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2008 ACF Regionals Tossups by South Florida
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This artist worked on an unrealized temple for the Maharaja of Indore, and while in Paris, Isamu Noguchi worked in his studio. He created a scandal with the phallic Princess X, and a shape meant to represent fertility comprises his Beginning of the World. A solitary disembodied head, known as Sleeping Muse, launched his career at the Armory Show, while legend from his native country inspired his Maiastra. His large public installation at Tirgu Jiu features The Gate of the Kiss, The Table of Silence, and the 100 foot tall spire known as The Endless Column. For 10 points, name this artist of a highly polished bronze statue that resembles a wing, the Romanian sculptor of Bird in Space.
Answer: Constantin Brancusi
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The p-adic numbers satisfy a strong version of this statement, and a reversed form of it holds for non-positive definite metric spaces, such as a Minkowski space. A more general version of this statement was discovered by Bunyakovsky in its integral form. It is not obeyed by the L-0 norm, but it is a special case of the Cauchy-Schwartz inequality for the Euclidian norm. For 10 points, identify this statement, also known as subadditivity, which says that the length of any side of an eponymous shape must be less than or equal to the sum of the other two sides.
Answer: Triangle Inequality [prompt on Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality before mentioned]
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Their bitter rivals took revenge after a nine-year drought on January 22, 2008, when at White Hart Line, Tottenham Hotspur thrashed this team 5-1. This team imploded on the field, evidenced when striker Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner came to blows at the end of the match, forcing team captain William Gallas to intervene. Manager Arsene Wenger was apparently unaware of the row; however, despite losing the Carling Cup match, the North London club is still in contention for the FA Cup and is currently second in the Premier League behind Man U, For 10 points, name this soccer team which plays its home fixtures at Emirates Stadium, nicknamed the Gunners.
Answer: Arsenal F.C.
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According to Milton Borden's arrangement, one titled, "We Have Been Told of Phantoms," was excerpted from a speech by William Grayson. Another suggests that foreign wars, civil wars, and Indian wars are "three bugbears" while another suggests "Rhode Island was Right!" Montezuma sagaciously notes that we must fear "a president at our head who is captain." It was authored by the likes of Robert Yates, George Clinton, and Richard Henry Lee with such pseudonyms as "Brutus," "Cato," and the "Federal Farmer." For 10 points, name this collection of articles which were written in opposition to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Answer: The Anti-Federalist Papers
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Some critics point to Marvell's "An Horation Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland," with its apparent ambivalence, as the genesis of this phenomenon. The person who coined this term said that its practitioners "felt their thought as immediately as a rose" and outlined in a 1921 essay about a group of writers. Often found in Milton and Dryden, its formulator said that, despite the refined language of poetry, "the feeling became more crude." This term was coined in "The Metaphysical Poets" by T.S. Eliot. For 10 points, what is this three-word phrase that refers to the divorce between the intellect and emotion in literature?
Answer: dissociation of sensibility [accept disassociation of sensibility]
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After persuading the emperor to marry his daughter, he took the title Duke of AnHan. He was made regent during the reign of Ru-zi by his aunt, the widow of Emperor Yuan-di. He attempt to gain support from the peasants, unsuccessfully, by establishing a number of land redistribution and loan repayment reforms. Claiming intellectual legitimacy for his reforms from some supposedly recently discovered texts of Confucius that were destroyed. he came to power during the rule of Ping-Di. His short lived Xin Dynasty, founded in 9 CE, was then toppled by the Red Eyebrows. For 10 points; name this usurper, an official who interrupted the Western Han Dynasty.
Answer: Wang Mang
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In one of his works, he called Margherita Sarfatti a "bashful virgin." Typically divided into three volumes, that book by this man includes Problems of History and Culture and The Philosophy of Praxis, and he discusses class stratification in a section entitled "Americanism and Fordism." In a section entitled "The Modern Prince," he compares himself to Marx. This author's concepts of organic intellectuals is developed despite Mussolini's attempts to keep his brain from functioning in that book, written during his incarceration. For 10 points, name this author of the Prison Notebooks who developed the concept of cultural hegemony.
Answer: Antonio Gramsci
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The Schlenk equilibrium, which can be affected by the presence of dioxane, describes the stability of these compounds, whose synthesis can be improved by the addition of mercuric chloride amalgamates. They react with nitriles to form intermediate imine anions, and dry carbon dioxide can be bubbled through them to create carboxylic acids, which themselves do not form an addition product with these. In what is sometimes called their namesake's reaction, they act as strong nucleophiles to form tertiary or secondary alcohols from ketones or aldehydes. For 10 points, name these compounds formed by reacting an alkyl halide with magnesium, named for a French guy.
