Questions by Maryland I (team name forthcoming)
1. This American poet and dramatist wrote _Distressing Dialogues_ under
the pseudonym Nancy Boyd. Her
other works include _Make Bright the Arrow_, and _Aria da Capo_, which
was produced by the Provincetown
Players. FTP, name this author of _Renascence_ and _A Few Figs from
Answer: Edna St. Vincent _MILLAY_
2. This phylum is sometimes considered to be in their own separate
subkingdom, Parazoa, and its classes include
Calcarea (Cal-care- e-ah) and Hexactinellida (Hexa-tin-al-eeda).
Reproducing asexually, some freshwater
varieties form specialized gemmules that can survive harsh conditions.
FTP, what is this phylum of sessile
animals whose bodies are composed of spicules or spongin (sponge-in)?
3. After studying law and medicine at the University of Krakow, he took
up his duties as canon of a cathedral in
Frauenberg, East Prussia in 1512. In 1530, in an unpublished manuscript
"Commentariolus", he first stated a
theory which would later be published in his _De revolutionibus orbium
coelestium_. FTP, name this Polish
Answer: Nicholas _COPERNICUS_
4. He began his career in 1925 with the New York Yankees and ended it
48 years later as manager of the
Houston Astros. In between, he managed the Cubs and Dodgers, started at
shortstop for the "Gashouse Gang"
Cardinals, and managed the Giants from 1948 to 1955. FTP, name this
man, who is most famous for saying
that the Giants were nice guys, but they would finish last.
Answer: Leo _DUROCHER_
5. This play ends with the announcement of the wedding of Valere to the
granddaughter of Madame Pernelle and
the title character's arrest. Containing the characters Cleante,
Dorine, Orgon, and Marianne, the Catholic
Church forced Louis XIV to ban this play. FTP, name this Moliere comedy
about a religious hypocrite.
6. From the Persian for "beggar", a form of Sufism is the basis for
these sects. They do not take vows and are
never cloistered like their Western counterparts, but certain groups are
characterized by their practices, such as
howling. FTP, name this monks of Islam, whose name has become the word
for a spinning, destructive force.
7. He failed in his attempt to free Greece from Macedon, fled, and took
poison to avoid capture by Antipater.
Earlier, he had been exiled for his involvement in an obscure affair
involving money taken from a lieutenant of
Alexander the Great. FTP, name this man, whose _On the False Legation_,
_On the Peace_, _Olynthiacs_,
and _Philippics_ are among his greatest orations.
8. Thought to have migrated from the north, they assimilated with the
Yuma and Shoshone, but remained a
distinct social group with over 50 clans. The second-largest tribe in
the U.S. in 1990, they founded the first
Native American-operated college in the U.S. FTP, name this tribe,
subdued in 1864 by Kit Carson and given
a 16-million-acre reservation in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.
9. For a random variable X, it is defined as the expected value of the
square of the quantity of X minus the
expected value of X, but it is easier to calculate as the expected value
of X squared minus the square of the
expected value of X. FTP, name this quantity, also the square of the
10. Warren Christopher recently criticized Jonas Savimbi when he failed
to meet with Christopher in the capital of
this nation, where Savimbi opposes the government of Jose Eduardo dos
Santos as the leader of UNITA. FTP,
name this African country, where Christopher and Savimbi were scheduled
to meet in Luanda.
11. This novelist was an apprentice stonecutter and jazz musician
before becoming a speechwriter from Willy
Brandt, whose campaign served as the background for _From the Diary of a
Snail_. FTP, who is this German
whose "Danzig" trilogy is composed of _Cat and Mouse_, _Dog Years_, and
_The Tin Drum_?
Answer: Gunter Wilhelm _GRASS_
12. A clocksmith and saddler, this artist traded a saddle for art
lessons from John Hesselius. A renowned
portraitist, his subjects include _The Edward Lloyd Family_ and _General
George Washington before
Princeton_. Also a naturalist, he founded a museum of natural history
and technology and painted works like
_Exhuming the Mastodon_. FTP, who is this painter, whose _Staircase
Group_ shows his sons Raphaelle and
Answer: Charles Willson _PEALE_
13. He died soon after being named president of the College of New
Jersey, now Princeton. At Stockbridge,
Massachusetts, he completed his masterpiece, _The Freedom of the Will_,
after being dismissed from his
congregation in Northampton. FTP, name this minister, most famous for
his sermon _Sinners in the Hands of
an Angry God_.
