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2008 EFT Tossups by Vinokurov 1
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In the title of a 1975 work by Robin Lakoff, this concept is combined with "Woman's Place," and in a more recent book, she has written about this kind of "war." In a 1975 work, Jerry Fodor hypothesized the existence of the one "of thought". A work which begins with a chapter dedicated to "The Elimination of Metaphysics" was written by A.J. Ayer and titled after this concept, "Truth, and Logic," and in the Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein devised his "beetle-in-a-box" thought experiment to demonstrate the impossibility of a private one. For ten points, identify this human faculty whose namesake "instinct" was elucidated in a book by Stephen Pinker and which you use when you talk.
Answer: language
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In the fifth act of this play, one character chides another for making a bad decision regarding a casket of state secrets, and in the next scene, that same character notes that "we live in such an age, with such a king, that violence can not advance our cause." After disowning his son Damis for claiming that the title character had made an advance on his wife, the main character signs his house over to the title character. In this work's final scene, the title character is arrested by an officer of the prince for his past crimes while Valere, Marianne, and Cleante, among others, look on. For ten points, identify this play about the titular hypocrite who attempts to swindle Orgon, a comedy by Moliere.
Answer: Tartuffe, or The Impostor
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During his time in Rome, this artist worked with the miniaturist Giulio Clovio. It was in Rome that he produced his earliest signed painting, "Landscape with Christ and the Apostles at the Sea of Tiberias," while a later commission resulted in his series entitled Labours of the Months. His Large Landscapes series was published by Hieronymus Cock, but he remains better known for allegorical works, such as one that depicts a structure reaching to the sky, The Tower of Babel, as well as illustrations of various Netherlandish Proverbs, including Big Fish Eat Little Fish. FTP, identify this Flemish artist famous for such works as Peasant Wedding, The Triumph of Death, and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.
Answer: Peter Breughel the Elder
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In one appearance, he traps his friend in a drier, resulting in that friend obtaining super powers, and in another episode, he splits the cost of a Russian mail-order bride with his neighbor. After developing glaucoma, this character is tricked into inhaling "moonajuana" in the shape of tires and wood. In a work partially titled "Colon Movie Film for Theatres," this character kills a giant poodle and explains that his excellent physique is the result of training on the Insanoflex, eventually jumping out a window when it is revealed that his mother is a bean burrito. Voiced by Dana Snyder, FTP, identify this neighbor of Carl and companion of Meatwad and Frylock, the cup-shaped third member of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Answer: Master Shake
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Shortly before dying, this ruler appointed his son by Meryetre as co-regent, and his mortuary temple was discovered in 1961 at Dayr al-Bahri beside that of his aunt. In the 33rd year of his reign, this ruler vanquished the king of the Mittanni in a battle on the Euphrates, after which he also supposedly engaged in an elephant hunt. Upon assuming the throne, this ruler ordered the destruction of all mentions of his predecessor, Hatshepsut, and less than a year later defeated the king of Kadesh at a site near modern-day Haifa. For ten points, identify this Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, the predecessor of Amenhotep II, who ruled from 1479 to 1426 B.C.E. and was victorious at the Battle of Megiddo.
Answer: Thutmose III
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J.E. Hirsch of UCSD has proposed that, much like the Quantum Hall effect, a "spin" variety of this effect exists. One proposed explanation for the incomplete type of this effect is the Mendelssohn sponge. In certain geometries, such as hollow cylinders, this effect can result in flux pinning, and the successful prediction of this effect is one of the triumphs of BCS theory, though it does not explain its type II variety. On a macroscopic level, this effect can be described using the London equation, which give the penetration depth when combined with Ampere's Law. Resulting from the behavior of a perfect diamagnet, for ten points, identify this physical effect in which a superconductor expels magnetic fields from its interior.
