American Novels and Novelists
what novel will you find the sentence, "The Mechanical Hound slept but did
not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating,
softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse." The
novel's protagonist is Guy Montag, a fireman who sets fires, and it is subtitled
'the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns...'
periodic table group tends to have significantly larger atomic radii than the
other groups? They have very low ionization energies and thus are very reactive
with nonmetals. This group includes rubidium, potassium, sodium, and lithium.
Alkali (metals) or 1A (do not accept alkaline earth metals, prompt on 1)
Visual Arts/Man-Made Structures
the proper name of this object in your answer. Its bases consist of equilateral
triangles fifty-four feet to a side. It is 630 feet high and 630 feet wide. Name
this catenary curve designed by Eero Saarinen located next to the Mississippi
River in Saint Louis.
(The St. Louis) Gateway Arch (prompt on Arch, St. Louis Arch, or Gateway)
Algebra/General Math (30 Seconds)
is the intersection point for the line y=2x+1 and the line 2x+y=1?
was originally purchased in 1893 and is now kept in Toronto except for one
occasion each year. A replica of it belongs to the championship team, and the
team gets its name engraved into both the original and the replica. Name this
trophy for the National Hockey League.
(Lord) Stanley('s) Cup
United States History
at which location were called 'the most popular murders ever committed in the
United States'? No guardsmen were ever punished, though one admitted shooting a
demonstrator for giving him the finger. All of the students shot were at least
sixty feet from the guardsmen, and four of the students died. Name the Ohio
university where this took place on May 4, 1970.
Kent State (University) (prompt on Ohio)
last name originally was Poole, and he became an assistant of Wallace Fard in
1930. When Fard disappeared in 1934, he became a leader and soon thereafter
moved to Chicago. Name this Minister of Islam whose most famous disciples were
Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan.
Physics (30 Seconds)
an object starts at rest, what amount of constant acceleration will result in it
moving forty-eight meters in four seconds?
6 meters per second squared (or 6 meters per second per second or equivalent, do
not accept 6 meters per second)
terrorist bomb in what region killed about forty people on October First? On
October 15th, India opened fire on Pakistani positions in this disputed region.
Kashmir (prompt on Pakistan, India, or Himalayas)
was set adrift in a boat with his daughter and ended up on an enchanted island?
Name this father of Miranda who is served by Ariel and Caliban in The Tempest.
Precalculus/Calculus (10 Seconds)
is the maximum number of points of intersection between an ellipse and a line?
temperature outside is often very hot, but inside it is always fifty-six
degrees. What contains Devil's Spring, Iceberg Rock, and Bat Cave? Made into a
national park, it is located near the Texas border in New Mexico.
Carlsbad (Caverns National Park)
Language Arts/Reference Sources
perhaps more famous as a children's writer, in 1959 he revised and published
William Strunk's The Elements of Style, which became a standard reference source
for writing English. Name this author of The Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little,
and Charlotte's Web.
(Elwyn Brooks) White
company, founded in 1928 as the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, started out
producing AC adapters and car radios? In 1977, they introduced handheld wireless
telephones, and they recently developed the Iridium Satellite Network. Name this
company headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.
the surname, or last name, associated with the songs A Foggy Day, Nice Work If
You Can Get It, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, and I Got Rhythm. These songs
represent a sample of the collaborations between a composer named George and
lyricist named Ira, who were brothers.
the 1970 book that documented the destruction of American Indians during the
second half of the nineteenth century, ending with a massacre that took place on
December 28, 1890. It was written by Dee Brown.
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
Geometry/Trigonometry (30 Seconds)
is the area of a parallelogram with sides of 10 and 20 inches and an interior
angle of one hundred thirty-five degrees?
100 Root 2 square inches (or inches squared)
American Dramas, Poems, and Short Stories
a collection of his writings and drawings were adapted for the stage in 1960,
this writer performed as himself despite near complete blindness. Name this
writer associated with The New Yorker magazine who wrote The 13 Clocks, The
Wonderful O, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
(James Grover) Thurber
procedure, which causes complications one percent of the time, is done to look
for infection, check the level of alpha-fetoprotein, or on occasion just to
remove fluid? In most cases, it is used to check for inherited disorders and to
count the chromosomes in a developing fetus.
body was originally buried in Westminster Abbey but moved three years later to a
burial ground for criminals? When he died, his son Richard took over his
position but resigned after only one year, leading to the assumption of power by
Charles II. Name this leader of the Roundheads who became Lord Protector in
are sudden death--the first correct answer ends the match. If a question from
the match needs to be thrown out, it should be replaced by the corresponding
question from the replacement packet.
in 1974 dropped out of college to work for Atari? In 1976, he sold his
Volkswagen Minibus to start a company in his parents' garage with his high
school friend Steve Wozniak. This company became Apple Computers. This man later
became a billionaire thanks to his work with Pixar Animation Studios and the
success of the movie Toy Story.
writer fell out of favor early in her career because of her support of unions
and socialism? The books she wrote include The Story of My Life, The World I
Live In, and The Song of The Stone Wall. Her life was forever affected by a bout
with scarlet fever at the age of nineteen months, but twenty-three years later
she graduated from Radcliffe College. Name this woman who was assisted greatly
by Polly Thompson and Anne Sullivan. She was deaf and blind.
the seven-letter word beginning with the letter T that means of little worth or
importance. Spell the word TRIVIAL.