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Toss-up Questions by Tom Michael,
Bonus Questions by Tom Michael and Michael Baldwin
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Kono michi ma
Yuku hito nashi ni
Aki no kure
(pronounce the vowels "a" as if it were in the word "gnaw," "e" as if it were
the "a" in "may", "i" as if it were the "e" in "me,""o" as in "no," "u" as if
it were the "ou" in "you.")
is one by Matsuo Basho, a 17th Century wanderer who developed this verse
form. FTP, name this poetic form of 17 syllables and three lines.
_haiku_ (pron: HIGH-coo)
After shooting himself in the chest failed to off him, American doctors
patiently nursed him back to health so that he could be hanged. Born of a
samurai family, he taught at a military staff college until assigned to the
garrisons in Manchuria. Becoming Chief of Staff of the army in China in 1937,
he later became Minister of War and finally premier. FTP, who was this
Japanese leader who resigned in disgrace after the Allies captured Saipan?
(Any of two categories above)
In his desire to become King of the Moon, he imposed a backbreaking
labor on his subjects. He ignored the complaints until Mack, the lowliest of
his underlings, brought the whole enterprise back to Earth with a "plain
little" burp. FTP name this subject of a political allegory by Dr. Seuss, the
"king of the pond" "on the far-away Island of Sala-ma-Sond."
_Yertle_ the Turtle
13.5 times heavier than water, this substance freezes at -40 fahrenheit.
Combined with chlorine, it can be a calomel or an antiseptic. As an amalgam
it's been used for gold and silver extraction, and as a fulminate it forms an
explosive used in detonators. FTP, what is this element whose chief ore is
Molino del Rey, San Antonio, Chapultepec, Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma,
Monterrey, Cerro Gordo, and Veracruz were among the battles of, ftp, what war
ended by the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo?
_Mexican_ - American War
This King of Phrygia was condemned for various crimes: betrayal of Zeus,
theft of a golden dog, serving ambrosia without a license, and feeding his son
Pelops to the gods at a banquet. FTP, who was this father of Niobe and Broteas
who spends eternity in Hades with the food and drink he craves just out of
The fifth book was published posthumously, and may not entirely be the
work of the author. The work's title characters are a father who was sued for
stealing the bells of Notre Dame, and a son who journeys to the Oracle of the
Holy Bottle to have a question answered. FTP, identify this satire mostly by
_Gargantua and Pantagruel_
This title of this nation's King can be translated as "Lord of Life and
Possessor of the Twenty-Four Golden Umbrellas." The first King founded the
city of Ayuthia, and its current capital was founded by King Rama I. The
nation joined Japan in declaring war on the United States, but the Allies
ignored it. FTP, what is this Southeast Asian country whose current King is
the longest reigning living monarch?
While working at the Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics at Cal Tech, he
helped plan the building and installation of a 200 inch telescope. Using
delicate detectors called electroscopes, he proved that cosmic rays originated
in outer space. FTP, identify this 1923 Nobel laureate for physics who also
first measured the charge of the electron.
Robert Andrews _Millikan_
The Reign, the Rage, the Quest, and the Lasers represent Seattle,
Richmond, Columbus, and San Jose respectively in, ftp, what women's
professional basketball league that started in the Fall of 1996?
_American Basketball League_ (Acc: ABL)
The first American performer allowed to tour the Soviet Union, the U.S.
government used him as a courier for secret messages on his return voyage. He
once explained his membership in the Algonquin Round table by saying that he
functioned as the listener. On _I Love Lucy_ he recreated the "mirror scene"
from _Duck Soup_ that he had performed with his brother Groucho. FTP, name
this Marx Brother who communicated a lot while never saying anything?
Fritz Opel tried to develop them as a propellant method for trains and
cars, while William Congreve had advocated their use in war a century earlier.
Their name is derived from an old Italian word for a small staff. FTP, what is
this device that can be dry- or liquid-fueled, and was developed in modern
times by Robert Goddard?