Answer: Meissner-Ochsenfeld effect
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While writing under the pseudonym of "Robert Slender," he produced a series of "Probationary Odes by Jonathan Pindar, Esq." This man's political poems include one written with Hugh Henry Brackenridge for a Princeton commencement, as well as one about a "flame" which "lays all tyrants low," entitled "The Republican Genius of Europe." Renowned for such patriotic works as "Eutaw Springs," and "Rising Glory of America," he is best remembered for a poem about a flower "by Nature's self in white arrayed," and another which ends with the image of "the painted chief, and pointed spear." For ten points, identify this poet best known for "The Wild Honeysuckle" and "The Indian Burying Ground."
Answer: Philip Freneau
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The first mention of this prayer being employed in its best-known context comes from the 13th century text entitled Or Zarua, and its earliest version is sometimes called the "half" version. Under certain circumstances, a chazzan may recite the "half" variety following a Torah reading, and its "rabbinical" version is recited by those studying the midrash or aggada. Its "Great" version contains a prayer for the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple, and the full version adds two sentences which begin, respectively, "Yohei shlomo rabba" and "Oseh shalom." This prayer, whose purpose is sometimes confused with the prayer "El Molai Rachamim." opens with the line "yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba," and a variant of it is recited by mourners after the death of a loved one. For ten points, identify this Jewish prayer extolling the coming kingdom of God.
Answer: Kaddish
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One ruler of this name and number was known as "the Bad," and alternately supported both Pedro the Cruel and Henry of Trastamara in an attempt to expand the power of the kingdom of Navarre. A ruler of Anjou with this name and number signed the Peace of Caltabellotta, ending the War of the Sicilian Vespers, while the death in 1700 of a Spanish ruler of this name and number set off the War of the Spanish Succession. Also the designation of a Holy Roman Emperor nicknamed "the Bald" who was a signatory to the 843 Treaty of Verdun, for ten points, identify this royal name and number most famously held by "the Merry Monarch," whose English reign from 1660 to 1685 was known as the "Restoration."
Answer: Charles II (accept Charles III before *, since he is sometimes known by this name and number; accept any other variants such as "Carlos" or "Karl")
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Werner's complex contains 3 atoms of chlorine and 3 molecules of this compound as ligands, and this compound is produced by a molybdenum-iron-copper complex-containing enzyme in some organisms. Pure solutions of this molecule contain large quantities of solvated electrons, which is why it is used as a solvent in the trans-hydrogenation of alkynes and the reduction of benzene to cyclohexadienes in the Birch reduction. This molecule is industrially produced by using an iron oxide catalyst that was modified by Bosch. FTP, name this molecule produced by the Haber process, with formula NH3.
Answer: NH3 or Ammonia (Accept NH4 or ammonium until "alkynes")
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In the second scene of this opera, one character confesses not to know what the "Marker" does, after which another character explains the rules to him while drawing a parallel to the cobbling trade. To prevent one character from serenading another in this opera, a third sings "Jerum! Jerum!" A side plot concerns the romance between David and Magdalene, and at a meeting of the title group, one of them named Veit Pogner sings "Das schone Fest, Johannistag," outlining the contest that will take place on that festival day. Walther triumphs over Sixtus Beckmesser for the hand of Eva in, for ten points, what this Richard Wagner whose title characters include Fritz Kothner, Augustin Moser, and Hans Sachs, all singers in the titular city.
Answer: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg or The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
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This work is the subject of a 1991 critical interpretation by Edward Callan, who also published a 1968 biography of its author. This work's third chapter opens with the image of a "small toy train" climbing up to Carisbrooke. The main character's brother refers to the chief of his old village as a "white man's dog," and in the end, the main character's sister Getrude returns to her life of prostitution and drink. The main character is assisted in his search for his son by the Reverend Theophilus Msimangu, but in the end, that son, Absalom, is hanged for the murder of Arthur Jarvis, while two white men are released. For ten points, identify this novel about the Reverend Stephen Kumalo, the most famous work of Alan Paton.