Answer: Grignard reagents
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A scientific drilling project recently concluded at this site in 2005 suggested that, as the continent's climate stabilized around 70,000 years ago, this lake grew in depth from 100 to 700 meters. Likoma and Chizumulu are two major islands on this lake, and its wildlife includes many species of cichlid (sik-lid). The primary inlet is the Ruhuhu River and this lake's only outlet empties into Lake Malombe, the Shire. An old European name for it was Livingstone's Lake though it has undergone a more recent naming controversy. Situated among Tanzania, Mozambique and its namesake country, for 10 points, name this east African lake.
Answer: Lake Malawi [or Lake Nyassa]
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This work was adapted in 2006 for the Roundabout Theatre by Wallace Shawn, who appeared on stage during the "Song about the Futility of Human Endeavour." At one point, the main character sings the "Ballad of the Easy Life" before the daughter of Chief Tiger Brown helps him escape jail. That character, Lucy, had sung the "Jealousy Duet" with the daughter of Celia, who bribed the prostitute Jenny to betray the main character after he had married Polly Peachum. Its best known song is the prelude introducing the main character, "Mack the Knife." For 10 points, name this musical adapted from John Gay's Beggar's Opera, composed by Kurt Weil with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht.
Answer: The Threepenny Opera [or Die Dreigroschenoper]
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The title character of this work is also the title character of a four-act drama by J.S. Jones. Though she had a "gait in her hitch" she carried a switch to "aid her work of sin." Apparently the switch was made of a twig of wizard hazel where a mother had thrown "her nameless babe" into a stream of "running water and merciless stone." Her counsel was sought by sailors and surgeons alike, and she was said to have predicted in the invention of the radio. For 10 points, name this 900 line poem about an eighteenthy century New England fortune-teller and supposed witch, written by John Greenleaf Whittier, which has a similar name to a female hero of the Revolutionary War.
Answer: "Moll Pitcher" [do not accept Molly Pitcher]
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Hatach serves as a messenger in one portion of this book, and later Harbonah pipes up to reveal the existence of a fifty-cubit-high structure owned by a man known by the obscure terrm "Agagite." One character in this book is exiled or killed when she refuses to appear before the king with the "crown royal." That queen, Vashti, is replaced by the title character, an adopted cousin of Mordecai. Along with the Song of Songs, this is the only other Biblical book not to directly mention God. The new queen of Ahasureus stops a plot by Zeresh and Haman to kill the Jews in this book, which is read aloud during Purim. For 10 points, name this book of the Tanakh, taking place in Persia.
Answer: Book of Esther
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The red viscacha-rat was recently discovered to exhibit this phenomenon, which is demonstrated in the Triangle of U for members of the Brassica family. It can also be seen in the salivary glands of Drosophila, mammalian livers, and megakaryocytes, and it can be induced in cell culture upon treatment with colchicine. The allo type of it is seen in Triticale, a derivative of rye and wheat, and it can serve as a form of speciation, especially in angiosperms. It can result from non-reduction in meiosis or endo-replication, in which replication occurs without mitosis. For 10 points, name this condition in which cells possess more than two homologous sets of chromosomes.
Answer: polyploidy
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The case was reargued before the court before a clear decision was attained, and Justice Charles Wittaker recused himself from it. The dissenting opinion upheld a prior decision in Colegrove vs. Green and suggested, "Courts ought not to enter" a "thicket." However, in a 6-2 decision with a concurring opinion from Douglas, Justice Brennan agreed with the plaintiff, a resident of Shelby County, that the issue violated the equal protection clause in the Fourteenth Amendment. Shifting the court's prior "political question" doctrine, and supplemented by Reynolds v. Sims, for 10 points, name this Warren court case which dealt with reapportionment of districts in Tennessee.
Answer: Baker v. Carr [either or both party names in any order]
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In his early work, he derived the relativistic two-body Bethe-Salpeter equation from field theory, and with Keith Brueckner, he published an exact formula for the correlation energy of an electron gas at high density. His work on cosmic rays led to a formula relating charge to isospin, baryon number, and strangeness, which is named for Nishijima and this man. He predicted the omega minus particle as a result of his work with Yuval Ne'eman to organize particles based on their symmetric association, known as the eightfold way. For 10 points, name this long-time Caltech physicist who first postulated the existence of quarks.
