Questions by Boston University A (Matt Bruce) and Wichita State (Eric Owens, Vic D’Amico)
1. In 1860 he wrote a twenty-page manuscript in the style of Mark Antony's funeral oration from Julius Caesar. In 1864 he wrote six love letters to a 17-year-old Boston girl named Isabel Sumner. These works are collected in an anthology titled God Judge Me, Right or Wrong, along with a diary he kept during his twelve days as a fugitive in 1865. He may not have acted alone, but every schoolchild knows his name. For 10 points, name this assassin of Abraham Lincoln.
Answer: John Wilkes Booth
2. Their haploid gametophyte stage is the dominant generation in their alternation, a feature that distinguishes this division of plants from red and brown algae. They have rootlike organs called rhizoids instead of vascular tissue, and their cells form tissues called parenchyma. They are usually terrestrial but they remain dependent on their aquatic ancestry. For 10 points, name this division of 25,000 species of liverworts, hornworts, and mosses.
Answer: bryophytes or Bryophyta
3. A drama critic for The New York Times from 1917 to 1930, his first successful play, written in collaboration with Marc Connelly, was Dulcy. His plays with Connelly included Beggar on Horseback and Merton of the Movies, one of the first satires on Hollywood. Among his other collaborations were Of Thee I Sing, with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin, and Dinner at Eight with Edna Ferber. FTP, identify this member of the Algonquin Round Table, many of whose most famous plays, including The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can't Take it With You, were in collaboration with Moss Hart.
Answer: George Simon Kaufman
4. It is currently the only division in Major League Baseball, none of whose teams have to share their home ballparks with an NFL football team. As of 1997, a majority of its home parks were named after the teams that played there, a distinction that changed with minor realignment when Tropicana Stadium replaced Tiger Stadium. For 10 points, name the division whose other ballparks include Skydome, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadiums, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Answer: American League Eastern Division
[The Detroit Tigers moved to the AL Central, replaced by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.]
5. The action centers around a young soldier whose mother keeps a wineshop in the village square. When he went away to serve in the army he was betrothed to Lola, but on his return he found her married to Alfio, the teamster. The soldier, Turiddu, having thus lost Lola, consoled himself by making love to another village girl, Santuzza. Before long he betrayed, then abandoned her, transferring his affections back to Lola. Alfio kills Turiddu in a duel and Mamma Lucia and Santuzza faint. This summarizes the action in, FTP, what 1890 opera by Pietro Mascagni?
Answer: Cavalleria Rusticana or Rustic Chivalry
6. The people who dwell on the other side of the spot where this god was born enjoy perpetual warmth and sunshine, and are considered the oldest of the human race. He lived in a cave of Mount Haemus, and his sons Zetes and Calais, whom he had by the nymph Orithyia, participated in the expedition of the Argonauts. FTP, identify this son of Eos and god of the north wind.
Answer: Boreas (accept Hyperboreans before “this god” is read)
7. In this comedy, Charles's brother Joseph, supposedly more respectable, is shown to be a conniving schemer who courts Lady Teazle, the young wife of a wealthy old nobleman. Sir Oliver, their uncle, disguises himself to discover which of his nephews shall be his heir. Joseph is exposed as a hypocrite, and Charles triumphs, winning both fortune and true love. FTP, identify this 1777 comedy, focusing on the Surface family, by the author of A Trip to Scarborough and The Rivals.
Answer: The School for Scandal
8. A rebellion by the "Yellow Turbans" so weakened this government that a poet would come to write: "The great city of the west sinks into chaos. Tigers, and wolves, the ravagers have arrived. I leave our house. No living souls; only whitened bones strew the plain." This was a long fall for the dynasty that brought us the crossbow and paper. Founded by Liu Bang and named after a river, it lasted from 206 BC to 220 AD For 10 points, name this Chinese dynasty.
9. This term is still used to describe the contents of the tubelike structures, or hyphae, of which fungi are composed. In cellular biology, it has generally been replaced by the term cytoplasm, though that term does not include the cell nucleus. FTP, identify this term once used to describe the ground substance—the living material—of cells, which included include the complex colloidal organization of substances making up a cell's nucleus, cytoplasm, plastids, and mitochondria.
10. He was born in Teignmouth, England, in 1834, and was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. After his graduation he was sent with his regiment to India, where he participated in the Punjab and Burmese wars. In 1856 he joined the Trigonometrical Survey of India. Until his 1877 retirement from the army, he conducted topographical surveys in Kashmìr, Ladakh, and Bhutan . FTP, identify this British soldier and topographer, for whom the second highest peak in the world, also known as K2, was named.
Answer: Henry Haversham Godwin Austen
11. Written in loose rhymed couplets and divided into four books totaling 4000 lines, it is considered an allegory of a poet seeking perfection and expresses the Romantic notion that perfect love may indeed be possible and not just an unattainable ideal. The title character has been represented in literature by such writers as John Lyly, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. FTP, identify this 1818 poem that recasts the Greek legend of a mortal son of Zeus who is in love with Selene, the goddess of the moon, written by John Keats.
