Technophobia 4: Massive Quizbowl Overdose
Tossups by UCLA (Oz Pathare, Patrick Friel)

  1. She currently teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin. After attending Boston University law school, she began a career in the Texas Senate, later representing Texas in the House of Representatives. She was appointed to the Judiciary committee and her 15-minute nationally televised speech on elected officials' duty to defend the Constitution brought her national attention during the Watergate hearing. For 10 points--name this orator, perhaps best known as the keynote speaker at the 1976 Democratic National Convention.

    answer: Barbara Jordan

  2. The Torino Scale quantifies the hazards associated with these phenomena, assigning a number from 0 to 10 on the basis of both probability and kinetic energy. It has been 91 years since the last time the Level 8 criteria of being "capable of causing localized destruction" was satisfied. The last Level 10, assigned to events "capable of causing a global climate catastrophe", occurred 65 million years and now defines the KT boundary. For 10 points--name either type of solar system body whose impacts can be gauged thusly.

    answer: Asteroid or Comet impacts

  3. To file all day, to be a yes man, to be underappreciated, to claw up to middle management, to be replaced on a whim, to be forced into early retirement, and to have a brown nose are some of the career goals of the little kids in the commercial of--for 10 points--what career placement web site, where they might find that "there's a better job out there"?


  4. When he was 13, his mother committed suicide by drowning. When the body was recovered, she was almost completely nude, except for part of her night dress which had somehow wrapped itself around her face. This may explain why he often depicted veiled women as well as nude women who were segmented or headless. The two themes are united in his classic portait of a woman's head which replaces the subject's facial features with a nude headless female body, a painting entitled The Rape. For 10 points--name this renowned Surrealist, also famous for Time Transfixed.

    answer: René Magritte

  5. In a 1999 book, he tells of being rescued by a lifeguard at a riverside beach in Dixon, Illinois; of attending a small nearby college with that lifeguard; and of doctoring the script of the movie International Squadron in 1941--which, by the way, was the first leading role of his classmate. All of which is very odd, since in actuality this author wasn't born until 1940. For 10 points--name this biographer, who controversially decided to insert a fictional version of himself into his recent "memoir" of Ronald Reagan, Dutch.

    answer: Edmund Morris

  6. This biblical prophet of doom's career is set in the time of two 8th century B.C. kings, Uzziah of Judah and Jeroboam II of Israel, although his book is our only historical source for his life. This book ends with a Book of Visions which details his confrontation with Amaziah, priest of Bethel. For 10 points--name this man, the first prophet whose name goes with a book entirely concerned with his life and message and the first alphabetically.

    answer: Amos

  7. Its main character, the author of a successful novel, keeps four journals: a personal diary, one for recollections of past experiences, one for her political views, especially about her disillusionment with Communism, and one on her experiences in Africa. This heroine, Anna, falls in love with an American, reaches the brink of insanity, and tries to bring threads of her four books together into the title work of the novel. For 10 points--name this 1962 book, a landmark in feminist literature by Doris Lessing.

    answer: The Golden Notebook

  8. Pencil and paper might be useful. 1923, 1927 and 1928, 1932, 1936 thru 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949 thru 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961 and 1962, 1977 and 1978, 1996, 1998, and finally, 1999. These are the 25 years in which--for 10 points--what team has won the World Series?

    answer: New York Yankees

  9. He was denied tenure at Princeton, but in 1953, he was granted a chair at the Institute for Advanced Study. Originally known for technical results, for the last 30 years of his life, he concentrated more on philosophical concerns, some quite farfetched. His strict diet and mental problems led to his 1978 death by starvation. For 10 points--name this Austrian-American mathematician who established the consistency of the continuum hypothesis, proving the completeness of first-order logic and the incompleteness of systems like Peano Arithmetic.

    answer: Kurt Gödel

  10. Located around 10 degrees north latitude and 67 degrees west longtitude, this city is considered to have the finest modern architecture on its continent. City districts include Petares, El Rosal, La Floresta, and Las Mercedes, and attractions include Santa Capilla, Palacio de Miraflores, and the birthplace of Simon Bolivar. For 10 points--name this city of 3.5 million, the capital and most populous city of Venezuela.

    answer: Caracas

  11. Born in Moscow in 1888, as a youth he was frequently imprisoned and by 1911 he was exiled. After the 1917 revolution he returned to Moscow. During the post-Lenin power struggle, he opposed Kamenev, Zivonyev, and Trotsky in favor of Stalin. Later, though, he fell out of favor with Stalin and was convicted of Trotskyist activity in a 1937 purge trial. For 10 points--name this revolutionary leader whose story inspired Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon.

    answer: Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin

  12. Important thinkers in the school of thought he founded included Porphyry, Iamblichus, and Proclus. Born in Egypt in the early third century, he moved to Rome where he taught a doctrine of emanation. He claimed that the object of life was to escape the material world of the senses. His works, in Greek, are now called the Enneads because of how they were grouped. For 10 points--name this founder of Neoplatonism.

    answer: Plotinus

  13. This signature phrase is spoken after the speaker witnesses a phone booth fall out of the sky, after he himself skydives as an undercover agent, after he is lowered down an elevator shaft, after he realizes his meeting the devil was a dream, and after he watches Morpheus leap from one skyscraper to the next. For 10 points--what four-letter word is said in each of these film scenes by Keanu Reeves?

    answer: "Whoa" (prompt on Keanu Reeves with: "What does he say?")

