Minnesota Open 2008: Post-Colonial Collapse Disorder Packet by Matt Lafer, Ryan Westbrook, and Evan Nagler (featuring Charles Meigs) Edited by Rob Carson, Andrew Hart, Gautam Kandlikar, Charles Meigs, and Bernadette Spencer Tossups

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

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Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

[10] “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” was included as a part of this group of poems in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass.

ANSWER: Calamus

[10] Another poem in Whitman’s Calamus group is this elegy on the death of Abraham Lincoln, in which a thrush sings “death’s outlet song of life.”

ANSWER: “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
7. Name these prominent Anti-Federalists, for 10 points each.

[10] This “drunken prophet” from Maryland walked out of the Convention along with fellow state delegate John Mercer, protesting the opposition to a bill of rights. He later embraced federalism and argued on behalf of the state in McCulloch v. Maryland.

ANSWER: Luther Martin

[10] The antics of this Massachusetts aristocrat at the Convention are probably surpassed by his being appointed as part of the three-man commission during the XYZ Affair, dying while serving as James Madison’s vice president, and drawing up some whacky electoral districts back in the M.A.

ANSWER: Elbridge Gerry

[10] This author of Extracts from the Virginia Charters wrote Virginia’s Declaration of Rights, and explained his refusal to sign at the Convention in his “Objections to this Constitution of Government.”

ANSWER: George Mason
8. David Queller derived a generalized form of this rule. For 10 points each:

[10] Name this rule which states that organism should perform an altruistic act where the cost to its fitness is outweighed by the reproductive benefit times the coefficient of relatedness.


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