1995 Guy Fawkes Eve Buzzer Explosion
Questions by the Commonwealth of Independent Schools (Utah)
1. He had no name, or more appropriately, the name of "no-one".
He wandered the seas, wreaking havoc on ships carrying munitions.
He was a savior in his second novel, "The Mysterious Island", but
had been more of a villain in his first appeance, in "20,000
Leagues Under the Sea". FTP, name this captain of the "Nautilus".
2. Today, the comercial types of this alloy have a third metal,
such as lead, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, or aluminum , added to
the original two metals. Additionally, many alloys called by this
name have zinc instead of tin. FTP, what is this alloy that gave
its name to the first "Metal Age", and is traditionally composed of
copper and tin?
3. This Englishman was a highly successful in business and retired
a multi-millionaire at age 42. At his leisure he composed a work
on economic theory that became the basic text of the classical
school of English political economy. FTP who wrote the depressing
"On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation" in which he
devised the first purely abstract theory of the operation of
economic "laws", which earned him the title of "father of the
4. You probably think that World War I ended in 1918; in fact,
however, it continued for two decades more, as the Treaty of
Versailles neglected this country's fate. This country, whose
motto is "Touch me if you dare", continued to fight against
Germany, despite the handicap of not bordering on it. On September
25, 1939, this tiny country signed a peace treaty with Germany,
bringing peace to Europe (except for the fact that World War II had
just started). FTP, name this Pyrenean state, which fought Germany
for so long.
5. "The pale Usher--threadbare in coat, heart, body, and brain;
I see him now". This not-so-famous passage begins the section
"Etymology". Following this section is "Extracts". Finally, the
first chapter, "Loomings", appears, opening with the famous
phrase involving nomenclature and the oldest son of Abraham. FTP,
name this famous Herman Melville book about a white whale.
6. It's been said that you can't legislate morality; it's even
harder to legislate mathematics. In 1897, however, the General
Assembly of Indiana passed a law fixing the value of this constant
to be an integer. Though it wasn't shown to be transcendental
until 1882, even Archimedes knew it wasn't an integer. FTP, what
is this mathematical constant, equal to half the circumference of
the unit circle?
7. He spent most of his long life as a tutor and companion to the
Cavendish family, though he once tutored Charles II in mathematics.
A forceful writer and pioneer of modern political science, his
works include "Elements of Law" and "Philosophical Rudiments". But
his most famous work is a 1651 defense of secular monarchy
subtitled "The Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth,
Ecclesiastical and Civil". FTP, name this writer and thinker, who
stated that self-interest and egoism was the root of all social
conflict, and that life was "nasty, brutish, and short".
A: Thomas HOBBES
8. When he died, e e cummings said of him, "The only man, woman,
or child who wrote a simple declarative sentance with seven
gramatical errors is dead". His death also had controversy
attached to it--it was widely rumored that he had been poisoned,
but his wife would not allow an autopsy, and had the body cremated.
Consequently, the truth of this president's involvement in the
Teapot Dome scandal could not be positively established. FTP, who
was this president, whose successor was Calvin Coolidge?
Warren G. HARDING
9. This opera, which premiered in Dresden in 1843, is based on a
legend by Heine. In it, a sea captain is condemned to sail the
seas until he finds a maiden, faithful unto death. Unfortunately,
he can only land once every seven years. Ultimately, this sets up
a love triangle between the captain, Senta, and Eric. FTP, name
this Wagner opera, which in German is called "Der Fliegende (FLEE
The FLYING DUTCHMAN
10. In Arabic, the name for it is (DEEK al Room). Literally,
that means "Roman rooster". However, to the early Arabs, Rome was
Constantinople, so the name is actually quite close to what
Americans call it. FTP, what is this large bird, that will be
served nationwide in about 3 weeks?
11. After the heavy casualties at Breed's Hill, the British high
command decided to find an alternate source of cannon fodder. King
George III turned to his German connections to hire these
mercenaries who came from all over Germany, but were given this
generic single name since many of them came from a single
principality. FTP, what is the name for these German troops, some
of whom were captured at Princeton and Trenton?
