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2002 ACF Nationals - Packet by Berkeley and Princeton - #17 [report this tossup]
This novel ends with the narrator resuming his thesis on the papers of Cass Mastern. Minor characters include the bodyguard Sugar-Boy O'Sheean, and the political opponent Sam MacMurfee. The main character asks the narrator to learn about Judge Irwin, who later commits suicide. Tiny Duffy incites the assassination that this novel centers on, the affair between the main character and Anne, who is married to Dr. Adam Stanton, the main character's assassin as narrated by Jack Burden. FTP, identify this novel about Willie Stark depicting the life of Huey Long, written by Robert Penn Warren.
Answer: All the King's Men

2009 ACF Fall - Packet by Vanderbilt, Brown A, and Iowa - #11 [report this tossup]
This author wrote an eleven part series about the wealthy son of an arms manufacturer who becomes a secret agent for Franklin Roosevelt. In addition to writing a series about the anti-fascist hero Lanny Budd , this author developed the “End Poverty in California” program as part of his unsuccessful campaign for governor. In one novel by this author, the baby Antanas drowns when left unattended, and the protagonist meets the safecracker Jack Duane in jail. This author wrote about Ona's death during childbirth in his novel in which Jurgis Rudkus is rescued from the meatpacking industry by the promise of the socialist party. For 10 points, name this author of The Jungle.
Answer: Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr.

1999 ACF Regionals - Packet by Illinois and University of Central Oklahoma - #11 [report this tossup]
It occurs with a rate of about 50 arcseconds per year and has a period of about 26,000 years. To account for the effect astronomical coordinates are given in terms of the epoch. It is caused by the torque of the Sun and Moon on the Earth's rotational bulge, which is tilted with respect to the orbital plane. As a result, Vega will be the Pole Star in another 13,000 years. FTP name this effect discovered by Hipparchus of Rhodes
Answer: precession of the equinoxes or equivalents (prompt on precession)