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Questions by BYU A
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1. He lives at 27A Wimpole Street with his housekeeper, Mrs. Pearce, as a part-time “Miltonic poet” and developer of
the famous “Universal Alphabet,” which includes 130 vowel sounds. His creator was so upset with producers
slapping a happy ending on the play that a special afterword was added, confirming that his famous charge left him
alone with Colonel Pickering in order to marry Freddy Eynsford-Hill. FTP name this phonetics professor and
confirmed bachelor, the title character of Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Answer: Professor Henry Higgins

2. A movement of a work written as incidental music for a play in 1876, its composer said that it should evoke images
of “cow manure and super-nationalism.” The increasing tempo and volume within helps evoke the majesty of its royal
subject, the ruler of the Dovre-Trolls. It is both the tune that Peter Lorre whistles that gets him caught in M, and serves
as the background music for some of Dazzling Dunks and Basketball Bloopers. FTP, name this instantly recognizable
work written for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, composed by Edvard Grieg.
Answer: In the Hall of the Mountain King (Be nice and prompt on “Peer Gynt” before it’s mentioned)

3. It included seven articles, and was signed by 49 men. Among its provisions was an outright ban on the foreign
importation of slaves, a bicameral legislature, a line item veto, and a single 6-year term for presidents and
vice-presidents. FTP, what document was signed in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 11, 1861, finally giving a name
to nation previously called Alleghenia, Chicora, and the Republic of Washington?
Answer: the Confederate Consitution (accept equivalents)

4. Warning: two answers required. Jonathan Swift, in Gulliver’s Travels, had his Laputian astronomers know of their
existence fully 150 years before their real discovery, and Voltaire borrowed this idea for his Micromegas. When
American Asaph Hall found them for real in 1877, he found that their orbital periods were almost exactly what Swift
had predicted. Named for Greek demigods of fear and panic, they are both probably captured asteroids. FTP name
these two small moons of Mars.
Answers: Deimos and Phobos

5. His work has been called a last gasp of French Romanticism. This economist’s son from Marseille published his
first book of poetry, Les Musardises, and then turned to drama, with successful plays like The Red Glove, The
Romantics, and L’Aiglon, about Napoleon’s imprisoned son. He is best known, however, for fictionalizing the life of a
17th century writer and swordsman. FTP name the author of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Answer: Edmond-Eugene Rostand

6. Though it was supplanted as a state capital early in the 19th century, this city has remained popular for its huge 4th
of July galas and patriotic celebrations. After the Civil War, however, it faltered economically and the impoverished
citizens destroyed or failed to maintain the historic buildings. That all changed with a town meeting in 1928 where
the residents agreed to accept help in restoring the town from Rockefeller. FTP, name this East Coast tourist attraction
and home of the College of William and Mary.
Answer: Williamsburg, VA

7. On January 6, 1907, a one room nursery school opened its door in the Roman slum of San Lorenzo for children
whose parents had to work in the daytime and would otherwise abandon them. Though the school had no trained
teachers, it had a collection of puzzles, games and a qualified physician with strange ideas. These ideas, such as
"children hate sweets and love silence," and “experience is preferable to lecture learning” drew sharp criticism from all
sides. FTP, name this doctor who published a book in 1910 about her teaching method.
Answer: Maria Montessori

8. This man’s intersection theorem states that in a complete metric space, any nested sequence of closed sets whose
diameters approach zero contains a unique intersection point. His “paradox” arises from the assumption that there is an
all-inclusive infinite set, and his ternary set is created by removing the open middle third of the interval [0,1], and then
recursively removing the middle third of the remaining intervals. FTP, identify this German mathematician, whose
diagonal theorem can be used to show that the real numbers are uncountable.
Answer: Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philip Cantor

9. This mythical figure's name means "magnolia," and was probably based on a real soldier from the Central Plains
region during the 5th century. According to a famous ballad, "In the East Market she buys a spirited horse, In the
West Market she buys a saddle, In the South Market she buys a bridle, In the North Market she buys a long whip" and
goes to battle the Tartars at Mount Yen. FTP name this legendary Hsui dynasty woman who saved her father's life by
dressing as a man and joining the Khan's army.
Answer: Fa or Hua Mulan

