1995 Guy Fawkes Eve Buzzer Explosion
Packet by Western Michigan University - A
1) It's the common name for a species of low-growing cacti of the
genus Lophophora. It takes its name from the Aztecs, who were the
first to use it for its hallucinogenic properties. For ten points
-- name this plant also called a Mescal Button.
ANS : _PEYOTE_
2) It can be used as a substitute for rennet in making cheese and
to remove hair from hides in the leather industry. However, it is
better known for its use in the gastric environment. For ten
points -- name this enzyme, which with hydrochloric acid digests
food in the stomach.
ANS : _PEPSIN_
3) Its entire northern border is formed by the African country of
Guinea, although it appropriately borders Liberia as well. For ten
points -- name this country formed by British abolitionists in
1787, whose capital was given the name of Freetown.
ANS : _SIERRA LEONE_
4) This lanthanide element and Technetium are the only two
elements with atomic numbers less than 83 that have no stable
isotopes. Salts of this rare earth metal are luminescent in the
dark with a pale blue or green glow. For ten points -- name this
element whose namesake stole fire from the gods.
ANS : _PROMETHIUM_
5) Benjy is a retarded man watched over by Luster. Quentin has
lustful thoughts for his promiscuous sister. Jason is a thief and
a sqanderer. For ten points -- these three brothers appear in what
Faulkner novel, which may be a tale told by an idiot that signifies
ANS : _The SOUND AND THE FURY_
6) It was from the trader John Findley at the seige of Fort
Duquesne that he first heard stories of the Warrior's Path and the
Cumberland Gap, both leading to the "wonderful land" of Kentucky.
For ten points -- name this man who then blazed the Wilderness Road
through that state and into Missouri.
ANS : Daniel _BOONE_
7) His former wife, Lisa, will wed widower Jim Moody, a federal
court judge in December. His former assistant raised eyebrows when
she said he told her to put two notebooks in a White House safe
shortly before his death. For ten points -- name this late deputy
White House counsel.
ANS : Vincent _FOSTER_
8) Formed as an end product during metabolism of the amino acid
tyrosine, it is surprisingly found in some internal membranes. For
ten points -- name this biochrome, a dark biological pigment absent
in those with albinism.
ANS : _MELANIN_
9) The last name's the same: Alexander was an American
Ornithologist and rival of Audubon; Charles was a Scottish
physicist who invented the original Cloud Chamber; Edmund wrote the
"Memoirs of Hecate County"; and Woodrow proposed the fourteen
points in 1918. For ten points -- give the shared name.
ANS : _WILSON_
10) It was undoubtedly suggested by Sauk Centre, Minnesota, where
the author who created it was born. For ten points -- name this
fictional town and home of Carol Kennicott in Sinclair Lewis's 1920
novel Main Street.
ANS : _GOPHER PRAIRIE_
11) They were born in Annonay, France in the 1740s. After
observing smoke and hot air rising from a fire, Joseph was inspired
to fill a cloth with hot air and watched it rise seventy feet.
With his brother Jacques' help, they flew in the first successful
balloon in front of Louis XVI. For ten points -- name these famous
ANS : _MONTGOLFIER_
12) Clara Marks, a mother of three, declared his company's ads
"absolutely pornographic." Apparently, most of the country agreed
as his controversial ads were pulled. For ten points -- name this
designer who was accused of Kiddie Porn in his latest ad campaign.
ANS : Calvin _KLEIN_
13) This meeting took place from December 15, 1814 until January
5, 1815 and was held by the Federalist party to discuss their
opposition to the War of 1812. For ten points, name this meeting
held in Connecticut.
ANS : _HARTFORD CONVENTION_
14) Its name means "the resplendent land" in a native language and
its the 24th largest island in the world. Moors, Sinhalese, and
Tamils make up most of the population. For ten points -- name this
country which was formerly known as Ceylon.
ANS : _SRI LANKA_
15) A great admirer of both Napoleon and Lord Byron, he
participated in several campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars. For ten
points -- name this Frenchman better known for his novels,
including Lucien Leuwen, The Charterhouse of Parma, and The Red and
ANS : _STENDHAL_
ALTERNATE ANSWER : Marie Henri _BEYLE_
16) He was known as the French Newton, and if you're designing
digital filters, you may think his contribution to mathematics more
handy than the other guy's three laws. For ten points, name this
French mathemetician, astronomer and chemist, whose transform is
the bane of many electrical engineering students.
