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fourth wall

A character in a play who directly addresses the audience is breaking the...

circulatory

If you were to alphabetically arrange the major body systems, which would be first on the list?

California and Nevada

Death Valley national monument is situated in what two states?

delta

When a river flows directly into a shallow sea, sediments may form a large triangular deposit called a...

Colosseum

It could hold more than 50,000 people and was one of the largest buildings in the Roman Empire. Name this gigantic sports stadium in ancient Rome.

the eye

Astigmatism, strabismus, conjunctivitis, ophthalmia, and presbyopia are disorders affecting what organ?

liberty and justice

What are the last two abstract nouns in the Pledge of Allegiance?

Jabberwocky

This poem is often considered to be the greatest nonsense poem written in the English language. The title of this poem was also the title of a movie produced in 1977 by Terry Gilliam. Name it.

Charles Dodgson

This author wrote the poem "Jabberwocky," and included it in his book "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There." What was Lewis Carroll's real name?

Lutwidge

What was Charles Dodgson's middle name?

pseudonym

The name "Lewis Carroll" was made up by Charles Dodgson and used as his pen name. What word describes a fictitious name?

the borogroves

What, according to Lewis Carroll in "Jabberwocky" were "all mimsey?"

Hispaniola

It lies east of Cuba and west of Puerto Rico and is the second largest island in the West Indies. Name it.

the Pilgrims

This is about what group of New World colonists? - They moved the sick to the Common House for the winter. By spring, half of their party had died, including Governor Carver. William Bradford was elected the new governor.

8

One lap around the Broken Bow High School track is 440 yards. How many times would you have to run around this track to cover 2 miles?

hydroelectric

What is the five-syllable name for the type of power produced when falling water turns turbines connected to electric generators?

Germany

This passage is about a former leader of what country? - On November 9th, the Kaiser abdicated and escaped to Holland.

Theodore Roosevelt

This passage is about what president? After completing the three and a half years that remained of McKinley's term, he was elected president in his own right in 1904.

fog

Meteorologist Mamie Melrose just announced that she expects to see a stratus cloud close to the ground on Tuesday. What is she predicting?

EPA

What is the three-letter abbreviation for the one agency of the US government that acts as a watchdog for environmental matters?

tributaries

The Green River, the Dolores River, and the San Juan River flow into the Colorado River. Therefore, what four-syllable term describes these rivers?

Rome

Tribunes, praetors, and consuls were officials in the government of what ancienct republic?

9 AM

If it is 11 AM at the prime meridian, what time is it at 30 degrees west longitude?

Japan

The flag of what Asian nation includes a red circle on a white background?

France

This passage is about what country? - In 1789, the National Assembly abolished feudalism and drew up a "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen," proclaiming that "Men are born and remain free and equal in rights."

hydrogen

Coal, oil, and natural gas all contain what flammable gaseous element that is more than 14 times lighter than air, colorless, and tasteless?

black

What is the color of anthracite?

albatross

This large seabird spends most of its time in the air over the oceans. It may have a wingspan of over 11 feet, the largest of any bird. Most live south of the equator. Sailors believe that killing one brings bad luck. Name it.

Swamp Fox

What was the nickname of the man who led a successful guerilla war in the Carolinas against British troops under General Cornwallis during the American Revolution?

The Incredible Journey

What piece of American literature was described as a seven-hankie book based on actual events about two dogs and a cat who share a marvelous journey?

genius

According to Thomas Edison, what is it that is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration?

liver

Cirrhosis, a disease provoked by alcoholism, affects what organ?

Taiwan

What country most vehemently disputes Beijing's contention that the only China is the People's Republic of China?

48

At 4 miles per hour, it takes exactly one hour for Abe to walk to school in a blinding blizzard. How many minutes would it take for him if he were to walk at 5 miles per hour?

dioxides

Chemical compounds with two oxygen atoms per molecule are known as...

Arizona

The impact Crater known as the Meteor Crater is found in which US State?

Bank of England

What is the central bank of the United Kingdom founded by the British Parliament?

Solanin

Sunlight causes the potato to turn green and produce what poison?

Sherlock Holmes

Irene Adler is the only woman to have beaten this character, according to his friend in the story "A Case of Identity." This man's brother, Mycroft, appears in three short stories, including the one in which this character falls to his apparent death while wrestling Professor Moriaty. Name this fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

(Lee Harvey) Oswald

This man shot John F. Kennedy from the Texas School Book Depository.

