Welcome to The Renaissance Fan’s weekend trivia (powered by Frank), your source for thought provoking trivia on a wide range of topics. Test yourself, challenge your family, or set up your own mini-trivia competition among your friends this weekend. There’s no wrong way to play. Could you just Google all the answers? Sure, but that would be dumb! You can make up your own rules, or use ours.
There are seven rounds, and the questions in each round increase in difficulty and point value (10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 points). The “Final Five” question asks you to list five things correctly. For each right answer you get 30 points, but for each wrong answer you lose 30 points.
Answers are listed at the very bottom of the page.
Round 1: SPACE
10 points. In 2005, what celestial body was downgraded from planet to dwarf-planet?
20 points. What is the scientific term for a distance of approximately 9 petametres or about 6 trillion miles?
30 points. Predating Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle, what was NASA’s first class of manned orbital spacecraft?
40 points. Discovered in 1995, what comet was visible to the naked eye from Earth for a record 18 months?
50 points. What scientific term, commonly associated with black holes, is defined as the point at which gravitational pull becomes so great that no escape is possible?
Round 2: THE CLASSICS
10 points. “Call me Ishmael” are the first words written by Herman Melville in which of his novels?
20 points. St. Petersburg, the fictional town that is the setting of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is located in what U.S. state?
30 points. Anna Karenina and War and Peace are the most famous novels by what Russian writer?
40 points. (2 part answer) To which two European cities does the title of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities refer?
50 points. Humbert Humbert is the name of the narrator and protagonist of what novel?
Round 3: MOUNTAINS
10 points. In Greek Mythology, what mountain was said to be the home of the Gods?
20 points. The summit of Mount Rainier is the highest point of what state?
30 points. The international border between China and what other country runs across the summit of Mount Everest?
40 points. At approximately 4,350 miles, what is the longest mountain range in the world?
50 points. El Capitan, a mountain with a sheer rock face of about 3,000 feet that is a favorite to rock climbers, is located in what national park?
Round 4: SPORTS RULES
10 points. If an American football teams allows the play clock to run for more than forty seconds, resulting in a delay-of-game, how many yards are they penalized?
20 points. In a game of baseball or softball, when there are runners on first and second base and fewer than two outs, what rule is in effect?
30 points. What is the term for the infraction in ice hockey in which a player shoots the puck across both the center red line and the opposing team’s goal line?
40 points. Most formal sets of rules for what tabletop recreational game deem “spinning” illegal?
50 points. In what organization’s televised events is a 25-second shot clock in effect, starting from the time a player has picked up his or her ball?
Round 5: MEAT
10 points. What type of beefsteak, also known as a Scotch fillet, is cut from the rib section of a cow?
20 points. Pork butt is the American name for a cut of pork that comes from what part of a pig’s body?
30 points. What manner of meat preparation is defined by slow cooking over indirect heat, using smoke to add flavor?
40 points. What technically untrue slogan was developed in 1987 by advertising agency Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt for the National Pork Board?
50 points. In 2009, the United States placed a ban on the importation of Kobe beef to prevent the spread of a Japanese strain of what disease?
Round 6: QUENTIN TARANTINO
10 points. In Pulp Fiction, Jules Winfield and Vincent Vega have a conversation about what French name for a McDonald’s quarter-pounder with cheese?
20 points. Which of Tarantino’s films is adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch and is Tarantino’s only adaptation of a previously existing work to date?
30 points. Red Apple is a fictional brand of what kind of product, common to Tarantino’s films?
40 points. To date, who is the only actor to win an academy award performance in a film by Quentin Tarantino?
50 points. In 1995, Tarantino directed “Motherhood”, a first-season episode of what long-running NBC drama?
Round 7: TRIVIA, AFTER DARK
10 points. What name is commonly used to refer to an area in a city where a concentration of brothels, sex shops, adult theaters, strip clubs, or any combination thereof can be found?
20 points. Publisher Bob Guccioni first printed what adult magazine in 1965?
30 points. What sexy 1995 film is the highest grossing NC-17 film of all time?
40 points. (2 part answer) In the kink community, for what do the B and M in BDSM stand?
50 points. What is the scientific name for the erogenous zone located between the anus and vagina on biological females and the between the anus and scrotum on biological males, colloquially called the taint, grundle, gooch, or fleshy-fun-bridge?
Who are the first five actors listed in the opening credits of Pulp Fiction?
In miles, what is the approximate diameter of Pluto? (closest answer wins)
ANSWERS COMING UP
Infield Fly Rule
Professional Bowlers Association
Pork. The Other White Meat
Foot and Mouth
Royale with Cheese
Red Light District
Final Five: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth
Tie breaker: 1,430