Transcript of "Battle of the schools 2012 prelims"
Visit us at: www.facebook.com/vitquizclubThe Battle of the Schools -Prelims- By: Devang Mehta Hosted by: Avneeth Srikrishna Questions courtesy: Anchit Bhagat Khalil Dalvi Sukalp Muzumdar Maaruthy Kumaar Slideshare!
Rules & Instructions• Please write your names and cell nos. at the top• Qualifying teams will receive a text message• Finals are tomorrow, same time, same place• Use only your pens, paper and brains• Ties will be decided by o A. Star Marked Questions (Qs 10-19) o B. Sudden Death• Every question is 1 point unless stated otherwise• Quizmaster is God
Q1• Which phrase, made famous by a fable, reflects the distinguishing feature of a particular seed’s pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity?• Incidentally the seed’s name is also part of the phrase.
Q2• X is a masked anarchist who seeks to systematically kill the leaders of Norsefire, a fascist dictatorship ruling a dystopian United Kingdom.• He is well-versed in the arts of explosives, subterfuge, and computer hacking, and has a vast literary, cultural and philosophical intellect.• X is the only survivor of an experiment in which four dozen prisoners were given injections of a compound called Batch 5. The compound caused vast cellular anomalies that eventually killed all of the subjects except X, who developed advanced strength, reflexes, endurance and pain tolerance.• Who is X?
Q3• It traces its history to the 1850s, when four Gujarati and one Parsi stockbroker would gather under banyan trees in front of Mumbais Town Hall. The location of these meetings changed many times, as the number of brokers constantly increased. The group eventually moved to Dalal Street in 1874 and in 1875 became an official organization known as The Native Share & Stock Brokers Association.• What do we now know this organisation as?
Q4• X is described as being a foul-mouthed, wisecracking, no- nonsense New York cop with an itchy trigger finger and a never-say-die maverick spirit. Xs marriage is in a constant state of crisis, his vigilantism and disregard for authority have put him in danger of losing his job more than once, and he is a chain-smoker who is described as "two steps away from becoming a full blown alcoholic", which X jokingly upgrades to only "one step".• He has been described in several ways: "The last thing X wants is to be a hero, but he doesnt have a choice.” He is also told "Youre the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time", to which he replies, "The story of my life." He says he gets involved in dangerous situations "because there is nobody else to do it."
Q5• X was formed on December 13, 1949 as the "Central Institute for Coordination“. X’s former motto, be-tachbūlōt ta`aseh lekhā milchāmāh is a quote from the Bible (Proverbs 24:6): "For by wise guidance you can wage your war" (NRSV). The motto was recently changed to another Proverbs passage: be-éyn tachbūlōt yippol `ām; ū-teshū`āh be-rov yōéts This is translated by NRSV as: "Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." Which organisation X am I talking about?
Answer• The Mossad – The Israeli Secret Service
Q6• X nicknamed "Hitch”, was an English American author, essayist and journalist, whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He was a columnist and literary critic for The Atlantic, Free Inquiry, The Nation, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, World Affairs, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits and in 2005 was voted the worlds fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.• X was known for his admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson and for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger and Britains royal family, among others. His confrontational style of debate made him both a lauded and controversial figure. His departure from the established political left began in 1989 after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the Western left following Ayatollah Khomeinis issue of a fatwā calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie.• His numerous editorials in support of the Iraq War caused some to label him a neoconservative, although X insisted he was not "a conservative of any kind”• ID X
Q9• Some of the greatest mathematical minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid in ancient Greece, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa and the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, to present-day scientific figures such as Oxford physicist Roger Penrose, have spent endless hours over this simple ratio and its properties. But the fascination with the __________________is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is probably fair to say that the _____________has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics.
Q10*• It all started in Baie-Saint-Paul, a small town near bec City in Canada. There, in the early eighties, a band of colourful characters roamed the streets, striding on stilts, juggling, dancing, breathing fire, and playing music. Initially named Les Échassiers, they toured Quebec in 1980 as a performing troupe and encountered financial hardship that was relieved by a government grant in 1983 as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations of Jacques Cartiers discovery of Canada.• The X was a success in 1984, and after securing a second year of funding, Laliberté hired Guy Caron from the National Circus School to re-create it as a "proper circus". Its theatrical, character-driven approach and the absence of performing animals helped define X as the contemporary circus that it remains today.• More than 100 types of occupations can be found at X.• X’s creations have received numerous prizes and distinctions, including a Bambi Award in 1997, a Rose dOr in 1989, Drama Desk Awards in 1991 and 1998, three Gemini Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.• ID X
Q11*• The three component crosses that make up the X are as follows: o The red St. Georges Cross width is 1/5 of the flags height with a 1/15 flag height fimbriation o The white diagonal St. Andrews Cross width is 1/5 of the flags height and the broader white diagonals width is 1/10 of the flags height o The red diagonal St. Patricks Cross width is 1/15 of the flags height and the narrow white diagonals width is 1/30 of the flags height• What is X?
