1995 Guy Fawkes Eve Buzzer Explosion
Packet by Iowa State University
1) He was willing to forgo the six million dollars offered to him
to star in Without Remorse in order to bolster his acting
credentials by playing the troubled Dane Hamlet in Winnipeg. FTP,
name this actor, star of such non-Shakespearean works as Point
Break and Speed.
ANS : Keanu _REEVES_
2) It contains 1028 hymns to such deities as Indra, rider of the
white elephant, Varuna and Surya. It was composed between 1500 and
1000 B.C. FTP, what is this religious work of the Aryans?
ANS : _RIGVEDA_ [PROMPT on _VEDA_s]
3) The Mamertini -- disreputable Italian mercenaries -- controlled
the city of Messana, but Syracuse and her powerful African naval
ally sought to dislodge them. The Mamertini appealed to Rome for
help and precipitated, FTP, what famous series of wars fought in
the third century B.C.?
ANS : _PUNIC_ Wars (Accept First Punic War)
4) He was born with the name Tafari Makonnen. Crowned emperor in
1930 he took a new name, meaning "Might of the Trinity." FTP, name
this man who brought Ethiopia into the United Nations and was
emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.
ANS : Haile _SELASSIE_
5) A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, where his
memorial library is now located, he served with the First Army in
France during WWI and later supervised allied strategy during World
War II. FTP, name this five-star general, winner of the 1953 Nobel
Peace Prize, who served the U.S. as secretary of both the State and
George C. MARSHALL
6) Among the various territorial adjustments stipulated by the
treaty were those awarding Alsace to France and West Pomerania to
Sweden. It seriously weakened the Holy Roman Empire by recognizing
the sovereignty of the individual German states within its domains,
and also recognized the independence of the Netherlands and the
Swiss Confederation. FTP, name this treaty signed on October 24,
1648, which ended the Thirty Year's War.
ANS : Peace of _WESTPHALIA_
7) He divided animals into four groups: vertebrates, articulates,
mollusks and radiates and was the first to demonstrate that species
had become extinct. FTP, who was this French anatomist, the chief
rival of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck?
ANS : Georges _CUVIER_
8) The models for this painting were the artist's sister and the
town dentist, who was a friend of the family, and, contrary to
popular belief, the subjects were intended to be a father and
daughter. FTP, name the classic piece of artwork by Iowan Grant
ANS : _AMERICAN GOTHIC_
9) "The Garden of Paradise", "Holger the Dane", "Hans Clodhopper",
"The Little Match Girl", "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New
Clothes", are all, FTP, stories from which famous Danish collector
of fairy tales?
ANS : Hans Christian _ANDERSEN_
10) A graduate of Harvard Law School, he helped found the Free Soil
Party, advocated the civil rights of blacks in Massachusetts, and
was U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 1851 until his death in
1874. An outspoken opponent of slavery, he sought repeal of the
Fugitive Slave Act, and protested against the Kansas-Nebraska Act
of 1854. FTP, name this influential senator, whose insulting
remarks about Senator Butler of South Carolina led to an assault on
him by Senator Brooks from which it took 3 1/2 years to recover.
A: Charles SUMNER
11) A principle of least time, a set of primes, a little theorem
and a last theorem all bear the name of a famous seventeenth
century physicist and mathematician. For ten points, name him.
ANS : Pierre de _FERMAT_
12) This actress' godfather is Timothy Leary and she travels with
a copy of "Catcher in the Rye." Currently, she is seeing David
Pirner of Soul Asylum. FTP, name this actress who took her name
from her Minnesota birthplace, and who can now be seen in the film
"How to Make an American Quilt."
ANS : Winona _RYDER_
ALTERNATE ANSWER : Winona _HOROWITZ_
13) Thousands visit the chapel annually to do penance for war,
just as ``Our Lady of the Rosary'' requested in 1917 when she
appeared to three shephard girls. For ten points, near what small
Portuguese town did this occur?
ANS : _FATIMA_
14) "I was so happy for a time" murmurs Mary as she reflects on
her marriage to the actor James Tyrone even as her family collapses
amid heroin addiction, alcoholism and Edward's tuberculosis. FTP,
in which autobiographical Eugene O'Neill play does this occur?