12. He was the son of Ertogrul, who died about 1280 and was a chieftain in the service of the Seljuk sultan of Rum. He made himself ruler of a small state in northwestern Anatolia, capturing the towns of Eskisehir, Bilecik, Yarhisar, and Yenisehir from the Byzantines. From this base, his descendants extended their rule throughout Asia Minor and the Balkans and eventually over the whole eastern Mediterranean. FTP, identify this Turkish leader, considered the founder of the Ottoman dynasty.
13. This Protestant denomination shares its name with the east part of the chancel of a church, behind the choir. Its founder published the pamphlet, Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, and railed against Mary, Queen of Scots, whom he usually just called "Jezebel." For 10 points, name the conciliar form of the Reformed Churches founded by John Knox.
14. Mrs. Erlynne had left her family to run off with a man who in turn abandoned her. Therefore, she does not want her daughter to make a similar mistake. Unfortunately, because of the attention her daughter's husband has given to her, the daughter decides to run off with Lord Darlington. Erlynne convinces the title character not to act so rashly, then claims ownership of the title object to save her daughter's reputation. For 10 points, name this Oscar Wilde comedy.
Answer: Lady Windermere's Fan
15. Theodore II ["the Second"] took the throne in 1855. In 1868, British troops invaded and Theodore committed suicide. In 1872, Johannes IV ["the fourth"] became king; but he had a civil war with Menelek, whom the Italians backed. In 1896, Italy invaded but was humiliated. Menelek's grandson, Lij Yasu, converted to Islam in 1916, and the Christian church deposed him. His aunt chose a regional governor, Ras Tafari, as his heir. This is a history of, for 10 points, what African nation?
Answer: Ethiopia (prompt on Abyssinia)
16. In 1989 the causitive gene was identified by teams of researchers in Michigan and Toronto promising more reliable diagnosis. As yet, there is no cure, and treatment concentrates on alleviating the symptoms, which include respiratory and digestive problems resulting from impaired chloride passage through cell
membranes. Occurring most frequently in Caucasian Europeans, it is the most common fatal genetic disease of Caucasian children. FTP, identify this rare disease of the endocrine glands that affects the
pancreas, sweat glands, and respiratory system.
Answer: Cystic Fibrosis
17. It was named for an Irish-born General who had allegedly criticized the commander in chief of the American forces in a private letter to the hero of Saratoga. The controversy erupted after George Washington discovered it and used the letter to turn public sentiment against Horatio Gates. FTP, identify this 1777 controversy of the American Revolution which sought to replace George Washington as commander in chief of the American forces with Gates.
Answer: Conway Cabal
18. It is narrated by Amasa Delano, the captain of a seal-hunting ship who encounters off the coast of Chile a slave ship whose human cargo has revolted. Although it takes Delano some time to unravel the situation, eventually he saves the title character, who is the captain of the slaver, and his remaining crew, and the leaders of the insurrection are slaughtered. FTP, identify this short story published in Putnam's Monthly Magazine in 1855 and later included in the collection The Piazza Tales, written by Herman Melville.
Answer: Benito Cereno
19. "I was once what you are, and what I am you will become," is the translation of an inscription in Italian painted above a skeleton, said to represent Adam. The donors of the work, husband and wife, are portrayed kneeling just in front of the pilasters that frame the chapel. The dove of the Holy Spirit rests on Christ's halo. The Virgin Mary and Saint John are represented on either side of the crucified Christ, whose arms are supported by God the Father. FTP, identify this c. 1428 fresco in Santa Maria Novella in which Brunelleschi's single-point-perspective method is used brilliantly by Masaccio.
Answer: The Holy Trinity
20. In 1936 this scientist went to the University of Chicago, becoming a professor of astronomy and director of the university's Yerkes and McDonald observatories. His achievements include measurement of the diameter of Pluto, the discovery of some satellites of Uranus and Neptune, and the detection of carbon dioxide on Mars. In the 1960’s, he served as chief scientist for the Ranger spacecraft crash-landing probes of the moon. FTP, name this American astronomer who, in 1951, predicted the existence of a disk-shaped region outside the orbit of Neptune as a source for short-period comets.
Answer: Gerard Peter Kuiper
21. In this work, after reading Cicero's account of Scipio Africanus' appearance to the younger Scipio in a dream, the poet himself dreams that Scipio Africanus leads him to a garden where he sees the Temple of Venus. Then he comes to a hillside where there is a great gathering, at the bidding of Nature, to choose mates on St. Valentine's Day. FTP, identify this poem of 699 lines in rhyme royal by Geoffrey Chaucer, in which a dispute by the title birds is resolved by Nature.
Answer: The Parliament of Fowls
22. It was probably founded early in the 6th century under the leadership of Prince Cerdic and his son Cynric. During the next century it was usually ruled by other kingdoms, notably Mercia, Northumbria, and Kent. Early in the 9th century, King Egbert, having conquered Mercia, Northumbria, and several other kingdoms, including Essex and Kent, was acknowledged overlord of all England. During the reign of his grandson, Alfred the Great, the Danes, who had long harassed the Saxons, acknowledged its sovereignty over all English territory not under Danish rule. FTP, identify this Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England, located east of Cornwall, which shares its name with the setting of many of the writings of Thomas Hardy.
