By: B. Joughin, J. Keiger, A. Miliano, L. Vadlamudi, F. Hsu, S. Bowman,
S. Oh, M. Defigueiredo and J. Wu
Edited by Joseph Wu
1. In the 1950's, he developed the technique of Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance for the spectroscopic analysis of
substances. In the field of medicine, his technique came to be known as
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or
MRI, to avoid the negative connotation of the word "nuclear". For ten
points, name this Swiss-born U.S.
Answer: Felix _BLOCH_
2. In 1895 he sued John Douglass, the marquess of Queensberry for
criminal libel after the Douglas walked into
his private club and publicly called him a homosexual for the his
dealings with Douglass' son. The playwright
lost the suit and then was found guilty of indecency and spent two years
in prison with hard labor. For ten
points name this playwright, who wrote only one novel, "The Picture of
Answer: Oscar _WILDE_
3. He is the only president known to have played the role of Desdemona
in _Othello_. His dying word was
"water." He died in bankruptcy on July 23, 1885, and was interred in
Riverside Park, in a red brick vault,
which was, twelve years later replaced by an imposing Doric monument
that's now a New York landmark.
FTP, name this eighteenth president and Civil War hero.
Answer: Ulysses S. _GRANT_
4. This electronics company, founded in 1939 and incorporated in 1947,
started from the invention and
production of a device called a variable frequency oscillation
generator. FTP, name this major company
started by two Stanford graduates and headquartered in Palo Alto,
California known for their printers and
Answer: _HEWLETT-PACKARD_ or _HP_
5. This 1946 movie, starring Rex Harrison and Irene Dunne, was the
story of a 19th Century English governess
who accepts a job in looking after the 67 children of the monarch of
Thailand. It was later remade as the
popular musical starring Yul Brenner, The King and I. FTP name the
Answer: _ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM_
6. This national park was known as Lafayette National Park from its
establishment in 1919 until 1929. It
consists of half of Mount Desert Island, parts of Isle au Haut, several
other smaller islets, and the tip of the
Schoodic Peninsula on the mainaland. For ten points, name this national
park, which contains the highest
point on the eastern seaboard.
Answer: _ACADIA_ National Park
7. He had only one hand, the other having been bitten off by the wolf
Fenrir. At Ragnarok, it is said that this son
of Odin will kill and by killed by Garm, the hound of Hell. FTP, give
this Norse god of war's name, from
which the word Tuesday is derived.
Answer: _TYR_ or _TIU_
8. After neighbors downstairs complained that water was leaking through
the ceiling, police broke in and found
this 88-year-old dead in his bath in September of 1995. FTP, name this
man who turned down an
appointment to West Point to study agronomy and plant genetics at
Purdue, and devoted his ife to developing a
hybrid gourment popcorn.
Answer: Orville _REDENBACKER_
9. This noted author dropped out of the military academy after keeping
unauthorized books in his dormitory
room. He also lived as reporter and reviewer, was a drug addict and
married his thirteen year old cousin. FTP
name this author of the Cask of Amontillado and the Fall of the House of
Answer: Edgar Allen _POE_
10. This mathematical value was known to Babylonians and results from
dividing a line segment of length A into
a longer part X and a shorter part A minus X so that the ratio of A to X
equals the ratio of X to A minus X.
When A minus X equals one, this value is approximately equal to 1.61803.
FTP, name this constant usually
given by the Greek letter phi.
Answer: _GOLDEN RATIO_
11. This realist French painter was born in 1819 and taught himself by
copying paintings in the Louvre. He saved
many paintings from ruin during the 1871Commune of Paris but fled to
Switzerland after being accused of
allowing the destruction of one of Napoleon's war monuments. FTP, name
this painter of The Stone Breakers,
Burial at Ornans, and The Artist's Studio.
Answer: Gustave _COURBET_
12. In July, 1995, Bill Clinton signed a highly controversial bill. It
was immediately protested by the European
Union and the Canadian government. It would allow U.S citizens to sue
foreign companies for profiting from
property confiscated by the Cuban government. FTP, name this law
co-sponsored by Jessie Helms.
Answer: _HELMS BURTON ACT_
13. Aesma Daeva, Aka Manah, Indra, Saurva, Tawrich and Zarich are
Archdemons who were said to have caused
plagues and diseases, and fought every form of religion. The word
"Devil" is derived from the collective name
for these demons "Daevas". FTP name the religion in whose mythology you
would find these demons.
