Technophobia 2000!

Bonuses by Jordan Boyd-Graber, Jason Meltzer, Richard Mason and Maribeth Swiatek


1. Given a European river, identify the specific body of water into which it empties, for 10 points each. You'll get 5 points if you need additional information.

A. 10: the Rhône

5: It extends from the Gulf of Iskenderun in the east to the Strait of Gibraltar in the west.

answer: Mediterranean Sea

B. 10: the Loire

5: This wide inlet of the North Atlantic Ocean indents the coast of western Europe. Forming a roughly triangular body, it is bounded on the east by the west coast of France and on the south by the north coast of Spain.

answer: Bay of Biscay (prompt on: Atlantic Ocean)

C. 10: the Dneiper

5: This inland sea off the southern shores of Ukraine and Russia forms a northern extension of the Black Sea, to which it is linked on the south by the Kerch Strait.

answer: Sea of Azov (prompt on: Black Sea)


2. Given a war and a date, give the treaty that ended that war, for 10 points each:

A. Franco-Prussian War; 1871.

answer: Treaty of Frankfurt

B. Russo-Turkish War; 1829.

answer: Treaty of Adrianople

C. Opium War; 1842.

answer: Treaty of Nanking


3. Given a plot description, identify these Dostoevsky novels, for 10 points each:

A. A destitute, deranged student kills an old German pawnbroker and finds redemption after his incarceration by falling in love with a prostitute.

answer: Crime and Punishment or Prestupleniye I nakazaniye

B. From the corner of a kitchen, Makar Devushkin writes letters to Varvara Dobrosyolova, who eventually agrees to marry the wealthy but worthless man she's been sleeping with.

answer: Poor Folk or Bednyye lyudi

C. Mr. Govorov, a close friend of Stephan Trofimovich Verkhovensky, outlines the attempts of a secret society led by Pyotr, Stephan's son, to overthrow the government.

answer: The Possessed or The Devils or Besy


4. 30-20-10-5. Name the man.

A. After his mother died, his father went to visit him at Jurhum. Upon hearing from his wife of the poverty and misery in which they lived, his father ordered him to "change the threshold of his gate," i.e. divorce her and marry another.

B.Rumored to be the father of 12 Arab princes himself, he carried stones up to a hill while his father used them to build the Kaaba.

C. The illegitimate son of Abraham, he was expelled into the desert with his mother, Sarah's maidservant Hagar.

D. The narrator of Moby Dick instructs the reader to call him this.

answer: Ishmael or Ismael


5. It is associated with the tendency of electrical charges to partially shield the interior of a body from an applied magnetic field. For 10 points each--

A. Identify this property, dominant in the behavior of substances with a negative magnetic susceptiblity.

answer: diamagnetism

B. Diamagnetism is somewhat analogous to this physical law by which an induced current in an electrical circuit flows in such a direction as to oppose a change in flux through the circuit.

answer: Lenz's Law

C. The classical treatment of atomic diamagnetism assumes that, in a magnetic field, the precession of electrons with a certain angular frequency will be superposed on the motion of the electrons around the nucleus. Identify this frequency equal to the electron charge times the magnetic field intensity divided by twice the electron mass.

answer: Larmor frequency


6. Identify these Chinese dynasties, for 10 points each:

A. Also called the Yin dynasty in its later stages, this dynasty is believed to have been founded by a rebel leader who overthrew the last Hsia ruler. Important developments were the development of a writing system, as revealed in archaic Chinese inscriptions found on bone and tortoise shells, and the use of bronze metallurgy.

Answer: Shang

B. China was reunified in A.D. 589 by this short lived dynasty, whose rulers completed the Grand Canal and major reconstruction of the Great Wall. Their reign disintegrated through a combination of popular revolts, disloyalty, and assassination.

Answer: Sui

C. Cultural achievements of this dynasty included movable type and extremely tall pagodas, but that didn't stop the Mongols from destroying their capital in 1276 and destroying their fleet near Canton in 1279, ending the dynasty.

Answer: Song or Sung


7. 30-20-10. Identify the songwriter.

A. His father Emil was a conductor and his uncle Lionel wrote the famous 20th Century Fox fanfare.

B. He wrote the scores for the motion pictures Ragtime, The Natural, and Pleasantville.

C. He is best known for satirical compositions such as "Short People" and "I Love L.A."

answer: Randy Newman


8. Answer the following about Olympic history, for 10 points each:

A. What Roman emperor abolished the Olympic games in 393 AD, probably because of their pagan associations?

answer: Theodosius I

B. What French educator was primarily responsible for the revival of the Olympics in 1896?

answer: Pierre, baron de Coubertin

C. For 5 points for two and 10 points for all three--which three cities have hosted the Summer Olympics twice?

answer: Paris, London, and Los Angeles


9. The son of a tanner, he got his nickname from his brother Giovanni, a pawnbroker to whom he was apprenticed. For 10 points each--

A. Identify this goldsmith and painter born Alessandro Filipepi.

Answer: Sandro Botticelli

B. Probably glad to get out of the pawn shop, Botticelli was later apprenticed to this Florentine master, a former monk and painter of altarpieces whose most famous work is actually entitled Coronation of the Virgin.

