July 20, 2002, Vancouver, B.C.
In real life,
he spent parts of the summers of 1947 and 1948
in the Keewatin district of the Northwest Territories,
but no winters there.
Nor was he ever alone, being a junior member of an
expedition of biologists. For 10 points, what author
actually spent only four weeks observing the title creatures
before writing Never Cry Wolf?
Answer: Farley MOWAT
It refers to a moral law that is unconditional for all agents and
does not depend on an ulterior motive or consequence.
As argued in Critique of Pure Reason, for 10 points, what
principle did Immanuel Kant lay down as:
"act only on that maxim by which you can at the same time will that
it should become a universal law"?
Answer: the CATEGORICAL IMPERATIVE, or
der KATEGORISCHE IMPERATIV
The first one was born in Ireland, the second in India, the third in
Italy. The next fourteen were born in either England or Scotland.
The 18th was the first who was born in Canada, as were the next seven who
followed him. For 10 points, what position, defined in Article 10 of
the British North America Act of 1867, was given in 1999 to a native
of Hong Kong?
Answer: GOVERNOR GENERAL of Canada
It is produced by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane
parallel to an element of the cone. As a plane curve, it is defined as
a set of points equally distant from a fixed line and a fixed point.
For 10 points, what type of curve is the graph of y equals x squared?
"It's one thing to win the national championship,
but the Canadian teams are how we measure ourselves."
So said Kort Schubert, the MVP for this sport's NCAA tournament,
after an undefeated season including wins over UBC and UVic ended with
the Cal Bears' 12th consecutive national title. For 10 points,
in what sport does Schubert play flanker while teammate Kirk Khasigian
The critic Isaac D'Israeli said that the practice crept into English
from either China or Wales. Milton called it a "troublesome and
modern bondage", since it was absent from Greek and Roman poetry,
while Dryden rued the day that "barbarous nations, and more barbarous
times, debased the majesty of verse to", for 10 points, what?
It took him 37 years to finish his Bachelor of Arts degree,
which he received this year at California State
University, Long Beach three days after Yale granted him his
fifth honorary doctorate. For 10 points, what mature student fulfilled
his program's graduation requirement for "a polished 12-minute film"
by submitting the Academy Award winner for Best Picture of 1993?
Answer: Steven Allan SPIELBERG
(the film was Schindler's List)
According to the DSM IV, children with this condition do not experience
any clinically significant delay in language, cognitive development,
or adaptive behaviour other than in social interaction.
Marked impairments in nonverbal communication and/or in developing peer
relationships, and "restricted repetitive & stereotyped patterns of
behaviour" characterize, for 10 points,
what disorder, similar to but not as severe as autism?
Answer: ASPERGER's syndrome or disorder
(The first sentence is what distinguishes Asperger's from autism.)
This country's army currently enforces a military occupation over an
area 27 times the country's own size, with the help of a proxy force,
the Rally for Congolese Democracy. President Paul Kagame's
["ka-GAH-may's"] government justifies the occupation of 30 per cent of
Congo on the grounds that Hutu militiamen from his own country are
hiding there. For 10 points, in what nation in 1994 did Hutu extremists
kill hundreds of thousands of Tutsis?
"Lake Simcoe" shows him as a child at his family's cottage in the
1940s. In "The Idea of North" we hear him announcing his 1960s
documentary series for CBC Radio. In "Forty-Nine" he is shown calling a
friend to talk about Schoenberg's superstitions about numbers and
death, a year before he himself died at age 50. This subject of 32
short films from the National Film Board is what pianist best known
for playing Bach's Goldberg Variations?
Answer: Glenn GOULD
Ramón Puerta and Eduardo Camaño both tried it for two days,
and Adolfo Rodríguez Saá tried it for nine days,
all following Fernando de la Rúa's resignation.
The current holder of this
job, Eduardo Duhalde, has lasted since January, 2002, but
is moving next year's
elections 6 months earlier so that he can make a quicker exit out of,
for 10 points, what unrewarding chief executive position in South America?
Answer: PRESIDENT of ARGENTINA
(prompt for more information on answer of "Argentina" alone)
Environment Canada's maximum acceptable level of this
compound is 82 parts per billion.
You can test its presence by combining corn starch and water with
potassium iodide on filter paper and letting it sit for a few
shade of purple you get shows the resulting concentration
of iodine, which tells you how much of this compound is in the air.
