1995 Guy Fawkes Eve Buzzer Explosion
Questions by University of Illinois
1. Following the cavalry charges came the tear gas attack, routing
them from Pennsylvania Avenue and chasing them across the Eleventh
Street Bridge. After nightfall, the tanks and cavalry leveled their
camp, driving them out of Washington entirely. This ignominous
defeat put an end to, FTP, which group of veterans assembled in
1932, trying to claim a bonus due them in 1945?
ANS : _BONUS ARMY_
ALTERNATE ANSWER : _BONUS EXPEDITIONARY FORCE_
2. Ben Stein, Charlie Sheen, Edie McClurg, Jennifer Grey, Mia
Sara, Jeffrey Jones as Ed Rooney, Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye, and
Matthew Broderick all appeared in, for ten points, which 1986 movie
about a high-school student who decides to skip school for a day?
ANS : _FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF_
3. This author's true identity is unknown, and some speculate that
more than one person wrote under this name during the early fourth
century B.C. Identity aside, his most famous work still exists, and
is often cited even to this day, as it contains much that still
applies to military strategy and tactics. FTP, name this author of
The Art of War.
ANS : _SUN-TZU_
4. "No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe,
nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms. I am a man of
substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids --- and I might
even be said to possess a mind." FTP, from which 1958 book by
Ralph Ellison are these words taken?
ANS : _INVISIBLE MAN_
5. Bruce Hornsby's album Harbor Lights features this artist's 1951
painting Rooms by the Sea as its cover artwork. Other paintings of
his include Early Sunday Morning, Pennsylvania Coal Town, Cape Cod
Afternoon, and Ground Swell. FTP, name this American painter, most
famous for his 1942 painting Nighthawks .
ANS : Edward _HOPPER_
6. The name of this science is credited to Ragnar Frisch, the 1969
Nobel Prize Winner in economics and one of the pioneers in this
field. FTP, name this science, which deals with applying
mathematical models and statistical techniques to economic data.
ANS : _ECONOMETRICS_
7. On November 17, 1968, NBC was broadcasting a football game
between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. With 65 seconds
left in the game, the Jets took a 32-29 lead. This lead didn't
hold, as Oakland promptly scored two touchdowns in the final
seconds. TV viewers didn't to see this happen as NBC cut off the
end of the telecast to begin a movie. FTP, give the nickname of
this game, taken from the movie to which NBC cut away.
ANS : The _HEIDI_ game
8. The sixties had the Beatles, the fifties had Elvis, and the
forties had this man --- the 1840's, that is. Women screamed and
swooned at his concerts, and guards had to be posted to keep away
fans trying to cut off a lock of his hair while performing. For ten
points, name the composer, famous for Consolations, Liebestraum,
and Hungarian Rhapsodies numbers 1 and 2.
ANS : Franz _LISZT_
9. In 1972, Presidential candidate George McGovern stood behind him
"1,000 percent" --- and then promptly replaced him on the ticket
with Sargent Shriver. For ten points, name this Missouri senator
who was removed from consideration when McGovern found out that he
had received electroshock treatment for depression.
ANS : Thomas _EAGLETON_
10. He began as a writer of westerns publishing his first novel,
The Bounty Hunters, in 1953. However, in 1968 he switched to
writing contemporary novels with The Big Bounce, followed by such
novels as Fifty-Two Pickup and his latest novel, Riding the Rap.
FTP, name this author known for Freaky Deaky, Maximum Bob, and Get
ANS : Elmore _LEONARD_
11. The Japanese claimed the Chinese fired first; the Chinese
claimed the Japanese did. In either case, this July 7, 1937
incident which occured near Beijing gave the Japanese an excuse to
invade central China, plunging both sides into what was to become
World War II. For ten points, name this incident, named after the
bridge near where it happened.
ANS : The _MARCO POLO_ Bridge incident
12. He said, "It is not enough to cater to the nation's whims---you
must also serve the nation's needs." FTP, name this former
chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, perhaps better
known for calling television a "vast wasteland."
ANS : Newton _MINOW_
13. Max was a distinguished mathematician in his own right,
achieving respect for being one of the leaders in algebraic
geometry in the 19th century. However, he was overshadowed by the
work of his daughter Emmy for her work in abstract algebra. FTP,
give the common surname of these two mathematicians.
ANS : _NOETHER_
14. Among this author's earliest successes were the one-act plays
The American Dream and The Sandbox. He later went on to write the
full-length work Tiny Alice in 1964, followed by the Pulitzer
prize-winning A Delicate Balance in 1966 and Seascape in 1975. FTP,
name this American dramatist most famous for the play Who's Afraid
of Virginia Woolf?
