married writer with four children had a life-long infatuation with a woman named
Beatrice who barely knew him? Thanks to his political positions and a change in
power, he spent his last twenty years exiled from his native Florence. Identify
this poet who lived from 1265 to 1321 and wrote The Divine Comedy.
Dante Alighieri (accept either half of name)
Algebra (30 Seconds)
the equation for x: the square root of x equals the square root of 20 plus the
square root of 45. [
Though they are actually triples, what are
considered the basic letters of the genetic code? They consist of three adjacent
nucleotides in a molecule of messenger ribonucleic acid.
United States History
organization currently serves seven states and is the largest electric utility
in the United States? It also controls Wilson Dam and the Muscle Shoals Center.
Identify this organization that was created on May 18, 1933 to harness a river
and bring electricity to areas surrounding that river. Its headquarters are in
TVA (or Tennessee Valley Authority)
is supposed to be a team sport, but which two individuals were the main
attraction at a famous game on March 26, 1979? Michigan State beat Indiana State
for the NCAA Tournament Championship. One of the players would become the point
guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, while the other would become the small forward
for the Boston Celtics, and both players would lead their teams to several NBA
(Earvin 'Magic') Johnson & (Larry) Bird (either order, both must be correct)
stayed at Harvard long enough to graduate, though his friend Bill Gates did not.
A few years later, however, he dropped out of Stanford's MBA Program in order to
help out Gates' then little-known corporation. Identify the man who has replaced
Gates as CEO of Microsoft.
moderator: Pronounce the name the best you can and move on. Don’t sweat it.)
Which island is ruled by Emperor Golbasto Momaren Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully
Ully Gue? It is located near Tasmania. They had a great civil war based on which
end an egg should be broken on. When a normal person arrives, he is tied down
and showered with little arrows. This is the first place visited in Gulliver's
Travels, where the inhabitants are about six inches tall.
Lilliput (accept Lilliputia)
Calculus (10 Seconds)
method of integration involves expressing the original function as the product
of two functions, one of which can easily be integrated and the other of which
can easily be differentiated? It involves the formula: the integral of u d v is
equal to u times v minus the integral of v d u. [
(Integration by) Parts
eleven-letter word is used to describe a meal where different courses are served
at different locations? It has also been the name of two United States political
parties, one of which broke from the Republican Party in the early twentieth
century, and the other of which broke from the Democratic Party in the middle of
the twentieth century. In general, this term is applied to people who strive to
Chemistry (30 Seconds)
problem, assume that the atomic mass of carbon is 12 and the atomic mass of
hydrogen is 1. What is the empirical formula for a substance that is by mass 80%
carbon and 20% hydrogen?
CH3 (accept H3C)
country was ruled by Spain from the early sixteenth century until the late
nineteenth century. It was made an independent nation in 1902 except for the
Platt Amendment to its constitution that is now nullified but used to allow for
United States intervention. Which nation was ruled from 1940 to 1944 and 1952 to
1959 by Fulgencia Batista and has been ruled continuously by one man since 1959?
title characters in which opera are a crippled man who is pulled in a cart by a
goat and a woman who is loved by men named Crown and Sportin' Life? The action
takes place in Catfish Row, a neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, and
the opera opens with the song Summertime. It was written by George Gershwin.
Porgy and Bess
United States Literature
influenced in her writing by Henry James, and like him she spent much of her
life in Europe. Identify this author who usually wrote about wealthy New
Yorkers. She switched her setting to rural New England in the novella Ethan
Physics (10 Seconds)
defined as a vibration of large amplitude in a mechanical or electrical system
caused by a relatively small periodic stimulus of the same or nearly the same
period as the natural vibration period of the system?
Resonance (accept resonant, prompt on Standing Wave)
young lawyer working for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, who
employed two secretaries each working eight-hour days so that he could work
sixteen-hour days? He rose to the position of partner and brought in an
estimated twenty million dollars for the firm each year, with much of that
coming from the accounting industry. Last year, however, he switched to a job
that brought him much less money and much more criticism. Identify the man who
resigned on Election Day as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Geometry/Trigonometry (30 Seconds)
the cosine of one thousand five hundred degrees? [
1/2 (or 0.5)
begins and ends when one trustworthy witness testifies before the authorities
that a new Moon has been sighted? It always occurs in the ninth month of the
year to celebrate the appearance of its religion’s holy book. Identify this
period during which food and drink are to be avoided between sunrise and sunset
for practicing Muslims.
Scobee, Michael Smith, Judith Resnik, Ellison Onizuka, Ronald McNair, Gregory
Jarvis, and Sharon Christa McAuliffe were passengers on which space shuttle on
January 28, 1986? The flight only lasted 73 seconds before ending with an
Challenger (accept more information such as Challenger Disaster, prompt on
Astronauts or Space Shuttle)
seventeenth century writer is often associated with a dualistic system that
differentiates between mind and matter? His most famous argument was that though
knowledge based on authority, senses, and reason could be flawed, one could at
least be sure of ‘Cogito ergo sum’. This phrase means 'I think, therefore I
kicked out of the United States Military Academy in 1853 and later claimed,
"If silicon had been a gas, I would have been a major general"? He
moved to Paris and then London, where he was known for his portraits and
pre-impressionist color harmonies. Identify this painter of Battersea Bridge,
White Girl, and Portrait of My Mother--Arrangement in Grey and Black.
(James Abbott McNeill) Whistler
believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet
wound." This description applies to which character, who first appeared in
the 1920 novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles? He has been portrayed by Albert
Finney and Peter Ustinov in film. Identify this Belgian detective created by
Poetics, Politics, History of Animals, Organon, Metaphysics, De Anima, and
Nicomachean Ethics were written by what scholar? He was born in 384 BC at
Stagira and died in Chalcis in 322 BC after fleeing Athens. Identify this
student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great.
FALSE: There is a servant in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona named