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Saddam Hussein - As broadcast on Baghdad state radio, January 17, 1991, ''The great duel, the mother of all battles has begun.'' Who managed to lose the "Mother of all battles"?

       a. Manuel Noriega
       b. Saddam Hussein
       c. Ho Chi Minh
       d. Darth Vader

Etruscans - Jeopardy's 29th season will premiere on September 17, 2012.Jeopardy writer Kathy Easterling was known for writing questions about which "darn" people from the area around Florence?

       a. Etruscans
       b. Gauls
       c. Goths
       d. Lombards

Nicolae Ceausescu - Ceausescu's government was overthrown in a December 1989 revolution. He and his wife were executed following a televised a two-hour court session.Merry Christmas! What dictator was executed by his own people on December 25, 1989?

       a. Manuel Noriega
       b. Nicolae Ceausescu
       c. Augusto Pinochet
       d. Wojciech Jaruzelski

Margaret Thatcher - Margaret was originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister.What 20th-century leader was nicknamed Attila the Hen?

       a. Richard Nixon
       b. Margaret Thatcher
       c. Saddam Hussein
       d. Charles de Gaulle

Anne Boleyn - Anne was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 before being beheaded for adultery, incest and treason.Catherine of Aragon's lady in waiting replaced her in her bed and on her throne. Who was she?

       a. Jane Seymour
       b. Anne Boleyn
       c. Lady Jane Grey
       d. Mary, Queen of Scots

Trajan - Trajan is one of the few rulers whose reputation has survived nineteen centuries. The second of the "five good emperors", this Spaniard was also the first non-Italian to make it to the top of the Roman rat race. Who was he?

       a. Trajan
       b. Nero
       c. Claudius
       d. Mark Antony

Franks - The term Frank was used as a synonym for 'Roman Catholic' in the Middle Ages.The French state was founded by which Germanic people, who apparently were quite "candid and above-board" in doing so?

       a. Franks
       b. Goths
       c. Vandals
       d. Moors

Italy - Victor died in the Castle of Moncalieri and is buried in the Basilica of Superga.The last king of Sardinia, Victor Emmanuel I went on to become the first king of what country?

       a. Italy
       b. Greece
       c. Spain
       d. France

Jane Seymour - Jane is the only one of Henry's wives to receive a queen's funeral.Henry VIII went through all that uxorial turmoil, just to get a son. Who was the only one of his six wives to do so, dying 12 days after giving birth to Edward VI?

       a. Lady Jane Grey
       b. Catherine of Aragon
       c. Jane Seymour
       d. Mary, Queen of Scots

Continental Congress - Peyton's nephew, Edmund Randolph, became the first United States Attorney General.In 1774, Peyton Randolph of Virginia became the first president of what body?

       a. House of Burgess
       b. US Congress
       c. Continental Congress
       d. French House of Assembly

California - Eleven southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America.During the Civil War, where was the southernmost point of the United States, after all those Confederate states left?

       a. Tennessee
       b. California
       c. Missouri
       d. West Virginia

Mexico and France - The Pastry War was an invasion of Mexico by French forces.Which two countries fought the Pastry War (aka, La guerra de los pasteles) in 1838?

       a. Spain and Portugal
       b. Italy and Libya
       c. Mexico and France
       d. France and Algeria

Canada - The party did not hold more than 20 seats in Parliament between 1993 and 2003.Progressive Conservative may be a contradiction in terms, but what country had a powerful Progressive Conservative Party?

       a. Canada
       b. Ireland
       c. Italy
       d. France

Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia is the second-smallest province in Canada.What future Canadian province was called "the 14th colony", but didn't join the other 13 in their Revolution?

       a. Ontario
       b. Nova Scotia
       c. New Brunswick
       d. Newfoundland

France - France currently possesses the third largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world.Aside from the city-state of Dubrovnik, what was the first country to recognize the independence of the US?

       a. France
       b. Great Britain
       c. Afghanistan
       d. Serbia

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