Answer: Fra Filippo Lippi

C. We know these wonderful and interesting quizbowl facts about Botticelli only because they appear in what artist's Lives of the Most Eminent Italian Architects, Painters and Sculptors?

Answer: Giorgio Vasari


10. For 10 points each--given a British prime minister, name the monarch who was on the British throne during his tenure:

A. William Ewart Gladstone

answer: Victoria

B. David Lloyd George

answer: George V

C. Arthur James Balfour

answer: Edward VII


11. Identify the following astronomers from descriptions of their planetary models for 15 points, or for 5 if you need more information:

A. 15: The Earth is stationary, the Sun revolves around the Earth and the rest of the plants orbit the Sun. All motion is circular.

5: He is most famous for keeping detailed observations of the planet Mars at his observatory, Uraniborg, and for accurately cataloguing the positions of 777 stars without a telescope.

answer: Tycho Brahe

B. 15: The libration of the motion of a planet is caused by a magnetic force acting between the planet and the sun.

5: He used Brahe's observations to derive an elliptical model of planetary motion.

answer: Johannes Kepler


12. Identify these Roald Dahl protagonists from a description of their fathers for 10 points each:

A. His father, along with his mother, was eaten by a rhinoceros which escaped from the London Zoo.

answer: James Henry Trotter (he of the Giant Peach)

B. His father had a job screwing the caps on to tubes of toothpaste.

answer: Charlie Bucket (of the Chocolate Factory)

C. His father was a former poacher who ran a petrol station.

answer: Danny, the Champion of the World


13. Identify these TV law firms, for 10 points each:

A. This Boston law firm employs Fox's Ally McBeal.

answer: Cage, Fish and Associates (accept Cage and Fish or Fish and Cage)

B. This is the title firm of ABC's The Practice.

answer: Donnell and Associates (accept: Donnell, Young, Dole & Frutt)

C. This evil Los Angeles law firm consorts with demonic forces on the WB's Angel.

answer: Wolfram and Hart


14. Given two presidents, name the university from which both graduated, for the stated number of points:

A. For 5 points----Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight Eisenhower.

answer: U.S. Military Academy at West Point

B. For 5 points----John F. Kennedy and John Adams.

answer: Harvard College (or Harvard University)

C. For 10 points----James Madison and Woodrow Wilson.

answer: College of New Jersey (accept: Princeton University)

D. For 10 points----Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe

answer: College of William and Mary


15. For 10 points each--give the taxonomic class to which each of these organisms belongs:

A. sunflower

answer: Dicotyledonae (dicots)

B. starfish

answer: Asteroidia

C. salamander

answer: Amphibia (amphibians)


16. Answer the following, for 10 points each:

A. Which American's string quartet was performed in 1938 by the NBC Orchestra as Adagio for Strings?

answer: Samuel Barber

B. Part of which German's orchestral Suite in D Major was arranged by August Wilhelmj as Air on the G String?

answer: Johann Sebastian Bach

C. Which Argentinian wrote the unusual Concerto for Digeridoo and Strings in 1966?

answer: Alberto Ginastera


17. For 5 points for one, 10 points for two, 20 points for three and 30 points for all four--identify the founders of the following companies:

A. Berkshire Hathaway

answer: Warren Buffett


answer: Jeff Bezos

C. IBM, from the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company

answer: Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

D. Intel, with G. Gordon Moore

answer: Andrew S. Grove


18. Tom Lehrer once remarked that he had found the raciest, spiciest, most lurid obituary that he had ever seen. For the stated number of points--identify these persons mentioned in that obituary, given quotes from the resulting Lehrer song and other clues.

A. 5 points: This man, "Whose buddies all knew him as Gustav / And each time he saw her he'd holler / Ach, that is the fraulein I moost hav, " wrote the masterpiece Das Lied von der Erde. 

answer: Gustav Mahler

B. 5 points: "And soon she was swinging with Walter / Gus died, and her teardrops were copious / She cried all the way to the altar," with this man who founded the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany in 1919.

answer: Walter Gropius

C. 10 points: "But he would work late at the Bauhaus / And only come home now and then / She said, What am I running, a chow house / It's time to change partners again!" to this man, who wrote The Song of Bernadette.

answer: Franz Werfel

D. 10 points: "Who knew how to receive and to give / The body that reached her embalma / Was one that had known how to live" Each of these men were married to the same woman at one point or another. Give the first name of Mrs. Mahler-Gropius-Werfel.

answer: Alma


19. For 10 points each--answer the following about a four kilogram rock.

A. If the rock is swung around in a circle at a speed of two meters per second on a tether one meter long, what tension in Newtons is on the tether?

answer: 16 Newtons [Force = mass * velocity squared divided by radius]

B. If the tether is cut and the rock flies off tangentially, what is its initial kinetic energy in Joules?

answer: 8 Joules [kinetic energy equals one half * mass * velocity squared]

C. What is the rock's initial momentum in kilogram-meters per second in the previous situation?

answer: 8 kilogram-meters per second [momentum equals mass * velocity]


20. For 10 points each--given a film, identify the actor who portrayed the title character:

A. Dr. Strangelove

answer: Peter Sellers

B. Annie Hall

answer: Diane Keaton

C. Tootsie

answer: Dustin Hoffman