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2009 FIST Tossups by Columbia
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This author wrote of Duncan Dullamy, who tries to find a husband for his daughter Leonore, while Mark Spayley improves the sales of a breakfast cereal by renaming it, in "Filboid Studge: the Story of a Mouse that Helped." The politician Courtney Youghal competes for the hand of Elaine de Frey with Comus, the protagonist of a novel by this author. In another work, Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym quarrel over a piece of hunting land, get crushed by a tree, and possibly get devoured by wolves. He worked with Charles Maude on the play The Watched Pot, while another work involves a god invented by the ten-year old Conradin, who lives with his cousin Mrs. De Ropp. This author of "The Interlopers" also wrote a story in which Vera tells Framton Nuttel about spirits returning through the title object. FTP, name this author of "Sredni Vashtar" and "The Open Window," who was born H.H. Munro.
Answer: Saki (accept Hector Hugh Munro before mention)
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A product of two examples of one class of these objects may be written as a linear combination of other members of that class using coefficients given by the Littlewood-Richardson rule. That class of these objects are the characters of the irreducible representations of general linear groups, known as the Schur ones. The Newton-Girard formula relates elementary examples of these to power sums. The study of Galois theory often begins with the observation that the coefficients of a quadratic equation are, up to sign, the elementary examples of these objects in two variables of degree one and two. FTP, give these mathematical objects, formulas formed only from one or more variables and their powers which are invariant under permutations of those variables, such as x + y.
Answer: symmetric polynomials (accept equivalents; prompt on polynomials)
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One leader of this kingdom constructed the Hauz Khas, or royal water tank, as well as the Siri Fort. The revolt of Jasrath Khokhar took place in this kingdom under a dynasty founded by Khizar Khan, the Sayyid Dynasty, and its first dynasty was founded by an official of the Ghorid Empire, Aibak. Its penultimate ruler, Sikandar, constructed the Lentil Mosque. The aforementioned dynasty of this kingdom also included the first female Muslim sovereign, Razia, and is known as the Mamluk or Slave dynasty. The Khalji dynasty saw it reach its greatest extent after the capture of Malwa and Gujarat, but these gains were reversed by the campaigns of Tamerlane. FTP, identify this kingdom that ended under the reign of Ibrahim Lodi after his defeat at the battle of Panipat, and gives its name to a former and current capital of India.
Answer: Delhi Sultanate [do not accept New Delhi]
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One character in this film gets demoted to a job where he steams open envelopes, and works with a man who once told him a joke about a politician. That character, who sometimes goes by the name HGW XX/7, is the dedicatee of the novel Sonata for a Good Man, which is also the title of a piece of music that the director Albert Jerska hears before he commits suicide. At the end of this film, a search for a very small typewriter leads the mistress of Minister Hempf to commit suicide by jumping in front of a truck. That mistress, the actress Christa-Maria Sieland, had just informed Gerd Weisler that her boyfriend, the playwright Georg Dreyman, had written a controversial political article about suicide in Der Spiegel. FTP, identify this winner of the 2007 best foreign film Oscar, concerning the surveillance of dissidents by the Stasi in communist East Germany.
Answer: The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)
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In praising this opera, Virgil Thompson wrote that its composer was better "without his erotico-metaphysical paraphernalia than with it." At numerous points, the text refers to the phrase "fanget an!" or "let us begin." A night watchman sounds his horn to mark the tenth hour as two characters talk of eloping, and that watchman reappears at the end of the second act to sound his horn and end a riot, which is reflected on in the later monologue "Wahn, Wahn, Uberall Wahn!" lamenting the omnipresence of madness. The aging maid Magdalena is courted by young David and the goldsmith's daughter Eva Pogner is courted by scheming clerk Sextus Beckmesser, but she ends up with the Franconian knight Walther von Stolzing. FTP, name this opera about Hans Sachs and the title performers, composed by Richard Wagner.