ANS : _LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT_
15) Founded in 1841 by the Unitarian minister George Ripley, it
was based on the principles of transcendentalism and cooperative
living. FTP, name this famous experimental farm whose members and
visitors included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and
ANS : _BROOK_ Farm
16) This grandfather-grandson pair have more in common than a
name. Both ran unsuccessfully for public office multiple times: the
elder for vice-president in 1900 and governor of Illinois in 1908;
the younger for president in 1952 and 1956. FTP, give the shared
ANS : _ADLAI STEVENSON_
17) Cities in this Asian nation include Moron, Darhan, and
Hodrogo, and it contains Har Horin, which was once the capital of
Karakorum. FTP, name this country, much of which is part of the
Gobi desert, and which has its modern capital at Ulan Bator.
ANS : _MONGOLIA_
18) "True!--nervous--very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and
am; but why will you say that I am mad?" For ten points, which Poe
short story begings thusly, a tale of a man who hears the beating
of a corpse's coeur (curr)?
ANS : _THE TELL-TALE HEART_
19) Living from 1886 to 1986, he made a significant contribution
to the literature of South America. With a fantastical approach to
writing, he helped to begin the school of Magical Realism which
later authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez have continued. FTP,
name this blind Argentinian whose works include Labyrinths,
Fictions, and Other Inquistions.
ANS : Jorge Luis _BORGES_
20) It weighed 30 tons, was 80 feet long and 8 feet high. It had
a half-million soldered connections, 70,000 resistors, and 18,000
vacuum tubes. Designed to calculate ballistic trajectories for the
U.S. Army, it was developed at the University of Pennsylvania in
the 1940's by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly. For ten points,
identify this computer.
ANS : _ENIAC_ (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator)
21) Defined as "one half of e to x minus e to the minus x", its
derivative is the same as its integral. For ten points, what is
the name of this exaggerated function?
ANS : _HYPERBOLIC SINE_
ALTERNATE ANSWER : _SINH_ (sinch)
22) He was czar from April through June of 1605 and was repeatedly
challenged by a man claiming to be the true son of Ivan IV. For
ten points, name this czar who took the throne at the death of his
father Boris Godunov.
ANS : _FYODOR II_
23) She was born in Chicago in 1947, the daughter of Hugh and
Dorothy. She has been active in the areas of children's rights and
education reform, and twice was named one of the ``100 Most
Influential Lawyers in America.'' For ten points, name this woman,
whose husband is Bill and whose daughter is Chelsea.
ANS : Hillary Rodham _CLINTON_
ALTERNATE ANSWER : Hilary _RODHAM_ Clinton
24) He discovered vaccines against encephalitis and dengue but is
most famous for his 1961 improvement on the injection method of Dr.
Jonas Salk. For ten points, who is doctor responsible for the oral
ANS : Albert Bruce _SABIN_
25) It is equal to the percentage of isooctane in an isooctane-
heptane mixture that has the same knock as a test fuel. For ten
points, what is this measure of the efficiency of gasoline?
ANS : _OCTANE NUMBER_
ALTERNATE ANSWER : _OCTANE RATING_
26) Meaning "teacher," this title originally referred to members
of the Sanhedrin. For ten points, what is this religious title
awarded in Reform, Conservative and Orthodox flavors?
ANS : _RABBI_
Bonus Questions by Iowa State University
B1) (30) For five points each, tell me what number is associated
to each of the following named symphonies.
A) Prokofiev's Classical
ANS : _1_
B) Shostakovich's Babi-Yar
ANS : _13_
C) Mahler's Resurrection
ANS : _2_
D) Beethoven's Pastorale
ANS : _6_
E) Mendelsohn's Scottish
ANS : _3_
F) Schubert's Great
ANS : _9_
B2) (30) Between Bill Clinton's inauguration in January 1993 and
Richard Nixon's death in April 1994, there were five living ex-
presidents at one time, the most since the first year of Abraham
Lincoln's presidency. For 5 points each and a 5 point bonus for
all correct, name the five ex-presidents alive between 1861 and
A: VAN BUREN, TYLER, FILLMORE, PIERCE, BUCHANAN
B3) (30) A great deal of Stone Age art has been found in Europe
and recently, a new collection was found in a cave in France.
Answer these questions about ancient art for the stated number of
A) First, for five points apiece, give the names of the two biggest
earlier finds, one in France and one in Spain.
