It's Academic: March 13, 2021, Part 3

It's Academic: March 13, 2021, Part 3

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- It is now time to meet the coach and the principal at Archbishop Curley High School. And to do that, to introduce them to, our captain Joseph. Joseph, go ahead. All right, I'm thankful to have our coach, Mr Joseph, and our president, father Donald here with us today.

- It's so nice to have both of you here today. Father, thank you too for presiding over all of this. We always appreciate having you here. All right, gentlemen. It is now time to get into the next round of questioning here. This is our packet round.

I have seven questions for you. This is our longest question round. And 20 points for each correct answer. No penalties, but get all seven, get all seven, and I'll give you 25 bonus points. Can you do that? Michael, can you get all seven of these?

- Maybe. If I--

- Maybe, all right. I have confidence in you. Here you go. All right, Curly. Here's your first question. In addition to the scenic wonders, an original 1906 steam locomotive was put back in service to transport visitors to a huge natural gorge in Arizona.

- I believe it's the Grand Canyon.

- It is the Grand Canyon, nicely done. Next, NASA is using satellite images to map possible campsites used by what two men who set out in 1854 to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory?

- Lewis and Clark.

- That's it. Lewis and Clark. You're on a roll. Here's a science question for you. Choose please either root pressure, surface tension, or turgor pressure. Which of these refers to the stiffness of plants and the crispness of vegetables due to osmotic pressure in their cells.

- I'm not sure. What do you think, Nate?

- Odds are going to root pressure. You, Michael? Root pressure.

- Captain?

- Root pressure.

- Actually, it is the one at the very bottom. It is turgor pressure was the correct answer there. Try this next one, in 1516 the region of Palestine was conquered by what Turkish empire that ruled it for the next 400 years?

- The Ottoman.

- Ottoman is correct, yes sir. A Latin phrase meaning poet of herdsmen, farmers, and heroes was carved on the gravestone of what ancient poet who wrote the Aeneid.

- I'm not sure. What about you, Nate?

- Not sure, either. Michael?

- I think it's Virgil.

- It is indeed Virgil. Nicely done. It is Virgil. All right, gentlemen. Here's a math question for you. I want you to look at this and solve for x for me please.

- I believe it's 3.

- It is 3. Perfect. Last question for you in this round the longest inaugural address was delivered in 1841 one by one ninth president who had the shortest administration dying after only one month in office?

- Is that Benjamin Harrison?

- Good try. Not Benjamin Harrison but, William Henry Harrison was the answer there. That means you end this round, Curley, with 260 points. It is now time to meet the coach and the principal at Queen Anne's County High School. And to do the honors is our captain, Connor. Connor, take it away.

- Yes, so our coach is [? Marlow ?] [? Coffage. ?] She's our math teacher at Queen Anne's County High School, and she's been very helpful in guiding us through this whole thing. And then also our principal is [? Amy Burdock. ?]

- Thank you, coach. Thank you principal for being here. All right now our packet round starts, and we have seven questions for you. Here's the first question for you, Queen Anne's County. An average athlete takes about 20,000 strides while running what type of long distance race, which covers 26 miles and 385 yards?

- A marathon.

- A marathon, that's right. Good answer. Next, Russian rulers Peter and Catherine were called the Great, but what more dreadful adjective followed the name of Ivan, who ruled in the 1500s?

- The Terrible.

- Ivan the Terrible, that's right. Here's a serious question for you. To multiple-choice. Glutamic acid, lactic acid, or acidic acid. Which of these three acids is one of the common amino acids?

- Acetic acid.

- Say it again, please?

- Acetic acid.

- Actually it's the first one there. Glutamic. Glutamic is an amino acid. Try this next one. Among the Chinese symbols for good luck is the flower name for what mythical Greek youth who fell in love with his own reflection?

- Narcissus.

- Narcissus. That's right. Thank you, Jason. Next, plot elements in both "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" were inspired by the novel "Journey To The Center of the Earth" by what French author.

- Jules Verne?

- Thank you, young man. Here's a math question for you, Queen Anne's. Simplify this expression giving me your answer as an integer please.

- 1.

- It is 1. Perfect. Get this last question. After his inauguration at the Capitol, what hero of the Mexican War rode his horse to the White House, where he resided as our 12th president?

- Zachary Taylor.

- It is Zachary Taylor. I was wondering if you were counting on your fingers out there. Zachary Taylor you pulled it out. Great answer, which means Queen Anne's, you now have 300 points. You're doing wonderfully.

It is now time to meet the esteemed coach at Fallston High School. And who better to tell you all about that than the captain of the team, Austin. Austin, tell us about him.

- Yup, this is our coach, Mr. White. He's been an awesome coach during this pandemic. Weekly academic team meetings, and he's also interested in a lot of weekend events.

- Wow, so they've got you on a pedestal their coach. And rightly so, and you have been part of this game for quite a long time. Coach, thank you for everything you've done and for being part of our academic family for so long here. All right, guys.

Let's get into your packet round. I've got seven questions for you. Here is the first one. It was a 19th century Italian, Carlo Collodi, who wrote the story of what mischievous puppet whose nose grew whenever he told a lie?

- Pinocchio.

- Pinocchio is right. Next, each of our states no longer print its own currency. But this was the practice under what articles that preceded the Constitution?

- Articles of Confederation.

- Articles of Confederation it is, yes. Here's a science question for you. A measuring cup, half full of water, has an Ice Cube floating freely in the middle. As the ice melts, will the water level rise, fall, or stay the same.

- It should rise guys, right?

- I guess yes, it's less dense so it would float on top and displace more as it melts. We're going to go with rise.

- Actually, you should have gone to the bottom. It stays the same. It stays the same. Let's move on to the next one. In 1997, a pilot dropped three wreaths over a remote Pacific island in memory of what pioneering woman pilot who had disappeared there 60 years earlier?

- Amelia Earhart.

- That would be she. Absolutely right, good answer. The 19th century Knights Of Labor would not admit men of what profession, associated with the fictional Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird?"

- A lawyer.

- Lawyer.

- They kept out lawyers, that's right. Attorneys. Math question for you, Fallston. I want you to perform the indicated operation for me please.

- I think it is going to be 40, guys.

- No. I think it's 10.

- 10.

- Yeah, I think 10.

- It is 10. See, the advantage of all those heads coming together. 10 is correct. Last question for you in 1952 Dwight Eisenhower was challenged for the Republican presidential nomination by the son of what 27th president?

- OK.

- What was the year?

- Guys, I think it would be Roosevelt.

- Yeah, I think it's FDR.

- Roosevelt?

- No, it was William Howard Taft. William Howard Taft. It was his son, Robert Taft, who vied with Eisenhower. Which means you end this round with 310 points. Stay tuned. We have the grab bag coming up in just a moment. It will decide who wins today's game.