Answer: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (or The Meistersingers of Nuremberg)
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The currency of this nation, the rufiyaa, contains a depiction of the bazaar in its largest city which hosts an airport at neighboring Hulule. It once encompassed the town of Minicoy to the north, whose inhabitants also speak its official language of Divehi. The cabinet of this country is holding an underwater meeting to highlight dangers of global warming, an idea of its president Mohamed Nasheed, who founded its democratic party after defeating Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Containing islands like Suvadiva and Tiladummati, it is both the smallest majority-Muslim nation in the world and the lowest nation in the world. FTP, name this republican archipelago southwest of India with its capital at Male.
Answer: (Republic of) Maldives (or Maldive Islands)
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In this work, the author writes that the question "Is it me?" is one that "a thief must ask himself the night he jimmies open his first window" and one that "bridegrooms quiz themselves before the altar." One character is described as shouting a shaky "Two!" like a man at an auction with only three dollars in his pocket, while others around him chant "be a Martin, be a Martin." Near the end, the main character wishes he could "rip open the sky, plunge his hands through, and pull out the sun" to find it stamped on both sides like a coin. The aged janitor Yakov Blotnik is a foil to that main character, Ozzie Freedman, who questions the wisdom of his rabbi and threatens to jump from the roof of the synagogue. FTP, name this story published in Goodbye, Columbus - a work written by Philip Roth.
Answer: "Conversion of the Jews" (prompt on Goodbye Columbus, I suppose)
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Second-order parameters for systems approximated by this model are often extrapolated from Birge-Sponer plots. The highly excited states of qubits have a larger Lamb shift than ac Stark shift because those excited states more closely resemble a pair of these systems coupled than the ground states. A more accurate model of microwave spectroscopy modifies B with a factor of minus alpha times the sum of one-half and this system's quantum number to account for this system's interactions with the rigid rotor. It is often used to approximate a Morse potential, whose horizontal asymptote is equal to the dissociation energy. One parameter that characterizes it may be found as the reduced mass times the square of the product of two pi, the speed of light, and the frequency in wavenumbers. This system's solutions consist of normalized Hermite polynomials weighted by a Gaussian, and may be derived by considering ladder operators. FTP, name this system, a quantum treatment of a system that obeys a quadratic potential thanks to Hooke's law.
Answer: quantum harmonic oscillator
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One event leading up to the creation of these measures was the trial of Philip Brois at the assizes of Dunstable. Their most famous opponent argued against them by citing the Decretum of Gratian and the Pseudo-Isidorean Decretals. Alexander III initially refused to denounce them, mostly due to the strength of antipope Pascal III. Supporters of them, such as Josceline of Salisbury and Gilbert Foliot, were excommunicated after the disastrous council of Northampton. The 7th article prevented excommunication of the king and royal officials, but the most controversial article was the 3rd, which provided for the prosecution of church officials in lay courts. FTP, name this set of laws promulgated in 1164 by Henry II and opposed by the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket.
Answer: Constitutions of Clarendon
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This man's conflicts with other philosophers include a critique of J.J. Gibson's "ecological psychology," written with Zenon Pylyshyn, and a long debate with Jaegwon Kim regarding this man's theory of multiple realizability. He attempts to combine Davidson's Swamp-Man and Putnam's Twin-Earth in an appendix to his work, The Elm and the Expert, though his most famous work was expanded on by Steven Pinker in How the Mind Works, a book this man notably disliked and responded to with his own work, The Mind Doesn't Work That Way. FTP, name this analytic philosopher who argued for a difference between mental and public languages in The Language of Thought, and developed a theory of brain organization in Modularity of the Mind.
Answer: Jerry Alan Fodor
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One of these figures in Greek mythology begins his adulthood by plunging into the river Alpheius to ask Poseidon his destiny. That figure was a son of Evadne abandoned as a baby, but discovered lying on a bed of violets. Another one of these named Phrasios hailed from Cyprus and was killed by the Egyptian king Busiris. This role was also held by the son of Ampycus and Chloris, who was asked the number of figs on a wild fig tree - his correct answer to that question sealed the fate of another famous one of these figures. The most well-known one in Greek myth was the father of Manto who died drinking from the well of Tilphossa. The above examples are Iamus and the one who served the Argonauts, named Mopsus. FTP, name this kind of figure also represented by Calchas and Tiresias, who tend to excel at predicting the future.
