1998 Technophobia III

Bonuses by BYU

1. Identify the art term, 30-20-10.

30. Lillian Hellman used this term to title her second book of memoirs, which includes her encounter with her German Resistance friend Julia during World War II.

20. The term is sometimes used to describe an artist's various attempts to draw a contour, as in Cezanne's drawings. Painted examples include the dog sitting next to Gainesborough's "Blue Boy."

10. From the Italian word for "repentance," this term refers to an artist overpainting an area of a canvas in the course of its execution.

ANSWER: pentimento

2. For five points each, what artists originally sang the following "radio" hits?

5. "Radio Free Europe"


5. "Radio Radio"

ANSWER: Elvis Costello

5. "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"

ANSWER: the Ramones

5 "Radio Ga Ga"


5. "Video Killed the Radio Star"

ANSWER: the Buggles

5. "Boys on the Radio"


3. Identify the creators of these literary Gabriels for ten points each.

10. Gabriel Conroy, who, after an annual holiday party, learns about his wife Gretta's first love, the late Michael Furey.

ANSWER: James Joyce (it's The Dead)

10. Gabriel Syme, a policeman who poses as an anarchist poet in order to infiltrate a secret society, in which he rises to become the work's title character.

ANSWER: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (it's The Man Who Was Thursday)

10. Gibreel Farishta, a prolific Indian film star, who is on board Flight A1-420 when it is hijacked.

ANSWER: Salman Rushdie (it's The Satanic Verses)

4. Identify these programming languages with unusual names for ten points each.

10. This nifty interpreted language, with powerful text manipulation and "glue language" features, was named by young Guido van Rossum for his comedy idols.

ANSWER: Python

10. This Department of Defense-authored language was named for the author of the first so-called "computer program," an algorithm for computing Bernoulli numbers.


10. When a patent search discovered that the name "Oak" was already taken, engineers chose this name, either from a lunch break, or from the initials of the team members' names (accounts differ).


5. For ten points each, what Disneyland attraction would you be in if you were unfortunate enough to hear the following annoying lyrics?

10. "We kindle and char and inflame and ignite!"

ANSWER: Pirates of the Caribbean

10. "There is just one moon and one golden sun."

ANSWER: It's a Small World

10. "All the birds sing words and the flowers croon."

ANSWER: The Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room

6. Identify these terms of Biblical origin, from one clue for 15 points, or from a second clue for 5.

15. Matthew Arnold, in his Essays in Criticism, re-coined this term to mean "a dogged, unenlightened opponent of progress in the arts."

5. These opponents of Israel in the days of Saul probably originated in Crete, and among their great warriors was the giant Goliath.

ANSWER: philistine

15. This word was removed from the original name of Post Toasties cereal, after complaints from the religious community that its presence constituted a blasphemy.

5. It is first mentioned in Exodus 16:31, which tells us it was white and tasted like "wafers made with honey."

ANSWER: manna

7. Identify these Pacific island nations from clues for 10 points each. You will receive 5 points if you need the capital cities.

10. This nation's President Tito recently moved the International Date Line to the other side of his country so that uninhabited Caroline Island will be the first land on earth to enter the next millennium.

5. Bairiki

ANSWER: Kiribati

10. This kingdom, whose royal line stretches back a thousand years, is the only South Pacific island nation never to fall under foreign rule.

5. Nuku'alofa


10. Its 1980 independence ceremony was disrupted by a plantation workers' revolt funded by the U.S.'s right-wing Phoenix Foundation.

5. Port Vila

ANSWER: Vanuatu (prompt on New Hebrides)

8. Name the second largest cities in each of these European nations for the stated number of points.

5. Italy

ANSWER: Milano

5. the Netherlands

ANSWER: Rotterdam

10. Portugal

ANSWER: Porto or Oporto

10. Switzerland


9. Given a heroine from a Shakespearean comedy, name the gentleman she winds up marrying for ten points each.

10. Viola, from Twelfth Night

ANSWER: Orsino

10. Hero, from Much Ado about Nothing

ANSWER: Claudio

10. Helena, from A Midsummer Night's Dream

ANSWER: Demetrius

10. Answer the following questions about game theory for ten points each.

10. This economist won a 1994 Nobel in Economics for proving the widespread existence of game equilibria which exhibit a best reply property: that is, given the strategy of other players, no player has an incentive to change their strategy.

ANSWER: John Forbes Nash

10. The Nash equilibrium was actually an extension of the minimax theorem of what father of game theory and Manhattan Project mathematician.

ANSWER: John Von Neumann

10. In 2-player zero-sum games, the strategies that produce a Nash equilibrium must be of this type. This type of strategy is played whenever a player expects the other player to attempt to hurt him as much as possible.