ANS : Pierre Simone de _LaPLACE_
17) Women's voting rights groups admired her stand in favor of
allowing women to vote, but they rejected her candidacy because she
also spoke for the right of women to have affairs, whether married
or not. FTP, name this woman who ran for president of the United
States in 1872.
ANS : Victoria _WOODHULL_
18) He stated at the beginning of his book _Theory of Harmony_
that, "This book I have learned from my pupils." That's quite an
education, considering his pupils include the music greats Anton
Webern and Alban Berg. For ten points -- name this Austrian-
American innovator of the 12-tone music scale.
ANS : Arnold _SCHOENBERG_
19) Some motor nerves, such as the sciatic nerve, are quite long,
stretching all the way from the spinal cord to the toe. Most of
this length, however, is not the cell itself but a fibre which is
usually enclosed in a myelin sheath. For ten points -- name this
nerve extension which carries impulses away from the cell.
ANS : _AXON_
20) He was tricked by Seth into entering a coffin, which was thrown
into the Nile. Seth later dismembered this son of Geb and Nut and
spread the parts throughout the country. For ten points -- name
this egyptian god of the dead.
ANS : _OSIRIS_
21) "People have been rejected from Tufts for far lesser things"
were the words of the editor of a conservative journal at the
university. For ten points -- name this girl whose admission to
Harvard was withdrawn when they learned that she murdered her
mother in 1990, who is now attempting to attend Tufts.
ANS : Gina _GRANT_
22) Harry Haller's inability to be a part of the world and the
resulting loneliness and desolation of his existence causes him to
think of himself as -- for ten points -- what title animal of a
1927 Herman Hesse work?
ANS : _Steppenwolf_
23) The U.S. constitution bans criminal laws of this type, though
in English law they are legal. For ten points -- name this kind of
retrospective law which attempts to make illegal actions which were
legal when committed.
ANS : _EX POST FACTO_
24) It consists of a housing and a rotatable triangular rotor. It
has half as many moving parts, runs quieter, and for equivalent
horsepower weighs half as much as its piston-cylinder relative.
For ten points --name this kind of internal combustion engine.
ANS : _WANKEL_ Rotary Engine
25) This candy's sales rose from twenty million in 1991 to forty
million in 1994, mostly due to the world's most annoying
commercials. For ten points -- name this candy which even has its
own World Wide Web page billing itself as the "freshmaker".
ANS : _MENTOS_
26) Her roles have included Joyce Whitman, Sue Ann Nivens, and
Rose Nylund. Currently, this animal rights activist is back on the
small screen in one of this season's new shows. For ten points --
name this veteran actress and star of "Maybe This Time."
ANS : Betty _WHITE_
27) Along with Roger Clemens, Mark Langston and Dennis Martinez,
he is the only active major leaguer with 2,000 career strikeouts.
His early years were spent with Boston and Cleveland, but as a
reliever he's gained his greatest fame. For ten points, name this
Oakland Athletics all time save leader.
ANS : Dennis _ECKERSLEY_
28) The Telephone, Iced Tea, Television and the Ice Cream cone.
The Eiffel Tower, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and
the Space Needle. For ten points, all of these items, foods and
builings were first seen at what event?
ANS : _WORLD'S FAIR_
29) He recently claimed that he dreams about Princess Diana, but
it is way too kinky to go into. This actor will be playing an
action/adventure role in his next film, quite a departure from the
boyish charmer we are accustomed to seeing. For ten points, name
this actor, the star of Nine Months and Four Weddings and a
ANS : Hugh _GRANT_
30) The Syrinx, a musical pipe of seven reeds, was invented and
played by this Greek mythological figure. For ten points, name
this god of pastures, forests, flocks and herds who was half man
and half goat.
ANS : _PAN_
Bonus Questions by WMU A
1. (30) The Populist party, or the People's Party, was a
relatively short-lived effort which reached its greatest strength
in the 1890's. Throughout its lifespan, it nominated only two men
for president, one in 1892 and the other in 1896. For ten points
each -- name these two Populist candidates.
