Questions by Maryland Mystery Machine
edited by Joseph Wu
1. When afficted with scurvy, this protein cannot form fibers properly.
This results in skin lesions, blood vessel
fragility, and poor wound healing. This extracelluar protein is the
major component of connective tissues such
as bone, teeth, cartilage, tendon, and ligament. FTP, name this most
abundant protein of vertebrates.
2. This novel was the first of a projected trilogy on the American
wheat business. The novel depicts the struggle
for power between Califronia wheat farmers and the railroad. FTP, name
this novel written by Frank Norris
which shares its name with a certain cephalopod.
Answer: The _OCTOPUS_
3. On October 3rd, 1996 Yugoslavia and Bosnia agreed to exchange
ambassadors. Serbian President Slobodan
Milosevic and Bosnian Leader, Alija Izetbegovic met in Paris to agree to
open embassies in each otherís
capital, fulfilling the final requirement of an accord made during 1995.
FTP, name this peace accord that
required an exchange of ambassadors of the two countries which shares
its name with a Ohio city.
Answer: _DAYTON ACCORDS_
4. Sydney Andrews, Kymberly Mancini, Valerie Malone, Dana Scully, and
Peg Bundy all share a common trait
besides being women. FTP, what is it?
Answer: theyíre all _REDHEADS_ on Fox
5. He became king when he was sixteen, replacing his father Amaziah.
He was considered a good king,
refortifying the city of Jerusalem. However, 2 Chromicles writes that
he became prideful, which ultimately led
to his downfall. FTP, name this king of Judah, who was struck with
leprosy when he entered the temple and
burned incense, against Jewish law.
6. In his 1950 play "La Lecon", a professor and his student attempt to
communicate through an arbitrary yet
absurdly logical language which the professor wields as an instrument of
power with which to dominate and
finally rape and kill the student. FTP, name this Theatre of the Absurd
dramatist whose first play, ìThe Bald
Sopranoî also was published that year.
Answer: Eugene _IONESCO_
7. This native of Patavium began his great work about 26 B.C. , but did
not publish his first 21 books until A.D.
14. He wished to recall to his countrymen the glories of thier
ancestors, and to urge them to abandon
decadent ways. FTP, name this Roman historian who wrote "Ab Urbe
Condita Libri" which is translated as
"The History of Rome from the Founding of the City".
8. After learning woodwork and metalwork in Minneapolis, he opened his
own handicraft store in Cedar Rapids,
Minnesota. In the 1930s, he settled in Connecticut working extensively
for the Federal Arts project, and
producing murals in Washington D.C and Iowa State College. FTP, name
this painter who is more well
known for ìDaughters of the Revolution" and "American Gothic".
Answer: Grant _WOOD_
9. This disease is caused by Plasmodium falciparum which resides within
an erythrocyte during much of its 48
hour life cycle. The organism ultimately causes erythrocytes to be
lodged in a vital organ such as the brain.
FTP, name the disease, which is usually transmitted through the
Anopheles Mosquito and to which people
heterozygous for the trait sickle-cell anemia are immune.
10. This influential composer and conductor was a student of Julius
Epstein, Robert Fuchs, and Franz Krenn at the
Vienna Conservatory. In Kassel, he had an unhappy affair with one of
the singers which lead to his
composition of the cycle, "Songs of a Warefarer". FTP, name this
Austrian composer of the "Resurrection
Symphony" and "Symphony of a Thousand".
Answer: Gustav _MAHLER_
11. It was the meeting of the main council of the Holy Roman Empire in
1521, and was the site where the famous
words, ìHere I stand, I can do no other,î were spoken. FTP, name this
meeting, where Martin Luther refused
to repudiate his 95 theses, making him a hero to the Germans.
Answer: _DIET OF WORMS_
12. This physicists and electrical engineer emigrated to the U.S. in
1884 and worked at Edison Works. He later
left Edison Works to concentrate on his own inventions which included
improved dynamos and electric bulbs.
FTP name this physicist who has a unit of magnetic induction and a high
frequency coil named after him.