ANSWER: security strategy

11. Name these children of Loki for 10 points each.

10. She served as mistress of the underworld.


10. He was chained by Tyr but will devour the sun at Ragnarok.

ANSWER: Fenrir or the Fenris Wolf

10. As a mare, Loki sired this steed of Odin.

ANSWER: Sleipnir

12. Identify the following films that each contain -- shhh, don't tell R. or Jeremy -- the National Security Agency, FTPE.

10. The NSA publishes their newly developed supercode in a puzzle magazine to see if anyone could crack it. The only person who's able to do so is Simon Lynch.

ANSWER: Mercury Rising

10. In a recent film, the title character explains that he wouldn't like to work for NSA partly because, as he puts it, "Say I'm working at the NSA, and somebody puts a code on my desk, somethin' no one else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I'm real happy with myself, cus' I did my job well."

ANSWER: Good Will Hunting

10. Due out November 25th, this film stars Will Smith as a rising young lawyer who unwittingly becomes ensnared in an elaborate cover-up surrouding the death of a congressman staged by the corrupt head of the National Security Agency.

ANSWER: Enemy of the State

13. Identify the actor that has appeared in at least three Kenneth Branagh films from roles played for ten points each.

10. Exeter in Henry V, Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, and Ghost in Hamlet

ANSWER: Brian Blessed

10. Mike Church in Dead Again, SS Official in Swing Kids, Andrew in Peter's Friends

ANSWER: Kenneth Branagh

10. Chorus in Henry V, Franklyn Madison in Dead Again, and Claudius in Hamlet

ANSWER: Derek Jacobi

14. Name the following players, all involved in a record setting home run, for ten points each.

10. Gave up Roger Maris's 61st home run

ANSWER: Tracy Stallard

10. Gave up Mark McGwire's 62nd home run

ANSWER: Steve Traschel

10. Caught Hank Aaron's 715 home run

ANSWER: Tom House

15. Name these battles from the Hundred Years War for ten points each.

10. This 1415 battle was fought on St. Crispin's Day and saw the weak and outnumbered English, led by Henry V, conclusively defeat a superior French force.

ANSWER: Agincourt

10. The siege of this French town was relieved by Joan of Arc in 1429.

ANSWER: Orleans

10. This 1450 battle saw the French drive the English out of Normandy.

ANSWER: Formingy

16. Identify the man, 30-20-10.

30. He explained the object of his 1939 "What to Listen for in Music" as "To put down as clearly as possible the fundamentals of intelligent music listening."

20. Living from 1900 to 1990, this composer's works include El Salon Mexico, An Outdoor Adventure and John Henry.

10. Other works include a Lincoln Portrait, Quiet City and music for the films The City, Of Mice and Men, Our Town and The Red Pony.

ANSWER: Aaron Copland

17. Given a quote from a 20th century U.S. President, name the President, 5 points each and a bonus 5 for all correct.

5. "The tax and tax, spend and spend policies of the last few decades lead only to economic disaster. Our government must return to the tradition of living within our means and must do it now."

ANSWER: Ronald Reagan

5. "Only a peace between equals can last."

ANSWER: Woodrow Wilson

5. "In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor."

ANSWER: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

5. "Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind."

ANSWER: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

5. "I suppose I am the most powerful man in the world, but great power doesn't mean much except great limitations."

ANSWER: Calvin Coolidge

18. Identify the following questions about sampling 5-10-15.

5. In this type of sampling, once an object has been drawn, it cannot be drawn again.

ANSWER: sampling without replacement

10. Ten white socks and ten black socks are in a drawer. How many socks do you need to need to pull out without replacement, before you are guaranteed to have two pairs?

ANSWER: five

15. In this type of urn or sampling, a sort of over replacement is used, that is, each time an object is drawn, the object is replaced and another copy of the object is replaced as well.

ANSWER: Polya sampling

19. For ten points each, name these female reporters from American history.

10. One of Joseph Pulitzer's top reporters, she spent 10 days in a New York city madhouse on a dare from a fellow reporter. She is most famous for a 72 day trip around the world in 1889-90.

ANSWER: Nellie Bly

10. She was the first editor of The Dial and a reviewer for Horace Greeley. After publishing Woman in the Nineteenth Century, which argued for equality of the sexes in all aspects of life, she left for Europe, where she was involved in the Italian revolution of 1850.

ANSWER: Margaret Fuller

10. She worked on Hearst's San Francisco Examiner, covering the earthquake of 1906 and the murder trial of Harry Thaw. Because her maudlin prose detailed the deaths of children and the lives of the downtrodden, she was given the nickname "sob sister."

ANSWER: Annie Laurie (accept Martha Winifred Sweet)

20. Identify these solar system superlatives for ten points each.

10. At a distance of only 9,380 kilometers, this is the closest moon to its planet.

ANSWER: Phobos

10. This small Jovian moon is the satellite at the greatest distance from its primary: 23,700,000 kilometers.

ANSWER: Sinope

10. This largest satellite of its planet has the thickest atmosphere of any planetary moon: 1.2 atmospheres.


21. I will give you a short description of an event from Byzantine history, and you will get five points for correctly identifying what century that event occurred in, with a 5-point bonus for all correct.