(Jack Leon) Ruby

Two days after Kennedy was killed, this man killed Lee Harvey Oswald on live television.

(Lydon Baines) Johnson

This Vice President was sworn in on Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States.

Hammurabi

This man was succeeded in 1750 BCE by son Samsuiluna. Continuing the tradition of his ancestors, he sought to control the Euphrates by defeating other rulers, such as Rim-Sin of Larsa. The city of Isin was located between Larsa and this man's kingdom, Babylon. Name this king whose punishments consisted of giving "an eye for and eye," which was outlined in his famous code.

(An) American in Paris

The Oscar winner for Best Picture of 1951, it ended with a long dance number set to the music from which the movie's title was taken.

2001: (A) Space Odyssey

This 1969 classic ends with a twenty minute piece showing an astronaut aging, then turning into a child seen orbiting the Earth.

Schindler's List

The last five minutes of this 1993 film sees a long line of people leaving rocks on a grave marker in an Israeli cemetery.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The last several minutes of this 1977 film does feature conversation using music and sign language, but is mostly about Richard Dreyfus boarding a ship with one of John Williams' great overtures.

Mitochondrion (or mitochondria)

According to the endosymbiotic theory, they may have originated as seperate bacteria, because they have their own DNA. Enzymes required for respiration can be found embedded in the membrance of its matrix, the cristae. Name this organelle that performs cellular respiration, often called the powerhouse of the cell.

Cyclops

Polyphernus was the most famous member of this type of creature, which had only one eye.

Hydra

This many headed monster was eventually defeated by Hercules when he placed its final remaining head under a large rock.

Pegasus

This creature was the brother of Chrysaor and with him, sprung from the neck of Medusa after she was killed.

Stymphalian birds

These pets of Ares with brass claws and sharp metallic feathers they were able to launch at their victims, were eradicated by Hercules in his sixth labor.

lead

This soft, dense, blue-gray metal is used in many things such as solder and radiation shields, but its greatest single use is in car batteries. Name it.

Did the dog bite the postman?

Transform this into an interrogative sentence: The dog bit the postman.

refinery

What is the name for a facility that separates oil into a variety of petrochemicals such as gasoline, kerosene, and propane?

1

How many distinct real solutions does the equation 5x squared + 5 = 10x have?

5

What is the number on the Mohs scale of hardness for Apatite?

6

What is the number on the Mohs scale of hardness for Feldspar?

4

What is the number on the Mohs scale of hardness for Fluorite?

Mt. Rushmore

Work on it began in 1927, and it is named after a prominent New York lawyer. Another person was supposed to be added to it, but funding was unable to come through. The sculptor had worked on a similar structure in Georgia entitled Stone Mountain, but he is best known for this work, which is set among the Black Hills. Identify this South Dakota mountain sculpted by Gutzon Borglum that features the faces of four US Presidents.

Archimedes

What was the name of the Greek mathematician who first accurately estimated pi?

20

An icosahedron (eye-KAH-suh-HE-drun) has this many faces.

8

A cube has this many vertices.

Pentagon

The faces of a dodecahedron are this regular polygon.

6

A tetrahedron has this many edges.

(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock

It was written by Max Freedman and James Myers in 1952, and was first recorded on April 12, 1954 at the Pythian Temples Studio in New York as the "B" side for Thirteen Women. Though it did chart, it was not commercially successful until actor Glenn Ford suggested it as the music over the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle. Identify this song recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets, the first rock-and-roll song to hit number one on the American record charts.

Denmark

This Scandinavian country is connected to the mainland by the Jutland peninsula.

Norway

This Scandinavian country, famous for its fjords, has its capital at Oslo.

Sweden

The Nobel Prize winners are announced in Stockholm, this country's capital.

Finland

This country's largest lake is Saimaa, and it is the farthest east of all the Scandinavian countries.

5/442

You have a standard deck of playing cards. WIthout replacement, what is the probability that you will draw a red ace followed by any face card or ace?

The Louvre

This Paris museum has works such as the Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People.

Uffizi Gallery

Formerly an office building, this Milan gallery contains Primavera and Venus of Urbino, among others.

State Hermitage Museum

St. Sebastian and Madonna With a Flower are among the works housed at this St. Petersburg museum.

(Solomon R.) Guggenheim Museum

The Soldier Drinks and Sacrifice can be found in this New York museum, which typically features more modern art.

