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Quiz: American Geography

Round 1 at the Old Pequliar on Nov. 18, 2008

1) 43 companies in the 2008 Fortune 500 are headquartered in what city, the Fortune 500 home-base champ?

2) The Sunshine Factory, the Heart of Historic Route 66, and the Town Too Tough to Die are all nicknames for cities in which state?

3) Before Obama, the president born furthest west came from Yorba Linda, California. Who was he?

4) What body of water is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville, which once covered the area now known as the Great Basin?

5) According to the 2000 census, what is the most commonly spoken Native American language in the US?

6) If you start in Georgia and walk the entire Appalachian Trail, you’ll end up at Mt. Katahdin in what state?

7) Sugar Land and Baytown are the two smaller cities in the metropolitan area that includes what Texas city?

8) Eight of the ten largest islands in the United States are located in what state?

9) The US Strategic Petroleum Reserve is stored in underground salt caverns at four sites located in what two states? (half point each)

10) The Bible Belt is bursting with Protestants. The Rust Belt is losing jobs in the steel industry. What’s the defining characteristic of the Jell-O Belt?

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Quiz: Speak German in 10 Easy Lessons

Round 2 at the Old Pequliar on October 7, 2008

The correct answer to each of these questions will be a German loanword — that is, a German word adopted into English, such as zeitgeist or schadenfreude.

1) In heavy metal, once you “get the led out,” what are you left with? 
2) You can support humanitarian clowning at what Patch Adams institute that takes its name from a common blessing?
3) Though he doesn’t have a lot in common with the Rosenheim manifestation, or the Freeling family’s “TV people,” in the Harry Potter universe, Peeves is what kind of magical creature?
4) Nixon went to China because of what pragmatic diplomatic policy advocated by Henry Kissinger?
5) A German who longs to see the world would say they’ve got Fernweh. But an American a yen for travel–or Bjork, R.E.M., or Megadeth–says they have what desire instead?
6) What subgenre of electronica gets its name because it incorporates sounds like CD skipping, hardware noise, system errors, and other technological malfunctions?
7) It could have been named for Engis, Belgium or Forbes’ Quarry, Gibraltar, but what extinct species instead takes its name from the German valley where the third fossil specimen was discovered?
8) Oval, D, offset-D, and pear are four common shapes of what piece of equipment that often holds mountain climbers, cavers, or keys?
9) John Williams put the opera in space opera by composing what Wagnerian themes for Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, Yoda, the droids, and even the Jawas?
10) “Don’t hit people,” “be aware of wonder,” and “flush” are three lifelong lessons Robert Fulghum first learned where?

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Speech! Speech!

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on April 1, 2008
Average score: 8.1/10 (21 teams)

Simple enough: identify the speaker.

1) Who’s speaking?
2) Who’s speaking?
3) Who’s speaking?
4) Who’s speaking?
5) Who’s speaking?
6) Who’s speaking?
7) Who’s speaking?
8) Who’s speaking?
9) Who’s speaking?
10) Who’s speaking?

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Quiz: Five

1) Because they couldn’t trademark a number, what brand name did Intel invent for their 80586 chip?
2) What 1967 film is the fifth James Bond film produced by EON productions?
3) What was the second group of the British Invasion to have a hit single, “Glad All Over,” in the US?
4) The National Maximum Speed Law, which capped speed limits nationwide at 55 mph, was signed into law by what president?
5) What’s the Greek name for Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, the first five books of the bible?
6) When it crosses into Canada, I-5 becomes British Columbia Regional Highway number what?
7) If you buy a fifth of liquor, how many milliliters do you get?
8) Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of Mexican forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. What country did the Mexican Army defeat?
9) In the classic children’s book The Five Chinese Brothers, the first brother can swallow the ocean. Name one of the other brothers’ special powers.
10) What reality series, hosted by Jerry Springer, is airing on King 5 right now?

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