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This condition is a disorder in which the patient's strong ethical and altruistic impulses conflict with "extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature." The patient is driven to commit acts such as masturbating into a piece of liver, but feels guilty rather than satisfied afterwards. Originally diagnosed by Dr. Spielvogel, this condition is believed to derive from the mother-child relationship. Its namesake is a Jewish civil servant from New Jersey whose lovers included Mary Jane Reed, alias the Monkey, and who grew up under the influence of a perpetually constipated father and a domineering mother. FTP, name this condition and you'll have named the most famous novel of Philip Roth.
Answer: Portnoy's Complaint
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According to some traditions, one of these will emerge once every seven years. The most notable was captured by the poet Finneces who at the time was mentoring the youth, Demne. The catch was made at the River Boyne, below a ring of hazel trees whose nuts this creature was said to consume. When Demne was told to prepare it for eating, he burnt his thumb on its flesh. After sucking the sore to alleviate his pain, Demne suddenly gained a vast awareness of the world and became known as Finn MacCool. FTP, identify this magical fish from Celtic mythology.
Answer: Salmon of Knowledge or Salmon of Wisdom
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The sides were polished, the top was netted, and the only source of light was from room ambience. Habitants would spend anywhere from 30 days to two years inside it, isolated from any outside contact except for when a hand would drop them food. Upon being removed from this inverted V-shaped chamber, most individuals were found to be psychotic beyond recovery, offering evidence about the importance of social interaction in the development of rhesus monkeys. FTP, identify this apparatus used in a study of clinical depression by psychologist Harry Harlow.
Answer: pit of despair
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The company behind this series of devices was also responsible for Micro Machines, Pound Puppies, and Sky Dancers and was the third largest US toymaker before being purchased by Hasbro in 1998. That company was involved in a 1992 copyright lawsuit against Nintendo of America, who had accused that this product created a derivative version of a copyrighted video game by illegally modifying its programmed gameplay. These modifications could be made by inserting a game cartridge into this device, then entering a sequence of letters using a pointing hand from a special start-up screen. FTP, name this Galoob product that would grant gamers cheats, not wishes.
Answer: Game Genie
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Its main offices are located on One Lime Street. Whenever news is announced in its main building, the Lutine Bell is rung beforehand- once for bad and twice for good. Founded in a London coffeehouse, its Marine Collection contains records on ships, cargoes and passenger lists since 1741. FTP, name this British insurance underwriter, recently in the news for not paying casino mogul Steve Wynn $54 million for a damaged Picasso, known throughout the world for insuring all sorts of items from boats to Mary Hart's legs and Mariah Carey's voice.
Answer: Lloyd's of London
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E.L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel and Robert Coover's The Public Burning both offer a sympathetic view of this pair. One had been an electrical engineer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, while the other had a brother who was assigned as a machinist to the Manhattan Project. They were accused of crimes "worse than murder" by trial judge Irving R. Kaufman, who had received testimony from David Greenglass during their trial. Kaufman sentenced them to death under the Espionage Act of 1917, which eventually took place in Sing Sing's electric chair in 1953. FTP, name this Jewish American couple who infamously passed nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union.
Answer: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
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This Sassanid king's empire extended throughout Persia and beyond the Ganges all the way to China. He and his younger brother encountered a djinn whose wife had cuckolded him 570 times. On a trip to visit that brother, Shahzaman, he went home to retrieve something he'd forgotten and found his wife in bed with a black servant. He killed both of them but later witnessed Shahzaman's wife engaging in similar behavior, which led him to institute his most infamous custom. FTP, name this character in the Arabian Nights, a king who married a new wife each night and executed her at dawn until Shahrazad saved the day by telling him 1001 stories.
Answer: Shahryar (accept alternative pronunciations as long as they're close)
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The work of Vincent du Vigneaud led to the synthesis of this pituitary hormone, the first to be produced artificially. One of the two hormones made by the neurohypophysis, its effects include the stimulation of prostaglandin production and the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines and small arteries. FTP, name this hormone which is also used to facilitate uterine contractions during childbirth and causes the mammary glands to produce milk during nursing.
Answer: oxytocin
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During this man's time in Avignon, he came across the inspiration for many of his most famous works, though scholars believe that a certain encounter on Good Friday had the most lasting effect. Those works would include I Trionfi as well as the dialogue Secretum and the treatise De Vita Solitaria. A writer of both Italian and Latin, his Latin works include an epic poem about Scipio Africanus and the biographical series, Concerning Famous Men. Also a prolific poet, 366 poems form his most famous work which glorifies the woman for which he obsessed. FTP, name this Italian writer, whose love for Laura was commemorated in the Canzoniere.