10. She is usually identified as Bice (bee-chay), the daughter of a noble Florentine family who married Simone de
Bardi and died young in 1290. At the age of 8, she first met the man who would dedicate his best work to her, as
when she first appears with the words “Weep not at Virgil’s going; weep not yet, for soon another sword shall give thee
cause to weep,” in Canto XXX of Purgatorio. FTP name the woman thought to be of the Portinari family, subject of
La Vita Nuova and lifelong love of Dante Alighieri.
Answer: Beatrice

11. It was developed in the last century to drain excess fluid, and was used in the 1930's to detect the blood disease
erythroblastis fetalis. Today it also measures alphafetoprotein in order to predict spina bifida, and can detect neu ral
tube defect, Rh problems, Tay Sachs, Down syndrome, and the sex of the fetus. FTP identify this common procedure,
in which fluid is extracted from the uterine sac via a long hollow needle.
Answer: amniocentesis

12. Nietzsche called it “the most uncanniest of guest,” and said it was the result of a faulty value-system turning back
on itself and its human creators, ultimately devaluing itself and causing an abyss-like experience. Seen in works like
Dostoevsky’s Possessed, it is the general phenomenon of human values having no evocatory power, in that questions
about meaning not only fail to yield answers that are trustworthy or in the truth, but in addition lead to a void of
senseless silence. FTP, name this philosophical idea, whose name comes from the Latin for “nothingness.”
Answer: Nihilism

13. It was formulated in 1820, when a Lyonnese professor observed Oersted’s discovery that the needle on a compass
would line up perpendicular to a current-carrying wire. Although it produces a very difficult equation, in cases of
high symmetry it can be much easier to solve than the Biot-Savart Law. FTP, name the law which states that the path
integral of a magnetic field around any closed path is proportional to the current enclosed by the path, named for it s
French discoverer.
Answer: Ampere’s Law

14. In the 9th century, it was united by Jayavarman II, and Sanskrit literature flourished under the enlightened court of
him and his successors, who tolerated both Buddhism and Siva worship. This empire fought repeated wars against the
Annamese and the Chams, finally falling to the Thais in 1434, after which its capital was transferred from the stone
temples of the Angkor region to Phnom Penh. FTP name this ancient Cambodian empire, which later lent its name to
an infamous political party.
Answer: the Khmer empire

15. It is a 128-mile-long limestone archipelago, contained mostly within Monroe County. The northernmost is called
Virginia; the southernmost Loggerhead. In between, Garden is home to a large lighthouse, the Islamorada World War
I monument is on Upper Matecume, and the undersea John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is on Largo. FTP name
this site of the world’s longest over-water highway, the Gulf of Mexico island chain just south of Miami.
Answer: the Florida Keys

16. This tiny 1767 work is officially entitled “The Happy Hazards of” the title object. It was commissioned by the
Baron de-Saint Julien, who asked to be painted in a position to see his mistress’ legs, “and even more of her if you wish
to enliven your picture.” The mistress is at center, kicking off her left shoe and being pushed by a smiling bishop.
FTP name this rococo garden scene, a masterpiece of Jean-Honore Fragonard.
Answer: The Swing
17. Also called the morse, it is the sole surviving member of family Odobenidae. Formerly found as far south as
Massachusetts, hunting in the last century has greatly reduced its population. The Pacific variety is the world’s largest
pinniped, and all types live in noisy, sociable groups of 100 or more. FTP, name this 12-foot sea mammal, easily
recognized by its long ivory tusks.
Answer: walrus

18. This phrase helps to understand the often-difficult political system of Republican Rome. Though the consuls were
technically in supreme command, they had a one-year term and were responsible to the Senate, which felt itself to be a
popularly based body. It was a mantra chanted in battle by the troops of Julius Caesar and came to be a creed as well
as a war cry. Taken literally, it is the authority through which all Roman government was implemented. FTP, give
the phrase represented on the legions' battle flags by the abbreviation SPQR.
Answer: the Senate and People of Rome or equivalents ; also accept Senatus Populusque Romanus, or SPQR
before it is read.

