1999 Cardinal Classic Packet by Caltech
1. The prosecution's star witness, Richard Douglas, said he
had been whipped into testifying by storm troopers working
for independent counsel Donald Smaltz, who spent four years
and 20 million dollars on the investigation. It took a jury
just nine hours to dismiss thirty counts against, for ten
points, what former agriculture secretary accused of
Answer: Mike Espy
2. It's when Andy Williams will "be blue 'cause you don't
want my love." According to C-block, it's "nothin' but me
and my crew havin' fun." For Gershwin, it's when "the
livin' is easy." For ten points, name this season, which
the Lovin' Spoonful feel "it's a pity the days can't be like
Answer: Summer time
3. In order to buy it, Nemorino enlists in Belcore's
regiment, little knowing that his rich uncle has died and
left him a fortune with which to woo Adina, Belcore's
bride-to-be. The village girls, however, have heard the news
and flirt with the lucky catch, leading him to believe in
the effects of, for ten points, what bottle of Bordeaux wine
sold by Dulcamara in a Donizetti opera of the same name?
Answer: The Elixir Of Love or L'elisir D'amore
4. Ogden Nash writes, 'I test my bath before I sit, And I'm
always moved to wonderment, That what chills the finger not
a bit, Is so frigid upon the fundament.' Milton however
writes of a man who was "Eyeless, in Gaza, at the mill with
slaves, himself in bonds under Philistian yoke." FTP, give
the shared name of both works.
Answer: Samson Agonistes
5. At the age of 19, this noblewoman appeared at Vezelay
Cathedral dressed like an Amazon to offer Bernard of
Clairvaux her services in the Second Crusade. Although she
and her ladies wore armor and carried lances, they never did
fight because her husband, Louis VII, demanded she accompany
him to Jerusalem. For ten points name this eventual wife of
Answer: Eleanor of Aquitaine
6. Created on January 27, 1996, this eight-acre republic
near the British Virgin Islands petitioned the U.N. for a
seat in the General Assembly but was turned down despite the
efforts of its first U.S. Ambassador, MTV sports guy Dan
Cortese. For ten points, name this Nation of Untamed
Spirits dedicated to the 'most prized tequila for the public
Answer: the Republic of Cuervo Gold
7. When young, these saprophytes are white and homogeneous,
eventually maturing to a brown or black surface covered in
polygonal warts, and developing a pleasant odor. The most
valued is the Perigord, which is unearthed among oak trees
using trained pigs and dogs. For ten points, name this
edible, subterranean fungus.
8. The year is 50 B.C. and except for one small village,
Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Life is not easy
for the Roman legionnaires who garrison the fortified camps
of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium. In a comic
created by Uderzo and Goscinny, so begins each adventure of
what tiny friend of Dogmatix and Obelix?
9. A catcher's mitt and baseball bat, an umbrella, a book
of matches, a faucet, a flashlight, four badminton birdies
and a clothespin might not have much in common, except when
they range from 12 to 440 feet tall. For ten points, these
large objects are among the works of what Swedish-born pop
Answer: Claes Thure Oldenburg
10. Chef Louis Diat created it for the 1917 opening of his
restaurant at New York's Ritz Carleton, naming it for a town
famous for cold alkaline springs. In 1941, patriotic chefs
angered by France's pro-Nazi government voted to rename it
"creme gauloise," but that name never stuck to, for ten
points, what cold, creamy, hard-to-spell leek and potato
Answer: Vichyssoise (pron. vee-shee-SWAZ)
11. Her new ideas on spore cultivation were deemed worthless
by the Royal Society, so she threw herself into painting and
prolific correspondence, unwittingly composing a
masterpiece. For ten points, who, in 1893, began a letter to
a sick child, 'I don't know what to write to you, so I shall
tell you a story about four little rabbits...'
Answer: Beatrix Potter
12. In 1799, Ruffini's proof of the problem's insolubility
fell short. Hermite used elliptic functions to solve its
general case in 1850, since in 1824 Abel had correctly
proven that the solution could not be found by the
extraction of roots. For ten points, give the general term
for these equations of degree five.
Answer: Quintic equations (accept fifth-degree polynomial equations or equivalent on early buzz)
13. In great confusion due to a fog of smoke from the stacks
and guns of 250 ships as well as the sloppy work of the
scouting forces, German Admiral Reinhard Scheer battled it
out against British Admirals David Beatty and John Jellicoe
for control of the North Sea. For ten points, name this
1916 naval engagement which both sides claimed as a victory.