Answer: Petrarch or Francesco Petrarca
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The Union gunboat New Era was supposed to provide support for its garrison of 550, but Confederate sharpshooters effectively neutralized the crew. A Confederate force of 2,500 surrounded the fort and stormed it with a mere 100 casualties, killing more than 300 blacks, including women and children. FTP, name this April 1864 battle after which Nathan Bedford Forrest ordered the murder of black soldiers.
Answer: Battle of Fort Pillow
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On one occasion, this character exclaimed, "Besotted Being!" as a retort to the king of a neighboring territory who had professed ignorance of this figure's gender. His grandfather, one of the least irregular of the Isosceles class, once received four out of seven votes from the Sanitary and Social Board for passing him into the class of the Equal-sided. In a dream, he envisioned descending into the Abyss of No Dimensions, followed by mysterious hallucinations of hyper-shapes. FTP, identify this protagonist of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, a geometric polygon possessing four equal sides.
Answer: A. Square
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Antonio Manetti's The Fat Woodworker tells how this man played a prank on a certain Manetto and caused him to doubt his own identity. He lost out to Lorenzo Ghiberti in the competition to design the Florence baptistery doors, and was forced to work with the same Ghiberti on his best-known project. That project involved completing a seemingly impossible task that Arnolfo di Cambio had left unfinished. This man, who is also famous as the alleged inventor of scientific perspective, accomplished that task by using two separate shells resting on a drum. FTP, name this Renaissance Italian architect who built the dome of the Florence Cathedral.
Answer: Filippo di ser Brunelleschi
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His only published book was about the primitive system of vowels in the Indo-European languages. He is more famous for a posthumously published book which was compiled by Albert Sechehaye and Charles Bally, based on courses he taught at the University of Geneva between 1906 and 1911. In that book he claims that the linguistic sign is always arbitrary and that in language there are only differences. He also establishes distinctions between synchrony and diachrony, langue and parole, and signifier and signified. FTP, name this linguist whose Course in General Linguistics was a major influence on structuralism and poststructuralism.
Answer: Ferdinand de Saussure
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The first of these developed in the United States was created in 1954 by physicists Townes, Gordon, and Zeiger, and made use of the relatively low frequency of ammonia. Paramagnetic ones utilize the energy transitions corresponding to the orientations of magnetic dipoles in paramagnetic ions, while hydrogen ones rely on the corresponding frequency of the photon released when a proton and electron have opposite spin. Technologically, they have found a wide range of uses, from amplifying low-noise radio frequencies to serving as time standards in atomic clocks. FTP, identify this type of device that preceded the laser, whose amplifications occur in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Answer: maser
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It was the site of the home of Louis XIV while the Palace of Versailles was under construction. Named after the tile kilns situated there, it was built by Catherine de Medici, who was homesick for a garden similar to those in her native Italy. After his capture in Varennes, Louis XVI and his family was held captive here until a Parisian mob stormed its namesake palace, forcing them to move into the nearby National Assembly. While the palace was destroyed by fire in 1871, the gardens remain a popular place for many Parisians. FTP, name this garden in Paris located next to the Louvre.
Answer: Tuileries
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The reaction of 1-Phenylbutan-1-one to Butylbenzene is an example of this process, which, when carried out under strongly acidic conditions, becomes analogous to the Clemmensen reaction especially if the starting material is a base-labile. The Huang-Minlon modification to it involves heating the carbonyl compound in a one pot reaction with a hydrazine hydrate and potassium hydroxide, and its most probable mechanism involves the elimination of an alkyl anion as the final step. FTP, identify this type of reduction named for a pair of German and Russian chemists which transforms a ketone or aldehyde into an alkane.
Answer: Wolff-Kishner reduction
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University of Wisconsin-Madison instructor, Kevin Barrett, compared the attacks on the World Trade Towers to this event in his controversial essay, "Interpreting the Unspeakable: The Myth of 9/11." In its wake, Georgi Dimitrov, Vasil Tanev, and Blagoi Popov were arrested based on their connections to the Communist organization Comintern, though they were eventually acquitted after the conviction of Marinus van der Lubbe who had been found within the building at the time of the event. Leading to the rise of Adolf Hitler, FTP, what was this 1933 attack on the German parliament?
Answer: Reichstag fire (accept equivalents)
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The kappa mechanism involves changes in the opacity of the atmospheres of these objects due to changes in the ionization state of helium-4. Their discoverer mainly studied ones found in the Magellanic Clouds and went on to publish those observations in the 1908 paper Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College. They normally are classified as population I giant yellow stars and have a unique property in that their period and luminosity are directly related, allowing them to be used as standard candles. FTP, identify these variable stars first discovered by Henrietta Leavitt.
