Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 07:25:45 -0700
From: David Matthew Levinson
WIT 4: "Where's Gaius?"
Questions scrounged from multiple sources by Nick and Gaius
1. Born in 1907 in London, she moved to Paris at an early age.
After being schooled in France, she returned to England where she
began to write, mainly period romances and novels set in the West
Country. FTP, identify this author whose most famous work is
Answer: Daphne _du Maurier_
2. In 1972, the U.S. Army reversed its 66 year old decision, and ruled
that the discharge of 167 men from the 1st Battalion, 25th
Infantry, Company B had been honorable. At the time, the men were
found guilty without trial, and President Roosevelt referred
to the incident as a "conspiracy of silence". The only evidence
found against them was 40 spent cartridges, which led the army to
conclude that the company was responsible for a shooting spree
which wounded two white men. This only known mass punishment in
U.S. Army history, which affected a company of African-American
soldiers, occurred in, FTP, what Texas city?
3. Born in 1936, this author of plays and poetry was involved
with the Committee to Defend the Unjustly Prosecuted. His works
deal with topics such as human relations and communication.
Arrested on political grounds twice, he tells the story of one of
his imprisonments in Letters to Olga. FTP, who is this Czech,
author of The Memorandum, The Increased Difficulty of Concentra-
tion, and The Garden Party, and the leader of his country?
Answer: Vaclav _Havel_
4. He thwarted three attacks by Hannibal on Nola in 216 B.C. He
had earlier celebrated the _spolia opima_ for slaying a Gallic
chief. He is most famous, however, for his successful siege of
Syracuse in spite of Archimedes' defenses. FTP, name this man,
nicknamed the Sword of Rome.
Answer: Marcus Claudius _Marcellus_
5. In 1957, the dictator of the Dominican Republic, ordered the
slaughter of black Haitians who could not pronounce the "r" in the
Spanish word for parsley. An American poet created a work based on
that subject, told from both the perspective of the people and the
tyrant. She studied at both Miami of Ohio and The University of
Tubingen. FTP, who is this author of The Yellow House on the
Corner, Thomas and Beulah, Museum, and Grace Notes, named U.S. Poet
Laureate in 1993?
Answer: Rita _Dove_
6. He first trained as a lawyer in Russia and was a brilliant and
persuasive man. However, when he was in his thirties, he decided
to go to Munich and study art. By the time The Blue Rider was
established, he was already "abstracting" from the image, using it
as a creative springboard. FTP, name this artist, a member of The
Blue Rider group, whose works include Heavy Circles, The Gray,
Cossacks, and Improvisation 31.
Answer: Wassily _Kandinsky_
7. Educated at Hamilton College and Harvard, this psychologist
argued that mass conditioning was a proper form of social control
in his book _Beyond Freedom and Dignity_. He developed a method of
teaching known as programmed instruction where a student was fed
bits of information and had to demonstrate knowledge of those facts
before proceeding to the next level. Gaining a reputation while
teaching at the Universities of Minnesota and Indiana, he joined
the faculty of Harvard in 1948 and became the leading spokesman for
behaviorism. FTP, name this author of _Walden Two_.
Answer: Burrhus Frederic _Skinner_
8. He entered Harvard at age 16 and was interested in both
writing and engineering. Upon graduation he entered the army with
the hope of writing the "great war novel," and his service in the
Pacific theater during World War II became the basis for that work,
one of his best known. FTP, identify this author of such works as
_The White Negro_, _The Deer Park_, _Armies of the Night_, and _The
Naked and the Dead_.
Answer: Norman _Mailer_
9. The name is almost the same. The student of Daedalus also known as
Perdix who was killed for his invention of the saw, the 'yron man'
attendant to Sir Artegal in The Faerie Queen who was 'swift as a
swallow and as lion strong', the bronze giant of Greek myth
which protected Crete and was destroyed by the magic of Medea, and
the planetary system visited by the Enterprise in the Star Trek
pilot "The Cage". FTP, give the common name.
Answer: _Talus_ or _Talos_
10. The putative subject of this book is a fable of three brothers and
the coats that their father left to them; however, it is the
numerous digressions that appear in it that carry the main satiric
force of the work. Among the subjects that the author attacks in
his digressions are pedantry, scientific credulity and quackery,
madness, and religious fanaticism. FTP, name this Jonathan Swift
work whose title can refer either to flim-flam or to a nautical
method of scaring whales away from ships.
Answer: A _Tale of a Tub_
11. Named in 1852 after the Earldom held by Sir Francis Egerton, its
northernmost point, Cape Columbia, was finally reached by Charles
Francis Hall in 1871 who passed through the Nares Strait which
separates it from Greenland. FTP, name this northernmost of the
Canadian islands, the ninth largest in the world and the second
largest in Canada.
