Technophobia 4: Massive Quizbowl Overdose
Tossups by Occidental College (Wesley Mathews) and M. Swiatek

  1. His first novel, The Great Weaver of Kashmir, marked his renunciation of his Catholic faith and demonstrated his growing appetite for Socialism. Independent People, The Light of the World, and Salka Valka reflect utopian ideals, while his later novels, such as Paradise Reclaimed and The Fish Can Sing discuss philosophical issues. For 10 points--name this controversial author of Iceland's Bell, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

    answer: Halldor Laxness or Halldor Kiljan Gudjonsson

  2. Falls such as the Aughrabies Falls make this river unnavigable, and the Bogoeberg Dam prevents its enormous amounts of silt from clogging reservoirs and hindering irrigation. Rising in the Maluti Mountains, it flows northwest, then west, forming the boundary of the Orange Free State and Cape Province and part of Namibia's southern border before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. For 10 points--name this South African River which was named for a Dutch ruling house, not a colour.

    answer: Orange River

  3. A hostage of the sultan Murad II, this Prince of Emathia was given the rank of bey and a name after Alexander the Great. A Vivaldi opera and ballads by Ronsard and Longfellow tell of his humane war tactics, which earned him the title "Athlete of Christendom," during the thirteen times he repulsed the Ottoman Turks who attempted to overrun his nation. For 10 points--name this man honoured by a statue in his namesake square in Tirana, the national hero of Albania.

    answer: Skanderbeg or George Kastrioti

  4. Two NYU students on their way to UCLA are arrested in Beechum County for murdering the clerk of a Sac-o-Suds, and hire a graduate of the Brooklyn Academy of Law. After being charged with contempt and getting into a fight with a pool-playing redneck, Vincent Gambini saves the day with his ex-girlfriend's car smarts and his knowledge of the proper timing of grits. For 10 points--this is the plot of what 1992 movie starring Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci?

    answer: My Cousin Vinny

  5. The lowest energy state of a partially filled electron shell has the largest total spin allowed by the exclusion principle. The total orbital angular momentum of the lowest-lying states has the largest value consistent with the largest total spin and the exclusion principle. For 10 points--these, along with the fact that electrons occupy degenerate orbitals so as to maximize the number of electrons of the same spin, make up whose rules for electron configurations?

    answer: Hund's rules

  6. This nymph of Roman myth tended her fruits and orchards, shut away from the rest of the world, and never let any suitor approach her. Disguised as an old woman, her lover entered her gardens and fiercely wooed her, but she did not respond until he dropped his disguse, whereupon she fell deeply in love with him and invited him to stay. For 10 points--name this lover of Vertumnus who shares her name with a southern California college.

    answer: Pomona

  7. Introduction of foreign arts and music influenced the development of Chinese culture, and China's territory expanded to include Korea, Vietnam, West Turkestan, and parts of Iran. Founded by Li Yuan, other famous rulers of this dynasty included Hsuan-tsung, who ruled at its peak, and Wu-hou, the first and only reigning empress in Chinese history. Other notable figures include the revolutionary An Lushan and the poets Li Po and Tu Fu. For 10 points, name this dynasty which lasted from 618-907, and was succeeded by the Song.

    answer: Tang dynasty

  8. According to Vasari, this man was abducted and enslaved by the Moors, but was freed after painting a portrait of his owner. His work was influenced by Masaccio, whose work he saw in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine where, in 1421, he took his vows. For 10 points--name this eventual ex-Carmelite famous for sumptuous altarpieces such as The Annunciation and Coronation of the Virgin.

    answer: Fra Filippo Lippi

  9. This son of a greenhouse owner said of his poems, "Some of these pieces begin in the mire, as if man is no more than a shape writhing from the old rocks." A varsity tennis coach at the University of Washington, he won a National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize in 1959 for Words of the Wind, which contains "I Knew A Woman." For 10 points, name this poet whose poems "Cuttings," "Night Crow," and "My Papa's Waltz" appear in his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1954 collection The Waking.

    answer: Theodore Huebner Roethke

  10. One hundred fifty years after Jonah preached repentance to the Assyrians, this prophet returned to pass judgment on Nineveh. Now, he predicted, God will not allow repentance, and will wipe out the Assyrian Capital with a flood and restore Jerusalem to its former grandeur. However, destruction came not from a flood but from the Chaldeans. For 10 points--name this minor prophet whose book appears between those of Micah and Habakkuk.

    answer: Nahum

  11. Swamps cover a great portion of East Central North America. Periodic rises in sea level create cyclothems of shale, sandstone and coal in Illinois and Indiana. Africa begins to collide with the East Coast in the Appalachian and Oachita Orogenies. Mountains form and erode in Northern Italy and Colorado, and the Absaroka Sequence is deposited in the North American interior. These events occurred in--for 10 points--what latter half of the Carboniferous epoch, named for the state in which many rocks from this period were found?

    answer: Pennsylvanian period (accept Late Carboniferous epoch before 'Carboniferous')

  12. A group of 19th century poets led by Andreos Kalvos bears this geographical name, as does a musical mode from which the major scale was derived and the school to which the Milesian philosophers Archelaus, Diogenes of Apollonia, Anaximenes, Anaximander, and Anaxagoras belonged. For 10 points--what name is also given to a body of water containing the islands of Cephalonia, Zechynthus, Leucas, Paxos, Ithaca, Cythera and Corfu?