Answer: Battle of Jutland [pron. YUT-land] (or Battle of the Skagerrak)
14. When its beneficiary suffered financially due to a bad
legal judgment, his neighbors proved you can't hold good
love gravy down by organizing this October 7 benefit concert
featuring Prodigy, Primus, and Crystal Method. For ten
points name this music event of the decade at which Master P
performed 'Kenny's Dead' to help out the sultan of soul
Answer: Chef Aid
15. Three of them, each 54 inches high, were supposed to
guard a chapel on the estate of the maharajah of Indore, but
the building was never completed. One was white marble and
one black, and a 40% duty was placed on the bronze one by a
customs official who took it to be a machine part rather
than an artwork. For ten points, name this sculpture by
Answer: Bird in Space or Maiastra
16. Only five feet, three inches tall due to a mysterious
childhood illness, he was blocked from the drug testing room
after the 1984 Winter Olympics because "he didn't have the
right credentials," despite the gold medal around his neck.
For ten points name this figure skater known for his recent
battle with testicular cancer and his trademark backflip.
Answer: Scott Hamilton
17. After receiving a degree in international relations from
the University of Toronto, he married Arsinee Khanjian, who
first appeared in his work 'Next of Kin.' Born in Cairo to
Armenian parents, he was named after Egypt's first nuclear
reactor. For ten points, name this Canadian director of 'The
Sweet Hereafter' and 'Exotica.'
Answer: Atom Egoyan
18."I have lived as a philosopher, and I want to die as a
philosopher," he said on his deathbed, seemingly
contradicting his earlier statement 'God has in grace
received me and allowed me to die.' For ten points, name
this former mathematician who built this sort of religious
conversion into his concepts of the life-world and
Answer: Edmund Husserl
19. He was always lugging home wild things: once a hawk with
a hurt wing, another time a full-grown bobcat with a broken
leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing, as this
horse doctor from Tulip, Texas, found out when he married
14-year-old orphan Lulamae Barnes, who ran off to New York
and changed her name to Holly. For 10 points, identify this
husband of the main character in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.'
Answer: Doc Golightly
20. If one particle of a newly created pair is moving
outwards from a black hole while the other moves inwards,
the black hole can capture the inward-moving particle while
missing the outward-moving one, making the black hole appear
to emit radiation. For ten points, give the term for this
radiation process, named for the author of 'A Brief History
Answer: Hawking radiation
21. On his deathbed in a dingy room at the Maison Vauquer,
he speaks lovingly to Rastignac and Bianchon of his abusive
daughters, who, although they received lavish dowries from
the sale of his vermicelli business, have driven him to
desperation with their selfish demands for money. For ten
points, name this Balzac title character.
Answer: Pere (Old, Father, equivalents) Goriot
22. Arising after the empire of Tamerlane, it preceded the
rise of the Mahr Attas. Before falling apart under the
reign of Aurangzeb, it was led by rulers such as Jahangir
and Baber, who began the empire in 1526. For ten points
name this Muslim-Tartar empire in India, also ruled by Akbar
and his grandson, Shah Jehan.
Answer: Moghul empire
23. Because exposure to infrared light causes it to emit
photons at the telecommunications wavelength of 1.5 microns,
it is an important dopant constituent of signal repeaters
and amplifiers in fiberoptic cables. For ten points, name
this element which, because of their similar properties, in
1860 accidentally had its name switched with ytterbium.
24. The shite (pron. shtay) often appears in the first half as a peasant,
departs, then appears in the second half in his true form as the
ghost of a long-dead famous person. The waki appears as a
travelling priest who questions the shite, and the kyoghen
actors supply humorous interludes between the acts of, for
ten points, what traditional Japanese theatrical form?
Answer: Noh theatre
25. One fourth century bishop of this name from Samosata was
a martyr who fought Arianism, while another, the bishop of
Constantinople, refused to condemn Arianism at Nicaea and
later led an eponymous group of Arians. Still another from
Caesarea urged Arius to renounce his heresy and wrote a landmark
Ecclesiastical History of the Christian church. For ten points give
this name, later adopted as a pseudonym of Robert Schumann.
26. Two months after his death, his friends David Herold,
Lewis Payne and George Atzerodt were convicted of conspiracy
and hanged. Payne had wounded Secretary of State William
Seward; Atzerodt had failed in an attempt to murder
vice-president Andrew Johnson. For ten points, name this
man who successfully assassinated President Abraham Lincoln?
Answer: John Wilkes Booth
27. One obviously cannot spread guns on toast, not can one
shoot butter. An economy producing both guns and butter
must make a tradeoff between producing less guns for more
butter, or vice versa. The list of all the possible
efficient production combinations makes up, for ten points,
what economic construct abbreviated PPF?
