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Guest Business Quiz # 8 – US Special

As India Business Quiz enters its ninth year, we are happy to present a few champion quizzers posting questions as Guest Quiz Masters in this Anniversary month . Here is a special on US Businesses. All questions relate to well known companies and businessmen from USA.

Q1. The hotel was built in 1926 and was named after the former president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. It was financed by a group that included Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman. In what way did it become famous in 1929?

Ans. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel which hosted the first Academy Awards ceremony on May 16, 1929. At the time, the “Oscar” nickname for the award had not yet been invented (the nickname would be introduced four years later).

Q2. It is a fictional metal found in the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and is described as resembling silver but being stronger and lighter than steel. The name comes from two words in Tolkien’s Sindarin language— “grey” or “mist” and “glitter”. Which investment firm founded by Peter Thiel is named after the metal?

Ans) Mithril Capital.

Q3. The earliest known occurrence of the full phrase appears as the punchline of a joke related in an article in the El Paso Herald-Post of June 27, 1938, entitled “Economics in Eight Words”. What phrase?

Ans.There ain’t no such thing as free lunch. Economist Milton Friedman increased the popularity of the phrase by using it as the title of a 1975 book, and it is used in economics literature to describe opportunity cost.

Q4. Often dubbed as the ‘deadliest hot dog stand’, where was this located in US?


Ans) This is Cafe Ground Zero located in the centre of The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense in Virginia.

Q5. What company founded in  1999 gets its name from a variation of the Spanish word for “shoes”?

Ans) Zappos (now owned by Amazon). Zapatos is the Spanish word for shoes.

Q6. If this souvenir item sold annually were laid out end to end, they would stretch over 175 miles; more than 80 million of them have been sold since Disneyland opened in 1955. What item which has become quite the badge of honor?

Ans) Mickey Mouse ears hat

Q7. In pre-animation days, this device produced the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs showing progressive phases of that motion. What American film studio name founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas did this device inspire ?


Ans) The device is Zoetrope and the film studio is American Zoetrope.

Q8. Shown here is a US coin from 1925. Why does the coin have the mintmark M (to the left of 1925)?


Ans) M stands for Manila. A branch of the U.S. mint (Manila Mint) was established in 1920 in Manila in the Philippines, which was then a U.S. colony. To date, the Manila Mint is the only U.S. mint established outside the continental U.S. and was responsible for producing coins for the colony

Q9. Which group of people had this as their mascot in the 1920s?


Ans) This was the mascot of the “hog boys”, who raced on their Harley Davidson bikes. The group had a live hog as their mascot. Following a win, they would put the hog on their Harley and take a victory lap. This eventually became Harley Davidson’s NYSE ticker symbol – HOG.

Q10. What two names are missing from the cartoon?


Ans) Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and created by Congress. They perform an important role in the nation’s housing finance system – to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the mortgage market.

  • Compiled by Guest Quiz Master G.Sreekanth – G.Sreekanth is a National level Business Quiz Champion. He works and lives in Singapore

Weekly Business Quiz # 394


Q1. Hyundai has been dethroned as the No 1 car exporter from India in H1-2017-18, it is No 4 now. Who are 1,2 and 3 ?

Ans. 1. Maruti 2. Volkswagen  3. General Motors


Q2. Which Indian health insurance company has launched Health Insurance ATMs to conduct tests and issues policy instantly ?

Ans. Max Bupa

Q3. One of the announcements on Diwali day by Ratan Tata was a donation of Rs 1000 cr for cancer hospitals. How many centres and which places ?

Ans. 5 centres in the following states

  1. Assam 2. Jharkhand 3. Rajasthan 4. Andhra Pradesh 5. Uttar Pradesh

Q4. Which Italian chocolate major has positioned its chocolates as “Golden Ladoo”for premium gifting during  Diwali and other Indian festivals ?


Ans. Ferrero Rocher


Q5. With which recently launched premium chips brand would you associate Kolhapur businessman Sanjay Ghodawat known for his premium cars ?

sanjay ghodawat 

Ans. Grannary multi-grain chips and other snacks

Q6. One year after Cyrus Mistry got ousted as Tata Sons Chief, his trusted aide Prof Nirmalya Kumar says Ratan, Cyrus and Tatas lost. Who gained according to him ?

Ans. Six PR firms and Lawyers

Q7. Bhavish Agarwal is looking at OLA becoming a big player in OOH Media through OLA PLAY. Expand OOH .

Ans. Out-of-Home media

Q8. Which legendary Indian cricketer did a One Year MBA through correspondence just in case his cricket dream did not materialise ?

Ans. Rahul Dravid

Q9. Which state tourism is running a campaign saying it salutes Taj Mahal for making millions discover India, obviously, in response to UP taking Taj Mahal out of its tourism promotions ?

Ans. Kerala

Q10. Which is India’s first renewable energy company to get listed in New York Stock Exchange ? 

Ans. Azure Power Global Ltd listed in NYSE .It got listed in Oct 2016.

Q11. Name this Kolkata based company estd in 1942, in the cables and other businesses that has been ordered to be liquidated by NCLT for defaulting on loans

Ans. NICCO Corporation

Q 12. DSP Blackrock is launching a passive equity fund called Equal weight Nifty 50 Fund. What is a passive equity fund ?

Ans.  The fund will follow a passive strategy, which requires no intervention from fund managers when it comes to deciding which stocks to buy and in what proportion. The fund portfolio will comprise all the stocks that are there in the Nifty 50 index, 2 % each. 

Q 13, With which Indian co is BP Plc launching its chain of petrol pumps in India ?

Ans. Reliance Industries



Q 14. Which country/state has announced a ” State Minister for Artificial Intelligence” , a first position of its kind ?

Ans. UAE, Omar Bin Sultan Olama is the first such Minister

Q 15. If IPOs are initial public offerings what are ICOs ?

Ans. Initial coin offerings of cryptocurrencies

Q 16. In which city is the world’s largest literary hotel ( in terms of books) The Literary Man located ?


ans. Obidos, Portugal

Q 17. Which recent scandal has led to a worldwide campaign with hashtag #metooin social media ?

Ans. Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood

Q 18. Which company’s second Headquarters referred publicly as HQ2 has become a big competition among US states to attract it by giving tax breaks and incentives ?

Ans. Amazon

Q 19. After entering the cloud server business 3 years ago, why has HP Enterprise decided to move out of it , despite cloud being a growth area ?

Ans. Low margins and focus on hybrid cloud rather than serving large cloud players like AWS, Google and Microsoft who do not buy branded servers

 Q20. . In 1494, Luca Pacioli wrote the book. “Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita”.It was an enormous survey of everything that was known about mathematics – 615 large and densely typeset pages. Amidst this colossal textbook, Pacioli included 27 pages that are regarded by many as the most influential work in the history of capitalism.

What is described in these 27 pages, that is used to this day ?

Ans. Doube-entry book-keeping. To know more Listen to the BBC Podcast here. 

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Follow on Twitter Indiabusinessquiz@go_mohan