What A Week: August 6-10

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  • 1. 
    Monday morning brought the announcement of the defection of which top member of the Syrian regime?
    • A. 

      Asma al-Assad, the wife of President Bashar al-Assad.

    • B. 

      Prime Minister Riad Hijab.

    • C. 

      Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi.

    • D. 

      Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij.


  • 2. 
    Heavy rains this week left half of which capital city under water?
    • A. 

      Stockholm, Sweden.

    • B. 

      Wellington, New Zealand.

    • C. 

      Augusta, Maine.

    • D. 

      Manila, Philippines.


  • 3. 
    On Tuesday, shares of the British bank Standard Chartered plummeted after accusations that it had broken international sanctions by doing what?
    • A. 

      Hiding two hundred and fifty billion dollars in Iranian money transfers.

    • B. 

      Brokering trade agreements with North Korea.

    • C. 

      Facilitating the export of conflict diamonds from the Ivory Coast.

    • D. 

      Purchasing tens of thousands of Cuban cigars as congratulatory gifts for its New York-based employees.


  • 4. 
    Which Russian performance group stood trial in Moscow for “hooliganism” and “inciting religious hatred” this week?
    • A. 

      The Bolshoi Ballet.

    • B. 

      The Eurovision Song contestants Buranovskiye Babushki (Buranovo Grannies).

    • C. 

      The punk-rock collective Pussy Riot.

    • D. 

      The Russian women’s artistic gymnastics team.


  • 5. 
    On Wednesday, which country carried out air strikes on the Sinai Peninsula?
    • A. 

      Israel.

    • B. 

      Egypt.

    • C. 

      The United States.

    • D. 

      Syria.


  • 6. 
    What was revealed this week about the recent increase in followers for Mitt Romney’s Twitter account?
    • A. 

      The new followers are mostly Democrats.

    • B. 

      Half of the new followers originate from foreign, outsourced Twitter accounts.

    • C. 

      Many of the new followers are likely fake.

    • D. 

      A survey found that the new followers are mostly opposed to Obamacare, but are in favor of its components when they’re presented individually.


  • 7. 
    What barrier did the N.F.L. break on Thursday night during the preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Diego Chargers?
    • A. 

      A woman worked as a referee for the first time.

    • B. 

      The first openly gay player took the field.

    • C. 

      The game received the lowest television ratings of an N.F.L. game ever, owing to the Olympics.

    • D. 

      An eighteen-year-old played for the Chargers, becoming the youngest N.F.L. player ever.


  • 8. 
    In what country was Hillary Clinton videotaped dancing at a dinner on Tuesday?
    • A. 

      Rwanda.

    • B. 

      Australia.

    • C. 

      South Africa.

    • D. 

      The United States.


  • 9. 
    Google announced on Wednesday that it will begin testing a new feature that will add what to users’ search results?
    • A. 

      Google Doodles.

    • B. 

      Relevant e-mails from their Gmail account.

    • C. 

      Facebook status updates.

    • D. 

      More advertisements.


  • 10. 
    Seventeen-year-old Claressa Shields won the gold medal in women’s boxing on Thursday. How many gold medals has the U.S. previously won in the sport?
    • A. 

      Six.

    • B. 

      Ten.

    • C. 

      None.

    • D. 

      Three.


  • 11. 
    How long did the murder trial of Gu Kailai—the wife of a deposed Chinese politician—last?
    • A. 

      Three weeks.

    • B. 

      Three hours.

    • C. 

      Seven days.

    • D. 

      Seven hours.


  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: In this week’s issue, Adam Gopnik chronicles the history and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. According to the Book of Mormon, which group of the Hebrews who emigrated to America is considered to live outside of the faith’s teachings?
    • A. 

      Nephites.

    • B. 

      Adamites.

    • C. 

      Lamanites.

    • D. 

      None of the above.


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