19. Its author said of it, "It's the whole story. It's all my politics." Its title sacrifice is described as "many deeds of war
to the land vaguely realizing westward," and describes that land “such as she was, such as she would become.”
Written in 1942, it was not well known until January 20, 1961, when the poet read it for John Kennedy's inauguration.
 FTP name the poem which begins "The land was ours before we were the land's," written by Robert Frost.
Answer: The Gift Outright

20. He is based on the title character of Lewis Foster's short story “The Gentleman from Montana.” The son of a
newspaper editor, he edits his own paper, Boys Stuff, and his pet project, aided by his secretary Clarissa Saunders, is a
200-acre boys' camp on Willet Creek. Unfortunately, Willet Creek is the site of a pork-barrel dam project sponsored
by corrupt Senator Paine, played by Claude Rains. FTP name the idealistic young junior senator played by Jimmy
Stewart who, in 1939, went to Washington.
Answer: Mr. Jefferson Smith

21. This Spaniard’s father hoped he would be a soldier, but it should have been obvious when his first words were
“Jesus” and “Mary,” and by his vow at age 9 to keep his eyes always downcast to avoid ever seeing a woman, that a
religious life was in store. He joined the Jesuits in 1586, and spent his life caring for the poor at a Milanese hospital,
where he caught the plague and died at age 23. FTP name this patron saint of Catholic youth, for whom is named the
Spokane alma mater of Bing Crosby and John Stockton.
Answer: St. Aloysius Gonzaga

22. Plato, in his Timaeus, considered it the most binding of all mathematical relations and makes it the key to the
physics of the cosmos. During the Renaissance, it served as the "hermetic" structure on which some of the great
masterpieces were composed. Phidias closely studied it and used it in his work, and consequently it was given the name
phi. FTP, name this constant, which accurate to three decimal places is 1.618.
Answer: The Golden Ratio or the Golden Mean

23. Xerox developed it in the late 1970s, based on the Aloha radio system used to support computer communication
across the Hawaiian islands. In this type of network, multiple stations all share the same link, send data in packets,
and use “collision detect” to ensure frames never interfere. The forwarding “repeaters” means that one of these has a
total reach of only 2500 m and can support a maximum of 1024 hosts. FTP name this most successful type of LAN,
which gets its name from its radio origins.
Answer: Ethernet

24. The Viennese ambassador to Turkey, Ogier de Busbecq, sent the first ones to Europe in 1551, with a shipment
arriving in Antwerp in 1562. At the height of the following craze, in 1635, one of these of the Brasserie variety would
have a bought a flourishing French brewery. FTP, the Tupenwoede, which crashed in 1637, ruining the Dutch
economy, was a speculative frenzy over what type of flower?
Answer: tulips

25. “So let me dish you this comedy about a family I knew when I was growing up.” So begins this not-very-comic
novel, in which the events of Fantastic Four #141, especially the attack of Annihilus on Reed and Sue Richards, is
used to parallel the disintegration of the Hood and Williams families. It is memorably set in 1973 Connecticut, and
ends with an apocalyptic “key party.” FTP name this 1994 novel by Rick Moody, about a famous weekend blizzard,
adapted into a 1997 film by Ang Lee.
Answer: The Ice Storm

26. It was suggested in 1911 by German psychologist William Stern, and was adopted by Lewis Terman at Stanford in
1916. Although it has recently fallen into disrepute and is often replaced by Leon Rosenberg’s Johns Hopkins
Perceptual Test, many tests are still adjusted to yield this score, which follows a normal distribution. FTP name this
quantity, originally computed as mental age over chronological age multiplied by 100.
Answer: Intelligence Quotient

27. The classic film Blow Up is based on his short story “Las Babas del Diablo.” Born in Brussels, he did most of his
best work in his home country and in Paris, where he worked as a UNESCO translator and played jazz trumpet. FTP
name the late Argentine writer whose best works include the novels
Around the Day in 80 Worlds, A Manual for Manuel, and Hopscotch.
Answer: Julio Cortazar

28. After Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer retrieved their magical silver apple, they planted its core in a London
backyard, from which it grew into a mighty apple tree. When a storm knocked over the tree, Digory, by then a famous
professor, built this magical object from its wood, and during the War, Lucy Pevensie passed through it and discovered
a new world. FTP name this enchanted piece of furniture, a title object in the first of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of
Narnia.
Answer: the wardrobe (prompt on “Narnia” or “The Magician's Nephew” on early buzz)

