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Einstein was later unable to recall whether he had been aware of the results of this at the time he published his theory of special relativity. Had he been, he may have been able to offer the same explanations for its results that were independently proposed by FitzGerald and Lorentz, who each attributed the outcome to length contraction in the direction of motion. Carried out by splitting a beam of light into two perpendicular beams and then observing the return fringe patterns using a rotating interferometer, its lack of results caused many to consider it a failure. FTP, what was this attempt by two American scientists to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether?
Answer: Michelson-Morley experiment
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Although no authentic portrait of this man has ever been found, he is described as being big and strong with an air of regal dignity. He was knighted at the age of 15 by King Henry I of France and was successfully dealing with threats of rebellion and invasion only a few years later. Upon the death of his cousin, Edward the Confessor, he claimed the throne of England but first had to defeat Harold II. Commissioner of the Domesday Book, FTP, name this man who claimed the English throne after a famous battle of 1066.
Answer: William the Conqueror or William I of England or William of Normandy
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The Piman one involves an Earth Doctor. The Haida believed in a Raven. In Tolkien's version, Illúvatar led his children, the Ainur, in song and then gave physical form to their music. While the Aborigines in Australia do not have one, they believe the Dreamtime gods had a hand in it. The Japanese believed the god Izanagi and goddess Izanami churned the ocean with a spear to make a small island of curdled salt. The Greek one had Chaos giving birth to Gaiea, while Christians and Jews believe in the Book of Genesis. These are among, FTP, what tales shared by a group of people concerning the beginning of time and the world.
Answer: creation myths (accept variations)
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The victim in this work shrieked once --- once only as the unidentified narrator overtook him. This shriek was enough to alert a concerned neighbor who suspected foul play and alerted the authorities. When they arrived, the narrator bade them to examine the house, confident that they would find no evidence of the murdered old man and his pale blue eye. It was then that a low, dull sound B much like that of a watch enveloped in cotton, began to escape from beneath the floorboards, driving the narrator mad. FTP, this describes what classic short story by Edgar Allen Poe?
Answer: "The Tell-Tale Heart"
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Based on a dance in three-four time of the same name that is characterized by abrupt turns and complicated steps performed in a syncopated rhythm, this ballet was choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska when it premiered in 1928. Ida Rubenstein originally commissioned it as a ballet with Spanish character, as the dance it was based on is considered the national dance of Spain. Opening with the drumming of a snare which recurs throughout the entire work, its orchestral music is distinct for its repetitious melody as played by a series of different instruments beginning with the clarinet. FTP, name this work by Maurice Ravel.
Answer: "Bolero"
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She met her future husband through her boss, Heinrich Hoffman, a Munich photographer. After two failed suicide attempts, she moved in with said future husband in 1936, using her home movie camera to capture a world leader in a light few saw. By April 1945, she moved underground in Berlin and, a day after marrying her longtime lover, committed suicide by poison. Her corpse was burned in the Reich Chancellery Gardens and temporarily buried next to the Goebbels, before being cremated and cast into the Elbe. FTP, name this former mistress of Adolf Hitler.
Answer: Eva Braun
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At the end of Act II in this work, the protagonist explains that, "I want, for once in my life, to have power over a human being's fate." In an attempt to fulfill this desire, that protagonist encourages a recovering alcoholic to drink until there are "wine leaves in his hair." In the process, that man, a rival of the main character's spouse, becomes so drunk that he drops a precious manuscript which comes into the possession of the protagonist. Lamenting his sorrows at having lost such an important document, Ejlert Lovborg explains that he wants to kill himself, to which the protagonist responds by handing him a gun and telling him to "die beautifully." FTP, name this drama about a ruthlessly manipulative woman, a work by Henrik Ibsen.
Answer: Hedda Gabler
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St. Columba, an Irish missionary, established a Celtic monastery on Iona, part of this chain, in 563. This chain would be the subject of a major 19th century work entitled Lord of the Isles, though it may be better known as the subject of an 18th century work by the author of An Account of Corsica. Geographically, it is divided into two groups, the Inner and Outer, which are separated by the North Minch, Little Minch, and a namesake sea. Important islands of the group include Barra, Jura, and Tiree, though the most populous include Islay, Skye, and Lewis with Harris. FTP, identify this Scottish archipelago, the site of a tour by Johnson and Boswell, and the focus of an overture by Felix Mendelssohn.
