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Among those present at its signing were Alexander Cadogan and Sumner Welles. It included the provision that the participants would "endeavor... to further the enjoyment by all States... of access... to trade and to... raw materials." Its third point emphasized "the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live" and its eighth encouraged all nations to abandon militarism. The meeting at which it was adopted also included a discussion of the Lend-Lease Act but it was not adopted by Josef Stalin. FTP, identify this document signed on the Augusta and Prince of Wales off Newfoundland in August 1941 and in which Churchill and Roosevelt laid out the Allies' war aims.
Answer: the Atlantic Charter
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Commercial examples of these include Vitaxin, which binds to vascular integrin to inhibit angiogenesis and one which binds to tumor necrosis factor-alpha, infliximab. Their usefulness is limited by the HAMA problem and the first step to creating them is finding myeloma cells that cannot synthesize HGPRT. A method to produce them entails fusing a cancerous B-cell with a spleen cell that has already developed a response to a given antigen. FTP, identify these immune-system molecules so named because they are all identical reproductions of the original cell and because they target only one antigen, the invention of which won Kohler and Milstein the 1984 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Answer: monoclonal antibodies (prompt on antibodies before "HAMA")
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Singing "Avant de quitter ces lieux" in the second act of this opera, an officer entrusts his sister to the care of Siebel. In the fourth act, after returning singing "Gloire immortelle," that officer duels with the title character and in the last act, the title character and his love sing "Oui, c'est toi que j'aime." The Tintin character Bianca often sings the Jewel Aria from this opera, the third act of which features a ballad about the King of Thule sung by the main female character at a spinning wheel. That character, Marguerite, appears in a vision for the title character in the first act. FTP, identify this opera beginning with the gift of a magic potion of youth and about a deal with Mephistopheles; the masterpiece of Charles Gounod.
Answer: Faust, opera
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Prior to this battle, the losing side attempted to ally with Christian forces who were forbidden to participate by Pope Alexander IV. Following the execution of envoys in Cairo, the winning forces marched on the losers' position in Galilee. They met at a site that was supposedly the location of David's legendary victory and is known as the Spring of Goliath. The winning side, under Qutuz, used a feint to lure the forces of Kitbuga into a trap, which was sprung by the leading general on the victor's side, Baybars. FTP, identify this battle fought in 1260 between the remnants of Hulagu's Mongol forces and the Mamelukes and which ended the westward expansion of the Mongol empire.
Answer: the Battle of Ayn Jalut (prompt on the Battle of the Spring of Goliath before it's mentioned)
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The crumpled pages of this work alert a rescue party to the location of train wreck survivor Ashoke Ganguli in a 2004 novel. This work's protagonist, a short pock-marked man with reddish balding hair, goes home at night to make capital and lower case letters. He later resolves to deprive himself of nighttime tea and other small comforts to supplement the fourty kopecks he had already saved. The protagonist dies delirious in a snowstorm but his ghost returns to rob the Person of Consequence. FTP, all of these events are related to Akaky Akakievich's obsession with the title object in what Nikolai Gogol short story?
Answer: The Overcoat or Shinel
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One example of this class of programs is the operator-precedence type which has difficulty processing symbols with multiple meanings. Top-down ones include the packrat and the LL algorithm while chart ones include the Earley and the CKY algorithms and are frequently used for natural languages. Handle pruning is a technique used in shift-reduce types of them. Some compilers use a namesake generator, such as GNU Bison, to create one of these for each code. These usually operate on the output of a lexical analyzer and themselves output a tree of tokens. FTP, identify these programs that analyze an input sequence and determine its grammatical structure.
Answer: parsers (accept parsing programs)
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In the Merseburg Incantations, this character is also referred to as Phol and is aided by his family when his mount sprains its foot. The Gylfaginning claims that "none may gainsay his judgments" while Saxo Grammaticus held him to be a historical rival of Hotherus in the Gesta Danorum. Due to the treachery of Thokk, and despite the use of Hringhorni, the largest ship in the world, Hermod failed in his mission to retrieve this god. However, the Voluspa foretells his resurrection following Ragnarok. FTP, identify this son of Frigg mistakenly killed by his brother Hoder's mistletoe arrow; the Norse god of beauty.