29. Locally called the Song Hong, it arises is the central Yunnan province, and is joined by the Song Li and Song Da
(or Clear and Dark Rivers) on its way to the sea. Its common name derives from the large amount of silt it contains,
which is deposited in a densely populated 2,700-square-mile delta on the Gulf of Tonkin. FTP name this largest river
of northern Vietnam, along which lies Haiphong and Hanoi.
Answer: the Red River or Yuan Chiang

30. The name, or rather nickname, is the same. One was a 16th century musician and composer, a product of the
Cretan Renaissance who was music master to the Duke of Bavaria and the cantor of Venice. The other was a painter
who set eerie casts on the landscapes that he painted as a wanderer before settling in Toledo. FTP, Give the shared
nickname of Frangiskos Leondaritis and Dominikos Theotokopoulos which refers to their shared Cretan heritage.
Answer: El Greco
1999 ACF Regionals
Questions by BYU A
Bonuses

1. Answer the following about the Thirty Years’ War for the stated number of points.
5. Name the episode that started the war, in which two Austrian diplomats were thrown out of a Tower by angry
Bohemians.
Answer: The Defenestration of Prague
10. Next name the Catholic terror who raised his own army and played by his own rules. His ruthlessness was
legendary and he refused to stop fighting the Danes after a peace treaty was signed. So, the emperor had him
assasinated.
Answer: Albrecht von Waldstein or Wallenstein
15. This man sent the diplomats, had Wallenstein assassinated, and could probably be blamed for the war in the first
place. This Austrian Hapsburg and Holy Roman Emperor died in 1637, which triggered a near collapse of Catholic
forces.
Answer: Ferdinand II

2. Identify these composers who don’t get enough respect FTP each.
1. Do not overlook this Austrian composer of light operas like Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna, Poet and
Peasant, and Light Cavalry.
Answer: Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere Suppé Demelli or Franz von Suppé
2. Don’t be dissin’ this English composer of A Village Romeo and Juliet and the Florida Suite.
Answer: Frederick Delius
3. Although he’s derisively called “Haydn’s wife”, don’t talk smack about this Italian contemporary of Haydn. Eleven
of his cello concertos survive, and his guitar quintets include the famous “Fandango,” but he is best known for a
rockin’ Minuet from his string quartet in E.
Answer: Luigi Boccherini

3. Identify from clues these literary works which take place in Scotland for ten points each. You will receive 5 points
if you need the author.
1. 10. This 1927 novel follows the Ramsays, their eight children, and guests like painter Lily Briscoe over 10 years of
summer visits to the Hebrides.
      5. Virginia Woolf
Answer: To the Lighthouse
2. 10. David Balfour's miserly uncle tries to send him away to an American plantation, but his ship wrecks and he falls
in with some dangerous highland rebels.
      5. Robert Louis Stevenson
Answer: Kidnapped
3. 10. This 1961 novel tells the story of an unconventional Edinburgh schoolteacher, who romances painter Teddy
Lloyd and admires the Italian fascists.
      5. Muriel Spark
Answer: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

4. For ten points each, identify these things associated with glaciers, none of which are moraines, drumlins, or eskers.
1. The most common type of glacier is named for these large, steep, round mountainside hollows where they are
formed.
Answer: cirques
2. Give either of the 4-letter words used to describe coarse glacial snow.
Answer: firn or neve
3. Name the cross-glacial bands of alternating light and dark ice used to measure one year’s ice flow.
Answer: ogives

5. Name the last Americans to do each of the following things, for ten points each.
1. Walk on the moon.
Answer: Eugene Cernan
2. Be named five-star general.
Answer: Omar Bradley
3. Lose a Presidential bid while serving as Vice-President.
Answer: Hubert H. Humphrey

6. Answer the following questions about Sophocles' play Antigone for the stated number of points.
10. For five points each, name the two brothers of Antigone who kill each other in battle as the play begins.
Answers: Eteocles and Polynices
5. How does Antigone eventually die?
Answer: she hangs herself (prompt on “suicide” or equivalents; do not accept “entombment” or equivalents)
5/15. Five points for one, fifteen for both, name Antigone's reluctant sister, and the king who sentences Antigo ne to
death.
Answers: Ismene and Creon