14. The main product of protein degradation, this was the first organic
compound to be chemically synthesized. Its
IUPAC name is amino-methanamide. FTP, name this white crystalline
compound that is the main component
15. First settled by the French as Carillon (car-ee-own) in the 17th
century, this peninsula was on the edge of the
French posessions in the new world. A fort was built here to protect
against the British from both Lake
Champlain or Lake George. Captured by the British in 1759, FTP, name
this fort, captured by the Americans
in 1775, which eventually supplied the Americans with enough firepower
to drive the British from Boston.
Answer: Fort _TICONDEROGA_
16. This Swiss oceanographic engineer wrote the books "Seven Miles
Down" and "The Sun Beneath the Sea". In
1960, accompanied by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, he made an historic
voyage. FTP, name the man
who piloted the bathyscape "Trieste" to the bottom of the Challenger
Deep, in the Marianas Trench.
Answer: Jacques _PICCARD_
17. She is 38 years old, an actor and an author, but is best known for
her musical efforts. FTP, name this woman,
who wants to keep her daughter out of the public eye, raise Lourdes
Maria Ciccone Leon as a ìgood Catholicî,
but published a book entitled "Sex" and a song called "Like a Prayer."
18. In 1919 he gained his first major diplomatic experience as a member
of the Reparations commission at the
Versailles Conference. He negotiated the peace treaty with Japan in
1951 and felt that when necessary, the
country must go to the brink of war to achieve its goal of disrupting
Communism wherever it appeared. FTP,
name this secretary of state under Eisenhower from 1953-59.
Answer: John Foster _DULLES_
19. Michaelangelo was carving another one of these just before his
death. In the eleventh century, it was the most
characteristic type of a new form of religious imagery, designed to
serve private devotion. What it depicts is
never mentioned in the Bible, and its name is derived from the Latin
word for piety. FTP, name these
sculptures, representing the Virgin grieving over a dead Christ.
20. Her works incorporate the themes of the dual impulses torward
exploration and cultivation, excitement and
safety, and art and domesticity. Her most renowned work is a novel, set
in New Mexico, and is based on the
life of Father Lateur and his work with peasants. FTP, name this author
of Death comes for the Archbishop.
Answer: Willa _CATHER_
21. The fate of this Canadian political party is indicative of how
quickly fortunes can change. As recently as 2
years ago, it controlled the provincial legislatures of Ontario, British
Columbia and Saskatchewan - three of
the most populous provinces. Now, they control just 7 seats in the 265
seat House of Commons and are not
even considered an official party. FTP, name this leftist party whose
platform is based on socialism.
Answer: _NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY_ or _NDP_
22. Remember the game show "Let's Make a Deal"? Well, at the end of
every show, Monty Hall would ask a
contestant to pick one of three doors, only one of which contains a
prize. Monty then reveals one of the other
doors which does not contain the prize. The contestant is then given the
choice of whether to stay with his
original pick or switch. Surprisingly, you actually have a better chance
of winning if you switch. FTP, what are
your chances of winning if you switch doors.
Answer: _2/3_ or _67%_
23. Also known as o-sulfobenzoic amide, it is normally used as its
soluble sodium salt. It is not absorbed by the
body, and is used in low calorie foods and diabetes. FTP, what is this
sweetening agent, first synthesized here
at Hopkins by Ira Remsen, 550 times sweeter than sucrose, and is
believed to be a carcinogen?
24. It is a plateau, averaging 2000 ft in height, and culminating in
icefields, the most notable of which is the
Vatnajokull. Its chief river is the Jokulsa and its highest point is
Mt. Hekla, which is one of the volcanoes on
the island still active today. FTP, what is this island country
separated from Greenland by the Denmark strait?
25. He was the illegitimate son of an Irish landowner, became close
friends with George Bernard Shaw, and
received advice on writing from both Shaw and Forster. FTP, identify
this man, the author of The Seven
Pillars of Wisdom, who was portrayed by Peter OíToole in the magnificent
Oscar winning movie bearing his
Answer: T.E. _LAWRENCE_ (of Arabia)
26. His harsh education at Mr. Creakle's school led to a job pasting
labels on bottles. Eventually he studied law,
got a job with a firm in London, and married Dora Spenlow. After his
wife's death he realized he had always
loved Agnes Wickfield, and enlists Mr. Micawber's help to aid her in
foiling the plots of Uriah Heep. Such are
the happenings of, for ten points, what semi- autobiographical title
character of Charles Dickens?
Answer: _DAVID COPPERFIELD_
27. A member of his own cabinet was quoted as saying that "His
conscience is clear because he never uses it." He
has stated that "Autonomy is the most the Palestinians can hope for so
long as I have any say." FTP, name
this former Defense Minister who, as the new Prime Minister has earned
sever criticism from many ardent
supporters of Israel.
