Politics, philosophy & economics 7

From the quiz on 8/12/15.

  1. Later acquired by Virgin Money in 2012, which British bank was nationalized in 2008 after becoming the first in 140 years to suffer a bank run? Northern Rock

  2. In the late 1980s, which English MP infamously claimed that “good Christian people” did not get AIDS and that northerners die of “ignorance and chips”? Edwina Currie

  3. What two-word Latin phrase, literally meaning “scraped tablet” but usually translated “blank slate”, describes the philosophical position that the human mind is born with no innate ideas? Tabula rasa

  4. Who is the only US President to have served two nonconsecutive terms — and for a bonus point, who was president in between these two terms? Grover Cleveland — Benjamin Harrison came between

  5. Prior to the Reform Acts of 1832 and 1867, what name was given to a parliamentary borough that was able to elect an MP despite having an extremely small number of voters, typically with control in the hands of a single person or family? Rotten borough or pocket borough

  6. Which Canadian(-born) sociologist wrote the 1959 book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, in which he explains everyday human interaction using the metaphor of the theatre? Erving Goffman

  7. Which British economist wrote the 1942 report Social Insurance and Allied Services, which was instrumental in the establishment of the modern UK welfare state? William Beveridge

  8. In 1960, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female prime minister when her party won the general election in which Asian country? Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

  9. The categorical imperative is the central concept in the moral philosophy of which German philosopher? Immanuel Kant

  10. What name, from the Persian for “veil”, is given to the period before an election during which government departments customarily refrain from making announcements? Purdah

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