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2008 Cardinal Classic Tossups by Daniel Orifice
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In one of this man's plays, the crippled Major Magnus Muldoon turns out to be his own half-brother Albert in disguise. Another of his plays features a singer-actress who retired after seeing TV reports of a moon landing. The title character is identified as the third-string critic Puckeridge after Moon joins the action onstage in this man's The Real Inspector Hound, and Inspector Bones reveals that he is a big fan of Dotty Moore in his play Jumpers. A teenage girl named Thomasina predicts the heat death of the universe in one of his plays, and the title characters of another of his plays watch a rehearsal of "The Murder of Gonzago." FTP name this author of Arcadia and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Answer: Sir Tom Stoppard or Tomas Straussler
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Its cross was used as a Spainish naval ensign in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the last king of the Teutonic people of this name, Godomar, was defeated by the Franks in the 530's. Two kingdoms of the name, Upper and Lower, emerged in the late 9th century, though both had been absorbed into the Holy Roman Empire less than two centuries later. Its most famous incarnation came when John II of France gave it to his fourth son, who married Margaret III, Countess of Flanders. In the 15th century, it expanded further in the Low Countries under John the Fearless and Philip the Good. FTP, name these region in eastern France, whose independent existence ceased with the death of Charles the Bold in 1477, noted for its wines.
Answer: Burgundy
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Its spectrum shows a distortion characterized by the line-of-sight Compton y parameter. Its interaction with ultra high energy protons may produce the GZK cutoff. The height and location of the peak of its polarization spectrum depend on the duration of Thomson scattering and the horizon size when it was produced. It was generated in the era of recombination, when matter and radiation decoupled. Strong support for the Big Bang came with the discovery by Arno and Penzias of, FTP, this blackbody field with a temperature of 2.7 Kelvin that pervades the Universe.
Answer: Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation or Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (acept Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect until "protons")
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This work features a rendition of the ballad Lanterloo sung by a chorus of "roaring boys" and whores under the supervision of Mother Goose. The main love interest sings "I go, I go to him" after speaking with the title character's wife, a bearded lady named Baba the Turk. The title character bankrupts himself by investing in a machine to turn stones into bread, presented to him by the sinister Nick Shadow, actually the Devil in disguise. Anne Trulove fails to save Tom from debauchery and insanity in, FTP, this opera with music by Stravinsky, based on a series of engravings by Hogarth.
Answer: The Rake's Progress
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He contributed the article "Philosophy as a Rigorous Science" to the first issue of Logos, for which he was a founding editor. He discussed a process of free variation starting from a concrete object, resulting in an eidetic reduction, in his work Ideas. Frege criticized his first published book, Philosophy of Arithmetic, which was based on his habilitation dissertation under Stumpf, "On the Concept of Number." He emphasized the need to set aside existence assumptions in the process of epoche or bracketing. FTP name this author of Logical Investigations and teacher of Heidegger, the founder of phenomenology.
Answer: Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl
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One of this man's enemies calls upon the powers of Noiron and Bugibus. In addition to the dwarf magician Frocin, this man's enemies include Duke Andret, who is killed by this man's brother-in-law Kaherdin. He is arrested after he leaves a trail of blood on a floor strewn with flour between himself and his beloved. He kills Morholt, the uncle of his beloved, then slays a dragon in Ireland to win her hand on behalf of his own uncle. A slip-up with a love philter entrusted to Brangien results in his falling in love with the intended of his uncle Mark, the king of Cornwall. FTP name this knight who loves Iseult the Fair.
Answer: Sir Tristan or Tristram of Lyonesse
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Its foundations were set in the 380 AD Council of Saragossa, but it wasn't until Pope Gregory VII that its length became codified. Its third Sunday is known as Gaudete Sunday, and on it pink-colored vestments may be worn instead of the season's normal color - blue in some Protestant denominations - but purple in the Catholic church. One of its secondary themes is the Second Coming, and it was originally focused on penitence, though modern American Christianity emphasizes hope and anticipation. Common symbols of it include a wreath with four candles - one for each week - and its namesake calendars. FTP, name this liturgical season of the Christian calendar that immediately precedes Christmas.