12. This mineral is unique in that it can be spun and carded,
like wool or cotton. This, combined with its near
indestructability, led to its use in countless applications.
Unfortunately, its indestructability also contributed to the fact
that its dust is carcinogenic. FTP, name this fireproof material
that is being removed from buildings by highly trained personel in
13. His Baker Electric is in a museum, which is a testament to
how well built the car was, as the double seat was taken up by his
bulk, which was in excess of 330 pounds. Despite his size,
however, he got elected president, but lost his bid for re-
election, thanks to a Moose. FTP, who was this president, who
later served on the Supreme Court?
William Howard TAFT
14. In 1929, at the age of 30, he was inaugurated president of
the Universityof Chicago. In 1939 he unilaterally cancelled the
football program at the University of Chicago, saying that to win
at college football you had to cheat, and the University of Chicago
would not cheat. For ten points who is this preeminient US
educator, a founder of the Great Books program?
Robert Maynard HUTCHINS
15. Most instruments in this mucial group produce sound by the
vibration of a reed, amplified by a column of air within a pipe
that has holes along its length. FTP, name this family, the
instruments of which are not necessarily made of wood.
16. His magazine sent him to cover the Gulf War in 1991. But he
had a hard time getting any respect in the journalist pool because
the name of his magazine meant "a large rock that moves around".
FTP, who is this American humorist, whose books include
"Parliament of Whores" and "Give War a Chance?"
P J O'ROURKE
17. In 1898 he became head of a commission that identified the
common housefly as a typhoid carrier. In 1900 he went to Cuba as
head of a medical commission investigating the transmission of a
tropical disease. FTP, who was the US surgeon and bacteriologist
whose experiments on soldier volunteers demonstrated that yellow
fever is propagated through the bite of a mosquito?
18. Sometimes, you just have to make sure someone is really dead.
In this man's case, however, it was understandable--he had already
survived several attempts on his life, and was widely beleived to
be immortal. On the final night of his life, he ate several
poisoned cakes, and drank several glasses of poisoned wine. When
he still did not die, he was shot. However, he got up, choked
Felix, one of his would-be assassins, and ran outside. He was
then shot again, and brought back inside. Felix then proceeded to
bludgeon him, just to make sure. Finally, his body was weighted
down, and thrown in a frozen river. FTP, who was this monk, who
wielded considerable power in the Romanov's court, in the last days
of the Empire?
19. Sometimes, you have to resort to desperate measures to
survive a seige. In this 1759 satire, "The Old Woman", as she was
later known, had to lose a buttock to feed the defenders of a
fort. She survived the attack, however, and, despite being the
daughter of Urban X, ended up in the service of Cunegonde. FTP,
Cunegonde was the beloved of the title character in what famous
20. In 1917, 50 members of the House of Representatives voted
against US entry into World War I. In 1941, only 1 voted against
entry into World War II. This made her the only member of
Congress to vote against both World Wars. That she would have
voted against the wars is not odd, as she was a pacifist; what is
odd is that she only served 2 terms in Congress. FTP, name this
Montana Congresswoman, the first woman to be elected to Congress.
21. This title character was born just a few miles north and
west of the most easterly point in the British Isles. Blunderstone
exists today, but the "E" has been dropped. Even so, Barkis would
still recognize the place. Yarmouth also exists today, but it has
become "Great", and engulfs Gorelston. It is still far from
Yarmouth to London, but a lad today could make it, especially if
he had help from Betsy Trotwood. FTP, who is this character, who
can be seen as largely autobiographical for Charles Dickens?
22. This African country was settled by former slaves of British
loyalists after the American Revolution. Liberia, its neighbor,
was comprised of slaves freed in the early 19th Century. FTP, name
this country whose capital is Freetown.
23. This unit was created so that force in the MKS system could
be defined independent of weight. It is defined as the force that
will give a mass of one kilogram an acceleration of one meter per
second per second. In practical terms, this means that a kilogram
of mass weighs about 9.8 of these units. FTP, name this unit,
which is named after the 17th century physicist and mathematician
who developed the basic laws of motion.
