Mercurynews.Com Quiz: News Of 2011

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Mercurynews.Com Quiz: News Of 2011

How closely did you follow this year's Northern California news? Ten questions check your knowledge of some items of note.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Jerry Brown's wife revealed that the governor had a secret weapon in "warming up the Republicans" during budget talks early in 2011. It was:
    • A. 

      Office happy hour with hand-rolled sushi

    • B. 

      Complimentary passes to test-drive a Tesla

    • C. 

      His spot-on imitation of Maria Shriver

    • D. 

      A cute dog

  • 2. 
    On a day in late February, tens of thousands of people visited a website set up to answer just one question:
    • A. 

      Is Barry Bonds guilty?

    • B. 

      How can I disable my iPhone tracking?

    • C. 

      Is it snowing in SF yet?

    • D. 

      Is this a leap year?

  • 3. 
     Who is this Danville teenager?
    • A. 

      Liam Pritchett, whose misguided cannonball went through a neighbor's home

    • B. 

      Evan O'Dorney, who won the National Spelling Bee, the Intel Science Talent Search and "Who Wants to be a Mathematician?"

    • C. 

      Justin Russell, who was rewarded with a walk-on part after spotting an error on a whiteboard in TV's "The Big Bang Theory"

    • D. 

      Cyllian Wellis, who came under FCC scrutiny for inventing a phone app that lets the user assign a bogus caller-ID number

  • 4. 
    Which was not a tactic of the group Anonymous in its response to BART's shutting down of cell phone service?
    • A. 

      Hacking the agency's website

    • B. 

      Staging a rush-hour protest that shut down a station

    • C. 

      Throwing mannequins on the tracks

    • D. 

      Releasing a lewd photo of the agency's spokesman

  • 5. 
    Sara Cole, a Los Gatos mother badly injured in 2007 by a drunken driver, was in the news again in 2011. Why?
    • A. 

      She became lost overnight on a hike in Castle Rock State Park

    • B. 

      She was accused of drunken driving after plowing into a town Christmas display

    • C. 

      She was accused of a sexual relationship with a teenage friend of her son

    • D. 

      She asked President Obama during a town hall meeting how many sit-ups his wife could do

  • 6. 
    Cheerleaders at San Jose's Piedmont High went public with their dismay that they were not allowed to:
    • A. 

      Wear their miniskirted uniforms during school hours

    • B. 

      Perform to a song that includes the word "wazoo"

    • C. 

      Have a tadpole-eating contest as a fundraiser

    • D. 

      Appear on the Jimmy Kimmel show during Teen Cheerleader Week

  • 7. 
    "I messed up," began a CEO's blogged explanation of what decision?
    • A. 

      Netflix's separation of DVD and streaming services

    • B. 

      Apple's failure to introduce the iPhone 5 in a highly touted product release

    • C. 

      LinkedIn's hosting of a visit by President Obama

    • D. 

      PG&E's switch to SmartMeters

  • 8. 
    Scalpers were asking up to $40 for tickets, originally available free, entitling the bearer to:
    • A. 

      Pose next to the Giants' World Series trophy

    • B. 

      Attend Steve Jobs' memorial service at Apple

    • C. 

      Have a body part signed by James Durbin

    • D. 

      Hike up Half Dome

  • 9. 
    Google's first video doodle commemorated:
    • A. 

      The discovery of planet Kepler 22B

    • B. 

      The birthdate of Charlie Chaplin

    • C. 

      The invention of microwave popcorn

    • D. 

      The Wright Brothers' first flight

  • 10. 
    Who or what is Mildred Baena?
    • A. 

      The Palo Alto nanny accused of stealing a $360,000 lottery ticket from her employer

    • B. 

      The jockey, a Salinas native, who rode 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom

    • C. 

      The mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child

    • D. 

      The anagrammatic secret code used to clear Level 4-12 of "Angry Birds Rio"