Partha, Arun, Raghu, and Kiran
(1) Most history students have heard of the War of the Spanish
Succession, though few people know much about it. However, about 150
years later, a second war broke out -- on the pretext of the Spanish
succession because the French did not want a German candidate to acccept
the Spanish throne. The result was total disaster for France, even
though the German prince withdrew his candidacy. For ten, what was this
war which resulted in the loss of Alsace-Lorraine to Germany?
(2) This deity of mythology was driven from his throne and according to
some versions, feld to Italy where he sponsored a Golden Age. Other
versions say he was tossed down into Tartarus with the rest of the
titans. FTP, who was this father of Zeus who lost his throne to a
revolution which his own wife and mother helped sponsor?
\CRONUS or SATURN\
(3) It makes a complete revolution around the sun in 88 days, and as a
result, some have claimed that its RdayS is longer than its Ryear.S
Either way it is damn hot all year -- or all day round. FTP, what planet
is closest to the sun?
(4) This author retained his snese of school spirit long after
graduation from college and inserted it into one of his most famous
novels. He downrided Yale since he himself went to Princeton, as did one
of his charatcers, Nick Carroway. FTP, who was this author of _The Great
\F Scott FITZGERALD\
(5) This is probably the only nation today to have a Hapsburg monarch,
since Austria and Hungary have long since abolished theirs. Itself only
61 square miles, it is situated between Switerland and Austria and relies
on the former to handle its international relations. FTP, what is this
tiny principality whose capital is Vaduz?
(6) Do you remember mathematical formulas? What is measured by the formula:
9 PI R squared x H x 1/3 ?
\SURFACE AREA OF A CONE\
(7) Long before South Carolina, a seccessionist movement stirred among
New England merchants who were disgruntled with the Embargo Act of 1812.
Some northern states refused to supply the federal government with
militia and in Dec. 1812 summoned a convention to consider how to deal
with the undesired war with England and the issue of states' rights.
FTP, what was this motley assembly which met in Connecticut but was
quickly forgotten when the War of 1212 ended?
(8) An attempt has been made to link Arminius, liberator of Roman
Germany with this hero of Germanic myth. The link is tenuous, but
supposedly the dragon Fafnir represents the Romans and their family
bloodbaths bear similarities. FTP, who was this great Germanic hero who
pledged himself to Brunhild and wielded a great sword?
SIGFRIED or SIGURD
(9) Although he bears a French sounding name, this man was a stout
proponent of retaining the union and played it cool during his countryUs
recent constitutional crisis to downplay the oppositionUs chances.
Nevertheless, the close secessionist vote in Quebec was probably a scare
to him. FTP, who is this Canadian Prime Minister?
(10) You might consider him the Galen of his age, or even the
Hippocrates. Court physician to the first Stuart, he made great
improvements to the study of anatomy, chiefly the discovery of
circulation in the human body. FTP, who was this English doctor whose
observations have earned him credit in _GravesU Anatomy_?
(11) After Fritz Lang fled Germany to escape Hitler, the Nazis found an
adequate replacement as their chief media propagandist. This filmmaker
made a documentary of a huge Nazi rally at Berchesgarden for which she
still prides her abilities as a filmmaker. FTP, who was this director
whoUs _Triumph of the Will_ is still considered a masterpiece, but not in
the way it was intended?
(12) Perhaps the most famous giver of this was Ethelred the Unready.
Basically, Sven Forkbeard, the Viking king of Denmark, agreed to leave
England alone if Ethelred paid up, but threatened to ravage England
otherwise. Once Sven realized how easy that was, he came back for
more... again ... and again. FTP, what was this "appeasement style"
solution to aggression that succeeded only in bankrupting England's
coffers to the predatory Viking chieftains?
DANEGELD (NOT Weregeld)
(13) This 19th composer crippled his left hand which halted his career
as a pianist. That and the fact that he went crazy and killed himself.
He had married the daughter of another prominent musician and Clara (his
wife) became one of the best pianists of her day in her own right. FTP,
who was this German Romantic composer of the 19th century?
(14) Alexander the great named a city in India after his dog, but
perhaps the best known dog of mythology lived in Ithaca, where at the
ripe old age of 20 he recognized his homecoming master and wagged his
tail before dying. FTP, who was this dog of Odysseus who shared his name
with a 100 eyed giant?
