American Novels and Novelists
won the National Book Award in 1964 for a novel about a man who writes hundreds
of letters to everybody he can think of? This title character is named Moses
Herzog. Other title characters from this author's novels include Henderson and
work of what French chemist paralleled the work of American physicist Willard
Gibbs? His famous principle explains how reactions behave when a material is
added or taken away. It states that equilibrium will be reestablished in a way
that counteracts the effect of the disturbance.
(Henri-Louis) Le Chatelier
Visual Arts/Man-Made Structures
was briefly the tallest building in the world before the opening of the Empire
State Building? Considered an art deco skyscraper, it is still a prominent
feature in Manhattan's skyline. Name this building with car parts built into it
that shared its name with an American car company.
Algebra/General Math (10 Seconds)
is the popular name for the shape of the graph given by y equals the quantity
one over the square root of two pi end quantity times e raised to negative x
squared? This is the standard shape for a Gaussian, or normal, distribution and
comes up often in statistics.
Bell (Curve or Distribution) (prompt on normal, Gaussian, and/or binomial)
father played for the San Francisco Giants from 1968 to 1974 and ended his
career with the Chicago Cubs in 1981. He hit a total of 332 home runs and stole
461 bases. The son joined the Giants in 1993 after seven years in Pittsburgh.
Give the surname of this baseball family, which now includes a member of the 500
Home Run Club.
(Bobby and/or Barry) Bonds
United States History
nineteenth century New York governor first gained national fame by ending the
Tweed Ring in New York City? When he ran for President, he received 264,000 more
votes than his opponent and had an initial lead of nineteen electoral votes. An
Electoral Commission, however, awarded all twenty disputed electoral votes to
his opponent, Rutherford Hayes, changing the outcome of the Election of 1876.
remnants of which religion include two books written during the eighth century
and shrines built to Kami? Its sun god is called Amaterasu, and the religion is
widely practiced alongside Buddhism in Japan.
Physics (30 Seconds)
a concave lens has a focal length of ten centimeters, how far away from it will
an image be formed if an object is held fifteen centimeters away?
any five of the six countries that border Afghanistan. Five of their names end
with the letters '-an', and the other one ends with the letters '-na'.
China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan (Note: The first
five answers given must all be correct, and any pause over three seconds
disqualifies the answer.)
wrote the poetry collections "Gypsy Ballads" and "Lament for a
Bullfighter"? At the age of 38, he was executed by a firing squad in the
Spanish Civil War. He also wrote The House of Bernarda Alba.
(Frederico Garcia) Lorca
Precalculus/Calculus (30 Seconds)
n approaches infinity, what value is approached by the expression the quantity
one minus one over n end quantity raised to the n power?
1/e or e-1 (do not accept e)
of the nine planets in our solar system is tilted the least on its axis? A
desire to explain the precession of its orbit helped lead to the development of
the General Theory of Relativity. It ranks second in surface temperature and
second to last in size.
Language Arts/Reference Sources
ballet, it is a posture with one arm forward and the other arm and a leg
pointing backward. In art, it is a form that does not use humans or animals but
often uses pattern and repetition. Name this term sometimes associated with
uses either 1280 by 720 pixels progressive or 1920 by 1080 pixels interlaced?
Their use is supposed to increase in the year 2006—the year an FCC law will
mandate stations to broadcast using a format conducive to these televisions.
HDTV (or High Definition Television) (prompt on DTV or Digital Television)
bass clef, what note is represented by the uppermost of the five lines? In
treble clef, this same note one octave higher is represented by the space just
under the middle line.
A (accept middle A)
book, subtitled An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work & in Your
Life, has recently been at or near the top of nonfiction bestseller lists? It
contains a parable about several mice in a maze, and it was written by Spencer
Who Moved My Cheese?
Geometry/Trigonometry (30 Seconds)
answer must be fully simplified. What is the cosecant of three hundred thirty
American Dramas, Poems, and Short Stories
has written well over one hundred short stories since the beginning of her
career around 1960? Some of her volumes are titled By the North Gate, Faithless,
and Marriages and Infidelities. She
has also written novels such as Them and We Were The Mulvaneys and
the biographical novel Blonde.
(Joyce Carol) Oates (prompt on Rosamond Smith)
phylum contains three subphyla, including tunicates and lancelets? It consists
of animals that are at least partially supported by a rod of cartilage or bone
vertebrae and an internal skeleton. You belong to it.
Chordate(s) (or Chordata)
name was taken by seven queens in the Macedonian dynasty? The first one ruled
from 180 to 176 BC as a regent for her son after her husband, Ptolemy the Fifth,
died. The seventh one came to power in 51 BC with her husband and brother,
Ptolemy the Thirteenth. After her two brothers died, she ruled with her son
Ptolemy the Fifteenth, who she claimed was the son of Julius Caesar. Soon after
being conquered by the Roman Empire, she committed suicide along with her
husband Mark Antony.
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.
1987 bestseller argued that, "Only by accumulating shared symbols, and the
shared information that the symbols represent, can we learn to communicate
effectively with one another in our national community"? It included an
appendix of five thousand essential names, dates, and concepts, and it was
written by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
Cultural Literacy (do not accept Dictionary of Cultural Literacy)
silicon, germanium, arsenic, antimony, tellurium, and astatine are what type of
elements? These elements, which form a diagonal line on the periodic table, have
properties that fall between the properties of metals and nonmetals.
the seven-letter word beginning with the letter Z that is a science that deals
with animals. Spell the word ZOOLOGY.