Subject: Packet 2/3 from Wichita State University
1. They came to power in 749 AD, and the early years of their rule were
brilliant, rising to true splendor under Harun Ar-Rashid, the fifth caliph,
and to intellectual brilliance under his son al-Mamun, the seventh caliph.
After about a hundred years their prestige began to wane, but they held
power until Hulagu Khan, the grandson of Jenghiz Khan, sacked Baghdad and
overthrew the caliphate. FTP identify this powerful family descended from
the uncle of Mohammed.
2. He was the only member of his family to survive Auschwitz and after
living in France and Israel settled in the United States in 1956. Among
his works are "The Fifth Son", "A Jew Today", "Night", "Dawn", and "The
Accident", the latter three of which make up the Night Trilogy. FTP
identify the Romanian-born American writer who writes in French and won the
1986 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on behalf of other oppressed peoples.
Answer: Elie _Wiesel_
3. Basic to most works in this genre were the attention paid to surface
qualities, such as the use of huge canvases, and the adoption of an
approach to space in which all parts of the canvas played an equally vital
role in the total work. It has been described as the first important
school in American painting to declare its independence from European
styles and to influence the development of art abroad. FTP identify the
art movement whose principle figures were Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko,
and Jackson Pollock.
Answer: _Abstract Expressionism_
Accept: _New York School_
Do not accept: _Expressionism_
4. In his analyses of the Messianic prophecies he specifically denied
Christian claims of Jesus as the Messiah, a dangerous position to take at
the time, and looked to an impending Messianic age in which the Dispersion
would end with Israel's return to the Holy Land and the reign of Messianic
rule for all humanity. He also served as treasurer to Alfonso V of
Portugal, and was employed by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain until they
expelled the Jews from their kingdom. FTP identify this Jewish theologian,
biblical commentator, and financier.
Answer: Isaac _Abravanel_
Accept: Isaac _Abarbanel_
5. His early novels describe poignantly the effects of European
colonialism on Igbo society, Nigeria, and newly independent African
nations. He served as a diplomat for Biafra during the Nigerian civil war
and later wrote two volumes of poetry, "Beware, Soul Brother" and
"Christmas in Biafra". FTP identify the Nigerian author of "Anthills of
the Savannah", "No Longer at Ease", and "Things Fall Apart".
Answer: Chinua _Achebe_
6. In 1877 he became a police reporter for the New York Tribune and later
for the New York Evening Sun. His reports on slum dwellings and abuses of
lower class urban life culminated in his first book and earned him the
friendship of Theodore Roosevelt. Later he founded a pioneer settlement
house in New York that was named for him in 1901. FTP, identify the Danish
born social reformer who wrote "How the Other Half Lives".
Answer: Jacob _Riis_
7. He extended the compass of the violin by his use of harmonics,
perfected the use of double and triple stops, and revived the practice of
scordatura, the diverse tunings of the strings. Among the few compositions
published during his lifetime are the 24 caprices for violin that were
adapted for piano by both Schumann and Liszt. FTP identify the Italian
composer and violinist, living from 1782 until 1840, whose virtuosity on
the violin became a legend.
Answer: Niccolo _Paganini_
8. He played in as many as 2,500 games and is credited with more than 50
no-hitters. Celebrated for his wit and extraordinary pitching ability, he
became legendary while barnstorming in the Negro baseball leagues. In
1948, at the age of 42, he joined the Cleveland Indians and pitched for six
seasons in the majors. FTP, identify the first star of the Negro leagues
to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Answer: Satchel _Paige_
9. Among his famous houses, built in the 1550s and 1560s, are the Villa
Rotonda, the Chiericati Palace, the Valmarana Palace, and the Villa
Barbaro. At Venice he adapted the classical motif to three church facades,
in his designs for San Francesco della Vigna, San Giorgio Maggiore, and Il
Redentore. FTP identify the Italian Renaissance architect who did most of
his work in Vicenza and wrote the famous work, "The Four Books of
Answer: Andrea _Palladio_
10. From 1946 to 1947 he was French cultural attache in the United States.
In 1948 he was appointed professor at the Institut d'Ethnologie at the
University of Paris. He is best known as the founder of a theory that
contends that history was shaped into a collective, fragmented structure
comparable to preliterate mythology, known as structural anthropology.