ANS : James B. _WEAVER_
William Jennings _BRYAN_
Now for an additional ten points, 5 points apiece, name the
respective states that James Weaver and William Jennings Bryan
ANS: Weaver - IOWA
Bryan - NEBRASKA
2. (30) Answer the following questions about Nike for the stated
number of points.
For 5: Who starred as Mars Blackman, the Ultimate Michael Jordan
fan, in a series of commercials?
ANS : Spike _LEE_
For 10: Which NFL owner struck a deal with Nike that has angered
the rest of the league?
ANS : Jerry _JONES_
For 15: Who is the CEO of Nike?
ANS : Phil _KNIGHT_
3. (30) Given a brief description of a twentieth-century
physicist, name him for the stated number of points.
For 5: Among this Jewish physicist's papers was "The
Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies." During World War II he warned
Franklin Roosevelt about the dangers of the Nazis developing an
ANS : Albert _EINSTEIN_
For 10: He won the 1907 Nobel Prize for "his optical precision
instruments and the spectroscopic and metrological investigations
carried out with their aid", and was the first American to receive
a Nobel Prize.
ANS : Albert _MICHELSON_
For 15: He helped formulate the basis for quantum electrodynamics
and shared the 1965 Nobel Prize with Tomonaga and Feynman.
ANS : Julian _SCHWINGER_
4. (30) For a varying number of points -- answer these questions
For five, the body of water separating Baja California from the
rest of Mexico.
ANS : _GULF_ of _CALIFORNIA_
For ten, all or nothing, name the three countries that Mexico
ANS : _USA_,
For 15, identify the name given to the land from the northern
border to Mexico City that is bordered by mountains on the east,
west, and south.
ANS : _CENTRAL PLATEAU_
5. (30) For the stated number of points, given a description of a
famous person named George, give their full name.
For 5: King of England from 1727 to 1760, he wasn't much of a
statesman, but was wise enough to accept the word of his advisors.
ANS : _GEORGE II_
For 10: He succeeded to the throne in 1936 after the abdication of
his brother, Edward VIII.
ANS : _GEORGE VI_
For 15: This American journalist, economist, and social philosopher
published "Progress and Poverty" in 1879, which probably inspired
more interest in economics than any other book.
ANS : _HENRY GEORGE_
6. (30) Answer the following questions about a recent political
flap for the stated number of points.
For 10 points, which presidential candidate recently returned a
campaign contribution from a group because of the sexual
orientation of its members.
ANS : Bob _DOLE_
For 20 points, name the rebuffed organization.
ANS : _LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS_
7. (30) Given the definition of a term from chemistry, name it for
the stated number of points.
For 5 points, name the law stating that the volume of a gas at a
constant pressure is directly proportional to temperature.
ANS : _CHARLES'_ Law
For 10 points, give the term for biological substances that are
soluble in non-polar organic solvents, such as chloroform.
ANS : _LIPIDS_
For 15 points, this term describes a substance that is weakly
attracted by a magnetic field.
ANS : _PARAMAGNETIC_
8. (30) Answer the following questions about Adolf Hitler for ten
In what year was he named chancellor?
ANS : _1933_
In what year did he lead the Beer Hall Putsch?
ANS : _1923_
In what year did he send troops into the Rhineland?
ANS : _1936_
9. (25) Given a currently popular album, name the artist for five
points each, with a five point bonus for all 5.
"And Out Come the Wolves"
ANS : _RANCID_
"Design of a Decade"
ANS : _JANET JACKSON_ (Prompt on JACKSON)
ANS : _GREEN DAY_
ANS : _SKEE-LO_
"Jagged Little Pill"
ANS : Alanis _MORRISSETTE_
10. (30) The song of Roland seems to have appeared in France
around the ninth century, and it inspired many other authors. For
the stated number of points:
For 10: By what other name, which also names a Virginia Woolfe
novel, was Roland known?
ANS : _ORLANDO_
For 20: Which Italian poet wrote a 1516 work about Roland entitled
ANS : Lodovico _ARIOSTO_
11. (30) Answer the following about Herbert Hoover for ten points
Who was his vice president?
ANS : Charles _CURTIS_
What position did he hold in the Harding administration?
ANS : Secretary of _COMMERCE_
In what state was he born?
ANS : _IOWA_
12. (30) Identify the year in which these events in Asian history
occured. You'll get ten points for exactly right and five if
you're within five years.