7. Answer the following questions about quantum chromodynamics for ten points each.
10. In QCD, the colors minus-red, minus-green, and minus-blue are used to classify these particles.
Answer: antiquarks
10. In QCD, quarks change color as they as they emit or absorb these massless particles.
Answer: gluons
10. FFPE, QCD does not explain these two flavors of heavy quarks discovered in the late 1970's.
Answers: charm and bottom quarks

8. Identify the following “seas” from descriptions, for ten points each.
1. This nearly landlocked sea, the Beloya More, is formed by four large gulfs and connects with the Barents Sea only
via a narrow strait called the Gorlo, or “throat.”
Answer: the White Sea
2. This arm of the Mediterranean extends between Corsica and Tuscany, stretching from the Gulf of Genoa in the
north to the Tuscan Archipelago in the south.
Answer: the Ligurian Sea
3. This area, northeast of Ptolemaeus crater, was the site of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Answer: the Sea of Tranquility or Mare Tranquilitatis

9. Name the following political figures from modern Israeli history from clues for the stated number of points.
5. As the first Prime Minister of Israel, he instituted a policy of absolute reprisals against Arab terrorists that angered
many neutral countries. This self styled “Son of a Lion” was the hard-line force behind Israel’s involvement in the
Suez crisis.
Answer: David Ben-Gurion or David Gruen
15. This successor to Ben-Gurion and former Foreign Minister spoke seven languages, was a moderate force in Israeli
politics, and favored closer ties with the U.N., but was seen by his countrymen as too pacifistic.
Answer: Moshe Sharett Moshe Shertok
10. This man succeeded Golda Meir as Prime Minister in 1974.
Answer: Itzhak Rabin

10. Identify the following things associated with titration experiments in chemistry for ten points each.
1. These long, thin graduated vessels are generally used to add titrant to a solution of unknown concentration little by
little until an end point
Answer: burette
2. This is the name given to the solution of unknown concentration being examined.
Answer: analyte
3. This rarely-practiced form of titrimetry is not volumetric or gravimetric, but instead measures the amount of charge
consumed in a reaction.
Answer: coulometric titrimetry

11. It’s literary conjunction bonus time, ten points each. In this case, an NBA star will be conjoined with the name of
literary work, a la "Jerry Stackhouse of Seven Gables.”
1. The All-Star Pistons forward who led the league in triple-doubles last year, and Chinua Achebe’s 1988 tale of
corrupt African politics during a drought.
Answer: Granthills of the Savannah
2. The Wizards forward from Michigan’s fabled “Fab Five,” and E.M. Forster’s novel about class differences between
the Wilcox and Schlegel families.
Answer: Juwan Howard’s End
3. The Georgetown grad starting at center for the Miami Heat, and the Eugene O’Neill trilogy composed of
Homecoming, The Hunted, and The Haunted.
Answer: Alonzo Mourning Becomes Electra

12. Name the architectural masterpiece, 30-20-10.
30. This structure was built as a last-minute replacement for an earlier plan: a 160-foot-high elephant squirting water
from its trunk.
20. The principal sword in its most famous sculpture, Departure of the Volunteers, fell off in 1916 on the day the
Battle of Verdun started, and the sculpture was covered lest anyone see the bad omen.
10. It is oriented along the axis of the setting sun on December 2, the date of the Battle of Austerlitz, which it
commemorates.
Answer: le Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, or a plausible translation

13. Identify these Shakespearean characters who never actually appear on stage for ten points each.
1. As Romeo and Juliet opens, Romeo is mooning over his unrequited love for her, as he is lately "out of her favour."
Answer: Rosaline
2. This "blue-ey'd hag" was the mother of Caliban in The Tempest, and was the one who first imprisoned Ariel. A
moon of Uranus was recently named for her.
Answer: Sycorax
3. This dead man is the subject of the line, "He hath borne my on his back a thousand times, and now how abhorred
in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it."
Answer: Yorick

