1995 Guy Fawkes Eve Buzzer Explosion
Questions by Brigham Young University A
Writers: Bryce Inouye, Norm Gillespie, Craig Harman, Eric Carlson
1. Originally a precinct sacred to an obscure hero, this place was
later used as a gymnasium. The general Kimon planted olive groves
here, and only a century later did it receive worldwide fame.
When Aristotle was denied the presidency of the school, he went to
Macedon to tutor the prince. FTP, what was this famous school
founded by Plato?
Ans: The _Academy_
2. He was a gun runner and a pamphleteer. He was also a known
activist throughout his career and in 1777 founded The Society of
Dramatic Authors for the protection of dramatist's rights. And
though he taught music to Louis XV's daughter and served in the
court as both an official and secret envoy, he supported the rebels
in the American Revolution with weapons and munitions. FTP, name
this playwright whose then subversive works were later adapted into
operas by Mozart and Rossini.
Ans: Pierre Caron de _Beaumarchais_
3. Land is invaded, insects and amphibians appear and most of the
world is turned upside down, literally, as continents congregate
around the earth's southern pole, during, FTP, what geologic period
commonly nicknamed the "Age of Fishes".
Ans: _Devonian_ period
4. The novel opens with the title character being interviewed by
Bartley Hubbard, who is himself the central character in another
novel by the same author, "A Modern Instance". It chronicles the
ascendacy and subsequent downfall of an American paint manufacturer
in late nineteenth century Boston. FTP, identify this novel, first
published in serial form from 1884 to 1885 in The Century, perhaps
the most famous work by its author, William Dean Howells.
Ans: _The Rise of Silas Lapham_
5. The top line of his resume now reads "children's book author".
With illustrations by his daughter, in f1995 this man published
The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer, about a sea monster that befriends
a boy. This all comes on top of his previous experience as a poet,
lecturer at Emory University, leader of an effort to eradicate a
parasite in Africa, member of Habitat for Humanity, and freelance
diplomat extraordinaire. FTP, name this Georgia peanut farmer.
Ans: Jimmy _Carter_
6. Harold is the author of The Anxiety of Influence and The Western
Canon. Allan was a professor of social thought at the University of
Chicago, noted translator of Plato and Rousseau and author of The
Closing of the American Mind. Leopold is an advertising canvasser
of Jewish origin who lives in Dublin. FTP, give the common last
name, also shared by Milo, longtime compatriot of Opus the Penguin.
7. These types of solutions most commonly arise when a hot
solution of a solid at equilibrium concentration in a liquid is
allowed to cool. An example of a gaseous solution in this state is
an unopened can of soda. FTP, identify this unstable situation, in
which introduction of a small seed crystal will cause
crystallization until equilibrium is attained.
Ans: _Supersaturation_ or _supersaturated_ solution.
8. Driven into the Lebanon mountains in the 7th century, this
originally monotheistic Christian sect has retained Eastern rites
and the use of Syriac in their liturgy despite formal ties to Rome.
FTP, name this Christian sect comprising about 20% of the Lebanese
9. In the late 1800s, this Indian tribe was forced to share a
reservation with their traditional enemies, the Kalamths. Under
Kientepoos, or Captain Jack, they left their reservation and sought
refuge in the lava beds of morthern California. They were finally
defeated when the secret of their stronghold was betrayed by one of
their number. FTP, name this California tribe.
10. Found in seven species ranging from Africa to Malaysia and
China, these members of the family Maidae are distinguished by
their horny, overlapping body scales. The long-tailed variety can
have 46 or 47 vertebrae in the tail, a record for mammals. FTP,
name these unusual insectivores.
11. This word appeared in Charles Graves' _Thin Blue Line_, the
author having heard it on an airfield in Yorkshire during WW II.
The term was popularized when RAF pilots used it to attribute
mysterious faults in the engines of their planes to imaginary
elves. FTP, what are these critters who were featured in a movie
by Joe Dante of the same name?
12. Championed by Vachel Lindsay and best known as a poet, he
wrote a series of stories about Simple, a street-smart resident of
Harlem. A major figure of the Harlem Renaissance, his
autobiographies are titled The Big Sea and I Wonder as I Wander.
FTP, identify this author of the poem which provided the title for
Lorraine Hansberry's Raisin in the Sun.