Answer: Murray Gell-Mann
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In the preface to this novel, the author implores every reader to correct this work, as a lifetime is insufficient to know "a hundredth-part" of what happens in the country. Ending in mid-sentence with, "and we scarcely?" the author's unfinished sequel to it was burned just before his death in 1852. In one town the main character visits, people discuss a rumor that he is neither more or less than a millionaire, though Stepan Dmitryevitch and Ivan Grigoryevitch are bit more skeptical about the rectitude of his acquisitions. For 10 points, name this novel in which Pavel Chitchikov buys the rather moribund title characters from landowners, written by Nikolai Gogol.
Answer: Dead Souls [or Mertvye dushi]
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A more generalized version of this algorithm uses an admissible heuristic function that can result in a faster run time but requires more memory, and is known as A star. Unlike the Bellman-Ford algorithm that finds the same solution, this algorithm does not work with negative-weight edges. Its worst case run time of big O of n2 when using ordinary linked lists can be improved in sparse cases by the use of various heaps as a priority queue when running its central extract-min function. For 10 points, name this greedy algorithm that finds the shortest path tree for a given graph, named for its Dutch developer.
Answer: Dijkstra's Algorithm
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The Bachwezi, the successors of the Batembuzi, are considered the founders of the Kitara Empire which was centered in this present day country. Luganda is spoken in the urban areas; Swahili is the second official language of the nation despite complaints from the Bantu-speaking south. Gaining independence from the UK in 1962, its current president is Yoweri Museveni, who faces opposition from the Lord's Resistance Army and took over after the final overthrow of Milton Obote. For 10 points, name this country where Obote was also once overthrown by a guy who disliked Asians, respected King George V, boxed, and ate people, Idi Amin.
Answer: Uganda
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One character in this book, whose maiden name was Mondragon, begins a relationship with John "No Relation" Wayne and is afraid of doors. Another character, Orin, is a serial womanizer and the kicker for the Arizona Cardinals whose hates his mother Avril. In this novel, Hal reads the Oxford English Dictionary and corrects other people's grammar, but by the chronological end of the novel during the Year of the Glad he becomes totally anti-social. For 10 points, name this novel in which one may find the Icandenza family, whose patriarch James founds the Enfield Tennis Academy, written by David Foster Wallace and named for a two-word phrase from Hamlet.
Answer: Infinite Jest
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An appendix to one of this man's works is an essay called, "On Intellectual Craftsmanship." He suggests that the nation is in preparation for World War III, in the chapter entitled, "The Promise." The title concept of a work by this man allows possessors to understand the historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of others. He attacked the Parsonian ideology present in that 1959 book, The Sociological Imagination. He also did field work in Cuba for Listen, Yankee! and attacked the complacency of middle-class professionals who wear a certain garment. For 10 points, name this author of White Collar and The Power Elite
Answer: Charles Wright Mills
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The original architect's successor, Buontalenti, added a cosmological structure to it called the Tribuna Octagonnale. Created from a series of pre-existing structures, it consists of a long series of porticoes with a mezzanine and another series of porticoes on top. Its center cortile, which separates its two wings, gives the impression of a small European street and opens to the Arno River. Designed at the request of Cosimo de' Medici's son, Anna Maria Ludovica bequeathed many of its contents, which currently include The Battle of San Romano and The Birth of Venus. For 10 points, name this building designed by Giorgio Vasari, a former palace that is now an art museum in Florence.
Answer: Uffizi Gallery [or Palazzo delgi Uffizi]
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Much of this deity's actions are recorded in the Markandeya Purana. Inducing the long slumber of Vishnu, Brahma must sing to this deity in order for Vishu to awake and slay some demons. In Buddhism she is represented by Tara and in Jainism, goddess Ambika. Her other aspects include that of a radiant dayini, in additio nto Radha, Draupadi, and Sita. She can also be a gracious boon provider in the form of Lakshmi and Parvati, or a destructive cosmic force manifested as Chamunda, Durga and Kali. For 10 points, name this female aspect of the divine in Hinduism.
Answer: Devi [accept Shakti prompt on Goddess]
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One of this author's characters says sleeping with his wife was "like reading Samuel Beckett on an empty stomach." That novel, Love, was followed by a novel about Desiderio, who is out to kill the title character who is employing the titular device powered by 50 copulating couples to wage war, called The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman. Black Venus is a fictionalization of Lizzie Borden and Baudelaire's syphilitic mistress. Her last novel tells of the title twin girls who are the illegitimate daughters of a Shakespearean actor. For 10 points, name this English feminist science fiction and magical realist author of Wise Children and Nights at the Circus.
