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1 Identify the Welsh seaside town popularly known as The Jewel of Cardigan Bay.

2. The following elements have been taken from the Periodic Table created originally by Dmitri Mendeleyev (1834-1907): Hydrogen, Sodium, Scandium, Galliumand Niobium. Why might Antimony be the next in a particular mathematical sequence?

3. Name the husband and wife who, between them, have compiled three impressive political biographies concerning,

i) WilliamWilberforce (1759-1833),

ii) WilliamPitt the Younger (1759-1806) and,

iii) David Lloyd George (1863-1945) respectively and who wrote which?

4. Which area of Paris was immortalised by the painter, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) as the poster background for its famous dancers?

5. Complete the Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) question to Dustin Hoffman (1937-) during the c1975 filming of The Marathon Man after the latter had stayed up for three successive nights in order to portray a sleepless character. "Dear boy, why not try ?"

6. What was Horatio Nelson's (1758-1805) opinion of Milford Haven as a natural harbour -

i) absolutely superb,

ii) nothing to write home about,

iii) dangerous to say the least?

7. The names of these well-known historical figures have each been spelled wrongly. Identify the actual errors

i) Ben Johnson/Dramatist/ 1572-1637,

ii) Christopher Marlow/Dramatist/ 1564-1593,

iii) Richard Nashe/1674-1761MC and better known as Beau Ns,

iv) Lawrence Oates/Explorer/1880-1912, & v) Thomas Pain/1737-1809/Political radical.

8. Why do deciduous trees shed their leaves in autumn?

9. What are the modern versions of these ancient English place-names?

i)Alfreincome/Devon/1086,

ii) Bradanforda be Afne/Wiltshire/905,

iii)Daeccanhaam/Essex/690, iv) Fawe/Cornwall/1210, and v) Ludelaue/Shropshire/1138.

10. What is the filial relationship in two of Jane Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, between the heroines, Catherine & Fanny and John Morland & WilliamPrice, respectively? …

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