Technophobia IV

"Eaters of Broken Meat"

Packet by R. Robert Hentzel and Dwight Kidder


  1. 30-20-10. Identify the semi-historical document from quotes.

    A. "Our right lies in force. The word "right" is an abstract thought and proved by nothing. The word means no more than: --Give me what I want in order that thereby I may have a proof that I am stronger than you."

    B. "It is indispensable for our purpose that wars, so far as possible, should not result in territorial gains: war will thus be brought on to the economic ground, where the nations will not fail to perceive in the assistance we give."

    C. "Do not suppose for a moment that these statements are empty words: think carefully of the successes we arranged for Darwinism, Marxism, Nietzscheism. To us Jews, at any rate, it should be plain to see what a disintegrating importance these directives have had upon the minds of the goyim."

    answer: The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion

  2. Given the allegorical meaning of a novel in the Chronicles of Narnia in *C. S. Lewis*' own words, identify the novel, for 10 points each:

    A. "tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia."

    answer: The Magician's Nephew

    B. "restoration of true religion after a corruption."

    answer: Prince Caspian

    C. "the coming of the Antichrist (the ape). The end of the world and the last judgement."

    answer: The Last Battle

  3. Identify the following men who did not work for a pointy-haired boss, for 5 points each. You have 3 seconds per part.

    A. This chemistry professor and basketball coach at Purdue won eleven Big 10 titles and pioneered the fast break offense.

    answer: Ward L. "Piggy" Lambert

    B. This son of Chlotar II was the last Merovingian monarch to possess substantial power over an undivided Franking kingdom.

    answer: Dagobert I

    C. He proved the theorem of invariants, but is best known for his list of 23 research problems presented at the 1900 International Mathematical Conference in Paris.

    answer: David Hilbert

    D. This anti-hero wrote the story of his murder of Clare Quilty and his perverse desires for young girls from his prison cell.

    answer: Humbert Humbert (accept either)

    E. This pre-eminent Elizabethan scientist determined that the earth acted as a gigantic bar magnet.

    answer: William Gilbert

    F. This prince consort of Queen Victoria was an architect, diplomat, musician, adviser, and athlete.

    answer: Prince Albert or Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

  4. Identify the following concepts related to object oriented programming, for 10 points each:

    A. This term, borrowed from architecture, refers to a recurring interaction among classes which is given a name. Examples include strategy, builder, singleton, and flyweight.

    answer: design pattern

    B. Fundamental to design patterns are these collections of methods which a class can promise to implement, though they themselves have no implementation.

    answer: interface(s)

    C. This 8-letter term describes classes which may not be instantiated but which provide structure or partial implementation to their subclasses.

    answer: abstract

  5. Name these men who successively claimed to be in control of Norway in 1940, for 10 points each:

    A. This man, who became king of Norway upon independence in 1905, had to flee the country after the Allies abandoned the coastal cities in order to defend France.

    answer: King Haakon VII or Christian Frederick Carl Georg Valdemar Axel

    B. This man, the leader of the small National Union party, proclaimed a national government on April 9 after Haakon's departure. This lasted until April 15.

    answer: Vidkun (Abraham Lauritz Jonsson) Quisling

    C. Quisling was replaced by this German commissioner who later allowed Quisling to become "minister president" and continue his violent and racist programs of nazification.

    answer: Josef Terboven

  6. Judged by 20th century American standards, the women of Indian literature have suffered terrible abuse. For 10 points each--

    A. This drama of Kalidasa tells how King Dusyanta leaves the young title character with child and then rejects her at court because she cannot produce a ring he had given her. It is often named as the single greatest work of Indian literature.

    answer: The Recognition of Shakuntala or Abhijñanashakuntala

    B. This wife of the five Pandava brothers is callously gambled away to the Kaurava clan. Only the intervention of Krishna saves her from being publicly stripped and humiliated by the winners in the Mahabharata.

    answer: Draupadi

    C. This wife of Rama in the Ramayana proved her fidelity in an ordeal of fire, but he chose to banish her to the forest anyway in deference to public opinion.

    answer: Sita

  7. Given a philosophically oversimplified conclusion, identify the Platonic dialogue in which it appears, for 10 points each:

    A. That which is pious is loved by the gods because it is pious; it is not pious because it is loved by the gods.

    answer: Euthyphro [YOO-thih-fro]

    B. Education does not consist of learning, but of remembering that which was already known.

    answer: Meno [MEH-no]

    C. The soul must be immortal because nature is cyclical, because it contemplates forms that are eternal, and because, having life, it cannot have its opposite, death.

    answer: Phaedo [FY-do]

  8. For 10 points each--identify each of the following men who were extremely interested in music, but are inevitably remembered for something else.