23. Among his three children are twin sons: Kevin is a man of action and an average, extroverted citizen while Jerry is a rebellious, introverted artist. Anna, his wife, resents the universal feminine principle, and becomes identified with the River Liffey. At some time in the past he accosted someone in Phoenix Park and he still feels guilty and fears investigation by the authorities. His initials are interwoven throughout the book, particularly in the recurrent phrases Here Comes Everybody and Haveth Childer Everywhere. Identify this Protestant Irishman of Scandinavian descent, FTP, whose dreams and nightmares are elaborated in the 1939 work Finnegan’s Wake.
Answer: Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker
24. On November 8, 1861, Captain Charles Wilkes of the U.S. vessel San Jacinto intercepted at sea a British mail steamer, bound for Europe from Havana, Cuba. He took from the ship two Confederate commissioners who were among the passengers, James Mason and John Slidell. The two diplomats were subsequently held as prisoners in Boston, but Great Britain demanded their release on the ground that Wilkes's action had been illegal. FTP, identify this incident of the American Civil War which takes its name from the name of the British ship.
Answer: Trent Affair
25. It describes both Amory Blaine, protagonist of the novel This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald; and Jake Barnes, hero of the novel The Son Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. A mechanic working on Gertrude Stein's car inspired a hotel proprietor to coin the phrase. For 10 points, what term describes young people who came of age between World War One and the Great Depression?
Answer: Lost Generation
26. His father owned a brick works near Groningen; his mother was the daughter of an architect. In his doctoral thesis he proved that Foucault's pendulum experiment can be used to show the earth's rotation. Always interested in cryogenics, he used the theories of compatriots Van der Waals and Lorentz to make the discoveries that earned Leyden its title as coldest place on earth. For 10 points, name the physicist who liquefied helium.
Answer: Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
27. In an American court, the protagonist of this novel would probably be excluded by voir dire. Instead, he sets out to marry the woman whom he had seduced, who now stands before him as a prostitute accused of poisoning her subsequent lover. Katyusha Maslova declines to marry Prince Nekhlyudov, but the two can at least be friends. For 10 points, name this Leo Tolstoy novel, usually considered inferior to War and Peace and Anna Karenina, about Nekhlyudov's spiritual revival.
Answer: Resurrection or Voskreseniye (prompt on "Nekhlyudov")
28. An outspoken defender of human rights, he hosted Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn for four years. With his wife, singer Galina Vishnevskaya, he left the Soviet Union in 1974 but returned without a visa in 1991. During the failed Soviet coup he was hailed as a national hero. Better known as a musician, he was soloist in the premieres of two Shostakovich concerti. He has been music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington since 1977. For 10 points, name this legendary cellist.
Answer: Mstislav Rostropovich
29. Carbon tetrachloride can be used to dissolve grease stains in cloth. This is because carbon tetrachloride, like most waxes, lipids, cooking oils and gasoline, is a linear, planar, or symmetrical compound with more than two atoms. Such compounds are not miscible with water, nor do they exhibit hydrogen bonding. For 10 points, what eight-letter word distinguishes them from water, ammonia and alcohols?
Answer: nonpolar (do not accept "polar")
30. It established its independence in 1385, when John of Avis defeated John of Castile in the Battle of Aljubarrota. The victorious John, who ruled as John the Great, signed the 1386 Treaty of Windsor with England, creating an alliance that was never broken. Nonetheless, it remained neutral during World War Two, under the iron rule of Antonio Salazar. For 10 points, name this country on the Iberian peninsula.
31. Otto van Bismarck expelled the Jesuits from Prussia in June 1872. He also made civil marriages obligatory, put education under the control of the state, and dissolved religious orders. The struggle lasted about a decade until Bismarck realized that the socialists were far more dangerous than the Catholics. Two centuries before the 1996 Republican convention, Bismarck described his policies with a term that loosely translates to "culture war." For 10 points, identify this German word.
Answer: Kulturkampf (prompt on "culture war")
32. He died in 1995, while his family still vehemently denied that he had Alzheimer's disease. The son of an industrial chemist, he once said, "if I had the choice between smoked salmon and tin, I'd have it tinned. With vinegar." At Oxford, under Sir William Beveridge he studied unemployment and the trade cycle. He joined the cabinet of Clement Atlee in 1947. For 10 points, what Labour party leader tied William Gladstone's record of four administrations as prime minister?
Answer: Harold Wilson
33. As soon as the mother and child are able to travel, they visit Gurdwara. There they prepare sacred pudding, called Karah Prashad. Amrit, or sweet water, is given to both infant and mother. The granthi randomly opens Sri Guru Granth Sahib to a hymn, and the child's name will have the same first letter as the first letter of the hymn. So goes the Nam Karan, the first festival in the life of any adherent to, for 10 points, what Indian religion?
Answer: Sikhism (accept Nam Karan early)
34. Its average time complexity is of the order n log(n). To execute it, arbitrarily choose an element x in the set. Split all other elements in the set into those greater than or equal to x and those less than x. Apply the same function recursively to the newly generated subsets until each subset has just one member. You have just performed, for 10 points, what sorting algorithm?
35. The name appears in 17th century paintings by Guercino and Poussin. Inhabitants of the region retained enough backward customs that they were the most backward of the Greeks, yet Virgil claimed that this was a place of happiness and simplicity. For 10 points, what name did Sir Philip Sidney use for a pastoral romance?