Answer: Benjamin _NETANYAHU_
28. _Young Man of Manhattan_, _Hat Check Girls_, _Suicide Fleet_, _The
Gay Divorcee_, and _Swingtime_ are
among the films of this actress and dancer who won a Best Actress Oscar
(tm) for her role in _Kitty Foyle_.
FTP, name this dancer who mad ten films with Fred Astaire and who died
Answer: Ginger _ROGERS_
1. Hopkins is known for its DNA research so we thought weíd throw a DNA
bonus in for kicks. FTP each, tell
which type of DNA is described.
a. This type is an alternative form of a right handed helix. It is
fatter than normal DNA
b. This type is left handed.
c. This type is the most commonly found in cells and is a right handed
Answer: a) _A-DNA_ b) _Z-DNA_ c) _B-DNA_
2. 30-20-10. Identify the philosopher and author by the quotes.
30: "Man is not the sum of what he has but the totality of what he does
not yet have, of what he might have."
20: "Culture doesn't save anything or anyone, it doesn't justify."
10: "Hell is- other people!"
Answer: Jean Paul _SARTRE_
3. For ten points each, name the first NBA draft picks of the following
years on a 10-5 basis.
a. 10: Picked in 1996 out of Georgetown
5: He was picked the Philadelphia 76ers.
b. 10: Picked in 1984 out of Houston
5: He led his Houston Rockets to two world championships
c. 10: Picked in 1990 by Syracuse
5: This frequently injured and whiny player was traded to Philadelphia
for Shawn Bradley
Answer: a) Allen _IVERSON_ b) Hakeem _OLAJAWON_ c) Derrick _COLEMAN_
4. 30-20-10. Name the author from his works:
30: "Mr. Pim Passes By", "The Dover Road"
20: "When We Were Young", "Now We Are Six"
10: "Winnie-the-Pooh", "The House at Pooh Corner"
Answer: Alan Alexander _MILNE_
5. Everyone knows that the German S.S. was in charge of carrying out
the Holocaust. Answer these questions
about the S.S. FTP each.
e. First, give the two German words that are abbreviated by S.S.
f. Secondly, give the English translation of those words.
g. Finally, name the man who commanded the S.S.
Answer: a) _SCHUTZ-STAFFEL_ b) PROTECTIVE SQUADRON_ c) Heinrich
6. In 1991 a copy of Detective 27, a comic book issued in 1939, sold at
auction for a record $55,000 to a Mr.
Harold M. Anderson. This comic book is special because it is the first
time that this popular superhero is
introduced to the public.
f. First, for fifteen points, name the superhero, the subject of
g. Secondly, for fifteen points, name the two actors who have portrayed
Batman and the actor who will be
portraying Batman in the upcoming movies.
Answer: a) _BATMAN_ b) Michael _KEATON_, Val _KILMER_ , George
7. No other town has had as many elements named after it as Ytterby.
For 5 points each, and a bonus ten for all
correct, what are the 4 elements named after Ytterby.
Answer: _YTTERBIUM_, _YTTRIUM_, TERBIUM_, _ERBIUM_
8. For five points each and five more for all correct, given a President
of the United States, name his state of
a. James Madison
b. Dwight D. Eisenhower
c. James K. Polk
d. Richard Nixon
e. Theodore Roosevelt
Answer: a) _VIRGINIA_ b) _TEXAS_ c) _NORTH CAROLINA_ d) _CALIFORNIA_
e) _NEW YORK_
9. It's time to remember your Nobel Chemists, everybody. For ten points
each answer the following questions
about the aforementioned topic.
a. He won in 1958 for his work on proteins, especially insulin
b. She won in 1964 for her work on x-raying important biochemical
c. In 1995, Sherwood Roland, Mario Molina, and Paul Crutzen won for
their study of what aspect of the
Answer: a) Frederick _SANGER_ b) Dorothy _HODGKIN_ c) the _OZONE _
10. Life probably wouldn't be as complex today if not for the myriad we
have come to depend on. But it sure
makes doing things a lot easier, thanks to the brilliance of inventors.
For five points each, and five more for
all correct, given the invention, name the inventor.
j. Spinning jenny
k. Electric battery
m. Open column thermometer
Answer: a) James _HARGREAVES_ b) Alessandro _VOLTA_ c) Cyrus
_McCORMACK_ d) Galileo
_GALILEI_ e) Jaques Yves _COUSTEAU_
11. Abbreviations signify some of the world's most important
organizations. For ten points each, I'll name the
abbreviation, and you tell me what it stands for.
