Sample High School Short Tossup Questions:
1. Find 4 consecutive integers whose sum is 130.
31, 32, 33, 34
2. This civilization was very similar to the Hellenes. Name this group of people
considered to have introduced the first gold and silver coins.
Considered by many to be the greatest dancer of the 20th century, name the
Polish-Russian choreographer and dancer with the Ballets Russes who created
important roles in Fokine's ballets, such as Petrouchka.
(Vaslav) Nijinsky [ni-ZHIN-skee]
4. Whose second law states that the mass of an element deposited or liberated
during electrolysis is proportional to the chemical equivalent of the element?
5. The speakers in this poem are those who have died and they call upon those
living to take up the fight for a better world. Name this John McCrae poem in
which he acknowledges the bond of the living with the dead.
"In Flanders Fields"
6. Identify the small parasitic plant that is commonly hung
over doorways during the Christmas season.
7. The paintings of this group were spontaneous and made
use of bold colors. Name this early-20th century group of artists whose
name comes from the French for "wild beasts."
Fauves (Accept: Fauvism)
8. Identify the Constitutional amendment that prohibited
the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors."
radians to degrees.
10. Dating from the late 15th century, name the allegorical
drama that is the best preserved example of medieval morality plays.
Sample High School Pyramid-Style Tossup Questions
1. Modeled after the
conventions of Greek and Roman poetry, it was introduced into England from Italy
in the 16th century by Henry Howard, the Earl of Surrey.
The form was later utilized by Christopher Marlowe in his plays and by
Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his Idylls of the King, but it is best known as
the medium in which Shakespeare wrote his many famous dramas.
Name, for ten points, the type of unrhymed iambic pentameter verse in
which each line is composed of ten syllables of alternating stress.
A native of Syracuse, he
made many original contributions to geometry in his work on the areas of
plane figures and the areas and volumes of curved surfaces.
Ancient historians describe how he invented the catapult, the
compound pulley, and a new type of burning-mirror for the defense of his
hometown. These, however,
weren’t enough to stop the Romans, and he was killed when the city was
captured in 212 B.C. Identify
this great mathematician who ran naked through the streets shouting,
“Eureka,” after he discovered his famous principle while taking a
It grew in importance
during the Second World War as engineers sought help from psychologists
and physiologists in designing military equipment adaptable to a wide
variety of users. In the late
19th and early 20th centuries, the time and motion
studies of Frederick W. Taylor and Frank and Lillian Gilbreth laid the
groundwork for this field. Health
and safety features are the guiding principles of this field of technology
that considers human capabilities and limitations in the design of
machines, the work processes that people follow, and in the environments
in which they operate. What
is the name for this “science of work”?
One of the four official
schools of philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman period, its original
aims were self-control and adherence to the laws of nature.
The form later espoused by the slave Epictetus [ep-ik-TEE-tuhs] had
more of a religious emphasis. The
philosophy’s name derived from the painted porch in Athens on which its
founder and his successors first lectured.
Identify this school of philosophy founded in the 3rd
century B.C. by Zeno [ZEE-noh] of Citium [SISH-ee-uhm].
The third son of a Mogul
ruler, he left his father’s court in 1622.
Upon his father’s death, he returned to court, killed his male
relatives, and became emperor. During
his reign, he expanded Indian territory, conquering Kandahar, northern
Afghanistan, and Delhi. His
fame today rests largely on the splendid Mogul art and architecture
completed during his rule. Identify
this Islamic emperor of India who is buried next to his wife, Mumtaz, in
the Taj Mahal.
High School Bonus Questions:
1. Identify the novel on a 30-20-10 point basis.
1. The hero of this novel encounters a race of immortal beings
known as the Struldbrugs who, despite having the gift of eternal life, do
not have the gift of eternal youth.
2. After being attacked by pirates, the main character, a
ship’s physician, is rescued by the scholars who inhabit the flying
island of Laputa.
3. On the first part of his voyage, the central character of the
novel is surprised to find himself a giant who towers above the
inhabitants of the island of Lilliput.
_Gulliver’s Travels_ or _Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the
World, By Lemuel Gulliver_
Identify the authors of the following “colorful” works for ten
1. “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Charlotte Perkins _Gilman_
2. _Riders of the Purple Sage_
3. _A Study in Scarlet_
Sir Arthur Conan _Doyle_
Let’s see how much you
know about world monarchs. Answer
the following questions to find out.
She succeeded her brother to the throne in January of 1891 and
reigned until U.S.-born sugar planters inspired a revolt that dethroned
her in 1893. Name this last
reigning monarch of Hawaii.
Queen Liliuokalani [lee-lee-OO-oh-kah-LAHN-ee]
B) He killed his
father, King Harold Bluetooth, in battle in 986.
Identify this Danish conqueror of England who was succeeded by his
sons Canute and Harold.
Sweyn [SWAYN] (Forkbeard)
Answer the following
questions related to world mythologies.
A) His father
was Odin and his wife was Idun, the goddess of youth.
Which Norse god presided over wisdom and poetry?
legendary founder of China’s Xia [SHYAH] dynasty is said to have ridded
the country of a great flood and to have originated the practice of
working with bronze. Name this Chinese hero who developed a limp from his
B) Yu [YOO] (the Great)
Sample Middle Grades Short Tossup Questions:
1. What number is 175% of 50?
2. Complete the following nursery rhyme:
"One flew east, One flew west..."
"One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest"
3. What April 1961 invasion tried unsuccessfully to remove Fidel Castro from
Bay of Pigs Invasion
4. The following question requires a
multiple answer. What three composers are considered to be the "3 B’s of
Bach, Beethoven, Brahms (IN ANY ORDER)
5. Of what nationality was the great
scientist Marie Curie?
6. He was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, on the Mississippi
River. Name this American author and humorist known for the novels The
Innocents Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut
Yankee In King Arthur's Court.
Twain (Accept: Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
angles of a triangle are in the ratio 9 to 10 to 11. Find the measure in degrees
of the largest angle.
8. Identify the Greek counterpart of the
Roman goddess Minerva.
9. What cell organelles digest food and expel
10. The natives believed this conquistador to be the god Quetzalcoatl
Name this man who later conquered the Aztecs.
Sample Sixty-Second Round:
Given the definition of a term relating to biology, state the term.
1) Device for maintaining living organisms at a constant temperature
2) Cell formed by the fusion of the male and female gametes
3) The medical condition of being undersized
4) Amount of living material provided by a set area of the earth’s surface
5) Kingdom of primitive organisms such as bacteria and blue-green algae
6) Growth of an organism from an unfertilized sex cell
7) Principles that guide scientific research and experimentation
8) Breaking down of a substance or compound into smaller components
9) Most prevalent of the special blood pigments that transport oxygen
10) Scientific study of inland, freshwater systems