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ROUND 1

[Cinema] Heath Ledger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor of 2008 for his role as the Joker in the film, The Dark Knight. Who won Best Supporting Actress in 2008? (Penelope Cruz for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

[History] Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for negotiating peace between what two warring countries? (Russia and Japan)

[Sports] What Southland Conference school is planning to renew its football team in 2010 after having disbanded it in 1989? (Lamar)

[Literature] What play by William Shakespeare includes the characters Duncan, Banquo, and Hecate? (Macbeth)

[Local Knowledge] What star of the TV show "Chuck" was born in Lake Charles? (Zachary Levi)

[Politics] One member of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy, later himself became President of the United States. Who was he? (Gerald Ford)

[Science & Religion] What disease is caused by the newest strain of the H1N1 virus? (Swine Flu)

[Geography] Including Alaska and Hawaii, what is the largest country, by area, in North America? (Canada)

[Television] What long-running TV show's characters include Professor Frink, Comic Book Guy, and Groundskeeper Willie? (The Simpsons)

[Literature] What author created the fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin? (Edgar Allan Poe)



ROUND 2

[Cinema] This film marks the first (and so far the only time) in animation history that Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appeared on screen together. (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

[Science & Religion] Name any two of NASA’s three operational space shuttles. (Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour)

[Politics] What House Democrat recently asked a protestor at a health care reform meeting, “On what planet do you spend most of your time? (Barney Frank)

[Local Knowledge] In what year was Lake Charles' spring festival "Contraband Days" first held: 1898, 1924, 1957, or 1971? (1957)

[Literature] What author's posthumously published novel "Northanger Abbey" was a parody of Gothic novels? (Jane Austen)

[Sports] What baseball Hall of Famer twice interrupted his career to fly fighter jets for the United States MC, once in Korea and once in World War II? (Ted Williams)

[History] As many as thirty million people died in this colony of Belgium between 1885 and 1908, many of them due to brutal forced labor in the rubber industry. (The Congo)

[Music] Which former Beatle organized the 1971 "Concert for Bangladesh"? (George Harrison)

[Local Knowledge] What LA parish is named for the title character of a Longfellow poem? (“Evangeline”)

[History] What "barbarian" tribe "sacked" Rome in 410 A.D.? (Visigoths)


ROUND 3

[Television] What children’s television show did PBS announce the cancellation last Tuesday, ending its 26 year run? (Reading Rainbow)

[History] The last major Confederate forces to surrender to the Union army did so on May 26, 1865, under the command of General E.K. Smith, in what Southern city? (New Orleans)

[Sports] On this day in 1972, America’s Bobby Fischer beat who in Reykjavik, Iceland to become the World Chess Champion? (Boris Spassky)

[Literature]What novel did Kurt Vonnegut draw on his experience as a POW during the firebombing of Dresden to write? (Slaughterhouse 5)

[Local Knowledge] In 2009, a recruitment effort led to this adult film star and Louisiana native to consider challenging incumbent David Vitter in the 2010 Republican Senate primary. She was also in the news again for her arrest for a domestic-violence misdemeanor in July according to XBIZ. [Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford]

[Politics] What former member of George W. Bush's cabinet is now a member of the Political Science Department at Stanford University? (Condoleezza Rice)

[Science & Religion] What chemical, formerly used in dry-cleaning, fire extinguishers, and lava lamps has the chemical formula〖 CCl〗_4? (Carbon Tetra Chloride, also accepted tetracholoromethane)

[Music] What was the title of the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson's first solo album in 1972? (“Got to Be There”)

[Literature] What author (who died in 2008) wrote the story collections “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never do Again?” (David Foster Wallace)

[Local Knowledge] What is the name of the Destroyer to be berthed in Lake Charles in the upcoming months? (USS Orleck)


ROUND 4

[Music] Which Jazz saxophonist, who composed a widely successful version of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, died of liver cancer at the age of 40 in 1967? (John Coltrane)

[Science & Religion] Name one of the two books of the Christian Bible that never mention God. (Song of Solomon (aka Song of Songs) and Book of Esther)

[Politics] Who was the first person elected president of the United States in the 19th century? (Thomas Jefferson)

[Local Knowledge] Who is the President of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury? (Hal McMillin)

[Literature] The works of this Nobel Prize-winning English playwright include The Caretaker, Betrayal, The Dumb Waiter, and Old Times? (Harold Pinter)

[Sports] What two places in the United States have hosted the Olympic Games twice? (Las Angeles, CA in 1932 and 1984 and Lake Placid, NY in 1932 and 1980)

[History] The 1794 Whiskey Rebellion of farmers protesting a federal tax on grain broke out in what state? (Pennsylvania)

[Geography] Within what Kingdom is Greenland? Denmark

[Literature] For what novel did Anne Tyler win the 1989 Pulitzer Prize? (Breathing Lessons)

[Cinema] In the 1973 film The Exorcist, what name does Linda Blair's character, Regan, use to describe the demonic presence during the early stages of her possession? That is, who does Regan tell her mom that she communicates with through her Ouija Board? [Captain Howdy]

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