He dropped out of both the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, but he learned enough about computer programming to get several jobs. Eventually, along with Robert Miner in 1977, who founded Software Development Labs? He is still with the company though it now has a different name. Name this man whose personal wealth has been compared to that of his rival Bill Gates; he is the cofounder of Oracle.
ANSWER: (Larry) Ellison
2. British Literature
Which of Shakespeare’s title characters says, “Then you
must speak of one that loved not wisely, but too well”? The woman he loves is
Desdemona. Name the Moor of Venice.
3. Physics (30 Seconds)
Find the acceleration due to gravity on a distant planet if
an object dropped from rest near the surface of the planet attains a speed of
ten meters per second as it falls ten meters. Assume that the planet has no
ANSWER: 5 meters per square second (or meters per second squared or newtons per meter, do not accept meters per second) (accept -5 or downward)
4. Pop Culture
This four-letter word refers to thirteen illegal actions,
including dropping the ball, not stepping in the direction of the throw, and
unnecessarily delaying the game. What baseball term penalizes the pitcher by
allowing runners to advance one base? It often is associated with pickoff
Starting with the word ‘The’, give the four-word
English phrase for the following: Suffering exists, suffering arises from
attachment to desires, suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases, and
freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path. These are
the bases of Buddhism.
ANSWER: The Four Noble Truths
6. United States History
Which grandson of the preacher Jonathan Edwards had one of
the most inconsistent careers in American political history? He left the US
Senate in 1797 to join the New York State Assembly but could not win reelection
to the Assembly in 1799. He then was almost elected President, but a few years
later the President in his own party tried him for treason. Name the Vice
President who shot Alexander Hamilton.
ANSWER: (Aaron) Burr
7. Algebra (30 Seconds)
Expand and simplify the product of the following three
factors. Give your answer in order of descending exponents, which is the
standard form. Multiply the quantity (x+1) times the quantity (x+2) times the
8. Current Events
Which country are Mohammed Atef, Mohammad Atta, and Ayman
al-Zawahiri from? At the beginning of the Iraq War, this country’s President
said, “If there is one bin Laden now, there will be one hundred bin Ladens
afterwards.” Considered the Arab world’s most populous nation, it is headed
by Hosni Mubarak.
9. World Literature
Which 1908 children’s story is set on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island? It was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
ANSWER: Anne of (the) Green Gables
Which genetic disorder can cause spleen damage and the clogging of small blood vessels? On the positive side, it prevents malaria. Identify this disease that affects about one-fifth of one percent of African Americans.
ANSWER: Sickle-Cell (Disease or Anemia)
11. Language Arts
This is a spelling question. Spell the word for the period
of time mentioned in Chapter Twenty of Revelations. Spell the word that
represents one thousand years.
(Note to moderator: ‘Rodeo’ is pronounced Ro-day-o.)
When he first decided to become a composer, who started out by taking a
correspondence course on harmony? His varied works include the score for Of Mice
and Men, a work for speaker and chorus based on the speeches of Abraham Lincoln,
and the opera The Tender Land. His best-known works, based on American folklore,
are Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring.
ANSWER: (Aaron) Copland
13. Geometry/Trigonometry (10 Seconds)
What eleven-letter word is used for a three-dimensional
simplex? Also called a triangular-based pyramid, it consists of four triangles
and is one of the Platonic solids.
14. World History
His father hated him so much that he beat him with a cane
in front of troops and executed his best friend. Eventually taking over his
father’s position as king, his reign can be viewed as 23 years of war followed
by 23 years of peace. The wars, including the Seven Years’ War, allowed him to
double his nation’s size. Name this eighteenth century ruler of Prussia.
ANSWER: (King) Frederick The Great (accept Frederick The Second, prompt on Frederick)
15. Astronomy/Earth Science/Geography
Which nation has sovereignty over the Juan Fernandez
Archipelago and Easter Island? Bordered by Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, this
country’s climate varies from desert to subantarctic.
16. United States Literature
Which poem advises, “Approach thy grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.” This last part of the poem was added in 1821. Written by William Cullen Bryant, its name means ‘Meditation on death.’
17. Chemistry (30 Seconds)
Unstable Technetium-99 has a half-life of six hours. If you
begin with 64 grams of Technetium-99, how much will be left after twenty-four
ANSWER: 4(.0) Grams
18. Calculus/Math History (10 Seconds)
Which mathematician wrote Metrica and Geometrica
around 100 AD? Because many of the formulas he devised were approximations, many
historians believe that he was Mesopotamian rather than Greek. He is most famous
for a formula which bears his name even though it was probably devised before he
wrote about it. The formula uses the lengths of the sides and the semiperimeter
to find the area of a triangle.
Which major artist painted several Biblical scenes during
the 1620s and ‘30s? He also drew portraits throughout his career, including a
large number of self-portraits. Name this Dutch painter and etcher.
ANSWER: Rembrandt (Harmenszoon
van Rijn) (prompt on Rijn)
Which eighteenth century German philosopher was very
critical of Gottfried Leibniz? His works include The Critique of Judgment,
The Critique of Practical Reason, and The Critique of Pure Reason.
ANSWER: (Immanuel) Kant
NOTE: These questions are for breaking ties. If you need to replace a question, use the corresponding question from the Replacement packet. In a tiebreaker, the first correct answer wins the match.
In addition to being the title of a Beatles song or two,
this word is used in astronomy. The meaning referred to by The Beatles is a
change in some manner, particularly in political organization. The astronomical
meaning refers to the path of a body in orbit.
Tiebreaker #2 (30 Seconds)
Find the sum of the following seven numbers:
Which state uses the postal abbreviation TN?