1995 Guy Fawkes Eve Buzzer Explosion
Questions by Davis A
1. This Neo-Gaullist politician moved to prominence in French
national politics when he was appointed prime minister in 1974.
From 1977-1986 he was mayor of Paris, but he achieved international
recognition when he was elected president in 1995. FTP, name him.
Answer: Jacques CHIRAC
2. With its inaugural opening in the summer of 1995, the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is now reality. Aside from the
memorabilia of the museum, visitors may be intrigued by the
building itself. FTP, identify the museum's architect, who also
designed the John Hancock tower in Boston and the East Wing of the
National Gallery in Washington.
Answer: I. M. PEI
3. British actor Kenneth Brannagh's next film role will be as one
of the most villainous of Shakespeare's characters. This character
has the memorable line, "Who steals my purse steals trash", as well
as the oft-quipped "O beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the
green-eyed monster," so it will be a good chance for Brannagh to
show off. FTP, identify this Shakesperean villian, driven to
bitterness by the title character's choosing of Cassio as his
4. While at Oxford, he wrote and circulated a pamphlet called "The
Necessity of Atheism", and was expelled for refusing to answer
certain questions about it. In 1811, he eloped with the 16-year-
old Harriet Westbrook, but separated from her in 1814 and soon
after eloped with his more well-known lifetime companion. FTP,
name this English poet, whose writings include the famous "Defence
of Poetry", as well as poems like "Alastor, or the Spirit of
Solitude", "The Mask of Anarchy", "The Sensitive Plant", and "Ode
to the West Wind".
A: Percy Bysshe SHELLEY
5. It comes from the French word meaning "to blow or puff up".
Most recipes for this dish usually call for cream sauce, the
addition of beaten egg whites, and several minutes of baking in the
straight-sided dish from which it is served after being removed
from the oven. FTP, name the dish.
6. He was a commander in France during the Hundred
Years' War. While in charge of England, his economic policies and
alliance with John Wyclif made him unpopular in many quarters, as
did his unsuccessful campaigns to claim the Castillian throne.
FTP, name this fourth son of Edward III, who from 1371 ruled
England for his senile father and young nephew Richard II, and
whose eldest son became Henry IV.
A: JOHN of GAUNT
7. Born around 540 B.C. in Ephesus, he is known to us through some
125 fragments of his own work and by comments of later authors.
Believing in universal impermanence and that all things, notably
opposites, were interrelated, he considered fire the fundamental
element of the universe. FTP, name this Greek philosopher, called
"the Obscure" for his cryptic style, whose view of the transience
of all things exerted a strong influence on Plato.
8. They are small intercellular parasites which are
nonmotile and nonspore forming. They range in length from .3 to 1
mocrometers. They live in cells of ticks and mites and are
transmitted to humans through insect bites. They are responsible
for several fever-producing diseases, including typhus fever and
trench fever. FTP, what are these organisms, named after the man
who first found them in 1909 while analyzing the blood of patients
suffering from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?
9. Known as the "sweater girl," this screen star acted in the
movies Peyton Place and The Postman Always Rings Twice , but she
gained tabloid fame when her daughter, Cheryl Crane, killed her
abusive boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato, in 1958. FTP, name the
screen star who died of throat cancer in June of 1995.
Answer: Lana TURNER
10. Born in Sweden in 1707, he studied botany and helped to
organize the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. FTP, name this
founder of the modern system of scientific nomenclature of plants
Answer: Carolus LINNAEUS
11. He achieved success in art through a direct and
hauntingly simple style. He painted extremely large and complex
pictures of exotic subjects in a "primitive" technique with the use
of strong color. With his unique style, he became the leader of
the primitivist school of postimpressionism. His works had a major
impact on cubism. FTP, who is this French painter, whose paintings
include "Landscape with Tree Trunks," "The Repast of the Lion,"
and "Tropical Forest with Monkeys"?
12. Originally a classical composer and contemporary of Aaron
Copland, this American turned to literary writing and moved to
Morocco with his wife, also a writer of note. FTP, identify this
author of "The Sheltering Sky".
Answer: Paul BOWLES
13. In 1951, Gen. Douglas McArthur was forced to resign as
commander of Allied forces in the Korean War due to policy
disagreements with President Truman. In 1952, Gen. Dwight
Eisenhower resigned as supreme commander of allied forces in
Europe to become a presidential candidate. Each was succeeded by
the same man. FTP, name this Virginia-born West Point graduate.
Answer: Matthew B. RIDGWAY
14. Originally a syndicated journalist, she moved to Florida to
write fiction. Her writing found inspiration in the people and
landscape of rural Florida. Her first novel was "South Moon Under"
-- others that followed were "Golden Apples", "Cross Creek", and
the Pulitzer Prize winning book, "The Yearling". FTP, name her.
