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What A Week: July 30 - August 03

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What A Week: July 30 - August 03
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  • 1. 
    Earlier this week, a blackout in which country left hundreds of millions of people without power?
    • A. 

      China.

    • B. 

      Brazil.

    • C. 

      Russia.

    • D. 

      India.

  • 2. 
    Why were eight badminton players disqualified from the Olympics on Wednesday?
    • A. 

      They tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

    • B. 

      They tried to secure favorable matchups in the quarterfinals by losing in the preliminary round.

    • C. 

      They made improper, endorsement-laden tweets during competition.

    • D. 

      They had allegedly committed unspeakable acts with a shuttlecock.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following was not a reaction to Mitt Romney’s tour of England, Israel, and Poland, which concluded on Wednesday?
    • A. 

      Xinhua, China’s state news agency: Romney may “likely worsen the already tense Mideast situation, and even reignite a war between Palestinians and Israelis.”

    • B. 

      Saeb Erekat, senior aide to the Palestinian President: “It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision, and understanding of this region and its people.”

    • C. 

      Lech Walesa, former President of Poland: “This guy—this is not my kind of guy.”

    • D. 

      An anonymous British official: Romney is “worse than Palin.”

  • 4. 
    In a paper published on Tuesday, scientists expressed concern over the possible spread of a new strain of flu found in which animal?
    • A. 

      Birds.

    • B. 

      Cats.

    • C. 

      Vampire squids.

    • D. 

      Seals.

  • 5. 
    What is the name of NASA’s new Mars rover, scheduled to land late Sunday night or early Monday morning?
    • A. 

      Curiosity.

    • B. 

      Profligacy.

    • C. 

      Ingenuity.

    • D. 

      Marvin.

  • 6. 
    Which architectural and cultural landmark will soon undergo a restoration to correct a developing tilt?
    • A. 

      The sanctuary of Machu Picchu, in Peru.

    • B. 

      The Temple of Heaven, in Beijing.

    • C. 

      The Preah Vihear Temple, in Cambodia.

    • D. 

      The Colosseum, in Rome.

  • 7. 
    The rapper Snoop Dogg changed his stage name this week. What do we call him now?
    • A. 

      Snoop Lion.

    • B. 

      Snoop Kitty.

    • C. 

      Calvin Broadus.

    • D. 

      Rasta Snoop.

  • 8. 
    What dance did the players on the U.S. women’s soccer team perform after scoring the decisive goal against North Korea on Tuesday?
    • A. 

      The Cabbage Patch.

    • B. 

      The Worm.

    • C. 

      The Dougie.

    • D. 

      The Macarena.

  • 9. 
    Which bank has pledged nearly ten million dollars to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s social-impact bonds program, aimed at lowering rates of recidivism among convicted criminals?
    • A. 

      Barclays.

    • B. 

      Bank of America.

    • C. 

      JPMorgan Chase.

    • D. 

      Goldman Sachs.

  • 10. 
    What action did the Federal Reserve vote to take on Wednesday in order to spur the economy’s recovery? 
    • A. 

      Lowering interest rates.

    • B. 

      Urging Congress to issue another round of stimulus funding.

    • C. 

      Buying mortgage-backed securities.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 11. 
    What cynical nickname was given to the peacekeeping task in Syria from which Kofi Annan resigned on Thursday?
    • A. 

      Mission: Impossible.

    • B. 

      Breaking Assad.

    • C. 

      Sisyphus in Syria.

    • D. 

      Damascus’ Unicorn.

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: In this week’s issue, Ryan Lizza writes about Paul Ryan’s rise to power within the Republican Party. What was Ryan’s job as a high-school student?
    • A. 

      A page for Senator Bob Kasten.

    • B. 

      A cashier at McDonald’s.

    • C. 

      A cook at McDonald’s.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

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