Subject: Packet by University of Missouri
Wichita State University "Freeze Your Buzz Off"
February 1, 1997
Packet by University of Missouri
While most geometric figures can be described as existing in one, two, or any
other whole number of dimensions, these peculiar shapes seem to fit somewhere
in between. As demonstrated by the French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot,
these "infinitely complex" objects must be treated as having some fractional,
non-integer dimension. For 10 points, name this type of self-similar
mathematical shape which can be used to model physical objects such as clouds,
mountains, and coastlines.
Carbonic acid, acetone, and formaldehyde are all examples of compounds that
contain a carbon-oxygen double bond. FTP, give the general term that describes
any functional group containing such a bond.
ANSWER: CARBONYL group (pronounced carbo-neel )
This modern author's most recent novel, "The Law of Love," tells the story of
Rodrigo's search for his twin soul, and it is considered to be the first
multi- media novel. This author's more well known novel tells the story of
Pedro and Tita. FTP name the author of "Como Agua Para Chocolate" aka "Like
Water For Chocolate."
ANSWER: Laura ESQUIVEL
This author, not known for writing romance novels, wrote of them under the
pseudonym Mary Westmacott, for a diversion from her usual genre. In
recognition of this author's achievements s/he was created a Dame Commander
of the British Empire in 1971. FTP name the author who's two most famous
characters are a Belgian detective and an elderly spinster.
ANSWER: Agatha Christie
This American Poet was known as the "Vagabond Poet" because of the nature of
his poetry. His best known work was recited in the movie "Dead Poet's
Society," with the accompanying tribal drums. FTP name the poet who penned
ANSWER: Vachel LINDSEY
Richard Strauss named one of his works after the title of one of this major
philosopher's works. This German also made the statement "God is
Dead." FTP name the author of "Thus spake Zarathustra."
ANSWER: Fredericke NIETSCHE
This German composer was convinced that his new system of twelve-tone
serialism would ensure the supremacy of German music for a hundred
years to come, when he developed it in the 1920's. FTP, name this founder
of the Second Viennese School, and who is probably best known for his
non-serialistic works such as Verklarte Nacht, and Pierrot Lunaire.
ANSWER: Arnold SCHOENBERG
Born in Paris, this Impressionist painter had relatives in New Orleans, whom
he visited upon occasion. Upon one such visit, this artist painted The Cotton
Exchange, which shows the artist's relatives at work buying and selling in a
New Orleans market. FTP, name this artist, famous for his depictions of
racetracks, dancers and female bathers.
ANSWER: Edgar DEGAS
He scandalized the ballet world with his choreography for Prelude to the
Afternoon of a Faun, which he created in conjunction with Sergei Diaghelev,
but is most famous for choreographing another Diaghelev production, The Rite
of Spring. FTP, name this turn-of-the century dancer and choreographer.
ANSWER: Vaslav NIJINSKY
This philosopher spent almost his entire life in Copenhagen, and was
unrecognized in his lifetime; However, he has achieved prominence in modern
times on the basis of works such as Fear and Trembling, Either/Or, and The
Sickness Unto Death. FTP, name this Danish philosopher, often regarded as the
father of Existentialism.
ANSWER: Soren KIERKEGAARD
The vapor pressure of pure water is dependent on temperature only. However,
the vapor pressure of a water-benzene mixture depends on both temperature and
the composition of the solution. Furthermore, only one combination of
temperature and pressure will allow the presence of both solid benzene and ice
in the solution. All of these observations can be predicted using this
physical law, first proposed by J. Willard Gibbs in 1877. For 10 points, name
this mercifully simple rule used to calculate the degrees of freedom in
heterogenous chemical equilibria.
ANSWER: the Gibbs PHASE RULE
Among this scientist's many accomplishments is discovery of the genetic defect
in hemoglobin production that causes sickle-cell anemia. However, he is more
commonly known for his applications of quantum physics in the study of
chemical bonding. His findings on this topic are summarized in the 1939
publication _The Nature of the Chemical Bond_, and he was awarded the Nobel
Prize in Chemistry in 1954 for his work. Soon thereafter he became an active
opponent of nuclear weapons testing, and he won a second Nobel Prize in 1964,
this time for peace. FTP, name this brilliant but sometimes controversial
American scientist who developed a scale for measuring electronegativity
ANSWER: Linus PAULING
The only major acclaim that this poet's work received upon initial publication
was from an anonymous review which the poet had written himself. The work
reviewed was a book of poems containing such sections as, Calamus , Children
of Adam, and Drum Taps. FTP, name the American poet whose Leaves of Grass has
now won acclaim in its own right.
