BYU B Team
1. Although his play, _Samson Agonistes_ was published in 1671, we know
this author far better as the English answer to Dante or Homer, for it is
he who wrote the closest thing to a pair of epics in English. Like
Homer, he was blind. FTP, who was the author of _Paradise Lost_ and
2. Most people consider the beetle a pretty lowly creature;
however, the ancient Egyptians revered this particular kind of
beetle as it was supposed to be one of the forms of the sun-god
Amun-Re and a symbol of creation. FTP name this beetle used in amulets
3. Some adherents of alternative science claim HE invented several
miraculous devices during teh time he was insane, such as a mechanism for
converting the Earth's gravity directly into electrical power. He
certainly did have genuine accomplishments, such as the electrical coil
that bears his name and the discovery of the alternating-current power
transmission. FTP, who was this Croat-American after whom the unit of
magnetic flux density is named?
4. In 1940, City College of New York found itself embroiled in controversy
due to a new appointment to its Philosophy department. The would-be
professor was charged with being an atheist, a proponent of sexual
immorality, and an Englishman. While these charges were more-or-less true,
it was not quite clear why they would detract from his proposed courses on
mathematical logic. Nonetheless, a court overturned the appointment,
forcing, FTP, what Nobel Prize-winning scholar to take up a position
lecturing at Harvard?
5. While measuring the specific heat of liquid helium during the 1920's,
Hans Kamerlingh-Onnes noticed an anomalous jump at about 2 Kelvin, but he
wrote it off as instrument error. By so doing, he missed the opportunity to
recognize a phase transition into, FTP, what new inviscid state of matter?
SUPERFLUIDITY (or SUPERFLUID helium)
(superconductivity is NOT correct)
6. When his father, Sven Forkbeard died, he and his brother inherited
a great empire of two kingdoms, but England refused to accept him. Only
after his brother died and the Danes accepted him was he able to regain
what Sven had willed to him, but then he established his rule. FTP, what
great Danish monarch created a Northern empire of Denmark, England, and
Norway -- which dissolved upon his death in 1035?
CANUTE the Great (also CNUT)
7. This Latin American poet was an honorary consul to Rangoon and
Singapore, and was exiled by the Chilean government from 1948 to
1952. For ten points, name this 1971 Nobel prize winner for
literature, whose works include _Canto General_ and _Odas Elementales_.
8. He was under the patronage of the Medici when he made the discovery
that he described in "Starry Messenger." In fact, he named the four
"heavenly bodies" orbiting Jupiter after members of the Medici family,
although we use mythological names today. FTP, who was this early
scientist who was forced by the church to recant his discoveries?
9. Born withthe last namwe Weinstein, he later had his name changed to a
Russianized form of his mother's maiden name to avoid persecution. He
supports armed intervention in the Azerbaijan-Armenian war, criticizes
Gorbachev and Yeltsin, and is known in Europe for promoting Snapple.
In _Playboy_ he stated his goal was to destroy his opponents, and later
claimed that when computers become capable of beating him, they willalso
be able to writ ethe best poetry, read the best books, and paint the best
pictures. FTP, who is this brash youngest man to win the world chess
10. In the midst of the First World War when the British were struggling
to overthrow the Ottoman Empire, this 1917 statement of British
foreign policy was issued which would have severe consequences for the
Ottomans if carried out. FTP, what was this manifesto which supported the
creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine?
The BALFOUR DECLARATION
11. Despite his two crushing defeats in runs for the Senate from
Maryland, this former State Dept. employee is running for president.
An incredible longshot, he is considered an abnormality or even a
laughing-stock by most of the press. FTP, what conservative black
Republican is seeking his party's nomination in 1996?
12. This social satire of 1885 was given the form of comic opera
by its creators, Gilbert and Sullivan. FTP, name this opera with
such laughable characters as "the Lord High Executioner," "Pooh-
Bah," "Nanki-Poo" and "Yum-Yum."
13. A whig leader in Tennessee, he delayed the state's secession from
the Union until the beginning of the Civil War. In 1860, he finished
third in the race for President, ahead of Stephen Douglass in theh
Electoral College. FTP, name this man, the only nominee of the
Constitutional Union Party?
14. Each person has on the order of a million of these tiny structures
inside their body. Each one is composed of three sub-units: a knot of
capillaries called the glomerulus, the Bowman's capsule, and a kind of
tubule. Their function is to filter out waste products, while returning
water, glucose, and other important materials to the bloodstream. FTP,
identify this basic unit of the kidney.
15. Today we think of Utah as a very Republican state, especially in
presidential elections, but this was not always so. In fact, the first
time Utah voted in a presidential election, it did so for this Democrat
in 1896. Furthermore, Utah backed him in his next two runs for
president, although Utah went for Taft in 1912. FTP, who was this
Democrat who carryied Utah for Free Silver, but lost the election
all three times?
William Jennings BRYAN
16. When Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address, he said "4 score and 7
years ago." If Lincoln had expressed that same number in base 20, how
would he have expressed the time between the signing of the declaration
of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg?
