Technophobia 4: Massive Quizbowl Overdose
Caltech Packet Full of Kryptonite: Bonuses

  1. Speaking of the Tower of Babel, identify the following for 10 points each:

    A. This Flemish artist did two paintings of The Tower of Babel, one dated 1563 and the other undated.

    answer: Pieter Breugel the Elder

    B. This Russian composer and pianist wrote the oratorio Der Turm zu Babel or The Tower of Babel in 1870.

    answer: Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein

    C. This Booker-Prize-winning English writer wrote the novel Babel Tower in 1996.

    answer: A. S. Byatt

  2. A recent historical work has added to the controversy surrounding the Catholic Church's failure to condemn Nazi anti-Semitism and the "Final Solution."

    A. For 10 points, who served as pope during this period, reigning from 1939-1958?

    answer: Pius XII or Eugenio (Maria Giuseppe Giovanni) Pacelli

    B. For 10 points, give the provocative title of the book subtitled The Secret History of Pius XII, which argues that Pius XII ignored the plight of the Jews to strengthen the power of his own Papacy.

    answer: Hitler's Pope

    C. For a final 10 points, name the Catholic historian who wrote Hitler's Pope.

    answer: John Cornwell
    [moderator note: Adding to the controversy is the expectation that Pope John Paul II, citing "the wisdom of Pope Pius XII's diplomacy," intends to promote him to sainthood.]

  3. Given the lines which follow the first lines of these Walt Whitman poems, give the well-known first line for 10 points each:

    A. ...I mark'd, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;/ Mark'd how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,/ It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;/ Ever unreeling them--ever tirelessly speeding them.

    answer: A noiseless, patient spider

    B. ...The armies of those I love engirth me, and I engirth them;/ They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,/ And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the Soul.

    answer: I sing the Body electric

    C. ...And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,/ I mourn'd--and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.

    answer: When lilacs last in the door-yard bloomed

  4. Identify the following thermodynamic state functions for 10 points each.

    A. During a reversible isobaric change in volume, the change in this state function is exactly equal to the heat transferred to the system.

    answer: enthalpy

    B. During a reversible isothermal, isochoric process, the change in this state function is equal to the work done by the process.

    answer: Helmholtz free energy

    C. Any spontaneous isothermal, isobaric process is accompanied by a decrease in this state function.

    answer: Gibbs free energy

  5. Zebras and the men in blue just don't get enough respect.

    A. The umpiring crew for the 1999 World Series consisted of six men, who rotated at different positions during the Yankees' 4-game sweep of the Braves. For 15 points, name any one of these six umpires.

    answer: Derryl Cousins, Gerry Davis, Jim Joyce, Randy Marsh, Steve Rippley, Rocky Roe

    B. NBA basketball games are officiated by 3-man crews. For 15 points, name any one of the eleven men who officiated during the course of the Spurs' 4-1 victory over the Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals.

    answer: Dick Bavetta, Danny Crawford, Joe Crawford, Hugh Evans, Ron Garretson, Hue Hollins, Steve Javie, Jess Kersey, Mike Mathis, Ronnie Nunn, Bennett Salvatore

  6. A small settlement in the principality of Rostov-Suzdal, it eventually became the dominant political unit of northeastern Russia. For 10 points each:

    A. Name this grand principality whose rulers held the title of Grand Prince of Vladimir.

    answer: Muscovy (accept Moscow)

    B. In the 13th century, Muscovy became a distinct principality under Prince Daniel, the son of this Rurik leader.

    answer: Alexander Nevsky

    C. The military conquests of this prince, who ruled Muscovy from 1462 to 1505, completed the unification of the Russian lands, making the prince of Muscovy the ruler of Russia proper.

    answer: Ivan III or Ivan Vasilyevich or Ivan the Great

  7. Ernest Hemingway wrote Islands in the Stream. Identify these islands located in streams for 10 points each:

    A. This island in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was the site of a 1979 disaster.

    answer: Three Mile Island

    B. This island in the Gambia River, named for a British colonial governor, contains the port of Georgetown and is a major producer of peanuts.

    answer: MacCarthy Island

    C. Eight bridges, including the Pont Neuf, link this island, the home of Notre-Dame de Paris, to the banks of the Seine.

    answer: Île de la Cité

  8. Identify these peoples or cities of the past, on a 10-5 basis:

    A. (10) Their name means "wolf", but the Dutch and English also referred to these people as the River Indians. A subset of them were later known as the Stockbridge Indians.

    (5) This was the native tribe of Uncas.

    answer: Mohicans or Mahican

    B. (10) These barbarians were driven out of southern Russia into Anatolia by the Scythians around 700 BC. Classical writers often confused them with the Scythians. They reached their peak after seizing Sardis, the capital of Lydia, in 652 BC.