Answer: Hebrides
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A student at the University of Wisconsin in the early 1920s, a trip to Beijing in 1922 for an international Christian convention caused him to reconsider his previous intention of entering the ministry. He took a job with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children during his time at Colombia. After entering professorship, he began to propose counseling methods that were revolutionary in their attempt to stress the relationship between the therapist and the client. FTP, identify this psychologist, author of the 1951 work, Client-Centered Therapy.
Answer: Carl Rogers
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After hydrogen and helium, this compound is the third most abundant gas in the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune. It is the main constituent of the dangerously explosive firedamp and can be produced industrially by the destructive distillation of bituminous coal. It can react with steam at high temperatures to yield carbon monoxide and hydrogen and its incomplete combustion results in the formation of carbon black. The decomposition of organic matter by anaerobic bacteria can produce it, and it is abundant in swamps where it is commonly known as marsh gas. FTP, identify this simplest alkane with chemical formula CH4.
Answer: methane
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This character is the namesake of a dwarfish member of Alpha Flight, and according to Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess, he switched places with an actor who was playing him and remained on earth after the rest of his people had departed. He is called a "merry wanderer of the night" in his most famous literary portrayal, in which he is responsible for accidentally administering a love potion to Lysander instead of Demetrius and for giving Nick Bottom a donkey's head. He concludes that play with the words "Give me your hands if we be friends," and he "shall restore amends." FTP, name this fairy otherwise known as Robin Goodfellow, a character in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Answer: Puck (accept Robin Goodfellow before mentioned)
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She believed in divine guidance and that her name, including middle initial, had been preordained. Her first husband, Dr. Charles Gloyd, was an alcoholic who died shortly after their marriage, which may have provided this publisher of the Smasher's Mail and the Home Defender inspiration to crusade across America. On her ventures, she was arrested 30 times for disturbing the peace while leaving many destroyed saloons in her wake. FTP, name this hatchet-wielding leader of the temperance movement.
Answer: Carry A. Nation
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Among the practical applications of this organic compound is its use in the manufacturing of ion-exchange resins and as a primary constituent in surgical threads because of its strength and flexibility. Its structural monomer is similar to that of cellulose, except that its glucose backbone has a nitrogen-containing appendage. Normally leathery, it can be hardened when encrusted with calcium carbonate while providing the protective coating that a number of fungi and arthropods depend on. FTP, identify this structural polysaccharide found in the exoskeletons of spiders, beetles, and lobsters.
Answer: chitin
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In one story, it was buried nine miles underground to keep it from its rightful owner, who was forced to disguise himself as a woman in order to retrieve it. In another tale, it is used to carve out three valleys in a mountain which was being used as a shield by the giant Skrymir. Forged by the dwarfs Brokk and Eitri, it will be passed along to Modi and Magni after the events of Ragnarok, where it will be used to slay the Midgard Serpent. FTP, name this magical hammer, primary weapon of the Norse god Thor.
Answer: Mjollnir
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The meaning of the phrase "Derevaun Seraun" is a major unsolved riddle of this work. (*) Its stories include "Clay," "A Mother," "The Boarding House," and the most overly political of the thirteen, "Ivy Day in the Committee Room." In the most widely read of the stories, an unnamed boy promises but fails to bring his girlfriend a gift from a bazaar called Araby. Even more highly regarded is a story in which Gabriel Conroy learns to his dismay of his wife's relationship with the late Michael Furey; that story is "The Dead." FTP, identify this short story collection by James Joyce, whose title refers to inhabitants of the capital of Ireland.
Answer: Dubliners (accept "Eveline" before *)
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The main proponent of this argued that by adhering to it, everyday conversations will be infused with "romance and danger." That man also considered its creators "individuals [that] should be on medication" though he later confessed they were geniuses. Those creators, John Baur and Mark Summers, decided to celebrate their idea every year on the date of Mark's ex-wife's birthday, September 19th. First given national exposure by Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry, actor Robert Newton has been dubbed its patron saint for his portrayal of Long John Silver in the film version of Treasure Island. FTP, identify this day, where one may be found using phrases like "Avast," "Shiver me timbers," "Landlubber," and "Arrrr!"
Answer: International Talk Like a Pirate Day
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Established during the Hasmonean rebellion by Jonathan, it was the site of struggles against the Syrians before seeing Herod the Great erect two fortified palaces that would eventually come under Roman rule. In 66 AD it was retaken by the people of Jerusalem, and four years later would become the evacuation site and subsequent stronghold of nearly 1000 men, women, and children under the leadership of Eleazar ben Jair who were being pursued by the Roman Tenth Legion. After nearly two years of besiegement, the Romans finally captured this site, only to find the fortresses burned and all but seven of the defenders dead by suicide. FTP, identify this mountaintop fortress southeast of Hebron, the scene of the last stand of the Jewish Zealots.