Answer: Cry, the Beloved Country
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The man elected to the Senate to replace John Eaton, Felix Grundy, also succeeded Eaton in this post and was the 13th man to hold this position. The man who defended the freedom of movement as guaranteed by the Constitution in the 1941 case Edwards v. California, Robert Jackson occupied this post before being appointed to the Supreme Court. The man who succeeded William French Smith in this post ordered a study of the effects of pornography on society, while another man who occupied this post launched a series of namesake raids on communists. FTP, identify this office occupied at various times by such individuals as Edwin Meese, A. Mitchell Palmer, Robert F. Kennedy and Janet Reno.
Answer: Attorney General
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Recent observations of this body have revealed a bright West Virginia-sized spot on its surface just southeast of the Xanadu region. The only noble gas found on it is argon-40, leading to speculation that its primary distinguishing feature is generated by outgassing from the interior. Its surface temperature and atmospheric pressure were first measured by Voyager I, though the most detailed information about this satellite comes from the Huygens probe, which landed on its surface in 2005 and discovered lakes of liquid hydrocarbons near its polar regions. The only satellite in the solar system with clouds and a dense atmosphere, FTP, identify this second largest moon in the solar system and the largest moon of Saturn.
Answer: Titan
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A modified version of this concept was proposed by Eliot Aronson, who has also collaborated with Carol Tavris on a book with such chapters as "Law and Disorder," and "Good Intentions, Bad Science." In a 1971 paper, Tedeschi, Schlenker, and Bonoma proposed that its manifestations are a result of an attempt at impression management. In one study of it, those people who had been paid $20 rather than $1 to perform a boring task improved their attitude towards the task, and this theory had its genesis in a study of a UFO cult, entitled When Prophecy Fails. For ten points, identify this psychological hypothesis which states that people prefer their beliefs to be consistent with each other, first elucidated by Leon Festinger.
Answer: cognitive dissonance
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In 2003, Iwata and Kabak used crystallography to obtain the structure of its lactose transporter. It developed an ability to consume citrate in an experiment by Richard Lenski and its DnaK and DnaJ proteins are homologs of the eukaryotic chaperones Hsp70 and Hsp40. Its verocytotoxic and enterohemorrhagic varieties are grouped together under the category of Shiga toxin producers, and in 2001, a Nature article reported a complete genetic sequence of its pathogenic O157:H7 strain. Often used to grow libraries of recombinant DNA, they were observed to undergo conjugation by Edward Tatum. FTP, identify this Gram-negative bacterium, a favorite model organism of biologists.
Answer: Escherichia coli
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This author wrote of a woman who loses two children to drowning while on vacation in his short story, "Death in Midsummer," while a man who anticipates leading an attack against his own men appears in "Patriotism." The proprietress of the Setsugoan restaurant is the heroine of this author's After the Banquet, and a man who is killed after being given poisoned tea by Noboru is the title character of his The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea. This author wrote of Mizoguchi, a monk who burns down the titular edifice in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and a tetralogy containing Spring Snow and Decay of the Angel. For ten points, identify this Japanese author best known for his 4-volume Sea of Fertility.
Answer: Yukio Mishima (or Kimitake Hiraoka)
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Among this man's influences were the writings of Lorimer Denis, and at the beginning of his rule, he was opposed by Archbishop Francois Poirier, whom this man later exiled. An attack on a neighboring country's embassy brought this man in conflict with Juan Bosch, though the incident was later defused by the OAS, and this man helped organize the resistance to Paul Magloire after the overthrew of Dumarsailles Estime. When this man suffered a heart attack in 1959, he was temporarily replaced by Clement Barbot, who had helped this man organize a paramilitary force known as the "Bogeymen," or Tontons Macoute. For ten points, identify this man, who was succeeded by his son after ruling Haiti from 1957 until 1971.
