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Like many of his contemporaries he thought of the English as the master race, he was an imperialist and successful entrepreneur and businessman who co-founded the De Beers Consolidated Mines diamond firm, and he was an enterprising politician. Who was he?

A
Cecil John Rhodes
B
Charles Dunell Rudd
C
James Rochfort Maguire
D
Joseph Chamberlain
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2

Which mathematician, astronomer and physicist is known in the West for his discoveries on light and vision, among other seminal scientific achievements, and as the father of modern optics?

A
Hypatia (c. 370 – 415 CE)
B
Archimedes (c. 287 BCE – 212 BCE)
C
Alhazan (c. 965 – c. 1040 CE)
D
Euclid (c. 325 BCE– c. 270 BCE)
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3

Which of these is NOT a Norwegian explorer or adventurer known for their 20th century expeditions?

A
Abel Tasman
B
Roald Amundsen
C
Thor Heyerdahl
D
Fridtjof Nansen
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4

Richard Colvin Reid is a self-admitted member of al-Qaeda who pleaded guilty in 2002 in US federal court to 8 criminal counts of terrorism stemming from his attempt to destroy a commercial aircraft in-flight by detonating explosives hidden where?

A
In his underpants
B
Under his hat
C
In his shoes
D
Up his jumper
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5

Which playwright, even better known as a novelist, poet, essayist and painter in his own country, included among his more than 60 plays "The Father" (1887), "Miss Julie" (1888), and "Creditors" (1889)?

A
Henrik Ibsen
B
August Strindberg
C
John Galsworthy
D
Émile Zola
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6

Lemony Snicket wrote which series of children's books?

A
Under My Thumb
B
A Series of Unfortunate Events
C
Things my Grandma Taught Me
D
A World of Fantasy and Fiction
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7

"Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1981), and "Love in the Time of Cholera" (1985) are two notable works of which Nobel Prize winning author?

A
Vicente Aleixandre
B
Pablo Neruda
C
Gabriel García Márquez
D
José Saramago
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