Answer: Angela Carter
2008 ACF Regionals Bonuses by South Florida
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Name these equations of state, for 10 points each:,
[10] This is a power series expansion of the ideal gas law, and though it is technically an infinite series, typically the third namesake coefficient is sufficient for most systems.
Answer: Virial Equation
[10] This common second-order approximation of the ideal gas law works for high-density gases by utilizing parameters a and b, which take into account the intermolecular forces and size of the molecules.
Answer: Van der Waals Equation
[10] This doubly eponymous equation of state, in much the same form as the Soave modification of the earlier Redlich-Kwong equation, makes use of the acentric factor to deal with compressibility near the critical point.
Answer: Peng-Robinson Equation
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He declined the post of Poet Laureate of Britain in 1984. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this English poet and jazz critic, known for such poems as "An Arundel Tomb" and "Annus Mirabilis," who wrote High Windows and "This be the verse" about the effects of parenting.
Answer: Philip Larkin
[10] An earlier "Annus Mirabilis" was written by this author of MacFlecknoe and All for Love.
Answer: John Dryden
[10] After Larkin declined, the next choice for Poet Laureate was this author of Lupercal and The Hawk in the Rain.
Answer: Ted Hughes
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Answer the following about some related modern composers for 10 points each:,
[10] A one-time student of Pierre Schaeffer, this German composer, who recently died in 2007, was a pioneer in electronic music and serialism; his works include Klavierstucke, Kontra-Punkte, and a 7 opera cycle entitled Licht.
Answer: Karlheinz Stockhausen
[10] A teacher of Stockhausen, this French composer also experimented with musique concrete, though he is better known for the religiously inspired pieces, Illuminations on the Beyond and Quartet for the End of Time.
Answer: Oliver Messiaen
[10] One of Messiaen's teachers was Paul Dukas, who composed this piece, based on a Goethe poem, which was famously used in both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.
Answer: The Sorcerer's Apprentice [or L'apprenti sorcier]
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Its two dialects are Sursilvan and Sutsilvan. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this Rhaetian-group language, spoken in the environes of the Rhine river.
Answer: Romansh [or Grishons]
[10] Along with German, French, and Italian, Romansh is an official language of this canton-happy country.
Answer: Switzerland [or Swiss Confederation; or Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft; or Confederation Suisse; or Confederazione Svizzera; or Confederaziun Svizra]
[10] While Romansh is the fourth official language, the fourth-place language in number of primary Swiss speakers is this South Slavic language that comes in Chakavian, Kajkavian, and Shotkavian forms.
Answer: Serbo-Croatian [or Srpskohrvatski Jezik; you can accept either Serbian or Croatian by itself, even though that's so much nationalist bullshit from revisionists who find it hard to admit they speak the same language as the people they are ethnically cleansing]
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It was originally planned as one half of a dialogue, with the rationalist position to be presented by Imre Lakatos, whose death caused a change of plans. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this 1975 book which argued for "epistemelogical anarchy" in the sciences.
Answer: Against Method
[10] Against Method was written by this whimsical philosopher, who later compiled the section "Conversations with Illiterates" in his followup, Science in a Free Society, to call his critics names.
Answer: Paul Feyerabend
[10] Feyerabend particularly took aim at the rationalist and falsificationist views of this guy, whose The Logic of Scientific Discovery and The Open Society and Its Enemies are still pretty good books.
Answer: Karl Popper
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Name some contemporary American essayists, for 10 points each.,
[10] Dying in 2004, her last book of essays, At the Same Time, was edited by son David Rieff, though she is perhaps better known for such essay collections as On Photography and Against Interpretation
Answer: Susan Sontag
[10] A contributor to "This American Life" this essayist's debut SantaLand Diaries was about working as an elf in a Macy's department store. He also wrote Me Talk Pretty One Day and the excellent "Six to Eight Black Men."
Answer: David Sedaris
[10] Also a contributor to "This American Life," this so-called "social observer" wrote Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.
Answer: Sarah Vowell
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Answer the following regarding the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, for 10 points each.,
[10] Dissatisfied with his command of gunboats off Newport, this man petitioned his friend Isaac Chauncey to gain an important command in the Great Lakes; he became the "Hero of Lake Erie" after meeting and owning the enemy.
Answer: Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry [prompt on Perry]
[10] Commodore Perry utilized two large 493-ton brigs to maneuver against the British forces. Name either.