ANSWER: Walt WHITMAN
This Jewish prophet was taken into exile by the Babylonians as a young man,
where he served in the court of Nebuchadnezzer and Belshazzar. The Old
Testament book ascribed to him records the details of his life and contains
many of his prophecies, which are mostly political in nature, but which
are also a major source of Messianic prophecy. FTP, name this man, famed for
"reading the writing on the wall," and for an encounter in a den of lions.
This composer's violin concerto was dedicated "to the memory of an angel," and
contains coded references to the life and death of a young girl who had died
at an early age. The concerto was to be his last completed work, as he died
shortly after, leaving his last opera, Lulu, unfinished. FTP, name this
composer, who along with Schoenberg and Webern, comprised the Second
ANSWER: Alban BERG
Heavily influenced by Japanese art, this 19th century painter's works include
"The Guitar Player," "The Balcony," "The Fifer," and "A Bar at the
Folies-Bergere." FTP, name this man, considered by some to be the greatest
impressionist, and who painted the painting "Olympia."
ANSWER: Edouard MANET
His boyhood dyslexia didn't prevent him from attending West Point, although it
did take five years to graduate. During the First World War, he rose to the
rank of lieutenant colonel and command of the U.S. Tank Corps. As World War
II neared, he ran a special armored division trainig center, preparing for
combat duty in North Africa. FTP name this flagrantly profane military man.
ANSWER: George S. PATTON Jr.
Born in the early 1500s in the Basque country, he fought for a quarter century
as a mercenary soldier in South America. As part of a large expedition
exploring the Amazon River in search of El Dorado, he assassinated the
commander, took control and launched a reign of terror, murdering at least 40
members of teh expedition. FTP name this self-described "Wrath of God".
Answer: Lope de AGUIRRE
In the first scene, the fathers of the soon to be married couple bargain the
dowery settlement, while the bride and groom sit with their backs to each
other. In the following scenes, the former bride, Lady Squanderfield, is shown
to have cuckholded her husband with the family lawyer, Counselor Silvertongue.
FTP name this series of 6 paintings by William Hogarth.
ANSWER: MARRIAGE A LA MODE
This artist, who influenced Expressionism and Fauvism, painted his famous work
from the view of his window at the asylum at St. Remy. During his lifetime,
only one painting of his was sold, titled "Red Vineyard at Aries". FTP Name
this tortured artist, also known for his painting "Self-Portrait with a
Answer: Vincent VAN GOGH
While on the campaign trail, this former general in the Mexican War saw his 11
year old son killed when he was hit by a train. His wife, the former Margaret
Mackall Smith, never mentally recovered from the loss despite all efforts.
One of these such efforts was a "spirit wedding" which took place in the White
House between this President's late son and a female friend of his who died
four years earlier. FTP name this president born in Virginia in 1784 recently
exhumed for an autopsy due to his suspicious death in office.
Answer: Zachary TAYLOR
This city was home to a Federal POW camp holding thousands of Confederate
soldiers during the Civil War. This city was home to the tallest recorded man
in history, Robert Wadlow, who measured 8 feet 11.1 inches tall. This city was
home to the last Lincoln-Douglas Debate. This city is now home to a Riverboat
Casino. In 1993, this city was home to a whole lot of water. Name this
city near the confluence of the Illinois, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers.
Answer: ALTON, Illinois
This novelist was born in Germany in 1875, but settled in the U.S. in 1938.
He wrote a four novel-cycle entitled "Joseph and His Brothers," and won the
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929. FTP name this author of Buddenbrooks,
The Magic Mountain, and the short story Death in Venice.
Answer: Thomas MANN
This statesman was instrumental in negotiating the Korean war truce, and was
working to end the fighing in the Congo before his death in an airplane crash.