  14. His 1975 book Animal Liberation, which espoused his belief that animals should be treated like people, is widely regarded as the touchstone of the animal rights movement. His unorthodox utilitarianism often results in extreme views on topics such as euthanasia; for example: "Killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Very often it is not wrong at all." For 10 points--name this professor of bioethics whose recent hiring caused tremendous controversy at Princeton University.

    answer: Peter Singer

  15. His career as a dramatist is eclipsed by his career as a novelist, to which he turned after Robert Walpole's Licensing Act of 1737 ended the use of the stage for political satire. For 10 points--name this man, also once a "Bow Street Runner," who parodied a famous epistolary work of his day in both Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews and Joseph Andrews, and is perhaps best known for Tom Jones.

    answer: Henry Fielding

  16. In the Iliad, his image is mostly negative: he is brazen, ferocious, "insatiable with war," his cry sounds like that of "9 or 10 thousand men", he is hated by Zeus and sides with the Trojans. For 10 points--name this god, the son of Zeus and Hera, whose attendants are Fear and Panic and whose dalliance with Aphrodite is described in the 8th Book of the Odyssey.

    answer: Ares (do NOT accept Mars)

  17. This element is distinguished by nuclear instability and its most durable isotope has a half-life of only 21 minutes. Its chief isotope is Actinium-K, with mass 223, which results from the radioactive decay of Actinium. For 10 points--name this element, a heavy alkali metal, discovered by Marguerite Perey, with atomic number 87, located on the Periodic Table at the bottom of Column 1A.

    answer: Francium

  18. Based on the work of Heinrich Heine, it premiered in Paris in 1841 and originally starred Carlotta Grisi in the title role. It takes place in the Rhine wine country, where the title character is pursued by a huntsman and a duplicitous count disguised as a peasant. When her engagement with Count Albrecht is broken off, the heroine dies of a broken heart and becomes a Wili, a vengeful spirit that traps men in her domain at night. For 10 points--name this ballet with choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa, and music by Adolphe Adam.

    answer: Giselle

  19. Written in 1845, it is perhaps its author's harshest indictment of the practice and philisophical justifications of mid-19th Century industrialism. Its two main characters are siblings Tom and Louisa, whose father, Thomas Gradgrind, is famous for saying, "Facts, facts alone are wanted in life." For 10 points--name this novel whose title underscores Dickens' condemnation.

    answer: Hard Times

  20. The infrared camera NICMOS and the imaging spectrograph STIS were added in February of 1997. There's always been a Faint Object Camera and some type of Wide Field/Planetary Camera, but the High Speed Photometer was sacrificed for the Corrective Optics Axial Replacement in December of 1993 when four shuttle astronauts corrected for the flawed primary mirror of--for 10 points--what orbiting telescope?

    answer: Hubble Space Telescope

  21. This country's recorded history begins in the 7th or 8th century BC with the Kiratis, who arrived from the east. In 1768, the Ghorkhas, from the eastern part of the country, captured the capital of the Mallas, establishing the Shah dynasty. The Shah ruled strongly until the Kot massacre of 1846, after which the Ranas ruled until World War II. Since then, there has been a quasi-democratic state, currently ruled by King Birendra. For 10 points--name this Hindu nation, whose ethnic groups include the Khas, Magar, Sherpas, and numerous Tibetans, and whose capital is Katmandu.

    answer: Nepal

  22. In the 1930s, he was one of the Seven Pillars of Granite, Fordham University's famed defensive line. After working as an assistant at Army, he got his first pro job as the New York Giants offensive coach, but neither he nor his rival, defensive coach Tom Landry, were ever promoted. His last pro job was as head coach of the Washington Redskins, but he died before having a chance of duplicating the five NFL championships, including two Super Bowls, that he won with his previous team. For 10 points--name this man who was best known as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

    answer: Vince Lombardi

  23. It is expected to open in 2005, on a lush island west of a major world city. Its 311 acres will feature trilingual performances, and attractions already familiar in Japan, France, and the United States, as well as some attractions specific to its location. For 10 points--name this $3 billion construction, recently celebrated by Tung Chee-hwa and Mickey Mouse.

    answer: Hong Kong Disneyland
    (prompt for "Hong Kong" if "China" is given as part of the answer)

  • His last words were, "It would really be more than the English could stand if another century began and I was still alive. I am dying as I have lived--beyond my means." For a quick 10 points--name this famous bon vivant and author of The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Pen, Pencil and Poison, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

    answer: Oscar Wilde

  • Born in 1839 and dying in 1898, this temperance worker is one of the most famous women of her time. For a quick 10 points--name this woman who worked to combine her suffragist sympathies into the organization she founded, the Women's Christian Temperance Movement.

    answer: Frances Willard