16th Annual Elvis Aaron Presley Memorial Quiz Tournament
University of Wisconsin - Madison, January 31 - February 1, 2003
Packet by UW-Madison Team Players
Round 8 Toss-Ups
1.) The smallest of these is 3 and the largest one has over four million digits. Despite the
incorrect assertion of a 17th-century French mathematician that there were only 11 of these
between 1 and 2258, his name was still attached to them. The last five have been found by the
collaborative computer project GIMPS. Used to find perfect numbers, these are, FTP, what prime
numbers of the form 2n - 1?
Answer: Mersenne Primes
2.) Enacted as early as 1361, Richard Cobden founded a league against them in 1839, seven years
before their repeal by the Conservative government of Robert Peel in 1846. Their purpose was to
assure a stable and sufficient supply for domestic use; the 1815 version was designed to prevent
an agricultural depression after the Napoleonic Wars. FTP, what are these often cruel
regulations tightly restricting the import and export of grain?
Answer: Corn Laws
3.) The ideals of this group appear in this quote, discovered on its website: “Be thy Mind opened
unto the Higher, / Be thy Heart a Center of Light, / Be thy Body a Temple of the Rosy Cross.”
Based on Judeo-Christian, Masonic, Rosicrucian, Greek and Gnostic traditions, this still-existing
organization was founded in England in 1888 by William Wynn Wescott and Samuel Liddell
McGregor Mathers. Highly popular among Victorian spiritualists, FTP, name this occult group
frequented by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
Answer: The Hermeneutic Order of the Golden Dawn
4.) Early in her career she often worked as Ted Shawn's partner, and became the co-star of
"Xochtil," his famous duet about an Indian girl and an Aztec emperor. She soon started her own
ballet company and starred along with her students in “The Flute of Krishna.” After a trip to the
American Southwest in 1931 she became interested in doing American History themes such as
“Primitive Mysteries” and her solo piece “Frontier.” FTP name this dancer and choreagrapher,
perhaps most famous for her choreagraphy in “Appalachian Spring.”
Answer: Martha Graham
5.) Its first governor was Miles Macdonnell, and its official name was Assiniboia after one of the
river valleys where it was located. Its founder was Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk. After
its inhabitants fell victim to the Seven Oaks Massacre at the hands of rival fur traders, Selkirk re-
established it and it was ruled by his family until 1836, when Hudson's Bay Company purchased
it. FTP, name this colony, named for a river in Manitoba.
Answer: Red River colony (accept equivalents, early buzz of "Assiniboia")
6.) This native of Essaka in the Ibo region of the Kingdom of Benin publicly advertised the case
of the Zong, a slave ship whose owners had thrown 132 slaves overboard and claimed insurance
on the loss. He himself had previously been a slave of Michael Pascal, with whom he saw the
siege of Ft. Louisburg, and of Robert King, a Quaker slave trader from whom he purchased his
freedom. FTP, name this writer famous for his memoirs of slavery.
Answer: Olaudah Equiano
7.) Perhaps the most straightforward way to derive this law analytically is to use solid angles, or
steradians, to determine the angle that an area element delta A is subtended by a charge. Michael
Faraday was the first to verify is experimentally with his famous ice pail experiment, which
showed that the electric field inside any hollow conductor is equal to zero and proved the validity
of the inverse-square rule for electric force, which are key concepts to fully understanding this
law. FTP, name this Maxwell’s Equation which states the net flux through any closed surface
surrounding a point charge is given by the expression q over epsilon zero.
Answer: Gauss’s Law
8.) Their two albums, Is Missing from 1998 and The Guest, released in February 2002, have been
hailed by critics as “catchy, but not so serious”, which could explain why this band has not
reached mainstream stardom yet. It’s certainly not due to lack of recognition: the lead vocalist
has appeared in six Gap commercials, the bassist was in the Goonies, and the drummer played
the part of Max in the movie Rushmore. However, they are making a name for themselves as a
band, recording the anthem-like song “California” for the soundtrack to Orange County that was
widely aired nationally, as well as several musical appearances on shows such as David
Letterman and Craig Kilborn. FTP, name this southern Californian rock band, which sports
Jason Schwartzman as drummer.
Answer: Phantom Planet
9.) A native of Anhui Province, he joined the communist party while studying hydraulic
engineering at Qinghua University. As a party boss in Tibet in 1989 he was praised for his
crackdowns on pro-independence demonstrators which brought him to the attention of Deng
Xiaoping whose patronage allowed him to become the youngest General Secretary of the
Communist party in China’s history. FTP name this man, tapped to be the succesor to Jiang
Answer: Hu Jintao
10.) Under the patronage of Mademoiselle Arman de Caillavet, this man published a short story
collection called Pleasures and Days in 1896. In February of 1907 he published an article
entitled “Sentiments filiaux d’un parricide” in which he discussed memory and guilt, which
would be important in his most famous work, which also sought to prove a point he argues in the
essay "Against Sainte-Beuve," that any work of literature can be understood by knowing the
author's biography. FTP, name this author of Remembrance of Things Past.