Some of the sets were designed by Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall, and
the music for some of the productions was composed by Ravel, Debussy, and
Stravinsky. Opened in Paris in 1909, George Balanchine was one of the
choreographers. FTP, identify this dance company founded by Sergei Diaghilev.
_Ballets Russes_ (pron: ba-LAY ROOS)
Isabella II of Spain in 1870, Richard II of England in 1399, Carol II of
Rumania in 1940, Diocletian in 305, and Charles X of France in 1830 did what
all the German kings and princesses did in 1918 and Napoleon did twice. FTP,
what is this sometimes involuntary act that in England requires the consent of
_abdication_ (acc: very close equivalents)
A pupil of Bellini, Giorgione was one of his fellow students. He painted
himself kneeling before Christ and Mary in his _Pieta_, and also created the
allegory _Scared and Profane Love_. Charles V was so pleased with this artist
created that he named him "Knight of the Golden Spur and Count Palatine." FTP,
who is this Venetian artist who has lent his name to a shade of blue?
_Titian_ (pron: TEE-shun)
(Acc: Tiziano Vecelli)
This son of a banker abandoned medical school to study philosophy.
Borrowing from the Buddhists that "life is suffering," he felt that the
intellect must suppress desire in order to diminish suffering. FTP, name this
notorious pessimist and author of 1819's _The World as Will and Idea_.
Mount Betty Gustafson, Roosevelt Island, Adelie Land. the Beardmore
Glacier, the Rockefeller Plateau, Elephant Island, Victoria Land, the Bay of
Whales, the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea, the Amundsen Glacier, the Ross Ice
Shelf, and Mount Erebus are all, ftp, part of what continent surrounded by
About Fame, this poet said: "She comes unlook'd for, if she comes at
all." He called London a "Dear, damn'd, distracting town;" and talked about
"The Right Divine of Kings to govern wrong." Those lines come from "The Temple
of Fame," "A Farewell to London," and _The Dunciad_. FTP, identify this
English neoclassicist and wit who also wrote _An Essay on Criticism_ and _The
Rape of the Lock_.
Bob Dornan has called her "an inarticulate, flaky, non-qualified
person." Those are strong words to use against a person who's just defeated
you by 900 votes. FTP, name this Hispanic-American Californian whose recent
election to the House of Representatives is still being contested.
Andrew Jackson appointed him Attorney General in 1831, and in 1833 moved
him to Secretary of the Treasury.; but the Senate refused to confirm him.
After a brief retirement, this Marylander was appointed to the Supreme Court
in 1836 as the Chief Justice to succeed John Marshall. FTP, name this jurist
most remembered for his opinion in _Scott v. Sanford_.
Roger Brooke _Taney_ (pron: TAW nih)
A cholecystectomy (pron: Ko-la-sis-tect-to-me) is often necessary to
remove these small hard pebbles of cholesterol. They cause pain if they get
caught in the cystic or the bile duct. FTP, what are these hard objects which
usually form in a bladder?
(Acc: "gall bladder" as clear and precise knowledge if the buzz comes on
(Do not acc: kidney stones)
He wrote "There is no joy but calm" in the poem "Choric Song," and "The
last great Englishman is low" in "Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington."
FTP, who is this Victorian poet who wrote of "Believing where we cannot prove"
in the prologue to "In Memoriam."
Alfred, Lord _Tennyson_
Its top thousand feet, including the volcanic crater, had probably
eroded away centuries before man ever set eyes on it. A river named for it
begins a few miles away and flows west to the Pacific, and Uspallata (pron:
US-pah-YAW-tah) Pass is just to the south. FTP, name this highest mountain in
the Western Hemisphere which is near the Chilean-Argentinean border in the
Mount _Aconcagua_ (pron: AH-kon-KAH-gwah)
His own poems were published in _Pictures of the Gone World_ and _A
Coney Island of the Mind_; but he's also known for publishing Ginsberg's
_Howl_ and the works of other Beat Poets. FTP, name this proprietor of San
Francisco's _City Lights_ bookstore.
