These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2016-11-21, and should be interpreted accordingly.
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All questions were written by members of the Misplaced Modifiers and are used here by permission, but have been reformatted and may have been retyped and/or edited by me. For further information see my 2016-11-26 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
** Game 9, Round 2 - Literature - The "Big 3" of Science Fiction
Unless specified otherwise, name the work -- and the *full title* will be required.
* The first 3 questions are about Arthur C. Clarke novels.
1. A peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords results in a massive leap in human evolution. Name the 1953 book.
2. Name the 1968 novel, developed concurrently with the film, involving the discovery of an alien monolith on the Moon.
3. A 1973 novel describing the imminent arrival in near-Earth space of a large asteroid, named for a Hindu god -- which turns out to actually be an alien spaceship.
* Now, Isaac Asimov.
4. In 1941 Asimov wrote what is described as the "most famous science-fiction story of all time", about a world that has only known day and which is dreading the coming of darkness. Name the novella.
5. Asimov's most famous series, comprising 7 books, features the fictional science of psychohistory, developed by Hari Seldon and used to help create a galaxy-spanning empire. Name the series.
6. Give the title of the 1950 book of short stories featuring artificial humans with positronic brains. An unfortunate Will Smith film sharing the same title was released in 2004.
* Finally, Robert Heinlein.
7. Name the 1961 book about a human named Valentine Michael Smith, raised by Martians, who returns to Earth.
8. This Heinlein book was turned into a Paul Verhoeven film in 1997 about space marines fighting insectoid aliens.
9. Another film adaptation from 1994, starring Donald Sutherland and about parasitic alien slugs taking over human brains, was adapted from the 1951 Heinlein novel of the same title.
10. Heinlein coined a few words which have passed into common English usage. In <answer 7> he describes a Martian word which means to understand something so fully as to become one with it. What is the word?
** Game 9, Round 3 - Entertainment - Actors Young and Old
Whether due to time travel, flashbacks, or simply to stories that span many years, the same character sometimes appears in the same movie at greatly different ages, and then may be played by two or more different actors or actresses. Here are 10 questions about movies where this was done.
1. In the third movie in this series, Josh Brolin plays the character at a young age; Tommy Lee Jones plays the character at an older age. Name the series.
2. In this 1986 hit, Wil Wheaton plays the character at a young age; Richard Dreyfuss, as a grown man. Name the movie.
3. In this 2003 Tim Burton fantasy, Ewan McGregor plays the character as a young man. Albert Finney plays him on his deathbed. Name the movie.
4. Through time travel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character meets his future self, and it is Bruce Willis. Name the movie.
5. In the third movie in this series, Rob Lowe plays a young man, and Robert Wagner plays the same character 30 years older. Name the series.
6. For her role in this movie, Gloria Stuart became the oldest person ever to receive an Oscar nomination for acting. Kate Winslet played her character at a younger age. Name the movie.
7. Leonard Nimoy as Spock comes face to face with his younger self in "Star Trek" (2009). Who plays the younger version?
8. In "The Debt" (2010), Jessica Chastain plays a Mossad agent chasing a Nazi war criminal in 1965. Who plays the same character 30 years older?
9. Gena Rowlands plays the character at an advanced age in the 2004 romance "The Notebook". What Canadian actress plays the same character in flashback?
10. Harrison Ford plays the lead in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". But what late actor plays Indy at a younger age in the same movie?
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ArenEss <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Mar 06 08:48AM -0600
On Wed, 1 Mar 2017 19:57:23 -0800 (PST), Calvin <email@example.com> wrote:
>1 Which colour is traditionally associated with Protestantism? Orange
>2 Which fictional character's published diaries include "The Wilderness Years" (1993) and "The Cappuccino Years" (1999)? Bridget Jones
>3 What is the SI unit of acceleration? metre per second squared
>4 Which song contains these lyrics: "Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head / Give them a twist a flick of the wrist / That's what the showman said."? I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
>5 Which 1987 Steven Spielberg film is largely set in a Japanese internment camp during WWII? Empire of the Sun
>6 "Sandy" is most commonly a diminutive of which male forename? >7 Which poem traditionally attributed to Homer deals with the events surrounding the Trojan War? Iliad
>8 Which four-letter colloquial term describes a parliament where no single political party (or bloc of allied parties) has an absolute majority of seats? >9 "Canucks" is a slang term for natives of which country? Canada
>10 The Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn to which other New York borough? Manhattan