    A. This music critic and author of 1917 edition of the National Collection of Italian Music inspired Debussy to compose music for his play The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. He is better known as a fascist.

    answer: Gabriele d'Annunzio

    B. This man feuded with Jean-Philippe Rameau over the merits of the new Italian opera vis-a-vis the established French opera. He also wrote the music articles for the Encyclopedie. He is better known as a philosopher.

    answer: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    C. This man was a famed organist and interpreter of Bach, writing J.S. Bach: The Musician-Poet and editing his works. He is better known as a theologian, missionary, and doctor.

    answer: Albert Schweitzer

  9. Given the feat, name the first spacecraft to accomplish it, for the stated number of points:

    A. For 5 points--leaving the solar system

    answer: Pioneer 10

    B. For 5 points--orbiting another planet.

    answer: Mariner 9

    C. For 10 points--returning data from the surface of another planet

    answer: Venera 7

    D. For 10 points--photographing the far side of the moon

    answer: Luna 3

  10. Identify the following ex-athletes prominent in American literature, for 10 points each:

    A. Though he had been a football star in college, he injured himself jumping hurdles and had to attend Big Daddy's birthday party on crutches. His wife is like a feline on a stannous ceiling.

    answer: Brick

    B. He had been a star basketball player in high school, but that was his peak. In the first of four novels we see him feuding with his wife Janice, fleeing to a similar life with Ruth, returning to Janice, and then running away again.

    answer: Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom (accept either)

    C. Known as the "Sixty Minute Man" when he played for Georgia Tech, this man-in-full became a real estate agent, lost it all, and then wandered around the South preaching the stoicism of Epictetus.

    answer: Charlie Croker (accept either)

  11. Identify the following Grecian mountains that figure prominently in mythology, for 10 points each:

    A. The highest peak in Greece, it was said to be the home of the gods.

    answer: Mount Olympus or Óros Ólimpos

    B. This limestone spur in the Pindus Mountains was home to the Castalian spring and the oracle of Delphi. It was therefore doubly sacred to Apollo.

    answer: Mount Parnassus or Óros Parnassos

    C. This mountain of Boeotia was, along with Parnassus, generally given as the home of the Muses.

    answer: Mount Helicon or Óros Elikón

  12. Given each king famous for converting in the middle of his reign, identify the religion he came to profess, for 10 points each:

    A. Darius I of Persia

    answer: Zoroastrianism

    B. Chandragupta Maurya

    answer: Jainism

    C. Henry IV of France

    answer: Roman Catholicism

  13. In August 1966, it was launched at the Eleventh Plenum of the Eighth Central Committee. For 10 points each--

    A. What was this major program designed to keep its country from following in the footsteps of the Soviet Union?

    answer: Cultural Revolution or Wu-Chan Chieh-Chi Wen-Hua Ta Ke-Ming

    B. Name these two politicians removed in the early days of the Cultural Revolution. The first was President and the heir-apparent to Mao. The second was the General Secretary of the Party, whose recovery of power earned him the nickname "Rubber Ball."

    answer: Liu Shaoqi

    Deng Xiaoping

  14. Fermion, hadron, both or neither? Given each particle, identify it as a fermion, a hadron, both, or neither. You'll earn 5 points for one, 10 points for two, 20 points for three, and 30 points for all four. The moderator will give answers at the end.