Answer: _Ellesmere_ Island
12. The grandson of Cretheus and Tyro and brother of Bias, as a small
boy, he chanced upon a dead female serpent which he gave a solemn funeral
and whose young he looked after. He discovered how to cure the sexual
impotence of Iphiclus, and cured the mad daughters of Proteus, for which
he was given one of the daughters and two-thirds of the kingdom of Argos.
FTP, who was this ancestor of Polyidus (poli-eye-dus) who could heal the
sick and understood the language of animals after the young snakes
purified his ears?
13. He first suggested the idea of non-directed or client-centered
psychotherapy in 1945's "Counseling and Psychotherapy."
Along with Maslow he is considered a father of humanistic psychology. FTP,
identify this famous psychologist, best known for his 1961 work "On
Becoming A Person."
Answer: Carl _Rogers_
14. This novel ends as a young man hitchhikes across America still seeking
the place where the American dream of riches and fame will be fulfilled.
Sketches of real people like Henry Ford, Isadora Duncan, and the Wright
brothers intrude on the main story of Charley Anderson, a returned war
hero, who marries an heiress, has an affair, becomes involved in land
fraud, and dies in an accident. FTP, what is this novel by John Dos
Passos, the third book in the USA trilogy?
Answer: _The Big Money_
15. They can be broadly classified as globular or fibrous; the globular
variety have compact rounded molecules and are usually water-
soluble, while the fibrous variety are generally insoluble in water
and consist of long coiled strands or flat sheets which co
nfer strength and elasticity. They are comprised of carbon,
hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, and most also contain sulfur, and
molecular weights range from 6000 to several million. When heated
over 50 degrees Celsius or subjected to strong acids or alkali
s, they lose their specific tertiary structure and may form
insoluble coagulates. FTP, name this organic compounds, found in
all living organisms, examples of which include
myosin, keratin, antibodies, and enzymes.
16. After losing all his money when the South Seas Bubble collapsed, he
got a job as Secretary to the Duchess of Monmouth, but never was
able to solve his financial difficulties, dying nearly penniless in
1732. Buried in Westminster Abbey, the epitaph he wrote reads,
"Life is a jest, and all things show it, I thought it once and now
I know it." FTP, name this British poet and playwright of Polly,
the sequel to The Beggar's Opera.
Answer: John _Gay_
17. "A Simple Inquiry" and "The Undefeated" are two of the works in
this short story collection. Another story, concerning Ole
Anderson, who is to be killed by a duo of gunmen, also features
Nick Anderson. Along with "The Killers," the collection also
features "Fifty Grand" and "Hills Like White Elephants." FTP, what
is this 1927 Ernest Hemmingway collection?
Answer: _Men Without Women_
18. Resistance or disregard for affirmative action takes different forms.
At this public university, an administrator gave 49 of 54 scholarships
earmarked for minority students to white students in a fraternity with
which he was associated. When exposed, David Deuillier was forced to
resign from this southern university, whose mascot is the Tigers. FTP,
Answer: _LSU_ or _Louisiana State_ University
19. 54 inches long with a 500-yard range, it inspired the German Panzerschrek.
Officially known as the M-1 rocket launcher, it is operated by a 2-man team.
It fires a thin stabilized projectile with a shaped warhead. FTP, what is
this weapon, originally designed to be used against tanks?
20. It is about 1370 watts per square meter at the top of the earth's
atmosphere. According to satellite instruments, this value varies by
about 0.1% over the course of a sunspot cycle, with short-term
variations of as much as 0.2%. FTP, what is this ironically misnamed
Answer: _Solar constant_
21. Speaking of the incident, James Monroe said southerners could no
longer "count with certainty" on the slaves' "tranquil submission."
Several hundred slaves armed with axes, pikes, and rusty muskets
made a six mile march on Richmond and may have succeeded in taking
the city were it not for the weather conditions. FTP, name this
Oct. 7, 1800 insurrection which was thwarted by the flooding of the
Answer: _Prosser_'s Rebellion (or Gabriel's Insurrection)
WIT 4: "Where's Gaius?"
Questions scrounged from multiple sources by Nick and Gaius
1. Give the Russian authors of these works for five points each,
and an additional 5 for all correct.
1. Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka
Answer: Nikolai _Gogol_
2. The Captive of the Caucasus
Answer: Aleksandr _Pushkin_
Answer: Leo _Tolstoi_
4. A Month in the Country
Answer: Ivan _Turgenev_
5. A Hero of our Time
Answer: Mikhail _Lermontov_
2. Identify these ancient dynasties of various empires, FTP each.
1. This Chinese "dynasty" had only one real Emperor, Shih Huang-Ti, but
he was very important, since he was the
first to unify the whole of China and oversaw the construction of the
Answer: The _Ch'in_ Dynasty
2. This dynasty ruled much of India from the state of Magadha from the
early fourth to the late sixth century.