    answer: Ionian

  13. Paralysis caused by alcoholic epilepsy ended his career at its height, just after his opera Sorotchinsi Fair premiered. As an officer of the Preobrazhensky Guard, he met Borodin and set out to develop a national Russian style. Among his works are a piano suite based on Vladimir Hartmann's works and an orchestral fantasy used in Disney's Fantasia. For 10 points--name this member of the Five, who composed Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bald Mountain.

    answer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

  14. The insidious exploits of this wealth-obsessed family after World War I are featured in the novels The White Monkey, The Silver Spoon, and Swan Song. The matriarch, Irene, falls in love with a young architect who dies, and eventually divorces her husband, Soames, a man of property who assumes his property includes her. For 10 points--name this family who also appear in In Chancery and To Let, the subject of a saga by John Galsworthy.

    answer: Forsyte (accept The Forsyte Saga)
    [Editor's note: No, there is no 'h' in Forsyte.]

  15. It is a mountainous country in the Tien Shan and Pamir ranges that contains 24,409 foot Mount Pobeda, also known as Victory Peak. The Chu river forms its boundary with Kazakhstan, and it is also bordered by China on the southeast, Uzbekistan on the west, and Tajikistan on the south. For 10 points--name this Commonwealth of Independent States nation, whose largest cities are Osh and the capital, Bishkek.

    answer: Kyrgyztan

  16. This novel focuses on a Prufrockian high school student who actually wonders, "Do I dare disturb the universe?" Archie, the leader of the Vigils at Trinity High School, orders Jerry Renault to refuse to participate in the school's traditional fundraising activity, but the plan backfires, the school loses money, and Jerry meets a violent end. For 10 points--this is the plot of what mainstay of Catholic school reading lists by Robert Cormier?

    answer: The Chocolate War

  17. Take the vector cross product of an infinitessimal length of wire with the unit displacement vector, multiply by the magnitude of the current times the permeability of free space, and divide by the product of 4 pi and the square of the distance between point and wire. Integrate the result over an arbitrary steady current distribution. I have just described--for 10 points--what formula for computing the magnetic field at a point, named after two French physicists?

    answer: Biot-Savart Law

  18. Its existence was discovered when, on March 8, 1971, unknown persons stole every document in the Media, Pennsylvania office of the FBI. Although it interfered in the marriage of Martin Luther King Jr., individuals like Elijah Muhammad and Stokey Carmichael were less often targeted for surveillance and disruption than groups such as Students for a Democratic Society, the Youth International Party and the Ku Klux Klan. For 10 points--give the acronym for this brainchild of J. Edgar Hoover, a counterintelligence program against American citizens.

    answer: COINTELPRO

  19. His mom loved Ben Casey and christened him Vincent Edward. In his only All-Star appearance, he led off the game with a home run and was named MVP in a 5-3 American League victory. That game's telecast featured an ad in which Michael Jordan and Joan Benoit Samuelson swore he knew all kinds of stuff, but a certain musician disagreed. For 10 points--what Auburn graduate, although he considered football only a hobby, wore #34 for the Raiders and won the Heisman trophy in 1985?

    answer: Bo Jackson

  20. His Jungian psychoanalysts used his own drawings in therapy. Maybe that's why people waxed poetic about the Jungian symbolism in his early work, which was influenced by Miro, Picasso and Orozco and includes works like Bird, Male and Female and Guardian of the Secret. His trademark technique allowed him to record the scope of his gestures using aluminum paint which he said "veiled the images" of his earlier art. For 10 points--name this inventor of "action painting" known as "The Dripper."

    answer: (Paul) Jackson Pollock

  21. First detected in 1923 by Coster and von Hevesy, this transition metal is recovered through the Kroll process. It is isovalent with zirconium, so it is difficult to extract pure amounts of this Group IV A element from zircon ore. Used in light bulbs and as a neutron absorber in nuclear reactors--for 10 points--what element, atomic number 73, was named for the Latin for Copenhagen and has symbol Hf?

    answer: Hafnium

  22. Like Descartes and Leibniz, he was a rationalist philosopher, but in his greatest work he rejected Cartesian dualism in favor of the Pantheistic view that God, man, and the physical world were all part of one substance. His Theological-Political Treatise was published anonymously in 1670, but was banned in 1674 for its controversial views on the Bible and Christian theology. For 10 points, name this Dutch Jewish philosopher and lensgrinder, most famous for his masterpiece Ethics.

    answer: Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza

  23. Located in Northeastern New England between branches of the Penobscot River, this peak, whose name is Abnaki Indian for "main mountain," is the chief attraction of Baxter State Park. It rises 5,267 feet above sea level and is an impressive sight, as it stands almost alone, differing from most of the rest of the Appalachian Mountains. For 10 points--name this highest point in Maine, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

    answer: Mount Katahdin (prompt on early "Baxter Peak")

  24. George Santayana, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Nixon, Joe DiMaggio*, Bernie Goetz, John F. Kennedy, Syngman Rhee, Jack Kerouac, Nikita Krushchev, Doris Day, Charles de Gaulle, Toscanini, Marylin Monroe and Albert Einstein are all out of order in their appearance, but are all mentioned in--for 10 points--what 1989 hit by Billy Joel?

    answer: We Didn't Start The Fire