Answer: Production-Possibility(s) Frontier
28. In the sort-of sequel to this work, "A Monk Swimming,"
the author's brother Malachy tells of his job smuggling gold
bars to India and his life as an actor and bartender in New
York City -- never mind his poor, miserable, Irish Catholic
childhood. For ten points name this Pulitzer Prize-winning
memoir by Frank McCourt.
Answer: Angela‚s Ashes
29. As a Parliamentary officer from 1909 to 1914, he
launched a successful drive to improve health and hygiene
among the Maori, later researching Polynesian ethnology for
Honolulu's Bishop Museum. For ten points name this Maori
anthropologist, author of Vikings of the Sunrise, who shares
his first and last names with the lead guitarist of R.E.M.
Answer: Sir Peter Henry Buck (original name Te Rangi Hiroa)
30. In Jose Saramago's "The Stone Raft," this landmass breaks
away from its position, moving toward the Azores at 750 meters
per hour. Named by the Greeks after its second longest river, for ten
points, name this peninsula separated from Europe by the
Pyrenees and occupied by the countries of Spain and Portugal.
Answer: Iberian peninsula
31. Retired schoolteacher William Auld wrote fifty-two books
in this language, making him the first nominee for the Nobel
Prize for Literature to use it, although over one hundred
periodicals are published in it. For ten points, name this
language spoken by about 100,000 persons worldwide, created
in 1905 by L.L. Zamenhof.
Caltech Cardinal Classic 1999 BONUSES
1. Name the following amino acids for ten points each.
A. (10) The simplest amino acid, it is an inhibitor released
by interneurons to suppress motoneuronal activity.
B. (10) This sulfur-containing essential amino acid found in
egg albumin is important in the methylation of compounds.
C. (10) Synthesized from glutamic acid, it contains a
secondary rather than primary amino group and is found in
2. Bonus 5-10-15.
A. (5) It focuses on an act's consequences, not its
intrinsic nature or the agent's motives. For five points,
name this ethical principle which promotes the greatest
happiness for the greatest good.
B. (10) In 1822, this philosopher established the
Utilitarian Society. His 1861 essay, 'Utilitarianism,'
incorporated democratic government into the utilitarian
Answer: John Stuart Mill
C. (15) Mill took the word 'utilitarian' from 'Annals of the
Parish,' a novel of Scottish country life by what author,
whose name shows up in a 1957 philosophical work promoting
Answer: John Galt
3. For ten points each, given a description of a TV
production closer, name the production company for ten
points each. Or, you'll get five points if you instead provide
the name of any current television show that ends with that closer.
A. (10) The company name is projected in blurry black and
white. Over the sound of a projector running, a child's
voice says, "I made this!"
Answer: Ten Thirteen Productions (5 points for The
X-Files or Millennium)
B. (10) A granny in a rocking chair is watching TV. When she
clicks the remote, the company name whooshes out of her TV,
knocking her backward. As she falls over, she exclaims, "You
Answer: David E. Kelley Productions (5 points for The
Practice, Ally McBeal or Chicago Hope)
C. (10) The company name appears as an animated cut-out
zombie ambles across the screen saying, "Grrrr! Aaaargh!"
Answer: Mutant Enemy Productions (5 points for Buffy the
4. Name these famous Cyrenians for ten points each.
A. (10) When Jesus could no longer bear the burden of his
cross, this man was forced to carry it for him.
B. (10) By looking into wells at Syene and Alexandria, he
determined the circumference of the earth.
C. (10) The motto of this disciple of Socrates, who founded
the Cyrenaic school of hedonism, was 'I possess; I am not
5. Thanksgiving is less than ten months away! Answer the
following about the Pilgrims for ten points each.
A. (20) The settlers were known as the Old Comers or
Forefathers before the discovery of a manuscript referring
to the 'saints' who had left Holland as 'pilgrimes.' For ten
points each, name the book and its author, the first
governor of the colony.
Answer: A History Of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford
B. (10) For another ten points, name the town in Holland to
which the settlers had originally fled to escape religious
persecution in England.
6. Identify the following poetic references from 'A
Streetcar Named Desire' for fifteen points each:
A. (15) Mitch owns a silver cigarette case with the
inscription 'And if God choose, I shall but love thee better
after death." Blanche recalls that this quote comes from
what poet's Sonnet 43?
Answer: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
B. (15) After asking Stella "What on earth are you doing in
a place like this?" Blanche compares it to "the
ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir," a reference to what poet's
Answer: Edgar Allan Poe
7. Quantum Mechanics Bonus, for ten points each:
A. (10) Samuel Goudsmit and George Uhlenbeck came up with
this concept to explain the magnetic moment measurements
made by Stern and Gerlach in 1922.
