Questions by Dickinson
Edited by Joseph Wu
1. The father was born in 1708 and the son died in 1806. They were
both associated with wars, the father with
the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution, the son with the
protracted war with France. What, for
ten points, was the common last name of this only father-son team in the
British prime minstership?
Answer: William _PITT_
2. In The Gashlycrumb Tinies Edward Gorey describes the cruel fates
that befell a number of children with lines
like B is for Basil, devoured by bears. There is a mystery writer who
has been using titles that fit into this
pattern and doing quite well with them. Who, for ten points, is this
contemporary author one of whose works
could well be titled 'M is for Money'?
Answer: Sue _GRAFTON_
3. (WARNING: Two answers required) Its a nice coincidence that states
and some chemical elements have the
same two letter abbreviations. Alphabetically, the first such pair is
Alabama and aluminum (both Al).
Starting from the other end, for ten points, what element and state pair
has the last common abbreviation
alphabetically, both beginning with the letter S?
Answers: _SCANDIUM_ and _SOUTH CAROLINA_ (Sc)
4. Stefan Edberg has not managed to use his farewell year to the pro
tour to add to his collection of Grand Slam
titles. He will retire without a French Open title to his credit. For
ten points, which fellow countryman of his
anaged to win three French Opens in the 1980's, keeping alive the
tradition of Bjorn Borg?
Answer: Mats _WILANDER_
5. In addition to being the 200th anniversary of John Adams' election
to the presidency, it is also the 200th
anniversary of the foundation of a religious denomination that now has
several million adherents in the United
States. For ten points, give either the three letter, abbreviation or
the full name of this black Christian church.
Answer: _AME_ or _AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL_
6. We remember, the excitement that greeted A Study in Scarlet, the
first Sherlock Holmes story to be published.
Well, in fact, it was not all that good a seller. The second story
(also a novel) did distinctly better from the
standpoint of sales. What, for ten points, was the name of this tale of
the great Agra treasure?
Answer: _THE SIGN OF FOUR_ (or _THE SIGN OF THE FOUR_)
7. We think of Alexander Pope as a dwarf among poets because of his
stature, not his rhyming. In the same way,
a French painter is perhaps best known for-his stunted figure, despite
his superb draughtsmanship. Who, for
ten points, was this aristocrat by birth best known for his posters and
lithographs of dance halls and cabarets?
Answer: Henri Marie Raymonde _TOULOUSE-LAUTREC_
8. Third Parties were prevalent after the Civil War. One party favored
reconciliation with the South and attacked
corruption in government. There's not much new there, but when their
candidate lost to Grant in 1872, its
supporters headed elsewhere. For ten points, name the short-lived party
which sounds like an oxymoron
Answer: _LIBERAL REPUBLICANS_ Party
9. Much about the crash of Flight 800 en route to France remains a
mystery. What isnít a mystery is the county
off whose coast the remnants of the fated flight landed. What, for ten
points, is the name of this eastern
county of Long Island?
10. Robert K. Merton is one of the most distinguished sociologists of
science today. His thesis is still cited with
regard to the scientific revolution. One of his books that has sparked
a whole industry takes its title from a
quotation from Newton in a letter explaining his success. For ten
points, what is the five word title, frequently
Answer: _ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS_
11. He lived from 1918 and 1988, and in between spent a fair amount of
time travelling, playing the bongo drums,
and serving on the commission investigating the Challenger disaster.
His diagrams are an important tool in
quantum electrodynamics. Who was, for ten points, this inveterate
prankster and Nobel Prize winner, for many
years at Cal Tech?
Answer: Richard _FEYNMAN_
12. The letter Z is does not occur all that often in the names of
countries. Some parts of the world are exceptions,
and the neighborhood of Zambia is one of them. Not counting Zambia
itself, for ten points, how many
countries touching Zambia have Z in their name as spelled in English?
Answer: _FOUR_ (Zimbabwe, Zaire, Tanzania, Mozambique)
13. The winner of the 1991 Grammy Award for best album was a most
unusual winner, since one of the albumís
performers had been dead for some years. That did not stop the other
performer from using his voice--he was,
after all, her father. For ten points, what was the title of that
memorable tribute to Nat King Cole?