Answer: Masada
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In instances where conditions are met for more than five months, it, like its counterpart, can be officially classified as an episode. The first signs of this phenomenon are a rise in air pressure over the Indian Ocean, Indonesia, and Australia, coupled with falling air pressure over the eastern Pacific. Eventually, this causes warm water to spread from the Indian and west Pacific Oceans to the East Pacific, resulting in rainfall in normally dry areas and extensive drought in some eastern regions, most notably observed by the Atacama Desert. FTP, name this atmospheric phenomenon named by Peruvian sailors for the Christ-child, the opposite of La Niņa.
Answer: El Niņo-Southern Oscillation or ENSO
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Growing up on a New Jersey poultry farm inspired this man to start his own chicken ranch which would later be selected by Allan Kaprow as the scene of his first Happening. While teaching an adult education class in New Brunswick, a student brought this man a box of dry plaster bandages, which he took home and experimented with by applying them directly to his body. With the help of his wife, he was able to use those bandages to make parts of a body cast and assemble them into a complete figure entitled, Man Sitting at a Table. FTP, name this Pop Art sculptor who became famous for his rough plaster casts of living people.
Answer: George Segal
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Belonging to the Mephitidae family, all species except those in the genus Mydaus are native to the Americas. Charles Darwin recounts his experience with them in The Voyage of the Beagle, mentioning the results of their thiol production, which is probably their most noteworthy achievement. It is the sulfur in these thiol compounds which leaves them with only one serious predator, the great horned owl, which, being a bird, has a very limited sense of smell. FTP, name these often striped creatures which may require one to take a bath in tomato juice.
Answer: skunk
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According to the mythology of these people, for nine years did the god Anush rule in heaven, until finally declaring war with Kumarbi, a god that would bite off Anush's genitals during combat. From these would come forth Aranzakh, Tashshu, and the storm god Teshub, who would overthrow Kumarbi after emerging from his penis. This is outlined in Kingship in Heaven, a companion work to this civilization's Song of Ullikummi a poem that describes the birth of the mythical stone child. FTP, identify this Indo-European group that ruled the central Anatolian plain during the Late Bronze Age whose mythology helped influence that of the Ancient Greeks.
Answer: Hittites
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Tom Stoppard's Professional Foul and Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe are both dedicated to this former spokesman of Charter 77, a civil rights group formed in this man's home country. He was arrested in 1979 for his involvement with the Committee to Defend the Unjustly Prosecuted, though he used his time in prison as the basis for his Letters to Olga. He introduced the artificial language Ptydepe in his play The Memorandum, though he may be best remembered for his absurdist masterpiece, The Garden Party. FTP, identify this dramatist who also served as the first President of the Czech Republic.
Answer: Vaclav Havel
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Identify the following concerning an early feminist and author, FTPE:,
[10] Before her early death at the age of 38, her writing focused on education, with such works as Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, Original Stories from Real Life, and her most famous work, inspired by Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Answer: Mary Wollstonecraft
[10] Wollstonecraft's most famous work was this 1792 book, which discusses the position of women in society and argues that women should be educated rationally, and provided with the same civic rights and duties as men.
Answer: Vindication of the Rights of Women
[10] In Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Women, she responds to this 1762 Jean-Jacques Rousseau work concerning education, in which Rousseau argues that women are educated for the pleasure of men.
Answer: Emile
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It was the last of the Wars of Religion in France during the end of the 16th century. Identify the following concerning it, FTSNOP:,
[5] Not to be confused with the 10th century war of the same name, this war lasted from 1584-1598, and centered on men of the same name.
Answer: War of the Three Henrys
[10] The War of the Three Henrys concluded what were also known as the Huguenot wars, and the victor, who was originally protestant, issued this proclamation in 1598, granting rights to the French Calvinists.
Answer: The Edict of Nantes
[15] Identify each of the three Henrys who took part in the War for five points each.
Answer: Henry III of France, Henry IV of France (or Henry of Navarre), Henry of Guise
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FTPE, identify these women artists.,
[10] This Mexican painter suffered multiple miscarriages and was severely injured in a bus accident. Her numerous surrealistic self-portraits reflect the pain she suffered as a result, and also depict her joined eyebrows and her slight mustache.
Answer: Frida Kahlo
[10] She settled in Paris in 1874 and became a close friend of Edgar Degas, with whom she participated in multiple Impressionist exhibitions. Her work, including The Bath and The Boating Party, often focuses on relationships between mothers and children.
