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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In Jake Halpern’s piece on a debt collector in Buffalo in this week's magazine, he uses a slang term that means “debt that banks, credit-card companies, and loan agencies have tried, and failed, to collect.” What’s the term?

    • A.

      Chit

    • B.

      Paper

    • C.

      Marker

    • D.

      Dice

    Correct Answer
    B. Paper
    Explanation
    The term used in the article is "paper." This term refers to debt that banks, credit-card companies, and loan agencies have tried and failed to collect.

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  • 2. 

    What is the late fine for DVDs borrowed from the New York Public Library?

    • A.

      A dime a day

    • B.

      A quarter a day

    • C.

      A dollar a day

    • D.

      Three dollars a day

    Correct Answer
    D. Three dollars a day
    Explanation
    The late fine for DVDs borrowed from the New York Public Library is three dollars a day.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following people is NOT affiliated with the phrase “Lend me your ears”?

    • A.

      William Safire

    • B.

      William Shakespeare

    • C.

      Ross Perot

    • D.

      Ringo Starr

    Correct Answer
    C. Ross Perot
    Explanation
    Perot didn't need a loan; he was "all ears."

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  • 4. 

    What is a “NINJA” loan?

    • A.

      A loan issued entirely without face-to-face interaction

    • B.

      A loan with no paper trail

    • C.

      A loan for someone with no income, no assets, and no job

    • D.

      A loan for someone who has a record of violating international law

    Correct Answer
    C. A loan for someone with no income, no assets, and no job
    Explanation
    A "NINJA" loan refers to a loan that is granted to someone who has no income, no assets, and no job. This type of loan is considered high-risk for lenders as there is no guarantee of repayment. It gained popularity during the subprime mortgage crisis when lenders were providing loans to borrowers who did not meet the traditional criteria for borrowing. These loans often had high interest rates and were a contributing factor to the financial crisis.

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  • 5. 

    Which musician is known for popularizing the Freegan movement, which advocates an anti-consumerism lifestyle that includes “dumpster diving” for free food?

    • A.

      Warren Oakes, the drummer for Against Me!

    • B.

      Paul Stanley, the lead singer of KISS

    • C.

      Paul Cook, the original drummer for the Sex Pistols

    • D.

      Jello Biafra, the original singer of the Dead Kennedys

    Correct Answer
    A. Warren Oakes, the drummer for Against Me!
    Explanation
    Warren Oakes, the drummer for Against Me!, is known for popularizing the Freegan movement, which advocates an anti-consumerism lifestyle that includes "dumpster diving" for free food.

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  • 6. 

    On Sunday, Germany paid off its debt for what?

    • A.

      Reparations for the First World War

    • B.

      Reparations to Jewish Holocaust survivors

    • C.

      The 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • D.

      The 2006 World Cup

    Correct Answer
    A. Reparations for the First World War
    Explanation
    Germany paid off its debt for the First World War. This refers to the reparations that Germany was required to pay as part of the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed in 1919. The treaty imposed heavy financial burdens on Germany, aiming to compensate the Allies for the damages caused during the war. Germany made regular payments towards these reparations for several years, and it was not until September 2010 that the final installment was made, marking the completion of the debt repayment.

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  • 7. 

    Who compared the Lend-Lease Act to letting your neighbor whose house is on fire borrow your garden hose, saying, "I don't say... 'Neighbor, my garden hose cost me $15; you have to pay me $15 for it.' I don't want $15 — I want my garden hose back after the fire is over"?

    • A.

      Franklin Roosevelt

    • B.

      Henry Wallace

    • C.

      John Maynard Keynes

    • D.

      Winston Churchill

    Correct Answer
    A. Franklin Roosevelt
    Explanation
    John Maynard Keynes negotiated the Anglo-American loan that followed the Lend-Lease Act, and described the process as "absolute hell."

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  • 8. 

    The author of “Steal This Book” did all of the follow EXCEPT what?

    • A.

      Threw dollar bills onto the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    • B.

      Organized the Presidential campaign of a pig named Pigasus

    • C.

      Interrupted the Who’s performance at Woodstock

    • D.

