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'13 Quizbowl Round 1

Practice Questions/Toss-ups

QuestionAnswer
What's the thyroid cartilage often called? Adam's apple
How many U.S. states border the Gulf of Mexico? 5
What's the ballet term for a 360-degree turn on one foot? Pirouette
What is the least popular month for U.S. weddings? January
What railway linked Moscow and Irkutsk in 1900? Trans-Siberian Railway
What musical instrument's sales escalated from 228,000 in 1950 to 2.3 million in 1971? Guitar
What part of your body has the most sweat glands? Feet
What's a water moccasin often called, due to the white inside its mouth? cottonmouth
What is the zygomaticus muscle used for? Smiling (to smile)
What Great Lake state has more shoreline than the entire U.S. Atlantic seaboard? Michigan
What is classified by the A B O system? Blood types
Who was the first country artist to sell over 10 million copies of an album? Garth Brooks
What continent has the fewest flowering plants? Antarctica
What location once registered 134 degrees, the highest temperature ever in the U.S.? Death Valley
What was the first organ successfully transplanted from a cadaver to a live person? a kidney
Shakespeare wrote "Cruel only to be kind" in what play? Hamlet
What nation's military attached dynamite packs to Dobermans before sending them into Palestinian guerilla hideouts? Israel
What national holiday in Mexico has picnickers munching chocolate coffins and sugar skulls? The day of the dead
What is credited as Shakespeare's first published work? Venus and Adonis
What ingredient in fresh milk is eventually devoured by bacteria, causing the sour taste? lactose
The moons of what planet are named after Shakespeare's characters? Uranus
What do these Shakespeare characters - Antony, Romeo, Othello - all have in common? death by suicide
What patriotic song was originally titled "The Defense of Fort McHenry? The Star Spangled Banner
What play is set in Venice and Cyprus Othello
Which Shakespeare character says "Blow winds and crack your cheeks"? King Lear
What jazz trumpeter was dubbed the "Prince of Darkness"? Miles Davis
Whose assassination was Sam Seymour the last living witness to, until his death in 1956? Abraham Lincoln
What jazz musician got his nickname by shortening "Satchel Mouth"? Louis Armstrong
What card game did Dwight D. Eisenhower play fanatically while planning for D-Day? bridge
What is the minimum number of musicians a band must have to be considered a "big band"? ten
What three words did George Bush say before "no new taxes" in 1988? "Read my lips"
What U.S. state gave the world Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson and Jelly Roll Morton Louisiana
What's the only remaining European territory on the South American continent? French Guiana
What Mississippi town name provides the answer to the Arizona town of Why? Why Not
Who did Abraham Lincoln promote to major general of volunteers after he captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson? Ulysses S. Grant
What Memphis, Tennessee mansion was opened to the public in 1982? Graceland
What milk product did the U.S. Agriculture Department propose as a substitute for meat in school lunches, in 1996? Yogurt
One of Jean Sibelius' most famous compositions became the national anthem of what country? Finland
Exodus and which other Bible book list the ten commandments? Deuteronomy
Black-eyed peas are not actually peas. What are they? beans
What is the cosine of 360 degrees? 1
What southeastern state boasts the cities of Frog Jump, Only, and Sweet Lips? Tennessee
If y squared - 81 equals 0, what are the 2 values of y? 9 and -9
What is the only essential vitamin not found in the white potato? Vitamin A
In what play by Thornton Wilder does the stage manager have an especially visible role? Our Town
What animals milk is used to make authentic Italian mozzarella cheese? water buffalo
Vatican City is an independent city-state within what city? Rome
What verb that rhymes with "nape" means "to stare with open mouth"? gape
These are chapter headings in a text book on what general subject? -Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory -Hybrid Orbitals -Acids and Bases chemistry
What integer equals 4 to the 3/2 power? 8
Name the chemical reaction in which a chemical bond is split by the action of water. hydrolysis
(A x B) x C = A x (B x C) represents what property of multiplication? associative
In what play does this quote appear? The quality of mercy is not strain'd. Merchant of Venice
Approximately 100 miles southeast of the Peloponnesus lies what major island? Crete
Who commanded the "Agamemnon" in the Battle of Toulon, the "Vanguard" in the Battle of the Nile, the "Elephant" in the Battle of Copenhagen, and the "Victory" in the Battle of Trafalgar? Horatio Nelson
She served as assistant director of the office of civilian defense, delegate to the U.N. Assembly, chairperson of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and U.S. representative to the General Assembly. Who was this first lady? Eleanor Roosevelt
Find the distance between these points. (3,-5) and (-1,2) square root of 65
Carbonaceous chondrites contain organic compounds and what kind of acids? amino acids
What noun used in the physical sciences may be modified by these adjectives? atomic , heat , radiant , potential chemical , kinetic energy
Who received a reported $25 million for a 1995 boxing match that lasted 89 seconds? Mike Tyson
Which author wrote Gulliver’s Travels? Jonathon Swift
When is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sung by the crowd at a baseball game? The 7th inning stretch
Who wrote the Great Gatsby? F Scott Fitzgerald
Who was it that said said "I have had a talent for irritating women since I was 14"? Marilyn Monroe
What was Muhammad Ali said to float like? a butterfly
In Gone with the Wind, what was the name of the plantation? Tara
Which finger on a pitcher's throwing hand controls a curve ball and slider? middle
in finance, what does APR stand for? Annual Percentage Rate
The Gold Coast has become known as what? Ghana
Who did Joe Frazier say he wanted to fight "like a hog wants slop"? Muhammad Ali
In the comic Peanuts, what color is Woodstock? yellow
Which American novelist wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls? Ernest Hemmingway
What is the Newbery Medal given annually for ? Best Children's Book
What was Stephen King's first published novel? Carrie
Cyclops Polyphemus was blinded by whom? Odysseus
Who, in Greek mythology, created man? Promethus
What current branch of the U.S. military was a corps of only 50 soldiers when World War I broke out? Air Force
What famous document begins: "When in the course of human events..."? Declaration of Independence
Who was the last president of the Soviet Union? Mikail Gorbachev
What modern vehicle was invented to circumvent trench warfare? tank
What political system was gradually dismantled in South Africa, starting in 1989? Apartheid
What was 11th-century Spanish military leader Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar better know as? El Cid
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