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2008 ACF Fall Tossups by Caltech + Langston
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This thinker asked "what is it to dwell?" in "Building, Dwelling, Thinking" and considered the effects of a "destitute time" on the works of Rilke in "What Are Poets For?", both of which appear in his Poetry, Language, Thought. He discussed the path provided by the Greek word philosophia in What is Philosophy? and also wrote about Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics, though he is better known for a work which introduced ontological hermeneutics and discussed a concept related to presence in the world, dasein. For 10 points, name this Nazi-loving author of Being and Time.
Answer: Martin Heidegger
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Acts of Gord once depicted one of these devices stating "This is all I am good for," being used as a doorstop. The RANDnet online service was established for one add-on to this system, a Disk Drive that featured such games as Doshin the Giant. Sports games for this system included Mike Piazza's Strike Zone, as well as one which featured such teams as the "Foxboro Patriots." Its exclusive games included the original BattleTanx and Blast Corps, as well games like Conker's Bad Fur Day and the first two Banjo-Kazooie games. For 10 points, identify this console, the home to such first-person shooters as Perfect Dark and GoldenEye 007, the successor to the SNES.
Answer: the Nintendo 64 [accept N64; accept Nintendo Roku Ju Yon]
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For elements with low atomic numbers, the Auger process competes with the fluorescence that is characteristic of this process. Potassium-argon dating methods are valuable since all of the argon arises from potassium by this radioactive transition rather than chemically. The lighter isotopes of transition metals, such as silver-105, tend to decay by this process. Positron emission competes with this process, which results in neutron and a neutrino, the latter of which gets ejected. Despite the change in atomic number, the total number of nucleons is conserved. For 10 points, name this process that sees the nucleus taking a namesake negatively charged particle from the K shell.
Answer: electron capture [prompt on K-capture]
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This person's time spent assisting Sobhuza II of Swaziland led to a work on race relations in Africa edited posthumously by Phyllis Kaberry as The Dynamics of Culture Change. This author wrote an essay discussing belief in ancestral spirits who impregnate bathing women, "Baloma," which appears in a collection with "Magic, Science, and Religion." This person founded a school of anthropology that Radcliffe-Brown would extend to a "structural" variety, functionalism. His Coral Gardens and their Magic draws on his experience in the Trobriand Islands, while his most famous book discusses the Kula ring. For 10 points, name this author of Argonauts of the Western Pacific.
Answer: Bronislaw Malinowski
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One of this figure's offspring attacked Leto or Artemis in Panopaeus, but was killed and sent to Tartarus, where snakes devoured his liver; that son of this deity was Tityus. Another of this deity's sons was conceived with Aether; Thaumas, Ceto, and Phorcys were among the sons of this goddess and that son Pontus. The dragon Campe guarded other offspring of this goddess in Tartarus, but this goddess's grandson later released those sons, the Hecatonchires and the Cyclopes. She created an adamantine sickle to aid her grandson in overthrowing her most famous son, Cronus. For 10 points, identify this daughter of Chaos and mother of the titans, the Greek goddess of the Earth.
Answer: Gaia [accept Gaea or Gea]
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In this opera the audience is asked to consider actors' "souls since we are men of flesh and bone" and "rather than our poor costumes" in the prologue "Si Puo?" In "Stridono lassu," the soprano yearns for the freedom of birds, so she could pursue her romance with Silvio, and after his advances are driven off with a whip Tonio eavesdrops on a plan to elope. The tenor laments that he must "put on the costume" and "Laugh . . . though [his] love is broken" in the aria "Vesti la Giubba" before he appears in a play about Colombina's affair with Arlecchino. Nedda is stabbed by her husband Canio, at the end of, for 10 points, this opera titled after clowns, by Leoncavallo.
Answer: I Pagliacci [or The Clowns, early]
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This man was the governor of the Kaffa region during his grandfather's reign, and he banished the concubine Gulbehar from his kingdom. He signed the Peace of Amasia with Tahmasp, who kept control of Tabriz, though late in his life, he lost a campaign against the Knights of St. John in Malta. He employed Sinan as the chief architect, married Roxelana, and was often called "kanuni." Though his navy led by Barbarossa suffered heavy losses in his capture of Rhodes, he defeated Louis II in the 1526 Battle of Mohacs, but he failed in his siege of Vienna. The son of Selim the Grim, for 10 points,name this ruler of the Ottoman Empire who is often called "the magnificent."