Answer: seers or prophets (accept any reasonable equivalent, or accept "seer at the Olympian oracle" before Phrasios)
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At one point in this novel, a fight breaks out between the Anti-Nicotine and Anti-Vivisection ladies. The protagonist is temporarily suspended from school following an incident where he selects six female rather than male rabbits, and he's later bored by the arrival of his former classmate Irving Waters. The protagonist of this work also makes an advance on Orchid while his wife is away, and earlier Almus Pickerbaugh becomes the "first scientist ever elected to Congress." The main character's German-Jewish mentor goes to work for Hunziker after getting fired for his atheism, and the protagonist works with that man, Max Gotlieb, to fine-tune the phage he discovers. Earlier, he elopes with Leora Tozer in a town near Wheatsylvania, North Dakota. FTP, name this novel about a title doctor by Sinclair Lewis.
Answer: Arrowsmith
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An analogue to this theory applied to nucleons is also named for Bogoliubov, and the Pople-Nesbet equations, which encode the DODS procedure, distinguish one form of this technique. Coester and Kummel improved this method with the coupled cluster technique. This theory contains the result that the first ionization energy of a molecule is equal to the negative orbital energy of its HOMO, named for Koopmans. The "restricted" variety of this method applies to molecules where all orbitals are fully occupied, and it is extended to singly-occupied orbitals by Roothaans equations. FTP, name this doubly eponymous method of quantum chemistry where the ground-state energy of an N-body system is approximated by a Slater determinant.
Answer: Hartree-Fock method [or HF; or SCF; or self-consistent field method]
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This artist created a series of fourteen lithographs illustrating his poem, "The Lizard with Feathers of Gold," and depicts a figure in black striped shirt with arms crossed in his portrait of E.C. Ricart. He founded a group of young artists called "Agrupacio Courbet," during a time that his biographer Jacques Dupin refers to as his "poetic realist" phase. An ear comes out of a tree trunk next to a placard that reads "JOUR" while an eye peaks out from the leaves in his The Tilled Field. This artist of The Harlequin Carnival and The Reaper also painted a night scene which shows a red-runged ladder on the left that appears to reach up to the sky, while an animal sits on the brown ground to the right and stares upward at a celestial body. FTP, name this artist of Dog Barking at the Moon, a short-lived surrealist of Spanish origin.
Answer: Joan Miro
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This man's widow, Susan Wheeler, filed suit against James Paulding in a namesake court case seeking writ of mandamus to have his pension paid to her. He was tutored by Talbot Hamilton and one story about him says that his longtime friend Richard Somers opted to duel the entire crew of a ship instead of harm this man. He frequently quarreled with Jesse Elliott, who served as a second in a duel that ended this man's life - in that duel, he was supported by William Bainbridge and fought against James Barron. This man's feats include captaining the frigate President to victory over the Endymion, and capturing the Macedonian. He's also known for a nighttime raid to burn the USS Philadelphia in Tripoli in 18 FTP, name this American naval officer who toasted to America as "our country, right or wrong."
Answer: Stephen Decatur
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In 1998, Rodepeter and Winter studied the application of this theory in Germany. The man often given credit for founding this theory published papers on it with his student Richard Brumberg, and with Japanese economist Albert Ando at the University of Pennsylvania. Its basic characteristics were initially discovered by English economist Roy Harrod, who first developed its notion of a "hump-shaped profile" in 1948, using studies of Irving Fisher. Harrod's work was then extended by Franco Modigliani, who factored in uncertainty and used intertemporal choice models for consumption. This model predicts that households prefer perfectly smooth consumption profiles, independent of the timing of the money entering the household. FTP, name this microeconomic hypothesis which posits that people save money during their middle years so that they can spend later.