Answer: Marcel Proust
11.) Backwoods folklore would have you believe the males of these animals fertilize the female
by depositing his sperm in her nostrils. Members of the Didelphidae family, they range from
Puget Sound to Argentina and have a core body temperature that is too low for the rabies virus to
survive. One species, the carniverous yapok, lives a semi-aquatic life. None live in areas that are
dry and treeless, as they prefer an arboreal existence. They also possess an opposable toe on
their hind feet and can easily hang upside down. FTP- name only marsupial found north of
12.) Originally called Cayo Hueso, it was sold by Spain to the U.S. in 1882 and used by
Commodore Perry as a base of operations while fighting Carribean pirates. It eventually became
a major tourist destination after being connected to the mainland by the Overseas Highway in
1938. FTP name this self-proclaimed “Conch Republic” which contains bothe the beginning of
the Federal Highway system and the southernmost point in the continental United States.
Answer: Key West
13.) He was raised by wild animals but eventually tamed by the prostitute Shamhat, who
persuades him to enter civilization by seducing him. This man later curses Shamhat when he
learns that he is destined to die young despite the intercession of Shamash. This death was
decreed as a result of his part in killing the Bull of Heaven, and led to his friends' seeking out of
Utnapishtim to learn the secret of immortality. FTP, name this friend of Gilgamesh in Sumerian
14.) This naturalist philosopher is responsible for making the theory of game management a
working plan. Along with John Muir, and Audobon, he is considered to be one of the fathers of
wildlife conservation in America. In his most famous essay, he put forth the idea of the ‘Land
Ethic’, where the idea that land has aesthetic and philosophical value as well as economic value
is introduced. FTP, Name this former University of Wisconsin Game Management chair who put
forth this controversial idea in his 1948 A Sand County Almanac.
Answer: Aldo Leopold
15.) A starter's broken ankle in high school led the coach to substitute this man into the position
he would go on to play at Louisville, after Notre Dame rejected his 6-foot, 138 pound frame.
Drafted ninth by the Steelers in '55, he was soon let go due to an overabundance of quarterbacks.
A crew-cut Hall of Famer, the winner of 3 NFL championships, who was considered by
teammates as "like being in the huddle with God." FTP, name this quarterback for 17 years with
the Baltimore Colts.
Answer: Johnny Unitas
16.) A tradition in Vienna that it had been composed in an arbor led to a less familiar nickname,
the “Arbor Sonata.” Another legend associated with it is that The Beatles’ song “Because” is
this piece played backward, when actually it was only inspired by the chord progression.
Dedicated to Giulietta Guicciardi, its nickname was given by a publisher who took it from poet
Ludwig Rellstab. FTP, name this Beethoven piano sonata, whose name comes from its
association with a boat on Lake Lucerne illuminated by a celestial object.
Answer: Sonata in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, no. 2, or Moonlight
17.) The first ruler of this empire to issue coinage was Vima Takto, son of Kujula Kadphises,
who had been the first to unite the Yueh-chih principalities. Later rulers included Vasudeva,
who revered Shiva, Hunishka, and Kansihka, who despite his religious pluralism has gone down
in the Buddhist tradition as the ideal Buddhist ruler after Ashoka. Today it is famous for its
Gandhara school of art. FTP, name this Silk Road empire which protected the trade route
between the Roman Empire and Han China.
Answer: Kushan Empire
18.) This work's narrator, Robin is a thief with a large wart on the top of his nose with a tuft of
red hairs sticking out of it. The story concerns Alison, the young wife of a carpenter who is also
loved by a parish clerk named Absolom. Into this situation comes Nicholas, who persuades the
carpenter that Noah's flood is about to return as part of a plot to copulate with Alison, after the
conclusion of which Absolom appears and tries to kiss Alison, only to have his lips meet her
"naked arse" instead. FTP, name this Canterbury Tale which follows "The Kinght's Tale."
Answer: The Miller’s Tale
19.) Tetramethyl silane is useful in this process because carbon is more electronegative than
silicone, resulting in the electron cloud shifting away from the central atom. That is unique
among organic molecules, and results in extreme magnetic behavior. This makes it a useful
standard for this process, in which organic molecules of unknown structure are spun in a known
magnetic field. FTP, name this identifying process, which makes use of the smallest atom to
determine large molecular structures.
Answer: Hydrogen NMR or Proton NMR
20.) This author of The Long Look Ahead's father was Secretary of Agriculture under Warren G.
Harding, and he himself became Secretary of Agriculture after leading Iowa into the Democratic
column in the 1932 election. He later served President Truman as Secretary of Commerce before
breaking with the administration over Cold War policy. FTP, name this Vice President from
1941 until 1945 and Presidential candidate of the Progressive party in 1948.
Answer: Henry Agard Wallace