ANS : Edward _ALBEE_
15. This structure, designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in
1965, is the major landmark at the Jefferson National Expansion
Memorial. FTP, identify this 630-foot tall stainless steel
parabolic arch located in St. Louis.
ANS : _GATEWAY ARCH_
16. This chemical element forms two known oxides, both of which are
explosive when dry, and also forms several fluorides and salts,
going against the rule that noble gases aren't supposed to react
with anything. For ten points, name this element, isolated by
Ramsay and Travers in 1898 by repeated fractional distillation of
ANS : _XENON_
17. On August 11, 1965 a policeman pulled over and arrested a young
man on suspicion of drunk driving. A crowd started to gather, at
first joking and taunting, then growing larger and angrier. The
policeman called for reinforcements, who were greeted with thrown
rocks, bottles, and chunks of concrete. This was the start of six
days of mayhem and destruction in, FTP, which section of Los
ANS : _WATTS_
18. The earliest record of this language is a version of the
Anglican _Book of Common Prayer_, translated into this Celtic
language by a Welsh bishop in 1610. An offshoot of Irish Gaelic,
this now-extinct language was still spoken until the 19th century,
when it was displaced by English. FTP, name this language once
spoken by a majority of the inhabitants of the Isle of Man.
ANS : _MANX_
19. This broke out as the result of the struggle among Edward III's
descendants for the control of the English throne, resulting from
Henry VI's inadequacy and the opposition of his rival Richard, duke
of York. FTP, name this series of wars between the House of
Lancaster and the House of York.
ANS : _WAR_s _OF THE ROSES_
20. In Greek legend, he was a favorite of Apollo, and some poets
even described him as Apollo's son. More conventional accounts list
him as the son of the Trojan king Priam and his wife Hecuba. FTP,
name this figure from Greek mythology, renowned for his exploits
during the Trojan War who was slain by Achilles.
ANS : _HECTOR_
21. This author graduated from the University of Massachusetts in
1963, going on to teach English all over the world until the early
1970's, at which point he turned to writing. His later novels
include _Saint Jack_ in 1973, and a 1982 book made into a 1986
movie starring Harrison Ford as Allie Fox. FTP, name the author of
the book, _The Mosquito Coast_.
ANS : Paul _THEROUX_
22. A bookkeeper by training, he was once hired to look into the
investment promise of oil; he told his employers it had no
potential, and then went on to invest in it himself. He formed the
South Improvement Company, and when it was forced out of business,
went on to form Standard Oil of Cleveland. For ten points, name
this "robber baron" of the late 1800's.
ANS : John D. _ROCKEFELLER_
23. This composer started studying at the age of 12 under the
composer Frank Bridge, going on to later write Variations on a
Theme of Frank Bridge. Among his other compositions are the operas
A Midsummer Night's Dream and Death in Venice. For ten points, name
this composer of Peter Grimes and Billy Budd.
ANS : Benjamin _BRITTEN_
24. Born in New York City in 1930, this composer and lyricist made
his first mark on Broadway as the lyricist for West Side Story.
Later, he went on to write the music and lyrics for the musical
Assassins. FTP, name this man, perhaps better known for Sweeney
Todd and Passion.
ANS : Stephen _SONDHEIM_
25. This device permitted the development in the early twentieth
century of radio broadcasting, television, and long-distance
telephony. It also allowed for the development of the first
electronic digital computers. However, these devices were phased
out of comon usage in the 1960's in favor of transistors. For ten
points, name this device, a form of the electron tube.
ANS : _VACUUM TUBE_ (Prompt on ELECTRON TUBE)
26. The solubility of nitrogen and oxygen in blood increases with
pressure. Because of this, if a scuba diver ascends to the surface
too rapidly, these dissolved gases will form bubbles in the
tissues. This painful - and sometimes fatal - condition is, for ten
points, known as what?
ANS : The _BENDS_
ALTERNATE ANSWERS : _DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS_, _CAISSON DISEASE_
27. It's not about the card game from Parker Brothers and it's not
the story of a Monopoly property. This is a story of Martin
Pemberton's search for his father in 1870's New York and a
scientist's quest for eternal youth. FTP, name this 1994 book
written by E.L. Doctorow.
ANS : The _WATERWORKS_
28. He stepped down from the dictatorship he had ran since 1974,
allowing free elections in 1990. However, he never would have taken
power in the first place had he not led the military coup that
toppled Salvador Allende (aye-enn-day) in 1971. For ten points,
name this former military strongman of Chile.