Answer: Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier (either first initial or moniker required, not both)
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In the 13th canto of the Kalevala, Lemminkainen is tasked with slaying the Hiisi elk, which is said to have one of these made from a stump. In Japanese myth, Yamato no Orochi is said to have eight of them, while the Slavic deity Triglav possesses three. In the Skaldskaparmal, after surpassing the craftsmanship of the sons of Ivaldi, Brokk demands the one belonging to Loki. Britain could not be invaded so long as the one belonging to Bran was planted facing across the Channel, and the one belonging to Mimir was preserved by Odin as an oracle after it was sent back by the Vanir. Perseus stored Medusa's in a magic wallet. FTP, identify this body part which, when detached from the body of Orpheus, floated down a river singing.
Answer: head
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An unknown artist depicted this man being attended by Doctors Craik and Brown during his last illness, while a notable chronicler of this man's life in art was Junius Brutus Stearns, who depicted this man's marriage and his life "as Citizen." This man appears in a red uniform holding a musket across his body in a portrait by Charles Winston Peale, while other notable depictions of this man's life include the engravings of John McRae. Jean-Antoine Houdon produced a bust of this figure, but the most iconic depiction shows him standing in the prow of a small boat while an American flag is carried by a man to his right. FTP, identify this man, famously depicted in a presidential portrait by Gilbert Stuart and by Emmanuel Leutze as "crossing the Delaware."
Answer: George Washington
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Originally established by the khanate of Kokand, this city is situated along the Alaarcha and Alamedin rivers, and Erkindik Boulevard is one its main avenues. North of this city is the Chu River, which forms part of its country's border with a northern neighbor, and the Kant air base, owned by Russia, is located 20 miles east of it. From 1926 until 1991, this city was named after Mikhail Frunze [pron: froon-zeh], an equestrian statue of whom can still be found in this city's Ala-Too Square. Today it is served by the Manas International Airport and is the seat of a government headed by Kurmanbek Bakiyev. The capital of a country that is home to Lake Isyk-Kul and the Tienshan range, FTP, identify this capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Answer: Bishkek
2008 EFT Bonuses by Vinokurov 1
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In honor of Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience, identify these things that are crucial to know if you're going to run Alaska (and by extension, the United States), for ten points each:,
[10] Sarah Palin may or may not have ever played Risk, but if she follows the arc of the Aleutian Islands to the west across the Bering Sea, she will surely end up on this Russian peninsula, whose southernmost point is Cape Lopatka.
Answer: Kamchatka
[10] Lying in the Bering Strait and surely within sight of Sarah Palin's windows are these two islands, known as the Gvozdev Islands to the Russians.
Answer: Diomede Islands (accept Big and Little Diomede as well as Krusenstern Island and Ratmanov Island)
[10] Little Diomede Island was the starting point of an expedition headed by this man, which resulted in the BBC series Full Circle. Though better known as an actor, this man has been bringing geography to the masses for over 25 years, starting with the travel documentary Great Railway Journeys of the World.
Answer: Michael Palin
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It ended with one side renouncing claims to Cuba and ceding Guam and Puerto Rico to the other side. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this conflict ended by the 1898 Treaty of Paris.
Answer: Spanish-American War
[10] This man dubbed the conflict "a splendid little war" and helped negotiate the Paris treaty as Secretary of State under McKinley. He's also known for writing some ballads about Pike County.
Answer: John Milton Hay
[10] The acquisition of territories from Spain as a result of the treaty led directly to these series of Supreme Court cases, which addressed the question "does the Constitution follow the flag?"
Answer: Insular Cases
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The preface to one of this man's most famous works tells of an oak tree located near "Lukomorye" [pron: loo-koh-more-yeh] which is girded by a chain and inhabited by a storytelling cat. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this author of the epic poem Ruslan and Ludmilla, who also wrote about some dude named Tsar Sultan.
Answer: Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
[10] Pushkin's other notable prefaces include one about his uncle, which precedes this story of a man who kills his friend Lensky in a feud over Tatiana.
