7- US Special

This post is a special on US Businesses. All questions relate to well known companies and businessmen from USA.

Q 1, The surname of the founder comes from the German for ‘ostrich’. The founder started his business selling dry goods in San Francisco which he imported from his brothers in New York. He then made tents and eventually ventured into something he is now famous for. Who? 

Ans. Levi Strauss – “Struz” or “Strutz” is the North-German form of the word “Strauss”, which is the modern German word for ostrich.

Q 2. A trained Dalmatian accompanies to guard the wagon, a tradition since the 1950s. Historically, the role of the dogs was to protect the ‘team’ while the driver went inside buildings to make deliveries. When the ‘team’ performs today, the Dalmatians sit on the wagon, seated next to the driver. The wagons are modified Studebaker wagons. Which ‘team’ do the Dalmatians protect?

Ans. Budweiser Clydesdales horses.

Q3. Which one word would connect the first two, the same can be related to the third visual if you consider the broader sense in the world of fauna. Explain.  


Ans. Buttonwood – Buttonwood Agreement helped start NYSE which in turn inspired the column (on Finance) name in The Economist.  Sycamore is another name for Buttonwood and Gururaj Deshpande named his venture Sycamore Networks after the tree.

Q4. What started as ‘Course 15’ in 1914 and has given birth to many influential ideas in management and finance including the Black–Scholes model, Theory X and Theory Y, the Solow–Swan model, the random walk hypothesis, the binomial options pricing model, and the field of system dynamics? 

Ans. MIT Sloan School of Management, which began as the engineering administration curriculum (“Course 15”) in the MIT Department of Economics and Statistics.

Q5. The ____________  Award for distinguished contribution to the art of film was established by the ___________ Museum in 1955 as the first film award given by an American archive and museum to honor artistic work of enduring value. Fill up the blank with the name of a great entrepreneur and philanthropist.


Ans. George Eastman

Q6. Which American industrialist shares his name with one of the founding fathers of US and was the first in Akron to own a telephone, which was a gift from Alexander Graham Bell in 1877?

Ans. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, founder of B.F. Goodrich Company (tires) now owned by Michelin.

Q7. This city in US was once the home to four of the world’s largest beer breweries (Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst, and Miller), and was the number one beer producing city in the world for many years. Which city whose baseball (MLB) team is appropriately named Brewers?

Ans. Milwaukee

Q8. Which airline famous for its Blue Meatball logo did the conman and imposter Frank Abagnale Jr. call the “Ritz-Carlton of airlines”?

Ans. Pan-Am

Q9. The title of what book written by investigative journalists Bryan Burrough and John Helyar comes from a statement by Ted Forstmann, in which he calls Henry Kravis’ money “phoney junk bond crap” and declares him and his brother as “real people with real money,” also stating that to stop raiders like Kravis: “We need to push the ________ ___ ____ __ ____ ___.”

Ans. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco. The statement made was “We need to push the barbarians back from the city gates.”

Q10. In November 2009, this towering sports legend announced that he was suffering from a form of leukemia, Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Who is this US cultural ambassador who was a spokesman for Novartis, the company that produced his cancer medication, Gleevec? 

Ans. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, who played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Weekly Business Quiz # 393


Q 1. Among the NSE listed cos which 2 cos are consistently No 1 and No 2 in terms of Corporate Social responsibility (CSR)  spending ?

Ans. Reliance Industries and ONGC

Q 2. On Dhanteras day, which commodity excahnge has launched options in commodities incl gold, for the first time in India ?

Ans. MCX

Q 3. Name this South based group now in its 4th gen made up of 60 cos and sales $7 billion in which  as a rule children do not work with their fathers but their uncles

Ans. TVS Group

Q 4. Virat Kohli is the brand ambassador of Manyavar. Who is the brand ambassador of Mohey ?


Ans. Anushka Sharma

Q 5. How are online retailers using the festive sales of Amazon and other E-commerce companies in India opportunistically ?

Ans. Offline retailers are using 4-5 accounts to buy mobiles and other itmes cheaper online and selling it at a higher price offline

Q 6. Which railway station has been certified as India’s first ‘Green railway station’ ?

Ans. Secunderabad

Q 7. Between which 2 cities/towns has Indian Railways started a weekly goods train called ‘Cotton Express’ ?

Ans. Howrah and Tirupur

Q 8. Bharti Airtel has acquired Tata’s consumer mobile businesses on a debt-free cash-free basis. What does it mean ?

Ans. Bharti does not take the existing debt and does not pay any cash to Tatas. It gets the entire business virtually free


Q 9. What is this design trend called where logos are modified so that they consume less ink ?