14. Identify the classical Greek city state from a historical description for ten points each.
1. Also known as Lakemedon, it had an army second to none and a social structure based around a ruling council of
ephors.
Answer: Sparta
2. Founded by Cadmus and one-time kingdom of Oedipus, their “sacred band” ended Spartan hegemony.
Answer: Thebes
3. It saw the first philosophical flowering in Greece with talents such as Thales, and this Lydian city state had over
eighty colonies.
Answer: Miletus

15. Identify these Biblical wives of King David from clues for ten points each.
1. This second daughter of King Saul was David’s first wife.
Answer: Michal
2. This woman pacified an angry David, saving the wife of her husband Nabal. When Nabal died, David married her,
and she gave him his second son.
Answer: Abigail
3. The widow of Uriah the Hittite, this wife became the mother of Solomon not long after David “saw her washing.”
Answer: Bathsheba

16. Name these Jewish scientists from descriptions of their accomplishments for ten points each.
1. If this physicist hadn’t beaten his American counterpart George Zweig to publication in 1964, the particles he
proposed might today bear Zweig’s dull name for them: “aces.”
Answer: Murray Gell-Mann
2. Niels Bohr helped this radioactivity expert escape Nazi Germany for Stockholm, where a letter from Otto Hahn
inspired her famous prediction of nuclear fission.
Answer: Lise Meitner
3. This Italian, presented by Lawrence with an accumulated unknown substance from the Berkeley cyclotron, took it
back to Palermo and led the team that eventually isolated technetium, the first artificial element.
Answer: Emilio Segre

17. Give the following legal terms associated with wills for ten points each.
1. This is the person appointed by the testator to ensure that final wishes are respected in the will’s administration.
Answer: executor
2. This is a formal certificate given by a court certifying that a will is valid and legal.
Answer: probate
3. This is an amendment to an existing will that does not replace the will but changes it to a certain extent.
Answer: codicil

18. Name these centaurs from Greek mythology for the stated number of points.
5. This wise centaur, the only immortal among them, was the tutor of heroes like Achilles and Asclepius.
Answer: Chiron
10. This centaur made the mistake of trying to rape Heracles’ wife, and his poisonous blood killed Heracles after she
was persuaded that it would serve as a love charm.
Answer: Nessus
15. This brutal centaur led the battle that broke out at the wedding of Peirithous and was later killed by Heracles.
Answer: Eurytion

19. Answer the following questions about photosynthesis for ten points each.
1. Photosynthesis occurs in these specialized organelles found only in plant cells.
Answer: chloroplasts
2. The oxidation-reduction reaction involved in the “light” reactions of photosynthesis occurs via a chemiosmotic
mechanism in these chloroplast membranes.
Answer: thylakoid membranes
3. Soluble enzymes in these compartments of the chloroplast perform the dark reactions of photosynthesis.
Answer: stroma

20. Answer the following about South African politics for the stated number of points.
5. What vice-presidential candidate was accused in 1997 of the murder of 14-year-old activist Seipei Stompie?
Answer: Winnie Mandikizela Mandela
15. Name the council set up to investigate apartheid-era human rights violations which has investigated the matter.
Answer: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
10. In what notorious prison, named after the Dutch word for the seals that inhabit it, was Winnie’s husband Nelson
jailed for 27 years of his prison term?
Answer: Robben Island

21. Identify the Ibsen play from character names for ten points each.
1. Dr. Thomas Stockmann, Asklaksen, Hovstad
Answer: An Enemy of the People
2. George Tessman, Eilert Lovberg, Judge Black
Answer: Hedda Gabler
3. Torvald Helmer, Nils Krogstad, Christine Linde
Answer: A Doll’s House

