Think you have what it takes to be a trivia master? Take a stab at these questions from Trivia Bowl 2014:
ROUND 1: The 1980s
1. Who directed the 1980 classic film “The Empire Strikes Back”?
A: Irvin Kershner
2. In 1986, a high school teacher from New Hampshire became the first private American citizen to be included in a NASA mission? What was her name, and what was the name of the space shuttle she boarded?
A: Christa McAuliffe (her full name is Sharon Christa McAuliffe) and Challenger
3. In 1987, President Reagan famously said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” What famous triumphal arch was he standing near when he made that speech?
A: Brandenburg Gate
4. What month and year did MTV launch?
A: August 1981
5. Name the four “Must See TV” shows that aired in the 1984-1985 season during NBC’s Thursday comedy block?
A: The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers and Night Court
6. What was the name of the leader of China during the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre?
A: Deng Xiaoping
7. In 1983, John Sculley left what company to become CEO of Apple?
8. “A Different World,” a sitcom that made its debut in 1987, centered on Denise Huxtable and her fellow classmates at what fictional historically black college?
A: Hillman College
9. Who was the chairman of Chrysler in the 1980s?
A: Lee A. Iacocca
10. According to the toy line’s legend, printed on tags since 1983, who discovered the Cabbage Patch Kids? You must provide the first and last names.
A: Xavier Roberts
11. “Hah! I kill me!” On the TV sitcom “ALF,” which premiered on NBC in 1986, starred an alien nicknamed ALF. But what was ALF’s actual name? First and last names, please.
A: Gordon Shumway
12. Who was Michael Dukakis’ running mate in the 1988 presidential election?
A: Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr.
ROUND 2: Women’s Firsts
1. Name the first woman to win the Academy Award for best director and the film that got her the award.
A: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
2. This economist became the first woman to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve. What’s her name and her official title?
A: Chair Janet Yellen, or Janet Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
3. Who was the first woman in modern times elected to lead a Muslim country?
A: Benazir Bhutto
4. In 2004, who became the first black actress to win a Tony for best leading performance in a play?
A: Phylicia Rashad
5. After winning a silver medal in bobsled at the Sochi Olympics, this woman became the first American woman, and the fifth athlete in history, to win medals in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. What is her name?
A: Lauryn Williams
6. In 1933, this woman became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet? Name her.
A: Frances Perkins
7. Name the woman who became Africa’s first elected female head of state in 2006.
A: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
8. Last week, Barbara Lynch became only the second woman to win the James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurateur. Who was the first woman to receive the honor?
A: Maguy Le Coze
9. Long before Danica Patrick was even born, this woman became the first female driver to compete in a NASCAR race in 1949. Name her.
A: Sara Christian
10. Who is the first Asian American to win the Miss America crown?
A: Angela (or Angie) Perez Baraquio (pronounced buh-ROCK-eeyoh) Grey
11. At the 1979 New York Marathon, this athlete became the first woman to officially run a marathon in less than than two and a half hours. Name the runner.
A: Grete Waitz (pronounced GREH-tuh VITES)
12. In the mid-1960s, this vocal Democrat from Hawaii became the first Asian American woman and first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress. Name her.
A: Patsy Mink
ROUND 3: Current Events
1. In February, Facebook paid $19 billion for what messaging service?
2. After the infamous Oscar “selfie,” whom did Ellen DeGeneres overtake on Twitter for the record of most retweets ever?
A: President Barack Obama
3. The Beatles marked the 50th anniversary of what event on Feb. 9?
A: Their U.S. debut on the “Ed Sullivan Show”
4. In 2013, British scientists said they found the bones of which English monarch beneath a Leicester parking lot?
A: Richard III
5. How many total medals did the U.S. win at the Sochi Olympics?
6. From what school did Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o receive an MFA in 2012?
A: Yale School of Drama
7. Just like many other New Yorkers, Mayor Bill de Blasio shoveled the snow in front of his house, following this winter’s crushing barrage of snowstorms. What street does de Blasio live on in Park Slope?