For 10 points, what major component of smog is an
allotrope of oxygen that's best if it's in the stratosphere?
It began granting degrees in 1863, and in 1875, it conferred upon
Grace Lockhart the first university degree to a woman in the British
Empire. In the 2001 Maclean's survey, it is the only
university with more than half its students coming from out of
province. For 10 points, name this Sackville, New Brunswick,
institution that for ten years straight has been named by
Maclean's as best primarily undergraduate university.
Answer: MOUNT ALLISON University
The Talmud records that upon his death, "regard for the Torah ceased,
and purity and piety died." In the book of Acts, he is quoted as
urging his fellow Sanhedrin to leave the Christians alone, "for if
this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it
be of God, ye cannot overthrow it." For 10 points, who was this famed
liberal rabbi and
teacher of Paul, whose name may be best known to Americans as the
middle name of Warren Harding?
Answer: Rabban GAMALIEL ha-Zaqen or the Elder or I
"Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture
without motion." This list of meaningless things occurs in a poem
that is prefaced with "A penny for the Old Guy" and describes mankind as
"Leaning together, Headpiece filled with straw."
For 10 points, what work by T. S. Eliot ends "not with a bang
but a whimper"?
Answer: The HOLLOW MEN
The first one established the House of Dunkeld. The second was the
grandfather of Duncan the First; the third was the eldest son of
Duncan, brother of Donalbain, and successor to Macbeth. The fourth
and last died young. There was no tenth one, but
for 10 points, what given name do these Scottish kings have in common
with an African-American leader who was assassinated in 1965?
This non-Arab country is mentioned twice in last month's UN report on
the Arab world. The report notes that the country translates almost
as many books in one year as the Arabs have translated in the past
thousand years; and the combined GDP of the 280 million people in Arab
countries is less than that of this country's 40 million people. For
10 points, what is this European kingdom which was a centre of Arab
culture before 1492?
Answer: SPAIN (or ESPAÑA)
In his obsession with efficiency, he advocated spellings like "catalog"
without the "U-E" at the end, and even changed the spelling of his own
first name to "M-E-L-V-I-L", dropping the "L-E" at the end. In 1887 he
founded the first library school, at Columbia University. For 10
points, name this librarian who is best known for his book
Answer: Melvil DEWEY
My cookbook lists its ingredients as: one quarter pound each of meat
balls, meat rissoles, fish balls and fish rissoles; one or two pigs'
tongues, and half of a calf's head. Cooked with bacon and margarine,
this soupy concoction is intended to delight those who can't afford the
real thing. For 10 points, this is what imitation reptile dish?
Answer: MOCK TURTLE soup
Britain took it over in 1888 and established the first settlement, at
Flying Fish Cove, to begin mining phosphates. It was part of the
crown colony of Singapore until 1958, when it became an Australian
external territory. Last August, its people, mostly ethnic Chinese and
Malays, were ready to welcome a boatload of refugees, but the federal
government refused permission to land. For 10 points, what is this
Indian Ocean island that got its name on December 25, 1643?
Answer: CHRISTMAS ISLAND
It has concentric outer and inner lipid membranes. The inner membrane
has folds called cristae ["KRIS-tie"] that expand its surface.
The area inside, called the matrix, is filled with fluid and contains
its own DNA, which in mammals is almost entirely inherited from the mother.
For 10 points, what is this organelle that is the site of aerobic
respiration to produce a cell's energy?
Answer: MITOCHONDRION (or plural MITOCHONDRIA)
The one in China, known in Chinese as Dà Yùn Hé ["dah yewn huh"]
stretches from Beijing in the north to Hángzhou ["hung joe"] in the
south, a distance of 1800 kilometres. The one in Venice is 3
kilometres long and is crossed by the Rialto Bridge. For 10
points, what common name do we give to these major waterways?
Answer: the GRAND CANAL
On July 4, 2002, he was announced as an Honorary Companion of the
Order of Canada, our country's highest honour for a foreign citizen.
Though born in Toronto,
he abandoned Canada in 1947 for Los Angeles,
where he is now designing the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
For 10 points, what architect is best known for the Experience Music
Project in Seattle and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao?