24. "Aaagh!!! Hot potato, apple cores, and that will make
ammends". With the appropriate hand guestures, this is suppposed
to ward away the bad luck that actors feel accompanies every
mention of this play. Since the play includes bloody murder and
moving forests, bad luck just might accompany it. FTP, name this
Shakespearean work that is always referred to as "the Scottish
25. He was making $100,000 an episode , yet he quit 1994's most
successful TV drama to make movies. FTP who played NYPD Blue's
detective John Kelley?
1. (30) The image of hot lead being thrown to kill may cause you
to think of the Old West. However, think back to the old East to
answer these questions, for the stated number of
1. For 10 points, what monster was killed by its own heat,
when a spear with lead on its end was thrown into its open mouth?
2. For 5 points, who killed the Chimera?
3. For 15 points, who was Bellerphon's father, also father of
the Sphinx, who warred against the gods and was banished by Zeus to
2. (30) Given the creator or creators, name the programming
language, for 10 points each.
1. John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz BASIC
2. John Backus and a team at IBM FORTRAN
3. Niklaus Wirth PASCAL
3. (30) After World War I, the treaty of Varsailles was drawn up
to settle affairs with Germany. There were, however, several other
treaties after the war which settled accounts with other European
countries. Identify the country involved given the name of the
1. Neuilly BULGARIA
2. Trianon PalaceHUNGARY
3. Sevres TURKEY
4. Identify the cities in which you could find the following
airports, for 5 points each.
1. McCarron Int'l LAS VEGAS
2. Kimpo Int'l SEOUL
3. Schiphol AMSTERDAM
4. Fiumicino ROME
5. Barajas MADRID
6. Chiang Kai-Shek Int'l TAIPEI
5. Identify the directors of the following blockbuster films, for
5 points each.
1. Ghostbusters Ivan REITMAN
2. Mrs. Doubtfire Chris COLUMBUS
3. Nat'l Lampoon's Animal House John LANDIS
4. Beverly Hills Cop Martin BREST
5. The Fugitive Alan DAVIS
6. Saturday Night Fever John Badham
6. For ten points each, identify the following boxers who had
famous bouts with Muhammed Ali, the self-proclaimed greatest
fighter of all time.
1. He delivered Ali his first professional loss.
2. Still around, this man fought Ali in a historic match in
3. After being stripped of his title for draft evasion, Ali
regained it from George Foreman, and then lost it again for the
final time to this man.
7. (30) Given a work in a trilogy and its author, for five
points each, give the other two works.
1. "The Count of Monte Cristo" - Dumas
The COUNTESS OF MONTE CRISTO; The SON OF MONTE CRISTO.
2. "The Financier" - Dresier
The TITAN, The STOIC
3. "The Hamlet" - Faulkner
The TOWN, The MANSION
8. (30) How well do you remember your trig identities? Let's
find out. For ten points each, I'll give you an expression, and
you give me a simplified answer in terms of either sin(nx) for some
n, or cos(nx) for some n.
1. 2sin(x)cos(x) A: sin(2x)
2. 4cos^3(x) - 3cos(x)A: cos(3x)
3. sin^2(2x) + cos^2(2x) [Remember to give your answer in the
form sin(nx) or cos(nx)]. A: cos(0x) or cos(0) .
9. (30) Sometimes, inspiration comes at unusual times, and
sometimes it is just as easily lost. Answer the following
questions about one such incident for the stated number ofpoints.
1. 54 lines of this 300 line poem exist; the rest were never
put to paper. For 5 points, name this great English poem.
2. For 10 points, in the poem "Kubla Khan", what was the name
of the sacred river that ran "in caverns measureless to man"?
3. Coleridge was detained for over an hour by some trivial
business; when he resumed work on "Kubla Khan", he had completely
forgotten the dream he had had. For 15 points, how is the man who
interupted Coleridge commonly known?