ANS : _LASCAUX_, _ALTAMIRA_
B) Second, the new find in the Ardeche region of France has been
named after its discoverer. For 20 points what is the name?
ANS : _CHAUVET_
B4) (30) The novel as biography is a genre that has produced many
great works of literature. Given a novel and its author, provide
the name of the subject for the stated number of points.
A) For five points, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men.
ANS : Huey _LONG_
B)For ten points, W. Somerset Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence.
ANS : Paul _GAUGUIN_
C) For fifteen, Hope Muntz's Golden Warrior.
ANS : _HAROLD II_ of England
B5) (30) For ten points each, given one of Hamlet's lines, tell me
to whom it was intended.
A) ``You are a fishmonger.''
ANS : _POLONIUS_
B) ``There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of
in your philosophy.''
ANS : _HORATIO_
C) ``I must be cruel if only to be kind.''
ANS : _GERTRUDE_
B6) (30) A major sports title is defined as a national or world
championship in Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NBA, or the
NHL. Now, given a city, tell me the last year that a sports team
in that city won a major title.
ANS : _1993_ (NBA)
B) Los Angeles
ANS : _1988_ (MLB, NBA)
ANS : _1964_ (NFL)
ANS : _1979_ (NBA)
E) St. Louis
ANS : _1982_ (MLB)
F) San Diego
ANS : _NEVER_
B7) (30) Given a political party, name the presidential candidate
which garnered the most popular votes in a single election for that
party for the stated number of points.
A) For five points, Republicans.
ANS : Ronald _REAGAN_
B) For ten points, Democrats.
ANS : William Jefferson _CLINTON_
C) For fifteen points, Whigs.
ANS : Winfield _SCOTT_
B8) (30) Saint, antipope, both, or neither. Given a pope, tell
whether he is regarded as a saint, antipope, both or neither for
five points apiece.
A) Pius X
ANS : _SAINT_
B) Alexander VI
ANS : _NEITHER_
ANS : _BOTH_
D) Sixtus IV
ANS : _NEITHER_
E) Felix V
ANS : _ANTIPOPE_
ANS : _SAINT_
B9) (30) Given a mathematical achievement, identify the
mathematician for ten points each.
a. He proved that pi is transcendental and deduced that it is
impossible to square the circle with straightedge and compass.
ANS : Carl Louis Ferdinand von _LINDEMANN_
b. He provided the first correct proof of the Fundamental Theorem
ANS : Karl Friedrich _GAUSS_
c. He solved the famous problem of ``The Seven Bridges of
ANS : Leonhard _EULER_
B10) (20) For the stated number of points, answer the following
questions about Jimmy Carter.
A) For five points, what animal did Carter once say attacked him on
a rafting voyage?
ANS : _RABBIT_ (accept bunny)
B) For 10 points, which of the seven deadly sins did Carter admit
to feeling "in his heart"?
ANS : _LUST_
C) For 15 points: More seriously, what statistical value did
Carter's campaign create to defeat Gerald Ford, a tactic which
backfired as both portions skyrocketed during his term?
ANS : _MISERY INDEX_
B11) (30) Given the painting, name the painter for the stated
number of points.
For 5: Christina's World
ANS : Andrew _WYETH_
For 10: The Gross Clinic
ANS : Thomas _EAKINS_
For 15: Miss Bowles and her Dog
ANS : Sir Joshua _REYNOLDS_
B12) (30) Given a famous work, identify the Nobel Prize-winning
author who penned it, for ten points each. If you need a
nationality and the year the author won his/her Nobel Prize, you
will earn five points.
A) For 10: "Burgher's Daughter"
For 5: 1991, South Africa
ANS : Nadine _GORMIER_
B) For 10: "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair"
For 5: 1971, Chile
ANS : Pablo _NERUDA_
C) For 10: "The Bridge on the Drina"
For 5: 1961, Yugoslavia
ANS : Ivo _ANDRIC_
B13) (30) 30-20-10; Name the historical figure.
30) This buccaneer was born in Llanrhymmy in Wales in 1635, but
went to Barbados as a young man.
20) He settled in Jamaica, where his uncle was Deputy Governor, and
he later held the post himself.
10) He was knighted in 1674, two years after being taken to England
as a prisoner, and he shares his name with a brand of rum.