14. The festival of Sukkot starts on the 15th day of Tishri, the
seventh month of the Jewish year, five days after an
even more important day for Jewish observance, at least based on
synagogue attendance. What is the name,
for ten points, of the day observed on the 10th of Tishri and involving
fasting for all adults?
Answer: _YOM KIPPUR_ (accept _DAY OF ATONEMENT_)
15. The 35th anniversary edition is in the stores, and the author is
making a tour. It's hard to say how much of the
reputation is owed to the illustrations by Jules Feiffer.. What, for
ten points, is the title of this book by Norton
Juster about a dog named Tock and a boy named Milo?
Answer: the _PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH_
16. His financial policies succeeded in stabilizing the currency during
his third term as premier. He also served as
president through the First World War. Who, for ten points, was this
nationalist French politician who
ordered the French occupation of the Ruhr in 1923?
Answer: Raymond _POINCARE_
17. This seven letter word comes from a Hebrew origin. The type of
music to which it refers has come in for
additional popularity thanks to a recent television special and concert
tour featuring Itzhak Perlman. What, for
ten points, is the term given to this sort of Jewish jazz described in
In the Fiddler's House?
18. It sits in Yoho National Park on the border between Alberta and
British Columbia. It was discovered in 1909
but thoroughly misinterpreted. Only in the last thirty years has this
collection of fauna been understood.
What, for ten points, is the name of this fossil record, discussed by
Stephen Jay Gould in Wonderful Life?
Answer: The _BURGESS SHALE_
19. In 101 BC, Chinese ships first reached the east coast of India,
after discovering the orienting properties of
lodstone. This was a key first step to the 1086 BCE invention by Shen
Kua of - for ten points- what
navigational aid beloved of Boy Scouts?
Answer: _MAGNETIC COMPASS_ (Prompt on "compass" alone)
20. It was passed over the veto of President Truman and amended the
Wagner Act. This 1947 piece of legislation
is generally known by the names of the senator and representative who
sponsored it. What, for ten points, is
the usual name of this act that banned boycotts, sympathy strikes, and
strikes in interunion disputes?
Answer: _TAFT-HARTLEY_ Act
21. (Warning, two answers required) The signs of the Zodiac come in
both Latin and English versions. Among
the Latin names there are several pairs that start with the same letter.
For ten points, what is the only pair that
start with the same letter and follow one after another?
Answer: _SCORPIO_ (or _SCORPIUS_) and _SAGITTARIUS_
22. His real last name was Jones, but perhaps he wanted to avoid being
confused with the other composers of that
name. He was born in 1862 and died in London in 1936. His operetta Tom
Jones enjoyed some success, but
he is best known for the operetta Merrie England. Who, for ten points,
was this Teutonically named
Answer: Edward _GERMAN_
1. Subatomic particles come in classes, and they can be divided up in
several ways. You can have ten points
apiece for naming the following classes from their characteristics:
a. These particles feel the strong interactive force (examples are
protons and neutrons).
b. These particles do not feel the strong interactive force examples
c. These particles consist of a quark and an antiquark bound together.
Answer: a) _HADRONS_ b) _LEPTONS_ c) _BOSONS_
2. Identify the following Civil War generals for ten points apiece,
none of whom was a killer angel at Gettysburg.
b. He won the battle of Five Forks and became commander of the US army
c. He accepted the surrender of General Joseh Johnson's army in Durham,
North Carolina, in 1865 and
preceded Sheridan as army commander.
d. He was a brigadier-general at the First Battle of Bull Run.and
fought brilliantly in the Seven Days' Battles
and at Cedar Mountain.
Answer: a) Philip _SHERIDAN_ b) William _SHERMAN_ 3) Thomas _JACKSON_
3. The death of Spiro Agnew has permanently silenced one of the most
recognizable voices to belong to a Vice-
President. He is perhaps best known for a four-word phrase he used to
describe the media, three of the words
starting with the letter N. You can have ten points apiece for giving
each of the N words by which Agnew will
go down to history.
