Some tossups which I recently wrote

by Gilbert Keith

I wrote these for the ACF Winter packet we intended to submit, but that ended up not working out. Since I playtested them, they’re not really usable elsewhere.

As always, I’m interested in comments.

One work by this author contains a section in which Christ interrogates Boniface VIII about an orgy featuring 1301 participants and another section in which a drunk man and an Archangel fight over the retelling of the story of the marriage at Cana. In another work by this author, the protagonist’s investigations reveal that the title character must have been wearing three shoes during the title event and that play ends with the protagonist handcuffing three policemen to a boiler. The former work reintroduced the Grammelot and was the first “giullarata” of this author. In the latter work, the protagonist is a “maniac” who impersonates a judge and questions Inspector Bertozzo and Inspector Pisani, revealing that the duo had pushed a bombing suspect out of a window rather than the official story of mysterious death of the title character. For 10 points, identify this Italian who wrote Mistero Buffo and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

ANSWER: Dario Fo


This man had feuded with Jose Carrera after Carrera led a disastrous retreat at the battle of El Roble [Rob-lay], and he gained fame early in his career in his attempt to defend Rancagua after Carrera’s forces deserted him. This man was deposed in a coup led by Ramon Friere, and he appointed Thomas Cochrane as the vice Admiral of his navy during his reign. In his most notable action, this man, along with Jose de San Martin, led an army from Buenos Aires through the Andes, which culminated in a battle at Chacabuco. After Chacabuco, this man ruled as the Supreme Dictator of Chile from 1817 to 1823. For 10 points, identify this man of Irish descent, a son of Ambrosio who was known as the liberator of Chile.

ANSWER: Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme


A lesser painting by this artist was inspired by the novel Le Roman de Miss Sarah Th and shows a peasant and his wife looking at their baby in a cradle. In addition to The Visit to the Nursery, he created two paintings showing a woman being pursued by her beau, and another in which the woman places a crown decorated with flowers on that lover. In addition to painting “The Lover Crowned” in a series intended for Madame du Barry, he also painted a man hurrying behind a door as he quickly expresses his love for a richly dressed woman. This artist of the series The Progress of Love and The Stolen Kiss showed light shining down on the central figure through a canopy as a young man hiding near a sculpture of putti stares at a young woman enjoying the title activity. For 10 points, identify this Rococo artist who painted The Swing.

ANSWER: Jean-Honore Fragonard

[Note: I tried to look around for the full title of the novel in the leadin, but I couldn’t come up with anything more specific for the “Th” in the title.]


Identify the following about the funny world of investing across borders, for 10 points each.

[10] In October, this country imposed a tax on foreign investments to control the appreciation of its currency. Investors’ activity in its markets saw a boost following the announcement that Rio would host the 2016 Olympics.

ANSWER:  Brazil [or Republica Federativa do Brasil]

[10] Other emerging markets attempting to curb inflows of “hot money” include this country. Its currency, the Rupiah, fell after Darmin Nasution signaled that its Central Bank was studying the feasibility of capital controls.

ANSWER: Republik Indonesia

[10] PM Valdis Dombrowskis of this EU country may be worried because its output declined by 17% in the last year. It has fiercely resisted suggestions of devaluating its currency, and its Central Bank may be lamenting the Scandinavian money that flooded into it in the mid 2000s.

ANSWER: Republic of Latvia


Vasari reports that the artist of this work commissioned a turner to make a wooden sphere on which it was painted. For 10 points each:

[10] Identify this painting by Parmigianino which shows an enlarged right hand of the artist as it is distorted by the titular object.

ANSWER: Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror

[10] A convex surface was used by Caravaggio to depict this mythological figure on a shield given as a gift to the Grand Duke of Tuscany.

ANSWER: Medusa

[10] Convex mirrors were also frequently used by Petrus Christus. Petrus was a student of this man who is better known for his Lucca Madonna and another Madonna commissioned for the Notre Dame du Chastel in Autun.

ANSWER: Jan van Eyck


The last ruler of any consequence to hold this title lost to the forces of Judar Pasha at the battle of Tondibi. For 10 points each:

[10] Identify this title held by Ishaq II, Daoud, and Muhammad Ture, who ruled the Songhai empire during the sixteenth century.


[10] Muhammad Ture was an askia under this Songhai emperor whose conquests brought Timbuktu and Djenne under his control. He ruled in the late 1400s.

ANSWER: Sunni Ali Ber

[10] This man traveled to the Songhai empire during the early 1500s in his trips to various African lands. He converted to Christianity after he was freed from the Papal slaves, and he is the author of The Geographical Historie of Africa.

ANSWER: Leo Africanus [or al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan ez-Zayyati]


The title character is on a voyage with a nameless companion, and encounters frequent digressions as he attempts to relate the story of his loves. For 10 points each:

[10] Identify this work whose title character believes that the fortune of humans is written out on a great scroll.

ANSWER: Jacques the Fatalist and his Master [or Jacques le fataliste et son Maitre]

[10] Jacques the Fatalist was written by this philosophe who collaborated with Jean d’Alembert on The Encyclopedia.

ANSWER: Denis Diderot

[10] In this dialogue by Diderot, the titular cynic and relative of a composer meets Diderot at a Parisian cafe and performs a confused pantomime in one scene. It contrasts the bohemian nature of the title character with the moralist views of Diderot.

ANSWER: Rameau’s Nephew [or Le neveu de Rameau]

In retrospect, the Fragonard tossups seems kind of suboptimal, especially at the leadin. People also seemed to be guessing O’Higgins soon after Thomas Cochrane was mentioned, but I thought people would know Cochrane more as a buddy of Jose de San Martin than as a buddy of O’Higgins.