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Boris Pasternak
(1890-1960) Russian author of Dr. Zhivago, a novel condemning the brutality of the Stalin era.
Winston Churchill
A noted British statesman who led Britain throughout most of World War II and along with Roosevelt planned many allied campaigns.
John Adams
1st vice president, 2nd president. Passed alien and sedition acts
Herman Melville
American writer whose experiences at sea provided the factual basis of Moby-Dick (1851), considered among the greatest American novels
Christian Huygens
Dutch physicist who first formulated the wave theory of light (1629-1695).
Norman Rockwell
United States illustrator whose works present a sentimental idealized view of everyday life (1894-1978)
Grant Wood
Painted "American Gothic"
Fiorello La Guardia
Italian-American who was elected governor of NY, symbolized immigrants coming to America. Put in place many New-deal like programs to benefit ethnic working class
Robert Frost
Famous American poet "Fire and Ice", "The Road Not Taken", "Mending Wall".
Charles X
Bourbon King of France. He was restored to power by the Congress of Vienna. His conservative actions prompted his overthrow in 1830.
Joren Utzen
Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House
John Jay
1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, negotiated with British for Washington
Victor Hugo
(1802-1885) French writer, an exponent in the French Romantic movement, best known poems were La Légende des siècles and Les Contemplations, best known novels- Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Miserables
French composer best known for his operas (1838-1875)
Father of Jacob
James Fenimore Cooper
American novelist who is best remembered for his novels of frontier life, such as The Last of the Mohicans (1826).
An Indian chieftain who dominated the peoples in the James River area. All the tribes loosely under his control came to be called Powhatan's confederacy. The colonists innacurately called all of the Indians powhatans.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1772 - 1834) English Romantic poet and very good friends with William Wodsworth. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Biographia Literaria.
Huey Long
"Kingfish" Rep. senator of LA; pushed "Share Our Wealth" program and make "Every Man a King' at the expense of the wealthy; assassinated
Richard Nixon
1969-1964; Republican; Ended Vietnam War; Recognized China/ Watergate scandal; First president to resign
an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force
(Roman mythology) goddess of the dawn
Santa Anna
Mexican dictator who was in charge when war broke out between the Mexicans and Americans. He lost Texas to rebels, and was the leader of the armed forces during the war. Alamo!
Irving Berlin
A twentieth-century American writer of popular songs (words and music). His songs include "God Bless America," "White Christmas," and "There's no Business like Show Business."
Thomas A Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury who denied Henry II's ability to try clergy and said only the Roman Catholic church could try priests - Henry's knights murdered him
Stephen Douglas
A moderate, who introduced the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 and popularized the idea of popular sovereignty.
Miguel De Cervantes
Spanish writer best remembered for 'Don Quixote' which satirizes chivalry and influenced the development of the novel form (1547-1616)
Thomas Gainsborough
1772-1788; English artist from Rococo. Famous for colorful portraits and landscapes like the Blue Boy.
Rudyard Kipling
British writer who wrote of "the white man's burden" and justified imperialism
"The Birds"
Avian comedy by Aristophanes
"The Clouds"
the name of the play that influenced the athenian city fathers to put socrates on trial for corrupting the youth of athens after the peloponnesian war
A Little Night Music
Unit of electrical resistance
Ohm's Law
the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance
A Muslim port city founded between the eighth and tenth centuries; today it is the capital of Somalia
Green Mountain Boys
Group who was led by Ethan Allen and captured at Fort Ticonderoga
Lake Okeechobee
largest freshwater lake in Florida, 7th largest in US
A Christmas Carol
Book by Charles Dickens with Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim.
An expert in the branch of zoology dealing with birds; James Audobon famous ornithologist
Soft spot (incomplete bone formation) between the skull bones of an infant
49th state; bought from Russia
Glorious Revolution
A bloodless revolt in England against Catholic King James II that led to his overthrow and the appointment of Protestant daughter Mary to the throne. These events in England allowed many colonists in America to get rid of hated officials too
A vitamin C deficiency disease marked by bleeding gums, weakness, loose teeth, and broken capillaries under the skin.
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
Mt. Etna
Europe's highest active volcano
Zeus buried Typhon under this mountain
Federal Income Tax
A payroll deduction collected by employers by law and sent to the federal government to support governmental programs.