Answer: _NATTERITNG_ _NABOBS_ of _NEGATIVISM_
4. Answer these questions about a famous movie director for the stated
number of points.
d. First, FTP, name this director, born in 1895 who directed such
classics as ěThe Searchersî, ěStagecoachî,
and ěHow the West was Won.î
e. Secondly, for five points each, name each of the four films for
which John Ford won an Academy Award
for Best Director.
Answer: a) John _FORD_ b) _THE INFORMER_, _THE GRAPES OF WRATH_, _HOW
GREEN WAS MY
VALLEY_, _THE QUIET MAN_
5. Identify the following author from his works, 30 from the first
list, 20 if you need the second, and 10 points if
you need all three:
30: The Club of Queer Trades, The Ballad of the White Horse
20: The Man Who Was Thursday and 'The Wrong Shape'
10: 'The Blue Cross' and 'The Oracle of the Dog'
Answer: G.K. _CHESTERTON_
6. You may have rocks in your head and still do well on this bonus.
Identify the following metals for ten points
f. It is the second most abundant metal element in the earth's crust.
Guinea and Australia have 49% of the
g. It is not mined in the US and is used here mainly to produce
capacitors. Australia, Brazil, Canada, and
Thailand are the leading producers.
h. It is mostly used in jet engines, airframes, and aerospace
technology. It occurs in the west and midwest of
this country, but also in the Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan.
Answer: a) _ALUMINUM_ b) _TANTALUM_ c) _TITANIUM_
7. Identify the year from the events that happened in it for 30 points
from the first clue, 20 from the second, and
10 if you need all three.
g. Noah Webster publishes his American Dictionary.
h. South Carolina declares the right of state nullification of federal
laws and the first passenger railroad
i. The incumbent in the White House almost quintuples his popular vote
from the previous presidential
election and still loses to a gentleman of more Southern origin.
8. Many landmasses are named after Queens. Given the description of
the landmass, give its regal name for the
stated number of points.
h. For 5 points - it is a state of northeast Australia, bounded by the
Pacific, New South Wales, South
Australia, and the Northern Territory.
i. FTP, it was first settled by the Dutch in 1636, came under British
control in 1664, and early settlements
there include Flushing, Newtown, and Jamaica.
j. For fifteen points, it is a barren plateau of Antarctica south of
Africa extending from Coats Land to
Answer: a) _QUEENSLAND_ b) _QUEENS_ c) _QUEEN MAUD LAND_
9. The Nobel Prize for Literature has been bestowed with an eye on
geographical diversity as well as literary
merit. For five points apiece and a bonus of ten points for all
correct, given the name of the winner of the
prize, identify the country from which he comes:
k. Mistral (the 1945 winner, not the 1905 one)
Answer: a) _BELGIUM_ b) _POLAND_ c) _CHILE_ d) _SWEDEN_
10. The Dow Jones average has been in the 6000's recently. If you're
trying to compare that with inflation, you
should probably remember' what the average was like in previous years.
You can have ten points apiece for
remembering what the high for the Dow Jones was 10 years ago (1986), 20
years ago (1976), and 30 years ago
(1966). In giving the high for each of those years, you need to be
within 100 points of the actual value.
Answer: in 1966 - _995_ (accept 895 to 1095), in 1976 - _1015_ (accept
915 to 1115), in 1986 - _1956_
(accept 1856 to 2056)
11. When a country has the phrase 'Islamic republic' built into its
name, you have a good idea of what the majority
religion is. Not every country makes it so easy. You can have ten
points apiece for giving the majority faith in
each of the following countries:
Answer: a) _LUTHERAN_ (prompt on 'Christian' or Protestant') b)
_BUDDHIST_ c) _HINDU_
12. Its midseason in the NFL and in the College Football season, and
coaches are on the hot seat. Answer these
questions about coaches which have been either fired or let go for the
stated number of points.
l. First, for five points, which New Orleans Saints coach went on a
tirade against his team and then resigned
one day later.
m. Secondly, for ten points, which Cincinnati Bengals coach was let go
by owner Mike Brown on the same
day as Jim Moraís resignation.
n. Finally, for fifteen points, which Kentucky football coach was told
that he and his entire coaching staff
would be let go at the end of this season? He had coached at Georgia
Tech and Alabama.