Answer: Mary Cassatt
[10] This Baroque painter from Rome, whose notable works include Judith Beheading Holofernes, was the first woman admitted to the Accademia del Disegno in Florence. She was tortured to corroborate her accusation of rape against Agostino Tassi.
Answer: Artemisia Gentileschi
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Identify the following concerning a pioneer in the fields of psychiatry and psychology, FTSNOP:,
[10] For ten points, this Swiss psychiatrist originally corroborated with Sigmund Freud, but broke with him over Freud's overwhelming emphasis on sexuality as the dominant factor in unconscious motivation.
Answer: Carl Jung
[10] These two aspects of the unconscious mind, taken literally, consist of a feminine counterpart for men and a masculine counterpart for women, though modern Jungian's believe them to be present in both forms in every person. Identify them, for five points each.
Answer: Animus and Anima
[10] For a final ten points, known for his championing of archetypes, Jung put forth this archetype as a common myth in all cultures, in which this archetype rescues princesses, slays dragons, and serves to benefit the common good.
Answer: Hero Archetype
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Answer the following about a certain disease responsible for millions of deaths per year, FTPE:,
[10] First, name this disease spread by mosquitoes in which the sporozoite form of the infecting organism penetrates red blood cells, causing them to lyse and resulting in cyclic fevers.
Answer: malaria
[10] Malaria is caused by parasites of this genus, a protozoan that can only be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles.
Answer: Plasmodium
[10] Always trying to be optimistic about things, sufferers of this genetic disorder characterized by misshapen red blood cells can rest easy knowing they have a reduced risk of contracting malaria.
Answer: sickle-cell disease
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Identify this author based on clues on a 30-20-10 basis.,
[30] This author claimed to have written the definitive Malayan novel and was fluent in Malay, Russian, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Welsh and English in addition to some Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish and Persian.
Answer: Anthony Burgess
[20] One of his novels was eventually turned into a movie directed by Stanley Kubrick and he himself was a screenwriter and composer of the Napoleon Symphony. His said experience with foreign languages led to his creation of the fictional Nadsat.
Answer: Anthony Burgess
[10] His works include The Wanting Seed and A Clockwork Orange.
Answer: Anthony Burgess
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It was discovered in 1932 by Caltech grad, Carl Anderson. FTPE:,
[10] What is this particle used to form antihydrogen that was found to identically mirror the behavior of an electron in a cloud chamber?
Answer: positron
[10] The process of changing a proton into a neutron involves the emission of a positron and this other elementary particle.
Answer: neutrino
[10] The existence of the positron was first postulated in 1928 by this British physicist, the namesake of a delta function.
Answer: Paul Dirac
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Identify the following Nigerian authors from clues, FTPE:,
[10] Primarily focusing on African politics, and the intricacies of pre-colonial African culture, his works include Anthills of the Savannah, Home and Exile, and No Longer at Ease.
Answer: Chinua Achebe
[10] A member of the Ogoni people, he was a television producer and environmental activist as well as an author, and his television series Basi and Company is said to be the most watched soap opera in Africa. Executed after a rigged trial in 1995, his literary career was cut short, leaving behind his noteworthy war diaries, On a Darkling Plain, and his best known novel Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English.
Answer: Ken Saro Wiwa
[10] An outspoken critic of many Nigerian administrations, he left during the reign of Sani Abacha for a voluntary exile in the United States, where he spent much of that time as a professor at Emory University. The first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, he penned such works as "A Dance of the Forests," "The Strong Breed," and "Death and the King's Horseman."
Answer: Wole Soyinka
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Name these historical Americans from clues on a 15-5 basis:,
[15] In 1902, she became the first American woman to be commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp.
Answer: Martha Washington
[5] Along with her husband, she can be found entombed at their former estate of Mount Vernon.
Answer: Martha Washington
[15] Twelve years after suffering a severe head injury after being thrown from her carriage, this woman was committed to an insane asylum by her eldest son, a future US Secretary of War.
Answer: Martha Washington
[5] That son had committed her in 1875, a decade after she had accompanied her husband to a memorable showing of Our American Cousin.
Answer: Mary Todd Lincoln
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They are normally obtained by joining organic molecules into giant molecular chains or networks, FTPE:,
[10] What is this class of materials, members of which include acrylics, rubbers, and plastics?
Answer: polymers
[10] When a polymer is formed from nonsymmetrical repeat units, the alternation of atoms or atomic groups on opposite sides of the carbon backbone is known as this type of tacticity.