Answer: Marjorie K. RAWLINGS
15. As a result of his many wilderness wanderings, this Scottish-
born naturalist was inspired to lobby the U.S. government to adopt
a forest conservation policy. His efforts also led to the
creation of Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. FTP, name the
founder and first president of the Sierra Club.
Answer: John MUIR
16. In a three-dimensional cartesian coordinate system, the
equation x2 + y2 = 1 describes a cylinder. What kind of surface
is described by the equation x2 + y2 = z2?
Answer: CONE or CONICAL or TWO CONES or DOUBLE CONE
17. They believe in a dual God made up of the eternal father and
eternal mother, who are the parents of mankind. Their official
name is The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second
Appearing, or The Millennial Church. Their popular name,
originally derogitory, refers to the motions made during their
religious dances. For 10 points, name this celibate religious
sect, founded in England as a secession from the Quakers and
transplanted to the United States by Ann Lee.
18. Button, portobello, shiitake, morel. These are all varieties
of, FTP, what edible fungus, whose poisonous variety is called a
19. Roger B. Taney. Charles Fairchild. John Connally. George
Schultz. Henry Morgenthau. Lloyd Bentson. These men have all
held, FTP, what same cabinet post, first held by Alexander
Answer: SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY (or TREASURY SECRETARY)
20. Born in 1750, this Italian composer lived mainly in
Vienna and died there in 1825. A popular teacher, his pupils
included such future greats as Beethoven and Schubert. He composed
many Italian operas, including "Falstaff", based on Shakespeare's
"The Merry Wives of Windsor." Other works include 6 masses, a
"Passion" oratorio, and 2 piano concertos. Who was this man, a
main character in a opera by Rimsky-Korsakov and a 1980 play by
Peter Shaffer, who was driven into jealous paranoia by the genius
of his musical rival Mozart?
21. The recent feat of Cal Ripken, Jr. renewed discussion about
the life of Lou Gherig, who lent his name to the fatal disease
ALS. FTP, what does ALS stand for?
AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (better known as Lou Gherig's
22. Italy and Brazil are remembered for the performance of their
national men's soccor teams in the 1994 World Cup Tournament. FTP
name the recent world champion in the 1995 World Cup
Tournament of women's soccer.
23. Compared to many of his contemporaries, Beethoven's operatic
output was very limited. Well known overtures, like Egmont and
Leonore, had no operas to follow. FTP, name Beethoven's only
24. Political junkies can now expect a new publication to satisfy
their fix. FTP, what is the one word common proper name of the
magazine recently launched by John F. Kennedy, Jr.?
25. The age of the typewriter is drawing to a close with the July
1995 announcement of the bankruptcy of, FTP, what largest
typewriter company in the U.S.
Answer: SMITH CORONA
26. A medical doctor by training, she has made her mark in the
world of literature with such books as Shame (or Laija ). In
fact it was with the 1993 publication of that book that this
Bangladeshi writer was issued an arrest warrant and, like Salmon
Rushdie, received the Islamic fundamentalist "death sentance" or
"Fatwah." FTP, name her.
Answer: Taslima NASREEN
1. (30) Jaques Chirac was elected president of France in 1995.
For 10 points each, name his 3 immediate predecessors.
Francois MITTERAND, Valery Giscard D'ESTANG, Georges POMPIDOU
2. (30) In 1964 the country of Tanzania was formed from merging
two previously independent countries.
1. First, for 5 points each, name the two nations.
ZANZIBAR and TANGANYIKA
2. In 1979, Tanzania invaded a neighboring country in an
effort to depose its ruler. For 5 points each, identify the
country and its ruler, who was driven into exile as a result of the
UGANDA, Idi AMIN
3. For a final 10 points, identify the dominant political
figure for most of Tanzania's early years, who advocated an
"African socialist" form of development and formed close ties with
3. (30) Like Petrarch and Shakespeare, a number of poets have
written sonnet sequences exploring various aspects of a
relationship between lovers. For example, you may know that
"Sonnets From the Portuguese" was written by Elizabeth Barrett
Browning. Identify the authors of the following for 10 points
each. If you need an additional clue, you will receive only five
1. First Clue: "Astrophel and Stella"
Second Clue: Other works include "Arcadia" (1590).
A: Sir Philip SIDNEY
2. First Clue: "Amoretti"
Second clue: Other works include "The Shepheardes Calendar"
and "Astrophel", an elegy on the death of Philip Sidney.