36. “There was one passenger in the coach, a small, dark-haired person in a glossy buff calico dress. She was so slender and so stiffly starched that she slid from space to space on the leather cushions, though she braced herself against the middle seat with her feet and extended her cotton-gloved hands on each side.” Mr. Jeremiah Cobb drives the stagecoach in which we first meet the title character of, for 10 points, what Kate Wiggin novel?
Answer: Rebecca of Sonnybrook Farm
37. If the U.S. Congress had gotten its way, seven of these ten heavenly bodies would have been named Scobee, Smith, Reznick, McNair, Onizuka, Jarvis, and McAuliffe. Instead they were named Belinda, Bianca, Cordelia, Cressida, Desdemona, Juliet, Ophelia, Portia, Puck and Rosalind. Previously unknown, they were discovered in January 1986. For 10 points, what objects join Ariel, Umbriel, Titania and Oberon in orbiting the solar system's seventh planet?
Answer: moons of Uranus
38. As a noun, it can refer to the temperament in the Keirsey temperament sorter that includes the Field Marshall; Master Mind; Inventor; and Architect personalities--people who are Intuitive and Thinking. The verb form of the word is used by Max Weber to describe a process of making things conform; and by psychiatrists to describe a process of making things make sense. For 10 points, what also refers to numbers that can be expressed as the quotient of two integers?
Answer: Rational (accept rationalization)
[The author of this question is INTJ but has been INTP before, in case anyone gives a crap.]
39. A Carl Sandburg poem with this title invokes the battles of Austerlitz, Waterloo, Gettysburg, Ypres and Verdun, suggesting that "two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor: What place is this? Where are we now?" In the first line of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself, a child asks the poet to define it: "I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven." For 10 points, name this natural floral phenomenon.
Answer: Grass (Sandburg's poem Grass; "What is the grass?")
40. Follow the "Red Tile Tour" signs to El Presidio, the Spanish Colonial military outpost; or El Paseo, the adjacent shopping arcade. Bikers and skaters share the paved walkways along the waterfront, where the view from Stearns Wharf reveals 30 miles of white-sand beaches. It predated Hollywood as film capital of the world when the American Film Company opened the Flying A Studio on the corner of State and Mission Streets. For 10 points, name this resort city on California's central coast.
Answer: Santa Barbara
41. Velvets gave way to brocades and silks. Darker colors gave way to blues, pinks, and whites. War and religion gave way to a dream world where landscapes always depicted summer; where people flirted or made love; and where flowers, seaweed, and shells were all over the place. Indeed, the name for the movement comes from the French for "shell." For 10 points, name this 18th century art period, a late phase of, yet somewhat different from, the Baroque.
42. He has referred to American culture as a "dysfunctional family" in need of "wrenching transformation" and new "central organizing principles." In 1988, he was the first presidential candidate to mention Willie Horton. He claims that "it makes little sense for each of us to burn up all the energy necessary to travel with several thousand pounds of metal wherever we go"; and that "no controlling legal authority" prohibits his dubious fundraising activities. For 10 points, name this Democrat.
Answer: Albert Gore, Jr.
43. Some zealously gender-neutral writers now use this three-letter word as a third-person singular nominative. In its language of origin, German, it is a specifically feminine third-person singular nominative when lower case, but capitalized it is the polite formal version of the second person. For 10 points, what word is pronounced the way that Americans pronounce the last letter of the Roman alphabet?
Answer: Sie [ZEE]
44. According to a Merril Mushroom essay, as of 1959, this type of person combs her hair in private. This is the functional combing. She pats it as she combs, pressing it and parting it into a perfect duck's ass. In public she performs her show combing. When she plays pool, she rearranges her stance, aware of the many eyes on her, aware of the women watching her every move. After she sinks her shot she lights another Camel. For 10 points, what adjective describes an assertive lesbian?
Answer: Butch (from "How the Butch Does It: 1959", part of Women on Women 2: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction)
45. The fourth movement, an allegro spirituoso, starts with a Croatian folk dance and a drone similar to that used in Aaron Copeland's "Hoedown." Its composer worked for the Esterhazy family before moving to England. For 10 points, name this work in D major, the final symphony of Franz Josef Haydn.
Answer: London Symphony; or Symphony 104 in D major
46. The Greek gods would use Hermes as their messenger when their plans were noble, or at least peaceful. When they had mischief in mind, they would send down a rainbow as a bridge. For 10 points, what rainbow goddess was also the messenger of discord?
1999 ACF Regionals
Questions by Boston University A (Matt Bruce) and Wichita State (Eric Owens, Vic D’Amico)
1. King Henry II ["Henry the Second"] of France died in 1559 when a lance splinter penetrated the eye hole of his helmet during a joust, but three of his sons did take the French throne. For the stated point value, name these powerful family members whom Henry II left behind.
5. His wife, a descendant of Lorenzo the Magnificent.
Answer: Catherine de Medici
10. His eldest son, the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, who died less than a year after taking the throne.
Answer: Francis II ["Francis the Second"]
10. The younger brother of Francis II, who took the throne at age 10 but died at age 24.
Answer: Charles IX ["Charles the Ninth"]
5. The younger brother of Charles the IX, a flaming homosexual whose lack of an heir led to the religious wars that in turn led to his 1589 assassination by Jacques Clement, a Catholic monk.