The Man from PORLOCK
10. Tanks have always proved tricky to destroy. In World War 2,
the "Big Three" and the two foes they all fought came up with some
unique anti-tank weapons. Given below are descriptions of three of
these weapons. FTP each, tell me who used each of them.
1. The No. 74 (ST) hand grenade, known as the "sticky bomb",
had a special feature -- an adhesive coating which enabled it to
stick to the side of an enemy tank. It also enabled it to stick
to the thrower, which was generally what happened. Once stuck,
the soldier then had a considerate 5-second delay in which to free
himself. Even if he succeeded, only a practised shot putter could
hope to lob the one-third stone bomb far enough away to ensure his
own safety. It was soon discontinued.
Great BRITAIN or ENGLAND.
2. Next, we have the Lunge Bomb, which comprised a long pole
with a grenade and three spikes attached. To use it the infantry
man approached the tank, rammed the spike through its side, and
retired to a safe distance. However, since the safety pin had to
be removed before this operation could begin, the ramming action
almost invariably caused the bomb to detonate before the soldier
had time to run away.
3. Lastly, we have the dog mine. The idea was to train the
dogs to associate food with the underneath of tanks, in the hope
that they would run hungrily beneath advancing Panzer divisions.
Bombs were then strapped to their backs. However, they associated
food only with their own tanks, and forced an entire division into
retreat. The plan was abandonded on the second day of this
country's involvement in the war.
USSR or RUSSIA.
11. 30-20-10. Name the composer from works.
30: "The Apostles" and "The Kingdom"
20: "The Dream of Gerontius"
10: "The Enigma Variations" and "Pomp and Circumstance"
12. (30) How's your folklore? Let's find out, as you answer
these questions for 10 points apiece.
1. Legend states that the bells of this city can still be
heard, ringing their alarm. This is not too surprising, since the
bulk of the city was washed into the sea, in 1347 and 1570. Name
this city. DUNWICH
2. Another legend states "As (blank) is, Dunwich once was...".
What major city, not too far from it, could be called "today's
3. That last legend concludes, "and (blank) shall be". What
is the other city, near Dunwich, that is supposed to be fated to
take its place? NORWICH
13. (30) Given a Nobel citation in Chemistry, identify the prize
winner, for 10 points each.
1. In 1921, for his "contributions to our knowledge of the
chemistry of radioactive substances, and his investigations into
the origin and nature of isotopes."
2. In 1944, for his "discovery of the fission of heavy
3. In 1958, for his "work on the structure of proteins,
especially that of insulin."
14. (30). Answer the following questions about the works of Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow, for 10 points each.
1. Washington Irvings "Sketchbook" provided the major
influence for which of his works?
2. The "Canterbury Tales" inspired which Longfellow book?
"Tales of a WAYSIDE INN"
3. Name the meter in which "Evangeline" and "The Courtship
of Miles Standish" are written.
15. (30) In 1869, Wyoming became the first state in the US to
give women the right to vote. For 10 points each, give the next
three states to enfranchise women.
UTAH, COLORADO, IDAHO.
16. (30) Name the author by his works, 30-20-10-5
for 30 : Underwoods; The Silverado Squatters
for 20 : The Master of Ballantrae; Father Damien
for 10 : The Black Arrow
for 5 : Treasure Island; Kidnapped
A: Robert Louis STEVENSON
17. (30) Landlocked Afghanistan is surrounded by 7 countries.
For 5 pts each name six of them.
IRAN; TURKEMNISTAN; UZBEKISTAN; TAJIKISTAN;
CHINA; PAKISTAN; INDIA.
18. (30) Identify the following religious texts, for 10 points
1. The text read aloud at a Passover Seder.
2. The "Song of the Blessed One", from the Vedas.
3. The 3rd century B.C. Jewish translation of the Old
Testament into Greek.
19. (30) 30-20-10. Name the city.
30: This city on the Baltic Sea was seized by the Soviets
during World War II. Some 40,000 German inhabitants who failed to
escape to the west were either shipped to the steppes or executed.