He oversaw these and other activities as the secretary general of the U.N., a
post which he held from 1953 to 1961. FTP name this Swedish diplomat.
Answer: Dag HAMMARSKJOLD
For 10 points apiece, name the type of fundamental force that results from the
interactions of the given type of exchange particle.
ANSWER: STRONG nuclear force
ANSWER: GRAVITATIONAL force OR GRAVITY
For 5 points apiece, identify the type of isomer being described.
A. molecules that contain the same atoms but have different bonds
ANSWER: _structural_ isomers OR _combinational_ isomers
B. molecules that have the same atoms and the same bonds but have
different spatial arrangement of some atoms
C. molecules which are mirror images of each other but not of themselves
D. ionic compounds which are structural isomers but have different complex
ANSWER: _coordination_ isomers
E. complex ions whose ligands are attached to different atoms of the
ANSWER: _linkage_ isomers
F. atoms whose nuclei have the same number of protons and neutrons but
differ in half-life and/or type of radioactive decay
ANSWER: _nuclear_ isomers
It's time for some SI unit ABC's. Identify the SI unit from its one-letter
abbreviation for 5 points each. Note -- all letters are in the upper case.
ANSWER: _ampere_ OR _amp_
Answer these questions about Biblical poetry , for ten pts each.
A) This poetical book depicts the struggles and questions of the title
character as he wrestles with suffering and loss, questioning God, and taking
little comfort from his three friends, who are convinced that his problems are
his own fault.
B) This book is a set of poems mourning the destruction of Jerusalem. Ascribed
to the prophet Jeremiah, it is included among the books of the minor prophets,
although it contains no actual prophecy.
C) This immensely structured psalm is the longest in the book of Psalms,
containing 176 verses. It is an acrostic poem, centered around the central
theme of the greatness of the Hebrew Law.
ANSWER: PSALM 119
Identify these terms and laws from physics, form ten pts each.
A) Its law in electromagnetism states that a change in magnetic flux produces
an electric current.
ANSWER: FARADAY's law
B) This law in optics states that, between two mediums, the sine of the angle
of incidence is equal to the sine of the angle of refraction.
ANSWER: SNELL's law
C) This law in electromagnetism states that the magnetic field produced by a
magnetically-induced current is oriented in such a way as to oppose the
magnetic field that produced it.
ANSWER: LENZ's law
Identify these terms from chemistry, given their definition, FTP each.
A) This quantity is measured by the Pauling scale, and is defined as an
atom's readiness to accept electrons.
B) This term can define any molecule which has an excess of electrons, and
which readily donates those electrons in an organic substitution reaction.
C) This type of organic reaction usually involves deprotonation by base,
and the formation of a carbon-carbon double bond.
For ten points each, identify the librettist, given an opera, and a composer.
A) Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro
ANSWER: Lorenzo DA PONTE
B) Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier
ANSWER: Hugo von HOFFMANNSTAHL
C) Richard Wagner, Gotterdamerung
ANSWER: Richard WAGNER
Identify the musical work, 30-20-10.
(30 pts) The opening section of the final movement serves to restate musical
material from the rest of the work, before the dramatic entrance of the bass
implores: "Brothers, let us leave these tones."
(20 pts) The rest of the movement is a choral setting of a poem by Schiller
which exalts the brotherhood of all men.
(10 pts) This "Choral" symphony is one of Beethoven's most renowned works.
ANSWER: SYMPHONY #9 (in D Minor)
FTP each, name the city each art museum is located in.
A) the Uffizi gallery
ANSWER: FLORENCE, Italy
B) the Hermitage
ANSWER: LENINGRAD, Russia
C) the Frick Gallery
ANSWER: NEW YORK, New York
Given a chemical definition, supply the term, for the stated number of points.
A) 5 pts. This category of isomers defines any two atoms which differ in the
connectivity and arrangement of their atoms.
ANSWER: STRUCTURAL isomers
b) 10 pts. This category of isomers defines any two molecules which differ
only in the arrangement of their atoms in space.
c) 15 pts. This term defines any two molecules which differ only in the
arrangements of double bonds and hydrogen atoms.