Q12*• Z geometry is a mathematical system attributed to the Alexandrian Greek mathematician Y, which he described in his textbook on geometry: the Elements. Y’s method consists in assuming a small set of intuitively appealing axioms, and deducing many other propositions (theorems) from these. Although many of Ys results had been stated by earlier mathematicians, Y was the first to show how these propositions could fit into a comprehensive deductive and logical system.• For over two thousand years, the adjective ”Z " was unnecessary because no other sort of geometry had been conceived. Ys axioms seemed so intuitively obvious that any theorem proved from them was deemed true in an absolute, often metaphysical, sense. Today, however, many other self-consistent non-Z geometries are known, the first ones having been discovered in the early 19th century. An implication of Einsteins theory of general relativity is that Z space is a good approximation to the properties of physical space only where the gravitational field is not too strong.• Y is commonly considered the “Father of Geometry”
Q13*• This person when asked about his actions said “They are never prescripted. They just come differently depending on how I feel, what I ate, the noise of the crowd, the heat, the kind of shots that are played. I myself don’t know what I will do next so how will anyone else know.” Who?
Q14*• This song by Pink Floyd, the title track of their ninth studio album released in 1975 is about the detached feeling most people go through life with. It is a commentary on how people cope with the world by withdrawing physically, mentally, or emotionally. In the commentary of The Wall, Roger Waters states that the inspiration was Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett and his ordeal with schizophrenia induced by his addiction to LSD.
Q15*• X is a retired Italian footballer. Widely regarded as one of the finest footballers of all times (4th at the FIFA internet poll; member of the FIFA World Cup Dream Team), X won both the Ballon dOr and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993. He is the only Italian player ever to score in three World Cups. He is also one of the top 5 all-time goalscorers for Italy. X is known as Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail), for the hairstyle he wore for most of his career and his Buddhist background.• X has played for Italian clubs like Fiorentina , Milan, Inter, Juventus, Bologna, Brescia.
Q16*WTGW• In 2006, X was listed as number 6 on TV Lands list of the 100 greatest television catchphrases.• The spoken word X is a sound trademark of 20th Century Fox.• Since 2001, the word has appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Q17*• Mark Taylor’s highest score was 334* . He declared the innings on this score despite a lot of support from the crowd to ahead and break the then highest test score of 375 by Brian Lara. Why did he declare?
Answer• Wanted to share the record with Don Bradman.
Q19*• _____________ is a phrase used to describe the 1920s, principally in North America, but also in London, Berlin and Paris for a period of sustained economic prosperity. The phrase was meant to emphasize the periods social, artistic, and cultural dynamism. "Normalcy" returned to politics in the wake of World War I, jazz music blossomed, the flapper redefined modern womanhood, Art Deco peaked, and finally the Wall Street Crash of 1929 served to punctuate the end of the era, as the Great Depression set in. The era was further distinguished by several inventions and discoveries of far- reaching importance, unprecedented industrial growth, accelerated consumer demand and aspirations, and significant changes in lifestyle and culture.
Q20• The first edition of X appeared on the 26th of February 2012. X has been billed by Rupert Murdoch, the owner of X and News Corp. as a replacement to NOTW, which was shut down after a phone hacking scandal. It employs many former NOTW employees. X?
Q21• From the story “The Greek Interpreter”: There are many men in London, you know, who, some from shyness, some from misanthropy, have no wish for the company of their fellows…It is for the convenience of these that the _____ _____ was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one, no talking is, under any circumstances, allowed, and three offences, if brought to the notice of the committee, render the talker liable to expulsion. My brother was one of the founders, and I have myself found it a very soothing atmosphere.
Q22• X’s law is an adage that states that “if you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written”• The name is a deliberate misspelling of Y’s Law.• ID X & Y
2 points Q25• X was founded in Palo Alto, California, United States in October, 2003 by Y (co-founder of Danger), Rich Miner (co- founder of Wildfire Communications, Inc.), Nick Sears (once VP at T-Mobile), and Chris White (headed design and interface development at WebTV) to develop, in Y words "...smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owners location and preferences". Despite the obvious past accomplishments of the founders and early employees, X operated secretly, revealing only that it was working on software for mobile phones. That same year, Y ran out of money. Steve Perlman, a close friend of Y, brought him $10,000 in cash in an envelope and refused a stake in the company. Identify X
Q27Put Funda• Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the authors real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone.• Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication
• Standard MLA format to cite tweets in academic papers
Q28• Painter, poet, songwriter, rock musician and has been around since the start of the cold war till date. His original name is Robert Allen Zimmerman . Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was, at first, an informal chronicler and then an apparently reluctant figurehead of social unrest.