Answer: Balder or Baldur (accept Phol before it's mentioned)
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One of these bodies is combined with an axial magnetic field through a compact object to extract energy in the Blandford-Znajek process. The Eddington limit gives the upper bound for the rate of their formation and, hence, characteristic temperature and the formation of one of them around a black hole at the center of a galaxy gives rise to an active galactic nucleus. In cases such as those involving dwarf novae, the gases in these objects behave like highly viscous fluids; these gases are heated by frictional churning as they dissipate angular momentum, a process especially notable in the Roche lobes of certain binary systems. FTP, identify these circular objects formed when material coalesces around a gravitational source.
Answer: accretion disk
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In a discourse against this concept, John Tillotson claimed that a man could do "nothing more unworthily towards a friend." In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the notion of metousiosis forms the basis for this concept and Ignatius of Antioch defended it in 106 CE in his Epistle to the Smyrnaean. Exegetical support for it can be found in First Corinthians 11:27, Matthew 26:26-28, and especially John 6:26. Its justification rests on the distinction between accidents and substance and an analogous Anglican doctrine is known as Real Presence. FTP, identify this dogma confirmed by the Fourth Lateran Council that states that the wine and wafer of the Eucharist literally become the blood and body of Christ.
Answer: transubstantiation
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In one historical novel, this author depicts Mr. Bartholomew who sends a prostitute, Rebecca Hocknell, to a cave where she gives birth to Shaker founder Ann Lee. Another novel of his centers on Miles Green who, while in a hospital room, believes his nurse to be the muse Erato. Work on a translation of Claire de Duras's Ourika inspired him to begin his most distinguished work. That work is set in this author's home, Lyme Regis, where Ernestina Freeman's fiance, the amateur paleontologist Charles Smithson, dumps her to obsessively pursue Sarah Woodruff, the title character. FTP, name this recently deceased British author of Mantissa, Maggot, and The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Answer: John Fowles
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This character is first seen as one of the twelve survivors of the wreck of the Hunter Gratzner, after which he dislocates his shoulders to escape. In a 2004 game by Starbreeze Studios, he escapes from Butcher Bay with the bounty hunter Johns and his special sight is the result of an operation performed on him by Pope Joe. Aeon Flux creator Peter Chung based a short film subtitled Dark Fury on his adventures and, in a more famous appearance, he defeats the Lord Marshall and the Necromongers, finding out in the process that he is a Furyan warrior. FTP, identify this character first appearing in a movie loosely based on Asimov's Nightfall, Pitch Black; a Vin Diesel character whose Chronicles were told in a 2004 David Twohy movie.
Answer: Richard B. Riddick
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At the beginning of this work, one character is asked "May you not hurt your enemy when he struck first?" To carry-out his mission, the protagonist plans to "assume the Parnassian dialect" and his former nurse, Cilissa, is sent to fetch the king without his bodyguards following the advice from the chorus that "it is the messenger who makes the bent word straight." Disguised as a Daulian from Phocis, the main character enters Argos with his friend Pylades and is told to "let Loxias touch [him]" following his murder of his mother and her lover. FTP name this work centering on the vengeance Orestes visits on Aegisthus and Clytemnestra; the second play of Aeschylus' Oresteia, whose title characters are a chorus of women bearing offerings to the grave of Agamemnon.
Answer: The Libation-Bearers or Choephori
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This pathway has a vanishing small reaction rate for tertiary halides due to steric hindrance so an alternative carbocation pathway is strongly preferred. During reactions of this type, a complete inversion of configuration takes place and, in them, the substituent concertedly attacks opposite the leaving group. One example of them is the reaction of n-butyl bromide with iodide to produce a bromide and n-butyl iodide, while another example is the reaction of chloromethane and sodium hydroxide to produce methanol and sodium chloride. FTP, identify this type of chemical reaction initiated by the approach of an electron donor species and entailing a nucleophilic substitution with two species.
