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ValenciaQBowl wrote:Well, first, I suppose if I'm going to include a definite article before his name, I should refer to THE Charles Hang (sorry, didn't edit, I guess). Next, now I know that on this board we replace the anatomically correct term for the male reproductive organ with "nice to meet you"! Who knew?
Delta Burke, Packet 8 wrote:1. He is convicted despite having a withered arm which makes him physically incapable of assaulting Mayella Ewell in the way described. For 10 points each:
 Name this black man who dies after being convicted of attempted rape and trying to escape the prison in despair.
ANSWER: Tom Robinson
 This figure, a crack marksman who kills a rabid dog with one shot, defends Tom Robinson in court.
ANSWER: Atticus Finch
 Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch are figures in this novel by Harper Lee.
ANSWER: To Kill A Mockingbird
Delta Burke Round 5 wrote:3. Answer the following about an ancient Hindu text FTPE:
 In this Sanskrit epic, whose name translates as “Rama’s Journey”, the title avatar of Vishnu rescues his wife Sita from kidnapping by the demon king Ravana.
 This monkey general and companion of Rama aids in the recapture of Sita. When his tail is lit on fire by Ravana’s forces, he uses it to burn down much of Ravana’s stronghold of Lanka.
 This sage, traditionally India’s first poet, is credited with writing the Ramayana. He appears in the last book of the epic as a hermit who welcomes Sita to his ashram after Rama banishes her for suspected infidelity.
4. In this play, Lord Illingworth discovers that his secretary is his illegitimate son. FTPE:
 Name this play in which the secret pasts of Lord Illingworth and Mrs. Arbuthnot catch up with them.
ANSWER: A Woman of No Importance
 This playwright wrote A Woman of No Importance as well as Lady Windermere’s Fan, in which the title character has an affair of her own after discovering her husband’s affair.
ANSWER: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde
 Oscar Wilde is best known for this novel, which sees the title character remain perpetually young by transferring all of his evil into the title object.
ANSWER: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Delta Burke 2010 Round 1 wrote:11. This city houses the Teatro Carlo Felice and Cathedral of San Lorenzo. For 10 points each:
 Name this birthplace of Christopher Columbus, a seaport on the Italian Riviera.
ANSWER: Genoa [or Genova; or Zena]
 Genoa is located on its namesake gulf, which is part of this arm of the Mediterranean. The islands of Corsica and Elba are in this sea, which is located to the north of the Tyrrhenian.
ANSWER: Ligurian Sea
 This river flows through Pisa and Florence before emptying into the Ligurian Sea.
ANSWER: Arno River
17. AT&T included fine print on a recent commercial to let viewers know that its images of famous monuments being draped in orange fabric had nothing to do with this artist and his wife Jeanne-Claude. FTPE:
A. Who is this Bulgarian-born artist known for wrapping buildings like the Reichstag and the islands in Biscayne Bay?
B. One of Christo’s more recent projects was this installation of a series of rectangular colonnades in Central Park in New York.
ANSWER: The Gates
C. Christo and Jeanne-Claude created a multitude of large-scale versions of these household objects in large scale for an installation in California and Japan in the late 1980s.
Papa's in the House wrote:if you're going to make one packet significantly harder than the rest, it shouldn't be played before finals (I don't know which packet is which, but I'm referring to the packet used for our, IL B's, second match against Harding)
ValenciaQBowl wrote:But in any case, you're quoting from 2010 or 2009 there, bro. Those two bonuses above are most definitely not in DB 2011 Round 1.
bradleykirksey wrote:But the "To Kill a Mockingbird" bonus and the bonus on Pynchon with Gravity's Rainbow and the Crying of Lot 49 were maybe the two easiest 30's I've ever had while we got 10 on each of the Sanskrit epic and Oscar Wilde bonuses despite the fact we had a practicing Hindu on our team. The difficulty wasn't extremely consistent. I personally thought it was a great tournament, and I had a lot of fun, but if all of the bonuses were supposed to be the same difficulty, then I don't think it was even close.
Delta Burke 2011 Round 4 wrote:1. Herbert Stencil searches for the title entity of this novel, which may at various times be represented by the rat Veronica, the legendary place Vheissu (vee-soo), Victoria Wren, or the city of Valletta. FTPE:
 What is this Thomas Pynchon novel which also features Benny Profane’s attempts to find an albino alligator in the sewers of New York?
 This slim Pynchon novel features Oedipa Maas’s discovery of the age-old conflict between the Trystero and the Thurn und Taxis communications agencies; its title refers to an auction taking place at the novel’s end.
ANSWER: The Crying of Lot 49
 The sexual encounters of Tyrone Slothrop predict the sites of V-2 rocket attacks in London in this sprawling Pynchon novel which ends with rocket 00000 lifting off with Blicero’s sex slave Gottfried inside.
ANSWER: Gravity’s Rainbow
Charbroil wrote:My To Kill a Mockingbird bonus is pretty easy, but it was designed to be 30'ed by anyone who's read the book. I presume someone on your team has done that?
The Friar wrote:Charbroil wrote:My To Kill a Mockingbird bonus is pretty easy, but it was designed to be 30'ed by anyone who's read the book. I presume someone on your team has done that?
That doesn't seem like a good target difficulty, then. I'd think very many teams indeed have a player who has read To Kill a Mockingbird. If all of them 30 the bonus, there will be inordinately many 30s. Isn't the rule of thumb supposed to be that about 10% of teams 30 any given bonus?
Delta Burke Round 9 wrote:12. Developed by the author of Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, this cycle consists of two isothermal steps and two adiabatic steps. For 10 points each:
 Identify this most efficient theoretical cycle, named after a French physicist.
ANSWER: Carnot cycle
 This combustion cycle consists of four strokes: intake, compression, power, and exhaust. It was named for a German engineer, and has been adopted for use in automobile motors.
ANSWER: Otto cycle
 This scientist is the namesake of a steam engine cycle often used in power plants, in addition to a temperature scale in which zero degrees is equal to negative 459.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
ANSWER: William John Macquorn Rankine
bradleykirksey wrote:Out of curiosity, what's a normal bonus conversion rate for a team? Would 15 ppb or so be considered average?
My general point stands, though--you say that you want questions easier than ACF Fall, but most of the material written and/or edited seems to be at or above ACF Fall level. Thus, are you going to start telling people to write easier questions next year?
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