Answer: Advent
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For an arbitrary, non-ideal system, his namesake equation relates the Gibbs free energy of a reaction to the activity quotient. After making observations of nonideality in electrolyte solutions, he quantized ionic strength. A rule for the fugacities of components of ideal solutions is named for him and his collaborator on the text Thermodynamics and the Free Energy of Chemical Substances, Merle Randall. In addition to introducing these concepts, he described and named covalent bonds. After his student Harold Urey discovered deuterium, this man produced the first sample of heavy water, though he is better known is his acid-base theory based on electron pairs. FTP, name this chemist who also developed namesake dot structures.
Answer: Gilbert Newton Lewis
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This character's wife and seven sons were burned alive in Gath, a fact that he reveals to a pious Friar who turns out to be a former groom of Wolf von Filnek. He impresses the Dervish Al-Hafi and the Templar Curt von Stauffen with his enlightened views, and raises his foster daughter Recha in no specific religion. Al-Hafi says of him that he "has brains, knows how to live, and plays good chess," a description that refers to Moses Mendelssohn. He responds to a dangerous question from Saladin by telling the parable of the three rings. FTP name this title character of a play written by Gotthold Lessing, a really tolerant Jew known as "the Wise."
Answer: Nathan the Wise or Nathan der Weise
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One party is this battle included commanders as Eduard von Fransecky, Karl von Bittenfeld, and General von Scholer. The other, losing, side included forces led by von Hohenstein and Fleischacker, and was under the overall command of count Benedek. This losing side, initially at a numerical advantage, refrained from executing a possibly lethal cavalry charge, and instead moved its infantry in a failed flanking maneuver. The arrival of crown prince Frederick's forces, as well as the faster firing capacity of the victor's needle gun, eventually decided the day. Fought after the defending army had left its initial positions near Olomuc, and following battles at Custoza and Gitschin, this was, FTP what July 3rd 1866 battle that saw the Prussians under von Moltke decisely beat the Austrians?
Answer: battle of Sadowa (or Koniggratz)
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One of these by Hans Werner Henze, scored for piano, trumpet, and chamber orchestra, features movements referred to as "spiritual concertos." The one by Herbert Howells, later reworked into his Hymnus Paradisi, opens with the Salvator mundi and contains settings of Psalms 23 and 121. A mezzo-soprano solo with an obbligato cello solo constitutes the fifth movement of the one by Maurice Durufle. Another one features the tenor solo "Ingemisco", and the baritone soloist sings in the Offertory and "Libera me" movements of yet another one, which also contains the soprano solo "Pie Jesu" and omits the Dies Irae. Those pieces are by Verdi and Faure, respectively. FTP, identify this type of composition, a mass for the dead.
Answer: requiems (or requiem masses, though the Henze doesn't really qualify)
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In one chapter of this work, the author mentions the tale of a figure called "Stupid Boy" who, being told by his mother to find a quiet wife, brings back a corpse. A later chapter of this work is titled"After the Revolution: The Fate of Nationalism in the New States." Its first chapter refers to Gilbert Ryle's analysis of the meaning of a wink, while its eleventh chapter is called "The Politics of Meaning." Earlier, the author espouses Weber's idea that "man is an animal suspended in webs of significance." Its first chapter has the title "Thick Description," while its final chapter is "Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight." FTP, name this 1973 work of anthropology by Clifford Geertz.
Answer: The Interpretation of Cultures
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One of its residents sparked a namesake border dispute by seizing the ranch of James Patterson. Another of its residents took control of its government in a namesake rebellion at the head of a Protestant Association shortly after the Glorious Revolution. In addition to Cresap's War and Coode's Rebellion, this colony saw the 1649 promulgation of an eponymous toleration act. As a result of Cresap's War, its governing family and the Penns selected a pair of English surveyors to determine part of its border, the Mason-Dixon Line. FTP name this American colony whose royal charter was granted to the Calverts.
Answer: Maryland
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The appearance of two "beauteous forms" clad in armour of "Tyrian hue" precedes the central tragedy of this work, which opens with a description of a Chinese vase. Neither "cruel Tom, nor Susan" save the title character, who is described as having a "fair round face," "emerald eyes," and a "snowy beard." The title character initially reclines quietly, but the "pensive Selima" is soon engrossed in trying to reach two "Genii of the stream." She slips and tumbles in, at which point she mews "to ev'ry watery God." Noting that not "all that glisters [is] gold," FTP name this mock elegy on the demise of Horace Walpole's pet, written by Thomas Gray.
