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The 15th Annual State of Jefferson Middle School Scavenger Hunt will take place November 6, 7, 8 and 12, 2013

Participants in the State of Jefferson Scavenger Hunt have three days to complete answers to academic, artistic, current news, and internet questions using library resources and documentation. Middle and high school teams involve as many students and adults as possible in the high-pressure task of finding and documenting the right answers. The Hunt culminates in an adjudication session chaired by a judge. During the adjudication, competing teams have the opportunity to challenge and defend their responses. Students learn teamwork, organization, library skills, critical-thinking skills and verbal communication. 

2013-14 Coaches Corner

Scavenger Hunt Coaches Memo (PDF)

Scavenger Hunt Rules (PDF)

Scavenger Hunt Registration Form (fillable PDF form)


Part I: Dedicatee

  1. Our dedicatee was born in San Francisco, moved to Medford, Oregon at the age of four and was inducted into the hall of fame. What is the dedicatee’s name (FL). (2 points)

  2. What TV show did our dedicatee’s father host? (2 point)

  3. What disease has our dedicatee helped to raise funds for by participating in fund raisers located in Wisconsin? (2 points)

  4. Our dedicatee won a celebrity golf tournament with two other celebrities. What golf tour event did they win? (2 points)

Part II: General knowledge; Print and Internet based

  1. In a horror novel written by an Irish novelist in 1897, 2 non-English characters come to the aid of Jonathan H. and his wife to try to kill the antagonist. What are their last names (2 points)

  2. What is the title of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle book that describes how the dog’s eyes were able to be luminous? (1 point) Write the quote from the book that describes how the dog’s eyes were able to be luminous. (2 points)

  3. In a book about grandmothers in which a local woman is featured, what is the "Grandmother's" name (FL) who was called Jewskimo by her daughter? (2 points)

  4. On their way to Ashland, Oregon in the summer of the second decade of the twentieth century, who wore blue ribbons? (1 point) What was written on the ribbons? (1 point)  What were they going to see in Ashland? (1 point)

  5. According to a New York Times article, what was the name (FL) of a 15 year old girl who started a petition to eliminate a food additive which was used to prevent separation? (2 points)
    What was the name of the company that used the ingredient? (1 point) What was the name of the ingredient? (1 point)

  6. What product, which was described as psychedelic, was marketed by a British company in the 1960s? (1 point) What inspired the inventor which he saw in a British pub? (1 point)

  7. What subspecies, found in Eastern Oregon, has increased in the past 7 years to about 60 today? (1 point)
    What was found, during a necropsy, to be the cause of death in many of these subspecies? (1 points)

  8. According to a newspaper article in 1908, what was the name (FL) of a Kentucky born man who was “one of the heaviest property owners” in Jackson County? (2 points) What was the name of the property that he owned? (1 point) Where is the current location of what was known as his “ferry”? (1 points)

  9. What is the name (FL) of the man who published the first Oregon farm journal? (2 points)
    What was the name of the journal? (1 point)

  10. What is the name of an Oregon tunnel which never saw a train or car pass through? (1 point) In what mountain range is it located? (1 points)

  11. What nocturnal species listed as “Least Concerned” by the IUCN is omnivorous? (1 point)
    What family is this species a member of? (1 point)

  12. What Portland born inventor (FL), who was inducted into the Hall of Fame, is credited with saying "To be an inventor, you have to be willing to live with a sense of uncertainty"? (2 points)

  13. What game did a team from Oxford defeat the NY Giants in 1962? (2 points)

  14. If must never before never achieve accomplished, goals we employ attempted methods before we are to
    Write the motivational quote (circa 17th century) by rearranging all of the words above (1 point). Who is credited for writing this quote? (1 point) How many different possible ways can these words be arranged? The outcome does not need to need to be grammatically correct and do not include punctuation. (1 point)

  15. What sport was won by a UN Peacekeeper in 2006 in Germany? (1 points) Who (FL) was the UN Peacekeeper? (2 points)

  16. Scientific research has resulted in changes to previous discoveries which have been thought to be fact. In 1921, what was thought to be 48, using more advanced techniques, was found to actually be in 1955. What discovery do these numbers refer to? (1 point) What is the name (FL) of the scientist 46 who came very close to the correct number? (2 points) This scientist was involved with a 1950 US Supreme Court case that successfully challenged a doctrine established in 1896. What is the name of the doctrine (__ __ __)? (1 point)

  17. What is the name (FL) of the athlete who played for 12 different professional teams during his career? (2 points)

  18. What is the 18th century novel in which the companion’s name became part of the name of a description of a woman who acts as a general assistant in a business office? (1 point) What is the companion’s name? (1 point)

  19. In the 2009 documentary film about a material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives, one of the research scientists interviewed was from Washington State University. What toxic chemical was the basis of the interview? (2 point)

  20. In 2010 a discovery was announced of a new, large, plant-eating dinosaur. The remains were found in 105 million-year-old formation in a Western state. What is the scientific name (2 points) of the dinosaur and where was it found (1 point)?

  21. This person lived in Oregon in the 1970’s, was born in Georgia and went to high school Virginia. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame. What is his name (FL)? (2 points). In what 1978 movie did he appear? (1 point)

  22. What candy bar, some now consider to be racially biased, regained popularity due to a 1998 comedy movie? (2 points) What is the title of the movie? (1 point)

Part IV: Music Identification

You will find a snippet of a song from each of the decades shown below. Identify the song title and artist.

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    What is the song title? (1 point) What is the artists’ name? (1 point)

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    What is the song title? (1 point) Translate the title and finish the remainder of the line of the song that follows the title in English. (1 point)

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    What is the name of the song? (1 point) What is the artist’s name? (1 point)

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    What is the song title? (1 point) Name the artist. (1 point)

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    What is the song title? (1 point) Name the artist. (1 point)

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    What is the song title? (1 point) Name the artist. (1 point) What is the language of the quintet’s name? (1 point)

Part V: What and where in the world?

1. What is the name of the mountain in the background? (1 point) In what city is it located? (1 point)


2. What is this plant life commonly called (__ __)? (2 points)


3. What is this plant life commonly called (__ __)? (2 points)


4. Who is this monument built to honor (FL)? (2 point) In what country is this monument located? (1 point)


5. What is the species of this plant? (1 point) What country is this plant the national flower? (1 point)


6. What is the name of this painting? (1 point) Who is the artist? (1 point)


Part VI: Bring-in Items

  1. Bring in the candy bar from question #22 Part II (2 points)
  2. Product invented in question #6 (2 points)
  3. Products from question #5 containing the old (2 point) and replacement ingredient (1 point).
  4. A photo of the Scavenger Hunt captain with his or her favorite teacher holding a live snake. (2 points)
  5. A ticket stub or autograph from a performance or artist of any of the songs in Part IV (2 points)
  6. Live Performance: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is currently featuring a musical play entitled “My Fair Lady”. The musical's 1956 Broadway production was the longest run of any major musical theatre production in history. A member or members of your team will perform a 30-45 second dramatic and/or musical selection from the play. (0-3 points)