Answer: Electron Spin or Spin angular momentum
B. (10) With his advisor, Clinton Davisson, this Columbia
grad student bombarded a single crystal of nickel with an
electron beam to confirm the wave-particle duality of the
Answer: Lester Halbert Germer
C. (10) One day when he was riding the subway, this
M.I.T. student thought of a brilliant explanation for why
metals lose electrical resistance at low temperatures, thus
making him the S in the BCS theory.
Answer: John Robert Schrieffer
8. She writes, 'He is a poet capable of lyricism, an artist
full of spirit and talent.' He writes, 'I was twelve years
old and I had never [had sex with] anyone...I wanted to see what it
was like.' For fifteen points each, name the thirty-six year
old schoolteacher and her fifteen year old lover who told
their story in the 1998 book, 'Forbidden Love.'
Answers: Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau
9. 30-20-10, name the location of these historic events.
A. 30: In the Nibelungenlied [pron. NEE-beh-lun-gen-leed], the historical King Gunther led the Burgundians across the Rhine in the early 5th
century, establishing a kingdom here.
B. 20: Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V
settled the investiture controversy here in 1122.
C. 10: It was here that Martin Luther appeared before the
Diet of the Holy Roman Empire in 1521 to defend his beliefs,
eventually being denounced as a heretic.
Answer: Worms, Germany
10. Identify the following Supreme Court cases relating to
an individual's right to privacy for ten points each.
A. (10) In this 1965 case, the court ruled that a statute
preventing the appellants from providing information about
and means of contraception to married persons was
Answer: Griswold v. Connecticut
B. (10) When the respondent in this 1986 case challenged a
Georgia law criminalizing sodomy, the court ruled that the
Constitution does not confer a fundamental right to sodomy;
thus the law was constitutional.
Answer: Bowers v. Hardwick
C. (10) Four Washington physicians challenged their state's
law against assisted suicide in this 1997 case, but the
Court ruled that the law did not violate the Due Process
Answer: Washington v. Glucksberg
11. Perhaps the most famous of all love triangles is the one
in the movie "Casablanca." Given an actor who played part
of that triangle, you'll get five points for giving the
character's full name and another five points for giving
that character's birth nationality.
A. (10) Humphrey Bogart
Answer: Richard Blaine (also accept: Rick Blaine)
American (also accept: Drunkard)
B. (10) Ingrid Bergman
Answer: Ilsa Lund (also accept: Ilsa Lazlo); Norwegian
C. (10) Paul Henreid
Answer: Victor Lazlo; Czech
12. Name these special determinants for fifteen points each.
A. (15) Given a set of n equations in n variables, this is
the determinant of the matrix whose elements correspond to
the derivative of each of the n equations with respect to
each of the n variables.
Answer: Jacobian determinant
B. (15) This determinant of the matrix formed by n solutions
to a linear differential equation and their first n-1
derivatives must be nonzero for the solutions to be linearly
13. (30) They have a son named Junior, an obnoxious terrier
named Asta and a common passion for sleuthing. For ten
points each, name this hard-drinking literary couple played
by William Powell and Myrna Loy on screen, the novelist who
created them, and the book in which they first appeared.
Answers: Nick and Nora Charles (accept either underlined
part), Dashiell Hammitt, The Thin Man
14. Identify the following characters from 'Othello' for ten
A. (10) Othello's chief lieutenant who is accused of an
affair with Desdemona.
B. (10) Iago's wife, whose loyalty to Desdemona surfaces in
C. (10) Desdemona's former suitor who conspires with Iago.
15. Answer the following about the earth's rotation,
A. (5) The oblate shape of the earth and the gravitational
forces exerted on Earth by the sun and moon cause this
cyclic movement of the earth's axis.
Answer: Precession (of the equinoxes)
B. (10) This small irregularity in the precession of the
equinoxes is caused by the tilt of the moon's orbit with
respect to the Earth's orbit around the sun.
C. (15) Named for an American astronomer, this movement of
the earth's axis of rotation around the pole causes latitude
to vary with a period of 14 months.
Answer: Chandler Wobble
16. In 1998 Miramax brought us two movies featuring Queen
Elizabeth I: the movie „Elizabethš, and the movie
„Shakespeare in Love.š
A. (10) For 5 points each--name the two actresses who play
Queen Elizabeth I in the two movies.
Answer: Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench
B. (10) For another 5 points each--name the two actors who
appear in both movies.
Answer: Geoffrey Rush and Joseph Fiennes
C. (10) For a final 10 points--in 1997 Judi Dench appeared
as a British monarch in what other Miramax movie.
