Technophobia 2000!
Boni by Berkeley A (Selene Koo, Nick Meyer, Jon Pennington, Ross Ritterman)

  1. Much important legislation results from the collaboration of two politicians. Identify the following laws named after the two politicians who sponsored them for 10 points each:
    [Note to moderator: players may reverse the order of the names, but both names must be correct to get points.]

    A. This law, passed in 1931, requires contractors on federally assisted construction projects to pay laborers and mechanics the prevailing wage of the area where construction takes place.

    answer: the _Davis-Bacon_ Act

    B. This 1952 law allowed increased immigration from Taiwan, while prohibiting subversives from entering the country. It also permitted the Attorney General to deport foreign subversives, even after they became naturalized citizens. Gabriel García Marquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Dario Fo have all been prevented from entering the United States because of this law.

    answer: the _McCarran-Walter_ Act

    C. This 1878 law required the U.S. Treasury to buy between $2 and $4 million of silver bullion at market rates each month. The law also required silver coins to be accepted as legal tender for all debts. It was superseded by the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1890.

    answer: the _Bland-Allison_ Act

  2. Pencils and paper ready: in Scrabble, the letters A-E-I-N-R-S-T form 9 acceptable seven-letter words. Anestri, ratines, and stearin are rather obscure, but the other six are fairly common. Name them for five points each. Hint: all either begin or end with R. You have fifteen seconds.

    answer: _antsier,_ _nastier,_ _retains,_ _retinas,_ _retsina,_ _ stainer_

  3. Identify the following female psychologists, for 10 points each:
    A. In works such as Neurosis and Human Growth, she proposed that neuroses are coping strategies designed to fulfill personal needs. She was also a harsh critic of the Freudian theories of penis envy and innate female masochism.

    answer: Karen _Horney_

    B. She criticized Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral stages for its bias against women and its neglect of the relational basis of morality. Her most famous book is In A Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development.

    answer: Carol _Gilligan_

    C. She is both a professor of sociology at UC Berkeley and a practicing psychotherapist who blends together feminism, Freudian psychology, and sociology in her work. In 1996, her book The Reproduction of Mothering was voted one of the 10 most influential books in sociology in the past 25 years.

    answer: Nancy _Chodorow_

  4. Answer the following about the Wars of Louis XIV, none of which are the War of Spanish Succession. You will get 10 points for naming the war and an additional 5 for naming the treaty that concluded it; you'll be given the war before being prompted for the treaty.

    A. (10) This war began with a French invasion of the Spanish Netherlands and Franche-Comté in 1667 but the Triple Alliance of England, Holland and Sweden intervened to break it up.

    answer: The _War of Devolution_

    B. (5) Name the treaty that ended the War of Devolution.

    answer: Treaty of _Aix-La-Chapelle_ (yes, this is correct, I am not confusing this with Austrian Succession)

    C. (10) Also known as the Nine Years' War, this war was the result of Louis' efforts to push France's borders along the Rhine river. William of Orange, who later became King William III, organized a new anti-French alliance named after a German city.

    answer: The _War of the League of Augsburg_

    D. (5) Name the treaty that ended the War of the League of Augsburg.

    answer: Treaty of _Ryswick_

  5. Answer the following questions about the connection between a medieval work of literature and a modern American novel for the stated number of points

    A. (10) This work was written by its author during his imprisonment while he was awaiting his execution, which occurred in 526 A.D. It is a Menippean satire consisting of dialogues between the author, his Muses, and the unforgiving goddess Fortuna.

    answer: The _Consolation of Philosophy_ or _Consolatio Philosophiae_

    B. (5) Who wrote The Consolation of Philosophy?

    answer: Anicius Manlius Severinus _Boethius_

    C. (10) In this picaresque, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Consolation of Philosophy is the favorite book of the protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly. Through a bizarre series of events, Reilly's copy of The Consolation of Philosophy gets used by a street urchin to knock out an undercover cop and appears as a prop in a pornographic photo shoot.

    answer: A _Confederacy of Dunces_

    D. (5) Who wrote A Confederacy of Dunces?

    answer: John Kennedy _Toole_

  6. Identify the character from Greek mythology on a 30-20-10 basis.

    (30) His mother was Clymene, mother of Prometheus and Atlas. His sisters include Aegiale and Lampethusa.

    (20) According to myth, he is responsible for creating the Milky Way Galaxy.

    (10) The son of Helios, he convinced his father to let him drive the sun-chariot for one day, but his inexperience led him to fly too close to the Earth. Zeus killed him by hurling a thunderbolt at him in order to prevent him from scorching the Earth.

    answer: _Phaeton_ or _Phaethon_

  7. 30-20-10, identify the substance.

    (30) In a Monty Python sketch, the Wizzo Chocolate Company includes this in their confection "Ram's Bladder Cup," right before larks vomit on the ingredient list.

    (20) It naturally occurs in mushrooms, carrots, and seaweed, and, unlike lark's vomit, was designated a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) ingredient by the Food and Drug Administration in 1958.