Answer: Cepheid variables
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In a poem by Matthew Arnold, this man explains that "Mind is the spell which governs earth and heaven. / Man has a mind with which to plan his safety." In his poem, Purifications, he developed his idea of soul transmigration, a topic heavily influenced by his mentor, Pythagoras. According to this man, reality is cyclical, which he expounded upon in his poem, On Nature, a work that identifies four immutable elements which he believed composed all matter and that are acted upon by the two active and opposing forces of love and strife. FTP, identify this Greek philosopher who supposedly threw himself into fiery Mount Etna.
Answer: Empedocles
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The final descendant of the Cetra, she is pursued by the Turks for much of her life as she is coveted by a corrupt professor, a man who had ordered the murder of her father, Professor Gast. Her mother, Ifalna, was one of the ancients, but tragically dies before reaching safety in Midgar. Raised as a flower girl to support her adoptive family's income, she fatefully meets Cloud after his raid on the Shinra reactor and eventually joins his party, only to abruptly leave it after being murdered in the Forgotten City by Sephiroth. FTP, who is this staff-wielding healer from Final Fantasy VII?
Answer: Aerith or Aeris Gainsborough
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Although born a Jew, this individual ordered the foundation of a "Universal Religion" and would later abolish state parties. He was once able to disperse a pogrom against the local Chinese population by simply praying in the street, though he may be best remembered for trying to have Andrew Jackson arrested or for banning the use of the word "Frisco" to describe the Bay Area in which his empire was founded. FTP, identify this man who, in 1859, declared himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.
Answer: Norton I (accept Joshua Abraham Norton)
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This man's son, Wolfgang, is regarded as the founder of colloid chemistry. Also a noted chemist, among this man's accolades is a namesake dilution law and the advent of a viscometer used in studies of fluid dynamics. His experimental work began in 1875 with an investigation on the law of mass action of water in relation to the problems of chemical affinity. His later work would be utilized by Germany during World War I in the manufacturing of explosives, as he had developed a way for preparing nitric acid through the oxidation of ammonia. FTP, identify this man, whose eponymous process is complemented by that of Haber-Bosch.
Answer: Wilhelm Ostwald
 
2007 Florida SSI Bonuses by 10
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Name these children of Aphrodite from clues, FTPE:,
[10] Usually said to have been fathered by Dionysus, this fertility god from Lampsacus was renowned for his enormous phallus.
Answer: Priapus
[10] A beautiful youth, this offspring of Aphrodite and Hermes would be forever changed once the lake nymph Salmacis physically merged with him. Today, he is associated with a certain medical condition afflicting those who possess both male and female sex organs.
Answer: Hermaphroditus
[10] One of Aphrodite's more normal children, this hero of a Virgil classic was the product of Aphrodite's affair with the mortal Anchises.
Answer: Aeneas
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The establishment of a military state in Spartan society began around 700 years BC. Identify the following concerning it, FTPE:,
[10] This legendary lawgiver of Sparta was the driving factor behind the communalistic and militaristic reforms.
Answer: Lycurgus of Sparta
[10] Lycurgus is credited with this Spartan educational system, in which militia units were responsible for rasing the children of Sparta.
Answer: agoge
[10] Essential to the agoge was this practice, in which an older man served as a mentor for an adolescent boy, forming him to become part of society.
Answer: pederasty
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FTPE, identify these French literary theorists.,
[10] He is not the namesake of an Umberto Eco novel. A professor of the history of systems of thought at the Collége de France, he analyzed discourses and the relation of power and knowledge in works like Discipline and Punish and The History of Sexuality.
Answer: Michel Foucault
[10] This incredibly prolific critic is perhaps best known for his theory of the death of the author. He analyzed everything from wine to soap advertisements in his Mythologies, and his S/Z [S/Zed] is a hyper-detailed analysis of Balzac's novella Sarrasine.
Answer: Roland Barthes
[10] Slavoj Zizek is a follower of this psychoanalyst, who claimed that the unconscious is structured like a language and who created the concepts of the mirror stage and the three orders of the symbolic, the imaginary and the real. His major work is the Écrits.
Answer: Jacques Lacan
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Name the following David Lynch films which weren't nearly as confusing as Mulholland Drive, FTPE:,
[10] Lynch's first major film was this thriller about a city man who must cope with his unwanted and particularly annoying mutant baby.