A: 11th Street
8. Who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?
A: Donna Tartt
9. In February Ukraine’s president left the country, and shortly thereafter, was officially removed from power by the Ukrainian parliament. Name him.
A: Viktor Yanukovych (pronounced Yah-noo-KOH’-vich)
10. In 2013, a California Democrat became the first openly gay, non-white member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In April, he was named one of Out magazine’s Power 50. What is his name?
A: Mark Takano
11. College student Julian Batts became known as the “Worst Wheel of Fortune Contestant Ever” in April when he mispronounced “Achilles” in a puzzle worth $1 million and flubbed two other puzzles. What college did he represent on the game show?
A: Indiana University
12. For the first time in 35 years, a new carnivorous mammal species has been discovered in the Americas. The small mammal, considered part of the raccoon family, has red-orange fur, a short bushy tail, and a rounded face. Name this new animal.
A: Olinguito (pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe)
ROUND 4: Pop Culture
1. An Ohio man who earlier this year reeled off 11-straight victories on “Jeopardy” gained fans and foes for his unorthodox strategy of fishing for Daily Doubles. What was his name?
A: Arthur Chu
2. Late-night television saw a historic shift on Feb. 6 with the departure of Jay Leno and arrival of Jimmy Fallon as the host of “The Tonight Show.” Leno’s last scheduled guest was also his first guest in 1992. Who was this guest?
A: Billy Crystal
3. In 1966, Larry Page and Sergey Brin created what we now call Google. But what was their original name for the search engine?
4. On the HBO show “The Wire,” the full name of Stanfield member “Snoop” was also the actress’s full name. What is that name? First and last, please.
A: Felicia Pearson
5. In the beginning of Season 5 of “Breaking Bad,” Walter White is seen arranging bacon strips into a number to celebrate his birthday? What was that number?
6. In March actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin of Coldplay announced their split on Paltrow’s GOOP lifestyle website. What was the title of the post?
A: “Conscious Uncoupling”
7. Crystal Head vodka, sold in a glass skull bottle designed by artist John Alexander, is an additive-free vodka co-founded by Alexander and what actor?
A: Dan Aykroyd
8. Before becoming ice cream moguls, Ben & Jerry considered making what food instead?
9. What company owns the rights to the song “Happy Birthday to You”?
A: Warner/Chappell Music (Warner Music is OK)
10. What is English musician Sting’s real first name and last name?
A: Gordon (Matthew Thomas) Sumner
11. Name the songwriter who became the youngest member of the EGOT club after winning an Oscar this year for writing “Frozen’s” hit song “Let It Go”?
A: Robert Lopez
12. In the North American version of the song “I’ve Been Everywhere,” recorded first by Hank Snow in 1962 and famously by Johnny Cash in 1996, what is the first city mentioned in the list of places the singer has been?
ROUND 5: International
1. What is the capital of Nigeria?
2. What country has the highest Muslim population in the world?
3. What is the name for the series of Taiwanese student protests held from March to Paril against trade pact with China?
A: The Sunflower Student Movement (or Sunflower Movement)
4. Name the two countries that make up the island of Hispaniola?
A: Haiti and Dominican Republic
5. What tiny country is bordered by Spain and France?
6. What country owns the territory of Greenland, the world’s largest island?
7. What is the capital of Canada?
8. Name the island the British fought over with Argentina in the 1980s?
A: The Falkland Islands
9. What country was the colonial power in Ethiopia from 1936 to 1941?
10. Name the present-day country that was formerly known as East Pakistan?
11. What was the name given to the November 2003 demonstrations that led to the overthrow of Georgia’s president Eduard Shevardnadze (Shev-ard-na-dze)?
A: The Rose Revolution (Revolution of Roses is OK)
12. Next month, many countries will be commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. What does Tiananmen mean?
A: Gate of heavenly peace