Answer: syndiotacticity
[10] An example of a liquid-crystalline polymer whose stiff thermoplastic chains are used as reinforcing fibers is this well-known aromatic polyamide developed by DuPont and popularly used in bulletproof vests.
Answer: Kevlar
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His dramas include A Dream Play, The Ghost Sonata, and The Dance of Death. FTPE:,
[10] Who is this Swedish playwright whose best known work is set entirely in the kitchen?
Answer: August Strindberg
[10] This best known drama of Strindberg deals with the problems of social class and includes the characters Jean the valet and Christina the cook, along with the titular tragic heroine.
Answer: Miss Julie
[10] In Miss Julie, one memorable scene occurs when Jean decapitates this cherished pet canary belonging to Julie. In response to its death, Julie exclaims, "Kill me too!"
Answer: Serena
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Known formally as United States-Vietnam relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, identify the following concerning a top secret document, FTSNOP.,
[10] Consisting of 7000 pages divided into 47 volumes, this chronicles the political and military involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War.
Answer: Pentagon Papers
[10] The Pentagon Papers were commissioned by this then Secretary of Defense, who wanted to focus on the internal planning and policy decisions within the US Government.
Answer: Robert McNamara
[10] The Pentagon Papers weren't top secret documents for long. FFPE, name both the former State Department official who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press, and the New York Times reporter he leaked them to.
Answer: Daniel Ellsberg and Neil Sheehan (in any order)
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FTPE, name these philosophical constructs named after people.,
[10] This rule predates the Franciscan friar and Oxford student for whom it is named. It is often expressed in the form "Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily" and advocates that all other things being equal, one should choose the simplest explanation.
Answer: Occam's Razor (or Ockham's Razor)
[10] This argument, which appears in its author's PensÊes, holds that you should believe in God because you gain everything if God exists, and you don't lose anything if He doesn't. It is often criticized as producing a soulless and false form of belief.
Answer: Pascal's Wager
[10] This paradox originated with Aristotle but is more commonly associated with a 14th-century French philosopher. It involves an animal who starves to death because it's equidistant from two bales of hay and can't choose which one to eat.
Answer: Buridan's ass
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FTPE, identify the following things related to sushi:,
[10] This paste, often dyed green, has anti-microbial properties and is always served with sushi.
Answer: Wasabi
[10] This roll, named for a U.S. state, traditionally contains imitation crab meat, cucumber, and avocado.
Answer: California roll
[10] Though its Japanese name is shoyu, this condiment can also be called murasaki or "purple."
Answer: Soy sauce
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Created by David Shore and produced by Bryan Singer, identify the following concerning a FOX Network drama, FTSNOP.,
[5] For five points, centering on an egocentric doctor and his three member team of diagnosticians, this show uses a CSI style investigation into the causes of patients' illnesses.
Answer: House, MD
[10] For ten points, House, MD is set in this New Jersey hospital.
Answer: Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital
[5] For five points, a catch phrase which House often uses as a justification for additional tests or illegal searches, this implies that nobody has the ability to tell the truth.
Answer: Everybody lies.
[10] For a final ten points, much of the drama from Season three is provided by this detective, who doesn't like House's attitude.
Answer: Michael Tritter
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Identify these Social Darwinists from clues, FTPE:,
[10] This author of System of Synthetic Philosophy and The Principles of Ethics is responsible for introducing the phrase "survival of the fittest."
Answer: Herbert Spencer
[10] This man felt that social institutions like welfare were allowing inferior humans to produce more inferior humans at a faster rate than their superior counterparts. This idea was a contributing factor in his pioneering of eugenics.
Answer: Francis Galton
[10] He believed that the natural evolution of society was a result of social process, and hence criticized reformer intervention in his work, The Absurd Effort to Make the World Over.
Answer: William Sumner
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Name these collections of things from mathematics FTPE:,
[10] These can be simple, abelian, finite, or infinite. All of them consist of an identity and a binary operation usually called multiplication where associativity holds and all elements have inverses.
Answer: groups
[10] Groups are examples of these, as well as any collection of different number or letters. Everything is not one of these as shown by Bertrand Russell in his namesake paradox.
Answer: sets
[10] This is a special type of set where elements can be repeated. An example would be 1, 1, 2, 2.
Answer: multi-set
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Given their best known song, name the one-hit-wonder, FTSNOP:,
[5] For five points, "Baby Got Back"
Answer: Sir Mix-A-Lot
[5] For five points, "Mambo No. 5"
Answer: Lou Bega
[10] For ten points, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
Answer: The Proclaimers
[10] For ten points, "The Safety Dance"
Answer: Men Without Hats

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