(Aaron) Burr(, Jr.)

After serving as the third New York Attorney General, this man would become a United States Senator. Later in his life, he would be charged and acquitted of treason for attempts to create and lead an independent nation in what is now the American southwest. Name this first vice president not to become president, and the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in a gunfight.

Jupiter

What body does the moon Io orbit?

Neptune

What body does the moon Triton orbit?

Mars

What body does the moon Phobos orbit?

Eris

What body does the moon Dysnomia orbit?

Emily Brontë

As a child, she and her siblings created imaginary lands such as Angria, Gondal, and Gaaldine which later appeared in the stories they wrote. Her only novel was published as two volumes of a three volume set, with the third being her sister's Agnes Grey. Publishing this work under the pseudonym of Ellis Bell, identify this British novelist best know for Wuthering Heights.

2

The number of vertices in a polyhedron, minus the number of edges, plus the number of faces, equals this.

sine of 2x

Two times the sine of x times the cosine of x equals this.

-1

E to the i pi equals this.

x

e to the natural log of x equals this.

Queen Mary I

Known for her persecution of early protestants, who was the second ruling Queen of England?

Queen Elizabeth I

Mary's half-sister, the third ruling Queen of England, was known as the Virgin Queen. Who was she?

4:00 AM

What time is it in the state of Washington when it is 7:00 AM in Virginia?

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

Which king and queen were responsible for the Spanish Inquisition?

The American Civil War

In which war was Mathew Brady a famous photographer?

1 gram

What is the mass of one milliliter of water?

Hans Christian Andersen

Name the Danish author of "The Ugly Duckling," "The Little Mermaid," and "The Snow Queen."

Grand Canyon National Park

Name the national park in Arizona that was established on Februrary 26, 1919.

Ronald Reagan

Name the oldest man to serve as president of the United States.

John F. Kennedy

Name the first and only Catholic President of the United States.

Theodore Roosevelt

Name the youngest President of the United States.

John F. Kennedy

name the youngest elected President of the United States.

Mount Vernon

Name George Washington's home.

Monticello

Name Thomas Jefferson's home.

Gutzon Borglum

Who carved Stone Mountain, but is better known for his work on Mt. Rushmore?

Avogadro's number (or Avogadro's constant)

Equal to Faraday's constant divided by the charge of an electron, or the ideal gas constant divided by Boltzman's constant, it was never measured by its namesake. That namesake, an Italian chemist, realized that the volume of an ideal gas is proportional to the number of particles. Name this physical constant, the number of particles in a mole, equal to 6.02 times ten to the 23rd.

Macbeth

Identify the Shakespeare play in which the following location plays a prominent role: Dunsinane Castle, the castle of the title ruler, which sits atop a hill next to Birnam Wood.

Hamlet

Identify the Shakespeare play in which the following location plays a prominent role: Elsinore Castle, atop which two watchmen see the ghost of the recently-deceased king who was murdered, as it turns out, by his brother.

Othello

Identify the Shakespeare play in which the following locations play prominent roles: Venice, from which the title character hails, and Cyprus, the island to which he travels as a military commander to fight against Turkish forces.

King Lear

Identify the Shakespeare play in which the following location plays a prominent role: Dover, where the title character and the Earl of Gloucester (GLOW-stur) end up at the end of the play. Neither is doing very well, as Gloucester is blind, and the title man has gone mad after two of his three heirs have mistreated him.

Queen Victoria

White became the color of choice for wedding dresses in 1840 when this Queen of England was married in white.

Libya

Which African nation's flag is pure green?

skin

Identify the largest organ of the human body.

living tissue

What is histology the study of?

Pyrophobia

What is the fear of fire?

Edinburgh

What is the capital city of Scotland?

Glasgow

Largest city in Scotland

Brazil

The largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world

Lewis Carroll

What was Charles Dodgson's pseudonym?

Apollo Eleven

Michael Collins and Jim Lovell were co-credited with developing the symbol for this mission. Their original design was rejected because the talons were empty, and appeared warlike. When the olive branches were moved from the beak to the talons, it was accepted, even though later it was discovered that the unseen sen was in the wrong place. Identify the mission which used this design on its mission patch; of which Lovell was not a part, Collins stayed behind, and Aldrin and Armstrong walked on the moon.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Identify the following literary classic that has become a movie that won the Best Picture Oscar: This Tolkien work features the epic Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

Ordinary People

Identify the following literary classic that has become a movie that won the Best Picture Oscar: This Judith Guest novel tells the story of the Jarret family and their life after the death of Buck, and the attempted suicide of Con.