Answer: a) Jim _MORA_ b) David _SHULA_ c) Bill _CURRY_
13. Death is a subject that gives poets to reflect. For ten points
apiece, identify the authors of each of the following
reflections on death.
m. Earth, receive an honored guest:/ William Yeats is laid to rest.
n. Dear as rememberd kisses after death,/ And sweet as those by
hopeless fancy feign'd ...
o. But bowed his comely head,/ Down, as upon a bed.
Answer: a) W.H. _AUDEN_ b) Alfred _TENNYSON_ c) Andrew _MARVELL_
14. The Wind in the Willows has been a children's book, a movie, and a
Disney attraction. You could probably
name the four heroes but let's add an additional family connection. You
can have five points apiece for each
hero you can name, given the family in the animal kingdom to which he
belongs, with an additional ten points
for all correct. The four families are
Answer: a) _MOLE_ b) _TOAD_ c) _RAT_ d) _BADGER_
15. The opera-going public appears to have an endless fascination with
Italian opera. Identify the Italian
composer of each of the following on a 10-5 basis:
o. 10: La favorite
5: Lucrecia Borgia
b. 10: Simon Boccanegra
c. 10: La gazza ladra
5: Il barberie di Siviglia
Answer: a) _DONNIZETTI_ b) _VERDI_ c) _ROSSINI_
16. The Duke of Plaza-Toro sometimes led his troops into battle. He
always led his troops out of battle. For ten
points apiece, identify the British monarch who emerged victorious out
of each of the following battles:
p. Stamford Bridge
q. The Boyne
Answer: a) _HAROLD II_ b) _WILLIAM III_ c) _GEORGE II_
17. How much do you know about flower anatomy. Answer these questions
for the stated number of points.
a. First, for 5 - a flower having sepals, petals, stamens, petals, and
pistils is said to be this.
b. For five each, these two structures are not needed for reproduction
c. For 15 - a plant that bears male, female, and bisexual flowers on
the same plant is termed this.
Answer: a) _COMPLETE_ b) _CALYX_ and _COROLLA_ c) _POLYGAMOUS_
18. 30-20-10: Name the literary figure from the clues
30: He attended Harvard from 1906 to 1909, and from 1911 to 1914, he
studied Indian philosophy and
20: His plays include The Cocktail Party, The Confidential Clerk, and
The Elder Statesman, all comedies
derived from Greek dramas.
10: One of his most memorable passages is: ěLet us go then, you and I /
When the evening is spread out
against the sky / Like a patient etherized upon a table...î
Answer: T.S. _ELIOT_
19. Its Emmy time again. For five points each, and five more for all
correct, name the last four dramas to win the
Best Drama Emmy in order from 1993-96 and the comedy that has won the
last three consecutive Emmys for
Answer: Dramas: 1993 - _PICKET FENCES_, 1994 - _PICKET FENCES_, 1995 -
_NYPD BLUE_, 1996 -
_ER_; Comedies: 1994-6 - _FRASIER_
20. 30-20-10: Name the school of philosophy.
30: Ramanuja, a 12th century Hindu theist was an exponent of it, but
Wilhelm Leibniz and George Berkeley
are considered the founders of the movement
20: Most of them are idealists, believing that reality is either of,
in, or for consiousness. Bergson, de Biran,
and Ravaisson-Mollien are major French proponents.
10: It is in the tradition of ěCogito ergo sumî, asserting that the
real is personal.
21. This is the 100th anniversary ofthe first performance of the last
collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan.
u. First, for five points, name the operetta.
v. Now, for ten points, give the subtitle of The Grand Duke.
w. Finally, for fifteen points, what is the name of the first
collaboration by the same pair, much of which was
cannibalized for The Grand Duke?
Answer: a) _THE GRAND DUKE_ b) _STATUTORY DUEL_ c) _THESPIS_
22. The period of Islamic rule in Spain was an occasion for the
intermingling of an array of cultures. You can
have ten points for each Islamic dynasty you can name from the period
during which it reigned, and heres a
hint, they all begin with the letter A.
Answer: a) _AGHLABID_ b) _ALMORAVID_ c) _ALMOHAD_