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Trivia: Round 1


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  1. In what country was Einstein born?




  2. Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier was an amateur chemist who was very concerned with accuracy. He set up an elaborate apparatus to measure where every part of the mass involved in a chemical reaction would end up. His results showed that when a piece of metal rusts, it weighs (a) LESS, (b) MORE, or (c) THE SAME afterward as it did before?




  3. Lavoisier was also a tax collector. Unfortunately, his obsession with accuracy led him to rebuild a 6-foot wall surrounding the city of Paris to facilitate tax collection. Naturally, he was quite unpopular as a result. A few years later, during the French Revolution, Lavoisier was executed, as was this reigning queen:




  4. The couple that works together, stays together.

    (a) What husband and wife duo investigated radioactivity and discovered the element radium?



    (b) What husband and wife team performed together in such productions as Raisin in the Sun, Purlie Victorious, and Do the Right Thing?




  5. The equals in E = mc2 represents what Einstein realized: energy and mass are not distinct, but different forms of the same thing, and each can be converted into the other. If converted entirely to energy, a lump of coal weighing 2.2 pounds could power a 100-watt light bulb for about how long?

    1. 67 hours
    2. 30 years
    3. 29 million years


  6. Just as mass can become energy, energy can become mass. When a space shuttle travels at its top speed, the energy of motion adds to its mass. The amount of gain is roughly comparable to:

    1. a flea
    2. a cantaloupe
    3. a bowling ball

  7. From his equation, Einstein also understood the potential for creating a highly destructive bomb. To which U.S. President did Einstein write a letter warning of a possible Nazi nuclear threat?




  8. Who played Einstein in the 1994 movie I.Q. with Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins?




  9. Light can travel from Earth to the moon in 1.28 seconds. How fast is this (in kilometers per second or miles per second)?




  10. What nation once invited Einstein to be its president?





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