FTP, identify the Belgian born anthropologist who wrote "The Raw and the
Cooked" and "The Elementary Structures of Kinship".
Answer: Claude _Levi-Strauss_
11. He served twice as foreign secretary, and was an impulsive man who
often acted without consultation. During his second term in that office he
succeeded in offending not only foreign powers but also his colleagues and
Queen Victoria. He became Prime Minister in 1855 and stayed in office,
except for about a year, until 1865. FTP identify the British Prime
Minister responsible for the vigorous prosection of the Crimean War and
maintaining Britain's neutrality during the American Civil War.
Answer: 3rd Viscount _Palmerston_
12. Possible modern survivals of this law are the obligation to serve on a
sheriff's posse and to assist a police officer in pursuing a suspected
ulprit. Abolished in the early 19th century, in earlier times if it
resulted in the capture of a suspect red-handed he was immediately
convicted without being able to testify in his own defense. FTP identify
this phrase from English law that required those nearby when a crime is
committed or discovered to assist in the pursuit.
Answer: _Hue and Cry_
13. He became obsessed with the music of Mahler, in particular the
"Resurrection" Symphony, at the age of 40, and since then has conducted
that piece some 50 times with 31 different orchestras. He accomplished
this despite the fact that his primary career was in the world of
publishing business journals, in particular the magazine "Institutional
Investor". FTP identify this American publisher and conductor whose
performance at the Salzburg Festival in 1996 won an unheard of ten minute
Answer: Gilbert _Kaplan_
14. This literary character befriends the progressive young doctor Tertius
Lydgate. After her first husband's death she marries, against the advice
of friends and family, an impulsive artist and political thinker named Will
Ladislaw. FTP, identify the literary figure whose first husband was the
Reverend Edward Casaubon and who is the heroine of George Eliot's
Answer: _Dorothea Brooke_
Prompt on: Dodo
15. His belief that the methods of logic could be applied to the truths of
faith was in opposition to the mysticism of Bernard of Clairvaux. His most
influential work is the "Sic et Non", a collection of contradictory
selections from Scripture and the Fathers of the Church. FTP, identify the
man better remembered as the lover of Heloise.
Answer: Peter _Abelard_
16. The Texas one was named after the Kansas one, is now much larger than
the Kansas one, and is the home of Hardin-Simmons University. The Kansas
one is more historically important, as it once had "Wild Bill" Hickok as
its marshall and was the boyhood home of Dwight Eisenhower. FTP identify
the name these two cities share.
17. Although her early choreography employed spontaneous movements, much
of her later work was in the form of group dances that employed repetitive
dances. Among her students are Hanya Holm and Margarete Wallman. After
studying with Rudolf von Laban she performed in Germany and opened her own
school in Dresden in 1920. FTP, identify this most influential German
exponenet of expressive movement whose school of dance was closed by the
Answer: Mary _Wigman_
18. He is a native of Chicago, and in his law practice there he developed
a specialization in antitrust law. On the Supreme Court he has expressed a
concern for maintaining the integrity of the electoral processes, such as
in his majority opinion in the 1983 case Anderson v. Celebreeze. He has
established a reputation for independence and moderation, and is not easily
associated with any particular voting bloc. FTP identify Gerald Ford's
only nominee to the Supreme Court.
Answer: John Paul _Stevens_
19. It is a carnivore of the hyena family, resembling the true hyena but
smaller and more delicate. It has lesss powerful teeth and jaws, and five
instead of four toes on its forepaws. Its coat is yellow-white with dark
stripes; a ridge of hair extends down its sloping back. FTP identify this
nocturnal, burrowing animal, inhabiting sandy plain and scrub from South
Africa to Angola and Somaliland.
20. The novel ranges from the Civil War to World War I, from the East
Coast to the West Coast, over several generations of two families. Despite
some quite explicit sex scenes, this novel failed to live up to reader
expectations and did not immediately win popular or critical acclaim. FTP,
identify the novel featuring the characters Will Hamilton, Cathy Ames, and
Aron, Caleb, and Adam Trask, written in 1952 by John Steinbeck.
