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1. What state's motto is "Nil sine numine" ("Nothing without divine will")?
2. At what famous university would you be if you saw a plaque reading "Dominus illuminatia mea" ("The LORD is my light")?
3. Who summed up the torments of romance when he began a poem, "Odi et amo" ("I hate and I love")?
4. If you were to see the abbreviation b.i.d on your medicine bottle, how many times per day should you take it?
5. When John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln, supposedly he issued the exclamation, "sic semper tyrannis" ("Thus always to tyrants"). What state adopted that as its motto?
6. The phrase, "Labor omnia vincit" ("Work conquers all") is the motto of both Oklahoma and the American Federation of Labor.
7. What Latin playwright wrote the phrase, which later served as a humanist motto: "Homo sum: humani nihil a me alienum puto" ("I am a man: I consider nothing human foreign to me")
8. Latin phrases abound in legal courts. For example, an 'argumentum ad absurdum' is an argument based on (or taken to) absurdity. An 'argumentum ad invidiam' is an appeal to envy. An argument against the matter at hand is an 'Argumentum ad ____".
9. Latin also (used to) abounds in the Catholic Mass. If you were to hear a priest say "Deus misereatur nobis", what does he mean?
10. And in an apt finish to this quiz, what Roman emperor's dying words supposedly were "acta est fabula" -- "the play is finished".
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