Answer: Suleiman I [accept: Suleiman the Magnificent until "the magnificent;" accept Suleiman the Lawgiver; or Suleiman Kanuni, early]
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He wrote about an artist hired to paint a marriage portrait, who realizes that Walter Ludlow will attack Elinor in "The Prophetic Pictures." In one of his stories, Annie Hovenden's child crushes the mechanical butterfly created by Owen Warland, and in another Mr. Medbourne, Mr. Gascoigne, and widow Wycherly temporarily regain their youth. Along with "The Artist of the Beautiful" and "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," he told of Elizabeth, who breaks her engagement to Parson Hooper because he wears a shroud. For 10 points, name this author of "The Minister's Black Veil," who wrote about a man who sees his wife Faith meet the Devil in "Young Goodman Brown."
Answer: Nathaniel Hawthorne
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This man took advantage of an Ottoman siege of Chocim to win a war featuring battles like Dirshau and Mewe, and he inherited the throne in the middle of the Kalmark War. He signed the Truce of Altmark with Sigismund III, who his father had overthrown, and his greatest victory came with the help of Lennart Torstenson and involved an encirclement of Pappenheim. The son of Charles IX, he used combined arms tactics to win battles like the Lech and Breitenfeld, where he defeated the Catholics. For 10 points, name this Lutheran ruler who died at the Battle of Lutzen, a king of Sweden known as the "Lion of the North."
Answer: Gustavus II Adolphus [or Gustav II Adolf; or Gustavus II]
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This artist created the Fountain of the Bees for the Barberini family and sculpted busts like Damned Soul and Blessed Soul. His works in the Galleria Borghese include one that depicts the three title figures fleeing from Troy, and one that depicts a woman turning into a tree. In addition to Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius and Apollo and Daphne, he designed the oval church of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. He sculpted a work in the Piazza Navona which includes representations of the Nile and the Ganges and one which shows an angel pointing a spear at the title figure. For 10 points, name this Italian sculptor of The Fountain of the Four Rivers and The Ecstacy of Saint Theresa.
Answer: Gianlorenzo Bernini [or Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini]
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The Mitsuda test describes of the ability of a body to participate in a cell mediated immune response against this disease, and preparations named for Dharmendra are used in that test. Lucio's name is appended to an acute form of it. It can be classified into paucibacillary and mutlibacillary based upon skin smear results, and the tuberculoid form of it results in localized skin lesions. Armadillos also harbor its causative agent, and it is sometimes named for Hansen. Resulting in skin lesions and nerve damage, for 10 points, name this disease which, like tuberculosis, is caused by a mycobacterium, and is also associated with certain "colonies" where its patients were isolated.
Answer: leprosy [accept: Hansen's disease until mentioned; accept lepromin until "this disease"]
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He attends a hunting party which ends early when Geoffrey Clouston accidentally shoots James, a sailor who was stalking this man after he heard a prostitute refer to him as "Prince Charming." His mother Margaret of Devereux dies of grief after his grandfather Lord Kelso has his father murdered in a duel, and he blackmails the chemist Alan Campbell to help dispose of a body, and his philosophy is shaped by a "yellow book" given to him by Lord Wotton.For 10 points, name this character, who forsakes the actress Sibyl Vane after being a model for painter Basil Hallward in a novel by Oscar Wilde, and has a namesake "picture" that ages in his place.
Answer: Dorian Gray [prompt on partial name]
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This composer began one work with the opening dedication, "To the City of Venice, in praise of its Patron Saint, the Blessed Mark, Apostle" in Canticum Sacrum. Furbo performs a fake resurrection to reignite Pimpinella's devotion for the title character of one of his ballets, and a double fugue starting in the oboes begins the second movement of a work, which has each movement dedicated to one of the hortatory virtues. Along with Pulcinella and Symphony of Psalms, one of his works features the "Procession of the Sage" and "The Evocation of the Ancestors," and begins with a noted bassoon solo. For 10 points, name this composer of Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.
Answer: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
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One work by this man opens by describing "seafarers" who "tell of the Eastern isle of bliss." In another poem by this man, the sounds of a flute on a spring night inspire recollections of the gardens of home. In a third work, he noted that he was glad to "make the moon and my shadow into friends." The addressee of another of his works went to "the river of swirling eddies" when the title figure was sixteen, and he asked "Which was the real?the butterfly or the man?" in "Chuang Tzu and the Butterfly." Mahler adapted his Chinese Flute into Das Lied von der Erde. For 10 points, name this Tang Dynasty poet of "The River Merchant's Wife," a close friend to fellow poet Du Fu.