Jane Austen's novels recently have been revived in movies, and it's time to
ask you FTP each to name the novel, given a character.
A. Mr. Weston
B. Catherine Morland
ANSWER: NORTHANGER ABBEY
C. Captain Frederick Wentworth
For 10 points apiece, name the type of parametric curve from its thermodynamic
1. A path along which pressure is held constant
ANSWER: ISOBAR or ISOBARIC
2. A path along which temperature is held constant
ANSWER: ISOTHERM or ISOTHERMIC
3. A path along which entropy is held constant
ANSWER: ADIABAT or ADIABATIC
Given a clue in physics, supply the correct answer, FTP each.
A. In a circuit w/a capacitor, this quantity is defined as the
voltage across a capacitor times the capacitance.
ANSWER: the CHARGE on the capacitor
b) In a circuit with a resistor, this quantity is defined as the
resistance times the current across the resistor.
ANSWER: the VOLTAGE across the resistor
c) In a circuit with a resistor, this quantity is defined as the
resistance times the square of the current across the resistor.
ANSWER: the POWER dissipated
Name the composer, 30-20-10, given a list of works as clues.
a) In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, The Rake's Progress, Les Noces
b) Oedipus Rex, Octet for Winds, Pulcinella
c) the Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring
ANSWER: Igor STRAVINSKY
Given a clue, name the playwright, FTP each.
A. This Englishman was not only a playwright, but also an actor,
director, and composer. He won renown for his musicals and comedies such as
Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, and Bitter Sweet.
ANSWER: Noel COWARD
B. You might remember this modern American playwright for such works as
The Zoo Story or Tiny Alice, or if you watch enough TV you might remember that
he was recently recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors broadcast.
ANSWER: Edward ALBEE
C. This American playwright won the Pulitzer four times: in 1920 for
Beyond the Horizon, in 1922 for Anna Christie, in 1928 for Strange Interlude,
and in 1956 for A Long Day's Journey into Night.
ANSWER: Eugene O'NEILL
Given a clue, identify the ballet by Aaron Copland, for ten pts each.
A) Made in collaboration with Martha Graham, this ballet is descriptive of the
life of a young frontier couple, and its signature tune is a Shaker song used
by Copland in several other works.
ANSWER: APPALACHIAN SPRING
B) This ballet is about a young cowgirl, and her struggles on a Western
ranch. Its signature tune was used in a famous beef commercial.
C) Copland was ambivalent about writing this ballet, since its title character
was a frontier outlaw legend, and Copland, a New York native for most of his
life, had never ventured west. His uncertainties were laid to rest however,
when he discovered that this outlaw had also been born in New York.
ANSWER: BILLY THE KID
Identify the muse, given the subject in ancient Greek art which they governed,
for ten points apiece.
c) sacred song
Identify the Platonic dialogue, given a description, 15 pts each.
A) This dialogue is the account of Socrates' trial in Athens, and his defense
before his accusers.
ANSWER: APOLOGIA (the Apology)
B) This dialogue is about the conversation between the title character and
Socrates, as the title character attempts to persuade Socrates to escape from
jail and be smuggled to safety.
Women have played an important part in history. For ten points a piece, given
the event, name the state where it occurred.
A) First U.S. woman lawyer to pass the bar
B) Women's Christian Temperance Union established.
C) First US woman Governor
For 5 points each, and a 10 point bonus for all correct, name the creators
of these works.
A Valley Curtain
B. Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Answer: Inigo JONES
C. Rotunda, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Answer: Thomas JEFFERSON
D. St. Theresa in Ecstasy
Answer: Gianlorenzo BERNINI
Given a lesser known painting name the artist FTP each. If you need a better
known painting you'll only receive five points.
A. 10: Madame Recamier
5: Oath of the Horatii
Answer: Jacques Louis DAVID
B. 10: Apotheosis of Homer
5: Turkish Bath
Answer: Jean August Dominique INGRES
C. 10: Martyrdom of St. Maurice and Theban Legion
5: Burial of Count Orgaz
Answer: EL GRECO
Given the U.S. city, name the largest circulating daily newspaper FTP each.