      Became an entrepreneur and businessman after the Vietnam War

    Correct Answer
    D. Became an entrepreneur and businessman after the Vietnam War
    Explanation
    It was Abbie Hoffman’s fellow activist, Jerry Rubin, who became a businessman. The two went on the road with a debate tour in the eighties called “Yippie versus Yuppie.”

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  • 9. 

    In 2006, Britain finished paying off its debts from the Second World War. What ratio most closely corresponds with the amount the British government paid back to the U.S. and Canada over the years to the original amount those countries lent?

    • A.

      Ten to one

    • B.

      Two to one

    • C.

      One to one

    • D.

      One to two

    Correct Answer
    B. Two to one
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Two to one." This means that the British government paid back twice the amount that was originally lent by the U.S. and Canada.

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  • 10. 

    In the October 4, 2010, issue of the magazine, Jeffrey Toobin writes about Rachel Yould, who did what to take out nearly three quarters of a million dollars in student loans?

    • A.

      Enrolled in four universities at once

    • B.

      Changed her name three times

    • C.

      Got a second Social Security number

    • D.

      Married her loan officer

    Correct Answer
    C. Got a second Social Security number
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Got a second Social Security number." This means that Rachel Yould obtained a second Social Security number in order to take out nearly three quarters of a million dollars in student loans. This suggests that she engaged in fraudulent activity by using a false identity to secure the loans.

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  • 11. 

    The 1939 film “On Borrowed Time,” based on the Broadway play and novel by the same name, stars the uncle of which modern actress?

    • A.

      Gwyneth Paltrow

    • B.

      Patricia Arquette

    • C.

      Joan Cusack

    • D.

      Drew Barrymore

    Correct Answer
    D. Drew Barrymore
    Explanation
    Drew Barrymore is the correct answer because she is the niece of actor John Barrymore, who starred in the 1939 film "On Borrowed Time." This connection makes her the niece of John Barrymore and the modern actress associated with the film.

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  • 12. 

    Leading up to the French Revolution, a scandal erupted over whether Marie Antoinette had perpetrated a fraud involving large loans from a cardinal to buy what?

    • A.

      A gold-trimmed ball gown

    • B.

      A diamond necklace

    • C.

      The Great Sapphire of Louis XIV

    • D.

      A violin made in 1681 known as “the red violin”

    Correct Answer
    B. A diamond necklace
    Explanation
    During the French Revolution, a scandal arose regarding Marie Antoinette's alleged involvement in a fraud related to large loans from a cardinal. The scandal specifically revolves around the purchase of a diamond necklace. This suggests that the correct answer is "A diamond necklace."

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  • 13. 

    In 1972, the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest was “Beg, Steal or Borrow,” performed by the New Seekers. What was the U.K.’s entry this year?

    • A.

      “Dreamed a Dream,” performed by Susan Boyle

    • B.

      “That Sounds Good To Me,” performed by Josh Dubovie

    • C.

      “Satellite,” performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut

    • D.

      "Don't Stop Believin’,” performed by Joe McElderry

    Correct Answer
    B. “That Sounds Good To Me,” performed by Josh Dubovie
    Explanation
    Boyle performed on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Meyer-Landrut was this year’s winner, from Germany. And McElderberry was the winner of Britain’s singing-competition show “The X-Factor.”

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  • 14. 

    Who co-starred in the 2009 film “Stolen”?

    • A.

      Jon Hamm and Josh Lucas

    • B.

      Robert Downey, Jr., and Debra Messing

    • C.

      Mark Wahlberg and Susan Sarandon

    • D.

      Dennis Quaid and Marlon Wayans

    Correct Answer
    A. Jon Hamm and Josh Lucas
    Explanation
    Jon Hamm and Josh Lucas co-starred in the 2009 film "Stolen".

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following does the singer Ben Harper admit, in song, to stealing?

    • A.

      Love

    • B.

      Glances

    • C.

      Kisses

    • D.

      Chewing tobacco

    Correct Answer
    C. Kisses
    Explanation
    In one of his songs, the singer Ben Harper confesses to stealing kisses.

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