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1. Hugo Grotius (Hugo de Groot) was a Dutch philosopher, poet and jurist. On 29 August 1618 he was arrested on the orders of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange. He was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. In 1621 he managed to escape his prison in a book chest. Where was he imprisoned?
2. Ruud Lubbers was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2001-2005. Before that he was prime minister of the Netherlands from 1982-1994. He was a member of what political party?
3. In 1987, a Dutch driver, Jan de Rooy, won the Paris-Alger-Dakar rally. What truck was he driving?
4. The first Dutch Nobel Prize laureate was Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff in 1901. His Nobel Prize was the first to be awarded in this field. Which was it?
5. In the early days of the German invasion of the Netherlands, Rotterdam was bombed (14 May 1940). About one square mile of the city was completely destroyed, leaving almost 1,000 people dead and 80,000 homeless. In memory of this event, a well known sculptor made a statue, which still serves as a reminder of those harsh times. Who was it?
6. In 1970, a Dutch band went to number one of the Billboard Hot 100 with a song called "Venus". Which band was it?
7. This painter started out painting landscapes, filled with windmills, fields and rivers. He later turned to a more cubist style, with paintings consisting of straight black lines and the odd colored field. His works include Broadway Boogie-Woogie and Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red. Who is he?
8. Bevrijdingsdag (Liberation Day) is celebrated on 5 May of each year, commemorating the end of the Second World War. Where was the capitulation document signed?
9. The New York City borough of Brooklyn is named after the Dutch city of Breukelen. In which Dutch province might we find Breukelen?
10. Prince William I of Orange is known as the "Father of the Fatherland" (Vader des Vaderlands). He is known by what other name?
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