Answer: Life-Cycle Hypothesis (or LCH, or "Life-Cycle Theory", also accept "permanent income hypothesis" which is Friedman's very similar idea)
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This composer's third string quartet is in E major and contains a second movement whose scherzo sections alternate with brief fugal passages. He revised his first string quintet to add a slow movement commemorating the death of his friend, the virtuoso violinist Edouard Rietz, and this composer's second symphony includes such movements as "I waited for the Lord" and "My song shall be always thy mercy." This man wrote that his Opus 20 "must be played by all instruments in a symphonic orchestral style" and in fact arranged for full orchestra the second movement of that work, which is scored for four violins, two cellos, and two violas. Along with his string octet, this composer of the "Hymns of Praise" symphony wrote eight books of six pieces each for solo piano, including the Songs Without Words, dedicated to his sister Fanny. FTP, name this composer of the "Italian" and "Reformation" symphonies and the Hebrides overture.
Answer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Mutations in the KCNQ2 type of these objects can cause neonatal epilepsy, and limbic encephalitis may result from antibodies attacking them. In Drosophila, trypsin treatments can alter the behavior of the Shaker type of these, and mice with a Weaver mutation in the G-protein-activated inwardly rectifying type suffer degeneration of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. Typically, they are composed of 4 subunits, each featuring a protein with six transmembrane domains. An arrangement of five carbonyl oxygens in these structures highly selectively removes the hydration shell from a certain type of ion. Compounds that block these, such as bretylium, are used to treat arrhythmias, and the opening of the voltage-gated type of these causes the falling phase of the action potential. FTP, name this type of ion channel that regulates positive ions with atomic number nineteen.
Answer: potassium channels
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One character in this novel tells the story of a lady who consults a witch woman and rubs devil's drink over herself, which causes a group of fishermen to appear only to result in tragedy. The discovery of a swamp full of ducks by two characters leads another to find stakes that bear the names of O'Hara and Joe Gill, which are secretly burnt by the protagonist. A beloved cow named Rosie titles one chapter, while another finds Henry Solum opening a school where his brother Sam teaches songs to the kids. Another character hides in a trunk during a locust attack and has superstitions about naming her son, who titles this novel's sequel, Peder Victorious. FTP, name this novel in which Per Hansa dies on skis trying to find a minister, a work about some crazy Norwegians in the Dakotas, written by Ole Rolvaag.
Answer: Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie
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Some consequences of this battle include the execution of the composer Krystof Harant and the scientist Jan Jesenius, as well as the signing of the Peace of Nikolsburg with Gabriel Bethlen of Transylvania. The losing side of this battle had a confusing command structure, with commanders Thurn and Hohenlohe often giving contradictory orders in the heat of combat, a situation that allowed the other side to capture the Star Palace. Descartes may have been present at this one-hour battle, as an observer in the army of the count of Bucquoy. Politically, this battle led to the removal of the Winter King, Frederick V, from the throne of Bohemia and the restoration of Ferdinand II. FTP, identify this battle between the forces of Christian of Anhalt and the Count of Tilly, a 1620 victory for the Catholic League in the Thirty Years War.
Answer: Battle of White Mountain
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One poem by this writer opens by describing a prison "sixteen paces by twenty-three," where "they hold siege against humanity and truth employing time to drill through to his sanity." That poem, "Live Burial," appears in a collection with pieces like "Space" and "Flowers for My Land." In another work, Wild Christian remembers being chased by wood sprites with her brother Sanya after trespassing to harvest snails, and Essay lives in the parson compound. Mallam D is the Assistant Commissioner of Police in another work by this author of A Shuttle in the Crypt and the autobiographical novel Ake. In another work, Mr. Pilkings attempts to assist Elesin, who kills himself anyway when his son Olunde commits ritual suicide in his place. Another play depicts the fight between Baroka and Lakunle over the right to marry Sidi. FTP, name this Nigerian author of Death and the King's Horseman and The Lion and the Jewel.