Answer: Eugene Onegin or Yevgeniy Onegin
[10] While in exile in Bessarabia, Pushkin wrote this first poem of his "southern cycle," which details the love between the titular Russian officer and a Circassian girl, the daughter of one of his captors.
Answer: The Prisoner of the Caucasus or Kavkazkiy Plennik
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In honor of Evan Nagler, who sadly could not be here today, identify these people and things important in the history of the tuba, for ten points each.,
[10] This man's Tuba Concerto in F Minor is probably less famous than his Sinfonia Antarctica, Fantasia on Greensleeves, and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.
Answer: Ralph Vaughn Williams
[10] Another notable occurrence of the tuba is in this Richard Strauss tone poem, inspired by the Neitzsche work of the same name.
Answer: Thus Spake Zarathustra or Also Sprach Zarathustra
[10] This instrument common in military bands is sometimes used as the tenor variety of the tuba.
Answer: euphonium
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Answer some questions about the Notch signaling pathway, FTPE:,
[10] The Notch signaling protein was originally discovered in this organism by TH Morgan. This organism contains four sets of chromosomes, and phenotypes include curly-o and white-eyed.
Answer: Drosophila melanogaster
[10] Notch signaling is key for this process, which also requires VEGF signaling. Inhibiting this process in tumors is an active area of research.
Answer: Angiogenesis (prompt on things like "Blood vessel formation")
[10] The genes Lunatic Fringe, Manic Fringe, and Radical Fringe in the pathway code for enzymes that perform this process, the addition of sugar residues to certain parts of a protein.
Answer: Glycosylation
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It was first introduced in a paper entitled "Minds, Brains, and Programs", and answers to it include the "many mansions reply" and a reply that maps axons and dendrites as a nation. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this argument advanced by John Searle which has a man with a dictionary sitting inside the title location, simply using the dictionary to translate the characters passed under the door. Its used against Strong AI.
Answer: Chinese Room argument or thesis or Chinese Box
[10] This man's argument against the Chinese room posits the idea that natural selection could create zombies which don't have all of the properties that Searle outlines. He may be more famous for writing Darwin's Dangerous Idea.
Answer: Daniel Dennett
[10] Together with Daniel Dennett, this man advocated a "systems reply" to Searle in the essay "Reflections on Searle," contained in his The Mind's I. He may be better known for writing Godel, Escher, Bach.
Answer: Douglas Hofstadter
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Identify these Italian directors of genre films, for ten points each.,
[10] He focused on Jewish gangsters in his last important directorial effort, Once Upon a Time in America, but he is best known for advancing the spaghetti western with such classics as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dynamite.
Answer: Sergio Leone
[10] A pioneer of the giallo film genre, this man co-wrote Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, but he is best known for such horror flicks as Deep Red and Suspiria.
Answer: Dario Argento
[10] This Italian was one of the foremost neorealist directors and is primarily famous for his postwar trilogy comprising Rome, Open City, Paisa, and Germany Year Zero.
Answer: Roberto Rossellini
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According to their own legends, these people originated in the village of Pagari-tampu, and they referred to the world they knew as Tahuantinsuyu. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this pre-Columbian civilization which in 1471 conquered the kingdom of Chimor. They worship the creator god Viracocha, and had a cultural center at Macchu Picchu.
Answer: Inca
[10] According to Inca legend, this first Incan ruler and son of the creator god Virakocha founded the Incan empire by leading his people to the site of present-day Cuzco.
Answer: Manco Capac
[10] After the death of Huayna Capac in 1525, a succession battle broke out between Atahualpa and this half-brother of his, whose execution served as the pretext for the Spanish to order Atahualpa's death after capturing him.
Answer: Huascar
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Answer some questions about your friend and mine, the integral, for ten points each.,
[10] This numerical integration method is an example of a Newton-Cotes method and approximates the area under the curve using its namesake shape. Simpson's method is a slightly more accurate method of the same type.