A: Edmund SPENSER
3. First Clue: "The House of Life"
Second Clue: Born of Italian parentage, he was also the
painter of such works as "Ecce Ancilla Domini" (1850).
A: Dante Gabriel ROSSETTI
4. (30) 1995 has been one of the most active hurricane seasons of
the century in the North Atlantic. For 5 points each, name any
six of the 17 North Atlantic cyclones of the 1995 season.
Answer: Allison, Barry, Chantal, Dean, Erin, Felix, Gabrielle,
Humberto, Iris, Jerry, Karen, Luis, Marilyn, NOEL, OPAL, Pablo, or
Roxanne [note: it is possible that yet another hurricane may form
after the time of the writing of these questions. If that
happens, then the new hurricane would be called SEBASTIEN]
5. (30) After years of violence in Northern Ireland, Protestants
and Catholics seem more disposed to dialogue. For 10 points each,
name the principle representatives of the partisan groups based on
1) The current leader of Sinn Fein, the political branch of
the Irish Republican Army.
Answer: Jerry ADAMS
2) The British Secretary for Northern Island, appointed by
the British Prime Minister.
Answer: Sir Patrick MAYHEW
3) For a final ten points, identify the prime minister of
Ireland who in January 1994 ended the Irish ban on broadcast
appearances by Sinn Fein members.
Answer: Albert Reynolds
6. (30): 30-20-10. Name this person.
30: Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a famous essay about him
subtitled "An Open Letter to the Rev. Dr. Hyde."
20: Born in Belgium in 1840, the real name of this Roman
Catholic missionary was Joseph de Veuster.
10: He worked with the lepers in a government hospital on
Molokai Island and eventually died of leprosy himself.
7. (30): Everyone knows that Ibsen and Grieg are Norwegian, but
how much do you know about the less famous Norwegians? Identify
the following men for 15 points each.
1. A friend and rival of Ibsen's, he wrote plays of social
realism which, though inferior to Ibsen's work, were much more
popular in Norway at the time than Ibsen's plays. He was awarded
the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1903.
2. In 1824, this mathematician proved that the general
polynomial equation of degree greater than or equal to 5 is not
solvable by radicals, anticipating the discoveries of the similarly
short-lived Frenchman Evariste Galois. Today this man's name is
featured prominently in the study of commutative groups.
Neils Henrik ABEL
8. (30) In 1975, astronauts and cosmonauts met in space for the
first time in the Apollo-Suyez mission. Twenty years later, they
met again in June of this year, linking a space shuttle with a
Russian space station. For 5 points each, name the spacecrafts
that brought the crews a little closer together.
Ans.: MIR space station and the space shuttle ATLANTIS
On the subject of space shuttles, to earn your last twenty
points, identify the space shuttle that launched the Hubble Space
telescope into space, and the year in which this happened, for 10
Ans: Discovery, 1990
9. (30) The ongoing conflict in the Balkans primarily involves
Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia. In September of 1995, diplomatic
initiatives brought all sides closer to peace in the region. FTP
each, name the national leaders of each nation at the time this
Answer: Slobadan MILOSEVIC (mee-lo-sa-vich) - Serbia, Franjo
TUDJMAN - Croatia, Ilia IZETBEGOVIC - Bosnia
10. (30) For 10 points each, given a grammy award winning album
and the year it won, identify the artist who made the album.
a. Innervisions 1973
ANSWER: Stevie Wonder
b. Can't Slow Down 1984
ANSWER: Lionel Ritchie
c. Button Down Mind 1960
ANSWER: Bob Newhart
11. (30) In Africa, 8 landlocked nations are situated completely
south of the equator. For 5 points each, any name 6 of them.
LESOTHO, SWAZILAND, BOTSWANA, ZIMBABWE, ZAMBIA, BURUNDI, RWANDA,
12. (30) For various reasons, personnel in the Clinton cabinet
has changed in the past two and a half years. Given the name of
an original cabinet officer of the Clinton administration, name
the successor, FTP each.
Les Aspin Dr. William J. PERRY
Mike Espy Dan GLICKMAN
Lloyd Bentsen Robert E. RUBIN
13. (30) Famous jazz musicians are usually associated with a
particular musical instrument. Given a well-known jazz musician,
name the instrument most associated with the artist, for 5 points
each, and 5 extra points for getting all four correct.
Charles Mingus Ans. BASS
Art Blakey DRUMS
Ornette Coleman SAXOPHONE
Max Roach DRUMS
Don Cherry TRUMPET
14. (30) Identify the following modern activists from a brief
description. 5 points each.
1. He led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference after
the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. He founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
3. He was the NAACP leader killed in Jackson, Mississippi, who
was succeeded by his brother Charles in 1963.