Answer: "On a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes" or "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes"
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It is overriding in the tetralogy of Fallot. The nodules of Arantius are found in the valve named for this structure, while the azygos vein and thoracic duct pass with it through the diaphragm. Turner's syndrome is sometimes associated with coarctation of this structure, which can lead to a dissection. Its branches include the subclavian and brachiocephalic, while Takayasu's arteritis results in the thickening of this structure's arch. Its namesake valve, like the pulmonary valve, is one of the semilunar valves. Arising from the left ventricle, FTP name this biggest artery of the human body.
Answer: the aorta
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In the country where it rises, it is known as the F1rat. Formed by the confluence of the Kara and the Murat, it passes through Birecik and Dayr az-Zawr in its upper course. Tributaries include the Kabuhr and the Bhalik, though it receives almost no water for the lower half of its course. It is dammed by the Tabaqah dam, and upstream is the Ataturk reservoir, whose construction and attendant restriction of flow caused great alarm in Syria, through which the river passes. On its lower course it passes through Nasiriyah and Fallujah before emptying into the Shatt al-Arab at Al-Qurnah. FTP name this river of the Middle East, one of the two major rivers of Mesopotamia, along with the Tigris.
Answer: Euphrates
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The title of one song on this album reflects the writer's unhappiness with a company founded by Dick James. Portions of Jeremiah Clarke's "Trumpet Voluntary" and the lyrics "Sail me on a silver sun, where I know that I'm free" can be heard in another song on this album. The fade-out of a third song features the phrase "Don't look at me man, I already have ten children" and the sound of one bandmember barking, which resulted in that song's title changing from "Hey Bullfrog." The title track, which was previously released on Revolver, features lead vocals from Ringo. "Only a Northern Song," "It's All Too Much," and "Hey Bulldog" appear on, FTP, this Beatles album, the soundtrack to a namesake animated film.
Answer: Yellow Submarine
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This society included the Cawek and Ajaw among its four major lineages. Some time after founding an initial political center at Jakawitz, this people came to power as part of a confederacy with the Tamub and Ilocab. A battle near Quetzaltenango saw the death of their last king, Tecun Uman, in combat with forces under Pedro de Alvarado. The aftermath of that battle saw their neighbors and former allies, the Cakchiquels, participate in the destruction of their capital Gumarcaj, now known as Utatlan. Rigoberta Menchu is a member of, FTP, this Mayan ethnic group whose namesake language was used in the Popol Vuh.
Answer: Quiche Maya
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This character's godmother is called "The Little Monster Murderess" after giving birth to a two-headed baby and then throwing it down an incinerator chute. This character helps rescue nine guerilla fighters by making fake grenades out of a mix of wet newspaper, flour, and dental cement known as Universal Matter. While taking part in the rescue mission, she meets her future husband, the photographer Rolf Carle. Her mother cures her father of snakebite by sleeping with him, and this character takes her last name from that of her father's tribe, the Children of the Moon. Inheriting a gift for storytelling from her mother Consuelo, FTP name this title character of two novels by Isabel Allende.
Answer: Eva Luna
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The Stratton-Chu model of this phenomenon attempts to improve on earlier scalar models such as the Rayleigh-Sommerfeld theory. The equivalence of complementary arrangements in producing this phenomenon is described by Babinet's principle. A simple scalar theory of this phenomenon makes use of an integral named for Kirchhoff and Fresnel, and a simple pictorial model of this phenomenon is given by Huygens' principle of wave propagation. FTP name this behavior observed in electrons by Davisson and Germer, the bending of waves as they pass obstacles.
Answer: diffraction
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This novel briefly mentions Renata von Voom, a founding member of the United Snakes of America. One character in this novel was haunted five nights in a row by a pale dream figure with huge genitals, leading him to adopt the name Longman Harkoo. One title character is the son of a circus strongman known as the Mighty Molecule, while the other title character studies for a time with the illusionist Bernard Kornblum, who arranges to smuggle him in a crate with the Golem of Prague. The title characters find success at Amazing Midget Radio Comics with their creation the Escapist in, FTP, this Michael Chabon novel.