Answer: _East of Eden_
21. The city Health Department of this large American city recently
announced that for the first time since the AIDS epidemic was recognized in
1981 the number of deaths from the disease dropped sharply last year. The
statistics are important because, according to AIDS researchers, the
disease in this city is particularly concentrated among the poor, and the
data offers hope for poorer nations coping with the disease. FTP, identify
this east coast city where the number of deaths dropped from 7,046 in 1995
to 4,944 in 1996.
Answer: _New York_ City
1. The author of this packet never expected to find an entry for phallic
worship in the encyclopedia, but alas, it is there and thus the question
must be written. Answer these questions for the stated number of points.
A. He was the son of Aphrodite and Dionysus, and the fertility god of
gardens and herds, represented as a grotesque little man with an enormous
B. The cults of these two earlier gods dominated phallic worship in Rome.
First, identify the Great Mother of the Gods in ancient Asiatic religion.
C. And second, identify the Phyrigian (FRI-jean) vegetation God whom Cybele
fell in love with and forced him to castrate himself so no other would have
2. Answer these questions about the life of Thomas Paine FTP each.
1. When Paine came to America in 1774, he bore letters of introduction from
what American who was in London at the time?
Answer: Benjamin _Franklin_
2. Paine wrote "The Rights of Man" to defend the French Revolution in reply
to whose criticism of it, titled "Reflections on the Revolution in France"?
Answer: Edmund _Burke_
3. One of Paine's lesser known works is a diatribe against the Washington
Administration. FTP identify the 1796 work.
Answer: _Letter to Washington_
3. Answer these questions about Flemish artists FTP each.
1. This 15th Century Flemish painter collaborated often with his older
brother, and is remembered for works such as "Man with the Red Turban" and
Answer: Jan van _Eyck_
2. This late 15th and early 16th Century painter was hailed in the 20th
Century as a forerunner of the surrealists. Among his works is "Garden of
Answer: Hieronymus _Bosch_
3. This 17th Century artist is described as the foremost artist of the age.
He was also a diplomat and was knighted by England for his peacekeeping
efforts. Among his works are "Allegory of War and Peace" and "Peasant Dance".
Answer: Peter Paul _Rubens_
4. Given characters from world literature, identify the work from which
they are from, FTP each.
A. Kraken and Mael
Answer: _Penguin Island_
B. Lady Rowena and Cedric the Saxon
C. Cecil Fielding and Dr. Aziz
Answer: _A Passage to India_
5. Answer these questions about notorious Nazis FTP each.
1. This Propoganda Minister remained loyal to Hitler until the end, killing
himself, his wife, and his children in Hitler's bunker not long after
Hitler had done himself in.
Answer: Paul Joseph _Goebbels_
2. Hitler named this Admiral his successor upon his death, and this man
surrendered to the Allies a week later.
Answer: Karl _Doenitz_
3. He led the wing of the party believing in a socially radical program,
and was killed during Hitler's purge of political rivals in 1934.
Answer: Gregor _Strasser_
6. Identify the sociological terms from the definition FTP each.
A. A cultural pattern prescribing in-group marriage.
B. A process whereby people with differing cultural backgrounds live
together harmoniously and peacefully, permitting the expression of their
distinctive ways of life within a range consonant with the national welfare.
C. The blending or fusing of a trait with an analogous element in another
7. Answer these questions about the 1996 Presidential election FTP each.
1. Time Magazine hailed her as "The Most Wanted Woman in America",
emphasising the role of working mothers in Clinton's large lead in the
polls, despite the fact that, according to an interview she did on the Rush
Limbaugh show, she never told Time she was voting for Clinton.
Answer: Lori _Lucas_
2. Since Dole was naturally unavailable for the role, Clinton chose this
former Senator to play the role of Dole in Clinton's mock practice debates.
Answer: George _Mitchell_
3. What figure in the 1996 race once said of Bob Dole, "In a recent fire
Bob Dole's library burned down. Both books were lost. And he hadn't even
finished coloring one of them."
Answer: Jack _Kemp_
8. Identify the historical figure from the clues provided, 30-20-10.
30: He was director of East Germany's Institute for Nuclear Physics from
1959 until 1979.
20: In 1933 he fled from Germany to England, and was later interned as an
enemy alien in Canada.