Ans. Eco-branding

Q 10 . Name this India-born family group in South Africa in media, mining and other business in the eye of a storm because of corruption scandal involving president Jacob Zuma 

Ans. Guptas

Q 11. Supply Chain Finance is one of  the fast growing areas of financing. What is supply-chain finance ?

Ans. Supply chain finance, also known as supplierfinance or reverse factoring, is a set of solutions that optimizes cash flow by allowing businesses to lengthen their payment terms to their suppliers while providing the option for their large and SME suppliers to get paid early.

Q 12. Which country is No 1 in mobile data per mobile broadband subscription in 2016 ( GB per month )

A South Korea   B Sweden  C Austria  D Finland

Ans. D.Finland

Q 13 . As Bayer gets ready to acquire Monsanto which co will acquire the existing seeds and herbicides business of Bayer ?


Q 14. Why is Jullian Assange thanking the entire banking and card companies like Visa, Mastercard to erect a wall against Wikileaks since 2010 ?

Ans. Because of these restrictions, Wikileaks invested in Bitcoin and earned exceptional returns

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Wishing all the readers and their families a Very Happy Diwali 

Weekly Business Quiz # 392


Q 1. Why is the company Temple Enterprises currently in the news ?

Ans. Jay Shah, son of BJP President Amit Shah owns this co and this co has shown exceptional growth as per a The Wire article leading to outrage.

Q 2. Why are offline retailers like D-Mart and Big Bazaar angry with cola companies ?

Ans. Cola companies are offering Amazon coupons as a promotion

Q 3. What is the new upper limit for investment in Sovereign Gold Bonds issued by GoI? The earlier upper limit was 500g per year for individuals

Ans. 4 kg

Q4. Who will take over from D.Shivakumar as the PepsiCo India Chief ? D.Shivakumar is joining Aditya Birla Group as Head of strategy

Ans. Ahmed El Sheikh

Q5. Who has the Govt of India appointed as the new Chairman of SBI for a period of 3 years ?

Rajnish Kumar

Ans. Rajnish Kumar


Q 6. What is a “Blackberry thumb” ?

Ans. Sore thumb caused by the frequent use of the thumbs to press buttons on PDAs, smartphones, or other mobile devices.

Q7. Which brand had to apologise and remove its advt where a black woman turned into a white woman after using the product ?


Ans. Dove Body lotion

Q8. In which film did the Nobel winner Richard Thaler made a cameo appearance as himself ?

Ans. The Big Short

Q9. For which area of Economics has Richard Thaler been awarded Nobel prize this year ?

Ans. Behavioral Economics

Q 10. In the context of the recent Las Vegas shooting a term ‘ bump stock’ is being used often in news. What is it ?

Ans. Bump stock is a device that converts guns to function like fully automatic ones.

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Weekly Business Quiz # 391


Q 1. Rocket post a news subscriptions service that charges Rs 100 per annum, operates from Pilibhit in UP. What medium does it use to distribute ?

Ans. Whatsapp

Q 2. After 42 years, where did the first crude oil cargo from US land in India ?

Ans. Paradeep, Odisha

Q3. Which popular radio service was started on October 3, 60 years ago in India ?

Ans. Vividh Bharati

Q 4. Which auto company has got the Govt of India order to supply 10,000 electric vehicles ?

Ans. Tata Motors


Q5. Procter and Gamble has made majority of their ads to be suitable for blind people. How are they doing it ?

Ans. An audio narrative placed on top of the content to describe what is being shown.

Q6. For whom do Samsung employees use the codename “LO” and what does it stand for ?

Ans. Apple, Lovely Opponent ( LO)

Q7. Who supplies OLED display and flash memory chips to Apple for iPhone X?

Ans. Samsung

Q8. Which British airline started as a tour operator in 1928 taking tourists in a gondola across Lake Lugano iby Antonio Mantegazza ?

Ans. Monarch Airlines

Q9 . Which VC of Indian origin bailed out Hugh Hefner by investing in Playboy Enterprises ?

Hugh hefner

Ans. Suhail Rizvi

Q 10. International Coffee Day was on October 1. Which popular coffee is named after an erstwhile  coffee trading hub in Yemen ?

Ans. Mocha

Q 11 . Which well known business newspaper has decided to discontinue its European and Asian print editions ?

Ans. The Wall Street Journal

Q 12. Which two leading cos have decided to merge their rail divisions to create a European giant ?

Ans. Alstom and Siemens

compiled by G.Mohan @go_mohan

Weekly Business Quiz # 390


Q 1. Identify this scion of a business family and his company where he is a Director

anmol ambani

Ans. Anmol Ambani, Reliance Capital

Q 2. In the season of SUV launches, Tatas are launching Nexon, Renault – Captur, who is launching Kodiaq ?