Answer: Eraserhead
[10] In this classic, Anthony Hopkins plays an English surgeon who encounters a partially aborted fetus that has reached adulthood working as a freak show exhibit.
Answer: The Elephant Man
[10] After discovering a severed ear, a young man in this film is brought into a world where singers are stalked, people hide in closets, and Dennis Hopper drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Answer: Blue Velvet
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Answer the following about bodily fluids, FTPE:,
[10] Occupying the subarachnoid space, this fluid contains microglia and can be extracted from the body by puncturing the lumbar. It is a very pure saline solution and acts as a buffer for the cortex.
Answer: cerebrospinal fluid
[10] Cerebrospinal fluid is produced by this area of the brain. Formed by specialized ependymal cells, it is found in the superior part of the inferior horn of the lateral ventricles.
Answer: choroid plexus
[10] The extraction of cerebrospinal fluid can be used to diagnose this disorder, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Answer: meningitis
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Identify the following concerning a Greek philosopher, FTPE:,
[10] A native of Sinope and disciple of Antisthenes, he was recorded as being a beggar on the streets of Athens, making a virtue out of extreme poverty.
Answer: Diogenes
[10] Some of Diogenes's more shocking actions include urinating on a man who insulted him, defecating in the amphitheatre, and engaging in this in public, the most common form of autoeroticism.
Answer: masturbation
[10] Diogenes lent his name to many later works and institutions, among which is the Diogenes Club, of which this brother of a Conan Doyle detective is a member.
Answer: Mycroft Holmes
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Name the following paintings from descriptions, FTPE:,
[10] The city grid of Manhattan is displayed in assorted red, blue, white, and yellow squares in this Neoplastic work by Piet Mondrian.
Answer: Broadway Boogie Woogie
[10] A smaller version of La Danse sits in the middle of this painting, surrounded by various pictures of naked women. The Bacchanalian nature of this Matisse painting is further indicated by pipe playing women and numerous goats.
Answer: The Joy of Life or La bonheur de vivre
[10] This Degas painting is depicted on the cover of Emile Zola's L'Assommoir, a work whose title refers to a shop that sells cheap liquor. In the painting, a woman sits, dull-eyed, before the titular liquor.
Answer: Absinthe
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Declared a World Heritage site in 1987, it is home to the world's largest collection of ancient wooden structures. FTPE:,
[10] What is this imperial complex, once the residence of many Ming and Qing emperors, which got its name from its exclusivity to visitors?
Answer: Forbidden City (prompt on Palace Museum)
[10] The Forbidden City is found in the northern part of this Chinese city, which itself is located on the northern edge of the Huabei Pingyuan. Other notable sites here include Tiananmen Square and the legendary People's Theater.
Answer: Beijing
[10] The Forbidden City was finally open to ordinary citizens in this year that also saw the sinking of the Titanic and the founding of the Girl Scouts by Juliette Gordon Low.
Answer: 1912
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Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, it was later adapted into a 1985 film starring Oprah Winfrey. FTPE:,
[10] What is this novel about an African-American woman's struggles set in Macon Country, Georgia?
Answer: The Color Purple
[10] Alice Walker's The Color Purple is primarily concerned with this woman, who eventually forms a friendship with Shug during her struggles with her abusive husband, Albert.
Answer: Celie
[10] Because The Color Purple is told in the form of letters between Celie and her sister, Nettie, it is considered this type of novel. Other examples include Dostoevsky's Poor Folk and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
Answer: epistolary
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Identify the following about the electron microscope, FTPE:,
[10] While at the Siemens
Answer: Ernst Ruska
[10]amp; Halske's Laboratory, this man, along with Bodo von Borries, developed the first electron microscope in 1933.  He would later win a Nobel Prize for his efforts.
Answer: holography or holograms
[10] In an attempt to improve the resolution of the electron microscope, Hungarian physicist Dennis Gabor haphazardly invented this lensless system of three-dimensional photography. It is commonly used in the storage of digital data and in optical interferometry.
Answer: scanning electron microscope or SEM
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Related economics terms from clues, FTPE:,
[10] This is money not redeemable for any commodity. Its status as money is conferred initially by the government but eventually by common experience.
Answer: Fiat money
[10] The penny, which costs 1.4 cents to produce, is an example of this type of money whose production costs exceed its face value. One might expect it to be spent at an arcade.
Answer: token money
[10] Mathematically defined as nominal GDP divided by the money stock is this indicator of how often each dollar is used on average to pay for final goods and services during the year.