After its first encounter with the asteroid Gaspara succeeded, NASA
stopped worrying about the loss of the high gain antenna and developed
software patches to use the surviving technology. The improved software has
sent back astounding images of Ganymede, Europa, and the primary target of
Jupiter. FTP, identify this interplanetary spaceprobe named for an Italian
Flooding, aversion therapy, systematic desensitization, extinction,
conditioning, and reinforcement are all techniques used in, ftp, what
psychotherapy theory advocated by Wolpe, Watson, and Skinner?
_behaviorism_ (acc: behavioral therapy)
A common name for a group of compounds containing a common element, it's
caustic if the formula contains a hydroxide. Usually manufactured from a
common salt, you can also use it to wash or bake. FTP, what is this four
letter word that can be found in a fountain or a vending machine?
The Salians lived near the sea, while the Ripuarians lived on the banks
of the Middle Rhine. Cemeteries
yin Northern France reveal that their soldiers were buried fully armed.
Crossing the Rhine about 250 A.D., King Clovis established an Empire in the
early 6th Century. FTP, name these Germanic people who have leant their name
to a nation.
30-20-10 Points (Literature)
30-20-10, name the author from his works:
30: The poetry collection _The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame
20: The play _Buchanan Dying_
10: The novel _The Witches of Eastwick_
30 Points (Music/Dance/Performing Arts)
A triad chord may be built on each of the seven degrees of a C major
scale. For 5 points each, give me the name of the triad:
1. 1st degree, c-e-g
2. 2nd degree, d-f-a
3. 6th degree, a-c-e
4. 4th degree, f-a-c
5. 5th degree, g-b-d
6. 3rd degree. e-g-b
30 Points (History)
Remember the Alamo and for ten points each answer these questions about
the Texas War for Independence:
1. What self-proclaimed "Napoleon of the West" commanded the Mexican troops
in the war?
Juan Antonio Lopez de _Santa Ana_
2. At what battle did the Texans ultimately defeat and capture Santa Ana?
_San Jacinto_ (pron: ja-SIN-to or ha-SEEN-to)
3. What was the nickname, popularized in song, of the woman Santa Ana was
bedding while the Texans annihilated his army around him?
the _Yellow Rose_ of Texas
25 Points (Religion/Philosophy/Mythology)
For five points each, identify the Christian apostle:
1. The apostle who was the brother of Peter and patron saint of Russia.
2. The apostle chosen by lot to take the place of Judas Iscariot.
3. The two apostle brothers Jesus called "sons of thunder."
_James_ the Greater and _John_ the Divine
4. Also called "Didymus," his apocryphal Acts tell of his Mission to India.
_Thomas_ (Acc: Doubting Thomas)
30 Points (Pop Culture)
For five points each, give me the name of the music group given the
"last names" of its personnel:
Baker, Bruce, Clapton
Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, McConnell
Berry, Buck, Mills, Zevon
_Hindu Love Gods_
(note: "Berry, Buck, Mills, *Stipe* is REM)
Allison, Holly, Mauldin, Sullivan
The _Crickets_ (Acc: Buddy Holly and the Crickets)
Kato, O, Roeser
Cease, Colt, Gorman, Robinson, Robinson
The _Black Crowes_
30 Points (History)
For ten points each, answer the following about the history of
1. When James Cook claimed Australia for England in 1770, what name did he
give the tract of land he had explored; a name still used by an
_New South Wales_
2. The first penal colony was established By Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788
at what site near present day Sydney?
3. Within five years, in what year did the states of Australia formally
unite into a federated Commonwealth?
_1901_ (Acc: 1896-1906)
20 Points (Painting/Sculpture Architecture/Film)
United Artists Studios began in 1923 as the joint venture of three
silent film stars and one director. For five points each, name the screen
giants who began the film studio.