Ans: Langston _Hughes_
13. It is defined starting in Leviticus 25:8. The name comes from
the fact that the beginning of the year was announced by the
blowing of a trumpet on the Day of Atonement. In this year, land
that had changed hands reverted to the family to which it had
beloned at the original settlement, and all bondmen of Israelite
birth were set free. FTP, identify this year, which occured after
seven sabbaths of years, or every fifty years.
Ans: _Jubilee_ year
14. It is at a minimum for a system in thermal contact with a
reservoir if the volume of the system is constant, thus differing
from the Gibbs free energy, which gives the minimum for constant
pressure. FTP, identify this free energy, which shares its name
with a coil of wire, and with the scientist who discovered it, and
also formulated the law of conservation of energy.
Ans: _Helmholtz_ free energy
15. Its first home was in London. Then plans were made to move to
Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut, and
temporary headquarters were set up on the Bronx campus of Hunter
College. After local protests, it moved temporarily to Lake
Success, New York, before John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated a 17-acre
tract on the East River to serve as the home, FTP, what 50 year-old
international organization is this?
Ans: _United Nations_
16. It is the terminus for the Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven
lines, but is often erroneously called a "station," a term which
properly refers to the post office located next to it. When
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died, commuters lined up weeks to sign
a book expressing thanks for her efforts to preserve it as an
architectural landmark. FTP, name this famous railroad stop,
located directly beneath the old Pan Am building in New York City.
Ans: _Grand Central_ Terminal (accept "station" if answered before
that piece of information is given)
17. In July 1816, a government vessel bound for Senegal was
wrecked; only fifteen of 149 passengers survived. A scandal arose
because of the incompetence of the captain, who owed his
appointment to the support of the monarchy. A young artist took
interest in the case, interviewing survivors, reading newspapers,
and painting corpses and guillotined heads in preparation for, FTP,
what 1819 work, a momumental canvas by the young painter Gericault?
Ans: _The Raft of the Medusa_
18. It is one of the few contributions of engineering to
theoretical physics. First proposed in 1824 and named for its
French developer, it consists of two isothermal and two adiabatic
processes. FTP, name this cycle, which gives the maximum
efficiency of a real engine operating between two temperatures.
Ans: _Carnot_ cycle
19. Many place-name endings influenced by Old Norse are located in
the northeast part of England. This is because in the Treaty of
Wedmore, signed in 878 by King Alfred of Wessex and Guthrum, the
Danish leader, the Danes agreed to retreat behind, FTP, what line,
running from near present-day Chester to London.
Ans: the _Danelaw_
20. Jim Gordon made music history in 1993 by becoming the only
convicted murderer to win a Grammy. Convicted in 1983 for killing
his mother with a hammer, he received his award through the mail,
for a song he co-wrote in 1970. FTP, name this rock classic,
always on the top five of all time list, which Gordon wrote with
Eric Clapton as members of Derek and the Dominoes.
21. It is based on Ferenc Molnar's "Liliom" and enjoyed a recent
revival at Lincoln Center in New York. It features such songs as
"Blow High, Blow Low," "This Was A Real Nice Clambake," and "You'll
Never Walk Alone." FTP, name this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
22. "Arabs" convict Congressman -- no, this isn't a strange twist
on the World Trade Center, but rather a potential summary of a 1978
to 1981 investigation in which six members of the House and a
Senator were convicted of taking bribes from a fake Arab sheikh.
FTP, name this FBI investigation criticized for its entrapment-like
methods. Ans: _ABSCAM_
23. Europa Flats, Windmill Hill Flats, O'Hara's Tower and Little
Bay are some of the geographic features that characterize, FTP,
what three-mile long British territory surmounted by "The Rock".
24. Biological populations tend to grow exponentially at first,
but then level off. Ultimately it will stabilize at a particular
size in a particular place for a given species. FTP, give the two
word phrase which denotes this level, often symbolized by a capital
K, and which you may also see posted inside of elevators. Ans:
25. This word means the rod on which flax, wool, or other
materials are wound or spinning, and has been used to refer to
traditional "women's work." It is also used as an adjective to
refer to the female, and especially the maternal, side of a family.
FTP, what is this seven-letter word?
1B. Identify the following geographically derived culinary names
for ten points each.
a) Cooked, and particularly fried, with onions.
Ans: a la _Lyonnaise_
b) A hot creamy sauce made from butter, egg yolks and vinegar or
lemon juice, flavored with shallots, tarragon, chervil, thyme, etc.
c) In French cuisine, a dish cooked with spinach, usually in a
mornay sauce. The term is particularly applied to eggs, fish, and
white meat. Ans: a la _Florentine_
2B. Here's a space travel firsts question.
a) For five points, name the first woman in space.
