What are 32 feet long, 8 feet high, 60 tons, and capable of
traveling over forty miles per hour with four people inside? Named after a
former Army Chief of Staff, about 9000 of these machines have been made by the
United States at a cost of over four million dollars each.
ANSWER: (M1) Abrams (Main Battle Tank(s)) (prompt on M1 and/or Tank)
2. British Literature
Whose poems include a 131-section work about his friend
Arthur Hallam, a series of twelve connected poems about the legend of King
Arthur, and a work comparing death to crossing a sandbar? Name this Early
Victorian poet who wrote “In Memoriam” and “Idylls of the King”.
ANSWER: (Alfred, Lord) Tennyson
3. Physics (30 Seconds)
Find the mass of an object in kilograms if a centripetal
force of 100 Newtons is required to keep it moving in a circle with a radius of
2 meters at a speed of 5 meters per second.
ANSWER: 8 (Kilograms)
4. Pop Culture
Give the full name of the team—location and nickname.
Thanks to a great game from Manu Ginobili, which team took the Los Angeles
Lakers to double overtime Thursday night before losing? Due to injuries, they
were missing star players Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Name the defending NBA
ANSWER: San Antonio Spurs (prompt on San Antonio or Spurs)
Which prophet worked between 742 and 687 BC? His earliest
writings describe the moral breakdown of Jerusalem, while some of his later
writings may have been done by his disciples. This prophet is often quoted by
Christians because of parallels between his prophecies and the New Testament
6. United States History
Which city was invaded on September 2, 1864? The successful
takeover almost guaranteed Lincoln’s reelection, and it led to the March to
the Sea by the victorious General, William Tecumseh Sherman.
7. Algebra (10 Seconds)
What nine-letter word is used to describe functions that
have different rules for different parts of the domain? They are often written
with the aid of a big curly bracket. This term begins with the letter P.
8. Current Events
During a nationally televised speech on September 7th,
how much money did President Bush ask for? Most of the money is to support the
military and has not been controversial, but many members of Congress questioned
how much money should be paid to rebuild Iraq, which Bush approximated as
eighteen billion dollars. Congress overwhelmingly approved the money this week.
ANSWER: $87 Billion (accept $87 ½ Billion)
9. World Literature
Which collection consists of about 90 novels and novellas,
with about 2500 named characters and 500 unnamed characters, all written by the
same author? It was supposed to show the entirety of contemporary society during
the nineteenth century. Identify this collection by Balzac.
ANSWER: (The) Human Comedy (or (La) Comedie Humaine)
Which phylum is characterized by an exoskeleton, jointed
appendages, and a body formed of distinct groups of segments? The most diverse
animal phylum, it includes arachnids, crustaceans, and insects.
ANSWER: Arthropod(a or -s)
11. Language Arts
Invented by Montaigne, this noun comes from the French for
‘attempt’ because it is an attempt to inform. Usually classified as familiar
or formal, which word often is used for short pieces of prose?
His grandfather was a Jewish philosopher, and his father
was a banker who converted to Christianity. Name this nineteenth century German
composer who wrote “Songs Without Words”. He also wrote Midsummer Night’s
Dream, which contained The Wedding March.
ANSWER: (Felix) Mendelssohn
13. Geometry/Trigonometry (30 Seconds)
Ignore units. Find the area of the circle given by the
polar equation r equals 10 times the sine of theta.
ANSWER: 25 Pi (Square Units)
14. World History
Who was the foreign commissar of the Soviet Union under
Lenin? Born with the last name Bronshtein, he took the name he is best known as
from a forged passport used to escape Siberia. Deceived about the date of
Lenin’s funeral, he lost the ensuing power struggle to Stalin. Name this
communist leader who was eventually exiled from the Soviet Union and murdered in
Mexico with a pick-axe.
ANSWER: (Leon) Trotsky (accept Bronshtein on early buzz)
15. Astronomy/Earth Science/Geography
Which geology term can be described by its direction as
cubic, prismatic, or basal? Its ease can be described as perfect, imperfect,
distinct, or difficult. This is the tendency of crystals to split into fragments
bounded by plane surfaces.
16. United States Literature
Give the first and last names of the character who, in a
fit of rage, throws a radio out a window and then hits his pregnant wife. This
Polish immigrant lives in New Orleans and cannot stand his sister-in-law Blanche
Dubois. Name this character from Tennessee Williams’ A
Streetcar Named Desire.
ANSWER: Stanley Kowalski (prompt on Stanley or Kowalski)
17. Chemistry (30 Seconds)
Round your answer to the nearest percent. By what
percentage will the pressure of a gas increase if its number of moles and volume
is held constant and its temperature is increased from 26.85 degrees Celsius to
86.85 degrees Celsius?
18. Calculus/Math History (10 Seconds)
Which seventh century mathematician may have been the first
one to systematize calculations with negative numbers? A formula which bears his
name finds the area of a cyclic quadrilateral. Name this Hindu mathematician.
Prisoners From the Front, Snap the
Whip, The Life Line, Kissing the Moon, Northeaster, and Breezing Up were all
painted by which artist? Influenced by a trip to the North Sea coast in 1881, he
spent most of his time in Maine, Florida, and Bermuda after that. Name this
painter famous for seascapes.
ANSWER: (Winslow) Homer (prompt on seascapes)
Who started out as an Athenian general in 424 BC but was
exiled because of his military failure? He then spent much of the rest of his
life recording the downfall of Athens. Name this historian of the Peloponnesian
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.
Which thirteen-letter word refers to the state of being the
firstborn child? It is often associated with inheritances and begins with the
The common definition of this word is lack of activity. In
physics, which word refers to a property of matter by which it remains at rest
or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some
external force? It begins with the letter I.
Which state uses the postal abbreviation CT?