Answer: Li Po [accept Li Bai, Li Bo, or Li Tai-bo; might as well accept Rihaku too]
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Allan Franklin reinterpreted this experiment's data in response to accusations of selective result reporting by Gerard Horton, and it was also questioned by Felix Ehrenhaft. One of its performers later verified Einstein's theory of the photoelectric effect, and its results were low by about one percent due to an incorrect value for the viscosity of air. Parallel voltage plates created a uniform electric field and the voltage was adjusted to the level necessary to cause the particle to suspend in air. For 10 points, name this 1909 experiment which measured the charge of the electron, performed by Robert Millikan.
Answer: the Fletcher-Millikan oil-drop experiment [accept Millikan before it is read]
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While serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer this man reset the ten year rule and caused a general strike in support of coal miners when he enacted a return to the gold standard. He was involved in a scandal surrounding the Sidney Street Shootings as Home Secretary, and he supported close cooperation with the United States through the "special relationship." During World War I he was disgraced for his role in the Gallipoli Campaign as First Lord of the Admiralty, and he won a Nobel Prize in Literature in part for a history of World War II. For 10 points, name this Prime Minister who succeeded Neville Chamberlain.
Answer: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
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In one story, he made the bitter waters at Marah sweet by throwing in a tree that God showed to him. During one battle, the Amalekites were vulnerable as long as his hands remained in the air, prompting two other men to hold up his arms until the sun went down. At the request of God, he once cast his staff to the ground, causing it to become a snake, a feat later replicated by his older brother. The younger son of Amram and Jochebed and the brother of Miriam, he brought a variety of plagues on the land of Egypt to convince the pharaoh to release the Israelites. For 10 points, name this brother of Aaron who received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai.
Answer: Moses [accept Moyses, Moshe, Musa, or some other things]
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The Kasungu National Park is located on this country's western border, and the Chizumulu and Likoma islands belong to it. This country's major primary language is sometimes called Chewa, while Tumbuka and Yao are each spoken by one million people in this country. The Zomba plateau is located to this country's south, and the Shire River, which empties into the Zambezi, flows north of its economic center of Blantyre. Also consisting of Lake Malombe, a lake named for it borders Mozambique and Tanzania. Previously called Nyasaland, for 10 points, name this country, a southeast African nation that is the ghost-rat capital of the world, with political capital at Lilongwe.
Answer: the Republic of Malawi [prompt on Nyasaland until mentioned]
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The decision in this case claimed that the character of an act depends on its circumstances, citing Aikens v. Wisconsin. The precedent established by this case was altered in the case whose dissent introduced the marketplace of ideas, Abrams v. U.S., and was officially established in Brandenburg v. Ohio after being repeatedly cited by Louis Brandeis. Its plaintiff, a general secretary of the Socialist party, was charged with violating the Espionage Act for distributing anti-draft pamphlets. For 10 points, name this 1919 Supreme Court case with a majority opinion by Oliver Wendell Holmes that placed limitations on the First Amendment with the "clear and present danger" test.
Answer: Schenck v. United States [accept in reverse order]
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There exists a real number A such that the floor of the quantity A to the three to the n gives one of these numbers for every positive integer n according to Mills' Theorem. Two to the quantity p minus one is congruent to one modulo p squared is satisfied by the Weifrich type of these. The Lucas-Lehmer Test is used to determine if a number fits a specific category of these and every even number can be written as the sum of two of these according to Goldbach's conjecture. Euclid showed that there are infinitely many of, for 10 points, what type positive integers, with two being the smallest member, which are only divisible by one and themselves.
Answer: prime numbers [accept Mills theorem until "these numbers"]
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TB. In one of this author's stories, Ruby Fischer reads an article about a woman of the same name, who is murdered by her husband. In another story, Phoenix Jackson buys medicine for her grandson. Robbie leaves her husband George after he jumps in front of a train to save a mentally handicapped nephew in her novel about the wedding of Troy Flavin and Dabney Fairchild. "A Piece of News" and "A Worn Path" are found in her collection A Curtain of Green, while Wanda Fay Chisom enrages Laurel McKelva Hand, who returns to Mount Salus to attend the funeral of her father in another book. For 10 points, name this author of Delta Wedding and The Optimist's Daughter.
