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1. This playwright and poet once said in a play, "It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words." Which of these playwrights wrote "The Elder Statesman", and the Broadway show "Cats"?
2. This author wrote about "the best of times and the worst of times". The characters in his books faced poverty, illness, and calamities, which struck a chord of compassion with readers. Behind the scenes, he wrote letters to his friends about his own illnesses of wheezing and convulsive coughing, which led to sleepless nights. Which author is responsible for the books "David Copperfield", "Hard Times", and "A Christmas Carol"?
3. This German composer had several health issues affected by lead poisoning, including asthma and deafness. Despite his health and coughing fits, he still led orchestras and choirs that captivated audiences. Which talented classical composer from the 1800's, is well known for his "1st" and "9th" Symphonies?
4. "I have not yet begun to fight!", were some of this captain's most stirring words. During his last years, he had an asthmatic cough that severely damaged his lungs and breathing. Which war hero of the American Revolution is credited for being the "Father of the United States Navy"?
5. This man was the first president of the United States to be born after the American Revolution. His asthma led to pneumonia and heart failure. Which president lost re-election in the race against William Henry Harrison, due to the weak image of his coughing spells and health?
6. "Do not pray for an easy life, pray to be stronger men," were words spoken by this United States' president. Which of these presidents suffered life-threatening asthma attacks during his childhood, brought on by reactions to dogs, dust, and seasonal allergies?
7. Athletes are not exempt from asthma's effects. Venus Williams, a tennis star and U.S Open competitor, had to take a break from her sport because of exercise-induced asthma and Sjogren's syndrome.
8. Asthma has been studied by many scientists, included some who suffered from it. Dr. Robert Bree was a British physician in the 1700s, that wrote multiple studies on asthma in multiple languages. What forced him to close down his London practice and move to a military post by the sea?
9. "You've got to give more than you take", was a quote from an actor and asthmatic that played Superman in the 1970s. Which of these men suffered from asthma from childhood?
10. This six-time Olympic gold medalist winner was diagnosed with asthma as a baby. Who suggested to Amy Van Dyken that she take up swimming to help her asthma attacks when she was six years old?
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