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Question 1: A.E. Housman's "Terence, this is stupid stuff" (originally published in ________) invokes mithridatism as a metaphor for the benefit that serious poetry brings to the reader.
LudlowEnglandA Shropshire LadAlfred Edward Housman

Question 2: Having been defeated by ________, legend has it that Mithridates tried to commit suicide using poison but failed because of his immunity and so had to resort to having a mercenary run him through with his sword.
Julius CaesarLucius Cornelius SullaPompeyAlexander the Great

Question 3: The word derives from ________, the King of Pontus, who so feared being poisoned that he regularly ingested small doses, aiming to develop immunity.
Attalus IMithridates VI of PontusAlexander the GreatSeleucid Empire

Question 4: Mithridatism is the practice of protecting oneself against a ________ by gradually self-administering non-lethal amounts.
Mercury poisoningLead poisoningArsenic poisoningPoison

Question 5: It has been suggested that Russian mystic ________ was able to resist the poison of assassins due to mithridatism.
Russian EmpireFelix YusupovGrigori RasputinRasputin in popular culture


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