Answer: Wole Soyinka
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This man's experiments were made more rigorous by Friedrich Schumann and Georg Muller, who created a "drum" device to better display their visual stimuli. The possible influence of fatigue and inattention on this man's experiments were ruled out by Adolf Jost. The illusion named for this man, also known as Titchener circles, depicts a circle surrounded by other circles of varying sizes. His results important to pedagogic theory include the "serial position effect" regarding the order of items in a list, and the "spacing effect" which considers the most effective methods of study, but he may be best known for experiments with words such as "zof" and "wid". FTP, name this author of Memory: a Contribution to Experimental Psychology, a German known for his experiments with nonsense syllables and his learning and forgetting curves.
Answer: Hermann Ebbinghaus
 
2009 FIST Bonuses by Columbia
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Answer some stuff about an Irish dude who wrote the Gothic novel Belmont Castle, or The Suffering Sensibility. FTPE:,
[10] This man was one of the leaders of the Irish revolt of 1798. Captured at the Battle of Donegal during his third invasion of Ireland, he committed suicide before his death sentence could be carried out.
Answer: Theobald Wolfe Tone
[10] Tone was a leader of this militant Irish independence group, whose other members included James Napper Tandy and William Drennan. It opposed the conciliatory approach of Henry Grattan, and continued for several years after Tone's death until the failure of Emmet's rebellion.
Answer: Society of United Irishmen
[10] The failure of Tone's rebellion hinged mainly on the lukewarm support from France, who at the time was ruled by this five-member committee.
Answer: the Directory
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This man's namesake illusion is also called a Titchener Circle, a circle surrounded by other circles of varying sizes. FTPE:,
[10] Name this psychologist who wrote in Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology about his nonsense syllables, and demonstrated that forgetting happens exponentially with his forgetting curve.
Answer: Hermann Ebbinghaus
[10] In a classic 1956 study, George Miller proposed this "magic number" as descriptive of the short-term memory of items with one aspect.
Answer: seven
[10] This London-based professor proposed a multi-component model of working memory, dividing it into the phonological loop, the visual-spatial sketchpad, and the central executive. He also wrote about the "Capacity of Short Term Memory," analyzing the role of time taken to pronounce words.
Answer: Alan Baddeley
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It occurs 33 days after Passover and 17 days before Shavuot. FTPE:,
[10] Name this Jewish holiday that involves the lighting of bonfires and commemorates the death day of the author of the Zohar, Simon bar Yohai.
Answer: Lag BaOmer or Lag LaOmer
[10] Lag BaOmer is also celebrated as the end date of a plague that killed 24,000 students of this tanna of the third generation. This rabbi was killed for supporting the Bar Kokhba revolt.
Answer: Rabbi Akiva ben Joseph
[10] In Judaism, the commemoration of a person's death day, such as the one on Lag BaOmer for Simon bar Yohai, is called this. Candles are lit and the kaddish is read on these days.
Answer: yahrzeit [accept yom hillula]
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The narrator's father shakes hands with Joe Kane and claims that "Christopher Columbus was a cheat," before recalling his time in Ben Head's saloon. FTPE:,
[10] Name this American short story in which that man starts a restaurant in Bidwell that can't attract customers, and gets really pissed off at the title object.
Answer: "Triumph of the Egg"
[10] This author wrote "Triumph of the Egg" in addition to the novel Dark Laughter and a story cycle centering on George Willard.
Answer: Sherwood Anderson
[10] Eggs are sold in town by Mrs. Grimes, an anonymous farm woman whose life is told by the narrator of this story by Sherwood Anderson. It ends when she sits down after taking a detour home, after which she kicks the bucket and dogs steal her eggs.
Answer: "Death in the Woods"
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A multi-source, multi-sink version of this problem may be transformed into the practical case by adding a super-source and super-sink that feeds each of them. FTPE:,
[10] Name this problem, related by a theorem to the "min-cut" on a network, which can be solved by algorithms like Edmonds-Karp.
