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1. WORLD WAR I
This treaty officially ended WWI military actions vs. Germany

2. NOVELS IN BRIEF
Cuban harpoons marlin; struggle ensues

3. COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & Peace is part of this university near Palo Alto

4. CELEBRITIES
In 2012 this singer signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi, including having her face on a can

5. LAKES
This Great Lake is the only one located entirely within the United States

6. OPERA
He composed "Tosca"

7. INVENTORS
N 1769 he obtained his first patent, a separate condensing chamber & other improvements to the steam engine

8. SHAKESPEARE
In this comedy Viola loves Orsino, who loves Olivia, who loves Viola (who's disguised as a man)

9. FOOD
Pad Thai consists of these, pan fried with egg, shrimp & tofu

10. U.S. STAMPS
Born a slave in 1820, in 1978 she became the first black woman honored on a U.S. postage stamp

11. LATIN 101
This 2-word phrase, Latin for "good faith", means "authentic" in English

12. CENTRAL AMERICA
The narrowest point of Central America can be found in Darien in this country

13. PRIMETIME TV
In 2011 Ted Danson joined the cast of this Vegas-set show

14. MAGAZINES
Fashion designers grovel before Anna Wintour, editor of this magazine

15. ANCIENT WORDS
Used by Aristotle, this Greek word has come to mean excessive pride that leads to tragic downfall

16. CHILDREN'S AUTHORS
In 1972 she published "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing"

17. "B" IN SCIENCE
The study of the way projectiles, such as nuclear missiles, move in flight

18. CONGRESS
Created July 24, 1789, it's the main committee in the House that deals with tax bills

19. ANCIENT GREECE
Among the Greek city-states, only this one had a standing army

20. BROADWAY MUSICALS
"I Can Do That" & "The Music And The Mirror" are songs in this musical

21. CHARACTERS IN FRENCH LIT
In a 19th century novel, he commands the Nautilus sub

22. WORLD CURRENCY
It's the main monetary unit of South Africa

23. "PRE"-CISELY
A synonym for "victorious" that's also used of the predominant wind direction

24. STATE CAPITALS
The capital of "The Mount Rushmore State" is this city

25. ART TERMS
The Merode Altarpiece is a famous one of these 3-panel works

26. RHYME TIME
An auto repairman's terrors

27. TECH BUZZWORDS
This type of network computing stores your data on a remote server rather than on your own hard drive

28. BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
This New Testament book is sometimes called Apocalypse

29. RECENT FICTION
Amy Dunne's disappearance makes her the title character of this Gillian Flynn novel

30. TERMS IN ASTRONOMY
As many as half of the stars in the Milky Way may be these, also called double stars

31. ACTORS
He plays Jean Valjean in the 2012 film of "Les Miserables"

32. CROSSWORD CLUES "R"
"Buyer's" guilt (7 letters)

33. HOLIDAYS
A 1983 act of Congress made it a federal holiday

34. AMERICAN POETS
Some of his most famous poems appeared in the 1914 collection "North of Boston"

35. U.S. PRESIDENTS
He was the 22nd & 24th President of the United States

36. MEDICINE IN THE NEWS
In 2012 the Duchess of Cambridge was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum-- severe this

37. RIVERS
The 12th-longest river in the world, it flows through Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

38. ARCHITECTS
L.A.'s Disney Hall & Seattle's Experience Music Project are designs by this man

39. PLAYWRIGHTS
In 1894 this man & his arms gave us "Arms And The Man"

40. BIG BUSINESS
In 2010 this airline merged with Continental

41. METALS
Brass & bronze are alloys using this reddish metal

42. 5-LETTER WORDS
From the Arabic, it's a Muslim holy war or spiritual struggle against infidels

43. BIOGRAPHIES
"The Last Lion", the final volume of a biography of this man, came out in 2012

44. WEIGHTS & MEASURES
10 gallons equals 37.854 of these metric units

45. POP CULTURE
He's the creator & the voice of Brian the dog & diabolically clever baby Stewie Griffin

46. 17th CENTURY EXPLORERS
In 1609 this Englishman led an expedition up a river leading to present-day Albany