Answer: SN2 (accept bimolecular nucleophilic substitution before "nucleophilic;" prompt on it afterwards)
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This painting was the inspiration for Rilke's poem Der Berg and was also used for the cover of the first edition of Debussy's La mer. This work inverts the traditional meisho-e conventions by placing the famous place in the background and the titular entity in the foreground. Three fishing boats can be seen in this painting, one moving against the titular object and the other two resting in its trough. The background of this work depicts a snow-capped peak which is also depicted in thirty-five other paintings from the same series by this work's artist. FTP, identify this ukio-e print from Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji; the most famous painting of Katsushika Hokusai.
Answer: The Great Wave off Kanagawa or Fugaku sanjurokkei: Kanagawaoki namiura (or In the Hollow of a Wave off the Coast at Kanagawa; be generous with the title, as various translations are acceptable as long as wave and Kanagawa are present)
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In the second part of Ludwig von Mises' book Human Action, Mises claims that this concept should be understood metaphorically and that its tools can only operate in times of peace. Richard Hofstadter traced it in American thought, identifying Lester Ward as one of its main opponents. This two-word concept titles a book with such sections as "Sociology," "War," and "Some Natural Rights" written by William Sumner, but its first and best-known proponent was the man who, in his 1864 work Principles of Biology, coined the term "survival of the fittest." FTP, name this theory most famously advocated by Herbert Spencer and which sought to apply evolutionary methods to the study of society.
Answer: social Darwinism
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"To pierce intellectual depths" and "to speak" with "the perfect rectitude" "of the movements of animals" were two of its preface's stated objectives. In a later additions to the collection, the author describes how "on a little promontory... stood, isolated" "A Noiseless Patient Spider" and how, "Aroused and angry," he resigned himself "To sit by the wounded and soothe them, or silently watch the dead" The fifty-second and final section of its first poem begins "The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me" before "over the roofs of the world" the untamed poet sounds his "barbaric yawp." FTP, name this quintessential American poetry collection by Walt Whitman.
Answer: Leaves of Grass
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The symmetry-preserving Kosterlitz-Thouless type of these occurs in two-dimensional superconductors. Mean-field theories break down in the vicinity of these events, leading to inaccuracies in the Ehrenfest scheme by which they are classified. In the neighborhood of these, fluids may exhibit critical opalescence. Those involving latent heat are known as first-order; the second-order ones are continuous and include the one between paramagnetism and ferromagnetism and the one between viscous flow and superfluidity. FTP, identify these physical events typically characterized by a critical point such as the Curie temperature and some common examples of which are the boiling and freezing of water.
Answer: phase transitions (accept equivalents, prompt on transitions)
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This man changed sides after being ousted by a pretender and hiding out in the Lesser Syrtis region and he won an early victory when he came to the aid of Indibilis, Prince of the Ilergetes. As the second-in-command to Laelius, he coordinated the burning of the camp of Syphax and led the left wing at the battle of the Great Plains. Confirmed as king by the Senate in 203 BCE, this son of Gaia built on his predecessor's founding of Siga and Cirta to build his empire. However, he is most famous for having led the right cavalry wing at a 202 BCE battle against Hannibal. FTP, identify this chieftain of the Massyles and grandfather of Jugurtha; one of the victors at Zama and the founder of the Numidian kingdom.
Answer: Masinissa
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An attempt to take advantage of it led to the death of Edward Gorsuch and the Christiana riots that erupted in the aftermath. State legislation attempting to counteract it was held to be unconstitutional in Prigg v. Pennsylvania. One provision of a piece of legislation with this name stipulated a payment of ten dollars when a certificate was granted but only five dollars when it was refused and Abraham Lincoln supported a version of this legislation in his 1854 Peoria speech. A later law with this name was one component of the Compromise of 1850, but the first law with this name was created in 1793 in response to the kidnapping of John Davis. FTP, identify the common name of these two laws which stipulated penalties for aiding escaped slaves.
Answer: Fugitive Slave Acts or (or Fugitive Slave Laws)
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This mathematical object can be approximated with the Lanczos formula and represented in the Weierstrass form. The Legendre duplication formula gives the relationship between this function for an argument and for twice that argument, and its product with itself is given by the Gauss multiplication formula. It can be defined through a power series whose kth coefficient is proportional to the Riemann zeta function evaluated at k. Its values for half-integer arguments are proportional to the square root of pi and, as a function of z, it is typically given as the integral from 0 to infinity of t to the z minus 1, times e to the minus t, dt. FTP, identify this mathematical function; a generalization of the factorial to the complex numbers.