Answer: velocity of money
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Not only is Brooke Burke featured on its front cover, she's also a playable character! FTPE:,
[10] What is this promotional video game that features levels like The King's Garden and Fantasy Ranch and whose other racers include the Subservient Chicken and Whopper Jr.?
Answer: PocketBike Racer
[10] PocketBike Racer, along with Big Bumpin' and Sneak King, are games offered by this fast food chain that wants you to "Have It Your Way."
Answer: Burger King
[10] Burger King's three games are exclusive titles for this video game console manufactured by Microsoft.
Answer: Xbox (also accept Xbox 360)
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Answer the following about a famous lover of Cleopatra, FTPE:,
[10] First, who was this man that was defeated at Actium by the forces of Octavian and would later kill himself upon receiving a false report of Cleopatra's death?
Answer: Mark Antony or Marcus Antonius
[10] Formed after the murder of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony became a member of this ruling group together with Octavian and Lepidus that would ultimately secure the end of the Roman Republic.
Answer: Second Triumvirate
[10] Along with Octavian, Antony took the field against Caesar's assassins, Brutus and Gaius Cassius, at this 42 BC battle in Macedonia that resulted in the assassins' defeat.
Answer: Battle of Philippi
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Answer the following about a work by Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel, FTPE.,
[10] Written in 1989, this novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita who longs to marry Pedro against the wishes of her mother. It is told in a series of monthly recipes.
Answer: Like Water for Chocolate or Como agua para chocolate
[10] The story takes place during this war, with Tita's sister Gertrudis running away with one of the soldiers and eventually becoming a soldier herself.
Answer: Mexican Revolution
[10] Like Water for Chocolate is an example of this genre, often seen in Latin America, in which fantastic elements occur in everyday settings.
Answer: Magical realism
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Answer the following about substances that catalyze chemical reactions, FTPE:,
[10] Name these proteins that lower the activation energy for a reaction.
Answer: enzyme
[10] This is the type of enzyme inhibition in which the inhibitor binds to the active site, physically blocking the substrate's binding.
Answer: competitive inhibition
[10] In this other type of inhibition, inhibitors bind to a site other than the active site, decreasing the affinity for substrate at the active site. It is a natural example of feedback control and its name comes from the Greek words for "other shape."
Answer: allosteric inhibition
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Answer the following about the works of American playwright Sam Shepard, FTPE:,
[10] In this work, two brothers with opposite personalities, one a Hollywood screenwriter and one a thieving vagrant, eventually square off in an outrageous Western-style showdown.
Answer: True West
[10] In this work, Vince returns to his family's farm home only to not be recognized or remembered by anyone. Eventually, a dark family secret is unearthed, literally, when the mummified remains of a newborn are unearthed on the property.
Answer: Buried Child
[10] The trio of True West, Buried Child, and Curse of the Starving Class all share a dark theme of tragedy and sin and, as a group, are often referred to by this name.
Answer: Family Trilogy
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Opening with a description of a man abruptly losing his sight as a traffic light changes from red, this man's work, Blindness, is an allegorical portrait of a city struck by a growing epidemic. FTPE:,
[10] Who is this Portuguese author, whose other works include The Cave and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis?
Answer: Jose Saramago
[10] In this 1989 work, Saramago tells of the proofreader Raimundo Silva who challenges the veracity of a written account of the titular military event on the Iberian Peninsula.
Answer: The History of the Siege of Lisbon
[10] For his "parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony [that] continually enables [one] to apprehend an elusory reality," Saramago was the 1998 winner of this prize first awarded to Sully Prodhomme.
Answer: Nobel Prize in Literature
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Name the instrument most closely associated with each of the following jazz greats, FTPE:,
[10] Dizzy Gillespie
Answer: Trumpet
[10] Art Tatum
Answer: Piano
[10] Charles Mingus
Answer: Bass
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FTPE, name these characters from Hindu mythology.,
[10] The third-born and greatest of the Pandavas, this warrior kills Karna and Jayadratha during the Kurukshetra war. He is perhaps best known for a philosophical conversation he had with his charioteer Krishna just before the war began.
Answer: Arjuna
[10] Arjuna won this woman's hand in marriage at a swayamvara, but she became the wife of all five Pandavas when their mother told Arjuna to share whatever he had won with his brothers. When Dushasana tries to strip off her sari in public, it miraculously restores itself.
Answer: Draupadi
[10] This great warrior was the son of Arjuna and Subhadra and the husband of Uttara. While he was in the womb, he learned how to enter into the deadly Chakravyuha battle formation, but not how to escape it. As a result, he was killed in battle at the age of 16.
Answer: Abhimanyu

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