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1. Said to be located in the middle of Lake Guatavita, governorship of this location was given to Pedro Ursua, Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada and finally Antionio de Berrio. Its “Loss” forms the title for a colonial history of Trinidad by V.S. Naipul and it is located “Over the Mountains of the Moon” and ‘Down the Valley of the Shadows” in a Poe poem. Walter Ralegh mentioned it in the subtitle of his book about the exploration of Guiana. It originally referred only to the ruler of Manoa but soon was extended to his whole kingdom. FTP, identify this city of gold sought by conquistadors in South America.
2. Among Matt’s favorite episodes were “Full Moon” and “The Gas Man” although it was for “Three Men and Adena” that creator Tom Fontana won a best-writing Emmy in 1993. Among the more interesting characters were cameraman J.H. Brodie played by Max Perlich and Mike Kellerman played by Reed Diamond. Actors Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor and Richard Belzer were around for the whole run although the most notable performance was the portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton by Andre Braugher. FTP, identify this artsy 1990’s NBC cop-show set in Baltimore.
3. The second stasimon is addressed to Helen calling her “death of ships, death of men and cities.” There is a persistent use of yokes and nets as metaphors, which are finally embodied in the implement used to destroy the title character, who has committed a fatal act of hubris by walking into his palace on a lavish red carpet. Beginning with a watchmen looking for a beacon light, it ends with Aegisthus and his co-conspirator justifying their actions to the chorus of Argive elders over the body of the title character and his new concubine Cassandra. FTP, identify this Aeschylus tragedy in which Clytemnestra kills her husband, the first play in the Oresteia.
4. Only the lament of his Arianna survives. He created the “excited style” which is displayed in his The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda, and his most notable example of sacred work was the Vesprodella Beata Virgine. A longtime maestro di cappella at St. Luke’s, he was employed by Gonzaga family of Mantua during his early career. His two most noted works concern a Roman emperor’s casting off of his wife Ottavia and marriage to his mistress and a musician descending into the Underworld. FTP, identify this originator of the opera who composed The Coronation of Poppaea and Orfeo.
5. According to the Historiae Augustae Alexander Severus had a statue of this man in his sanctuary. Porphyry placed him among the sages or divine men although Celsus believed that he was a sorcerer who learned magic in Egypt. He was also discussed in the controversial Testimonium Flavianum passage of The Jewish Antiquities of Josephus. In modern times he was the subject of a “Critically Examined” life by David Strauss as well as a biography by Hegel. FTP identify this religious figure, the brother of James “The Righteous,” who was crucified during the governorship of Pontius Pilate.
6. Omens in this play include a black-footed pig eating part of a newly bought rope and a black knot around a package which has recently been brought by a young priest who never appears on stage. Two sisters, Cathleen and Nora, realize that the clothes belong to their brother, Michael. Meanwhile another brother sets off for the fair at Connemara against the wishes of his mother. Based on the author’s experience in the Aran Islands, the climax occurs when a group of villagers bring in the dead body of that brother, Bentley. FTP name this work whose main character is Maurya, who has had all six of her sons die by drowning, a short play by J.M. Synge.
7. He played a major role in his country’s adoption of the metric system. His wife Marie-Anne translated his scientific works into English for him while he worked as a gunpowder administrator. The coiner of the term “oxygen”, he also worked as a tax collector prior to his debunking of the phlogiston theory. The empirically-derived law of conservation of mass is often known as his law, and he wrote the first general textbook on chemistry in 1789. FTP, name this “father of chemistry” who was guillotined during the French Revolution.
8. Along with his future executor Owen Barfield and J.R.R. Tolkien he was a member of a group of Oxford Medievalists called the Inklings and wrote a number of works on the Middle Ages including Allegory of Love and The Discarded Image. Dr. Ransom is the hero of Out of the Silent Planet, the first book of his Space Trilogy while another famous work is a series of communiqués between a demon and his nephew, Wormwood, entitled The Screwtape Letters. Digory Kirke, Eustace Scrubb, Aslan [ASS-lan], and Edmund are all characters which appear in his most famous series. FTP, identify this author of the Chronicles of Narnia.
9. Assessed as a part of the Hecksher-Ohlin model, one analysis of this phenomenon is based on the labor theory of value, and it was included in the long 1817 work Principles of Political Economy and Taxation. Providing a strong argument for free international trade and specialization, it is ultimately little more than an analysis of relative opportunity costs. FTP, name this theory of David Ricardo explaining why trade of some goods may be more favorable for some countries due to production factors.
10. She gave her name to a race of nymph-like women with goat legs in Umberto Eco’s Baudolino and to the title of a Charles Kingsley novel alternately titled New Foes With an Old Face.
Many of her philosophical views can be gleaned from the writings of her pupil Synesius who became bishop of Ptolemais. Her only known work is a commentary on Book III of her father, Theon’s, edition of Ptolemy’s Almagest although she may have worked on his edition of Euclid’s Elements as well. After becoming embroiled in a conflict with Archbishop Cyril she was killed by a mob of monks. FTP identify this Neoplatonist philosopher and mathematician from Alexandria.


Other Questions

11. She retired from the Supreme Court of the Unites States in early 2006. She was also inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2002 and scored a hole-in-one in 2000 at the Paradise Valley Country club in Arizona.

12. He came back to win the Santa Anita Handicap after a serious injury. His jockey Red Pollard, also came back from a serious injury to ride him. On April 10, 1940 his retirement from racing was officially announced. When he was retired to the Ridgewood Ranch near Willits, California, he was horse racing's all-time leading money winner.
13. This three-time Emmy-nominated series continues to be PBS's most-watched, thanks to an addictive mix of suspense, history, and dramatic revelations — in bite-sized segments. The magic ingredient that keeps viewers coming back for more is the alchemy of turning trash into treasure (and sometimes vice versa) before our very eyes. This show turned 10 years old in January 2006 and visits various cities throughout the year.
14. She was the most popular woman golfer ever and one of the few Hispanics on the LPGA tour. She retired in 2003 after a tremendous Ladies Professional Golf Association career that began in 1979 when she won five tournaments in a row.
15. This retired U.S. President won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.” He was also a nuclear physicist and a peanut farmer.
16. A major league Baseball player from 1939 – 1960, his number 9 was officially retired by the Boston Red Sox on May 29, 1984. He fought in both WW II and the Korean war and was awarded the following: 3 Air Medals, Navy Unit Commendation, Presidential Medal of Freedom, American Campaign Medal, Asian-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Services Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and the United Nations Medal.
17. This NBA player’s number 33 was retired by the Boston Celtics on February 4, 1993. He was the NBA All-Star Game Long Distance Shootout winner in 1986, 1987, and 1988. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
18. She was the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 (1977) and the Daytona 500 (1977), where she was Top Rookie. In her brief career at the top levels of racing, she earned top-ten starting positions and posted top-ten finishes in both Indy-car Championship racing and in NASCAR Winston Cup (now Nextel Cup). She retired from racing in the mid- 1980s and in April 2005, she was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. She shares a last name with singer-songwriters Woody and Arlo.
19. His Number 3 was retired by the Chicago Bears. It has been said about him that “Playing offense, he was unstoppable. Playing defense, he was impassable.” In his later years he and his sons operated a gas station where rumor has it that “if (he) screwed on your gas cap, you would need a pipe wrench to get it off.” (His first name is also a type of Ford pick-up truck.)
20. The host of “American Top 40, he retired in 2004. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1992 and the National Broadcaster's Hall of Fame in 1995.
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