Answer: The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay
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It produced the P-12 and the P-26 Peashooter, the US Army Air Corps' first monoplane fighter aircraft. Originally founded by its eponym and George Westervelt, its early passenger aircraft set a number of milestones including the first airline capable of safely landing with only one engine operable, the first pressurized airliner, and the aircraft used in the world's first scheduled transoceanic passenger service. After World War II, it produced the B-47 Stratojet, and the Soviet Tupolev Tu-4 was a reverse engineered copy of its B-29 Superfortress, one of its principal products during the war, along with the B-17 Flying Fortress. FTP, name this airline company, producer of the B-52, that revolutionized air travel with its models 707 and 7
Answer: Boeing
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Camille Claudel used her own head in portraying a monster with this figure. A marble sculpture of this figure was based in part on the Apollo Belvedere, and was placed on the pedestal formerly occupied by the Apollo Belvedere. A Berlioz opera depicts the creation of a bronze sculpture of this figure holding a curved sword and standing on a base containing statuettes of this figure's mother, Mercury, Minerva, and his father Jupiter. The marble by Canova can be found in the Vatican, while the bronze piece is located in the Loggia dei Lanzi. FTP name this figure depicted by Cellini with winged sandals and helmet, bearing aloft the snake-wreathed head of Medusa.
Answer: Perseus
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A topological space is said to be completely regular if any subspace of this type and any point not in the subspace can be separated by a function. A symplectic manifold consists of a smooth manifold equipped with a non-degenerate 2-form of this type, and an F-sigma set is a countable union of sets with this property. In general this term describes any differential form whose exterior derivative vanishes. For Euclidean space, compact subsets are equivalent to bounded subsets with this property, which implies that a set contains all of its limit points. FTP name this type of set whose complement is an open set.
Answer: closed
2008 Cardinal Classic Bonuses by Daniel Orifice
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He studied for a time under Nausiphanes, a disciple of Democritus, which may have influenced his theory of atomism modified by the concept of a spontaneous "swerve." FTPE:,
[10] Name this teacher of Metrodorus and Hermarchus whose school in Athens was known as "The Garden."
Answer: Epicurus
[10] This Roman praised Epicurus and gave an outline of Epicurean philosophy in his six-book long poem De Rerum Natura.
Answer: Titus Lucretius Carus
[10] In addition to making the first observation of a planetary transit, this philosopher revived Epicurus's atomistic theory in his Syntagma Philosophicum.
Answer: Pierre Gassendi or Gassend
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This poem opens by noting, "Half of my life is gone, and I have let / The years slip from me and have not fulfilled / The aspiration of my youth." FTPE:,
[10] Name this poem, collected in 1846's The Belfry of Bruges, which takes its title from the first line of Dante's Divine Comedy.
Answer: "Mezzo Cammin"
[10] This Fireside Poet wrote "Mezzo Cammin." He also wrote the line "One if by land, and two if by sea" in his poem "Paul Revere's Ride."
Answer: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
[10] This Longfellow poem opens in "the forest primeval" before moving to the village of Grand-Pre.
Answer: "Evangeline"
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It united with the Carlist party during the Spanish Civil War. FTPE:,
[10] Name this nationalist movement which brought Franco to power.
Answer: Phalange or Falange Espanola Tradicionalista Y De Las Juntas De Ofensiva Nacional-sindicalista or Traditionalist Spanish Phalanx of the Juntas of the National Syndicalist Offensive
[10] The Falange was founded by the elder son of this man, who took control of the Spanish government for seven years as Prime Minister under Alfonso XIII after leading a 1923 coup.
Answer: Miguel Primo de Rivera y Orbaneja, Marques de Estella
[10] After Franco's death, King Juan Carlos appointed this former falangist as president of the government in 1976. He would move on to democratize the country, and win the first democratic elections in 1977.
Answer: Adolfo Suarez.
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Answer the following about photosynthesis, FTPE.,
[10] The fixation of carbon dioxide in the dark reactions is named for Benson and this Berkeley scientist, who determined the intermediates involved in the process using radioactive carbon-14.
Answer: Melvin Ellis Calvin
[10] This molecule reacts with carbon dioxide in the Calvin cycle to produce two molecules of 3-phosphoglycerate. The enzyme catalyzing this reaction is the most common protein on earth.
Answer: RuBP or ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate
[10] This three-carbon molecule is the final product of the production phase of the Calvin cycle and is used to regenerate RuBP. It is also produced with dihydroxyacetone phosphate by the enzyme aldolase in glycolysis.
