[library-media] FW: SIRS E-mail Bulletin #12: Challenge Quests Now on SIRS Databases

Paula Zsiray paula.zsiray@cache.k12.ut.us
Tue, 25 Mar 2003 12:06:33 -0700


SIRS E-MAIL BULLETIN #12: CHALLENGE QUESTS
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-- Challenge Quests for SIRS Databases Now Online
-- Challenge Quests for April=20
-- Answers to Last Month's Challenge Quests
SIRS CHALLENGE QUESTS ONLINE
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Beginning this month, Challenge Quests will be provided for the =
following
SIRS=20
Databases: Researcher, Government Reporter, Renaissance, SKS WebSelect,=20
Discoverer and Discoverer WebFind. The current month's Challenge Quest =
will=20
appear and answers will be provided in subsequent months. To access this =
new
online=20
feature, click on SUGGESTED RESEARCH TOPICS under DATABASE=20
FEATURES.
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APRIL CHALLENGE QUESTS
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SIRS Researcher
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The use of torture can be traced back to the beginning of civilization, =
with
the first=20
written case being noted in the Code of Hammurabi from Babylon in the =
18th
century=20
B.C. The purpose of it varied, from being a method of extracting =
confessions
and=20
information, for entertainment and humiliation, to more severe forms
including criminal=20
punishment and execution. The use of torture began to decline during the =

Enlightenment, with most forms being abolished in Europe during the =
1800s.
The=20
United Nations abolished torture with the introduction of the Universal
Declaration of=20
Human Rights.=20
APRIL QUEST: In what year was this declaration introduced?
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SIRS Government Reporter
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On July 9, 2002, MIT astronomers discovered 2002 NT7, a 2 km-wide space
rock,=20
and they later concluded there was a chance that it might hit our planet =
on
February 1,=20
2019.
APRIL QUEST: What are the odds of 2002 NT7 impacting the Earth?
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SIRS Renaissance
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Idaho native Philo Farnsworth is credited as the inventor of electronic
television. He=20
dreamed of the idea in 1921; in 1927, he transmitted the first =
electronic
television=20
image in history. Farnsworth, however, does not stand alone in the =
annals of

television's historical development. Another television pioneer, whose =
name
is less=20
familiar, developed what is known as mechanical television. His =
mechanical
television=20
transmissions were reported three years prior to Farnsworth's electronic
television=20
transmissions.
APRIL QUEST: Who was this innovator?
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SKS WebSelect
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This year we celebrate the bicentennial of the historic expedition of
Meriwether Lewis=20
and William Clark. Their expedition began and ended in St. Louis, =
Missouri,
where a=20
monument was later erected to honor the pioneering spirit of these =
national
heroes and=20
commemorate westward expansion.
APRIL QUEST: What is the monument and when was it completed?
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SIRS Discoverer=20
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In 1877, the two moons of Mars were discovered. They are named after the
sons of=20
Mars in Greek mythology.
APRIL QUEST: What are the names of the two moons on Mars?
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Discoverer WebFind
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The Italian scientist and inventor Galileo was the son of Vincenzo =
Galilei,
a teacher. APRIL QUEST: What did Galileo's father teach?
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ANSWERS TO LAST MONTH'S CHALLENGE QUESTS
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SIRS Renaissance=20
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The Bloomsbury Group, an assemblage of artists and writers such as =
Virginia
Woolf=20
and E.M. Forster, was integral to the advent of modernism in early
20th-century=20
London, England. The group's wide-ranging influence, which includes a
diverse array=20
of works ranging from literature, paintings, sculpture and cultural
criticism, is still=20
acknowledged today.=20
LAST MONTH'S QUEST: What were three fundamental tenets to the group's=20
nontraditional philosophies?
PATHFINDER
Subject Headings: Woolf, Virginia (1882-1941); English, Art; Bloomsbury
group
Keywords: "Virginia Woolf" AND Bloomsbury; "Bloomsbury Group"; "English =
Art"

(all by relevance)
Topic Browse Paths: Literary Corner: Literary Profiles: English =
Literature
(Since=20
1785): Virginia Woolf; Literature: Literary Classics; Literature: =
People:
Fiction Authors=20
(Female)
ANSWER: Socialism, pacifism and atheism. These core beliefs stimulated =
the
group's=20
Modernist and avant-garde literary, cultural and artistic works and =
social,
political and=20
religious ideals.=20
ARTICLES:
"So, Who's Obsessed with Virginia Woolf?" - THE RECORD, January 5, 2003
"Virginia Woolf" BIOGRAPHY, March 2001 "Bloomsbury Group" THE HUTCHINSON
DICTIONARY OF THE ARTS, 2000 "English Art" THE HUTCHINSON DICTIONARY OF =
THE
ARTS, 2000
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Discoverer WebFind
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In ancient Egypt, life revolved around the yearly cycle of the Nile =
River.=20
LAST MONTH'S QUEST: What does the Nile do each year that is so =
important?
PATHFINDER Subject Heading: Egypt, History
ANSWER: The Nile floods each year.
WEB SITE:
ANCIENT EGYPT -- http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html
Source: The British Museum
Summary: This site explores life in Ancient Egypt. On this =
graphic-intensive
site you=20
will learn about Egyptian life, geography, gods and goddesses,
mummification,=20
pharaohs, pyramids, temples, time, trades and writing. Each section has =
a
story,=20
exploration and game that illustrate a different part of Ancient Egypt. =
This
site requires=20
the Flash plug-in. Games require Shockwave.
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For further information on the Challenge Quest feature or any other SIRS
product,=20
please contact SIRS Customer Service at 1-800-232-7477 (press "1"), =
e-mail=20
custserve@sirs.com or visit www.sirs.com.=20