Answer: Eudora Welty
 
2008 ACF Fall Bonuses by Caltech + Langston
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All members of this phylum have visceral arches and clefts. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this animal phylum to which humans belong, characterized by a notochord and an endostyle.
Answer: Chordata [or Chordates]
[10] This plant phylum now only includes mosses, but used to include liverworts and hornworts as well. Its characteristics include multicellular rhizoids which act as an anchor.
Answer: Bryophyta [or Bryophytes]
[10] This fungal phylum includes truffles and true yeasts, but not true mushrooms or jelly fungi. They get their name for the spore that are formed when the reproduce sexually.
Answer: Ascomycota [or Ascomycetes]
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This piece was inspired by the "steely rhythms" of its composer's train ride to Boston. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this work commissioned by Paul Whiteman that saw Russ Gorman play a noted clarinet glissando at its premiere.
Answer: Rhapsody in Blue
[10] Rhapsody in Blue was composed by this American, who often collaborated with his brother Ira. He composed the music for Porgy and Bess.
Answer: George Gershwin
[10] Rhapsody in Blue was orchestrated by this composer, who included "Father of Waters" and "Old Creole Days" in his Mississippi Suite and also created the Grand Canyon Suite.
Answer: Ferde Grofe
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Name these battles in the Greco-Persian wars, triggered by the revolt of Greek Ionian colonies in Asia Minor, for 10 points each.,
[10] Early in the revolt, a combined Athenian and Ionian force burned this city when they were unable to take its citadel from Artaphernes. It served as capital of the Achaemenid satrapy of Lydia.
Answer: Sardis
[10] In this battle, an outnumbered, primarily Athenian army under Miltiades halted the advance of Darius I's forces onto the Greek mainland, defeating the Persians just off the namesake bay in 490BCE.
Answer: Battle of Marathon
[10] Taking place on the same day as the battle of Thermopylae, this battle saw the Greek navy inflict heavy casualties but had to retreat to Salamis to await a more decisive battle.
Answer: Battle of Artemisium
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Identify these words appearing in the poetry of Emily Dickinson, for 10 points each.,
[10] One poem describes this as being "the thing with feathers- / That perches in the soul- / And sings the tune without the words- / And never stops at all."
Answer: hope
[10] The speaker of one Dickinson poem notices "The eyes beside had wrung them dry" after the speaker heard this insect buzz "when I died."
Answer: a fly
[10] Dickinson writes that when this luminous thing comes "the Landscape listens-- / Shadows--hold their breath-- / When it goes, 'tis like the Distance / On the look of Death"
Answer: a certain slant of light [prompt on partial answers]
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Answer these questions about the life of Zeus prior to overthrowing the Titans, for 10 points each.,
[10] This Titan, the wife and sister to Cronus, gave birth to five other children, all eaten by Cronus, before having her sixth child Zeus.
Answer: Rhea
[10] In hiding from his father, the young Zeus was nourished by this she-goat who would later provide the hide that covered Aegis and the horn for the Cornucopia.
Answer: Amalthea [accept Amaltheia]
[10] This mountain on Crete, sacred to Rhea, was the site of the cave where the young Zeus was hidden. It shares its name with a mountain in Turkey sacred to Cybele from which the river Scamander flowed.
Answer: Mount Ida
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Everybody loves Benzene, but can you name some derivates of benzene? Find out. For 10 points each:,
[10] The Hooker process built upon the Raschig process to produce this compound, which consists of a hydroxyl group attached to benzene.
Answer: Phenol [or phenyl alcohol or carbolic acid]
[10] This normal aromatic hydrocarbon is used as a solvent, usually in paint or ink thinners, and also acts as an octane booster in gasoline. It contains of a methyl group attached to benzene, and an explosive tri nitro derivative.
Answer: toluene [prompt on methylbenzene or phenylmethane]
[10] This derivative consists of an amino group attached to benzene. It is used to produce isocyanates, which in turn are used in the production of polyurethane.
Answer: aniline [prompt on phenylamine or aminobenzene]
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He painted several paintings of the Rouen Cathedral. For 10 points each:,
[10] Identify this man whose painting of a Sunrise inspired art critic Louis Leroy to coin the phrase "Impressionism," and is also known for his paintings of Haystacks and Waterlilies.
Answer: Claude Monet
[10] This impressionist was born in the Caribbean and is known for depicting a Peasant Girl Drinking Her Coffee, as well as a series of paintings depicting the Boulevard Montmartre and some pictures of hay harvests at his residence in Eragny.