Answer: Henry III ["Henry the Third"]
2. In the heart of Boston's Back Bay region, three famous streets run parallel to each other. Name them from the following clues for the stated number of points.
10. The Bull and Finch pub, which inspired the TV series Cheers, is located on this street. So is the Massachusetts State House, which sits atop a hill that shares the street's name.
Answer: Beacon Street
5. One block south of Beacon Street is this tree-lined avenue, which crosses Beacon Street at Kenmore Square. The avenue shares its name with the form in which Massachusetts was organized.
Answer: Commonwealth Avenue
15. Between Commonwealth Avenue and Boylston Street is the richest street in Boston, home of fine dining, high fashion, expensive hair salons, and one of the best comic book stores in the U.S.
Answer: Newbury Street
3. A consul under Theodoric, he was executed for alleged treason, but he is better known as a philosopher.
1. For 10 points, name this sixth century Roman.
Answer: Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
2. While in prison, Boethius wrote a dialogue between the author and a wise woman who tries to make sense of both free will and evil under an all-knowing, all-powerful God. For 10 points, name it.
Answer: The Consolation of Philosophy
3. Between The Consolation of Philosophy and translations that Boethius made of Aristotle and Porphyry, Boethius can be squarely placed, along with Plotinus, in, for a final 10 points, what philosophical school?
4. For ten points each, given the deficiency symptom, name the vitamin that its sufferer really needs to take.
1. xerophthalmia (zeer-op-thal-me-uh)
Answer: Vitamin A or retinol
2. Osteomalacia (ost-ee-oh-ma-lay-she-ah)
Answer: Vitamin D or calciferol
3. slow blood clotting and hemorrhage
Answer: Vitamin K or phylloquinone
5. John F. Kennedy was not the first Democrat in 20th century America to be dogged by anti-Catholic sentiment.
5. What Catholic governor of New York lost the 1928 presidential election to Herbert Hoover?
Answer: Al Smith
15. Al Smith first gained fame by chairing the committee that investigated, for 15 points, what 1911 disaster?
Answer: The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire
10. Smith first contended for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1924. At that convention, Franklin Roosevelt gave him, for 10 points, what mirthfully belligerent nickname?
Answer: The Happy Warrior
6. Yo! Who trashed this apartment? Or was it already a dump when I moved in? Identify these landlord-tenant legal terms for the stated point value.
5. Ordinary use will necessarily cause property to run down; no tenant can be held responsible for that. This rhyming phrase describes such acceptable deterioration.
Answer: fair wear and tear
10. This five-letter word describes permanent harm to real property, for which a tenant will be held liable. Types include ameliorating, commissive, equitable, and permissive.
15. While the tenant is expected not to destroy property, the landlord cannot rent it out in the first place unless it is fit for ordinary use. This four-word phrase describes the implicit promise that property is in good condition.
Answer: implied warranty of habitability
7. Name these wack Indian scientists for 10 points each.
1. This physicist proposed that there is no conservation of photons. Albert Einstein generalized his work to the counting of states of atoms, and they both predicted a new kick-ass form of matter in the 1920’s.
Answer: Satyendra Nath Bose
2. This astronomer showed that any star with mass more than 1.4 times that of the sun must eventually collapse into a black hole.
Answer: Subramanyan Chandrasekhar
3. This mathematician, while still a student at Cambridge, once corrected a mistake Wolfgang Pauli made in lecture. While at Columbia, he did his best-known work on the representation of Lie [LEE] groups.
Answer: Harish-Chandra Mehrotra
8. Identify the Baroque-era composers from clues FTP each.
1. Born 4 years before Bach, this man was considered better than Bach during his lifetime. An incredibly prolific composer, his 1733 Tafelmusik remains popular today.
Answer: George Philip Telemann
2 His graceful, delicate music represents the apex of French rococo, the reaction against Baroque style. His published four books of harpsichord suites and much organ music, and Ravel wrote a piano work in honor of him.
Answer: Francois Couperin
3. His two treatises on harmony introduced the important theory of chord inversion. He wrote elegant harpsichord and chamber works, and more than 30 stage works such as the 1737 opera Castor et Pollux.
Answer: Jean-Phillipe Rameau
9. Identify these bumpin’ medieval French poets for fifteen points each.
15. This poet of the late 12th century was one of the medieval trouvères, a group of lyric poets of northern France influenced by the troubadors. His poems dealt with the semilegendary English king Arthur and his knights, and include Percival, or the Story of the Grail, and Lancelot, or the Knight of the Cart.
Answer: Chrétien de Troyes
15. This 15th century poet is considered by many scholars France’s outstanding lyric poet, and is famous for the beauty and originality, as well as the evocative quality, of his verse. His major writings include Le petit testament, written in 1456, and Le grand testament, written in 1461.
Answer: François Villon
10. Identify the following classic movies from clues FTP each:
1. This best-known film of Erich von Stroheim is based on Frank Norris’ McTeague.
2. This 1930 Josef von Sternberg film depicts how cabaret queen Lola Lola, played by Marlene Dietrich, who sings Falling in Love Again several times a night, transforms poor, respectable Professor Rath, played by Emil Jannings, into a whimpering clown given to doing his chicken imitation in front of an audience of vindictive former pupils.
