ROUND 1: DIVERSITY AND THE OSCARS
1. Q: Who is the first African American woman to win an Oscar for best actress?
A: Halle Berry
2. Q: Name the black thespian who won the award for best actor that same year.
A: Denzel Washington
3. Q: What year did Prince win an Oscar award for best original song score for his film
4. Q: Who was the first Mexican actress nominated for Best Actress?
A: Salma Hayek
5. Q: In 1987, Marlee Matlin became the first deaf actor to win an Oscar when she won
for her role in what film?
A: Children of a Lesser God
6. Q: In Sam Smith’s Oscar acceptance speech for Best Original Score this year, Smith
misquoted which actor as saying that no openly gay man has ever won an Oscar.
A: Sir Ian McKellen
7. Q: The 2013 Best Picture of the Year, “Five Years as a Slave,” was based on whose
A: Solomon Northup
8. Q: Name the performer who showed her true grit when she became the youngest
actress of Asian descent to earn an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.
A: Hailee Steinfeld
9. Q: In 1985, the Color Purple earned 11 Oscar nominations, including for best picture,
best actress and best supporting actress. How many statuettes did the film end up
10. Q: Which Oscar winner made a plea for the indigenous and underprivileged people
of the world who will be most affected by climate change at this year’s Academy
A: Leonardo DiCaprio
11. Q: In 2006, Martin Scorsese won his first Academy Awards for directing The
Departed, which is based on an original Hong Kong film. What is the title of that film in
A: Infernal Affairs
12. Q: Two white actresses have won Oscars for playing Asian characters. Name one.
A: Luise Rainer or Linda Hunt
ROUND 2: SUMMER OLYMPICS
1. Q: In what city and country is the Olympic Torch flame lit before it travels to the host
A: Olympia, Greece
2. Q: Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete who holds the most Gold
Medals. How many has he earned so far?
3. Q: The United States boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow to protest the
Soviet Union’s invasion of which country?
4. Q: The Olympic rings contain five colors. Name them, in order, from left to right.
A: Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red
5. Q: Which American city in 1984 hosted the 23rd Summer Olympic Games by default?
A: Los Angeles
6. Q: Which North American country has the most Olympic medals in baseball?
7. Q: Name the only American man who has won two gold medals in the 100-meter
A: Carl Lewis
8. Q: The Olympic motto, in Latin, is “citius, altius, fortius,” (CI-TI- US, AL-TI- US, FOR-TI-
US). What does this mean in English?
A: Faster, Higher, Stronger
9. Q: In what year was the last Summer and Winter Olympics held in the same year?
10. Q: Which major U.S. city was one of four candidates to host the 2016 Olympic
11. Q: In 1948, this high jumper became the first black woman to win a gold medal in
track and field. Name her.
A: Alice Coachman
12. Q: Who is the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal for the U.S. in 1948
and the first male diver to win back-to- back gold medals that also coached Olympian
A: Dr. Sammy Lee
ROUND 3: EINSTEIN, GEOGRAPHY AND LITERATURE
1. Q: In what American college town did Albert Einstein spend his final days?
A: Princeton, New Jersey
2. Q: Ecuador was recently hit with a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which was felt a
hundred miles away at the country’s capital. Name the capital.
3. Q: Which musical instrument did Albert Einstein love to play because it brought him
joy and helped him think about his theories?
4. Q: What is the smallest country by land area on the mainland of Africa?
A: The Gambia
5. Q: This American master of short stories, who won a Nobel Prize in the 1950s, worked
as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star. Name the writer.
A: Ernest Hemingway
6. Q: According to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, what force emanating from the
mass of large objects bends light?
7. Q: In the world of this novel, New England has been ceded to Canada as landfill and
each year is named for a consumer product, like the Year of the Depends Adult
Undergarment and the Year of the Whopper. Name the novel.
A: Infinite Jest
8. Q: What country was home to the ancient city of Carthage?
9. Q: Which novel by Kurt Vonnegut depicted the firebombing of Dresden, Germany, in
World War Two, and was partially based on his experience as a prisoner of war?
10. Q: What is the name of the American literary icon whose first novel starts off, “I am
an invisible man”?
A: Ralph Ellison, who wrote “Invisible Man”
11. Q: With nicknames like “Popcorn Field” and “the Ballroom of Death,” this area on
route to Mount Everest’s summit is considered the most dangerous and deadliest after
the 2014 avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas. Name the area.
A: Khumbu Icefall
12. Q: Name the navigational system made possible by Einstein’s theory of relativity.
A: GPS (Global Positioning System)
ROUND 4: CURRENT EVENTS
1. Q: Name the judge President Obama nominated to replace the late Supreme Court
Justice Antonin Scalia.
A: Merrick Garland
2: Q: In April the CDC confirmed that the Zika virus causes what birth defect where the
baby’s head is abnormally small.
A: Microcephaly (MICRO-CEF- AH-LEE)
3. Q: Wendi Deng, the former wife of Rupert Murdoch, is reportedly dating which world
A: Vladmir Putin
4. Q: What popular U.S. clothing company apologized for its interview with Gloria
Steinem in its spring catalog?
A: Lands’ End
5. Q: Before becoming the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau worked as a
schoolteacher in what Canadian city and province?
A: Vancouver, Canada
6. Q: Governor Nathan Deal of which state vetoed a bill that critics say discriminated
against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
7. Q: What is the name of the city that hosted this year’s Super Bowl between the
Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers?
A: Santa Clara
8. Q: General Electric recently agreed to move its headquarters from Fairfield,
Connecticut, to what city?
9. Q: A month after 14-year- old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a
homemade clock to school that authorities said resembled a bomb, his family announced
they were going to move to what country?
10. Q: How many countries signed the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership free trade
11. Q: What is the name of the law firm that created the leaked documents containing
the identities of shareholders and directors of more than 200,000 shell companies in the
Panama Papers scandal?
A: Mossack Fonseca (MOW-SACK FON-SECKAH
12. Q: Author Viet Thanh Nguyen (VEE-AT TAHN WHEN) won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize
in Fiction for his novel that is set around the Vietnam War. What is the title of that book?
A: The Sympathizer
ROUND 5: U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
1. Q: Name the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed the existence of super PACS.
A: Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (or Citizens United)
2. Q: Who was the former secretary of state who led Al Gore’s Florida recount effort in
the contested 2000 presidential election?
A: Warren Christopher
3. Q: Only one U.S. president has been elected to office four times. Name him.
A: Franklin Roosevelt
4. Q: In 2008, Barack Obama became the third sitting senator to win a presidential
election. Who was the second sitting senator to have won the presidency?
A: John F. Kennedy
5. Q: One former U.S. Republican president ran for presidential office in 1912 on a third-
party ticket. Name him.
A: Theodore Roosevelt
6. Q: How many delegates does it take to win the Democratic presidential nomination for
the 2016 election?
7. Q: Who was the first president elected to office after women won full voting rights
across the U.S.?
A: Warren G. Harding
8. Q: Only one U.S. president has won two non-consecutive presidential elections. Name
A: Grover Cleveland
9. Q: In 1789, the Electoral College unanimously elected George Washington as
president. How many states made up the Electoral College then?
10. Q: Who to date has been the oldest person ever elected U.S. president?
A: Ronald Reagan
11. Q: What do you call an Electoral College member who fails to vote for the candidate
that won the popular vote in that state?
A: Faithless elector
12. Q: If no presidential candidate receives a majority of popular votes and there is also
a deadlock in the Electoral College, the House of Representatives elects the president.
This has happened twice in the nation’s history. Who were the two presidents who won
the presidency this way?
A: Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams (full known
presidential name is required)