5. The Fourth Crusade leads to the capture and sack of Constantinople

ANSWER: 13th (1204)

5. Prince Volodymir of Kiev accepts Baptism from the Byzantine Empire.

ANSWER: 10th (988)

5. Leo III, orders all icons in the Byzantine empire destroyed beginning a series of riots over iconoclasm.

ANSWER: 8th (726)

5. The Patriarch of Constantinople and the Pope excommunicate each other, causing the Great Schism.

ANSWER: 11th (1054)

5. The Ottoman Turks capture Constantinople and rename it Istanbul, ending the Byzantine Empire.

ANSWER: 15th (1453)

22. Name the philosopher 30-20-10

30.He blasted Descartes for ignoring fundamental parts of human experience such as art, law, and history. He preferred to side with Hobbes in believing that man must study mankind to understand nature.

20. His belief in a "ricorsi," or cycle of history, anticipated the dialectical theories of Marx and Hegel.

10. In his 1725 masterpiece The New Science, this Italian set out to show how all societies pass through a birth, an age of the gods, an age of heroes, an age of men, and an age of decay.

ANSWER: Giambattista Vico

23. Identify these famous chairs designed by 20th century architects, FTPE.

1. Ludvig Mies van der Rohe created this popular chair at the World Exposition in 1929, especially for the king and queen of Spain. It is named for the city where it was first displayed.

ANSWER: Barcelona chair

2. This 1957 Eero Saarinen design with a scalloped form on a pedestal is named for the flower that inspired its shape.

ANSWER: tulip chair

3. This is the better-known name for Saarinen's 1948 "Knoll lounge chair" design, from the way its curved plastic shell comfortably surrounds the sitter.

ANSWER: womb chair

24. For ten points each, identify these classes of RNA

1. This class of RNA combines with specific proteins to form the cellular organelle that preforms protein synthesis.

ANSWER: Ribosomal RNA

2. After the primary RNA transcript is processed and introns are removed, this class of RNA binds with the ribosome and is translated.

ANSWER: Messenger RNA

3. This class of RNA brings specific amino acids to the ribosome for protein synthesis.

ANSWER: Transfer RNA

25. 30-20-10 Name the molecule.

30. It was first identified as an intracellular mediator of hormone action in 1959.

20. Since then it has ben found to act as a intracellular signaling molecule in all procaryotic and animal cells that have been studied.

10. This signaling molecule is synthesized from ATP by adenylyl cyclase.

ANSWER: Cyclic AMP (adenosinemonophosphate)

26. Name the Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem, from 10 points for a familiar line it contains, or for 5 points if you need a further clue.

10. "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

5. The poem is an elegy to Arthur Hallam.

ANSWER: In Memoriam A. H. H.

10. "In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love."

5. The title locale of this poem is an estate to which a young man returns after being jilted by his cousin Amy.

ANSWER: Locksley Hall

10. "The mirror cracked from side to side."

5. The title character, from Arthurian legend, is banished to a tower and cursed never to see Camelot.

ANSWER: The Lady of Shalott

27. Name the figure from American history 30-20-10.

30. Among his homes were Jamaica 1927-1935, Panama 1910, Costa Rica 1911, and the United Kingdom 1935-40, though he was granted American citizenship in 1921.

20. While in the U.S. he endorsed the Black Star Line transportation company until he was convicted of mail fraud, thrown in prison, and then deported.

10. He founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and was the leader of the Back to Africa migration movement in the early 20th century.

ANSWER: Marcus Garvey

28. Answer the following questions about recent happenings in this year's trial of the decade on a 10-5 basis.

10. Executives from this company testified that Microsoft attempted to "sabotage" a popular multimedia program, that competes with Microsoft's MediaPlayer, by causing misleading error messages to appear when it ran on Windows-based machines.

5. The multimedia program is QuickTime.

ANSWER: Apple Computer

10. Microsoft testified that two companies agreed to not compete in certain markets. A quoted letter read "We can use our unique respective strengths to go kick the [expletive] out of the beast from Redmond that wants to see us both dead. By teaming up, we substantially increase the odds of beating them." All or nothing, name the two companies.

5. The letter was from Marc Andreesen, cofounder of one of the companies, a bitter competitor of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and the letter was written to David Colburn, senior vice president of the other company, who has brought email to millions by letting them know, "you've got mail." All or nothing, name the two companies.

ANSWER: Netscape and AOL or America Online

10. On October 28th, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson granted a request by Microsoft to allow one of its in-house attorneys to depose a another company's top executive, James Gosling. For ten points, name the company.

5. Gosling is credited with inventing Java which can run on any computing platform, perhaps undermining Microsoft's rule in the operating system market. For five points name the company that Gosling works for.

ANSWER: Sun Microsystems