Answer: USS Lawrence or USS Niagara
[10] Perry met the enemy, which subsequently became his, near this site, a small village in Ohio, which is the current home for Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
Answer: Put-in-Bay, Ohio
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Name these Golden Age Roman poets, for 10 points each.,
[10] Writing a number of poems in dactylic hexameter, this second-century Roman author is best known for his Satires, which roundly derided upper-class decadence during the rule of Domitian.
Answer: Juvenal [or Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis]
[10] His poetry is anthologized into 116 carmina. He waxes much poetic over his love Lesbia, whom some scholars hold to be Clodia, the sister of Clodius Pulcher.
Answer: Gaius Valerius Catullus
[10] The only female Roman poet whose work has survived from antiquity, her elegiac poems are dedicated to a lover named Cerinthus.
Answer: Sulpicia
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It evolved out of meetings between Bohr and Heisenberg in the namesake city. For 10 points each:,
[10] Identify this standard and widely accepted interpretation of quantum theory which suggests that, via wave function collapse, every particle can be described by its wave function and that there are no hidden variables.
Answer: Copenhagen Interpretation
[10] This principle, generally attributed to Bohr as part of the Copenhagen Interpretation, says that light is neither a wave nor a particle, but can have characteristics of each depending on the experiment.
Answer: complementarity
[10] This alternate interpretation to the Copenhagen denies the objective reality of wave functions and suggests that the mathematical results of quantum theory are just abstractions that describe the world rather than define it.
Answer: Ensemble Interpretation [prompt on "Statistical" Interpretation]
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Answer the following about the First Gulf War, for 10 points each.,
[10] During this "wholly defensive" operation beginning in August 1990, just prior to the Gulf War, H.W. Bush called on a military deployment to protect the Saudi border and oil fields after Saddam's forces invaded Kuwait.
Answer: Operation Desert Shield [do not accept Desert Storm]
[10] Co-conceiving the so-called "left hook" strategy which brought the ground war in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm to a close in less than a week, this head of US Central Command, nicknamed "Stormin" engineered victory.
Answer: Norman Schwarzkopf
[10] This tank battle, taking place near Basra, saw the US First Armored Division face an attempted ambush by a brigade of Iraqi Republican Guard and resulted in the destruction of 300 enemy tanks.
Answer: Battle of Medina Ridge
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Not only does Spin magazine apparently still exist, it named some artists and albums of the year for 2007. For 10 points each:,
[10] The follow-up to her breakout album Arular, was supposed to be produced by Timbaland; however, visa issues for this daughter of a Tamil activist left 2007's Kala without that assistance. Nevertheless it finished #5 on the list.
Answer: M.I.A.
[10] Attempting to subvert the industry distribution paradigm, this band released In Rainbows, the #6 album of the year, on the web for whatever price one offered. Songs like "All I Need" and "House of Cards" were worth it.
Answer: Radiohead
[10] This numerically well-ordered song off Feist's 2007 album The Reminder, #18 on the list, got significant airtime as it and Feist's blue-sequined self were featured in an Ipod Nano commercial.
Answer: "1234"
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Published in 1886, their manifesto explained the love for a highly suggestive and metaphorical style. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this poetic and artistic movement which was a reaction to realism, idolized Theophile Gautier, and included among its ranks Stephan Mallarme.
Answer: symbolists [accept symbolism, etc]
[10] This important Symbolist poet wrote A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat before retiring from writing in his 20s to become a gun-runner in Africa.
Answer: Arthur Rimbaud
[10] One of Rimbaud's other works is this cycle of prose poems which includes "After the Deluge"," Morning Drunkeness," and "Childhood."
Answer: Illuminations
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Name some German states, for 10 points each.,
[10] This predominately Catholic state, the largest free state of Germany by land mass, is located in the southeast of the country, with capital at Munich, and is the home of BMW.
Answer: Bavaria [or Bayern]
[10] This six-million-inhabitant state is home to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main. Centrally located, it is the namesake of certain military regiments.
Answer: Hesse [or Hessia or Hessen]
[10] This marshy doubly-eponymous state, the only one to lie between the Baltic and the North Sea, is the home of the Kiel Canal and the northernmost of the Bundeslander, which lies at the base of the Jutland.
Answer: Schleswig-Holstein
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Answer the following about a Jewish holiday, for 10 points per part.,
[10] This holiday is the first of three major festivals in the Jewish tradition, and the eating of un-leavened bread, bitter herbs, and other crap is emblematic of the seder which kicks off its eight-day duration.