Ans. 47 (4 score and 7 years)
17. This landlocked African nation changed its name in about 1986,
although for no discernible reason, since today no one knows where the
hell "Lower Volta" would be. It borders Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger,
Benin, and Togo and its capital is Ouagadougou (wog a do goo). FTP, name
this militarily run nation who used to be called "Upper Volta."
18. Some accounts say Crassus' head was used as a stage prop for this
play. Featuring the son of Zeus and Semele, this tragedy by Euripides was
the first to win at Athens' annual drama festival. In it, King Pentheus
of Thebes tries to prohibit the spread of the cult of Dionysus and is
ultimately torn apart by Maenids. FTP, what is this play whose title comes
from the followers of the new god?
19. When the Dutch purchased Manhattan Island from the
Indians, this man paid only $24.00 for it. The name of so great a
negotiator should not be forgotten, even for an instant. FTP what man
whose name means "minute" in French made this purchase?
20. An extremely patriotic German, he directed the first use of posion
chlorine gas in WW I. After the war, he attempted to pay off Germany's
war reparations by finding a way to isolate gold from sea water. He
devised an electrode used to measure the acidity of a solution by
detecting potential across a plate of glass. FTP, who was htis chemist
who in 1911 was appointed director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute on the
strength of his new-found method for isolating ammonia?
21. This philosopher lived from circa 490 - circa 430 B.C. Twenty-five
years younger than Parmenides, he came to Parmenides defense after the
latter was attacked by the Pythagoreans for his unnumeric view of the
universe. He tried to show the absurdity of having an infinite number
of units in a finite space by looking at a shot arrow, a traveler through
a stadium, and perhaps most famously, a race between Achilles and a
tortoise, which serves as an opening dialogue for Godel, Escher, Bach.
FTP, who was this man famous for his paradox?
ZENO of Elea
22. "Roastbeef. In the inside there is sleeping, in the outsidi there
is reddening, in the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is
feeling." These are words of what woman who studied under William James
at Johns Hopkins? During WW I she bought a Ford van and served as an
ambulance driver. At 27 Rue de Fleurus, she and her brother Leo
establisghed their famous literary Salon. FTP, who was this cubist author
of _Tender Bottoms_ and _Autobiography of Alice B. Tokelas_?
23. Charles Perrault was the author of this original fairy tale. An
opera by Gioacchino Rossini based on it was first performed in 1817,
called La Cenerentola. FTP, identify this fairy tale made into a 1949
film by Disney and now being re-released?
24. Based on the Italian novel Fosca by Igino Tarchetti and the
Luis Visconti film Passione d'Amore, this Stephen Sondheim musical
won the 1994 Tony Award for best musical.
25. This composer born in 1929 teaches at the University
of Pennsylvania. Rather than being a chance composer, this man has
devised new ways of playing standard and nonstandard instruments.
perhaps his most famous work is Black Angels, which was written for
Electric String Quartet in 1970.
BYU B Team
1. Tom Hanks is only the second person to win two consecutive
Best Leading Oscars. Spencer Tracy is the other. For 15 points
each, name the two films for which Tracy won his Oscars.
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS BOYS TOWN
2. Name the work of literature on a 10/5 basis first by hearing a major
character, then if needed, tha author:
(10) Antipholus of Syracuse
_THE COMEDY OF ERRORS_
(10) Cedric the Saxon
(5) Sir Walter Scott
(10) Alceste and Celimene
3. Given a mythological figure's unusual death, identify him, for
the stated number of points
(5) Struck by a thunderbolt while driving the chariot of the sun.
(10) Fell asleep beside his now-rotting with age ship
and part of it fell on him and crushed him to death
(15) Was hit by a discus thrown by his grandson, thus fulfilling a
prophecy he had tried to avoid.
4. Besides Reagan, three presidents this century have served trwo full
terms. For ten point seach, name those three.
Woodrow WILSON FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT Dwight EISENHOWER
5. Most people know them on a first-name-only basis, but in this bonus
you will be asked to identify famous artists when given a last name:
(5) Buonarotti MICHAELANGELO
(10) Sanzio RAPHAEL
(15) Di Niccolo DONATELLO
6. 30-20-10 For the appropriate number of points, give the
thing that is being described.
30 Simply defined, it is a commutative division ring.
20 Richard Dedekind described it as "any system of
infinitely many real or complex numbers, which in itself is so
closed and complete, that the addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division of any two numbers always produces a
number of the same system.
10 In a nonmathematical setting, there can be a magnetic,
gravitational, temperature, pressure, scalar, or vector ones of
7. Given a country, identify its most poulous city to begin with the
Germany MUNICH (MUNCHEN in German)
8. Answer these three questions about the photo-electric effect (10 each).
a. Shining a beam of light on a metal can cause electrons, called
photo-electrons, to jump out. If you double the intensity of the
incident light, what happens to the energy of each of these photo-electrons?
IT REMAINS THE SAME
(READER: read this answer if it is not given)
b. In fact, the energy of each photo-electron depends linearly
on what other property of the incident light?
c. If the frequency, and hence the energy per photon of the
light is below a certain threshold, no photo-electrons can escape the
metal. FTP, what name is given to this energy barrier?