47. U.S. MOUNTAINS
Mount Whitney is the highest peak in this Spanish-named mountain range

48. IN THE COURTROOM
Opposing counsel may object to this type of question that puts words in a witness' mouth

49. ANIMALS
Found in Indonesia, this largest living lizard has a toxic bite

50. MYTHOLOGICAL WOMEN
This tragic title figure of Euripides' play gets even with her husband Jason

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1. Treaty of Versailles
2. The Old Man and the Sea
3. Stanford
4. Beyoncé
5. Lake Michigan
6. Giacomo Puccini
7. James Watt
8. Twelfth Night
9. noodles
10. Harriet Tubman
11. bona fides
12. Panama
13. CSI
14. Vogue
15. hubris
16. Judy Blume
17. ballistics
18. Ways and Means
19. Sparta
20. A Chorus Line
21. Captain Nemo
22. rand
23. prevailing
24. Pierre
25. triptych
26. mechanic's panics
27. cloud computing
28. Revelation
29. Gone Girl
30. binary stars
31. Hugh Jackman
32. remorse
33. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
34. Robert Frost
35. Grover Cleveland
36. morning sickness
37. Mekong
38. Frank Gehry
39. George Bernard Shaw
40. United
41. copper
42. jihad
43. Winston Churchill
44. liters
45. Seth MacFarlane
46. Henry Hudson
47. Sierra Nevada
48. leading
49. Komodo dragon
50. Medea

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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Good luck, all! (This is not a placeholder; I'm not transcribing tonight.)

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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That really sucks!

Started trying to login 20 minutes before the test and was never able to get through. Yes, I had run the "test check" earlier and that was fine. :(

Maybe they'll have a make-up like they did last year.
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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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Plasticene has uploaded it here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1140&start=20#p56063

Here's an additional one to play along.

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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I did poorly enough that I'm sure my ego will wilt over all the people who got 48/50 and think it was the Easiest Test Ever. :P

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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I don't know my score off-hand from taking it, probably 40-ish. Thought it was fairly easy at first and got considerably tougher towards the end.
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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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I just took it. I don't think that well. It was my first time taking it.

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I did terrible. Had no problems logging in 7 minutes before 8. Luckily I wrote down my confirmation number; I never did get an e-mail from them with it.
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The difficulty did shoot up at the end there.

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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Wow, this one felt easier than Tuesday's to me.

(ETA: Well, I got 41. I'll take it. Not quite easier than playing Tuesday from the transcript, but it felt easier, for sure.)
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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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Well, my pessimistic prediction was realized: this was the hardest of the three for me. I think that I got a 40 or so, but will have to wait and see the transcript :(

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OntarioQuizzer wrote:Wow, this one felt easier than Tuesday's to me.
Not to me. I found Tuesday's the easiest. I will have to see how I did.

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jfrumkin wrote:I don't know my score off-hand from taking it, probably 40-ish. Thought it was fairly easy at first and got considerably tougher towards the end.
Exact opposite for me. First 20 kicked my ass, but it eased up. Although I feel I'm going to be *just* to one side of 35...and I don't know which side yet.

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I'll be putting in the transcript right away, but I agree it was tough (just thought it was because of the stress taking it "for real".)

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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I think I got about 40-41 right.

I stupidly said Crowe for Jean Valjean and immediately realized my mistake. Still kicking myself for that one. Others I know I missed:

Deal with Pepsi: Beyonce (I said Lady Gaga)
Tosca: Puccini (most people probably knew this...I said Verdi for some reason)
Viola, Orsino, Olivia play: Twelfth Night (stabbed with Much Ado About Nothing)
I Can Do That / Music and the Mirror: A Chorus Line (I said Phantom of the Opera)
North of Boston: Frost (duh...but I said Wordsworth just to put something)
Disney Hall / Experience Music Project: Frank Gehry (couldn't remember his name, think I put FLW)
The Last Lion: Churchill (wow...I said Richard I. ha.)
Euripedes heroine: Medea (stabbed with Penelope)

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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Blanked on Captain Nemo and Frank Gehry. Stuff like that is a killer, when you know them and you just can't pull them up. I left about 5 blank, and probably had 10 or 12 other guesses, it will be close.

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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Woof wrote:Well, my pessimistic prediction was realized: this was the hardest of the three for me. I think that I got a 40 or so, but will have to wait and see the transcript :(
Have to say I'm with Woof on this one. I know I once predicted I might not have passed and ended up with a 46, but after near perfecto on Tuesday, I may be under 40.

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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Excruciating. I think I got about 42-43 answers correct. The real sticking point is trying to type the response before the timer runs out, as well as making sure one's fingers don't fumble on the keys and misspell the reply.

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Re: Online Test Recap & Discussion (Pacific), January 10, 2013

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Who else very carefully hit Enter after the "n" in "Revelation"? :D (Though I can't imagine they'd be as strict about it on the test as they are on the show. Or would they...?)

I can't believe I guessed the Pepsi question right, especially since I knew Gehry and just blanked. And I also said Verdi on Tosca.

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