Varsity Tossup Sample Questions

Question #1            Potpourri – Music

Q.  When three eighth notes are “joined” with a slur and an italic “3,” what is it called?

A.  a triplet


Question #2            Literature/Language Arts – Drama

Q.  What Lorraine Hansberry drama concerns a southside Chicago family named Younger?

A.  “A Raisin in the Sun”


Question #3            Math – Trig

Q.  What trig function is the reciprocal of sine?

A.  cosecant


Question #4            Science – Earth Science

Q.  What imaginary line marks the southernmost limit of the tropics?

A.  Tropic of Capricorn


Question #5            Social Science – American History

Q.  What American president survived an assassination attempt by mentally disturbed house painter Richard Lawrence?

A.  Andrew Jackson


Question #6            Science – Physics

Q.  Three capacitors, 7, 6, and 2 micro-farads respectively, are all connected in parallel.  What is their equivalent capacitance in micro-farads?

A.  15 micro-farads


Question #7            Potpourri – Sports/Games

Q.  The world championship title for draughts was held many years by an American.  Draughts is known by what name in the United States?

A.  checkers


Question #8            Social Science – US Geography

Q.  The proposed name for this state was Deseret, “land of honeybees.” This name was rejected by Congress in favor of a Navajo word meaning upper.  Its southeastern corner is the only spot in the US where four states join.  What state is it?

A.  Utah


Question #9            Math – Geometry

Q.  Using 3.14 as pi, find the volume of a sphere with a diameter of 4 feet.  Round your answer to the nearest hundredth.

A.  33.49 feet


Question #10            Literature/Language Arts – Drama

Q.  In what Shakespearean comedy are we introduced to the drunken tinker Christopher Sly who sits down to watch the play unfold for his benefit?

A.  “The Taming of the Shrew