9. For five points each name the six wives of Henry VIII in any order.
(answer is listed in order)
CATHERINE OF ARAGON ANNE BOLEYN JANE SEYMOUR
ANNE OF CLEVES CATHERINE HOWARD CATHERINE PARR
10. It is time for the Bronte family bonus question. Given a clue, for
the stated # of points, name the Bronte family member.
1. (5) Wrote Wuthering Heights EMILY
2. (5) Wrote Jane Eyre CHARLOTTE
3. (5) Wrote The Tenant of Windfell Hall ANNE
4. (15) Committed suicide, perhaps because
of his overbearing father's expectations. BRANWELL
11. 30-20-10. Identify the revolutionary.
30. He was exiled in 1830 from the country he liberated and
died in Peru.
20. He was the illegitimate son of an Irish immigrant
fleeing religious persecution.
10. He liberated Chile and became its first president.
12. Here's a math bonus - but no calculators allowed! Calculus, on the
other hand, is encouraged. FTP each: (READER: allow 10+ seconds for each
a. Give, to 2 decimal places, the square root of 101.
b. Give, to 3 decimal places, the natural logarithm of 1.1
c. Give, to 3 decimal places, the hyperbolic cosine ("cosh") of 0.1
13. Based on Vergil's epic, the story of Aeneas' relationship with
the queen of Carthage was immortalized in the first English opera.
For 15 points each, name the title of this work and the composer.
DIDO AND AENEAS by Henry PURCELL
14. Hooray for the Braves winning the WOrld Series at last! For five
points each, identify the two most recent years the Braves have lost the
World series - and for 5 each their respective opponents:
1991 MINNESOTA TWINS
1992 TORONTO BLUE JAYS
now for 10 more points, in what most recent year did the Braves lose the
Natiopnal League championship and to whom? (5 each)
1993 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
15. Identify these terms
from astronomy from a definition:
1) The apparent displacement or the difference in apparent
direction of an object as seen from two different viewpoints not on a
straight line with the object.
2) A interstellar object such as a chunk of rock which enters
the Earth's atmosphere and hits the ground without being totally vaporized
3) A unit of measure equal to 3.26 light years.
16. 30-20-10 Name the president from clues given.
30 He shares his middle name with the name of Paul the
apostles' rabbinic teacher.
20 One of several presidents to be born in Ohio, he attended
Ohio Central College, bought the Marion Star, married Florence
Kling De Wolfe, and eventually ran for president on the Republican
10 He died unexpectedly in San Francisco on August 2, 1923,
while serving as the twenty-ninth president.
Warren Gamaliel HARDING
17. Given a brief description of their works, identify these
ancient playwrights for 10 points a piece.
a) most famous trilogy is the "Orestia"
b) wrote 92 plays, but only 19 survived
c) out of 123 works, 24 of which won the annual drama festival
award, only 7 are still extant.
18. Identify these important court painters from a brief description:
(5) He was the court painter to Philip IV of Spain in the 1600s.
(10) A leading neo-classicist, he voted to have Louis XVI executed and
later became Napoleon's favorite. He tried to get in good with the
Bourbons after Napoleon's fall.
(15) He painted many of Henry VIII's court including the wives.
HANS HOLBEIN the YOUNGER
19. How much do you know about the house you live in? Lets' test
your knowledge of civil engineering, 10 apiece.
1. Given by stress divided by strain, this material constant
is denoted by capital E.
2. This type of stress is created by forces acting
perpendicular to the axis of the beam.
3. The twisting of a structural member created by torques.
20. According to Billy Joel, what year featured, (10 each):
a. Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
b. Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
c. Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
22. Many masterpieces of literature don't end "happily
ever after," and lately it has become the vogue to "finish" these
stories. For ten points a piece, given the name of a work, give
the name of the author who recently wrote a sequel to it.
a) Les Miserables
b) Gone with the Wind
23. I'll give you the RESPONSE to a famous 1-line question asked in
Shakespeare by the title character of a play. For 5, name the play, and
for a well-deserved ten points, give the exact QUESTION asked by the
a. 'I take thee at they word. Call me but love, and I'll be new
Ans. (5) _Romeo and Juliet_
(10) 'O Romeo, Romeo - wherefore art thou Romeo?'
b. 'The sin upon my head, dread sovereign! For in the book of
Numbers is it writ, when a man dies, let the inheritance
descend unto the daughter.'
Ans. (5) _Henry V_
(10) 'May I with right and conscience make this claim?'
24. 15 each, name the philosopher from clues given.
1. This philosopher lived from 205 - 270, and incorporated
into his philosophy not only teachings from the Stoics and
Aristotle, but some of the superstitions that abounded in his day,
trying to give those superstitions philosophical justification.
3. This philosopher, living from 490-430 B.C., author of On
Nature, introduced himself in the following way. "I, an immortal
god, no longer subject to death, walk around among you all, honored
fittingly with garland crowns and flowery leis."