Impoverished Russians, dislocated by the war, came to take their
20: The city and the surrounding region were renamed after
Stalin's titular president, a member of the Politburo from 1925.
10: Formerly called Konigsberg, it is now completely separated
from the rest of the Russian republic. There is a conflict between
Lithuania and Russia over control of this embattled area.
20. (30). Michaelangelo portrayed him as a naked youth about to do
battle in a work completed in 1504. About 50 years earlier another
artist had portrayed him in bronze, naked, except for a hat and
For 5 points, give the name these two sculptures share.
For 10 points, give the name of the earlier artist.
For 15 points if exact, 10 if within 5 years, or 5 if within
15 years, give the date in which Michelangelo finished his statue
21. (30) Missouri is bounded by 8 states. For five points apiece
name 6 of them. One wrong answer will stop you.
ARKANSAS; ILLINOIS; IOWA; KANSAS; KENTUCKY; NEBRASKA;
22. (30) Israel has fought four major wars with its Arab
neighbors. FTP each, given the name of one these wars, give the
year in which it was fought.
Six Days War ======== 1967
Suez War============ 1956
Yom Kippur War ====== 1973
23. (30) Four well know actors failed to win an Oscar for
acting, but they did win for directing. For 5 points each, name
any six of the directing thespians and their award-winning movies.
Robert REDFORD ============= Ordinary people
Warren BEATTY ============== Reds
Kevin KOSTNER ============== Dances with Wolves
Clint EASTWOOD ============== Unforgiven
24. (30) We all know that Hydro-Carbons pollute; how well do you
know Hydrogen and Carbon? For Five points each, what are the
three isotopes of Hyrdogen?
PROTIUM, DEUTIRIUM, TRITIUM.
For another five points each, What are the three allotropes of
GRAPHITE; DIAMOND; BUCKMINSTERFULLERINE (OR) BUCKYBALLS
25. Egypt has had three presidents since the revolution. Given
what the chauffeur said about each one's navigation of an
intersection, for 10 points each, give the president.
"He signalled left, but went right"
"He signalled left, then pulled over on the right side of the
street" Hosni MUBARAK
"He signalled right, then went left"
Gamal ab-al NASSER
26. (30) Europe can be classified as a peninsula of Asia.
Europe, too, has its peninsulas. Given a list of the measurements
of Europe's six major peninsulas, list the peninsula that goes
with the measurement. If only one measurement is given, the
peninsula is longer than it is wide.
1,150 miles long; 800 miles wide by 650 miles long;
600 miles long; 610 miles wide by 560 miles long;
250 miles long; and 120 miles long by 200 miles wide.
SCANDINAVIAN; BALKAN; ITALIAN; IBERIAN; JUTLAND (or CIMBRIC);
(note to this question--I will provide the visual aid)
27. (30) OK, time for the obligatory junk question. In the OJ
Simpson trial--OOOOPs, that should be junk, as in food, not trash.
Bakers make doughnut holes, and Life Savers recently started
selling the holes. Given the candy bar, give, for 5 points
apiece, what the pieces are called when they are sold in their own
Heath Bar ================ Heath SENSATIONs
Nestle Crunch ============ BUNCHA Crunch
Butterfinger Bar ========== Butterfinger BB's.
Now, given three samples, test them, and identify, for 5 points
each, which package contains which product. If you wish, you may
share with the other team.
A Buncha Crunch
B Heath Sensation
C Butterfinger bb's
28. (30) As this is the "Guy Fawkes Buzzer Explosion", how about
a few questions about the Guy himself, for 5 points apiece?
1. In which year did the Gunpowder plot occur? 1605
2. Who was warned in advance of the plot?
3. Who is generally credited with warning Monteagle?
4. Who hired the cellar under Parliment where the gunpowder
was stored? Lord PERCY (of Northumberland)
5. Which king was the intended target? JAMES I
6. Who was the chief investigator into the plot and secretary
of state? (Hint: he shares his name with a kind of steak)