ANS : Sir Henry _MORGAN_
B14) (30) Given a quote, identify the film for the stated number
For 5: "Bad dates."
ANS : _RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK_
For 10: "I know a little German; he's sitting over there."
ANS : _TOP_SECRET!_
For 15: "Promotional considerations paid for by Kelton
Flamethrowers, Wainwright Electrical Launchers, and Hammen and
ANS : _THE RUNNING MAN_
B15) (30) For ten points each, identify the "Theater" associated
with the titles.
A) Operation Double 007, Hercules vs. the Moon Men, The Home
ANS : _MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000_
B) The Balcony, The Rhinoceros, Endgame
ANS : _THEATER OF THE ABSURD_
C) "Jeeves and Wooster", "Upstairs, Downstairs", "Middlemarch"
ANS : _MASTERPIECE THEATER_
B16) (30) Given the quotation form Louisa May Alcott's Little
Women, name the character who speaks it FTP each :
"It takes two flints to make a fire."
ANS : _LAURIE_
"Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so."
ANS : _AMY_ March
"Housekeeping ain't no joke."
ANS : _HANNAH_
B17) (30) Scientists have postulated that the missing matter of
the universe is made up of WIMPs and MACHOs. For fifteen points
each, give the words that make up WIMP and MACHO.
ANS : _WEAK_ly _INTERACTING_ _MASSIVE_ _PARTICLE_s;
ANS : _MASSIVE_ _COMPACT_ _HALO_ _OBJECT_s
B18) (30) Give the capital of each of the following eastern
Canadian provinces for 10 points each.
A) Prince Edward Island
ANS : _CHARLOTTETOWN_
ANS : _ST. JOHN'S_
C) New Brunswick
ANS : _FREDERICTON_
B19) (30) FTP each, given a recently-published book, name its
A) Always a Reckoning
ANS : James (Jimmy) Earl _CARTER_
B) Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
ANS : Tom _ROBBINS_
C) East, West
ANS : Salman _RUSHDIE_
B20) (30) Place the following six Chinese governments in
chronological order from earliest to latest. Eastern Chou, Ming,
Shang, Tang, Three Kingdoms, Five Dynasties.
ANS : _SHANG_,
B21) (20) First, FTP, give the word used by biologists to indicate
similar structures caused by similar environments.
ANS : _ANALOGOUS_
Now, FTP, give the word biologists use to indicate similar
structures caused by common ancestry.
ANS : _HOMOLOGOUS_
B22) (20) Identify the following questions about theories of land
form development. For ten points apiece.
A) Proposed by James Hutton, it states that the earth has reached
its current from through geologic processes still in action.
ANS : _UNIFORMITARIANISM_
B) W. M. Davis' theory that the land is lifted above sea level and
obtains its form through the wearing down of the surface.
ANS : _EROSION CYCLE_ theory
B23) (30) Given a description of a Sherlock Holmes' story, name
it, for ten points each.
A) Sherlock Holmes, long believed dead, returns to face Prof.
Moriarty's henchman, Col. Moran, who's hiding across the street
ANS : The Adventure of _THE EMPTY HOUSE_
B) A woman believes her husband has been killed, and the prime
suspect is one of London's most successful beggars. Holmes,
however, thinks the answer is not so straightforward.
ANS : _THE CROOKED MAN_
C) Someone is killing people for the sake of cheap knickknacks, and
it's up to Holmes to figure out why.
ANS : The Adventure of _THE SIX NAPOLEONS_
B24) (30) Time to play TV molding. For ten points, given the
description of a
combination of two shows, give the title. Example: A vampire cop
hangs out with Suzanne Pleshette and a bunch of student nurses on
A) Harvey Korman and his wife Valerie Perrine try to adjust to
their new neighborhood, as does the other new family in town, which
includes twins Shannen Doherty and Jason Priestley.
ANS : _LEO AND LIZ IN BEVERLY HILLS 90210_
B) A confused teenager with odd hair tries to cope with the
arrival of her wacky grandmother, played by one of the funniest
women in television history.
ANS : _MY SO-CALLED LIFE WITH LUCY_
C) Robert Young deals with his three daughters and with Greg
Kinnear, who keeps showing clips of really bad stuff.
ANS : _FATHER KNOWS BEST OF THE WORST_