Western Michigan B - Toss-Ups

  1. Baseball held its first expansion draft in 15 years when the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins each took players from other teams to stock their own. For ten points, the Rockies used the first pick of the draft to select what standout pitching prospect from the Braves?

    DAVID NIED

  2. In World War I, Germany was beaten and its economy lay devastated throughout most of the 1920's. By 1924 its inflation had soared to unprecedented heights. For ten points, was Germany's inflation rate in 1924 117%, 117,000%, 117 million%, or 117 trillion%?

    117 TRILLION PERCENT

  3. Two answers required. In 1945, the only nuclear weapons ever used in war were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For ten points, give the names that were given to these first ever atomic bombs.

    FAT MAN & LITTLE BOY

  4. This U.S. President started a tradition that is still followed today when he threw out the first pitch on the Opening Day of baseball season. For ten points, name this first first-pitcher.

    WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT

  5. Pens and paper ready. Take the number of days in July, subtract the number of defensive players on a baseball field, divide by 2, and add the number of Ancint Wonders of the World; now, divide that number into the number of games in a Major League baseball season. What total do you get?

    9

  6. She said "The achievement of his own happiness is man's highest moral purpose" in her 1961 non-fiction work explaining aspects of her philosophy. For a quick ten points, name this famous author of "We the Living".

    Ayn RAND

  7. He is the only person to ever have a Dewey decimal number dedicated to him, which is the result of his prolific writings and his acclaimation as the best playwright to have ever lived. For an easy ten points, name the immortal bard.

    William SHAKESPEARE

  8. Among its impressive collection are Bottecelli's Adoration of the Magi, van Eyck's Annunciation, plus paintings by Matisse, Rembrandt, and Gilbert Stuart, just to name a few. For ten points, name this museum with an annual draw of 6.5 million people located in Washington D.C.

    NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

  9. For a quick ten points, name this artist who was famous for painting almost all of his female subjects with a deep red color that now bears his name.

    TITIAN

  10. Most of the Psalms were written by David and Solomon, but Psalm 90 was written, for ten points, by which ancient Hebrew leader, known mostly for his plagues in Egypt?

    MOSES

  11. This composer's existance is doubtful, as his gravestone supposedly reads "1807-1742?". His biographer, Professor Peter Schickele, has uncovered such classics as Fanfare for the Common Cold, The Seasonings, and My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth. Who was this questionable, "only- forgotten" son of J.S. Bach?

    P.D.Q. BACH (must provide correct initials)

  12. For a quick ten points, amino acids that are joined in long chains by peptide bonds are known as what?

    PROTEINS or POLYPEPTIDES

  13. This European nation is one of the smallest in the world, with only 62 square miles of land. For ten points, name this German-speaking country whose capital is Vaduz.

    LIECHTENSTEIN

  14. This city, founded in the 700's AD, was the first town to enter into an alliance with the peasants that was the beginning of the Swiss Confederation. Name this city, which shares its name with the lake it borders and the canton that it's the capital of, for ten points.

    LUCERNE

  15. This German leader was forced to take poison in 1944 for allegedly plotting to kill Hitler. A wise general, he was the first to recognize the significance of allied air-power after the Normandy invasion. Better known for his exploits as a tactician in Africa, for ten points, name this Desert Fox.

    Erwin ROMMEL

  16. This medieval war engine was one of few whose purpose was not to attack fortifications, but instead served in an anti-personnel capacity, frequently being carried on small warships. For ten points, name this device used to fire spears of length up to 6 feet, from which we get the modern English term for the study of how projectiles move.

    BALLISTA

  17. When first introduced in ancient times, the sword quickly gained popularity for its ease of use. The sword was an easy weapon to use because of the balance of its blade. For ten points, what is the name of the heavy knob at the end of the handle, which shares its name with the first word of a male gymnastics apparatus?

    POMMEL

  18. Which composer wrote Sonata No. 2, which has become known worldwide as a funeral march?

    Fryderyk CHOPIN

  19. For ten points, of Amelia Earhart, Evelyn Waugh, or Virginia Woolf, which one is male?

    Evelyn WAUGH

Western Michigan B - Boni

  1. (30) 30-20-10, identify the composer
    1. He composed the soundtrack for the movie "Superman."
    2. He also composed the "Jaws" movie soundtrack.
    3. Finally, he composed the soundtracks to the Star Wars trilogy.


    JOHN WILLIAMS

  2. (20) For ten points each, name these U.S. statesmen who make contributions in art and/or architecture.
    1. He was originally a printer and printmaker, and is sometimes credited with the first political cartoon in what was the British colonies.

      Benjamin FRANKLIN

    2. He teamed up with Clarisseau to design the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond as well as the University of Virginia.

      Thomas JEFFERSON

  3. (30) Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Fransisco 49ers have appeared in and won 4 Super Bowls each, but 3 other teams have appeared in more than 4 Super Bowls, although none have won more than three. For 10 points each, name these three teams.

    MIAMI DOLPHINS, DALLAS COWBOYS, & WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  4. (20) The FDIC was created in the 1930's to help insure people's money in federal banks. For 10 points apiece, what does FDIC stand for, and how much are peoples' accounts insured for today?

    FEDERAL DEPOSIT and INSURANCE CORPORATION, $100,000

  5. (20) The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as the 2nd War for Indepen- dence. An armistice was signed in Europe but the news of this did not come in time to prevent one final battle, a landslide in favor of the Americans. For 10 points each, name the battle and the famous general who led the American forces.

    BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, ANDREW JACKSON

  6. (30) For ten points each, I'll name four representatives of a school of philosophy, and you name the philosophy.
    1. Alexander Pope, Emile Brehier, Buckminster Fuller, Albert Einstein.

      DEISM

    2. Julien LaMettrie, Bertrand Russell, Jaques Monod, Carl Sagan.

      NATURALISM

    3. Albert Canus, Martin Huber, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre.

      EXISTENTIALISM

  7. (30) Many Biblical authors wrote books of the Bible that bear their names, but some did not. Name the author from the description given (for ten points apiece).
    1. The writer of the first five books of the Bible, known collectively as the Pentatuch or the Torah.

      MOSES

    2. The writer of the two longest books of the New Testament. One is a Gospel that bears his name, the other is called Acts of the Apostles.

      LUKE (ST. LUKE)

    3. The writer of five New Testament books, including a Gospel bearing his name and the final book of the Bible, Revelation.

      JOHN (ST. JOHN, JOHN OF ZEBEDEE)

  8. (30) Some musical terms have different meanings out of context. I'll give the musical definition, you give me the word it describes that also has its own meaning in the English language (for ten points apiece).
    1. Strips of wood or metal that divide sections of certain stringed instruments into halftone intervals.

      FRETS

    2. An alteration from the normal series of tones in a given key, expressed as a sharp, flat, double sharp, double flat, or natural.

      ACCIDENTAL

    3. The notation of all instruments, written out for each part.

      SCORE

  9. (20) Most people have heard about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Lancelot and Guenever. For five points each:
    1. Name the novel by T.H. White which descibes the legend of King Arthur.

      THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING

    2. Name the movie named after King Arthur's legendary sword.

      EXCALIBUR

    3. Name the Disney movie about the young King Arthur.

      SWORD IN THE STONE

    4. Name the novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, telling the legend of King Arthur through the woman's point of view.

      MISTS OF AVALON

  10. (20) Shakespeare wrote a variety of stories, common characters within them. For five points each, name the four Shakespearian plays which feature the character Falstaff.

  11. (20) For five points apiece, name the year, the president, the event and the other country which all helped to double the size of the United States.

    1803, JEFFERSON, LOUISIANA PURCHASE, FRANCE

  12. (30)In electrochemical reactions, one half of the equation goes through reduction and the other half goes through oxidation. Reduction is the oppo- site of oxidation, which through history has gained three different defini- tions. For ten points apiece, give the three different definitions of oxidation.

    GAINING OXYGEN, LOSS OF HYDROGEN, LOSS OF ELECTRONS

  13. (30)Many well-known authors have written novels which involve depressing views of life in society when it almost causes it's own self-destruction, but end with hope for the future. For the stated number of points each, I'll give you the title, and you'll give me the author.

    1. Lord of the Flies (5)

      William GOLDING
    2. Anthem (10)

      Ayn RAND
    3. Alas, Babylon (15)

      Pat FRANK

  14. (30) Nitrogen bases found in the make-up of DNA and RNA are classified as either purines (PURE-eens) or pyrimidines (pie-RIM-uh-deens). I'll give you the base, you tell me which group it belongs to, for ten points apiece.
    1. adenine

      PURINE

    2. guanine

      PURINE

    3. cytosine

      PYRIMIDINE

  15. (20)Plants are made up of three kinds of tissues: dermal, ground, and vascular. I'll name a type of cell, you give the kind of tissue it is, for five points each.
    1. fibers

      GROUND

    2. root hairs

      DERMAL

    3. companion cells

      VASCULAR

    4. spongy mesophyll

      GROUND

  16. (25) Last January saw the premier of the latest Star Trek spin-off, "Deep Space Nine." One of the more notable actors plays Commander Sisko on the series. For ten points, name the actor.

    Avery BROOKS

    For another ten points, name the detective show in which he had his most recent regular television role.

    SPENCER FOR HIRE

  17. (20)The former Soviet Union had more ethnic groups than any other nation in history. Of course, the predominant group was the Russians... for 5 points each, name the next four largest groups in any order.

  18. (30)The movie Star Wars helped further the careers of several actors, including Harrison Ford. Many of the other actors were talented, albeit somewhat lesser known. For 10 points each, who played:
    1. The droid C-3PO?

      Anthony DANIELS

    2. Darth Vader?

      David PROWSE

    3. Luke Skywalker?

      Mark HAMILL

  19. (30)In 1945, the US bombed Nagasaki and Hiroshima with the heaviest bomber in the world at the time. Each plane was specially modified to carry a nuclear device. For ten points each, name the type of bomber, and the name given to each plane by its crew:

    B-29 or SUPERFORTRESS, ENOLA GAY, BOCK'S CAR

  20. (30)Given the capital city, name the republic which was once a member of the Soviet Union.

    1. Kiev:

      UKRAINE

    2. Alma Ata

      KHAZAKSTAN

    3. Tbilisi

      GEORGIA

    4. Riga

      LATVIA

  21. (20) Given the starting city and the direction of travel, name the next state in line that you'd encounter. For example, given Washington DC and north, you'd reply "Maryland."
    1. Omaha, Nebraska and east

      IOWA

    2. Nachitoches, Louisiana and north

      ARKANSAS

    3. Grand Junction, Colorado and south

      NEW MEXICO

    4. Boston, Massachusetts and southwest

      RHODE ISLAND

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