Answer: The _Gupta_ Dynasty
3. This Babylonian dynasty's most famous emperor was Nebuchadnezzar II,
who built the famous Hanging Gardens.
Answer: The _Chaldean_ Dynasty
3. Given works, name the artists, 5-10-15
1. Electric Chair and Campbell's Soup
Answer: Andy Warhol
2. At the Cafe, Primitive Tales, and The Vision After the Sermon
Answer: Paul Gauguin
3. Bacchanal of the Andrians, Venus of Urbino, and The Rape of
4. Identify these terms associated with samurai FTSNOP.
1 (5) . From the Japanese for "way of the warrior," it was the
elaborate code of conduct for the samurai class.
3. (10) Meaning "way of the sword," it is a style of fencing using a
two-handed wooden sword and is still practiced in Japan and around
3. (15) Meaning "large private land," this term referred to large
feudal landholders who were patrons of samurai.
5. Identify the authors from works, 15-10-5
1. 15 pts. Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell
10 pts. The History of Peter the Great and Tour through the Whole
Island of Great Britain.
5 pts. Moll Flanders
Answer: Daniel _Defoe_
2. 15 pts. King of Alaska and One for the Road
10 pts. The Birthday Party and The Room
5 pts. The Caretaker and The Homecoming
Answer: Harold _Pinter_
6. Identify the American political figure, 30-20-10.
1. A Princeton alumnus and a Harvard law graduate, his first job was as a
consultant to the U.S. Department of
2. More responsible than anyone else for the passage of California's
Proposition 103, his latest book is titled _No
3. One of his previous books, _Unsafe At Any Speed_, started a revolution
in safety regulations.
Answer: Ralph _Nader_
7. Given the name of a musical work by P.D.Q. Bach, identify the name
of the composer whose work is being parodied by the title.
1. Five points. Sneaky Pete and the Wolf.
Answer: Sergei _Prokofiev_
2. Ten points. Royal Firewater Music.
Answer: George _Handel_
3. Fifteen points. The Preachers of Crimetheus.
Answer: Ludwig van _Beethoven_
8. Identify the politician on a 30-20-10 basis.
1. Thirty points. Sited as a respondent in a divorce suit by
William O'Shea in 1890, he was ostracized by his party and forced
2. Twenty points. He had previously survived another scandal and
was awarded 500 pounds in damages when as leader of the Irish
nationalists, he was accused by the London Times of participating
in the Phoenix Park murders.
3. Ten points. Elected president of the Irish National Land
League, this Irish Member of Parliament became noted for his
obstructionist tactics in trying to bring Home Rule bills before
the House of Commons.
Answer: Charles Stewart _Parnell_
9. 30-20-10 Name the historical figure.
1. He was imprisoned during WWII for aiding the Germans against
the British. He was imprisoned after the war for acts of terror-
ism, but was acquitted and returned to the military.
2. He served in the new regime's Revolutionary Command Council and
held the posts of minister of state, chairman of the national
assembly and editor of the newspaper al-Jumhuriya.
3. He became President of Egypt in 1970, helped launch the
Arab-Israeli War, and signed the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty with
Menachem Begin in 1979.
Answer: Anwar _Sadat_
10. 30-20-10, identify the author.
1. He was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1983 for his work, which
includes The Aleph.
2. His eyesight began to go bad in the 1950s, leaving almost
totally blind by the 70s.
3. His other works include Nine Dantesque Essays and Ficciones.
Answer: Jorge Luis _Borges_
11. FTP each, given a brief description, name the historical
1. Caused by conflicts of territorial claims, tensions were
further aggravated by the discovery of gold in the region in
1886 and the subsequent influx of prospectors and settlers, mainly
Answer: _Boer_ War
2. It was an uprising against foreigners and foreign influence.
Increased domination led to the rise of a nationalist, secret
organization that by 1898 had the support of Dowager Empress Cixi.
Answer: _Boxer_ Rebellion
3. Lasting from 1857-1858, it brought about the transfer of
authority in India from the British East India Company to the
Answer: _Sepoy_ Rebellion (or _Indian Mutiny_)
12. Identify the poet from a list of works, 30-20-10.
1. Gubbinal, The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man
2. Asides on the Oboe, Anecdote of the Jar
3. Sunday Morning, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Answer: Wallace _Stevens_
13. For the stated number of points, identify the authors of these works often
associated with the "Angry Young Men"
of 1950's British literature.