Answer: max-flow [or maximum flow]
[10] The max-flow problem gives edges labels that correspond to their capacities. Edges are given labels that correspond to distances in this problem, which considers the shortest path that visits all the vertices in a graph.
Answer: traveling salesman problem
[10] This other problem seeks out the largest induced complete subgraph of a graph.
Answer: max clique
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Ermenia is a member of the Corwid of the Free, a group of madmen who are "not slaves to reality, so they can be insane," and we're told that she "peed on herself and then starved to death anonymously." FTPE:,
[10] Name this downloadable video game from Chile, in which Ghat appears to flee his hometown of Halstedom after murdering Father-Mother.
Answer: Zeno Clash
[10] Zeno Clash uses this game engine developed by Valve, also used by games like Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Left 4 Dead.
Answer: Source
[10] ACE Team, the group behind Zeno Clash, also developed The Dark Conjunction, a mod of the third game in this series. This classic first-person shooter was id Software's follow-up to Doom; it revolves around marines who pass through slipgates and combat alien races like the Strogg.
Answer: Quake
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Her greatest fame came as a portraitist, in which role she served in the court of Pope Paul V, but she also completed an altarpiece showing the Stoning of St. Stephen Martyr. FTPE:,
[10] Name this female Renaissance artist from Bologna, whose father Prospero was also an artist.
Answer: Lavinia Fontana
[10] This daughter of a nobleman from Cremona is a better known Renaissance painter of portraits. She painted double portraits of Bernardino Campi and a "Lady with her Dog," as well as portraits of her sisters like Minerva.
Answer: Sofonisba Anguissola
[10] This painting by Titian, done for the wedding of Laura Bagarotto, depicts two very differently clothed women sitting on either side of a marble sarcophagus whose waters are stirred by Cupid. It was commemorated in a portrait by Fontana.
Answer: Sacred and Profane Love (Amor Divino e Amor Profano)
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Name these items that might fall out of Charles Meigs' trench coat if Matt Weiner wisely decided to conduct a Sword Hunt, FTPE.,
[10] This is the long pole traditionally used by Zulus and other Nguni peoples in close combat, which was made the weapon of choice by Shaka, though he later shortened it into the iklwa.
Answer: assegai
[10] This sword was cursed by the dwarf Dvalin after he was forced to make a golden-hilted weapon by Svafrlami, who was killed by Arngrim, and later this sword led to mass death at Samso at the hands of Hjalmar, who also died.
Answer: Tyrfing
[10] The uKhahlamba, or "barrier of spears," no doubt lines Charles' trench coat. That term refers to this mountain range of South Africa where Charles perches restlessly on Champagne Castle.
Answer: Drakensberg Mountains
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These particles - researched by Cecil Powell and Cesar Lattes at Bristol using balloons - typically decay into two photons, or else into a photon, positron, and electron. FTPE:,
[10] Name these zero-spin particles made up of first-generation quarks. They are the lightest mesons and explain the low energy of the strong force.
Answer: Pions or pi mesons
[10] The second decay mechanism of pions - which forms a photon, positron, and electron - is named after this Australian physicist whose namesake plots depict the relative frequency of the distinct ways in which products of three-body decays can move apart.
Answer: Richard Henry Dalitz
[10] The pion is a meson, a class of particles postulated by this physicist, who thought they might carry the strong force. He was wrong, of course. He's also known for a namesake exponentially damped Coulomb potential.
Answer: Hideki Yukawa
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The title character's taste for the exotic is explained as resulting from her love of nightingales. FTPE:,
[10] Name this story in which the pharmacist Sasuke blinds himself by piercing his eyes with pins in devotion to the title cruel woman, who has mastered the samisen and koto despite being blind from birth herself.
Answer: "A Portrait of Shunkin"
[10] Along with "The Bridge of Dreams" and "Aguri," "A Portrait of Shunkin" is a tale in the Seven Japanese Tales by this author. Maybe you also know him for Diary of a Mad Old Man or Some Prefer Nettles.
