Caltech Technophobia III

Questions by ASU Pimpbot 5000


1. Last year, relay bonuses entered the quiz bowl scene, but the subject categories seemed to be a little bland. This year, to add a little spice, the subject categories will be given in "Ben Stein" format. I will list four categories. Each member of the team must chose a category to answer unassisted by their teammates. Questions will be worth five or ten points each as stated before the question. (Moderator: be sure the team understands before preceding.) The categories are "Don't Spank My Monkey," "I come from a land down under," "Koalas - Australian for Bear," and "Cell mates that won't Buttafucco in the shower."

"Don't Spank My Monkey" - For ten points, the Barbary Ape is the only species native to Europe, inhabiting what region of Europe.

Answer: Gibraltar

"I come from a land down under" - For five points, Australian members from the phylum Annelida can grow 11 feet long. The most common American species is 10 inches, making these dirt eaters ideal for "mucking" by Calvin and Hobbes after a heavy rain storm.

Answer: Earthworms

"Koalas - Australian for Bear" - For five points, koalas are members of what order of mammals characterized by their reproductive methods.

Answer: Marsupials

"Cell Mates that won't Buttafucco in the shower" - For ten points, this cell organelle is attached to the nucleus and synthesizes secretory proteins, phospolipids, and membranes.

Answer: Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum or Rough ER (prompt on "ER" or "Endoplasmic Reticulum")

2. Identify the following for ten points each.

a. This American author began writing in 1884 after the death of her husband, depicting struggles for women's freedom in short stories like `The Story of an Hour' and `A Pair of Silk Stockings.'

Answer: Kate Chopin

b. Name Chopin's novel dealing with the spiritual, social, and sexual freedom a woman encounters through art and her affair with a younger man.

Answer: The Awakening

c. Name the heroine of The Awakening who cannot be happy with her life, her family, and the expectation society places upon her, so swims out to sea and drowns.

Answer:Edna Pontellier (accept either name)

3. Identify the following about the the Battle of Thermopylae, 5-10-15.

5) The Battle of Thermopylae occurred during which war?

Answer: Second Persian War (prompt on "Persian War")

10) This Spartan lead the Greek forces at Thermopylae.

Answer: Leonidas

15) Name the bastard who betrayed the Greeks to the Persians by revealing another pass through the mountains.

Answer: Ephialtes

4. How well do you know your hockey history? Name the following for ten points each, five if you need another clue.

A. (10) Nicknamed "The Chicoutimi Cucumber", he was one of hockey's greatest players although he didn't learn to skate until he was 18. He so impressed Montreal Canadiens' goalie Joseph Cattarinich that he persuaded Canadiens' owner George Kennedy to sign him for the team.

(5) He played fifteen years in the nets for the Habs, and has his name attached to the award for top goalie.

Answer: Georges Vezina

B. (10) Hockey's first true free-agent, he remained a prolific scorer while bouncing from team to team from 1906 to 1915. His innovations include inventing the B-shaped, puck-trapping goal net; beveling the edge of the puck; perfecting a protective device for the Achilles tendons; and developing the helmet.

(5) He is remembered by the trophy awarded annually to the NHL's premier scorer.

Answer: Art Ross

C. (10) This American born player refused Lester Patrick's attempts to make him play professionally for the New York Rangers. Instead, he returned to college at Princeton and led them to the national championship.

(5) He is immortalized in the award honoring the top collegiate hockey player in the United States, an award won by Paul Kariya and Brian Holzinger, and most recently won by Chris Drury of Boston University.

Answer: Hobey Baker

5. It comprises the shortest sea route between ndia and China, and is named for a nearby Malayan port.

a. For ten points name this important shipping lane between Sumatra and West Malaysia.

Answer: Strait of Malacca

b. The Strait of Malacca connects two seas, one an arm of the Indian Ocean, the other an arm of the Pacific. Name them both for ten points each.

Answer: the Andaman Sea and the South China Sea

6. Its October 24 launch has started it on an historic journey, arriving at Asteroid 1992 KD in 2001 and inaugurating NASA's "New Millennium" program.

a. For ten points, what is the name of this one-of-a-kind NASA probe?

Answer: Deep Space 1

b. What makes this probe unique is its form of propulsion. For ten points each, what type of engine does it employ, and what material is used for propellant?

Answer: ion engine/drive, xenon gas/ions

7. 30-20-10 identify the author.

30) While attending school he contracted an eye disease that left him nearly blind for several years. Thus denied a medical career, he turned to writing.

20) In his later years, he became a psychochemical explorer, using drugs like Mescaline to expand consciousness, experiences he details in his Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell.

10) This British social critic's works include Eyeless in Gaza and Brave New World.