Answer: The Blue Angel
3. This 1936 Leni Riefenstahl work is the official film record, ordered by Hitler himself, of the sixth Nazi Party Congress, held in Nuremberg in 1934.
Answer: The Triumph of the Will
11. Name these Chaldean emperors for 10 points each.
1. In 586 BC, he took Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple that Solomon had built.
Answer: Nebuchadrezzar or Nebuchadnezzar II “the Great”
2. In 555 BC, this archaeologist took the throne. He died when Babylon fell to the Persians in 539 BC
3. When Nabonidus would go hunting for antiquarian relics, he left his son in charge of the army. This son is featured in the Old Testament book of Daniel.
12. Pencil and paper ready. Note the following two-by-two matrix, whose terms are given left-to-right, one row at a time: 2; [pause] 3; [pause] 4; [pause] 5. [pause] As you know ACF rules permit 25 seconds per part on computation.
10. For 10 points, what is the determinant of this matrix?
Answer: -2 ["negative two"] (2*5 - 3*4 = 10 - 12 = -2.)
20. Now find the inverse. When you are done computing, give the terms of your answer left-to-right, one row at a time. You will get five points for each correct term.
Answers: -2.5, 1.5, 2, -1 or Negative two-and-a-half; one-and-a-half; two; negative one
/ -2.5 1.5 \
\ 2 -1 /
13. Answer the following about the 1881 play Ghosts on a 5-5-10-10 basis:
5. Who wrote it?
Answer: Henrik Ibsen
5. Oswald Alving is on the brink of insanity thanks to what disease?
10. What type of establishment does Oswald's mother want to open in memory of her dead husband?
10. To what clergy member does Mrs. Alving confess her husband's philandering and alcoholism?
Answer: Pastor Manders
14. On June 17, 1777, a British general began his invasion of the colonies from Canada, intending to travel down Lake Champlain and join up with a colleague in New York City. His campaign started well, as he took an important fort on July 6.
5. For 5 points name him.
Answer: John Burgoyne
5. For 5 points, whom was Burgoyne to meet at New York City?
Answer: William Howe
10. For 10 points, what fort did Burgoyne take on July 6?
10. For 10 points, what American general evacuated Fort Ticonderoga, leaving lots of valuable supplies behind?
Answer: Arthur St. Clair
15. Name these world religions for 10 points each.
1. This six-letter word, which translates to "belief in the Gods," refers to Norse neo-pagans. Many people encounter the name through such role-playing games as Image: The Ascension.
2. This Caribbean religion combines worship of the Orisha, or guardians, with both Roman Catholicism and the beliefs of the Bantu people of southern Nigeria.
Answer: Santeria or La Regla Lucumi or Macumba
3. Centered in Lebanon and on the Golan Heights, this religion has about 300,000 members but does not accept converts. Based loosely on the Koran, its name translates to "monotheistic."
Answer: Druse or Mowahhidoon
16. A Harlot's Progress and A Rake's Progress are uniquely British satires on the lower and middle classes; but the artist behind them did put the French to good use in some of his other works.
10. For 10 points, name this 18th century engraver.
Answer: William Hogarth
10. Hogarth expounded his artistic ideas in this 1753 pulchritudinous work.
Answer: Analysis of Beauty
10. Hogarth hired French engravers to prepare the plates for his satire of the upper class. For a final 10 points, name the etching series in which the bankrupt Earl of Squanderfield has a short, unhappy union with the daughter of a rich merchant.
Answer: Marriage a la Mode
17. Identify the zodiacal constellations from a star, FTP each.
18. Identify the writer from clues, 30-20-10.
30. He spent his early life in poverty, living for a while in Memphis, Tennessee, and traveling throughout the U.S. working at menial jobs. In 1935 he settled in Chicago and began to work with the Federal Writers' Project.
20. In the early 1930’s, this author of Uncle Tom’s Children joined the Communist Party. He described his subsequent disillusionment with the party in his contribution to the 1950 work The God That Failed, a book of essays by six former Communists.
10. His most famous work explores the violent psychological pressures that drive a young black man in Chicago, Bigger Thomas, to murder.
Answer: Richard Wright
19. FTP each, answer the following questions about various "scientific" instruments.
1. Invented in 1730 by John Hadley, it is used to measure the angle between a heavenly body and the horizon.
2. Described by its Scottish inventor in the 1617 Rabdologiae, and named for the material out of which it was first constructed, it was used for intensive calculations.
Answer: Napier’s Bones
3. This first mechanical calculator was initially more expensive than hiring a person to perform calculations.
Answer: Pascaline or Calculating engine
20. Identify these five letter words from poetry from clues, on a 15-5 basis.
1. 15. These short, simple poems about country life originally were self-contained sections of longer poems and concerned a variety of subjects, but the term acquired a pastoral association with the work of the 2nd and 3rd century BC Greek poets Bion, Theocritus, and Moschus.
5. Its original form was used once again for a romantic narrative in the 19th century by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
2. 15. Originally, in classical Greek and Roman literature, it was a poem composed of distichs, or couplets, and addressed various subjects, including love, lamentation, and politics, and were characterized by their metric form. Ancient poets who used the form include the Alexandrian Callimachus and the Roman Catullus.
