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What A Week: Sept. 30-oct. 6

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What A Week: Sept. 30-oct. 6
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  • 1. 
    People all over the world are mourning the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs. (Meghan O’Rourke tells us why public grief is important.) In what year did Steve Jobs introduce the first Macintosh computer?
    • A. 

      1981

    • B. 

      1984

    • C. 

      1987

    • D. 

      1990

  • 2. 
    Apple’s new C.E.O. Tim Cook unveiled the latest iPhone on Tuesday.  It will feature a voice-activated personal assistant. What’s its name?
    • A. 

      HAL

    • B. 

      Eliza

    • C. 

      Siri

    • D. 

      Watson

  • 3. 
    Chris Christie finally announced that he would not run for the Republican Presidential nomination, leaving a gap in the field. According to a CBS poll out Tuesday, who is now tied for the lead with Mitt Romney?
    • A. 

      Rick Santorum

    • B. 

      Rick Perry

    • C. 

      Herman Cain

    • D. 

      Jon Huntsman

  • 4. 
    An Italian jury overturned Amanda Knox’s murder conviction on Monday and she returned home to Seattle Tuesday night. For how many days had she been imprisoned?
    • A. 

      360

    • B. 

      792

    • C. 

      1450

    • D. 

      2131

  • 5. 
    Bank of America announced this week that it will be charging account holders to use their debit cards. How much is the proposed fee?
    • A. 

      A dollar per day

    • B. 

      Three dollars per week

    • C. 

      Five dollars per month

    • D. 

      Fifteen dollars per year

  • 6. 
    After being without a C.E.O. since the resignation of Vivian Schiller in March, NPR. appointed Gary Knell to the job. What was his previous job? 
    • A. 

      Director of news at NBC

    • B. 

      Editor in chief of Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government

    • C. 

      Head of radio at Voice of America

    • D. 

      C.E.O. of Sesame Workshop

  • 7. 
    The Nobel Prizes were announced this week. American universities and research institutions have hosted far and away the most winners, but which country is second in the rankings?
    • A. 

      Russia (including the U.S.S.R.)

    • B. 

      The United Kingdom

    • C. 

      China

    • D. 

      Sweden

  • 8. 
    Fox News is fifteen years old on Friday. What reason did network boss Roger Ailes give for hiring Sarah Palin this week?
    • A. 

      Because "she was hot and got ratings."

    • B. 

      Because "she's fearless — she'd crawl down a smokestack for a story."

    • C. 

      Because "she was tough. She would push you and push you. Push you, push you, push you. And, in the end, it was good."

    • D. 

      Because "one out of every twenty-five people in America is a psychopath."

  • 9. 
    The 2011-2012 National Hockey League season began on Thursday, with teams competing for the right to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup next spring. Which of the following fates befell the Stanley Cup this summer, after it was won by the Boston Bruins last June?
    • A. 

      It was dropped, and dented, when the right wing Michael Ryder took it to Newfoundland.

    • B. 

      It was drop-kicked into Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.

    • C. 

      It was stolen by a Montreal Canadiens fan, who claimed he wanted to take it back where it belongs.

    • D. 

      It was used to serve beans in Boston’s Back Bay.

  • 10. 
    Hank Williams, Jr., famous for asking millions of viewers if they are “ready for some football” each week on Monday nights, was released by ESPN after doing what?
    • A. 

      Tackling Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount in the second quarter of Monday’s game.

    • B. 

      Confessing that he was, indeed, not ready for some football, never had been, and actually preferred soccer.

    • C. 

      Comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler

    • D. 

      Comparing the President of ESPN, George Bodenheimer, to Pol Pot.

  • 11. 
    President Obama has focused on selling the American Jobs Act to American citizens. Who had this to say about his treatment of the bill? “Nothing has disappointed me more than what’s happened over the past five weeks: To watch the President of the United States Give up on governing, give up on leading, and spend full time campaigning.”
    • A. 

      First Lady Michelle Obama

    • B. 

      Representative Eric Cantor

    • C. 

      Representative John Boehner

    • D. 

      Governor Rick Perry

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: Jane Mayer examined the influence of multimillionaire discount-store proprietor Art Pope on North Carolina politics. How much did he spend on state races in 2010?
    • A. 

      $450,00

    • B. 

      $800,000

    • C. 

      $2.2 million

    • D. 

      $3.4 million