ANS : Augusto _PINOCHET_
29. As of July 17, 1994, this musical had played on Broadway 3,005
times, and it is still running. Technically unique for its rotating
stage, this show contains an expansive cast of characters,
including the Thenardiers, and Gavroche. For ten points, name this
Boubil and Schoenberg musical based on a 19th century novel by
ANS : _LES MISERABLES_
Bonus Questions by Illinois
1. (30) Rocks are often classified as igneous, sedimentary, or
metamorphic. For five points each, identify the type each of the
following rocks belongs to.
ANS : _METAMORPHIC_
ANS : _METAMORPHIC_
ANS : _SEDIMENTARY_
ANS : _METAMORPHIC_
ANS : _IGNEOUS_
ANS : _METAMORPHIC_
2. (30) Given a work of American fiction by a Pulitzer prize-
winning author, identify the work for which he/she won a Pulitzer
prize, for 5 points each. For example, if I said "The Natural",
you would reply "The Fixer", since that is the work for which
Bernard Malamud received a Pulitzer prize.
1. Temple of My Familiar
Ans: _The Color Purple_
2. The Bluest Eye
3. Saint Maybe
Ans: _Breathing Lessons_
Ans: _A Thousand Acres_
5. Billy Phelan's Greatest Game
6. The Neon Bible
Ans: _A Confederacy of Dunces_
3. (30) Okay, let's see how much you know about the past (and
present) governors of New York.
For 5 points, who is currently Governor of New York?
ANS : George _PATAKI_
For 10 points, this former Governor of New York lost a landslide
election to Herbert Hoover in 1928.
ANS : _AL_fred SMITH_
For 15 points, this former governor lost in two Presidential
elections, the first time to FDR.
ANS : Thomas _DEWEY_
4. (30) William Rhenquist is the current Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court. For five points each, and a five point bonus for
putting them in correct order, most recent to earliest -- name the
five men who preceded him in this position.
ANS : Warren _BERGER_,
5. (30) From 1964 to 1966, three movies were released that were the
archetype for the "spaghetti western" - The Man with No Name
For 5 points, who directed these three movies starring Clint
ANS : Sergio _LEONE_
For 5 points each, what are the titles of the three films? (In
English, please, not Italian.)
ANS : A _FISTFUL OF DOLLARS_,
_FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE_,
_THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY_
Clint Eastwood's character is based on that of a samurai bodyguard
in the movie Yojimbo, which was remade by Leone into A Fistful of
Dollars. For ten points, name the director of Yojimbo.
ANS : Akira _KUROSAWA_
6. (30) For the stated number of points, identify each of the
physical effects from the description given.
For 5: It is the apparent difference between the frequency of light
or sound waves leaving a source compared to their frequency when
they reach an observer.
ANS : _DOPPLER_ effect
For 10: Photoconductivity and the photovoltaic effect are two
facets of this effect discovered by Heinrich Hertz in 1887.
ANS : _PHOTOELECTRIC_ effect
For 15: This effect is the diffusion of light by large molecules
and dust, and yields a simple test for telling the difference
between a colloid and a solution.
ANS : _TYNDALL_ effect
7. (30) And now, a bonus on the Korean War.
For five points, in which year did it begin?
ANS : _1950_
For ten points, who was the President of South Korea when it began?
ANS : Syngman _RHEE_
And finally, for 15 points, which river separates North Korea from
ANS : The _YALU_ river
8. (30) Father-son pairs seem to be almost common in baseball. For
the stated number of points, give the shared last name of each
For 5 points, they became the first father-son pair to play in the
same major league lineup on August 31, 1990.
ANS : _GRIFFEY_
For 10 points, Bob is the manager for the Kansas City Royals and
caught for 19 seasons with the Phillies, Angels, and Royals. His
son, Bret, is a second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds.
ANS : _BOONE_
For 15 points, the father, Diego, was known as the "Ancient
Mariner." His son, David, played first base for Montreal in 1995.
ANS : _SEGUI_
9. (30) 30-20-10, Identify the author from characters in his
30) Jabez Wilson and Birdy Edwards
20) Charles Augustus Milverton and Sebastian Moran
10) Irene Adler and Sir Henry Baskerville
ANS : Sir Arthur Conan _DOYLE_
10. (30) 30-20-10, Identify the year.
30) Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and Erica Jong's Fear of
Flying are published.
20) Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in tennis's "Battle of the
10) Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns.
ANS : _1973_
11. (30) Answer these questions about Beethoven for the
statstated number of points.
First, for five points, upon whose poem did Beethoven draw text for
his 9th Symphony?
ANS : Friedrich von _SCHILLER_
Next, for ten points, what is the name of Beethoven's only
ANS : _FIDELIO_
For a final 15 points, by what name is his Mass in D Minor commonly
ANS : _MISSA SOLEMNIS_
12. (30) 30-20-10, identify the musical group from some of their
30) Voice of Harold, Endgame
20) Driver 8, World Leader Pretend
10) Man on the Moon, Stand
ANS : _R.E.M._
13. (30) 30-20-10, identify the author from the clues given.