Douglas _Fairbanks_ Sr.
D. W. (David Lewelyn Wark) _Griffith_
25 Points (History)
For five points each identify the five members of the Tudor dynasty in
(Do not accept Lady Jane Grey. Technically she would not have been a
30 Points (Science)
Chemists in the 1990's have used a tool known as STM to create a battery
about a millionth of an inch across, and to position individual atoms into the
formation to spell out "IBM." For ten points per word, what is the full name
of the tool known by its acronym S-T-M?
_scanning_ _tunneling_ _microscope_
30 Points (Literature)
You'll get 10 points if you can identify the poet from some of his
poetry, or five points if you need the name of the poem the lines are from:
10: "All I could see from where I stood/Was three long mountains and a
Edna St. Vincent _Millay_
10: "So on we worked, and waited for the light,/And went without the
meat, and cursed the bread"
5: "Richard Cory"
Edwin Arlington _Robinson_
10: "April is the cruellest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead
land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring
5: "The Waste Land"
_T_homas _S_tearns _Eliot_
30 Points (Religion/Philosophy/Mythology)
A Thessalian king will die unless someone agrees to take his place. His
parents refuse, but his wife volunteers and descends to Hades. Heracles then
rescues her and she returns to life. For fifteen points each, identify this
mythological couple who appear in a play by Euripides and an opera by Gluck.
_Alcestis_ and _Admetus_
30 Points (Geography)
For 10 points each, identify the former Soviet Republic from a list of
some of its geographical features:
1. Mount Goverla, the Kerch Peninsula, the city of Poltava
2. Mount Aragats, Lake Sevan, the city of Yerevan
3. Mount Tengri, Lake Balkhash, the mouth of the Ural River, the city of
20 Points (Current Events)
Kansas lost a lot of seniority in the Senate with the 1996 retirements
of Senators Dole and Kassebaum. For 10 points each, which two Republicans won
Kansas' Senate seats in November, 1996?
20 Points (History)
Germany lost its four African colonies as a result of World War I, and
each is now an independent nation. For five points each, identify:
1. The nation once divided between the British and the French; it achieved
independence in 1960 while a portion of it joined Nigeria in 1961.
2. Also divided by the British and French, the British portion became part
of Ghana after the French portion achieved independence.
3. After coming under the trusteeship of Britain, the former German colony
was linked with a British island protectorate to become a new nation in
4. After years of guerrilla fighting led by a group known as SWAPO, this
nation finally achieved independence in 1990.
30 Points (Science)
Art and optics follow different rules; for instance the three primary
colors of optics are Red, Green, and Blue. For ten points each, name the three
secondary light colors.
(Accept only these precise answers - no equivalents)
30 Points (Non-trash miscellaneous)
For ten points each, answer these questions about the Missouri
1: What was the free state contemporaneously admitted to the U.S. that
allowed the compromise to be possible?
2. The Missouri Compromise was repealed by what 1854 Congressional act?
The _Kansas-Nebraska_ Bill (acc: Kansas-Nebraska Act)
3. After all the complications were worked out, in what year did Congress
finally admit Missouri to the Union?
20 Points (Literature)
Ka-RAM-a-zov or Ka-ra-MA-zov, how to pronounce the last name of four
fictional brothers is the subject of some disagreement. The pronunciations of
the first names are just slightly more straightforward. For five points each,
give me the first names of the four sons of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov.
_Dmitry_ (Acc: Mitya)
_Ivan_ (Acc: Vanya)
_Aleksey_ (Acc: Alyosha)
30 Points (Non-trash miscellaneous)
1996 was the tenth anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger
explosion. For 5 points each, name any 6 of the 7 astronauts who died serving
their country that day so cold the O-rings froze.
