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Question 1: In 1913 his parents sent him to Wixenford preparatory school near Reading in southern England, where ________ was a fellow-pupil.
Kenneth ClarkUnited KingdomNational Gallery (London)Henry Moore

Question 2: In October 1923 Harold went up to ________ to read Modern Greats at Christ Church.
Brighton and HoveOxfordPortsmouthSouthampton

Question 3: He claimed that his great-great-grandfather was Commodore Sir John Acton, who was prime minister of ________ under Ferdinand IV, and grandfather of the Roman Catholic historian John Acton.

Question 4: When he died he left Villa La Pietra to ________.
Cornell UniversityRockefeller UniversityNew York UniversityColumbia University

Question 5: After leaving Oxford Acton taught in China for several years before returning to England at the outbreak of the Second World War during which he served in ________ intelligence.
LuftwaffeBritish Armed ForcesRoyal Air ForceBritish Army

Question 6: In the autumn of 1917 he went to a 'crammer' at Ashlawn in ________, in order to be prepared for Eton, which he entered on 1 May 1918.

Question 7: The Mitchell fortune allowed Arthur to buy the remarkable Villa La Pietra on the hills of ________, where Harold lived for much of his life.

Question 8: His father was the art collector and dealer Arthur Acton (1873-1953), his mother Hortense Mitchell (1871-1962), heiress to a prominent ________ banking family.
ChicagoBurr Ridge, IllinoisBlue Island, IllinoisElmhurst, Illinois

Question 9: Acton was buried beside his parents and brother in the Roman Catholic section of the Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori in the suburb of ________, Galluzzo (Italy).

Question 10: It was from the balcony of his rooms in Meadow Buildings that he declaimed passages from ________ through a megaphone, an episode recalled in Brideshead Revisited which Waugh gives to the character of Anthony Blanche.
T. S. EliotThe Waste LandLittle Gidding (poem)The Hollow Men


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