Answer: Euler gamma function
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It was said to be the model of the android Hadaly in Villiers de L'Isle-Adam's Tomorrow's Eve and the first paper written on it was by Antoine Quatremere. A tabletop replica of this work is the object of admiration in Honore Daumier's The Connossieur. Its missing plinth was depicted in a drawing by Auguste Debay; this helped classify this work as Hellenistic rather than Classical, as believed by Louis Forbin, the director of the Louvre at the time of its discovery. Due to the efforts of Adolf Furtwangler, who conjectured that this statue originally held a golden apple, it is now believed to have been sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch. FTP, identify this statue discovered on an Aegean island by a Greek farmer and easily recognized due to its missing arms.
Answer: the Venus de Milo (or the Venus of Melos or the Aphrodite of Melos)
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He defeated Bartolomeo Mitre to become president of his country. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this Argentine politician, president of Argentina from 1868 to 1874.
Answer: Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Albaracin
[10] In Sarmiento's famous tract Facundo, he analyzes governments ruled by this type of South American political strongman. Men who have used this title include Trujillo and Porfirio Diaz.
Answer: caudillo
[10] Facundo was written as a protest against the rule of this caudillo politician, who ruled Argentina from 1829 to 1852.
Answer: Juan Manuel Jose Domingo Ortiz de Rosas y Lopez de Osornio
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Typically found in plants that exist in arid areas, this carbon-fixation pathway is used in cacti and pineapples. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this pathway, which takes its name from a family of succulent plants in which it was discovered.
Answer: crassulacean acid metabolism
[10] CAM plants differ from C4 plants in that they lack these thick-walled structures, which surround the veins of C4 plants.
Answer: bundle sheaths
[10] In 2000, a Nature article reported the discovery of both C4 and C3 pathways in one of these unicellular organisms, whose silicified cell walls form epitheca and hypotheca.
Answer: diatoms (or bacillariophytae or bacillariophytes)
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In 1946, it was made into a movie called The Heiress. FTPE:,
[10] Name this Henry James work that deals with the courtship of the wealthy heiress Catherine Sloper.
Answer: Washington Square
[10] This suitor of Catherine's wants to marry her in order to acquire her fortune. He thinks being a doctor like Catherine's father is practicing a "loathsome profession."
Answer: Morris Townsend (accept either name)
[10] This aunt of Catherine's raised her and encourages Townsend to elope with her.
Answer: Lavinia Penniman (accept either name)
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Answer some questions about the Franco-Prussian War FTPE.,
[10] The war was sparked by the release of this document, which Bismarck manipulated to suggest that the French envoy, Benedetti, had been treated rudely during a meeting with Wilhelm I at a resort town.
Answer: Ems dispatch or telegram
[10] This largest battle of the war, fought west of Metz on August 18, 1870, saw Helmuth von Moltke push-back the French, under Francois Bazaine, into a fortified position at Metz, which fell two months later.
Answer: Battle of Gravelotte-St. Privat
[10] The war ended when von Moltke won a victory at Sedan over the forces of this French general.
Answer: Marie-Edme-Patrice-Maurice de Mac-Mahon, duke of Magenta
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Identify the following about sociological works dealing with societal elites FTPE.,
[10] Coined by Antonio Gramsci, this term refers to the representation of oligarchic interests as universal interests.
Answer: hegemony
[10] This masterwork of Vilfredo Pareto claims that the elite classes replenish themselves through the assimilation of the best members of the lower classes.
Answer: Mind and Society or Trattato di Sociologia Generale (or The Treatise on General Sociology)
[10] In the work The Ruling Class, this Italian put forth the thesis that "in every political organism there is one individual who is chief among the leaders."
Answer: Gaetano Mosca
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It consists of the Vinaya, Sutta, and Abhidhamma. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this collection of scriptures which may take its name from the vessels in which the original scrolls were kept.
