Common Knowledge and General Knowledge Series #24

Assiniboia was the name of two historic areas of the United States and Canada.

Associated Press (AP) is one of the world’s largest news-gathering services and one of two general news services in the United States.

Association, in psychology, refers to one theory of how people learn things.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization of Southeast Asian countries– Brunei, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Assumption is the religious belief that a certain person was taken bodily into heaven.

Assyria was an ancient country on the upper Tigris River in Mesopotamia.

Astarte is the Greek name for one of the most important goddesses of the ancient Middle East.

Astatine is the heaviest member of the halogen family of chemical elements.

Aster is the name of a large group of plants valued for their colourful flowers.

Asteroid is any of numerous small planetary bodies that revolve around the sun.

Asthma is a disease involving a type of breathlessness.

Astigmatism is a visual defect in which both nearby and distant objects appear blurred.

Astor is the name of an important American family.

Astrolabe is an instrument used by early astronomers and navigators to measure the angles of celestial bodies above the horizon.

Astrology is the study of how the sun, moon, planets, and stars are supposedly related to life and events on the earth.

Astronaut is a person who pilots a spacecraft or works in space.

Astronautics is the scientific study of space flight.

Astronomer Royal is an honorary title for one of Britain’s outstanding astronomers.

Astronomy is the study of the stars, planets, and other objects that make up the universe.

Astrophysics is a science that applies the principles of physics to many fields of astronomy.

Aswan High Dam controls the floodwaters of the Nile River in Egypt.

Asylum, in international law, is shelter and protection given by a nation to a person fleeing another nation.

Atacama Desert is a barren, mineral-rich region in northern Chile and the southern tip of Peru.

Atavism, also called reversion, is the sudden reappearance in an animal or plant of a trait that has existed before only in ancient ancestors.

Ataxia is a lack of coordination in the muscles.

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