Melkor6000 wrote:Lastly, what's with the lack of India tossups in that set? There was one in Round 1 on Pakistan, and another question about India in Packet 13 (I think), but I didn't notice any appreciable Hinduism or Buddhism answerlines. It may've been overemphasized last year, but unless they were concentrated near the ends of packets and we just didn't hear 'em, they were maybe a bit sparse. Was last year an anomaly?
South Asian content in D2:
Packet 1 - history tossup on Pakistan (which I wrote)
Packet 2 - CE bonus on the dangers of getting a vaccine from the WHO in Abbottabad
Packet 5 - "theology" bonus on Jainism
Packet 9 - geography tossup on K2
Packet 12 - history tossup on the Mughal dynasty
Packet 13 - CE tossup on Manmohan Singh
Packet 13 - history bonus on the Black Hole of Calcutta
Packet 14 - "religious literature" tossup on the Bhagavad Gita
Packet 16 - mythology bonus on Matsya
Rant about mountains:
Leaving aside the fact that I always object to tossups on mountains because literally nobody has ever written an interesting tossup on mountains, the tossup on K2 is pretty poorly written.
This mountain is second only to Annapurna in the fatality rate experienced by climbers. It lies on the border between Xinjiang [shin-jee-yahng] and Baltistan, and its features include the Abruzzi [ah-BROOT-see] Spur, which rises above the (*) Godwin Austen Glacier. It was named by the Great Trigonometric Survey, which failed to locate a proper local name. For 10 points--what highest peak in the Karakoram [KAR-uh-KOR-um] Range is the second-tallest mountain in the world?
answer: _K2_ (or _Qogir_ Feng or _Dapsang_ or _Chogori_; accept Mount _Godwin Austen_ before "Godwin")
There are problems with this tossup on both the macro- and micro-levels. For starters, I'm not convinced the lead-in is any good. Having memorized the twenty tallest mountains in the world for a certain Japanese game show, I can definitively tell you that only two of them have any chance at all of being a tossup answer line in D2. You wouldn't put this clue if it were about Everest because everybody knows Everest. K2 is definitely the logical choice already by this point even if you have no idea how dangerous it is. If you do know how dangerous it is (and I think it's fairly common knowledge that K2 is more dangerous than Everest), why would you not buzz here? But moving on. Surely Baltistan is less well known than Xinjiang. So why are these two placed in that order? And given that one ends in "stan" and one sounds Chinese, even if you don't know where these places are you have just learned that we are looking for a mountain on the border between China and Pakistan. And surely the location of the mountain is better known than a named spur that is on it? Additionally, I happen to know where the Godwin Austen Glacier is, but I'm pretty sure that is also less well known than the fact that K2 is on the border between China and Pakistan. Then in the next sentence, the clue about the name is there partly because K2 has a strange name, but partly because there are no more geographic clues to give because it's a mountain and mountains don't make good answer choices for tossups
. You're already out of things to say about its geography. Don't write tossups on mountains. They are always, always, always boring. I'd like to think that people have figured this out in the TEN YEARS since this tossup was written and edited, but I think that is not the case.