Answer: glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate or GAP
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Important implements in this religion include votive tablets stemming from a tradition of "horse pictures," and staves or branches carrying cut paper streamers used in purification rites. FTPE:,
[10] Name this religion which has rites of passage for boys at age 5, and for girls at ages 3 and 7.
Answer: Shinto or The Way of the Gods or The Way of the kami
[10] This term denotes a form of Shinto distinct from the State, Sectarian and Folk varieties of Shinto. It also denotes a structure or complex which may include kaguraden and a central honden. The Japanese term and its English translation are both acceptable.
Answer: shrine or jinja or jingu
[10] These structures demarcating sacred space in a Shinto shrine usually consist of two upright posts with horizontal cap and tie beams. The term may have originated from the Japanese for "bird perch."
Answer: torii gate
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Light pours in from an open tent flap on the left in this man's The Blinding of Samson. FTPE:,
[10] Name this artist of The Jewish Bride and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolas Tulp.
Answer: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
[10] In one painting, Rembrandt cast himself as this figure "in the Tavern" with his first wife Saskia seated on his lap. One of Rembrandt's last paintings depicts the "Return of" this figure, his head shaved and his sandals falling off.
Answer: the Prodigal Son
[10] Rembrandt may have been exposed to Caravaggio during his six months apprenticed to this painter in Amsterdam. Rembrandt later shared a studio with another of this man's apprentices, Jan Lieven.
Answer: Pieter Lastman
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Answer the following about medieval southern Italy, FTPE.,
[10] This 1053 battle between Count Humphrey of Apulia and a Papal Coalition resulted in the capture of the Pope and the subsequent ratification of Norman dominance in the Christian parts of southern Italy.
Answer: Battle of Civitate
[10] This Norman adventurer was given the titles of Duke of Apulia, Calabria and Sicily by the Pope, conquered most of Sicily from the Muslims, and attempted to invade the Byzantine Empire in 1081.
Answer: Robert Guiscard or Robert de Hauteville
[10] The Kingdom of Sicily was split into Sicily and Naples during the War of the Sicilian Vespers between Aragon and this house of French monarchs of Naples and Hungary, named for a region in France that also gave rise to the Plantegenets.
Answer: House of Anjou
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Name these characters who drink to achieve special mental states, and the plays they appear in, FTSNOP.,
[10] This younger son of Big Daddy Pollitt downs drink after drink in search of a "click" in his head that brings him peace and calm.
Answer: Brick Pollitt
[5] Brick appears in this Tennessee Williams play along with his brother Gooper and his wife Maggie, who is compared to the title feline.
Answer: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
[10] In this G B Shaw play, Hesione Hushabye invites Ellie Dunn to spend a weekend at the title abode.
Answer: Heartbreak House
[5] This former sea-captain is the father of Hesione and the owner of Heartbreak House. He drinks in a futile attempt to achieve "the seventh degree of concentration."
Answer: Captain Shotover
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Particles with half-integer spin, like penguins, prefer to huddle close together at low temperatures. FTPE:,
[10] At absolute zero, particles with half-integer spin occupy all states in phase space up to this momentum or energy level. Its namesake developed an eponymous golden rule.
Answer: Fermi momentum or energy level
[10] At absolute zero, the Fermi energy coincides with this quantity, the change in energy of a system with fixed volume and entropy when one particle is added. It is typically symbolized by the letter mu.
Answer: chemical potential
[10] For a Fermi gas at absolute zero, the Fermi momentum is proportional to the number density raised to this power.
Answer: 1/3 or cube root
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Answer the following on some dwarves of Hindu mythology, FTPE.,
[10] The dwarf of epilepsy and ignorance, Apasmara, is crushed beneath the right foot of this god during the Tandava in this god's role as the cosmic dancer Nataraja.
Answer: Shiva
[10] This dwarf avatar of Vishnu reclaimed the cosmos from King Bali in three steps.
Answer: Vamana
[10] Ravana stole the flying chariot Pushpaka stolen from this dwarf god, his half-brother.
Answer: Kubera
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Identify these 20th-century Supreme Court cases, FTPE.,
[10] In this 1905 case, the Supreme Court embraced a theory of freedom of contract that rendered a New York statute regulating maximum hours bakers could work unconstitutional.