10: In 1943 he began work on the development of the atomic bomb project in
the United States and started transmitting information from there to the
Soviet Union. He was arrested and imprisoned for espionage by the British
Answer: Klaus _Fuchs_
9. Identify the composer from works, 30-20-10.
20: The Snow Maiden
Answer: Nicolai _Rimsky-Korsakov_
10. Identify the American poet from works, 30-20-10.
30: "Power" and "Attention"
20: "Living in Sin" and "The Ninth Symphony of Beethoven Understood at Last
as a Sexual Message"
10: "Peeling Onions" and "Reforming the Crystal"
Answer: Adrienne _Rich_
11. Given these six battles from ancient history, put them in
chronological order FTP each: Arbela, Marathon, Philippi, Syracuse,
Answer: _Marathon_, _Thermopylae_, _Syracuse_, _Arbela_, _Zama_, _Philippi_
12. Given an American musical identify its composer FTP each.
A. Ain't Misbehavin'
Answer: Fats _Waller_
Answer: Andrew Lloyd _Webber_
C. The King and I
Answer: Richard _Rodgers_
Accept: Rodgers and Hammerstein
Do not accept Oscar Hammerstein (alone--he was lyricist & librettist)
13. Identify the philosopher from works, 30-20-10.
30: Philosophy of Right
20: Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences
10: Phenomenology of Mind
Answer: Georg _Hegel_
14. Given the description that Stephen Crane uses, identify these
characters from "The Red Badge of Courage", FTP each.
A. The tall soldier
Answer: _Jim Conklin_
B. The loud one
C. FTP, identify the description Crane uses for the soldier encountered by
Henry Fleming just after he has run away, who is never identified by name
in the book.
Answer: The _Tattered_ Man
15. President Clinton and former President Bush recently announced plans
for a "summit" on volunteerism. Answer these questions about the summit
for the stated number of points.
A. What Republican is the chairman of the summit?
Answer: Colin _Powell_
B. What Democrat is the vice-chairman of the summit?
Answer: Henry _Cisneros_
C. The summit will bring together two organizations, each inspired by one
of these presidents. One is the result of a phrase from Bush's 1988
Republican National Convention speech, the other a result of Clinton's
effort to promote volunterism among young people. Identify these two
groups FFP each.
Answer: _Points of Light_ Foundation and _AmeriCorps_
Accept: _Corporation for Public Service_ (for AmeriCorps)
16. Given an artist, identify the art movement with which they are most
associated FTP each.
1. Pierre Renoir
2. Juan Gris
3. Max Ernst
17. Identify the playwright from works, 30-20-10.
30: "The Would-Be Gentleman"
20: "The School for Husbands", and "The School for Wives"
10: "Le Tartuffe", and "Le Misanthrope"
Answer: Jean _Moliere_
18. Put these composers in chronological order by date of birth, FFP each:
Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, Gioacchino
Rossini, Igor Stravinsky.
Answer: _Rossini_, _Liszt_, _Brahms_, _Debussy_, _Stravinsky_, _Britten_
19. It seems that academic competition has made a great comeback, with
Jeopardy! getting better ratings than ever, MTV's Idiot Savants making a
strong introduction, and You Don't Know Jack by Berkeley Systems being one
of the top selling CD-ROMs of 1996. FFPE, and a five point bonus, given a
category of the game, identify whether it is from J!, Idiot Savants, or You
Don't Know Jack.
a) Potent Potables - _Jeopardy_
b) Bialik American History - _Idiot Savants_
c) James Bondage - _You Don't Know Jack_
d) Existentialism and "Free Will-y" - _You Don't Know Jack_
e) SAT Math - _Idiot Savants_
20. Recently, several Internet companies have promised to deliver
user-customizable news to your desktop. FTPE, name the company from a
description of their method.
a) This popular search site has created a news ticker, that sits on your
desktop and can be linked to a custom website.
b) This company's screen saver can be customized to display only the news
you want to see.
c) This company promises no advertising, and delivers customized agent
searches daily to your E-Mailbox.
21. The NFL Pro Bowl will be taking place tomorrow, and one of these
outstanding players will voted the Most Valuable Player, a true honor.
Given a year and the conference, name the MVP FTPE, FFP if you need his team.
a) 10: 1993, AFC
5: Buffalo Bills
b) 10: 1978, NFC
5: Chicago Bears
c) 10: 1987, NFC
5: Philadelphia Eagles