Answer: Jonathan _EDWARDS_
14. This country contains the western part of the Ustyurt Plateau, most
of the course of the Syr Darya River, and
Lake Balkash. Its major cities include Shymkent and Qaraghandy, and it
shares the Aral Sea with Uzbekistan.
FTP, name this former Soviet republic whose capital is Almaty.
15. His early works include _Amorous Fiametta_, a psychological
romance; the allegorical _Amorosa visione_,
imitative of Dante; _Filocolo_, a vernacular prose romance; and
_Filostrato_, a poem infusing the Troilus and
Cressida legend with a Neapolitan court atmosphere. FTP, name this man
who met Petrarch in 1341 and is
best known for the _Decameron_.
Answer: Giovanni _BOCCACIO_
16. His actions led to the formation of the Everlasting League among
the forest cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and
Unterwalden. A native of Uri, he killed Gessler, an Austrian bailiff,
in revenge, setting off the revolt that
ousted the bailiffs in 1308. FTP, name this subject of a Schiller drama
and a Rossini opera, a legendary Swiss
Answer: William _TELL_
17. The grandson of Solkar and son of Skon, his career included the
treaty of Alpha Cygnus IX and the Coridan
admission to the Federation. At the end of his career, he negotiated a
historic treaty with the Legarans despite
suffering from Bendii Syndrome, which necessitated a mind-meld with
Jean-Luc Picard. FTP, name this
father of Spock.
18. In his _Chemical Observations and Experiments on Heat, Light and
Fire_, he gave the first accurate
description of hydrogen sulfide. He also discovered hydrofluoric and
prussic acid, isolated glycerin, and
discovered nitrogen independently of Daniel Rutherford. FTP, who was
this Swedish chemist who isolated
oxygen independently of Priestly?
Answer: Carl Wilhelm _SCHELLE_
19. After teaching at a theological school in Qom, he was arrested in
1963 and exiled to Turkey and Iraq before
moving to Paris in 1978. Born Ruhollah Hendi, he returned to his
country in triumph after the revolution that
deposed Muhammed Reza Shah Pahlevi. FTP, name this religious leader,
who declared Iran an Islamic
republic in 1979.
Answer: Ruhollah _KHOMEINI_
20. Examples include Honegger's _King David_, Schoenberg's
_Gurrelieder_, Beethoven's _Christ on the Mount
of Olives_, Mendelssohn's _Elijah_, and Haydn's _The Creation_.
Originally performed at the Church of St.
Philip Neri in Rome, it is the sacred analogue of opera. FTP, what is
this musical form, of which the most
outstanding examples were composed by George Frideric Handel?
21. _Rhapsody in August_, _Dersu Uzala_, _Kagemusha_, _Ikiru_, and
_Yojimbo_ are among the films of this
director known for his adaptations of such Western authors as Gorky,
Dostoyevksy, and Shakespeare. FTP,
name this director better known for _Ran_ and _Rashomon_.
Answer: _KUROSAWA_ Akira
22. The appointment of conservative justices in the 1920ís created a
majority on the Supreme Court that FDR felt
was too restrictive in its view of regulatory power. FTP, name this
plan of Rooseveltís that called for the
addition of one Supreme Court justice for every one over the age of
seventy, resulting in a bitterest struggle
between the Judiciary and presidency.
Answer: _COURT PACKING PLAN_
1. Identify the following about the life of Perseus for the stated
number of points.
a. For fifteen, which king of Seriphos and brother of Dictys ordered
Perseus to bring him the head of a
Gorgon as a wedding present?
b. For 5 points, name the princess of Ethiopia Perseus rescued and
c. For ten points, Perseus rescued Andromeda from what sea monster,
whose name is Greek for "whale"?
Answer: a) _POLYDECTES_ b) _ANDROMEDA_ c) _CETO_
2. Given the real name of an entertainer, give his or her better known
name FTP each.
a. Stevland Morris
b. Kathie Epstein
c. Eugene Orowitz
Answer: a) Stevie _WONDER_ b) Kathie Lee _GIFFORD_ c) Michael _LANDON_
3. 30-20-10, Name the author from works.
