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  1. What external human feature is commonly described as having three parts: cuticle, cortex and medula? Hair (medula is the core, cuticle is the outer layer, and the cortex is the middle layer)
  2. 'Traduce' means to do what to someone: Enhance reputation; Damage reputation; Trick/deceive; or Blackmail? Damage reputation (typically by lying or speaking badly about someone or something)
  3. Where during the Iron Age and Roman era was Gaul? West Central Europe; Spain and North Africa; Scandinavia; or Eastern Europe? West Central Europe (more exactly France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, northwest Italy, parts of the Netherlands and southwest Germany)
  4. Which politician, in his previous work, set a world record in Florence in 1981 which endured for 16 years? Lord Sebastian Coe (as Seb Coe in the 800 metres)
  5. A shibboleth is a: Belief or custom; Prehistoric elephant; Biblical vagrant; or Roman catapult? Belief or custom (typically distinguishing a particular class or group of people - the usage derives from the Hebrew word sibbolet, loosely and irrelevantly meaning 'ear of corn', which was said to be used as a pronunciation test to determine the validity of a person's claims of national belonging)
  6. The slang (now considered offensive) term Hottentot once referred to people of which region: SW Africa; Scandinavia; Germany; or Arabia? SW Africa (said to have been devised by European settlers due to the sound of the people's language - the people are more correctly called Khoikhoi - they were cattle-herding nomads)
  7. The capital of which US state is named after prospector (and discoverer of local gold in 1880) Joseph Juneau? Alaska
  8. Which Frenchman composed Clair de lune, the famous third movement of Suite bergamasque? Claude Debussy
  9. A narrative/statement/question used in testing/developing student capability in Zen Buddhism is a: Yoan; Doan; Koan; Shoan; or Moan? Koan
  10. A myringotomy is an incision in what part of the human body? Eardrum (or technically, tympanic membrane)
  11. Rosneftegaz and Gazprom are vast energy corporations of which nation? Russia (Gazprom is at 2012 Russia's biggest coporation)
  12. Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Vespolina, and Gamay are varieties of what? Grapes (specifically red/black wine grapes)
  13. Which of these countries was not in the region known as Prussia: Germany, Russia, Denmark, Italy, or Switzerland? Italy (Prussia, the German kingdom and latterly empire, existed broadly from the 1400s to the early-mid-1900s, encompassing Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland)
  14. Gatka, Mardani khel, Musti yuddha, and Silambam are: Indian martial arts; Brazilian dances; Moroccan ports; or Pacific islands? Indian martial arts
  15. Bead, Ball, Ribbon, Staccato and Sheet are types of what? Lightning
  16. What Japanese family name (and famous guitar company) means 'high ridge' or 'high peak'? Takamine
  17. Extragalactic refers to beyond the: Speed of light; Year one-million; Observable universe; or Milky Way? Milky Way (i.e., the universe beyond our own galaxy)
  18. Ptosis refers medically normally to a drooping what? Eyelid
  19. What single unit of measurement equates to 1.06×10-13 light-years? One Kilometre
  20. From Greek words for 'similar' and 'standing still' what term refers scientifically to self-balancing in chemical/biological systems, and generally to life where people/societies tend to adjust risk/consumption according to consequences, driven by avoidance of change? Homeostasis (see more and fascinating explanation and examples of homeostasis in the business dictionary)


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