Answer: Junichiro Tanizaki
[10] Around the same time, Tanizaki published this essay on aesthetics, which contrasts oriental and western attitudes toward illumination, as reflected in examples like shoji screens and persimmon-leafed sushi.
Answer: In Praise of Shadows
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The atrocities of this regime were exposed by discoveries at their military compound at Kotebe. FTPE:,
[10] Name this Communist junta in power from 1974 to 1987 in Ethiopia, originally ruled by Tafari Benti. The famines caused by their radical land reforms were notably opposed by Bob Geldof.
Answer: the Dergue
[10] Leadership of the Derg was turned over to this man after he murdered Benti and Atnafu Abate. After his overthrow in 1991 by the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front, he fled to Zimbabwe, where he still resides.
Answer: Mengistu Haile Mariam
[10] The Derg came to power by overthrowing this last emperor of Ethiopia.
Answer: Haile Selassie I or Tafari Makonnen
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Name some Pritzker Prize-winning architects, FTPE.,
[10] Along with the Church of the Light in Osaka, this minimalist architect designed the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum.
Answer: Tadao Ando
[10] This Danish architect of the Kingo Houses is best known for building perhaps the most famous music venue in the world, the Sydney Opera House.
Answer: Jorn Utzon
[10] Since your question writer really doesn't care for the work of the most recent Pritzker laureate, Peter Zumthor, name instead the 2008 winner who designed a new gas storage tank in Vienna, the abandoned Tour Sans Fins for La
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Its introduction details the history of logical positivism as well as the Marxism of Lukacs and Benjamin, and the first chapter is a critique of Heidegger's ontology. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this 1966 work by Theodor Adorno, which deals with Marx's materialist theories in the context of 20th century multi-national capitalism in chapters like "Metacritique of Pure Reason."
Answer:
[10] The negative dialectic of imagination had previously been explored by this Frankfurt School member, in works like One Dimensional Man.
Answer: Jean Nouvel Negative Dialectics
[10] This other work by Adorno consists of 153 aphorisms with such non-sequitur titles such as "Dwarf fruit" and "Wolf as grandmother."
Answer: Herbert Marcuse
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Answer some questions about chromium, FTPE.,
[10] This hard oxidizing agent employs chromium trioxide and acid. As part of a namesake oxidation, it will oxidize primary alcohols and aldehydes to carboxylic acids, as well as secondary alcohols to ketones. It's notably used in an oxidation named for Collins.
Answer: Jones reagent
[10] This gentler oxidizing agent, sometimes named for Corey and Suggs, is prepared by the addition of chromium trioxide to hydrochloric acid, followed by the addition of pyridine.
Answer: pyridinium chlorochromate [or PCC]
[10] Gentle oxidation is often desirable, but toxic chromium usually isn't. DMSO and oxalyl chloride are added in the first step of this greener oxidation reaction for the same transformation.
Answer: Swern oxidation
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Movements in this piece include "The Furious Craftsmanship" and "Hangmen of Solitude." FTPE:,
[10] Name this best-known work by Pierre Boulez, which sets music to poems by Rene Char and concerns a very independent tool.
Answer: Le marteau sans maitre (or The Hammer Without a Master)
[10] This other Boulez composition has only been performed twice, since he withdrew it in disappointment after hearing it performed. This piece from Boulez's "total serialist period" is composed for eighteen instruments in
Answer:
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seven sections.,
[10] This avant-garde German composer is known for a composition cycle called Klang, as well as pioneering examples of electronic music like Kontakte and music for string quartet and four helicopters.
Answer:
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Semi-mythical dynasties of this kingdom include the Tantalids and the Heraclids. FTPE:,
[10] Name this kingdom whose rulers included Alyattes, who fought the Battle of the Eclipse with the Medes, as well as Gyges.
Answer: Lydia
[10] Lydia is most well-known for inventing gold coinage and for this last king, who was burned by Cyrus the Great on a pyre. Proverbially, he's known for his great wealth.