Answer: trapezoid rule
[10] This French mathematician introduced a generalization of the Riemann-type integrals that now bears his name. That integral depends on finding the correct measure on the set in question and extends integration to a larger class of functions.
Answer: Henri Leon Lebesgue
[10] This is the general term for integrals which generalize the inverses of trigonometric functions. The Jacobi and Weirstrass functions of this type result from the inversion of these integrals.
Answer: elliptic integrals
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He wrote of a bystander who is indirectly affected by wealth redistribution schemes in his essay "The Forgotten Man," and ridiculed his critics as claiming that "poverty was the best policy." For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this sociologist who leveled that criticism in What Social Classes Owe to Each Other and Folkways.
Answer: William Graham Sumner
[10] Sumner was a critic of this author, whose Equality is a sequel to a work about Julian West waking up in the Year 2000, entitled Looking Backward.
Answer: Edward Bellamy
[10] According to Richard Hofstadter, who chronicled the evolution of this concept "in American Thought," Sumner can be considered an exponent of this idea, which attempts to apply "the survival of the fittest" to human societies.
Answer: social Darwinism
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The existence of this state can lead to such situations as adverse selection, and Michael Spence proposed to resolve it through the process of "signaling." For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this market situation in which some participants in the market know more than others.
Answer: asymmetric information (or information asymmetry)
[10] George Akerlof employed both signaling and screening in his discussion of the effects of asymmetric information on used car sales, in a paper titled "The Market for," these objects.
Answer: lemons
[10] The problems of information asymmetry were also studied by this economist, who is best known for his study of voting systems that resulted in his namesake "impossibility theorem."
Answer: Kenneth Joseph Arrow
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Answer some questions about a useful thermodynamic effect, for ten points each.,
[10] By constricting the flow of a gas that is above the inversion temperature, it is possible to cool it using this effect, named for two 19th century physicists. This effect is notably used in the Linde refrigerator.
Answer: Joule-Thomson or Joule-Kelvin effect
[10] The Joule-Thomson effect operates by keeping this thermodynamic quantity constant. It is typically given as the internal energy plus the product of pressure and volume.
Answer: enthalpy
[10] Joule-Thomson cooling is only possible with these types of gases, because the state equation must be such that the inversion coefficients are nonzero.
Answer: non-ideal (accept logical equivalents)
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Its last days saw the confirmation by the Senate of an emperor who went against precedent by dating his reign from the time of his acknowledgment by the army. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this period following the death of Nero, which saw a power struggle between Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and the eventual victor.
Answer: 69 C.E. (or A.D.) or the Year of the Four Emperors
[10] The year of the four emperors concluded with the ascension of this founder of the Flavian dynasty and father of Titus and Domitian.
Answer: Titus Flavius Vespasianus
[10] Vespasian's final triumph came when Antonius Primus destroyed the forces of Vitellius at this site; earlier that same year, Otho had lost at this same site to Vitellius and had committed suicide afterwards.
Answer: Bedriacum or Cremona
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The romance between Curtis Jadwin and Laura Dearborn forms the backdrop of this man's book about a commodities exchange, The Pit. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this author, who also wrote of Sam Lewiston's troubles in the short story "A Deal in Wheat."
Answer: Frank Norris
[10] Norris is perhaps best known for this work which details the struggle between some wheat ranchers and the Pacific Southwestern railroad, which is imagined as the titular creature.
Answer: The Octopus
[10] The titular canary-owning dentist of this Norris novel kills his wife Trina for her lottery winnings, but ends up handcuffed to the body of Marcus Schouler in the desert and presumably dying or something.
Answer: McTeague
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Although his plea that the sacrifice of a pig by Apollo absolves him is rejected, he nevertheless prevails on Apollo's argument that mothers are only vessels, while fathers are the true parents. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this man, whose trial ends in a "not guilty" verdict after Athena casts the tie-breaking vote.