Ans. Skoda

Q3. Which Indian Maharatna Company corporate headquarters is called Deen Dayal Urja Bhawan?

Ans. ONGC Ltd

Q4. Who is acquiring Hypercity chain from Shoppers Stop ?

Ans. Future Group

Q5. Which business news channel will start India’s first digital live news streaming service from 21st 8 AM I.e today ?

Ans. Bloomberg Quint


Q6. Which two leading cos have decided to merge their rail divisions to create a European giant ?

Ans. Siemens and Alstom

Q7. On Sept 23 2008 Android was launched. After 9 years 82 % of smartphone have Android. Which was the first model with Android ?

Ans. TMobile G1 aka HTC Dream

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Weekly Business Quiz # 389


Q 1. Under what name are Tatas launching an online grocery store ?

Ans. Starquik

Q 2. Who are the 3 Indians who have been named by Forbes in the 100 Greatest Living Minds ?

Ans. Ratan Tata, Vinod Khosla and Lakshmi Mittal

Q3. Identify the brand.


Ans. Levi’s

Q4. Name the brand.

reebok Kangana

Ans. Reebok

Q5. True Blue is a JV between a cricketer and a company. Name them.

True blue

Ans. Sachin Tendulkar and Arvind

Q6. September 15th is celebrated as the Engineer’s day on the birth anniversary of Sir M Visveswaraya. He had started a pig iron plant at Bhadravati in 1923.Name the company and with which co is it today ?

Ans. Viswesvaraya Iron and Steel Ltd is part of SAIL.

Q7. What is the move proposed by Tata Sons to change its corporate legal structure ?

Ans. It proposes to become a private limited company.

Q7. With which private bank is Bharat Financial Inclusion the MFI going to merge ?

Ans. IndusInd Bank Ltd.


Q8. Which speciality retailer catering to kids has filed for bankruptcy protection ?

Ans. Toys ‘ R Us

Q9. With which company would you associate Lab 126 ? Also, what is the significance of the number 126 ?


Ans. Amazon…Amazon has an arrow going from A to Z , the 1st and the 26th letter in the english alphabets.

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Weekly Business Quiz # 388


Q 1. With which private bank is Bharat Financial Inclusion the MFI going to merge ?

An. IndusInd Bank

Q 2. On teacher’s day which brand released an ad featuring Sindhu and Gopichand with the tagline ” I hate my teacher” ?


Ans. Gatorade

Q3. A music video called Vaadi -e-Kashmir with intro by Amitabh Bachchan, sung by Shankar Mahadevan has been released. Which company’s CSR initiative is it ?

Ans. Kent -water purifier

Q4. Why is this advertisement in the news ?

Jawed Habib

Ans. Jawed Habib had to apologise because it said Gods to visit Jh saloon..It hurt Hindu sentiments according to the protestors

Q 5. ITC has filed a defamatory case for Rs 1000 crore against proxy advisory firm IIAS which has opposed Non-exec Chairman Y.C.Deveshwar’s ‘s package. How much will Yogi Deveshwar   receive ?

Ans. Rs 1 crore per month plus perks

Q 6. Sunil Vachani the promoter of Dixon Technologies, a pioneer in Electronics Mfg services . Name the TV brand his father was asso. with.

An. Weston TV


Q7. Mauritius received the largest population of indentured labour from India. What is the difference between indentured labour and a slave ?

Ans. Indentured labour are paid a salary and slaves are not

Q8. Variously called “America’s largest private firm” ” Middleman of the world “, World’s biggest food trading firm” . Name the firm.

Ans. Cargill Foods

Q 9. In which industry is South Africa’s largest firm in terms of market cap Naspers operate ?

Ans. Media and Internet

Q 10. Identify this Economist. He joined the economics deptt of MIT in the 1940s. He is known for using a lot of Maths in economics. he wrote an Economics textbook that was a standard one right upto the 1990s. He won a Nobel prize in 1970.


Ans. Paul Samuelson

Q 11. Durex known for its cheeky one-liners based on current events released this ad recently. Who is Jon ?

Dear Jon

Ans. Jon Snow from Game of Thrones TV series

Q 12. Sony has launched Sony RXO a waterproof, sturdy compact camera for adventure photography. Who is the leader in this segment and created this market ?


Q 13. Many tech leaders like Bill Gates, Tim Cook are opposing Trump move to withdraw DACA. Expand DACA 

Ans. Deferred action for childhood arrivals

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter @go_mohan