Answer: Nikola _TESLA_
13. Silvia, Julia, and the Duke of Thurio, are various characters in
this Shakespearean comedy. It was based on
Jorge de Montemayor's "Diana", and its form was based mostly on the
early Italian comedies. FTP, name this
play whoses main protagonists were the rivals Valentine and Proteus.
Answer: _TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA_
14. "Newsies", "A League of Their Own", "The Favor", "Singles",
"Malice", "Sommersby", "Ruthless People",
"The Last Seduction", "Sibling Rivalry", and "Casper" were some of the
movies that this actor was in. FTP
name this actor, who is more well known for "Mr Wrong", "Space Balls",
and "While You Were Sleeping".
Answer: Bill _PULLMAN_
15. To deliver her native city from the onslaught of Nebuchadnezzar,
this woman entered the Assyrian camp and
killed Holofernes in his drunken sleep. She later showed Holofernes's
head to her countrymen inciting her
people to victory. FTP, name this legendary Jewish heroine of Bethulia
whose story is told in the Apocryphal
book bearing her name.
16. "Full many a flower is born to blush unseen and waste its sweetness
on the desert air" The paths of glory lead
to but the grave," and " Far from the maddening crowd's ignoble strife/
their sober wishes never learned to
stray." are several lines from FTP, which great elegy by Thomas Gray.
Answer: _ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY COURTYARD_
17. This country's population in 1994 was 263,599. Its total area is
36,768 square miles. Its monetary unit is the
Krona. Its prime minister is David Oddsson and its president is Vigdis
Finnbogadottir. FTP, name this
country whose capital is Reykjavik.
18. Roy Sievers was the first to win it in 1949, and future big league
managers such as Mike Hargrove and Lou
Piniella have won the award. In the mid-80ís, Oakland seemed to have a
grip on the award when Jose
Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Walt Weiss won the award three years in a
row. FTP, name this award, which
both Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken have won.
Answer: _AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR_
19. This scholar and philosopher was born in 1466. He called his
religious outlook, " The Philosopher of Christ",
yet his thought was influenced by varied tendencies, some Christian and
some secular. He was affected by the
German religious tradition, which stressed personal piety in religious
tradition. FTP, name this Dutch
scholar, noted for his "Praise of Folly".
Answer: Desiderius _ERASMUS_
20. This statesman was minister of foreign affairs from 1797 to 1807,
opposed Napoleon's Russian and Spanish
policies and helped to restore the Bourbons to power. FTP, name this
French statesman who represented
France at the Congress of Vienna and who, in 1830, became ambassador to
Great Britain and later formed the
Answer: Charles Maurice de _TALLEYRAND_ -Perigord
21. These proteins are divided into alpha and beta versions. Mammals
usually possess the alpha version, while
birds and reptiles possess the beta version. FTP name this principle
component of the outer epidermal layer
and related appendages such as hair, horn, nails, and feathers.
22. Romola, Felix Holt, The Radical, and Daniel Deronda were various
novels written by this author. This author's
fiction usually focused on the internal reasons for the choices made by
her characters in their struggles. FTP,
name this author whose masterpiece is ìMiddlemarchî.
Answer: George _ELIOT_
1. Given a line from a famous poem, give the poet for ten points each.
a. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may / Old Time is still a flying
b. In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row by
row / That marks our place
c. Ships that pass in the night, and speak / Each other in passing,
only a signal shown / and a Distant Voice
in the Darkness...
Answer: a) Robert _HERRICK_ b) John _MCCRAE_ c) Henry Wadsworth
2. Given characters in an opera, give the composer for ten points each.
You will get only five points if you also
need the title as well.
b. For 10 - Lenora, Manrico, Price Urgel
For 5 - Il Travatore
b. For 10 - Elsa, Titurel, Amfortus
For 5 - Parsifal
c. For 10 - Tetrach, Narraboth, Jokanaan
For 5 - Salome
Answer: a) Giuseppe _VERDI_ b) Richard _WAGNER_ c) Richard _STRAUSS_
3. Given a ruling from a Supreme Court case, give the case for the
stated number of points each.
a. First, for five - courts can exercise the Right of Judicial Review.
b. Secondly, for ten - prayer in public schools was considered
inconsistent with the establishment clause.
c. Finally, for fifteen - the Clear and Present Danger test could used
to determine the limits of the First
Amendment's protection of political speech.