Answer: Tripitaka (or Tipitaka or Three Baskets or Triple Basket)
[10] The Tipitaka is sometimes known as the canon of this language of the Buddha in which it was originally written and of which it is the only surviving literature.
Answer: Pali
[10] The Tipitaka is the canon of this Buddhist sect, the name of which is Sanskrit for lesser vehicle.
Answer: Hinayana
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It analyzes the disproportionate impact of failed romances on women in "A Broken Heart" and decries the "illiberal spirit of ridicule" of English travelers in "English Writers in America." FTPE:,
[10] Name this early American collection by Washington Irving.
Answer: The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent
[10] In this essay from the Sketch-Book, Irving reflects on how man's "very monuments become a ruin" after spending an afternoon in the titular structure, where he visits the Poet's Corner.
Answer: "Westminster Abbey"
[10] In this essay Prefaced by a quote from Garrick, Irving contemplates the works of an English playwright while stopping at the Red Horse in the titular town.
Answer: "Stratford-on-Avon"
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Its name was coined in 1946 by Robert Coates in reference to the work of Arshile Gorky and Willem De Kooning, among others. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this artistic movement, whose best-known exponent was probably Jackson Pollock.
Answer: abstract expressionism
[10] This artist escaped from Nazi Germany in 1941 with the help of Peggy Guggenheim and helped inspire abstract expressionism in the States. He is famous for inventing frottage and for works such as The Virgin Spanking the Christ Child before Three Witnesses.
Answer: Max Ernst
[10] This American art critic promoted abstract expressionism, especially the work of Jackson Pollock, in essays such as Avant Garde and Kitsch and books like Art and Culture.
Answer: Clement Greenberg
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He attacked calculus in The Analyst but is better known as the author of the Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this Irish philosopher most famous for his dictum that "to be is to be perceived."
Answer: George Berkeley
[10] Berkeley originally put forth the above statement in this 1710 work.
Answer: A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
[10] Berkeley is better known for this 1713 work in which one of the titular characters, whose name translates as "mind-lover," presents what he thinks is a case against "sceptics and atheists."
Answer: Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Athiests
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Name each of the following related to a certain creature FTPE.,
[10] This creature is the product of incestuous desire that led to the hot demon-on-virgin action in which it was conceived. Its French name refers to the sound it produces, like "the baying of hounds."
Answer: the Questing Beast (or Beste Glatissant)
[10] Arthur encounters the Questing Beast while resting by a spring where this King of the Isles steals Arthur's horse to continue his "twelve-month" pursuit of the Beast. He later breaks the Sword from the Stone. What a dick.
Answer: King Pellinore of the Isles
[10] Pellinore calls Arthur a "fool" for proposing to chase the Beast as only he or this man, his next of kin, can slay it. This lover of Morgause of Orkney is unable to kill the Beast, however, as he is slain by Gawain.
Answer: Lamorak de Galis
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They are formed by reacting organic halides, such as alkyl, aryl, or vinyl halides, with magnesium. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this class of chemicals named for the French scientist who discovered them.
Answer: Grignard reagents
[10] Grignard reagents will react with this chemical, with formula H2CO, to give primary alcohols.
Answer: formaldehyde (or methanal)
[10] Alcohols can also be synthesized by reacting Grignard reagents with this class of chemicals. They are defined by the presence of a carbonyl carbon single-bonded to an oxygen, bonded to a carbon-containing group.
Answer: esters
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It began with a meeting between the crews of the battleships Petropavlovsk and Sevastopol and demanded freedom for trade unions and the release of political prisoners. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this 1921 sailor uprising that took place in a Russian naval fortress on Kotlin Island.
Answer: Kronstadt Rebellion (or Kronstadt Uprising, etc.)
[10] General Mikhail Tukhachevsky lost ten thousand men in the re-taking of Kronstadt ordered by this man, the leader and founder of the Red Army, who later took an ice axe in the head in Mexico.
Answer: Leon Trotsky (or Lev Davidovich Bronshtein)
[10] The Kronstadt uprising was the culmination of a series of revolts against war communism, which was replaced in March of 1921 by this plan, articulated by Lenin at the Tenth Congress.