Answer: Lochner v. New York
[10] The Court overturned Adkins v. Children's Hospital in this 1937 case that held a Washington minimum wage law constitutional and marked the beginning of a series of cases where the Court, in direct contrast to its previous decisions, held New Deal programs constitutional.
Answer: West Coast Hotel v. Parrish (accept either party)
[10] Despite only being decided in 1984, this case, which held that an administrative agency's interpretation of a statute would be given deference if it was reasonable, is, by some counts, the most cited Supreme Court case of all time.
Answer: Chevron v. National Resources Defense Council
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The dimensionless number named for this man expresses the ratio of buoyancy and inertial forces. FTPE:,
[10] Name this man whose namesake extrapolation scheme is used in Romberg integration. Another man of the same last name shared a Nobel with Lee and Osheroff for their discovery of superfluid helium-3.
Answer: Lewis Fry Richardson (and the Nobel laureate is Robert Coleman Richardson)
[10] Romberg integration applies Richardson extrapolation to this simple technique for numerical integration which fits a straight line between adjacent data points, generating the namesake quadrilateral.
Answer: trapezoidal or trapezium rule
[10] Romberg integration generates Simpson's rule on the first extrapolation from the trapezoid rule. The trapezoid and Simpson's rules are examples of the numerical integration formulae named for this man and Cotes. With Raphson, he lends his name to a root-finding algorithm.
Answer: Sir Isaac Newton
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This novel sees Louisa Musgrove accept a proposal from the melancholy Captain Benwick while convalescing in Lyme Regis. FTPE:,
[10] Name this novel whose title alludes to Lady Russell's influence on the heroine's decision to reject a proposal from a young naval officer.
Answer: Persuasion
[10] This daughter of Sir Walter Elliott winds up accepting a second proposal from Captain Wentworth at the end of Persuasion.
Answer: Anne Elliott
[10] Name either Anne's vain older sister, who remains oblivious to the schemes of her companion Mrs. Clay to marry Sir Walter, or Anne's high-strung younger sister, who is married to Charles Musgrove.
Answer: Miss Elizabeth Elliott or Mrs. Mary Musgrove nee Elliott
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Answer the following on banking laws, FTPE.,
[10] This 1933 act took the US off the gold standard and established the FDIC.
Answer: Glass-Steagall Act
[10] Glass also co-sponsored this 1913 act that created an eponymous central banking system, providing for 8-12 private regional banks.
Answer: Federal Reserve Act
[10] Also known as the Financial Modernization Act of 1999, this act repealed the Glass-Steagall Act.
Answer: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
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This man died of a stroke soon after the resounding failure of the premiere of his opera Armida. FTPE:,
[10] Name this composer of the opera Rusalka, two sets of Slavonic Dances, and the symphony "From the New World."
Answer: Antonin Dvorak
[10] Dvorak wrote a set of eight of these lighthearted pieces for piano. Theseventh one in G-flat was transcribed for violin by Kreisler.
Answer: Humoresques or Op. 101
[10] The title of this fourth and final Dvorak piano trio derives from a Slavic term for a "passing thought." This E minor piece consists of six short movements of melancholy character.
Answer: Dumky Trio or Op. 90
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Identify these British possessions in the Atlantic Ocean, FTPE:,
[10] This island, whose capital is Jamestown, is located 1200 miles from the nearest continental landmass is most noted for being the site of Napoleon's final exile.
Answer: Saint Helena
[10] This island, 800 miles to the northwest of Saint Helena, was once administered by the British as a ship. Its capital and only significant town is Georgetown.
Answer: Ascension Island
[10] 1,350 miles to the south of Saint Helena is this island, named for a Portuguese navigator and part of the most remote archipelago in the world, along with islands such as Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island.
Answer: Tristan de Cunha
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In this novel, a former boxer named Keller writes an article slandering the family of the title character and making false claims regarding the title character's benefactor Pavlishchev. FTPE:,
[10] Name this novel in which Kolya's friend Hippolite dies of consumption and Rogozhin is sentenced for murder.
Answer: The Idiot
[10] This naive young man is the hero and title character of The Idiot.
Answer: Prince Myshkin
[10] Members of this family include the General Ivan Fyodorovitch and his three daughters Alexandra, Adelaida, and Aglaya, to whom Prince Myshkin proposes.