1. 5 pts: The play _Look Back In Anger_
Answer: John _Osborne_
2. 5 pts: The novel _Lucky Jim_
Answer: _K_ingsley _Amis_
3. 10 pts: The novel _Saturday Night and Sunday Morning_
Answer: Alan _Sillitoe_
4. 10 pts: The autobiography _Angry Young Man_
Answer: Leslie Allen _Paul_
14. Identify the poet, 30-20-10
1. While he was serving in France, his fiance married another
after a false report of his death.
2. After being imprisoned in 1648, he prepared Lucasta: Epodes,
Odes, Sonnets, Songes etc. for press.
3. While in prison for presenting a "Kentish Petition" to the
House of Commons, he wrote "To Althea."
Answer: Richard _Lovelace_
15. Identify the schools of philosophy on a 15-5 basis.
1. 15 pts. This view point exists in three types: psychological,
ethical, and a combination of the two.
5 pts. Briefly stated, this is the view that pleasure is the only
2. 15 pts. Most of the work surviving today by members of this
school comes from Chrysippus, the third head of the movement.
5 pts. This movement was founded by Zeno of Citium.
16. Identify the invertebrate phyla given a description of some of
their unique traits, 15 points each.
1. Named for the transverse rings of the body, most of these
coelomate animals have bristles, or setae.
Answer: _Annelida_ or _Annelids_
2. Usually possessing pentaradial symmetry, these vertebrates have
calcite skeletons and generally have advanced nervous systems.
Answer: _Echinodermata_ or _Echinoderms_
17. 30-20-10, identify the playwright from a list of works.
1. "The Archbishop's Celing" and "The Misfits"
2. "The Price" and "After The Fall"
3. "All My Sons" and "The Crucible"
Answer: Arthur _Miller_
18. Identify the following effects in psychology relating to the
influence the performer of the experiment has on the experiment.
1. Ten points. The best known example of the experimenter effect
is this effect named after a Western Electric Company factory where
it was realized that worker performance had been improved not
because of changes in lighting conditions but because of the
interest shown by the experimenters.
Answer: _Hawthorne_ effect
2. Twenty points. In parapsychology this is the effect where those
who accept the possibilities of paranormal abilities tend to
produce better results in laboratory tests than those who do not.
Answer: _Sheep-goat_ effect
19. Identify the architect of the following works for the stated
number of points.
1. Five points. The interior of the St. Stephen Walbrook church,
Answer: Christopher _Wren_
2. Ten points. The Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, 1444.
Answer: _Michelozzo_ or Michelozzo _di Bartolommeo_
3. Fifteen points. The Smithsonian Institution building and St.
Patrick~s Cathedral in New York City
Answer: James _Renwick_
20. Identify the following characters created by Nathaniel Hawthorne
from a description for ten points each.
1. He is the discoverer of the fountain of youth, whose waters
he administers to four friends in an effort to cheat time. He is
said to be "a very strange old gentleman whose eccentricity had
become the nucleus for a thousand fables."
Answer: _Dr. Heidegger_
2. Said to look like the Faun of Praxiteles, he longs after
Miriam and kills her lover Antonio. His act of murder is said to
be his introduction to the human condition.
3. This man who tended to a limekiln in his native villagere
turns and destroys himself in the kiln. His successor finds a
whitened human skeleton with a marble heart.
Answer: Ethan _Brand_
21. Name these figures from Mesopotamian mythology FTPE.
1. This legendary sage from Eridu was offered the bread and water
of eternal life by Anu, but he unwisely took the advice of a
jealous Ea and refused to accept them.
2. With the form of a fish concealing the head and feet of a man,
this amphibian came up to the shore during the day to teach art and
science to humans.
3. This god, whose merging with Apsu created Anshar, was ultimately
slain by one of AnsharUs subjects in an epic battle.
22. Identify the number on a 30-20-10 basis.
1. Thirty points. This Haydn symphony was known as the Lamentation
2. Twenty points. This American bomber was known as the Marauder.
3. Ten points. This is the atomic number of iron.
23. FTPE, give the literary term.
1. The juxtaposition of main clauses.
2. The concept, derived from Aristotle's _Poetics_, that poetry is
essentially an imitation of nature.
3. The repetition of words or phrases at the ends of consecutive
lines of verse.
Answer: _epipher_ or _epiphora_
24. For five points each and a five point bonus for all correct,
identify the following men associated with the idea of ancient
1. This Greek from Miletos suggested that the basic element of the
universe was water.
2. This Greek also from Miletos felt that Thales had the right
idea, but that air was the primary form of matter, not water.
3. This philosopher from Ephesus held that fire was the primary
element of the universe.
4. This Greek from Sicily unified the thoughts of the previous
philosophers in his book On Nature and held that water, air and
fire were all basic elements and added earth to the list.
5. This famous teacher of Alexander the Great added ether to the
list which after that remained unchanged for two thousand years.