22. Name the literary figure 30-20-10.
1. Late in life, he wrote an opera, The Testament of Francois Villon, and was jailed for his hundreds of radio
broadcasts denouncing FDR and praising Mussolini.
2. He called his long dramatic work Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, about an unsuccessful British artist, an attempt Ato
condense a Henry James novel.
3. This Idaho-born poet is best-known for Imagist works like “In a Station of the Metro” and his 117 sections of
Cantos.
Answer: Ezra Pound
23. Identify these “bestsellers” from philosophy for 10 given a Barnes and Noble description or 5 given the philosopher
who wrote the work.
1. 10. This seminal text in the history of moral philosophy elaborates the basic themes of the author’s moral theory,
gives the most complete statement of his highly original theory of freedom of the will, and develops his practical
metaphysics.
       5. Immanuel Kant
Answer: Critique of Practical Reason
2. 10. The often criticized philosophy of the author encompasses the dilemmas and aspirations of the individual in
contemporary society. This work of power and epic scope provides a vivid analysis for all who would understand one
of the most influential philosophic movements of this or any age. This book is regarded by many as the definitive
work on existentialism.
       5. Jean-Paul Sartre
Answer: Being and Nothingness
3. 10. A beguiling beginner's guide to Western philosophy in the form of a novel about a young Norwegian girl.
"Remarkable...a whimsical and ingenious mystery novel that also happens to be a history of philosophy"
       5. Jostein Gaarder
Answer: Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

24. Name these Russian novels that contain love interests named Sonia for ten points each.
1. In this novel, penniless Sonya Rostov is loved by her cousin Nikolay, but he breaks her heart and marries a
wealthy, titled bride.
Answer:
2. In this novel, Sonya Semyonovna Marmeladov is an angelic figure who redeems Raskolnikov while he serves his
prison term.
Answer: Crime and Punishment
3. In this 1932 Nabokov novel, Russian emigre Martin Edelweiss is seduced by Sonia, a ruthless editor’s daughter,
while at Cambridge.
Answer: Glory

25. Name the punctuation symbols that perform the following operations in C and C++ for ten points each.
1. The MOD operator
Answer: % (the percent sign)
2. Dereferencing a pointer
Answer: * (the asterisk)
3. The bitwise OR
Answer: | (the pipe or vertical line or concatenator)

26. Six African countries border only two other nations. Name them for five points each. (Moderator: allow 20
seconds to answer).
Answers: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland

27. Place the following events from the French Revolution in order from earliest to latest for five points each.
The events are: Napoleon declared First Consul, the storming of the Bastille, the Tennis Court Oath, Declaration of
the Rights of Man passed, the fall of Robespierre, and the execution of Louis XVI.
Answers: Tennis Court Oath (20 June 1789), storming of the Bastille (14 July 1789), Declaration of the Rights of
Man (27 August 1789), execution of Louis XVI (21 January 1793), fall of Robespierre (28 July 1794), Napoleon
declared First Consul (9 November 1799).

28. Name the modern "Luddites" that were influential in the 1960-1970's anti-technology movement from a description
for ten points each.
1. This Green Party candidate for President has ranted about nuclear power, housing materials, and plastic containers,
but he is most famous for his scathing critique of automobiles Unsafe at Any Speed.
Answer: Ralph Nader
2. This social critic lampooned the automobile as the "sacred cow that gives poisoned milk." He also wrote an scathing
aesthetic critique of The American City.
Answer: Lewis Mumford
3. She attacked the pharmaceutical and chemical industries in any forum possible, including her book Silent Spring.
Answer: Rachel Carson

29. Answer the following questions about the economics of uncertainty for ten points each.
1. Daniel Bernoulli discovered this famous problem which consists of a coin flipping game where the expected value to
the player is infinite yet almost no one will pay more than a dollar to play. He named it for a Russian city.
Answer: the St. Petersburg Paradox
2. The standard way of resolving this paradox is to posit a type of behavior in which the utility of wealth is a concave
increasing function so that the expected utility of wealth is greater than the utility of E
expected wealth. Give the name for this type of behavior which leads a person to refuse any fair bet.
Answer: risk aversion
3. Finally, a risk averse person will be willing to pay more for insurance than the amount he expects to lose in an
accident. What do economists call this difference?
Answer: risk premium

30. Identify the following figures in Raphael’s The School of Athens for ten points each.
1. Bramante posed as this man, shown bending forward and using a compass to draw a six-pointed star.
Answer: Euclid
2. The brooding man in the foreground, either Heraclitus or Democritus, is thought to be a portrait of this fellow
artist.
Answer: Michelangelo Buonarroti
3. Averroes observes this seated man, at whose feet sit a tablet showing musical intervals.
Answer: Pythagoras

				
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