30: On the eve of World War I, he was taken from his homeland to
Geneva, Switzerland, which he left in 1919.
20: Works of his include _The Garden of Forking Paths_, _The
Aleph_, and _A Universal History of Infamy_.
10: He returned to his native Argentina in 1921, where he worked as
a librarian until removed from the job when Juan Peron came to
power in 1946.
ANS : Jorge Luis _BORGES_
14. (30) You may know that the first four books of the New
Testament are the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; but,
for 5 points each, name the next six books after the four gospels
in the New Testament.
ANS : _ACTS_,
15. (30) Given some clues about a World War II figure, name them
for 10 points each.
This British officer believed in saturation, or area, bombing
instead of precision bombing, earning him the nickname "Bomber".
ANS : Arthur _HARRIS_
ALTERNATE ANSWER : Sir Arthur _TRAVERS_
Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, he was picked as the
Soviet commissar of foreign affairs. He is known for negotiating a
non-aggression pact with Germany.
ANS : Vyacheslav _MOLOTOV_
The commander of the German 6th Army, he was captured along with
his entire army at Stalingrad.
ANS : Friedrich _PAULUS_
16. (30) For 5 points each, given the title of a couple of
paintings, name the artist.
Absinthe, The Dance Class
ANS : Edgar _DEGAS_
Portrait of Paul Eluard, Persistence of Memory
ANS : Salvador _DALI_
Saint-Lazare Station, Water Lilies
ANS : Claude _MONET_
Belvidere, Climbing and Descending
ANS : M.C. _ESCHER_
The Betrayal of Images, Time Transfixed
ANS : Rene _MAGRITTE_
Dancers on a Plane, Racing Thoughts
ANS : Jasper _JOHNS_
17. (30) For 5 points each, given the country, name the longest
river flowing through the country.
ANS : _NILE_ River
ANS : _YANGTZE_ River
ANS : _LOIRE_ River
ANS : _SHANNON_ River
ANS : _PO_ River
ANS : _TAY_ River
18. (30) When viewed through a spectroscope, the electromagnetic
radiation from hydrogen forms a set of five series of spectral
lines - one in the visible light spectrum, one in ultraviolet, and
three in infrared. For 5 points each, and another 5 for all
correct, give the names of these five spectral line series for
ANS : _LYMAN_,
19. (30) For ten points apiece, name the actor from one of his
roles. If you need another role, you'll receive five points
10) Bruce in Bang the Drum Slowly
5) Jack Walsh in Midnight Run
ANS : Robert _De NIRO_
10) Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out
5) Chaplin Tappman in Catch-22
ANS : Anthony _PERKINS_
10) Graham Marshall in A Shock to the System
5) Milo Tindle in Sleuth
ANS : Michael _CAINE_
20. (30) Given a brief description of a book by Kurt Vonnegut,
give its title for ten points.
At the novel's end, the world is destroyed by a substance known as
ANS: _CAT'S CRADLE_
His first novel, it describes a completely mechanized and automated
society and its effects on a New York factory town.
ANS : _PLAYER PIANO_
This book describes the Allied bombing of Dresden during World War
ANS : _SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE_
21. (30) For 5 points each, given the city or state, name the NHL
team which plays there.
ANS : _RED WINGS_
ANS : _BRUINS_
ANS : _SENATORS_
ANS : _STARS_
ANS : _FLAMES_
ANS : _AVALANCHE_
22. (30) How much do you know about Iraq and its leader, Saddam
First, for 5 points, what is the capital of Iraq?
ANS : _BAGHDAD_
Second, Iraq is bordered by 6 other nations. Name three of them for
5 points, and any 5 of them for 10 points.
ANS : _SYRIA_,
Finally, for 15 points, what does Saddam Hussein's first name mean
ANS : The _ONE WHO CONFRONTS_
23. (30) Neil Simon has left his indelible mark on both Broadway
and television. Let's see what you know about one of his first
successes, _The Odd Couple_.
First, for 5 points each, give the full names of the two members of
the Odd Couple.
ANS : _OSCAR MADISON_, _FELIX UNGER_
Second, for 5 points each, name the two actors who portrayed Oscar
Madison and Felix Unger in the movie _The Odd Couple_.
ANS : Jack _LEMMON_ (as Felix) and Walter _MATTHAU_ (as Oscar)
Finally, for 5 points each, name the two actors who played Oscar
and Felix in the long-running television series.
ANS : Jack _KLUGMAN_ (as Oscar) and Tony _RANDALL_ (as Felix)