The First Opium War begins
ANS : _1839 _ (Accept 1834-1844 for 5 points)
The Manchus seize power in China
ANS : _1644 _ (Accept 1639-1649 for 5 points)
Philippines become independent
ANS : _1946_ (Accept 1941-1951 for 5 points)
13. (30) Name the musician on a 30-20-10 basis.
30) Under the guidance of his friend Balakirev, he found his first
success with "Symphony in E flat" in 1867.
20) This Russian composer was also one of the foremost scientists
of his day, and his professional life left little time for music.
10) He fell in love with the twelfth century epic "The song of
Igor's Campaign", which led him to write "Prince Igor".
ANS : Aleksandr _BORODIN_
14. (30) Identify the author from works, 30-20-10.
30: Setting Free the Bears, The Water Method Man
20: The Cider House Rules, A Son of the Circus
10: The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire
ANS: John _IRVING_
15. (30) Given the network and the date it aired, give the heavily
watched TV show or TV special being described, for 10 points each.
If you need a second clue, you will receive 5 points. Hint: Each
of the answers is in the top 25 of all time, by rating, and none of
the answers is the Superbowl.
1. For 10: CBS, November 21, 1980.
For 5: Over half the nation tuned in to find out that
Kristin was the one who had done it.
2. For 10: NBC, May 20, 1993.
For 5: It was the last episode of a long-running NBC
3. For 10: ABC, August 29, 1977.
For 5: The country learned the identity of the killer, but
still went to see the 1993 movie version anyway.
ANS: _The FUGITIVE_
16. (30) Name the landmark on a 30-20-10 basis.
30: Discovered by Ernest Giles, it is called "Uluru" by the
20: Composed of arkosic sandstone, it changes color according to
the attitude of the sun.
10: This Australian landmark is the world's largest monolith.
ANS : _AYER'S ROCK_
17. (30) An incredible variety of living things reside in the
ocean, but they are generally divided into three groups. For ten
points each --which group:
Consists of freely-swimming animals?
ANS : _NEKTON_
Consists of plantlike organisms that drift with ocean currents?
ANS : _PLANKTON_
Consists of organisms that live on or near the sea floor?
ANS : _BENTHOS_
18. (30) Identify the following accent, punctuation, and other
manuscript marks, for 5 points each.
1. The double dots appearing over a vowel in German.
2. The mark over a vowel to indicate a long sound.
3. The mark over a vowel to indicate a short sound.
4. The mark over an "n" in Spanish which makes a "ny" sound.
5. The mark under a "c" in French.
19. (30) Given some elements, name the common discoverer for a
varying number of points.
For 5: Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
ANS : Sir Humphrey _DAVY_
For 10: Thorium, Selenium, Silicon
ANS : Jons _BERZELIUS_
For 15: Rhodium, Palladium
ANS : William _WOLLASTON_
20. (30) For a varying number of points, name the twentieth
century artist from some works.
For 5: "The Battle of Suze" and "Guernica"
ANS : Pablo _PICASSO_
For 5: "Cathedral" and "Number 1, 1948"
ANS : Jackson _POLLACK_
For 10: "Endless Column" and "Beginning of the World"
ANS : Constantin _BRANCUSI_
For 10: "Oval Composition" and "Evolution Triptych"
ANS : Piet _MONDRIAN_
21. (30) For 15 points each, identify the Byron work.
It complains that man is "half dust, half deity". When the title
character calls upon the spirits, he realizes they are his equal
because he created them. It symbolizes inner conflict of the ego.
ANS : _MANFRED_
When the Devil takes him through the spiritual world, the title
character realizes that even the gods may not be happy, and that
the Tree of Knowledge may not be the tree of happiness.
ANS : _CAIN_
22. (30) We use foreign words and phrases every day without
thinking about where they came from. Given a definition and a
language, you give the common word or phrase for 5 points each,
with a five point bonus for all 5.
Full discretionary power, French.
ANS : _CARTE BLANCHE_
Whatever will be, will be. Spanish.
ANS : _QUE SERA, SERA_
Amazing nerve or arrogance. Yiddish.
ANS : _CHUTZPAH_
Method of operation. Latin.
ANS : _MODUS OPERANDI_
A Social Blunder. French.
ANS : _FAUX PAS_