30: _The Lost Galleon and Other Tales_
20: _Plain Language from Truthful James_
10: _The Luck of Roaring Camp_
Answer: Francis Bret _HARTE_
4. Identify these "P" terms from biology FTP each.
a. The shrinking or wilting of a cell from low turgor pressure.
b. Condition in which cells contain multiple, complete sets of
c. One of the square body sections produced by tapeworms.
Answer: a) _PLASMOLYSIS_ b) _POLYPLOIDY_ c) _PROGLOTTID_
5. Identify these Supreme court cases from the 1960's FTP each.
a. 1964, Prohibited a confession from being used as evidence if the
accused person has been denied
permission to see a lawyer
b. 1962, The Court ruled a non-denominational prayer by the New York
Board of Regents to be
c. 1964, Extended coverage of the 14th amendment to impoverished
defendants for court-appointed counsel.
Answer: a) _ESCOBEDO_ V. _ILLINOIS_ b) _ENGEL V. VITALE_ c) _GIDEON_
6. Given a city, give the name by which it is known in its country.
For example, if I said Rome, you would say
Roma. 5 points each and a 5-point bonus for all 5.
Answer: a) _FIRENZE_ b) _MOSKVA_ c) _KOLN_ d) _VENEZIA_ e) _PRAHA_
7. The name comes from an English missionary nun who aided St. Boniface
a. First FTP name this feast day on May 1 that is a witch's Sabbath.
b. FTP Walpurgis Night is held on the Brocken, the highest peak in what
c. FTP Walpurgis is featured as a background for the realm of
Mephistopheles in what 1808 work?
Answer: a) _WALPURGIS NIGHT_ b) _HARZ_ mountains c) _FAUST_, Part I
8. For the stated number of points, name the following classes of
a. For 5 pts: This name describes numbers in a sequence where each
term is the sum of the preceding two
b. For 10 pts: If x is a root of a monic polynomial with rational
coefficients, x is said to be this.
c. For 15 pts: Numbers of the form N * (N-1) / 2 are referred to as
this kind of numbers
Answer: a) _FIBONACCI_ numbers b) _ALGEBRAIC_ c) _TRIANGULAR_ numbers
9. Give the narrators of the following novels for the stated number of
a. For 5 pts: _The Great Gatsby_
b. For 10 pts: _All the King's Men_
c. For 15 pts: _Daisy Miller_
Answer: a) Nick _CARRAWAY_ b) Jack _BURDEN_ c) Frederick
10. FTP each, answer the following concerning English kings named
a. Name George I's great-grandfather, who ruled England from 1603 to
b. George II became the last English monarch to lead his troops in
battle during what war?
c. George VI had two children with his wife, Elizabeth. One was
Elizabeth II. Who was the other?
Answer: a) _JAMES I_ (accept James VI of Scotland) b) _WAR OF THE
AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION_ c)
11. FTP each, name the artists who recorded the following hits of the
a. "Splish Splash"
b. "Chantilly Lace"
c. "Charlie Brown"
Answer: a) Bobby _DARIN_ b) The _BIG BOPPER_ (accept whatever his real
name is) c) The
12. 30-20-10, give the common name.
30. The name usually given to the last wife of Bluebeard; and a female
hermit in the _Arabian Nights_ who
was murdered by the African magician as a part of his schemes against
20. The first name of Largo's henchbabe, played by Barbara Carrera, in
"Never Say Never Again".
10. According to the _Koran_, the daughter of Muhammed, and one of the
four perfect women.
13. FTP each, name these artistic families of the Italian Renaissance.
a. Nicola sculpted the pulpit for the Baptistry in Florence; his son
Giovanni sculpted the _Madonna_ of the
b. Gentile painted _Procession of the Relic of the True Cross_;
Giovanni painted _St. Francis in Ecstasy_.
c. The most famous of this family was Annibale, who painted the ceiling
frescos for the Palazzo Farnese,
Rome, and _Landscape With the Flight to Egypt_.