Answer: Orestes
[10] These events transpire in The Eumenidies, which together with Agamemnon and The Libation Bearers forms this playwright's Oresteia trilogy.
Answer: Aeschylus
[10] The murder of Agamemnon is perpetrated by Clytemnestra and this man, the son of Thyestes and Pelopia, who is subsequently also killed by Orestes in revenge.
Answer: Aegisthus
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Its treasury supposedly holds the veil of the Virgin Mary, and its Royal Portal is one of the only remaining parts of the Romanesque church on whose ruins it was built. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this cathedral located southwest of Paris, which is most famous for its rose windows, especially one depicting the Apocalypse in the south transept.
Answer: Chartres Cathedral or Notre-Dame d'Chartres or translation
[10] Chartres, together with the cathedral at Amiens and this cathedral, represent the height of the French Gothic period. This cathedral was modeled after Chartres and served as the coronation site for 25 French kings.
Answer: Reims Cathedral or Notre-Dame at Reims
[10] In contrast with the statuary at Chartres, the Reims statuary groups such as Melchizedek and Abraham strongly exhibit this characteristic flexing of the body, resulting from depicting a contrapposto position.
Answer: s-curve
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It is a geometric distortion that splits energy levels to minimize the overall energy of the system. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this effect in crystal lattices named partly for the father of the hydrogen bomb.
Answer: Jahn-Teller effect
[10] The Jahn-Teller effect in octahedral complexes commonly manifests as the splitting of these orbitals. They contain up to 10 electrons and are important in transition metal chemistry.
Answer: d orbitals
[10] The Jahn-Teller effect represents one extreme in which this approximation breaks down. This approximation holds that the motion of the electrons is much faster than that of the nucleons, which are held to be motionless.
Answer: Born-Oppenheimer approximation
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He was once dissuaded from attacking when a group of Xanthian women greeted him with hoisted skirts, but he also vanquished some pirates led by Cheimarrhus. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this Greek hero who achieved his greatest feat while on a mission from King Iobates of Lycia.
Answer: Bellerophon
[10] The feat for which Bellerophon is best known is, of course, the slaying of this monster, with the head of a rabbit and the body of a rabbit. I mean, head of a lion, tail of a dragon, and a goat's body.
Answer: Chimera
[10] Through his daughter Laodamia, Bellerophon was the grandfather of this hero of the Trojan war, who was killed in single combat by Patroclus after his father Zeus refrained from saving him,
Answer: Sarpedon
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After subduing Rome, this ruler secured the marriage of his son to Theophano in 972. For ten points each:,
[10] Identify this victor over the Magyars at the Battle of Lechfeld, who in 962 was elected Holy Roman Emperor.
Answer: Otto I or the Great
[10] Otto was the son of this founder of the Saxon dynasty, whose nickname came from the activity in which he was supposedly engaged when he was notified of his election as king.
Answer: Henry I or the Fowler
[10] Otto was so badass that he basically picked his own popes; in 963 he deposed one pope and set up another in his place. Give either the name of the pope he deposed or the one he installed.
Answer: John XII or Leo VIII (respectively)
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Identify these authors who, to the chagrin of Lou Dobbs, surely stole valuable jobs from American authors by writing awesome literature at half the cost, for ten points each.,
[10] His journey to a temple while ambassador to India inspired The Monkey Grammarian, but you may know this dude better for his study of Mexican history, The Labyrinth of Solitude, as well as the surrealist poem The Sun-Stone.
Answer: Octavio Paz
[10] While not occupying a deserving American professor's post at Brown University, this man managed to write such works as The Death of Artemio Cruz and The Old Gringo.
Answer: Carlos Fuentes Macias
[10] The "Cristero" revolts provided the inspiration for this author's short story collection The Burning Plain, though he is more famous for a work of magical realism set in the village of Comala, Pedro Paramo.
Answer: Juan Rulfo

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