Answer: Passover [or Pesach; or Pesah]
[10] Though there have been many versions over the centuries, this guide details the scriptural fulfillment of the Pesach Seder, and it includes the story of Exodus as well as the songs and other rituals associated with the holiday.
Answer: Haggadah
[10] Pesach begins on the fourtenth day of this month of the Jewish calendar, the first of the ecclesiastical calendar and the seventh of the civil calendar.
Answer: Nisan
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Ethidium bromide is often used to visualize its results. For 10 points each:,
[10] Agarose is commonly the medium for this general technique of separating proteins or nucleic acids by applying a current to get them to migrate, usually in proportion to their mass.
Answer: gel electrophoresis
[10] This type of gel electrophoresis is named for both the anionic detergent that denatures and imparts a charge to the polypeptide backbone, and the type of gel used, which is made from a neurotoxic precursor.
Answer: SDS-PAGE [or Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-PolyacrylAmide Gel Electrophoresis]
[10] The gel from SDS-PAGE is often soaked in this blue dye to visualize the bands. In a technique known as BN-PAGE, this dye takes the place of SDS to denature the proteins and therefore allows direct visualization.
Answer: Coomassie Brilliant Blue [or Brilliant Blue G 250; or Kunasty Blue]
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Name these Roman historians, for 10 points each.,
[10] This first century CE historian who became a senator and governor of Asia wrote a number of historical and proto-ethnographic works including Agricola, Annales, and Germania.
Answer: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
[10] Born in present day Turkey, this second- and third-century historian's work Romaika, written in Greek, covers the history of Rome from the late republic to the early empire, ending with the reign of Alexander Severus.
Answer: Lucius Claudius Cassius Dio [or Dio Cassius]
[10] The Periochae is something of a summary of this man's Ab Urbe Condita, which covers the entire history of Rome from the city's foundation and consists of approximately 142 volumes, some of which are extant.
Answer: Livy [or Titus Livius]
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He painted a portrait of Grand Inquisitor Don Fernando Nino de Guevara. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this spiritual painter of works such as Opening of the Fifth Seal, named for his place of birth.
Answer: El Greco [or Domenicos Theotokopoulos]
[10] This El Greco work depicts his adopted hometown, with buildings in the background and a river cutting through the center.
Answer: View of Toledo
[10] Found in a cathedral in Toledo, this El Greco work depicts the central figure all in red surrounded by a grey accusing mob, with the three Marys in the bottom left corner and a man in green ready to perform the title action.
Answer: The Disrobing of Christ [or El Espolio; or Christ's Disrobingl or The Spoilation]
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Name these Clay Mathematics Institute Millennium Prize Problems, for 10 points each:,
[10] One problem is to prove or disprove this question of whether if one can check the validity of a solution to a problem in polynomial time, then one can find the solution in polynomial time.
Answer: P versus NP
[10] This statement waiting to be proved holds that projective algebraic varieties of the namesake cycles are linear, rational combinations of algebraic cycles.
Answer: Hodge Conjecture
[10] Another problem is to prove this assertion that all nontrivial zeros of the Zeta function lie along a certain line.
Answer: Riemann Hypothesis
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Name these Islamic dynasties, for 10 points each.,
[10] Taking their name from a paternal uncle of the Prophet, this 758 to 1258 dynasty overthrew the Umayyad dynasty and moved the capital from Damascus to Baghdad.
Answer: Abbasid Dynasty
[10] Slave soldiers who eventually became a powerful military caste under the Ayyubid dynasty seized control of Egypt in 1250 establishing this sultanate there until 1517.
Answer: Mamluk Dynasty
[10] Shah Ismail I established this first major Shia dynasty in Iran; it overthrew the heirs of Tamerlane and combined a conglomerate of various ethic peoples including, Turks, Azerbajani, and Kurds.
Answer: Safavid Dynasty
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It featured a libretto by Thomas Worrell and followed the Occasional Oratorio. For 10 points each:,
[10] Name this oratorio about the titular Jew who rebelled against the Syrians, as told in an eponymous apocryphal book of the Bible.
Answer: Judas Maccabaeus
[10] This composer wrote Judas Maccabaeus, as well as some Water Music and the oratorio The Messiah.
Answer: George Frideric Handel
[10] This most famous song from Judas Maccabaeus, sung as he returns in triumph, was later adapted into the popular hymn "Thine Be the Glory" and was featured in Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs.
Answer: "See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes"

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