    A. electron

    answer: fermion

    B. pion

    answer: hadron

    C. photon

    answer: neither

    D. neutron

    answer: both

  15. Identify these works from the moment in time that they have captured, for 10 points each:

    A. The Schie River divides six people from the boats, buildings, and clock tower on the other bank. It is 7:10 in the morning.

    answer: View of Delft [by Jan Vermeer]

    B. The mathematical instruments on the top shelf show that it is precisely 10:30 on the morning of April 11. The rest of this double portrait is suffused with imagery of death and the transience of life.

    answer: The (French) Ambassadors [by Hans Holbein the Younger]

    C. It is 4:12 in the morning and the title character is alone in his study where he tends to administrative matters. He wears insignia of the Legion of Honor and the Iron Cross, two orders he founded.

    answer: Napoleon In His Study [by Jacques-Louis David]

  16. Aerobic respiration is generally divided into three major steps. For 10 points each--

    A. Name the first step, in which glucose or glycogen is converted to pyruvic acid with a small release of ATP.

    answer: glycolysis

    B. Name the second step, in which the pyruvic acid becomes acetyl coenzyme A which is then converted to carbon dioxide and energy.

    answer: Krebs cycle or citric acid cycle or tricarboxylic acid cycle

    C. The energy produced by the Krebs cycle is principally in the form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide or NAD+ which is converted to ATP in this series of reactions described by the chemiosmotic theory.

    answer: electron transport chain

  17. Identify the following people involved in the XYZ affair, for 10 points each:

    A. X, Y, and Z recommended giving a quarter-million dollar bribe to what ubiquitous French official?

    answer: Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand(-Perigord), Prince De Benevent

    B. This man, one of the American agents and a future vice president stayed on in France after the commission left in the hopes of securing a better deal. This act earned him the enmity of some Federalists.

    answer: Elbridge Gerry

    C. Appointed Minister to France in 1796, he was refused recognition and so went to Amsterdam. He returned to France as part of the committee, serving alongside Gerry and John Marshall.

    answer: Charles C(otesworth) Pinckney

  18. They were described in the 1922 work Argonauts of the Western Pacific and consisted of long canoe journeys from island to island ritually exchanging two types of objects. For 10 points each--

    A. Name this phenomenon in which necklaces moved in one direction and armshells the other.

    answer: kula ring

    B. Name the Polish-English anthropologist who described the kula rings--true to his functional leanings--as necessary for the maintenance of social order.

    answer: Bronislaw (Kasper) Malinowski

    C. Malinowki observed the kula rings on these Melanesian islands.

    answer: Trobriand Islands

  19. On November 11, 1999, President Clinton and the Republican-led Congress settled one of the three principal issues that obstructed a final budget deal.

    A. For 10 points--the issue involved the use $1.3 billion in Federal funds for hiring and training people in this profession.

    answer: teachers (accept equivalents)

    B. For 10 points each--the other two remaining issues involve the U.S.'s arrears to two international organizations. Name both of them.

    answer: International Monetary Fund or IMF (do not accept "World Bank")

    United Nations or UN

  20. Given each Shakespearean king, name his children, for 5 points each.

    A. The three daughters of King Lear.

    answer: Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia

    B. The two sons of Duncan.

    answer: Malcolm and Donalbain

    C. The single son of the King of Norway in Hamlet.

    answer: Fortinbras

  21. Given the name of the character played by Ben Kingsley, name the movie, for the stated number of points:

    A. For 5 points--Meyer Lansky

    answer: Bugsy

    B. For 10 points--Itzhak Stern

    answer: Schindler's List

    C. For 5 points--Cosmo

    answer: Sneakers

    D. For 10 points--Bruce Pandolfini

    answer: Searching for Bobby Fischer

  22. Given each Nigerian author, identify his tribe, for 10 points each:

    A. Ken Saro-Wiwa

    answer: Ogoni

    B. Chinua Achebe

    answer: Ibo or Igbo

    C. Wole Soyinka

    answer: Yoruba

  23. Identify these labor-related bloodlettings, for 10 points each:

    A. Russian repression reached a new depth in 1912 when troops killed 170 workers at these Siberian goldfields who were striking for higher wages.

    answer: Lena Goldfields

    B. English cavalrymen charged this peaceful 1819 gathering of political radicals in Manchester intent on parliamentary reform. 11 were killed and 500 injured.

    answer: Peterloo Massacre

    C. Not so much a massacre as a pitched battle, this was fought between steelworkers seeking higher wages and Pinkerton agents in 1892.

    answer: Homestead Strike (or Riot)