Answer: the Yepanchins
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Name these Coen brothers' films, FTPE.,
[10] This film features Randall "Tex" Cobbs as the "Lone Biker of the Apocalypse," a bounty hunter named Leonard Smalls. It also features Nathan Jr., one of a set of namesake quintuplets.
Answer: Raising Arizona
[10] Policewoman Marge Gunderson, played by Frances McDormand, catches up to Peter Stormare's character before he finishes forcing Steve Buscemi's body through a wood chipper in this dark comedy about a botched kidnapping.
Answer: Fargo
[10] This movie features Jon Polito as Johnny Caspar, a gang boss who reminds his men, "Always put one in the brain." Johnny really hates "the high hat," as he notes after Leo O'Bannon rebuffs his request to bump off the sleazy bookie Bernie Bernbaum, played by John Turturro.
Answer: Miller's Crossing
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After being lowered into a pit when his wife dies, this man survives by killing and taking food from other people that have been buried with their spouses. FTPE:,
[10] Name this man who recounts his adventures, including a sojourn in a city full of devils that turn into birds once a month, to a destitute porter who shares his name.
Answer: Sinbad or Sindbad the Sailor or Seaman
[10] During Sinbad's fifth voyage, this character hops on Sinbad's shoulders and refuses to get off, beating Sinbad to take him to the best fruit-trees. Sinbad eventually gets him drunk and kills him, but before he dies he manages to pee all over Sinbad.
Answer: The Old Man of the Sea or Sheikh-al-Bahr
[10] During his second voyage, Sinbad finds himself in a valley inhabited by enormous vipers and snakes crawling on these items. Sinbad escapes by hiding himself under a large piece of meat thrown down by a merchant attempting to recover some of these items.
Answer: diamonds
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Answer the following on a class of organic reactions, FTPE.,
[10] This light gas can add across a double or triple bond to produce alkanes from alkenes or alkynes. This gas reacts with nitrogen to produce ammonia in the Haber process.
Answer: hydrogen gas or H2
[10] This catalyst, consisting of palladium poisoned with lead and quinoline on calcium carbonate, adds hydrogen to alkynes to produce cis-alkenes.
Answer: Lindlar's catalyst
[10] In this reduction reaction, benzene reacts with metals such as lithium or sodium in liquid ammonia, which results in the addition of two hydrogen atoms to the ring.
Answer: Birch reduction
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Identify the following related to North Carolina and the Civil War, FTPE.,
[10] The Confederacy's last open Atlantic port was this southern North Carolina city, closed when the Union took Fort Fisher in January 1865.
Answer: Wilmington
[10] The commander of the Confederate Army of the Tennessee at the Battle of Perryville, Stones River and Chickamauga was this man, a native of North Carolina.
Answer: Braxton Bragg
[10] This battle between Sherman and Johnston in central North Carolina was one of the last major engagements of the war. The Confederacy would surrender before within a month.
Answer: Battle of Bentonville
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Answer these questions about the interaction of wind and ocean water, FTPE.,
[10] The large-scale gyres that dominate the surface of the open ocean are due to wind action and this fictitious force which, like centrifugal force, arises when considering noninertial reference frames.
Answer: Coriolis force or effect
[10] This man's namesake transport is the net motion of water in surface layers due to wind friction and the Coriolis effect. Ideally, the transport is at a 90 degree angle to the wind, as seen by integrating over the spiral named for this Swedish physicist.
Answer: Vagn Walfrid Ekman
[10] This term denotes currents such as those circulating around most gyres, in which the local pressure gradient is balanced by the Coriolis force.
Answer: geostrophic
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Answer the following related to some lazy bums of Norse myth who will survive Ragnarok, FTPE.,
[10] This long-legged god pissed off the Vanir by refusing to give them counsel after being sent as a hostage, so the Vanir naturally beheaded his wise companion Mimir and left him alone.
Answer: Honir or Hoenir
[10] When Vidar's not busy doing whatever it is that a god of silence does, he works very slowly on the Thickmost Shoe, with which he will kill this son of Loki at Ragnarok. This gigantic wolf ate Tyr's hand.
Answer: Fenrir or Fenrisulfr
[10] Vali gets to sleep in late, wash his hands and comb his hair all he likes after accomplishing his sole task in life one day after his birth, when he kills this blind god. This poor guy was duped into killing his brother Balder.
Answer: Hoder or Hodur or Hodr

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