(15). It has been suggested that the origin of this US state's name
might date back to the 1524 when Giovanni de Verrazano observed an island
he claimed was the same size as the largest and most famous of the
Dodecanese Islands in the Eastern Mediterranean. Others think it may
have been named by the Dutch explorer, Adriaen Block, who called it "Red
Clay" -- Roode Eylandt (Roo de ay lant). FTP, what small New England
state is this?
(16). When this man accepted the Poet Laureateship of England, many
young English poets felt he had "sold out" and mourned his decision.
Robert Browing even wrote a poem entitled "The Lost Leader" about him.
However, he did not sell out: he refused to write the obligatory poetry
for state occasion and in fact produced no poetry at all during his 7
year term which ended in 1850. FTP, who was this poet of "Tintern Abbey"
who wrote no more?
(17). This prominant British scientist concluded that the Earth could
not have been inhabited for more than 20 million years, despite the
geological evidence to the contrary. He is more kindly rememebred for
hius contributiins to Thermodynamics and appied electricity, for which he
was given a Lordship by Victoria. FTP, who was this expert on heat and
electricity and inventor of the mirror galvanometer who died in 1907,
nevertheless denying the properties of radioactivity?
LORD KELVIN or William THOMPSON
(18) In the early 1700s, the SE coast of the British colonies down to
the Caribbean was ripe territory for piracy. This man, in particular,
plagued the Carolinas until he was caught on a sandbar in 1721 by Colonel
Maynard who fired upon him and eventually boarded and killed him. FTP,
who was this most notorious of pirates who claimed he was friends with
the devil and liked to wear his boots on the wrong feet just to make
BLACKBEARD or Edward TEACH
(19) To the surprise of few, this former president recently confessed
the accumulation of a huge $653 million slush fund which was used for
bribery, against political enemies, and to salary friends and relatives.
The confession may be surprising, but the crime is not. FTP, identify
this former South Korean president whom many suspected of corruption all
ROH Tae Woo
(20) Maine is the only state to border a single other, but this African
nation bears that same distinction and unlike Lesotho, a large river
bearing the same name runs through it. It fits entirely within the
country of Senegal except for a short beach front on the ATlantic. FTP,
what is this West African nation whose capital is Banjul?
21. It was a quinquemvirate -- a five man body - including Barras,
Carnot, and Rewbel. Famous incidents during its tenure include
Napoleon's "whiff of grapeshot," the French invasion of Egypt, and
Napoleon's crossing of the Alps. Accused by many historians of
corruption, perhaps unjustly, it has been overshadowed by Napoleon's
administration which followed. FTP, what was this short-lived government
of Revolutionary France, terminated by the coup of 18 Brumaire?
The DIRECTORY (LE DIRECTOIRE)
(22) This literary character experiences alienation from his peers,
especially when he leaves the fencing foils for the Pency Fencing team on
the New York metro. He feels alienated because after the death of his
beloved brother, his parents are distant from him. FTP, who is this
teenage idol of many who ran away from school and spent a weekend in New
York City before being institutionalized by his parents in J.D.
SalingerUs _The Catcher in the Rye_ ?
(23) His reign was said to be the Golden Age of Medieval France, seeing
the completion of Gothic cathedrals at Rheims, Amiens, and Chartres and
the Arthurian romances of Chretien de Troyes. For the first eight
years of his 44 year reign, his mother Blanche of Castile was his
regent, but after this he became enamoured with the idea of a
Crusade and made an ill-planned and ill-fated attack on Egypt which
resultied in a humiliating defeat. FTP, name this French monarch
cannonized in 1297, despite his vigorous assertion of royal rights
even over those of the church, only 27 years after his death.
(accept ST. LOUIS if player signals before last sentence, otherwise
prompt for more information)
1. Rather than ask about the presidents - a well versed subject,
this question will ask you to identify important Vice Presidents
based on their career for the stated number of points:
(5) He served as VP for 2 presidents and was the first man to
resign from the office. John C.
(10) Though unrelated to our executive, he was the first Veep to
die in office.
GEORGE CLINTON (first name must be given)
(15) The second VP to die in office, like his predecessor, George
Clinton, he served under Madison, but is more famous for his
political unscrupulousness as Gov. of Mass.