Answer: Jacob-Abraham-Camille Pissarro
[10] In this Pierre Renoir work, a man on the right picks his teeth as several people dance at a fashionable Montmartre location.
Answer: La Moulin de la Galette [or Bal Au Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre]
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It consists of a namesake peninsula as well as the Coloane and Taipa islands. For 10 points each:,
[10] Identify this former colony on the South China Sea, part of which sits on a peninsula formed by the Pearl River.
Answer: Macau Special Administrative Region [or MSAR]
[10] With its meaning "fragrant harbor," this territory is famous for the iconic Star Ferry in the Victoria Harbor. It was handed to China in 1999 by Great Britain.
Answer: Hong Kong
[10] Urumqi is the capital of this largest administrative division of China, which borders the Tibet, Gansu, and Qinghai regions. The Tarim basin is also found in this region.
Answer: Xinjiang [or Uygur Autonomous Republic of Xinjiang; or Sinkiang; or East Turkestan]
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Isabella Thorpe attempts to force this character into marrying her boastful brother John. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this character, the protagonist of Northanger Abbey, who is embarrassingly caught sneaking into the abandoned room of General Tilney's dead wife by her future husband Henry Tilney.
Answer: Catherine Morland [accept either]
[10] Catherine Morland appears in this author's novel Northanger Abbey. She also wrote about the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice.
Answer: Jane Austen
[10] Catherine is entranced by this author's Gothic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho. She also wrote about Vincentio di Vivaldi's attempts to reunite with his beloved Ellena in The Italian.
Answer: Anne Radcliffe
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This artist depicted a man dressed in black rowing a boat as a woman holds a baby dressed in pink. For 10 points each:,
[10] Identify this artist of The Boating Party who painted several works featuring her sister Lydia . She also painted a woman washing the feet of her child in La Toilette.
Answer: Mary Cassatt
[10] A longtime friend of Manet, this female impressionist was famous for her studies of women in such works as Peasant Hanging out the Washing and Young Girl with a Parrot
Answer: Berthe Morisot
[10] The seventeenth-century female artist Artemisia Gentileschi's dramatic and bloody Judith Slaying Holofernes was inspired by this man's work on the same subject. He also painted The Calling of St. Matthew and was famed for his chiaroscuro.
Answer: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
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The play ends when Alquist entrusts the future of the world to the new lovers Primus and Helena. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this play in which Fabry, Dr. Gall, and Harry Domin are destroyed when the factory is stormed by the titular automatons.
Answer: R.U.R. [accept Rossum's Universal Robots]
[10] This Czech author of The War With the Newts wrote R. U. R.
Answer: Karel Capek
[10] In the first act of An Insect Play, the tramp meets Felix and Iris, who are this type of bug beloved by Vladimir Nabokov. Garcia Lorca wrote a play about one's "Evil Spell."
Answer: a butterfly
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The operation of this effect is explained by BCS theory, and electrons in materials exhibiting it group into Cooper pairs. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this phenomenon in which materials below a critical temperature experience no electrical resistance.
Answer: superconductivity
[10] In this effect, superconductors become superdiamagnetic due to drop-off of magnetic flux. The material thus excludes its internal magnetic field.
Answer: Meissner-Ochsenfeld effect
[10] Superconductivity is made use of in these devices which contain Josephson junctions and which use quantum interference to measure extremely small magnetic fields.
Answer: SQUIDs [or Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices]
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Former Milwaukee mayor Frank Zeidler was a member of this party, and helped to found its successor party in 1973. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this political party, led for a long time by Norman Thomas, which nominated Upton Sinclair in the 1926 California gubernatorial race.
Answer: Socialist Party of America [or SPA]
[10] This labor leader ran for president on the Socialist Party's ticket four times, including in 1920 when he did so from prison.
Answer: Eugene Victor Debs
[10] This socialist activist helped inspire the "Great Society" program with his analysis of American poverty, The Other America.
Answer: Michael Harrington
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Identify the following about cheating in sports, for 10 points each.,
[10] This referee recently pled guilty to federal charges related to the fixing of NBA games, for which he was sentenced to 15 months in prison in July 2008.
Answer: Timothy Donaghy
[10] Collusion among sumo wrestlers was compared to cheating on standardized tests by teachers in the first chapter of this 2005 book, written by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
Answer: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
[10] This Canadian sprinter beat Carl Lewis to win gold in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but was stripped of his medal and world record after testing positive for stanozolol.