    (5) This was the native tribe of Conan the Barbarian.

    answer: Cimmerians

    C. (10) This colony of Athens, a strategically important city on the Strymon River, controlled the route from northern Greece to the Hellespont. Thucydides' military career was ruined because he lost this city to the Spartans. Later, the Romans would use it as their seat of government in Macedonia.

    (5) This is the home town of Xena, warrior princess.

    answer: Amphipolis

  9. Identify these American Romantic paintings from descriptions for 10 points each, 5 if you need the artist:

    A. (10) This 1836 series of five huge canvases is an allegory on the progress of mankind based on a work of the Count de Volney. The series begins with The Savage State and ends with Desolation.

    (5) Thomas Cole

    answer: The Course of Empire

    B. (10) This 1771 painting depicts fourteen people watching a tragic 1759 occurrence under a dark Canadian sky.

    (5) Benjamin West

    answer: The Death of General Wolfe

    A. (10) Depicted in a boat in this 1845 painting are a French Canadian, his son, and a tethered bear cub.

    (5) George Caleb Bingham

    answer: Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

  10. Answer the following about financial deregulation.

    A. For 10 points--name the law, passed in 1933, which prohibited banks, investment banks, and insurance companies from entering each other's business. Congress has agreed to repeal this law in 1999.

    answer: Glass-Steagall act

    B. Arguably the Glass-Steagall act was being largely bypassed anyway. Last year a bank which is the world's largest issuer of credit cards merged with an insurance and investment firm in a $140 billion merger to produce a monster financial company. Name the two companies which merged, and the new unified company for 5 points each.

    answer: Citicorp (accept Citibank), Travelers Group; the unified company is Citigroup

    C. After the merger, Citigroup had two chairmen and CEOs, John Reed and Sandy Weill. For a final 5 points--they have recently hired what former U.S. treasury secretary as a third chairman?

    answer: Robert Rubin

  11. Answer the following about powers of numbers for 10 points each--

    A. For 10 points--this theorem states that there are no natural numbers x, y and z such that x to the n plus y to the n plus z to the n where n is a natural number greater than 2.

    answer: Fermat's Last Theorem (prompt on Fermat's Theorem, and do not accept Fermat's Little Theorem)

    B. Fermat also conjectured, and Lagrange proved in 1770, that every natural number can be expressed as the sum of how many squares?

    answer: Four (4)

    C. In 1909, this German geometer proved the general case of Lagrange's Four Square Theorem, that for each positive integer exponent n there is an integer g such that every integer is a sum of at most g non-negative nth powers.

    answer: David Hilbert

  12. A comprehensive and statistically sophisticated study analyzing the effects of affirmative action at 28 selective American colleges and universities was published in 1998.

    A. For 10 points, name this book which defends the use of racial preferences in university admissions.

    answer: The Shape of the River

    B. For 5 points each, name the authors of The Shape of the River, former presidents of Princeton and Harvard.

    answer: William G. Bowen and Derek Bok

    C. The title refers to the need to know the whole shape of the river in order to navigate it. This phrase comes from, for 10 points, what work by Mark Twain?

    answer: Life on the Mississippi

  13. Answer the following about the career of Luigi Illica for 10 points each:

    A. Illica is best known for his work as a librettist for this composer's operas, which include Edgar and Turandot.

    answer: Giacomo Puccini

    B. Illica collaborated with Giuseppe Giacosa on the libretto for this 1896 Puccini creation, whose first act features the arias "Che gelida manina" and "Mi chiaro Mimi."

    answer: La Boheme

    C. In 1900, Illica and Giacosa met again, working on this Puccini opera whose title character commits suicide after her lover, Mario Cavaradossi, is killed by Scarpia.

    answer: Tosca

  14. This bonus will be easier if you have seen an episode of the '60s cult television program, "The Prisoner." The opening sequence of each episode of "The Prisoner" began with a question-and-answer dialogue between the Prisoner and his interrogator. Given a question from the Prisoner, give the appropriate reply from his nemesis. Five points per correct answer, and a bonus 5 for all correct.

    A. Where am I?

    answer: In the Village.

    B. What do you want?

    answer: Information.

    C. Whose side are you on?

    answer: That would be telling.

    D. Who are you?

    answer: I am Number Two. (accept: I am the new Number Two.)

    E. Who is Number One?

    answer: You are Number Six.

  15. To make up for the fact that they were overlooked by Alfred Nobel, some academic societies have established their own awards. Identify these for 10 points each.