Answers: a) _MARBURY VS MADISON_ b) _ENGEL VS VITALE_ c) _SCHENK VS
4. Given clues about a disease, identify the followinf diseases for ten
a. Caused by the organism Rickettsia rickettsii, it now only occurs in
the Southeastern Atlantic and South
central states. It is primarily caused by wood ticks, deer ticks, and
b. Caused by the organism of the Bordetella family, it is also called
c. A nonsuppurative compication of Group A Streptococcal disease, this
disease is characterized by
inflammatory changes of the heart, joints, blood vessels, and
Answers: a) _ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER_ b) _WHOOPING COUGH_ c)
5. Many artists base their paintings on religious ideas. Given a
religious work, name the painter for five points
each and a five point bonus if all are correct.
a. The Vision of the Sermon: Jacob Wrestling the Angel
b. Madonna del Passegio
c. The Conversion of St Paul
d. The Mystic Nativity
e. Madonna of the Long Neck
Answers: a) Paul _GAUGAIN_ b) _RAPHAEL_ c) _CARAVAGGIO_ d)
6. Let's see if you have your English houses in order. Given a ruler of
England, give the house that they belong to
for five points each and five more for all correct.
b. Edward VII
c. George V
d. Henry V
e. Richard III
Answers: a) _STUART_ b) _SAXE-COBURG_ c) _WINDSOR_ d) _LANCASTER_ e)
7. Now itís time for a bonus about baseball's spitting incident.
Answer the following questions about Roberto
Alomar's spitting incident for the stated number of points.
a. First, for five, who did Alomar spit in the face?
b. Secondly, for ten, who imposed only a five regular season suspension
c. Finally, for fifteen, which Playerís Association chief stated that
umpires should honor their contract and
work and to get over the incident?
Answer: a) John _HIRSCHBECK_ b) Gene _BUDIG_ c) Donald _FEHR_
8. How well do you know your European currencies? Given a currency,
give the country that uses it for five
points each, five more for all correct
Answer: a) _PORTUGAL_ b) _NETHERLANDS_ or _HOLLAND_ c) _HUNGARY_ d)
9. A 100 kg cart traveling at 60 meters per second collides with a 50 kg
stationary cart. Answer the following
questions for ten points each.
a. If the calls hook together, what can collision is this?
b. What is the total momentum of the first cart?
c. What is the speed of the two carts after the collision when they
Answer: a) _INELASTIC COLLISION_ b) _6000 kg m/s_ c) _40 m/s_
10. 30-20-10, name the year
30: Albert Einhorn synthesizes novocaine
20: The decision in Lochner vs New York decision was handed down
annulling labor laws.
10: President Theodore Roosevelt mediates Treaty of Portsmouth, thereby
ending the Russo-Japanese War.
11. The Superbowl takes place in various stadiums from year to year.
Given a Super Bowl and the teams who
played in it, name the stadium where the Super Bowl took place for five
points each and five more for all correct.
a. Superbowl 30: Dallas vs. Pittsburgh
b. Superbowl 29: San Francisco vs. San Diego
c. Superbowl 28: Dallas vs. Buffalo
d. Superbowl 26: Washington vs. Buffalo
e. Superbowl 25: New York Giants vs. Buffalo
Answer: a) _SUN DEVIL STADIUM_ b) _JOE ROBBIE STADIUM_ c) _GEORGIA
DOME_ d) H.H.H.