Gregory B. _Jarvis_
Ronald E. _McNair_
Ellison S. _Onizuka_
Judith A. _Resnik_
Francis R. "Dick" _Scobee_
Michael J. _Smith_
(note to editor: it's been three years since I last submitted a form of
this question. It's due.)
30 Points (Social Science)
For ten points each, identify:
1. The psychotherapist who defined a collective unconscious with
archetypes, personas, and shadows hanging around it.
Carl _Jung_ (Pron: YUNG)
2. This therapist first called his therapy "Rational Therapy," then
"Rational Emotive Therapy;" now he prefers "Rational Emotive Behavior
3. The psychotherapist who wrote _Game People Play_ in part to explain his
theories of transactional analysis.
Eric Lennard _Berne_
30 Points (Science)
Are you wimp or are you macho? If you're an astronomer, the distinction
is important if you're going to be one of the speculated sources for dark
matter in the universe. For fifteen points each, tell me the words that
astronomers combine for the acronym:
_weakly interacting massive particles_
_massive compact halo objects_
30 Points (Any of two cats above)
Rock music and movies are occasionally based on great works of
literature. For fifteen points each, name the original author whose writings
the following works were based upon:
1. Alan Parsons Project produced _Tales of Mystery and Imagination_ based
on the writings of this author.
Edgar Allan _Poe_
2. In the film _Eddie and the Cruisers_, the fictional band's last lost
album is based on the work of what French poet who produced the
collection _A Season in Hell_?
Arthur _Rimbaud_ (Pron: RAM-bow)
30 Points (Literature)
For 10 points each, identify these epic poems from the clues:
1. Written in imitation of the _Lay of the Nibelungs_, this early 13th
Century Austrian epic concerns Hagen, King of Ireland; his daughter
Hilde and her husband Hetel, and his granddaughter - the title character
- who is abducted by Hartmut of Normandy.
2. This inspiration for _Hiawatha_ was composed in the 19th Century by
Elias Lonnrott from Finnish songs and oral traditions.
3. A warrior from the south coast of Sweden kills a monster and the
monster's mother, then becomes King of the Geats before he is mortally
wounded while slaying a dragon.
30 Points (Geography)
Up in Montana three rivers unite to form the Missouri. One is named for
a Secretary of the Treasury; the other two for Presidents who were good
friends. For ten points each, name these three headwaters of the Missouri
20 Points (Sports)
The U.S. Post Office in 1997 will issue the "Legendary Football Coaches"
series. For five points each name the coaches to be honored in the series: two
best known for collegiate victories and two best known for NFL achievements.
Paul "Bear" _Bryant_
20 Points (Science)
Alchemists called it "aqua regia" because it the combination of acids
could dissolve gold or platinum. For ten points each, what two acids in
combination form "aqua regia?"
_Hydrochloric_ acid (Acc: HCl)
_Nitric_ acid (Acc: HNO3)
25 Points (Literature)
In the Arthurian literature of T. Malory and T. H. White, Queen Margawse
is credited with having one illegitimate and four legitimate sons. One son
killed his father at Camlann, one beheaded his mother after finding her with a
lover, one is more famous for a bizarre encounter with the Green Knight, and
one was unwittingly killed by Lancelot. For five points each, name these five
knights of Orkney.
Sir _Agravaine_, Sir _Gaheris_, Sir _Gareth_, Sir _Gawain_,
30 Points (Science)
For years physicists have been wondering why neutrino detectors find
fewer neutrinos than theory says the Sun should be producing. One possible
explanation is that neutrino detectors have usually been constructed to find
only one of the three types of neutrinos. For ten points each, identify the
three types of neutrinos.
30 Points (History)
For the stated number of points answer the following about Alexander the
5: What was the name of his favorite horse?
10: At what 331 B.C. battle near Nineveh did Alexander decisively defeat
15: In what may be Alexander's greatest single military achievement,
Alexander had his troops build a causeway over the sea in order to
conquer what island city on Phoenicia?