    (10) Known as the "magic powder of the East," this fine white crystalline substance is detected with the fifth taste, known as umami.

    answer: _monosodium glutamate_ or _MSG_

  8. Identify the following members of the Country Music Hall of Fame for 10 points each:

    A. Born Muriel Ellen Deason, she predated Patsy Cline as the original "Queen of Country Music." In 1952, she had her first big hit, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." She was also known for her duets with Red Foley.

    answer: Kitty _Wells_

    B. Known for his duets with his ex-wife Tammy Wynette, some of his songs include "Why Baby Why," "She Thinks I Still Care," and "The Cold Hard Facts of Life."

    answer: George (Glenn) _Jones_

    C. The Republican candidate in the 1948 Tennessee gubernatorial race, he served as the host of the Grand Old Opry when it was first picked up by NBC Radio. A master fiddler, he was noted for popularizing hillbilly songs such as "The Great Speckled Bird" and "The Wabash Cannonball."

    answer: Roy _Acuff_

  9. Answer these questions about Mediterranean disasters and Atlantis, for the stated number of points:

    A. (10) Circa 1638 BC, this volcanic Greek island blew up in an explosion worth several Krakatoas, sending a tsunami rattling around the Mediterranean. Name this crescent-shaped island for 10 points.

    answer: _Santorini_ or _Thera_ or _Thira_

    B. (5) The tsunami spawned by Santorini slammed into the nearby main island of this empire, damaging it enough to possibly inspire the myth of Atlantis. For 5 points, name this empire with capital at Knossos.

    answer: _Minoan_ or _Minos_

    C. (15) In 373 B.C., this city on the Gulf of Corinth, a center of worship for Poseidon (the god of earthquakes and the sea) was ironically destroyed by an earthquake and the resulting tsunami. Its remains were visible on an offshore seabed for many years, and may have inspired Plato's story of Atlantis. For 15 points, name this city, which may have been recently rediscovered by archaeologists beneath a river delta.

    answer: _Helike_ (ha-LEE-key)

  10. Identify the following conceited dead composers from a brief description for the stated number of points:

    A. (5) His monumental, four-part, 15-hour long opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen required an opera house built especially for its performance in Bayreuth.

    answer: Richard _Wagner _

    B. (10) He believed that the performance of his last unfinished work Mysterium would result in the end of the world and the replacement of humans by higher beings.

    answer: Alexander Nicolaievich _Scriabin_

    C. (15) His dream was to create a German national opera, which he tried to achieve in works such as Euryanthe and Der Freischütz.

    answer: Carl Maria von _Weber_

  11. Identify the following fictional films that have appeared in episodes of the Simpsons, for 10 points each:

    A. When Troy McClure proposes to Aunt Selma, he takes her to this movie starring Troy McClure and Miss Piggy.

    answer: The _Muppets Go Medieval_

    B. Homer almost causes a nuclear meltdown when he leaves his workstation to see this comedy featuring Faye Dunaway and Pauly Shore. The theater owner refuses to let him in, because he is too fat to sit in one of the seats.

    answer: _Honk, If You're Horny_

    C. Moe enlists Homer to steal his car and smash it on the railroad tracks so that he can collect the insurance money. Homer botches this plan by taking a detour to the drive-in to watch this political comedy.

    answer: _Hail to the Chimp_

  12. Name the martyred saint from clues for 10 points each:

    A. Referred to as Nathanael in the Gospel of John, tradition says that this apostle was skinned alive and beheaded in Armenia. In Michelangelo's The Last Judgment, he holds his flayed skin in his hands, with Michelangelo's portrait for a face.

    answer: St. _Bartholomew_

    B. He was king of East Anglia, born circa 840 near Suffolk. When the Danes tried to invade his dominion, he rejected their demands, as they would have compromised his religion. The Danes tied him to a tree, tore his flesh, and beheaded him. According to legend, his head disappeared until a dog miraculously found it intact in a forest clearing and an Abbey was built on the site. He shares the same name as the King of England from 939 to 946.

    answer: St. _Edmund_

    C. He appears in the Liber Pontificalis, or the Book of the Popes, though it is disputed if he was actually a martyr. He was St. Peter's handpicked successor and appears in II Timothy 4:21.

    answer: Pope St. _Linus_

  13. Given the description of an early European dynasty, name it for 10 points each:

    A. Beginning in 1259 with Michael VIII and ending in 1453 with Constantine IX, this was the last dynasty of the Byzantine Empire.

    answer: _Paleologus_ or _Paleologan_ or _Paleologi_

    B. The ruling house prominent after the Ottonians and before the Great Interregnum, of whom Henry V was the first ruler and Conrad IV was the last.

    answer: _Hohenstaufen_

    C. The ruling house of Alfred the Great, it began under Egbert in 802 and ended under Edmund Ironside in 1016. It is named for a region in Britain.

    answer: _Wessex_

  14. Identify the following assassinated world leaders for 10 points each:

    A. This Russian czar negotiated the purchase of Alaska by the United States and abolished serfdom. In 1881, a member of the People's Will assassinated him with a homemade bomb.