_METRODOME_ e) _TAMPA STADIUM_
12. For five points each, given a title of a work of literature, give
the American author who wrote it.
a. Breakfast at Tiffany's
b. Alexander's Bridge
c. Pale Horse Pale Rider
d. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon
e. Hospital Sketches
Answer: a) Truman _CAPOTE_ b) Willa _CATHER_ c) Katherine
Anne_PORTER_ d) Washington
_IRVING_ e) Louisa May _ALCOTT_
13. Jacob's name means "One Who Grabs". Given the meaning of a name in
the Bible, give the name for ten
points each. If you need an additional clue, you will only get five
a. 10: "Covered With Hair"
5: He was the twin brother of Jacob
b. 10: "One Who Has Been Strong Against God"
5: The other name of Jacob
c. 10: "May God Hear"
5: Abrahamís firstborn son
Answer: a) _ESAU_ b) _ISRAEL_ c) _ISHMAEL_
14. Identify the following defense mechanisms for fifteen points each.
a. You believe that she desires you but in reality, it is you that
b. The dangerous memories are allowed back in consciousness. People who
were rape victims can describe
their experiences but are unable to recall the emotions that accompanied
Answers: a) _PROJECTION_ b) _ISOLATION_
15. Given a battle, give the year that it took place for five points
each and five points extra for all correct.
a. Battle of Hastings
b. Battle of the Bulge
c. Battle of Trafalgar
d. Battle of Waterloo
e. Battle of Bunker Hill
Answer: a) _1066_ b) _1944_ c) _1805_ d) _1815_ e) _1775_
16. The Rockets and the Bulls have won last six NBA championships.
a. First, for five points each, name the other four teams which the
Chicago Bulls beat to win the
b. Secondly, for five points each, name the two teams which the Houston
Rockets beat to win the NBA
Answer: a) _SEATTLE SUPERSONICS_, _PHOENIX SUNS_, _PORTLAND
ANGELES LAKERS_ b) _ORLANDO MAGIC_, _NEW YORK KNICKS_
17. Identify the name of the following groups of animals for five points
each and five points more for all correct.
Answers: a) _PRIDE_ b) _BEVY_ c) _PODS_ d) _HERD_ e) _CRASH_
18. Have you ever played with nitrogen containing compounds? Theyíre
really cool, especially when you blow
things up with them. Answer these questions about nitrogen contaiing
compounds for the stated number of points.
a. For five points - it is a colourless, fuming, and highly corrosive
liquid with formula HNO3
b. For five points - itís N2O - laughing gas.
c. For ten points - its colourless and oily having a sweet burning
taste. Its detonation wave moves at 17000
miles per hour
d. For ten points - you can make this yourself! Just add cotton to
nitric acid, and you get this - exploding
cotton. Give the general name for guncotton and its relatives.
Answer: a) _NITRIC ACID_ b) _NITROUS OXIDE_ c) _NITROGLYCERIN_ d)
19. Given a vice president, name the president for five points each and
a five bonus if all are correct.
a. Chester A. Arthur
b. Charles G. Dawes
c. Charles E. Curtis
d. Levi P.Morton
e. Henry Wilson
Answer: a) James A _GARFIELD_ b) Calvin _COOLIDGE_ c) Herbert E.
_HOOVER_ d) Benjamin
_HARRISON_ e) Ulysses S. _GRANT_
20. For ten points each, given three cities with populations over
50,000, name the U.S. state they reside in.
a. Denton, Midland, and Tyler
b. Joplin, Raytown, and St. Joseph
c. Bettendorf, Davenport, and Waterloo
Answer: a) _TEXAS_ b) _MISSOURI_ c) _IOWA_
21. For ten points each, given a classical work of literature, name the
writer on a 10-5 basis.
a. 10: Plutus
5: The Clouds
b. 10: Rhesus, and The Baccantes
5: Andromache, and Electra
c. 10: Ion, and Symposium
5: Phaedras, and Critias
Answer: a) _ARISTOPHANES_ b) _EURIPIDIES_ c) _AESCHYLUS_
22. For five points each and a five points bonus if all correct, tell me
what types of rocks are the following.
Answer: a) _SEDIMENTARY_ b) _IGNEOUS_ c) _METAMORPHIC_ d)