Answer: New Economic Policy (or Plan)
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It began when the governor of the Dominion of New England left New York for Boston, leaving Francis Nicholson in charge. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this 1689 to 1691 rebellion headed by a German trader and eventually put down by Henry Sloughter.
Answer: Leisler's Rebellion (or Leisler's Revolt, etc.)
[10] This was the governor of New England who had left Nicholson in charge. He was widely unpopular for limiting town meetings to one annually and placing the militia under his direct control.
Answer: Edmund Andros
[10] Albany decided to accept Leisler after the burning of Schenectady by French and Indian forces in this colonial counterpart to the War of the League of Augsburg.
Answer: King William's War
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He first obtained fame with the oratorio Le Roi David but he is better known for a work that attempts to capture the dynamics of a locomotive, Pacific 231. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this French composer and member of les Six.
Answer: Arthur Honegger
[10] Another important work of Honegger's early period was this 1925 opera which depicts the killing of an Assyrian general by the title character.
Answer: Judith, opera in 3 acts, H57b (accept either underlined part)
[10] With a libretto by Paul Claudel, this Honegger composition is sometimes performed as a mini-opera and depicts the immolation of a fifteenth-century French heroine.
Answer: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher, dramatic oratorio for various speakers
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Answer some questions about integration FTPE.,
[10] This simplest type of integral is defined as the zero-mesh-size limit of its namesake sums.
Answer: Riemann integral
[10] This broad generalization of the Riemann integral uses its namesake measure on a set to extend the Riemann integral to a wider class of functions.
Answer: Lebesgue integral
[10] This useful theorem of Lebesgue integration states that, if a series of measurable functions converges and is bounded, then the limit of the integrals of the series equals the integral of the function to which the series converges.
Answer: Lebesgue's dominated convergence theorem
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Identify the Milton poem from lines FTPE.,
[10] "His State / Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed / And post o're Land and Ocean without rest / They also serve who only stand and waite."
Answer: "On His Blindness"
[10] "But hail, thou Goddes, sage and holy, / Hail divinest Melancholy, / Whose Saintly visage is too bright / To hit the Sense of human sight."
Answer: "Il Penseroso"
[10] "He knew / Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme. / He must not flote upon his watery bear / Unwept, and welter to the parching wind, / Without the meed of som melodious tear."
Answer: "Lycidas"
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Answer some questions about the formalism of classical mechanics FTPE.,
[10] These classical analogs of commutators obey the Jacobi identity. If the value of one for some physical quantity and the Hamiltonian of a system is zero, that quantity is a constant of the motion for that system.
Answer: Poisson brackets (prompt on "bracket")
[10] Considering a canonical transformation of a Hamiltonian yields this differential equation for the generating function of that transformation.
Answer: Hamilton-Jacobi equation
[10] The Hamilton-Jacobi equation is derived by requiring that this functional remain extremal under a canonical transformation, as it must be extremal for the classical path according to Hamilton's principle.
Answer: classical action
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One of his early plays, No Good Friday, deals with Willie Seopola's stand against a gangster. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this author of Nongogo perhaps more famous for a play in which the two title characters experience the effects of the Population Registration Act and the Pass Laws.
Answer: Athol Harold Lannigan Fugard
[10] Fugard is better known for this play in which two black brothers, one of whom can pass for white, await the visit of a white girl.
Answer: Blood Knot
[10] This 1982 Fugard play investigates the relationship between Hally and the other titular characters, Sam and Willie.
Answer: "Master Harold" and the Boys
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He spent two years studying with Rudolf Virchow while preparing for an expedition to Baffin Island which would result in his book, The Central Eskimo. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this German-born anthropologist, who studied the Kwakiutl Indians.
Answer: Franz Boas
[10] In this magnum opus, Boas analyzed race and culture as products of historical circumstance and claimed that the concept of race was poorly defined.
Answer: The Mind of Primitive Man
[10] Boas' studies of the Kwakiutl arose in the wake of his disagreement with the theories of this author of Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family, who argued that all human societies move from matrilineal to patrilineal.
Answer: Lewis Henry Morgan

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