Answer: Ben Johnson
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Name these Canadian Prime Ministers, for 10 points each.,
[10] He led the Liberal Party from 1919-1948, serving as Prime Minister for twenty-two of those years. His time in office saw the creation of the CBC and the nationalization of the Bank of Canada.
Answer: William Lyon Mackenzie King
[10] This Liberal leader served as PM for most of the 1970's, and he oversaw the enactment of the War Measures Act and instituted official bilingualism. Later, he oversaw the 1982 Constitution Act.
Answer: Pierre Trudeau
[10] This female Progressive Conservative served for only months in 1993 after the retirement of Brian Mulroney before losing an election and being replaced by Jean Cretien.
Answer: Avril "Kim" Campbell
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Name these psychology experiments that helped quantify evidence on previously suspected behaviors, for 10 points each.,
[10] Solomon Asch showed that people were likely to change their opinions when they were opposed in an experiment that showed this type of influence of groups.
Answer: conformity [accept word forms]
[10] This also 1963 Albert Bandura experiment showed that children would copy adult aggressive behavior, especially by adults of the same sex.
Answer: the Bandura Bobo Doll experiment
[10] The 1972 Rosenhan experiment showed that professionals could neither identify fakers of this behavior, nor correctly affirm true sufferers.
Answer: insanity [accept any reasonably equivalents implying generally impaired mental health, but NOT specific examples like "schizophrenia"]
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Identify the following pertaining to a mathematician, for 10 points each.,
[10] Name the Norwegian mathematician, who, along with Ruffini, is the namesake of a theorem which states that it is impossible to find a general solution to a quintic polynomial.
Answer: Niels Henrik Abel
[10] Abel lends his name to a type of this structure where every element commutes. More generally, they are elements with operations that have associativity and closure and have inverses and identities.
Answer: group
[10] The impossibility theorem can be better explained using this theory, named for a French dude wherein finding the reduced solution of a polynomial is analogous to finding the normal subgroup of an appropriate permutation group.
Answer: Galois theory
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Name these Toni Morrison novels. For 10 points each:,
[10] Sethe is haunted by her child's ghost after drowning her to save her from a life of slavery in this Toni Morrison work.
Answer: Beloved
[10] Claudia MacTeer narrates this novel in which Pecola Breedlove is raped by her father Cholly and desperately wants to possess the title facial feature.
Answer: The Bluest Eye
[10] Ruth is found by in bed kissing the finger of her father's corpse in this novel about Macon Dead III, who gets his nickname "Milkman" after his father's employee Freddie catches him breastfeeding when he is four years old.
Answer: Song of Solomon
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Name these legislative actions which expanded or restricted slavery, and led to the American civil war, for 10 points each.,
[10] This 1820 agreement prohibited slavery above the thirty-six thirty north parallel except in the titular state.
Answer: Missouri Compromise of 1820
[10] Stephen Douglas designed this 1854 act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise, allowing slavery according to the vote of a territory's settlers.
Answer: Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
[10] This never-passed provision would have prevented the introduction of slavery into any territory acquired from Mexico during the Mexican-American war.
Answer: Wilmot Proviso
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Its water level has decreased by at least 17 meters over the last fifty years. For 10 points each:,
[10] Identify this rapidly shrinking lake that lies on the Border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The shrinking has been caused by five-year plans, and the increased salinity has killed almost all its natural life.
Answer: the Aral Sea [or Aral Tengizi]
[10] This other endorheic lake is only saline in the eastern half, but serves as an important Kazakh fishery as well as water and power source, and is the third largest saline lake in the world.
Answer: Lake Balkhash [or Balkaลก Koli]
[10] Two rivers with similar names empty into the Aral Sea; one flows through the Kyzylkum desert after being formed from the Naryn River, while another forms the northern border between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Name either.
Answer: Amu Darya or Syr Darya
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Identify some things related to attempts to whack James I, for 10 points each.,
[10] The most famous attempt was this plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament. It was ruined when some idiot sent a letter warning Lord Monteagle about what was going to happen and Guy Falkes was subsequently discovered guarding the explosives.
Answer: Gunpowder Plot
[10] This leader of the Gunpowder plot had earlier been involved in the Earl of Essex's attempts to overthrow Elizabeth I.
Answer: Robert Catesby
[10] Walter Raleigh was sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment for his alleged involvement in this plot to replace James with Arabella Stuart. It was discovered by interrogating members of yet another plot against James, the Bye Plot.
Answer: Main Plot

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