4. In 1966, he became head of the Student Non-Violent
Coordinating Committee, which he had helped to found six years
5. He released the Pentagon Papers in 1969 to protest the
6. One of the Chicago 7, he served as president of the
Students for a Democratic Society from 1962-63. He later married
15. (30) You no doubt know that Lemuel Gulliver found himself all
tied up in Lilliput, a land of 6-inch high people with strange
customs and practices. But how much do you know about the other
places described in the book Gulliver's Travels? Identify the
following lands, for 5 points each.
1. The nation of 6-inch high people at war with Lilliput.
2. The nation of 60-foot-tall giants.
3. A flying island inhabited by forgetful scientific quacks.
4. An island where the inhabitants, the Struldbugs, live
5. A land of magicians and sorcerors.
6. A nation where rational, intelligent horses reign over
human-like Yahoos (the name of the horses is acceptable).
Land of the Houyhnhnms
16. (30) A number of interesting best selling books have been
released this year. Given each title, name the author for five
points each, with a five point bonus for all 5.
An American Journey Colin POWELL
The Politics of Dimplomacy James A. BAKER III
The Lost World Michael CRICHTON
A Good Life Ben BRADLEE
The Moor's Sigh Salmon RUSHDIE
17. Identify the following Nobel Physics prize winners from their
Nobel citations, for 10 points each.
1. 1944, "for his resonance method for recording the magnetic
properties of atomic nuclei".
Isidor I. RABI
2. Two answers: 1978, "for their discovery of cosmic microwave
Arno PENZIAS and Robert WILSON
18. Name the playwright, 30-20-10
30 He was born in New York City in 1888 to a morphine-
addicted mother named Ella and an alcoholic father named James.
20 His daughter, Oona, married Charlie Chaplin in 1943.
10 One of his most famous plays is Mourning Becomes Electra.
Answer: Eugene O'NEILL
19. (20) Major league baseball and football are welcoming
expansion teams. You may be familiar with the new teams, but can
you name their home stadiums? For 10 points each, name the home
Colorado Rockies COORS Stadium
Florida Marlins JOE ROBBIE Stadium
Jacksonville Jaguars JACKSONVILLE Stadium
20. (30) James I found parts of the 1605 comedy "Eastward Ho" to
be unflattering to Scots, so he imprisoned two of its authors. A
third collaborator on the work then voluntarily joined the other
two in prison. Identify these men from the folliwing clues, for 10
1. Born c. 1575, he was the author of such works as "The Dutch
Courtezan" and "The Malcontent".
A: John MARSTON
2. He is primarily remembered today for the first English
translations of the "Iliad" and "Odyssey", published in 1611 and
A: George CHAPMAN
3. This man had originally attacked John Marston in the 1601
work "The Poetaster", but they were later reconciled. He willingly
joined Marston and Chapman during their brief imprisonment.
A: Ben JONSON
21. (30) The names of several days of the week have their origins
in Norse mythology. FTP each, name the diety for whom the day of
the week is named:
Friday Ans: FREYA
22. (30) In recognition of the 75th anniversary, Congress voted to
move an old sculpture of three famous suffragettes, which had
resided in the Capitol basement for 75 years, to the more public
Capitol rotunda. For ten points each, name the three suffragists
depicted in sculpture.
Answer: Susan B. ANTHONY, Lucretia MOTT, Elizabeth Cady STANTON
23. (30) His boyhood friend was Louis Capet, who later became
Louis VI of France, and acted as regent while Louis VII led the
Second Crusade in 1147. But his lasting fame is with his design
of the rebuilt church of Saint-Denis, which served as an
inspiration to Gothic architecture.
Answer: SUGER (pronounced soo JAY)
25. (25) Great writers, long-since deceased, still seem to be able
to provide us with new works. For 25 points what French writer,
who died in 1960 has only recently had his The First Man
Answer: Albert CAMUS
6. (25) The summer of 1995 has been a season of business mergers.
For 5 points each, and a 5 point bonus for all 5, I'll name a
company, and you name the major company with which it was
Chemical Bank Ans: CHASE MANHATTAN
Disney Ans: CAP CITIES
Westinghouse Ans: CBS
Nations Bank Ans: BANK SOUTH
Time-Warner Ans: TURNER BROADCASTING
7. (30) Born in Moorestown, NJ in 1885, this woman suffragist was
imprisoned three times in England for her activities in the woman
suffrage movement there, and then returned to the U.S. to be
imprisoned another three times and found the National Women's
Party. Compared to contemporary woman suffrage leaders, she
advocated militant tactics to publicize her causes. Name her for
Answer: Alice PAUL