Answer: a) _INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL POLICE ORGANIZATION_ b)
AMERICAN STATES_ c) _EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION_
12. Are you up on your recent African American History? Well let's see
if you can name the African Americans in
the news this year.
l. For 5 points, name the only black candidate for president that ran
m. For 10 points, name the current president of the NAACP.
c. For 15 points, name the Harvard University Divinity School Professor
who authored _Race Matters_
Answer: a) Alan _KEYES_ b) Kweisi _MFUME_ c) Cornel _WEST_
13. In the past 30 years, only 4 television shows have had episodes win
the Hugo award for best dramatic
presentation in science fiction. For 15 points each, name the only 2 non
Star Trek shows.
Answer: _THE TWILIGHT ZONE_, _BABYLON 5_
14. Let's test your knowledge of Arthurian legend.
a. First, for 5 points, what was the name of Arthur's sword.
b. Secondly, FTP, what was Arthur's last name.
c. And finally, for 15 points, give the name of the island to which
Arthur went to after his death.
Answer: a) _EXCALIBUR_ b) _PENDRAGON_ c) _AVALON_
15. In 1924 Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold were found guilty of
murdering Loeb's fourteen year old cousin.
Due to eloquent speeches before the court, they avoided the death
o. First, FTP, who was the lawyer that delivered those eloquent
p. Secondly, FTP, name the fourteen year old boy who was found in a
culvert beside some railroad tracks.
q. Finally, FTP, which of the two murderers died in prison?
Answer: a) Clarence _DARROW_ b) Bobby _FRANKS_ c) Richard _LOEB_
16. First, for ten points each, given a brief plot and the actors who
starred in these popular musical films, name
p. A cowboy and a hired hand vie for the affections of a pretty farm
girl. Starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley
Jones, and Rod Steiger.
q. An American navy nurse and a Frenchman fall in love during World War
II. Starring Mitzi Gaynor and
r. Finally, for ten points, name the famous pair who scored both
Answer: a) _OKLAHOMA!_ b) _SOUTH PACIFIC_ c) _RODGERS and
17. Although liver is really disgusting to eat, it plays an important
function in the human body. Answer these
questions about liver function for the stated number of points.
q. First, for five points, what fat emulsification liquid does the
liver synthesize, about 0.5 liters per day?
r. Secondly, for ten points, the various bile ducts combine to form
which duct, which then splits off to form
the cystic duct and the common bile ducts?
s. Finally, for fifteen points, what is the physiological term for
Answer: a) _BILE_ b) _HEPATIC DUCT_ c) _HEPATOCYTES_
18. 30-20-10: Name the year given the clues from European history
30: Adolph Eichmann is hanged in Israel for his Nazi atrocities
20: France transfers sovereignty to the new republic of Algeria
10: Pope John XXIII convenes the Second Vatican Council
19. More Asian geography for you. Given the riverís source and the
body of water it flows into, name the river for
ten points each.
s. It starts from the Himalayas and flows 1800 miles to the Arabian
t. It starts from Tibetan Highlands and flows 2500 miles to the South
u. It begins at the confluence of the Nmai and Mali rivers in Burma and
flows 1300 miles to the Bay of
Answer: a) _INDUS_ b) _MEKONG_ c) _IRRAWADY_
20. The Cold War produced some of themost memorable Supreme Court
cases. Identify these landmark Supreme
Court cases for fifteen points each.
t. This 1951 case affirmed the convictions of Communist leaders for
violating statutes under the Smith Act and
modified the clear and present danger test stating that the clear and
present danger test could not punish speech
unless it posed an immediate threat of a serious substantive evil.
u. This 1957 case overturned the convictions of 9 people accused of
plotting to overthrow the government
and stated in order to convict, the government must prove that the
defendant advocated action to overthrow the
government immediately, or at some later date.
Answer: a) _DENNIS vs. UNITED STATES_ b) _YATES vs. UNITED STATES_
21. The 1996 Emmys produced some interesting and unpredictable results.
Given the category, name the winner of that
category for ten points each.
u. Best supporting actor - comedy
v. Best supporting actor - drama
w. Best writing - comedy
Answer: a) Rip _TORN_ (The Larry Sanders Show) b) Ray _WALSTON_
(Picket Fences) c) _FRASIER_
22. Its fun with probability time! Given a six sided dice, answer
these questions for the stated number of points.
v. First, for five points, what is the probability that you will roll a
w. Secondly, for five points, what is the probability that you will
roll a prime number?
x. Thirdly, for ten points, what is the expected value of the roll?
y. Finally, for ten points, what is the variance of the roll?
Answer: a) _1/6_ b) _1/2_ c) _3.5_ d) _91/36_