Answer: Frank O(wen) GEHRY
After Boeing and Airbus, it is currently the world's third-largest
manufacturer of civil aircraft, and makes Learjet, Dash, and Twin
Otter planes. It also manufactures light rail and rapid transit
cars for cities such
as Berlin and New York. For 10 points, what Montreal-based firm
got its start making Ski-doos?
Germany is the birthplace of at least three radically different
world-views. For 10 points each, give the titles of these famous
rallying songs, after hearing an excerpt:
A. [[[ PLAY TAPE : After a brief intro, you'll hear FIRST AUDITORY QUESTION, Part A ]]]
Answer: die INTERNATIONALE
B. [[[ PLAY TAPE : Part B ]]]
Answer: Ein FESTE BURG IST UNSER GOTT,
A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD
C. [[[ PLAY TAPE : Part C ]]]
Answer: HORST-WESSEL Lied
HORST WESSEL Song
If you didn't catch the words, see the Appendix, which also includes
[[[ HAND OUT BONUS 2, pasta ]]]
You've just been handed three samples of pasta. For 5 points each,
give their Italian names. You have 15 seconds.
Answers: A. FARFALLE ["far-FALL-lay"]
B. PENNE ["PEN-nay"] (accept PENNE RIGATE)
C. ORZO ["ORD-zo"] (accept ROSAMARIA)
Now for 5 more points each:
D. "Farfalle" is also the word for what members of the animal kingdom?
E. "Penne" also refers to what
parts of a different member of the animal kingdom?
F. "Orzo" is also the word for what member of the plant kingdom?
Listen to the following speech and then tell me:
A. the name of the person speaking, for 10 points; and
B. the year in which the speech was given, on May 1. You'll
get 10 points for the exact year, or 5 points within two.
[[[ PLAY TAPE : SECOND AUDITORY QUESTION ]]]
A. (Martin) Brian MULRONEY [accept pronunciation "Mulrooney"]
B. 1987 (or for 5 points, accept
1985 or 1986 or 1988 or 1989)
One of the provincial premiers wanted to leave Meech Lake earlier
to catch his flight back home, but Mulroney got him to stay by promising
him the use of the prime minister's plane. For 10 points,
who was this British Columbia premier?
Answer: William VANDER ZALM
[[[ HAND OUT BONUS 4, "Languages of India" ]]]
You've just been handed the text of the Christian Lord's Prayer
translated into all 15 official languages listed in Schedule 8 of
India's 1950 constitution.
For 10 points
each your choice identify any three of these
languages with their number. To help you out, the languages are numbered in
alphabetical order of their names in English.
You have 15 seconds.
Listen to this song fragment and then for 10 points each, tell me:
A. the title of the song; and
B. the name of the American singer.
[[[ PLAY TAPE : turn up the volume a bit for THIRD AUDITORY QUESTION ]]]
A. SOLIDARITY FOREVER
B. Pete SEEGER
C. Pete Seeger made the pop charts only once, at #70 in 1964. For 10
more points, this was with what song by
Malvina Reynolds about suburbanites who are "all the same"?
Answer: LITTLE BOXES
[[[ HAND OUT BONUS 6, World Cup players ]]]
You've just been handed the pictures of six players with
interesting hair in last month's World Cup. You don't have to
name the players. For 5 points each, name the country each man
represents. You have 15 seconds.
A. United States of America (player Clint Mathis)
B. PORTUGAL (player Abel Xavier)
C. TURKEY (player Ümit Davala)
D. GERMANY (player Christian Ziege)
E. NIGERIA (player Taribo West)
F. JAPAN (player Kazuyuki Toda)
[[[ HAND OUT BONUS 7, a painting ]]]
You've just been handed a copy of a famous painting from the year
1771. Answer these questions for 10 points each:
A. Whose death is depicted?
Answer: General James WOLFE
B. Who painted it?
Answer: Benjamin WEST
C. The original painting is kept in what museum in Ottawa, which "holds its
collections of art in trust for all Canadians"?
Answer: the NATIONAL GALLERY of Canada
Listen to this poem set to music and then for 10 points each, tell me:
A. the title by which the song is known;
B. the poet;
C. the composer of the music.
[[[ PLAY TAPE : FOURTH AUDITORY QUESTION ]]]
B. William BLAKE
C. Sir (Charles) Hubert (Hastings) PARRY
If you didn't catch the words, see the Appendix.