Answer: Aldous Huxley

8. An apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, saving you from trouble, but in mythology there always seems to be trouble when apples are involved. Answer the following for the stated number of points.

10) Paris was chosen by Zeus to give an apple bearing the words "most beautiful" to one of three goddesses. For ten points all or nothing, name the three goddesses between whom Paris had to choose.

Answer: Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite

10) Hippomenes, using three golden apples from Aphrodite, defeated this woman in a foot race, avoiding certain death and winning her hand in marriage.

Answer: Atalanta

10) The golden apples that Aphrodite procured for Hippomenes were taken from a tree that Gaea gave to Hera as a wedding present. Give the collective name of the maidens that guarded that tree.

Answer: Hesperides

9. Until his death in October, he was overseeing the transfer of Internet management from the government to a non-profit group.

a. For ten points, name this hippy patriarch of the ARPAnet, which became the Internet.

Answer: Jonathan Postel

b. First kept on paper in his office, Jonathan Postel created the Internet by developing the list known as the the IANA. For 5 points per word, expand the acronym IANA.

Answer: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority

10. Name the band from the non-singers in it, for ten points each. You get five points for naming the band if you need the self-destructive (hint, hint!) singer as well.

A. (10) Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz

(5) Scott Weiland

Answer: Stone Temple Pilots

B. (10) Brad Smith, Rogers Stevens, Glen Graham, Christopher Thorn

(5) Shannon Hoon

Answer: Blind Melon

C.(10) Mike Zelenko, Ted Ansari

(5) Jim Ellison

Answer: Material Issue

11. The Bhagavad-gita is a discourse by the god-turned-charioteer Krishna. Answer the following for the stated number of points.

5) Krishna is an incarnation of which god?

Answer: Vishnu

5) Krishna is the charioteer of what Prince, with whom he converses?

Answer: Arjuna

10) The Bhagavad-gita comprises part of Book VI of what Indian epic?

Answer: Mahabharata

10) Finally, name either of the two armies preparing to engage in battle in the Bhagavad-gita.

Answer: the Pandavas or the Kauravas

12. Three times at war in a border dispute that has lasted nearly 60 years, Peru and Ecuador have finally signed a peace agreement.

a. For 15 points, name the mountain range that was in dispute, which shares its name with a local species of bird.

Answer: Cordillera de Condor

b. For an additional 15 points, in what South American capital was the accord signed?

Answer: Brasilia

13. Identify the following for the stated number of points.

10) The Soviets began this incident in an effort to gain a bargaining chip for negotiations to create a neutral Germany, which Moscow hoped would persuade China to cease their nuclear program.

Answer: Cuban Missile Crisis

10) Name the Soviet Premier during the crisis.

Answer: Nikita Khrushchev

10) The crisis was resolved by the Soviets removing all missiles from Cuba and the U.S. promising to never invade Cuba and secretly removing old Jupiter missiles from what country.

Answer: Turkey

14. They're so funny, they're hilariously nutty, and they're utterly's the former cast from Saved by the Bell! For ten points each, name the cast-member from a list of where else they appeared. Note: none of the following answers are Dennis Haskins, that hip Mr. Belding.

A. (10) How to be a Player, Days of Our Lives, The Last Don

Answer: Lark Voorhies

B. (10) The First Wives Club, Molly & Gina, Bandit: Bandit Goes Country

Answer: Elizabeth Berkley

C. (10) She's Out of Control, Big Top Pee-wee

Answer: Dustin Diamond

15. Identify the class of organic compounds from a general formula for the stated number of points.

5) R - OH (read "R, O, H")

Answer: Alcohols

5) R - NH2 (read "R, N, H, 2")

Answer: Amines

10)R - SH (read "R, S, H")

Answer: Thiols

10) R - C(O) - O - R' (read "R, C, double bond O, O, R prime")

Answer: Esters

16. The English language naturally flows in iambic verse, that is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed. For ten points each, identify these other types of stresses.

a. A stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables, demonstrated in the word prominent.

Answer: Dactylic or dactyl

b. A stressed syllable followed by an unstressed, like the word easy.

Answer: Trochaic or troche

c. Two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed as in the phrase like a child.

Answer: Anapestic or anapest

17. Unlike those annoying lists of 100 best things, recently the authors of The Guinness Book of Film chose their top ten -- not films, but spoken lines. Give the movie where each line was originally heard for the stated number of points.

A. (5) At #1 on the list, "Bond -- James Bond"

Answer: 1962's Dr. No, spoken by Sean Connery

B. (10) At #3, "It's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men."

Answer: 1933's I'm No Angel, spoken by Mae West

C. (15) At #7, "I could dance with you 'til the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows until you came home."

Answer: 1933's Duck Soup, spoken by Groucho Marx

18. The situation in Northern Ireland has changed recently, but its geography remains the same. Northern Ireland was formed from six counties.

