American Novels and Novelists
author achieved popularity both during his lifetime and after his death, though
during the last year of his life only forty copies combined of all his novels
were sold. His first novel was This Side of Paradise in 1920 and his last was
The Last Tycoon, left unfinished at his death in 1940. Name this portrayer of
the Jazz Age who wrote The Great Gatsby.
(Francis Scott Key) Fitzgerald
is the simplest member of the olefinic hydrocarbon series? It consists of two
double bonded carbon atoms, each of which is connected to two hydrogen atoms.
Ethylene (accept ethene, do not accept ethane or any word beginning with an m)
Visual Arts/Man-Made Structures
what building can you find panels titled The Separation of Light and Dark, The
Drunkenness of Noah, and The Creation of Adam? It was built in the late
fifteenth century, and the artwork was added in the early sixteenth century.
Name this building in Vatican City whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo.
(The) Sistine Chapel
Algebra/General Math (10 Seconds)
answer must have two words. What is the common name for the field axiom that
defines the number zero? It states that x+0=0+x=x.
Additive Identity (accept words in either order and addition instead of
which recent date did the following shows air? Give me the date, not just the
day of the week. ABC aired Toy Story 2. NBC aired Uprising. CBS finally aired
the Emmy Awards. FOX aired Game Seven of the World Series.
United States History
Revolutionary War battle included fighting at Freeman's Farm? Five thousand
regular American troops were joined by twelve thousand volunteers upset by
Germans and Native Americans aiding the British. American heroes included Philip
Schuyler, Daniel Morgan, Horatio Gates, and Benedict Arnold. Name this British
attack which ended North of Albany.
daughter of Zeus was often depicted as the antithesis of Aphrodite? Although a
virgin, she was the goddess of childbirth. Name this twin sister of Apollo
associated with wild beasts and the Moon. In Roman mythology, she was known as
Artemis (prompt on Diana)
Physics (30 Seconds)
constant deceleration for this problem. A bicycle rider going at sixteen meters
per second pulls her brakes, causing a deceleration of two meters per square
second. How much time will it take this rider to travel fifty-five meters? Keep
in mind that the rider will never start travelling backwards.
5 seconds (if 11 seconds is mentioned, do not accept the answer)
Bachelor's Degree is from Macalester College in Minnesota, and he has spent most
of his career working for the World Health Organization. Name this man from
Kumasi, Ghana who was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the
organization he heads, the United Nations.
play begins with a Prologue in Heaven and ends with the couplet 'Eternal
Womanhead/Leads us on high'? Published in 1808 and 1832, it is considered by
many people the modern world's greatest myth and the greatest work of German
literature. It was written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and centers around a
bargain with Mephistopheles.
Precalculus/Calculus (30 Seconds)
slope-intercept form, give the equation of the line tangent to the graph of y=x2
a two-word answer. A single teaspoonful of the matter in what type of star
weighs about five tons? These are created when a red giant uses up all of its
helium but cannot begin to start burning carbon. This causes it to collapse.
Language Arts/Reference Sources
type of reference book is named after the figure who traditionally appeared on
its covers? Many of the historically important ones were put together during the
sixteenth century, and these books typically include pictures, tabular data,
facts about areas, and indexes of place-names. Name these collections of maps.
adjective is still used often with respect to computers even though it is no
longer accurate? When it was accurate, it applied to objects that were five and
one quarter inches in size. It is still applied to inflexible objects that are
three and one half inches in size and can hold about one megabyte of data.
the sometimes-hyphenated two-word phrase that completes the following Gilbert
and Sullivan stanza: "For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and
adventury Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century But still,
in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral I am the very model of a
the bestseller subtitled "An Old Man, A Young Man, And Life's Greatest
Lesson." It was written by a sportswriter who always visited his Brandeis
professor on the same day of the week.
Tuesdays With Morrie
Geometry/Trigonometry (30 Seconds)
Cartesian, or rectangular, coordinates, what is the center of the circle for the
polar equation r equals six times the cosine of theta?
American Dramas, Poems, and Short Stories
father was named August Johnson but changed his name after meeting several other
people also named August Johnson? This writer won the Pulitzer Prize for History
in 1940 and for Poetry in 1951. His poetry collections include Smoke and Steel,
Cornhuskers, and Chicago Poems.
bone, whose name begins with the letter P, is enclosed in a capsular apparatus
that allows it to swing up and down on the front surface of the femur? This bone
is commonly called a kneecap.
the age of seventeen, who was told by voices to force Charles VII to take
control of France? After being given four thousand troops and leading defeats of
the English, this goal was accomplished on July 16, 1429. This person's most
famous action was leaping out of bed, putting on armor, jumping on a white
horse, and rallying the French to a victory at Orleans. Two years later, she was
burned at the stake.
(Saint) Joan of Arc (or Jeanne d'Arc or Saint Joan)
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.
small village is located near Vernon, seventy-five kilometers Northwest of
Paris? It gained world fame in the late nineteenth century as a picture setting.
It contains a famous Japanese bridge and many water lilies portrayed by Claude
by itself is not one of the fundamental forces of nature because it is caused by
relativistic effects on electric forces. What force is strongest when many of
the electrons of a given substance are spinning in the same direction? It is
often associated with iron.
Magnet(ism) (or magnetic)
the ten-letter word beginning with the letter T that means an instrument which
produces characters by steel striking paper through an inked ribbon. Spell the