Elbridge GERRY (famous for Gerrymander)
2. Identify these authors of works with similar titles for the
stated number of points:
(5). _Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man_ James JOYCE
(10) _The Picture of Dorian Gray_ Oscar WILDE
(15) _Portrait of a Lady_, and _The American_ Henry JAMES
3. Identify these unique national flags with animals on them by a
short description. You will earn 10 points for getting it right on
the first clue, 5 if you need a 2nd.
(10) This flag has a reddish field with a black two headed eagle
and a yellow star above the eagle's head.
(5) This European nation has been one of the worldUs most
(10) This flag looks like Italy's except in the center it has a
(5) This N. American nation borders 3 others.
(10) This flag has a gold lion brandishing a sword. The lion is
on a field of red, next to which is a green and an orange stripe
bordered by gold.
(5) This is an island in the Indian Ocean.
4. 30/20/10 Identify the war to which all of the following clues
(30) The battle of Narva was a major setback for the eventual
(20) The victory at Poltava broke the power of Sweden and altered
the regional balance of power.
(10) The Treaty of Nystadt in 1721 gave Russia access to the
GREAT NORTHERN WAR
5. You will need a pen or pencil for this bonus: Match these five
aviation pioneers with their discoveries/feats. Each match is 5
points and there is a bonus for all 5.
The pioneers: the feats:
Reriot devised gasoline engine for a plane after initial failure
Fokker flew monoplane across English Channel in 37 minutes
Sikorsky developed rigid airships
Langley synchronized machine gun fire through the propeller
Zepplin developed twin motored plane
Ans: BLoplane across Channel
FOKKER - machine gun SIKORSKY - twin motored plane
LANGELY - gas engine ZEPPLIN - airships
6. Given a mythological simbling who was thrust in the shadows of his
far better known brother, identify the more famous of the two for the
stated number of points:
(5) Epimetheus (Ep im ee thee us) PROMETHEUS
(10) Teucer the Archer AJAX the GREATER
(15) Iphicles HERACLES
7. Identify these nations, all of whose capitals begin with the letter
Port-au-Prince HAITI Prague CZECK REPUBLIC
Phnom Penh CAMBODIA Paramaribo SURINAME
Pretoria SOUTH AFRICA Port of Spain TRINIDAD AND
8. SCI NEEDED
10. Earlier this round there was a Toss-up about Blackbeard. Now
identify these pirates for the stated number of points:
(5) He plundered the Spanish Main, sailed around the world, and was
by Queen Elizabeth for doing it Sir Francis DRAKE
(10) This French pirate helped Andrew Jackson at the battle of New
return for amnesty. Jean LAFITTE
(15) This ancestor of William the COnquerer was not content to plunder
French coast, he actually took over Normandy and
established a dynasty.
ROLLO the Pirate or Gange HROLF
13. Now for a different type of question on Norse mythology. Identify
what TYPE of creature is described. E.g. If I said Odin has an 8
legged one of these, you'd answer HORSE. 5 points each w/ a bonus for
A pair of these pull Thor's chariot GOATS
A pair of these whisper secrets to Odin RAVENS
This creature nibbles at the roots of Yggdrasil DRAGON
Dwarves fashioned a golden one of these for Frey BOAR
When Loki tried to escape the gods, he was caught while
disguised as this animal SALMON (accept FISH)
12. In Nov. 1995, the feuding Balkans presidents of Bosnia, Serbia, and
Croatia opened peace talks in Dayton, Ohio. FTP each, identify these
Bosnia Alija IZETBEGOVIC
Serbia Slobodan MILESOVIC
Croatia Franjo TUDJMAN
13. 30/20/10 author Identify this author by the clues:
(30) He wrote _Tamerlane_ and "Hero and Leander"
(20) He is best rememebred as a playwrite; he wrote _Edward II_.
(10) Thought by some to be Shakespeare's equal, his life was cut short
in a bar
room brawl when he was knifed.
14. When Napoloeon's troops were digging in Egypt, they uncovered the
Rosetta Stone which described the celebration at the start of Ptolemy
V's reign in three languages. For five points each, identify the three
languages or their alphabets.
(Classical) GREEK DEMOTIC, HEIROGLYPHICS
For an additional fifteen points, what linguistic genius deciphered the