    answer: _Alexander II_

    B. This monarch was instrumental in freeing the Netherlands from Spanish control. In 1584, he was assassinated in Delft by a French Catholic fanatic who opposed his conversion to Calvinism.

    answer: _William of Orange_ or _William the Silent_ or _William I_, Prince of Orange

    C. This president of South Vietnam was assassinated by his own generals almost three weeks before the JFK assassination.

    answer: Ngo Dinh _Diem_ (pronounced GO ZIN zee-EM, but be charitable with pronunciation)

  15. Identify the protists from a description of their peculiarities, for 10 points each.

    A. These golden-colored organisms have glasslike walls consisting of hydrated silica and possess chloroplasts that may have evolved from eukaryotic cells.

    answer: _diatom_s [DIE-uh-toms] (or _Bacillariophyta_)

    B. An overabundance of these organisms causes the phenomenon known as "red tide"; one type, of genus Pfiesteria, is carnivorous and feeds on fish.

    answer: _dinoflagellate_s

    C. These organisms contain two types of nuclei, a large macronucleus and several smaller micronuclei; examples include Stentor and Paramecium.

    answer: _ciliate_s (or _ciliophoran_s)

  16. Given a brief description of an incestuous relationship, identify the novel this relationship is central to, for 10 points each, or 5 if you need the author.

    A. 10: Van Veen and his sister have an incestuous love affair lasting from childhood through old age in the country of Amerussia on the planet Antiterra.

    5: Vladimir Nabokov

    answer: _Ada_, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

    B. 10: It appears that Charles Bon and Judith Sutpen will get married, until it is discovered that they are half-siblings and Charles is part black.

    5: William Faulkner

    answer: _Absalom, Absalom!_

    C. 10: The members of the fifth generation of the Buendía family unknowingly commit incest, resulting in the birth of a baby with a pig's tail.

    5: Gabriel García Marquez

    answer: _One Hundred Years of Solitude_ (or _Cien años de soledad_)

  17. Identify the following writers who have served in governmental positions for the stated number of points:

    A. (5) This playwright, whose works include The Memorandum, Temptation, and The Garden, became prime minister of his country as a result of the Velvet Revolution.

    answer: Vaclav _Havel_

    B. (10) This existentialist author of Man's Fate served as the French Minister for Information from 1945 to 1946 and as Minister for Cultural Affairs from 1959 to 1969.

    answer: Andre _Malraux_

    C. (15) This poet, whose works include Songs from the Shadows and Black Hosts, coined the term "negritude" to refer to the shared culture of Africans and all members of the African diaspora. A leader of his country's independence movement, he served as the first president of Senegal from 1960 to 1981.

    answer: Leopold Sedar _Senghor_

  18. Name these baseball pitchers with strange allotments of fingers for the stated number of points.

    A. (5) This Hall-of-Fame pitcher lost part of one finger and mangled others in a childhood farming accident, but later found that he could throw a devastating curveball. For 5 points, name this Hall-of-Famer with a career 2.06 ERA, whose nickname derives from his mangled hand.

    answer: Mordecai Peter Centennial "Three Finger" _Brown_

    B. (10) This pitcher became so frustrated at one point this season that, as ESPN put it, "he would've given the umpire the middle finger, but he doesn't have one...He's got six fingers." For 10 points, name this Florida reliever, nicknamed "El Pulpo" (the octopus), who has six digits on each extremity.

    answer: Antonio _Alfonseca_

    C. (15) This pitcher, who set the Brewers record for saves in 1999, lost the tip of his right index finger in a farming accident when he was 2, which apparently gives his sinker extra movement. Name him for 15 points.

    answer: Robert Joe "Bob" _Wickman_

  19. Name the following films directed by Luis Buñuel for 10 points each:

    A. This surrealistic collaboration with Salvador Dalí had a title originally suggested by Frederico García Lorca. Images from the film include a donkey carcass draped over a piano and a woman's eyeball slashed with a razor.

    answer: Un _Chien Andalou_ or An _Andalusian Dog_

    B. The initial screenings of this film in 1930 led to rioting in the streets of Paris by right-wing thugs. The film begins with two scorpions battling to the death, but includes other arresting images such as dancing skeletons and a woman sucking the toe of a statue.

    answer: L'_Age D'Or_ (also accept translations the _Golden Age_, the _Gold Age_, or the _Age of Gold_)

    C. This 1972 film is the only work by Luis Buñuel that ever won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In the film, the main characters attempt to go to a dinner party, but the many absurd digressions of the plot prevent them from doing so.

    answer: The _Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie_ or La _Charm Discret de la Bourgeoisie_

  20. Identify the authors of these "children's works" for 5 points each:

    A. The play The Children's Hour

    answer: Lillian _Hellman_

    B. The poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"

    answer: George Gordon, Lord _Byron_

    C. The novel Sons and Lovers

    answer: _D_avid Herbert _Lawrence_

    D. The short story "Desirée's Baby"

    answer: Kate _Chopin_

    E. The novella Rosemary's Baby

    answer: Ira _Levin_

    F. The play Children of a Lesser God

    answer: Mark _Medoff_