Answer: Mrs. Brown (also accept: Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown)
17. Given the name of a sword, identify its owner for ten
A. (10) Crocea Mors, meaning "Yellow Death"
Answer: Julius Caesar
B. (10) Joyeuse
Answer: Charlemagne (also owned a sword called Flamberge)
C. (10) Balmung, or Gram
Answer: Siegfried (also accept: _SIGURD_)
18. 30-20-10 name the place Maribeth visited on spring break
two years ago.
A. 30: Maribeth chose not to visit this town's Private John
Allen National Fish Hatchery or the Oren Dunn Museum, which
houses one of only two stamped envelopes to be canceled on
B. 20: She did, however, notice a statue commemmorating an
engagement there on July 14-15, 1864, in which General
A.J. Smith prevented Nathan Bedford Forrest from interfering
with Sherman's supply lines.
C. 10: The highlight of her trip was a visit to the two-room house
in which, on January 8, 1935, the King was born.
Answer: Tupelo, Mississippi
19. The McGwire-Sosa home run battle eclipsed some other
interesting 1998 records. For ten points each, name:
A. (10) The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher who was the first
in fifty-four years to intentionally walk a batter with the
Answer: Gregg Olson
B. (10) The Tiger outfielder who went 0 for 13 in a
doubleheader, setting a record for the most at-bats without
a hit in a single day.
Answer: Brian Hunter
C. (10) The shortstop for the Blue Jays who struck out six
times in one day, tying the major league record.
Answer: Alex Gonzalez
20. For ten points each, identify the following people with
A. (10) The British actor featured in this year's ~Apt
Pupil~ and ~Gods and Monsters~, who also played Richard III
Answer: Sir Ian Murray McKellen
B. (10) The author of „Breakfast on Plutoš who won the 1998
Booker Prize for Amsterdam.
Answer: Ian McEwan
C. (10) This actor has signed on as the young Ben Kenobi for
all three Star Wars prequels.
Answer: Ewan McGregor
21. Answer the following about St. Paul for ten points each:
A. (10) Who was the Hellenist Christian who was stoned to
death while Paul held the murderers' coats?
B. Over the wall of what city did Paul famously escape in a
C. Paul supported himself by a manual trade, which in his
case was what profession, also that of the father of Omar
Answer: Tent-Making (accept equivalents)
22. Identify the following reactions named after pairs of
chemists for 15 points each.
A. (15) Alkylation and acylation reactions of aromatic
compounds that are catalyzed by aluminum chloride, they were
discovered at the Sorbonne in 1877 by a Frenchman and an
Answer: Friedel-Crafts reactions
B. (15) The 1950 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded for
this discovery of a diene synthesis of cyclic organic
substances for use in synthetic rubber and plastics by two
Answer: Diels-Alder reactions
23. Name the following treaties associated with the
Napoleonic Wars, 5-10-15.
A. (5) This 1815 treaty, which ended the Napoleonic Wars,
took the Saar and Savoy away from France and exacted great
Answer: Treaty of Paris
B. (10) This 1807 treaty signed by Napoleon and Alexander I
divided Europe between France and Russia, making Austria and
Answer: Treaty of Tilsit
C. (15) This 1814 treaty forced Denmark to give up all its
rights to Norway, except for Greenland, Iceland and the
Answer: Treaty of Kiel
24. A. (10) For ten points, name the designer of Madison
Square Garden and the New York Herald Building who was shot
to death in 1906 by his former lover's jealous husband.
Answer: Stanford White
B. (20) Now, for ten points each, name the eccentric playboy
who shot White 'to avenge the rape of his wife,' and the
showgirl who started all the trouble.
Answers: Henry Kendall (Harry) Thaw and Evelyn Nesbit
25. A. (20) Shania Twain, James Taylor, Boyz II Men, and the
Spice Girls are featured on the soundtrack to the latest
Disney musical, which is based on an opera about an enslaved
Nubian princess. For ten points each, name the musical and
the 1871 opera.
Answers: Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida and Aida
B. (10) For five points each, name the composer and lyricist
responsible for the update, who also brought us the 'The
Answer: Elton John and Tim Rice
26. Identify the following contributors to Diderot's
Encyclopedie for ten points each.
A. (10) The music articles were written by this opera
composer, known better today as a naturalistic philosopher.
Answer: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
B. (10) This political theorist refused to write on
democracy and despotism, as he had already had his say on
those themes, but did provide an Essay on Taste.
Answer: Baron de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)
C. (10) The mathematics came from this man, who stated that
Newton's Third Law is true for moving bodies as well as
Answer: Jean le Rond D'Alembert