Ans: Valentina Vladmirovna Nikolayeva _Tereshkova_
b) For ten points, name the first man to hit golf balls on the
moon. Ans: Alan _Shepard_
c) For fifteen points, identify the first American to walk in
space. Ans: Edward _White_
3B. Science can be intimidating. For five points each, and a five
point bonus for all five, identify the following works meant to
bring science to the layman.
a) Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland and One Two Three...Infinity Ans:
b) The Immense Journey and Darwin's Century
Ans: Loren _Eiseley_
c) QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Ans: Richard _Feynman_
Ans: James _Gleick_
e) The Emperor's New Mind
Ans: Roger _Penrose_
4B. Given the mythological character, name his divine parent, for
ten points each.
c) Helen (of Troy)
5B. History is filled with would-be assassins. Given a would-be
assassin, name the famous person he or she tried to assassinate for
ten points each. If you need the year of the attempt, you will
receive five points.
a) 10-Joseph Zangara
Ans: _F.D._ (Franklin Delano) _Roosevelt_
b) 10-Arther Bremer
Ans: George _Wallace_
c) 10- Sarah Jane Moore
Ans: Gerald _Ford_
6B. OK Funnies fans, for five points each, name the creators of
the following comics or comic strips for the stated number of
a) For five points, Beetle Bailey.
Ans: Mort _Walker_
b) For ten points, Hagar the Horrible.
Ans: Dik _Browne_
c) For fifteen points, The Katzenjammer Kids.
Ans: Rudolph _Dirks_
7B. For ten points each, identify the Dickens novel from the
following first lines. If you need another clue, you will receive
only five points.
a) 10: "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or
whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must
5: The title character marries Dora Spenlow and Agnes
Ans: _David Copperfield_
b) 10: "London. Michelmas term lately over, and the Lord
Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall. Implacable November
5: The plot concerns an interminable law case.
Ans: _Bleak House_
c) 10: "An ancient English Cathedral Town? How can the ancient
English Cathedral town be here! The well-known massive grey square
tower of its old Cathedral? How can it be here!"
5: You may not have known the first line, but the last line is
even harder, since Dickens left this work unfinished.
Ans: _The Mystery of Edwin Drood_
8B. Before Watergate, before Iran-Contra, there was Teapot Dome.
Answer the following:
a) For five points, name the Secretary of the Interior who
secretly leased the oil reserves of Teapot Dome without competitive
Ans: Albert B. _Fall_
b) For five points, name the Secretary of the Navy who Fall
persuaded to transfer control of the reserves from the Navy to the
Ans: Edwin _Denby_
c) For five points each, name the private oil producers to whom
Fall leased the reserves.
Ans: Edward F. _Doheny_ and Harry F. _Sinclair_
d) For a final ten points, name the California naval reserve which
was also leased along with Teapot Dome.
Ans: _Elk Hills_
9B. Sum the following infinite series for ten points each. a)
The sum from n equals zero to infinity of x to the n over n
factorial Ans: _e to the x_
b) The sum from n equals zero to infinity of negative one to the
n times x to the two n over two n factorial. Ans: _cosine x_ c)
The sum from n equals one to infinity of one over n squared. Ans:
_pi squared over 6_
10B. It's time for that old favorite, college nicknames. Give it
the old college try and identify these school nicknames for five
points each. a) UC Santa Barbra Ans: _Gauchos_
b) Furman Ans: _Paladins_
c) Idaho Ans: _Vandals_
d) VanderbiltAns: _Commodores_
e) Boston University Ans: _Terriers_
f) Nevada-Reno Ans: _Wolf Pack_
11B. Everyone here should know that the code name fo the Normandy
invasion was "Overlord," but for ten points each, can you supply
the code name for these other World War Two operations?
