It's Academic: March 20, 2021 (Part 4)
DAVE ZAHREN: It's now time for the Grab Bag, the finale of today's game. The final four questions in this round, Glenelg. Each question worth 20 points. 20 points off, should you miss. Again, you have that option of saying we don't want to give an answer, lose just 10 points. And the very last question of the game is a 30-point visual, 30 up or 30 down. Here we go. Good luck.
In 1848, a runaway slave named Louis Temple revolutionized the fishing industry by inventing a new kind of harpoon for hunting what largest sea mammal?
- The whale?
DAVE ZAHREN: The whale is right, indeed. Indeed. What man, the first full Admiral in the US Navy, sailed into history when he won the 1864 Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay?
- Are you guys familiar?
DAVE ZAHREN: So you're going to pass on that one? The correct answer was David Farragut. Farragut was the answer, there. Here's your next question. It's a choice. 18 grams of water contain Avogadro's number of molecules, atoms, or positrons?
- Avogadro's number.
- I believe it's molecules. I'm not sure.
- Right, molecules.
DAVE ZAHREN: Molecules. Perfect. Last question of the game is the 30-point visual, Glenelg. Have a look. Here you see baseball great Walter Johnson shaking hands with what man who became our 30th president in 1923?
- Guys, I believe that Calvin Coolidge.
- I agree.
DAVE ZAHREN: That is Calvin Coolidge. That means you get those 30 points. And you finish this game with a near perfect score of 465. What a game, Glenelg. Well done.
- Thank you.
DAVE ZAHREN: All right. It is now time for the Grab Bag for Milford Mill Academy. Our four final questions of the game for them. And if you're ready Milford Mill, here is the first question. One lawyer, better known for his literary skills than his legal practice, was what American who wrote the words to the "Star-Spangled Banner" in 1814.
- It's on the tip of my tongue.
DAVE ZAHREN: You've probably driven over the bridge in Baltimore. The Francis Scott Key bridge. The key, Francis Scott Key. Next. Both America and Britain received a Christmas present on Christmas Eve when what treaty ending the War of 1812 was signed?
- The Treaty of Versailles?
DAVE ZAHREN: That's a good guess. Not Treaty of Versailles. This is the Treaty of Ghent, G-H-E-N-T. Let's get this next one. It's a choice. Which of these is the most complex compound? A protein, and amino acid, or an inorganic nitrate? Most complex.
- I want to say an organic nitrate?
DAVE ZAHREN: Actually it is a protein. A protein is the most complex compound made up of amino acids. Here's your visual. Laying a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial in 1959 is what revolutionary Cuban leader who headed Cuba's government until 2008?
- Is it Fidel Castro, Amaya?
- Let's go with that.
DAVE ZAHREN: You got it. You went with it. And it's worth 30 points. That's how to do it. It is Fidel Castro, which means you got those 30 points, which means you end the game with 270. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Nicely done, Milford Mill.
All right. It is time for the finale. The Grab Bag for Marriotts Ridge. What a game they've got going. Good luck, guys. Here's the first question for you in the Grab Bag. Dr. Mary Walker, a surgeon in the Civil War, was the first woman to receive what highest American military decoration?
- I believe it was a--
- Purple Heart?
- No. No.
- It's a Medal of Honor, I believe.
- Medal of Honor. Medal of Honor.
DAVE ZAHREN: Yes, sir. It is indeed the Medal of Honor. Good answer. Next. The Hawaiian Islands were named the sandwich islands by what English explorer, a sea captain who was killed in Hawaii in 1779?
- James Cook.
DAVE ZAHREN: It is Cook, indeed. Here's a choice for you. A pair of stars orbiting each other is called, a dwarf star, an annular ring, or a binary star?
- Binary star.
- Binary star.
DAVE ZAHREN: It is the binary star. Here's your 30-point visual question, guys. Look at this. When Thomas Edison died in 1931, the US was led in mourning by what 31st president?
- 1929? 31st president? I think it's Hoover. I believe so.
- Hoover and then Coolidge. No, Hoover was 39.
- Hoover was 31st. Hoover was 31st.
DAVE ZAHREN: Anderson, what is your answer?
DAVE ZAHREN: That was Herbert Hoover, which means you got those 30 points. And you end the game, Marriott's Ridge, with 450 points. A tremendous game for you. And don't go away, anybody. Because when we come back, we will tell you who the winner of today's "It's Academic" match is.