1) The largest inland lake in the British Isles is in the center of Northern Ireland. For 15 points, name it.

Answer: Lough (Lake) Neagh (accept Loch Neathach)

2) Five of the former counties -- Tyrone, Down, Antrim, Armagh, and Londonderry -- border Lough Neagh. For 15 points, name the only former county that does not.

Answer: Fermanagh (accept Fear Manach)

19. Identify the following Acts from U.S. history from descriptions, for ten points each.

1) It taxed commercial and legal papers, newspapers, pamphlets, cards, and dice.

Answer: Stamp Act

2) It provided the means to enforce the 18th amendment.

Answer: Volstead Act

3) It provided the means to give military supplies to any nation whose defense was vital to the U.S. for any repayment deemed satisfactory by the President.

Answer: Lend-Lease Act

20. Identify the following from European history, 30-20-10.

30) After the Thirty-Years War, it was reduced to a loose collection of semi-independent states under nominal authority of the emperor.

20) The last emperor was Francis II, bringing an end to the First Reich in 1806 when he renounced the title.

10)It lasted over 1000 years, beginning in 800 A.D. with the crowning of Charlemagne by Pope Leo III.

Answer:Holy Roman Empire

21. Identify these philosophers from works for ten points each.

1) The Gay Science, The Will to Power

Answer: Friedrich Nietzsche

2) The Subjective Logic, The Phenomenology of Mind

Answer: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

3) Ethics, Tractatus Politicus

Answer: Bendictus de Spinoza

22. Identify the man, 30-20-10.

30) He attended law school at St. Petersburg, where he met the son of Rimsky-Korsakov. After showing some of his early pieces to Rimsky-Korsakov, he would become a private student under him.

20) His only opera is The Rake's Progress.

10) His ballets include Pulcinella and The Rite of Spring.

Answer: Igor Stravinsky

23. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all hold the "Call of Abraham" as a defining event in their religion. However, Christianity/Judaism and Islam each follow a different son of Abraham. Answer the following about Abraham's family for the stated number of points.

For five points each, what are the names of Abraham's sons?

Answer: Isaac and Ishmael

For ten points each, name the mothers of Issac and Ishmael, be sure to tell who was the mother of which child.

Hagar (Ishmael) and Sarah (Isaac)

24. There are certain plays in baseball history that will never be forgotten. Let's see how well you remember these classic moments.

A. (5) 1988 World Series, Game One, Bottom of the 9th. Kirk Gibson homers off of Dennis Eckersley to score the winning runs for the Dodgers. For five points, who was playing first base for the A's during that play?

Answer: Mark McGwire

B. (10) 1986 World Series, Game Six, Bottom of the 10th. Mookie Wilson hits a grounder, for ten points, off of which Boston reliever?

Answer: Bob Stanley

C. (15) 1985 NLCS, Game Six, Top of the 9th. Jack Clark drills an eventual game-winning 3-run homer off of which Dodger reliever?

Answer: Tom Niedenfuer

25. Identify the following verse structures for the stated numbers of points.

5) Two lines of rhymed iambic pentameter.

Answer: Heroic couplet

10) Sonnet with rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg

Answer: English or Shakespearean

15) Stanza consisting of nine lines, rhyming ababbcbcc, the first eight lines being iambic pentameter, with the ninth line being an alexandrine, or 12 syllables.

Answer: Spencerian

26. Determine whether or not the following argument forms are valid, for the stated number of points. [give five seconds for each answer, A-C]

A. (5) All insects are beetles and
No beetles are mammals implies
No insects are mammals

Answer: Valid (an argument need not have true premises to be in a valid form)

B. (5) All horses are white animals and
All white animals are deadly implies
Some horses are deadly

Answer: Invalid (the first two statements do NOT imply existence, something required in the third statement)

C. (10) Every person who is sane can do logic and
No insane person is fit to serve on a jury and
Every person from Rochester can do logic implies
Every person fit to serve on a jury is from Rochester

Answer: Invalid (a valid conclusion would be "Every Rochesterian is fit to serve on a jury", but not its converse, which is the above conclusion)

D. (10) The last argument is not a strict syllogism, but rather a combination of syllogisms, so arranged that the predicate of any one forms the subject of the next and the conclusion unites the subject of the first proposition with the predicate of the last. Name this type of argument.

Answer: Sorites (pronounced like the English words So-right-ease)

27. Identify the composer from works 30-20-10.

30) Three Piano Pieces and Gurrelieder

20)Transfigured Night, and that Halloween favorite about a woman waiting in the woods from her long-dead lover, Ertwartung?

10) Opus 23, Waltzer, in which he developed the Twelve-tone system.

Answer: Arnold Schoenberg