a) Anglo-American invasion of North Africa
b) Allied invasion of southern France
Ans: _ Anvil_
c) Allied invasion of Sicily
12B. Even if you haven't read Alexander Pope's "Essay on
Criticism," chances are you know parts of it. Given one line of a
heroic couplet from the essay, give the missing line, for ten
a) "Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring"
Ans: _"A little learning is a dangerous thing"_
b) "Good nature and good sense must ever join;"
Ans: _"To err is human, to forgive divine"_
c) "Nay, fly to altars, there they'll talk you dead;"
Ans: _"For fools rush in where angels fear to tread."_
13B. Identify the following Asian-American authors from works on
a 10-5 basis
a) 10- China Men
5- The Woman Warrior
Ans: Maxine Hong _Kingston_
b) 10- Family Devotions
5- M. Butterfly
Ans: David Henry _Hwang_
c) 10- The One Hundred Secret Senses
5- The Joy Luck Club
Ans: Amy _Tan_
14B. Identify the city, 30-20-10
30- Willy Loman reports that he gets just a little past this city
in Act I, Scene 1 of _Death of a Salesman_ 20- It is the setting
for Hello, Dolly.
10- Neil Simon showed us how to get "Lost in" this city.
Ans: _Yonkers_, New York
15B. The shareholders of ADM, based in Decatur, Illinois, have
staged a revolt against the company's management, for their failure
to respond to concerns over a Federal investigation of the company.
a) For ten points, give the full name of the company known as ADM.
Ans: _Archer-Daniels Midland_ Company
b) For twenty points, name the head of ADM's bioproducts division,
who turned whistleblower over suspicions that the company was
engaged in a price fixing conspiracy. Ans: Mark _Whitacre_
16B. If you're like me, you learned everything you know about
grammar and history from watching ABC's Schoolhouse Rock on
Saturday mornings. Fill in the blanks in the following lyrics for
ten points each. a) [blank] [blank], what's your function? Ans:
b) [blank], that's what's happening.
c) We were sufferin', 'til [blank].
17B. Given the first line of a nineteenth century historical
document, give the title, an author, and year it was written for
five points each.
a) "A spectre is haunting Europe"
Ans: _Communist Manifesto_, Karl _Marx_ or Friedrich _Engels_,
b) "A court-martial has dared, by command, to acquit a man like
Esterhazy, thus dealing a supremely insolent blow to all truth and
justice." Ans: _J'Accuse_ or _I Accuse_, Emile _Zola_, _1898_
18B. In 1839, Lord Durham issued a report, now known as the "Magna
Carta of the colonies," which recommended the union of Upper and
Lower Canada and the granting of full self-government.
a) In 1867, the Dominion of Canada was created in partial
fulfillment of Durham's recommendation. For ten points, name the
act which accomplished this. Ans: _British North America Act_
b) The British North America Act divided Canada into four
provinces. For five points each, name them. Ans: _Ontario, Nova
Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec_
19B. It's big and it's cold, but how much else do you know about
the 49th state?
a) For ten points, name the region between the Brooks Range and
the Arctic Ocean where oil and natural gas were discovered in 1968.
Ans: _North Slope_
b) For five points each, name the first two women to win the
Iditarod. Ans: Libby _Riddles_ (in 1985) and Susan _Butcher_
c) Alaska's most famous earthquake occured on March 27, 1964. For
ten points, give the name by which this earthquake is more commonly
known, so given because of the particular day it occured. Ans:
_Good Friday_ Earthquake
20B. Fill in the missing person in the following pairs of
mythological lovers for five points each, five point bonus for all
five. a) Pygmalion and [blank]
b) Philemon and [blank]
c) Orpheus and [blank]
d) Pyramus and [blank]
e) Ceyx and [blank]
21B. Identify the following Civil War leaders from nicknames for
ten points, or from an additional clue for five. a) 10- Shanks
5- A Confederate colonel from South Carolina, his troops met the
first Union attack at First Bull Run. Ans: Nathan _Evans_ b) 10-
5- This Confederate general's orders to his troops to "get
those shoes" at Gettysburg precipitated the battle there. Ans:
A.P. (Ambrose Powell) _Hill_
c) 10- Spoons
5- He got his nickname while commanding the occupation Union
forces in New Orleans. Ans: Benjamin _Butler_
22B. We all know Banquo, Macduff, and Fleance in Shakespeare's
"Macbeth", but for a trivial thirty points, name the three
familiars of the Weird Sisters, and traditionally what type of
creatures they are, for five points each. Ans: _Paddock,
Graymalkin, and Harpier_ are _frog, cat, and bird or harpy_
23B. Yes, you know about umbras, penumbras, and the like. But can
you identiry these eclipse terms for ten points each. a) The
eclipse of a star other than the sun by the moon.
b) The eclipse of the sun by Mercury or Venus.
c) The period of slightly longer than 18 years of eclipse cycles.