Answer these questions about
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) for 10 points each.
A. AECL is famous for its CANDU
reactors. The "CAN" stands for Canada.
Both answers required, what do the "D" and the "U" stand for?
Answer: DEUTERIUM, URANIUM
B. Most nuclear reactors need uranium enriched with the 235 isotope,
but CANDU reactors can do with what uranium isotope that constitutes
over 99 per cent of natural deposits of uranium?
C. For 10 points, name either of AECL's research and development
facilities, one in Ontario and one in Manitoba.
Answer: CHALK RIVER, Ontario -or-
WHITESHELL (or PINAWA, Manitoba)
In the spring of 1992, the world came to hear of Serb forces in Bosnia
claiming to pursue a policy of
"etnicko ciscenje" ["et-NEECH-ko cheesh-CHEN-yeh"].
For 10 points, what was the English translation of this phrase?
Answer: ETHNIC CLEANSING
For 10 more points each, name these proponents of ethnic cleansing:
A. In 1945, this Czechoslovakian president signed decrees stripping
over 2 million native-born German speakers of their citizenship and
expelling them from the country.
Answer: Eduard BENES ["BEN-esh"]
B. This Israeli cabinet minister advocated expelling all four
million non-Jewish inhabitants from Israel and its occupied territories,
but was assassinated in a revenge killing in October of 2001.
Answer: Rehavam ZE'EVI
Name these metamorphic rocks. Ten points each.
A. Formed by the metamorphism of shale, it cleaves into thin sheets,
making it useful for roofing and blackboards.
B. Metamorphosed limestone or dolomite, impurities in it can
cause it to be yellow, red, grey, blue, or
green. It has been used for architectural purposes since
C. The result of metamorphism of many igneous and sedimentary rocks,
it is characterized by alternating dark and light bands composed of
Answer: GNEISS [pronounced "nice"]
Answer these unrelated questions for 10 points each.
A. If you head west out of Banff National Park
on the Trans-Canada Highway, you cross into British Columbia
and immediately enter what other national park?
Answer: YOHO National Park
B. Sumerian mythology attributes this invention to Enlil, the god of
agriculture. What is this common garden tool, precursor to the plow,
that liberated (?)
mankind from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle?
C. Complete the line from the pirate song in
Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island:
"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest; Yo-ho-ho, and ..."
Answer: a BOTTLE OF RUM
[[[ HAND OUT BONUS 13, showing three flags ]]]
Josh Parsons, a philosopher at the University of St. Andrews,
has caused a bit of an international stir by posting a web page
that assigns letter grades
to the world's flags according to their aesthetic value.
Canada's merited an A minus.
points each, identify the country or colony associated with each
of these low-rated flags. You have 15 seconds.
2. FALKLAND ISLANDS or the FALKLANDS
Name these Canadian highways. Ten points each.
A. Beginning at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, and passing through
Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Prince George to Prince Rupert, B.C.,
it forms a northerly alternative to the Trans-Canada Highway.
Answer: YELLOWHEAD Highway or Route,
-or- Highway 16
B. Opened in 1979, it was Canada's first all-weather road to cross the
Arctic Circle, connecting Dawson City, Yukon, with the Mackenzie
Answer: DEMPSTER Highway
C. Raised on a Cree reserve in northern Manitoba, this
playwright is best known for his works set on the fictional Wasaychigan
Hill Indian Reserve,
The Rez Sisters and
Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing ["cap-us-CAY-sing"].
Answer: TOMSON HIGHWAY
Name the Canadians associated with these political slogans.
Ten points each.
A. In 1911, he declared "No truck nor trade with the Yankees" in
leading the Conservative opposition to Laurier's Reciprocity treaty.
Answer: Robert BORDEN
B. In 1944, with the slogan "Humanity First", this Baptist preacher
won an election to lead North America's first self-declared
socialist government, in Saskatchewan.
Answer: Tommy Clement DOUGLAS
C. In 2002, he invented the phrase "axis of evil" while working
for a foreign head of state.
Answer: David FRUM
Shots ring out offstage at high points in
some of Anton Chekhov's plays. For 10 points
each, name the play from a description of the shooting.
A. After hearing Professor Serebryakov's plan to sell the estate,
the title character shoots at the professor, but misses.