Answer: a) _PISANO_ b) _BELLINI_ c) _CARRACCI_
14. Given a United States Senator, for ten points identify the other
Senator from that state. If you need the name of
the state you will earn five points.
a. 10 pts: J. James Exon
5 pts: Nebraska
b. 10 pts: Larry Pressler
5 pts: South Dakota
c. 10 pts: Frank Lautenburg
5 pts: New Jersey
Answer: a) Bob _KERREY_ b) Tom _DASCHLE_ c) Bill _BRADLEY_
15. Remember way back in the day when there were cool cartoons for kids
to watch, instead of crap like Barney
and the Power Rangers. Given the villain or villains, name the cartoon
show from the 80s for 5 points each
and a 5 point bonus for all correct.
a. King Zarkon, Prince Lotor, the Robeasts
b. Shadow, Venger, Tiamat
c. Evilyn, Beastman, Trapjaw
d. Venom, Mayhem, Sly Rax
e. Breetai of the Zentraedi Race, Exedore, Khyron
Answer: a) _VOLTRON_ b) _DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS_ c) _HE-MAN_and the
Masters of the
Universe d) _M.A.S.K._ e) _ROBOTECH_
16. For fifteen points each, identify these two former Air Force Chiefs
p. Made Chief of the Strategic Air Command in 1948, he was the basis
for the General Jack D. Ripper in the
film Dr. Strangelove. He was also the running mate of George Wallace in
q. Made a five-star general in 1944, he became the first Chief of Staff
when the Air Force was made a
separate branch from the Army.
Answer: a) Curtis _LEMAY_ b) Henry "Hap" _ARNOLD_
17. FTP each, name the composers of the following pieces inspired by
r. _El Salon Mexico_
s. _Espana_ [ess-SPAHN-ya]
Answer: a) Maurice _RAVEL_ b) Aaron _COPLAND_ c) Emanuel _CHABRIER_
18. FTP identify these German philosophers.
a. He expanded on Kant in his _Foundation of the Complete Theory of
Knowledge_; he maintained that the
essence of the universe is ego, which interacts with the world through
b. In works such as _The Philosophy of Right_, he presents history in
terms of the dialectic.
c. He said, "I teach you the Superman. Man is something to be
Answer: a) Johann Gottlieb _FICHTE_ b) Georg Friedrich Wilhelm
_HEGEL_ c) Friedrich _NIETZSCHE_
19. FTP each, given the monarch and the country, identify the royal
house to which he belongs.
s. Prince Rainier of Monaco
t. King Juan Carlos of Spain
u. King Albert of Belgium
Answer: a) _GRIMALDI_ b) _BOURBON_ c) _SAXE-COBURG_
20. The New York Times has been involved in several landmark cases
before the Supreme Court. For the stated
number of points, answer these questions about two important Vietnam War
era cases involving the Times.
t. First, for five points, the New York Times was a defendant in a 1971
case against the United States
because they published what secret documents?
u. Secondly, for ten points, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New
v. Finally, for fifteen points, the New York Times was a defendant in
which case, which held that damages
for libel could not be collected unless malice against the defamed party
could be proven.
Answer: a) _PENTAGON PAPERS_ b) Daniel _ELLSWORTH_ c) _NEW YORK TIMES
21. Its that fall movie time of year again, and tons of stars have come
out with tons of hopefully blockbuster hits.
Given the stars, name the movie that they just released on a 10-5 basis.
u. 10: Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rea
5: Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts
b. 10: Tom Everett Scott, Ethan Embry, and Steve Zahn
5: Liv Tyler and Tom Hanks
c. 10: Bruno Kirby and Dustin Hoffman
5: Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro
Answer: a) _MICHAEL COLLINS_ b) _THAT THING YOU DO_ c) _SLEEPERS_
22. Name the speaker of the historical speech from the quotes for ten
v. ěThe third question which Mr. Lincoln presented is, if the Supreme
Court of the United States shall
decide that a state of this Union cannot exclude slavery from its own
limits, will I allow it?î
w. ěThe mystic chords of memory , stretching from every battlefield and
patriot grave to every living heart
and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the corus of
the Union, when again touched, as
they surely will be, by the better angels of our nature.î
x. ěI have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State,
with particular reference to the
founding of them on georgraphical discriminations.î
Answer: a) Stephen _DOUGLAS_ (Freeport Debate, August 1858) b) Abraham
_LINCOLN_ (First inaugural
address, March 1861) c) George _WASHINGTON_ (Farewell Address)