All Quiet on the Western Front

Identify the following literary classic that has become a movie that won the Best Picture Oscar: This work tells the story of Paul Bäumer and the tragedy that befalls him while fighting in World War I.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Identify the following literary classic that has become a movie that won the Best Picture Oscar: This novel relays the story of patients in a mental institution, and includes the characters R.P. McMurphy and Nurse Ratched.

the sun

What does the circle on the flag of Japan symbolize?

Amman

What is the capital city of Jordan?

3.5%

The Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water in the world, containing 27% dissolved solids. What is the approximate percentage of dissolved solids in the world's oceans?

Whales

Identify the mammals that are divided into two broad groups, toothed and baleen.

Respiratory

Gills are part of which body system in fish?

Mariana Trench

Name the deepest spot in the oceans.

Laundering

What term, reminiscent of wash day, indicates the process of concealing the source of a large sum of money by moving it through several bank accounts?

Diamond

Identify the only gemstone composed of just one element.

Blue

What is the most common color for lapis lazuli?

The Ukelele

What small four-stringed guitar was developed in Hawaii by the Portuguese?

Waimea Canyon

Name the canyon on the island of Kauai that is known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific."

James Cook

What we call the state of Hawaii, he named the Sandwich Islands to honor the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Who was this English explorer credited with the European discovery of these islands in 1778?

Sloth

The toes of its limbs end in strong curved claws. It lives upside down hanging by these claws on branches of trees. Algae grows in its hair giving it a greenish color. Name this very slow-moving animal of South America.

The Gift of the Magi

Name the ironical story in which a wife sells her hair to buy a watch chain for the husband who sold his watch to buy combs for his wife.

Grass

What did Walt Whitman describe as "the beautiful uncut hair of graves"?

December

Provide the name of the month associated with turquoise and blue topaz and the flowers narcissus and holly. It starts on the same day of the week as September, and it contains Pearl Harbor Day, the Bill of Rights Day, and the winter solstice. Name this month, formerly the tenth month on the Roman calendar.

55

What is the sum of the whole numbers from 1 through 10?

tongue

An inflammation of THIS is called glossitis. Identify this strongest muscle in the human body, used for speech and taste, and found in the mouth.

Senate and House of Representatives

Name BOTH legislative bodies that form the Congress of the United States.

(Scott) Joplin

This American composer was born in Texas in 1867. He received a posthumous Pulitzer in 1976 and produced the opera Treemonisha. He is most well-known for his compositions such as "The Chrysanthemum" and other "rag" pieces. Name this man, composer of "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer."

River

This is a geographical feature which Heracles moved in order to clean out the Augean stables. It often forms the Greek letter "Delta" as a shape when it enters a larger body of water. It completes the saying, "Over the ______ and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go!" What is it?

Pluto

No longer considered a planet, some scientists believe that THIS was not originally part of our solar system but was captured by our sun's gravitational pull instead. Name this heavenly body.

The Thief

Things are not what they seem in which novel where Gen, an accomplished thief incarcerated for stealing the king's seal, is dragged from his cell by the king's magus. The magus and Gen take turns telling their party myths about the god of thieves. Gen is totally human in seeming lack of heroism and need for sleep and food. The magus makes the transition from smug, superior scholar to decent guy. What is the title of this Newbury Honor book by Megan Whalen Turner?

(Richard) Nixon

Who was the United States President when the Watergate hearings were held in Congress? He later became the first and only President to resign his office.

Potomac (River)

Watergate is a building complex along what river that flows through our nation's capital?

(Martin Luther) King (Jr.)

This man's statue has been somewhat controversial, and its design was changed to reflect a more humble, meditative pose. Whose memorial, to be built across the tidal basin from the Jefferson Memorial, will be the first to be built in Washington since the World War II Memorial in 2004?

3/4

A recipe calls for 2/3 cup of sugar. You have only 1/2 cup of sugar. What fraction of the recipe can you make?

251

What is the largest prime factor of 2008?

8,100

What is the sum of the odd numbers from 1 through 179?

Diamonds

The Hope, the Jubilee, and the Excelsior are only three famous ones of these. They are ranked 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. What are they?

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