Answer: Croesus
[10] Lydia's coinage was pressed with the image of a lion, the symbol of this royal dynasty that ruled the area from 733 to 546 BCE. It began with the murder of the Heraclid king Candaules by a conspiracy between his wife and Gyges.
Answer: Mermnad dynasty
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Translated by Ernest Dowson, it begins with a woman observing the show of animal tamer Mr. Martin. FTPE:,
[10] Name this story in which a Provencal soldier is marooned in the Maghreb and falls in love with a panther he calls "Mignonne," but kills her by accident because he thought she'd eat him.
Answer: "A Passion in the Desert"
[10] "A Passion in the Desert" was written by this author who wrote about Eugene de Rastignac in Le Pere Goriot, part of his Human Comedy.
Answer: Honore de Balzac
[10] This Balzac novel begins as Raphael de Valentin resolves to drown himself in the Seine, but he ends up inheriting a vast fortune and marrying his landlady's daughter Paulina before his impending death.
Answer: The Wild Ass's Skin (or Le Peau de Chagrin or other reasonable translations)
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Answer some things related to the 2004 Nobel awarded to Linda Buck and Richard Axel for their elucidation of the mechanism of human sense of smell, FTPE.,
[10] This compound's concentration in Drosophila is increased by mutations in the dunce gene and decreased by mutations in the rutabaga gene.
Answer: cAMP [or cyclic AMP; or cyclic adenosine monophosphate]
[10] Buck and Axel showed that the odorant receptors in the membrane of olfactory receptor cells are part of a family that couples to this kind of protein. These proteins stimulate adenylyl cyclase to form cyclic AMP.
Answer: G proteins [or guanine nucleotide-binding proteins [prompt on GTPase]
[10] Coordinated with the chemical sensory process is the pairing of stimulus with memories. This part of the brain, the main input to the hippocampus, is hit first by Alzheimer's disease and is important to pathfinding.
Answer: endorhinal cortex
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It is said that these people spent nineteen years on the island of Diu prior to emigration, which was invited by Jadhav Rana. FTPE:,
[10] Give this term for the community of modern-day Indian Zoroastrians probably emigrated from their namesake homeland sometime between the eighth and tenth centuries.
Answer: Parsis
[10] The Parsis settled at the port of Surat in this Indian state, bordered on the north by Rajasthan and the Sind region of Pakistan. This state makes sense as the destination of Parsis, since it's the westernmost state of India and hence closest to Iran.
Answer: Gujarat
[10] Parsis celebrate this major festival six times a year in order to honor the six Zoroastrian seasons, which are associated with the six elements involved in the creation of the world.
Answer: Gahambar
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This singer's most recent album is the poppy Addicted. FTPE:,
[10] Identify this lead singer of Strapping Young Lad, whose solo albums include Ocean Machine and Terria.
Answer: Devin Townsend
[10] Townsend's first exposure was as the vocalist on this shredder's album Sex and Religion. He played on David Lee Roth's solo albums Eat 'em and Smile and Skyscraper and on Whitesnake's Slip of the Tongue.
Answer: Steve Vai
[10] Vai also played on albums like Tinseltown Rebellion and Jazz from Hell by this mustachioed artist, who may be better known for 1960s albums like Hot Rats and We're Only in it for the Money, and for opposing the PMRC.
Answer: Frank Vincent Zappa
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His Chiat/Day office building in Venice, California features a portion that looks like a giant pair of binoculars, fitting since it's a collaboration with Claes Oldenburg. FTPE:,
[10] Name this architect who also designed the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and the Dancing House in Prague.
Answer: Frank Gehry
[10] Gehry also designed this Spanish art museum on the Nervion River whose exterior has been referred to as an "artichoke," but was praised by Philip Johnson as "the greatest building of our time."
Answer: Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
[10] This line of cardboard furniture includes the "Wiggle Side Chair" and was introduced in 1972 by Gehry.
Answer: Easy Edges

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