5. The best known one is a 1751 work by Thomas Gray.
21. Identify the author from works, 30-20-10.
30. Youngblood Hawke, Marjorie Morningstar
20. The Hope, The Glory
10. The Winds of War
Answer: Herman Wouk
22. Identify these Congressional acts of the 20th Century, FTP each.
1. This 1939 act forbade federal employees from engaging in certain types of political activity and placed ceilings on campaign expenditures.
Answer: Hatch Act
2. This 1917 act remains the principal U.S. legislation forbidding the act or practice of spying for a foreign country and providing heavy penalties for such activity.
Answer: Espionage Act
3. This 1935 legislation was enacted to govern the labor-management relations of business firms engaged in interstate commerce.
Answer: Wagner Act or National Labor Relations Act
23. Identify these writers of 18th century America, F15P each.
15. This French writer, writing under the pseudonym J. Hector St. John, was known for his works in both French and English describing life in the American colonies around the time of the American Revolution, such as the 1782 work Letters from an American Farmer.
Answer: Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur
15. This Maryland-born writer is remembered chiefly for his fictionalized biography The Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington which contains the apocryphal story of the cherry tree.
Answer: (Parson) Mason Locke Weems
24. Answer the following about the Greek mythological figure, Nestor, FTSNOP
10. Who was the father of Nestor?
10. Nestor ruled what kingdom?
5. As a young warrior he took part in the fight of the Lapiths against these half-human, half-horse monsters.
5. After the fall of Troy, Nestor returned to Pylos and welcomed this youth who came in search of information about the fate of his father.
25. In 1956, over a hundred congressmen signed a document attacking the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education opinion and pledging their resistance to integration.
15. Name this published protest.
Answer: The Southern Manifesto
15. Just three southern Democrats refused to sign the Southern Manifesto: Two were from Tennessee and one from Texas. For 5 points each--name them.
Answers: Albert Gore Sr. and Lyndon Johnson and Estes Kefauver
26. Botswana is one of the most prosperous countries in Africa.
5. What desert covers most of Botswana?
5. What is the capital of Botswana?
10. South Africa is one of three countries that border Botswana. For 5 points each, name the other two.
Answers: Namibia and Zimbabwe
10. What delta area in northern Botswana is home to over 300 exotic species?
Answer: Okavango Delta
27. If beer commercials won't make you culturally literate, then what will? Identify the following related items for the stated point value:
10. This poet wrote the lines, "Fill with mingled cream and amber, I will drain that glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber through the chamber of my brain."
Answer: Edgar Allan Poe
15. After the South Pole was reached, this Englishman attempted the first sea-to-sea crossing of Antarctica. When his boat was crushed, members of his expedition were stranded on Elephant Island.
Answer: Ernest Shackleton
["My nose hairs are frozen! I DON'T CARE! Pelican patties for you!"]
5. An annoying barfly tells dramatic stories about Ernest Shackleton and Edgar Allan Poe in radio ads for what alcoholic beverage, whose official home is the Red Triangle Pub?
Answer: Bass Ale
28. The strings of a six-string guitar are usually tuned to the notes E, A, D, G, B, and E, respectively. Under this standard tuning, four of the five pairs of adjacent strings are the same interval apart.
10. What two-word phrase describes this interval?
Answer: perfect fourth (prompt on partial answer)
5. What is the only pair of adjacent strings that are not a perfect fourth apart?
Answer: G and B (must both be correct!)
5. What two-word phrase describes the interval between G and B?
Answer: major third
10. Two triads can be played using consecutive open strings. One is a major chord in second inversion; the other is a minor chord in first inversion. For 5 points each, of what keys would these chords be tonic?
Answers: G major and E minor
29. Given a mythological trio, name any one of its three members, 5-10-15.
Answer: Euryale or Medusa or Stheno
Answer: Aglaia (accept "Brilliance") or Thalia ("The Flowering") or Euphrosyne ("Joy")
Answer: Urdur or Verthandi or Skuld
(prompt on "Past" or "Present" or "Future")
30. For the stated number of points, answer the following about Beatrice in literary history.
5. Who first describes his love for Beatrice in La Vita Nuova?
Answer: Dante Alleghieri
5. Beatrice is the foil and eventual beloved of Benedick in what Shakespeare play?
Answer: Much Ado About Nothing
10. Beatrice is the love interest of Giovanni in what Nathaniel Hawthorne short story?
Answer: Rappacinni's Daughter
10. Beatrice was one of two corporate defendants in a famous Woburn, Massachusetts water contamination suit. That suit was described in the book A Civil Action, by what author?
Answer: Jonathan Harr
31. Lorraine Hansberry was the first black playwright to win the Best Play Award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle. Name her works from clues for the stated point value.
5. She won the award for this 1959 play about a Chicago ghetto family.
Answer: A Raisin in the Sun
15. The Jewish title character of this 1964 play lives in Greenwich Village.
Answer: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
10. This self-portrait was published posthumously in 1969.
Answer: To Be Young, Gifted and Black
32. Despite the misunderstanding of a character from the movie Shakespeare in Love, the fight in which Christopher Marlowe died was not about penis size. For 10 points each:
1. Marlowe was actually killed by a man named Ingram Frizer in a dispute over this.
Answer: the settlement of a tavern bill (accept equivalents)
(do not accept "billy," as misheard in the movie)
2. This English poet, who published The Whole Works of Homer in 1616, finished a translation of Ovid's Hero and Leander that Marlowe had begun before his death.