16th Amendment
Erwin Rommel
German field marshal noted for brilliant generalship in North Africa during World War II (1891-1944)
"Desert Fox"
Geoffrey Chaucer
English poet remembered as author of the Canterbury Tales (1340-1400)
Joseph Lister
English surgeon who was the first to use antiseptics (1827-1912)
Vincent van Gogh
Dutch Painter in 1800's-believed that impressionism was too rigid and did not give enough freedom. He was gloomy, sad and abnormal. Painted Starry Night & the Sunflowers.
invented the barometer
Ray Bradbury
A contemporary American writer of science fiction short stories and novels which deal with moral dilemas, including The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This way Comes.
Aaron Copland
(USA) greatest American composer of the 20th century, influenced by jazz and western folklore
Gutzon Borglam
an American artist and sculptor famous for creating the monumental presidents' heads at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Earl Biggers
American author and playwright who developed the character Charlie Chan.
Sirhan Sirhan
assassinated Robert Kennedy
Watson & Crick
Won Nobel Prize for creating a model of DNA
Harry Truman
Became president when FDR died; gave the order to drop the atomic bomb
Thomas Paine
Revolutionary leader who wrote the pamphlet Common Sense (1776) arguing for American independence from Britain. In England he published The Rights of Man
Roger Williams
A dissenter who clashed with the Massachusetts Puritans over separation of church and state and was banished in 1636, after which he founded the colony of Rhode Island to the south
Thomas Mann
German novelist; presented central characters as passive figures, victimized by uncontrollable forces that surround them
Zachary Taylor
12th President of the United States; general in Mexican War who led the battle over the disputed territory around the Rio Grande River. "Old Rough and Ready". Died in office
Another name for German Measles. There was a pandemic of rubella between 1962 and 1965, starting in Europe and spreading to the United States
Find the slope of a line
m = (y2-y1)/(x2-x1)
Nile River
The world's longest river, which flows northward through East Africa into the Mediterranean Sea
Chronic disease of the liver with gradual destruction of cells and formation of scar tissue; commonly caused by alcoholism
Sodium bicarbonate
Baking Soda
Formosa Strait
The body of water in between Taiwan and China.
Henrik Ibsen
-Norwegian playwright who wrote Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House, and Ghost. Quote "The majority is never right"
Ce - most abundant Rare Earth metal. Used in lighter flints and welding.
Jimmy Carter
(1977-1981), Created the Department of Energy and the Depatment of Education. He was criticized for his return of the Panama Canal Zone, and because of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, he enacted an embargo on grain shipments to USSR and boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and his last year in office was marked by the takeover of the American embassy in Iran, fuel shortages, which caused him to lose to Ronald Regan in the next election.
Also known as Mexica, they created a powerful empire in central Mexico (1325-1521 C.E.). They forced defeated peoples to provide goods and labor as a tax.
Convert binary numbers to decimal numbers
Refer to http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-from-Binary-to-Decimal
Impressionist Painters who suffered from eye disease in their later years.
Painted Island
Tahiti according to Artist Paul Gauguin who influenced van Gogh.
measures humidity
God of War
Capital of Australia
Peace of Westphalia
-officially ended the 30 Years' War 1648
He, main component of stellar fusion
Prime numbers
A whole number greater than 1 with only two factors, 1 and itself (2 is the only even prime number)
Elvis Presley's mansion in Memphis- Also Grammy winning album by Paul Simon that speaks out against Apartheid in South Africa.
Ems Dispatch
A telegram edited by Bismark to insult the French people while making it sound as though they had insulted the Prussians. This led to the Franco-Prussian wars which Prussia won handily and violently. The French people never forgave the Prussians, setting the stage for World War I
Absolute Zero
The coldest temperature, 0 Kelvin, that can be reached. It is the hypothetical temperature at which all molecular motion stops.
home of the Norse gods
Capital of Saudi Arabia
Holly Golightly
Free-spirited heroine in Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's
House of Orange
This was the house that took over the English throne after the Glorious Revolution
Acadia National Park
Area in eastern Maine famous for its cliffs and rocky coastline
Symbol W. Wolfgram. A metal used to make light bulbs and rockets
Confederation of Plains Indians. They are indigenous to Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Capital of Kansas.
Geometric Mean
Compounded annual rate of return for an investment

In a right triangle, the altitude from the right angle to the hypotenuse divides the hypotenuse into two segments. The length of the altitude is the geometric mean of the lengths of the two segments.
Lake Baikal
Deepest lake in the world
Most abundant element in the earth's atmosphere.
The Crisis
A pamphlet written by Tom Paine during the darkest days of the Revolution for the Patriots that spurred them to keep fighting. "The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot..."
Equal to one cycle per second. How frequency of waves is measured.
capital of Albania