Answer: UNCLE VANYA
(or DYADYA VANYA)
B. In a pistol duel, Captain Solyony kills Baron Tuzenbach, the
fiancé of Irina Prozorov.
Answer: THREE SISTERS
(or TRI SESTRY)
C. Konstantin Trepliov begins to achieve literary success but
kills himself when Nina Zarechnaya rejects him once more.
Answer: The SEAGULL
In the race to succeed Jean Chrétien, the former Finance Minister
Paul Martin has competition
from some current federal cabinet ministers with tough-sounding
surnames. Their leadership campaign
contributions were divulged last week. For 10 points each, name:
A. The recipient of the most leadership campaign funds
of anyone currently in the cabinet more than twice as much as
any in-cabinet rival.
Answer: Allan ROCK
B. Paul Martin's successor as finance minister, who is second in
the cabinet in leadership fund-raising.
Answer: John MANLEY
C. The third-place cabinet minister in leadership campaign funds,
who ended up third behind Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin in the 1990
Liberal leadership race.
Answer: Sheila COPPS
For 10 points apiece, name the largest island separated by
each of these straits from the Canadian mainland.
A. Strait of Canso
Answer: CAPE BRETON Island
B. Hudson Strait
Answer: BAFFIN Island
C. Queen Charlotte Strait
Answer: VANCOUVER Island (northern part)
Answer these questions about quarks, the subnucleonic particles,
for 10 points each.
A. How many varieties, or "flavours", of quarks are there?
B. Both answers required: what are the two flavours of quarks
from which protons and neutrons are made?
Answer: UP, DOWN
C. A neutron consists of one Up quark and two Down quarks. A proton consists
of two Up quarks and one Down quark. Given that a proton has a charge of
positive 1, what is the charge on an Up quark?
Answer: +2/3 (two-thirds)
(A Down quark has charge -1/3)
On July 9, 2002, Standard & Poor's decided that its S & P 500 index
should contain shares of
U.S.-based companies only. As a result, the index no longer includes Royal
Dutch, Unilever, and five Canadian corporations. For 10 points each,
name any three of the yanked Canadian firms.
One is a NASDAQ-listed
telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and the others are
New York Stock
Exchange listed mining companies, two involved in gold and two
involved in other metals. You have 15 seconds.
NORTEL Networks Corporation
BARRICK Gold Corporation
PLACER DOME Incorporated
Note this list: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria.
In response to last September's terrorist atrocities, the United
States government last month began to require fingerprinting of
all visitors who are nationals of these five countries.
A. For 10 points, all or nothing,
of the 19 hijackers on September 11, how many belonged to each
of those five nationalities?
(accept simply "NONE" given once)
B. The 19 hijackers were nationals of four different countries.
Name the countries for 5 points each.
Kingdom of SAUDI ARABIA,
Arab Republic of EGYPT,
United Arab Emirates,
Republic of LEBANON
Given the description of the
setting of a play by William Shakespeare, name the play.
Ten points each.
A. "The first act in Venice; during the rest of the play at a seaport
Answer: OTHELLO, the Moor of Venice
B. "Athens, and a wood not far from it."
Answer: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
C. "Sometimes in Sicilia; sometimes in Bohemia."
Answer: The WINTER'S TALE
Here are the words of the parts of the songs that were played.
A. die Internationale:
|Wacht auf, Verdammte dieser Erde,
||Arise you damned of the earth,
|die stets man noch zum Hungern zwingt!
||you prisoners of starvation!
|Das Recht wie Glut im Kraterherde
||the right like a volcanic glow
|nun mit Macht zum Durchbruch dringt.
||is about to erupt with force.
B. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, or
A Mighty Fortress is our God:
|Ein gute Wehr und Waffen;
||A good defense and weapon:
|Er hilft uns frei aus aller Not,
||He helps us free out of all need [trouble],
|Die uns itzt hat betroffen.
||Which us presently has struck.
C. Horst-Wessel Lied:
|Die Strasse frei dem Sturmabteilungsmann
||The street free for the Storm Troopers.
|Es schau'n auf's Hackenkreuz voll Hoffnung schon Millionen
||Millions, full of hope, look up at the swastika;
|Der Tag für Freiheit und für Brot bricht an
||The day breaks for freedom and for bread.
Here are the words of Jerusalem that were played on the tape:
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the Holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
Vancouver Estival Trivia Open, 2002, FARSIDE team