Answer: George Chapman
3. In 1600, seven years after Marlowe died, England's Helicon published his most famous poem, which begins with the line "Come live with me and be my love." According to the poem's title, the source of these passionate lyrics is someone of what occupation?
Answer: shepherd (The Passionate Shepherd to His Love)
33. Temple Drake, the formerly spoiled heroine of the William Faulkner novel Sanctuary, endures some profound adversity. Answer the following about her plight for 10 points each.
1. Her ordeal begins on a date with the alcoholic Gowan Stevens. Gowan claims to have learned "how to drink like a gentleman" in college. What prestigious public institution did he attend?
Answer: University of Virginia
2. When Gowan slams his car into a tree, he and Temple take refuge with moonshiners. After Gowan passes out, Temple unwisely decides to spend the night. The next morning she is raped. With what food item, used to make moonshine, is she first violated?
Answer: corn cob
3. After Temple is raped, Popeye forces her into his car and speeds north as she bleeds on his seat. Popeye takes her to a bordello in what city of sin?
Answer: Memphis, Tennessee
34. Identify these ecology terms from descriptions for the stated number of points.
10. For 5 points each, these terms can be crudely defined as "where an organism lives" and "what an organism does."
Answers: habitat and niche
10. For 10 points, often abbreviated by the letter K, this is the number of members of a particular species that a given environment can support indefinitely.
Answer: carrying capacity
10. For 10 points, this principle states that two species competing for the same limited resource cannot coexist indefinitely.
Answer: competitive exclusion principle
35. Antimony is one of the author's favorite chemical elements. For 5 points per answer:
5. What is its chemical symbol?
5. What is its atomic number?
5. Within ten, what is its molecular weight?
Answer: 121.75 (accept: 111.75 - 131.75)
5. What is the lightest chemical element in its class?
Answer: Nitrogen (Class VA)
10. What elements immediately precede and follow it in Period 5?
Answers: Tin and Tellurium
36. History is the pretentious title of a greatest-hits album by one of the worst bands of the '70s, whose best known song contains the lyric: "In the desert, you can remember your name for there ain't no one for to give you no pain."
10. For 5 points each, name both that band and its biggest hit.
Answers: America and Horse With No Name
10. Another America song contains the lyric: "Wishin' on a falling star, Watchin' for the early train. Sorry, boy, but I've been hit by purple rain." The song shares its name with, for 10 points, what road, where "the days are longer, the nights are stronger than moonshine"?
Answer: Ventura Highway
10. For 10 points, to whom do America sing the lyric: "Will you meet me in the middle? Will you meet me in the air?"
Answer: Sister Golden Hair
37. "She's good at what she does, but she's certainly not one for refining her intellectual position. I mean, how is it possible that cosmetics are the tool of oppression and yet lipstick is okay? I think she's a great speaker, she's great at rallying the troops and she's, in a certain sense, probably a very good politician. Kind of the way Bill Clinton would be if he were a feminist. And she resorts to that cult of personality as a way of justifying her erratic contradictions." For 15 points each:
15. This backhanded compliment describes what author of The Beauty Myth and Fire with Fire?
Answer: Naomi Wolf
15. What author of The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism, a frequent sparring partner of Naomi Wolf, gave her rival this critical assessment.
Answer: Katie Roiphe
38. Eleventh century Egypt was as good a place as any to suffer from insanity, or to feign it.
10. Nicknamed "the Mad," for 10 points, who ruled Egypt from 996 to 1021 while claiming to be a god?
5. For 5 points, to what dynasty did al-Hakim the Mad belong?
10. The greatest scientist of the time had to feign insanity to save his own life. For 10 points, name this scholar of lenses and rainbows.
5. Alhazen sealed his fate by claiming he could build a device that would control, for 5 points what local weather phenomenon?
Answer: flooding of the Nile (accept Monsoon)
39. To a computer scientist, ATM is not just a teller machine.
15. For 5 points per letter, expand this communications acronym.
Answer: Asynchronous Transfer Mode
10. Asynchronous Transfer Mode dynamically allocates bandwidth by fixing the size of, for 10 points, what?
Answer: the packet or cell
5. For 5 points all or nothing, what does ATM also refer to in chat-room shorthand?
Answer: at the moment (accept equivalents)
40. For 10 points each, given a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural work, name the U.S. state in which it was or is located.
1. The Johnson Wax Company.
Answer: Wisconsin (Racine)
2. The Kaufmann house in Bear Run.
3. Taliesin West.
41. Fermina Daza, the heroine of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, marries a doctor. Nonetheless, the poet who longs for her waits out his rival and eventually outlives him, renewing his vow to her at the doctor's wake.
5. For 5 points, name the book.
Answer: Love in the Time of Cholera
20. For 10 points each, name the men who love her.
Answer: Juvenal Urbino and Florentino Ariza (accept either first or last name)
5/30. For 5 points if within ten years, or a total of 30 on the bonus if exact, how long does Florentino Ariza have to wait for his love?
Answer: 50 years, nine months, and four days (acceptable range: 40/9/4 to 60/9/4)