    A. This award, established by and named for a University of Toronto professor, is made every four years to mathematicians under the age of 40.

    answer: Fields Medal

    B. This prize in theoretical computer science or "mathematical aspects of information science" is financed by the University of Helsinki and was most recently won in 1998 by Peter Shor.

    answer: Rolf Nevanlinna Prize

    C. Administered by the University of Southern California, this is the premier award honoring achievements in environmental science and environmental protection.

    answer: Tyler Prize

  16. Identify these paleontologists who made important discoveries, for 10 points each.

    A. His team discovered hominid fossil remains at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, which he named Homo habilis.

    answer: Louis Leakey

    B. This anthropologist found many specimens of Homo habilis as well as Homo erectus at Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya.

    answer: Richard Leakey

    C. In 1924, at a time when the conventional wisdom was that humans arose out of Asia, this anthropologist discovered the fossil at Taung, South Africa, which he named Australopithecus africanus.

    answer: Raymond A. Dart

  17. Over a 10-year period, the U.S. Treasury Department is issuing commemorative quarters for each state, in the order in which they joined the Union. Identify these states from their quarters, for 10 points each. If you've got 'em in your pocket, that's fair game!

    A. This state's design is based on Emmanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware, and contains the slogan "Crossroads of the Revolution."

    answer: New Jersey

    B. This state's design shows Caesar Rodney riding his horse to break the tie among his state's delegates in favor of the Declaration of Independence. Rodney later became a general in the Revolutionary War.

    answer: Delaware

    C. This state's design depicts Commonwealth, a bronze statue of an allegorical female figure that stands atop the state capitol dome, an outline of the state, and the state motto, "Virtue, Liberty, Independence."

    answer: Pennsylvania

  18. Answer the following about the thyroid for 10 points each:

    A. The raw materials necessary to form thyroid hormone are a Group VIIA element and an essential amino acid also abundant in the hormone insulin, both of which must be found in a person's diet. For 5 points each, name them.

    answer: iodine and tyrosine

    B. The thyroid's functions are stimulated by, of all things, thyroid-stimulating hormone, which is released from the anterior lobe of this endocrine gland.

    answer: pituitary gland or hypophysis

    C. The most common type of hyperthyroidism is this disease, whose symptoms include goiter, tachycardia and protrusion of the eyeballs.

    answer: Graves' disease

  19. Identify the following spices used in Indian cooking for 10 points each:

    A. The seeds and pods of this member of the ginger family are the third most expensive spice after saffron and vanilla. They flavour Scandinavian baked goods and a coffee popular in the Middle East as well as curries.

    answer: cardamom

    B. Occasionally eaten as a pickled vegetable, the bright yellow rhizomes of this plant, also related to ginger, can be used as a dye as well as a bitter flavouring for mustard and curry powders.

    answer: turmeric

    C. Also known as jeera, the black seeds of this plant related to the carrot are seldom used, while the white seeds are most important. Both types of seed are really tiny fruits: thin, elongated ovals one quarter inch long with five prominent longitudinal ridges.

    answer: cumin

  20. Identify these radical factions from the time of the English Civil War for 10 points each:

    A. Led by John Lilburne, among others, these crazed lunatics believed that all men should be equal under the law and that government derived its authority from the consent of the governed. Their name was coined by their enemies to falsely suggest that they favored the redistribution of wealth.

    answer: Levellers

    B. Sometimes called True Levellers, this faction led by Gerrard Winstanley really did favor the redistribution of wealth, specifically the redistribution of land to poor farmers. As their name suggests, they seized public lands and cultivated them.

    answer: Diggers

    C. This extreme Puritan sect led by Thomas Harrison and others believed that the fall of Charles I would bring about the reign of Christ on Earth. The kingdom of Christ would thus follow the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, and Roman monarchies.

    answer: Fifth Monarchy Men

  21. Identify these works from Russian literature for 10 points each:

    A. In this short story by Ivan Turgenev, a mute serf, Gerasim, finds companionship in a puppy he rescues from a river. His mistress orders him to get rid of the dog, but rather than giving her up, he drowns the dog in the river and moves to the country.

    answer: "Mumu"

    B. Nikolay Gogol's story contrasting two unlucky friends pursuing different women is set at this titular place, which Gogol animates with dark undertones.

    answer: "Nevsky Prospect"

    C. This novel by Mikhail Lermontov details the adventures of Pechorin, a truly bad man, who is the titular character.

    answer: A Hero of Our Time

  22. Identify the authors of these morbidly titled works, for 5 points each and a bonus of 5 points for all correct.

    A. The House of the Dead (1861-2)

    answer: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    B. The Death of Ivan Ilyitch (1886)

    answer: Leo Tolstoy

    C. Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)

    answer: Willa Cather

    D. The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962)

    answer: Carlos Fuentes

    E. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1984)

    answer: José Saramago