What A Week: March 12-16

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  • 1. 
    Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost primaries in Alabama and Mississippi despite having received an endorsement from which celebrity on Monday?
    • A. 

      “You might be a redneck if…” comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

    • B. 

      The “dog whisperer” Cesar Millan.

    • C. 

      The actress Angelina Jolie.

    • D. 

      The Hall of Fame basketball player and Alabama native Charles Barkley.

  • 2. 
    President Obama announced on Tuesday that the U.S., the E.U., and Japan are filing a challenge against China with the World Trade Organization over what?
    • A. 

      The bootlegging of feature films.

    • B. 

      The low value of China’s currency.

    • C. 

      China’s exclusive trade agreements with sub-Saharan Africa.

    • D. 

      Export limitations set by China on rare-earths minerals.

  • 3. 
    The N.C.A.A. basketball tournament started this week. Which avian mascot was not included in the initial field of competing teams?
    • A. 

      Blackbirds.

    • B. 

      Ducks.

    • C. 

      Blue Jays.

    • D. 

      Owls.

  • 4. 
    This week, candidates for the Egyptian presidency were given their first chance to register for the elections to be held in May. How many Egyptians took that initial step toward running?
    • A. 

      Zero.

    • B. 

      One.

    • C. 

      At least five hundred.

    • D. 

      Over ten thousand.

  • 5. 
    Citigroup, once considered “too big to fail,” was one of four banks to fail the Federal Reserve’s stress test this week. How did the bank respond to the news?
    • A. 

      It deleveraged and sold off some of its riskier assets.

    • B. 

      It said it will refuse to submit to future stress tests.

    • C. 

      It resolved to strengthen its capital holdings.

    • D. 

      It claimed that it actually didn’t fail.

  • 6. 
    Many of the newspapers that regularly print Gary Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” decided not to run the comic strip this week. What topic, depicted in this week’s story, did the papers shy away from?
    • A. 

      Climate change.

    • B. 

      Super PACs.

    • C. 

      Same-sex marriage.

    • D. 

      Abortion.

  • 7. 
    The Congressional Budget Office released an analysis of President Obama’s proposed budget for the next year on Friday. What was the difference between the C.B.O.’s projection for next year’s deficit under Obama’s budget and the White House projection?
    • A. 

      Seventy-five billion dollars.

    • B. 

      A hundred billion dollars.

    • C. 

      Their estimates are the same.

    • D. 

      Thirty-five billion dollars.

  • 8. 
    Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children and director of the Kony 2012 video, was arrested in San Diego on Thursday night after allegedly drunkenly masturbating in public and vandalizing cars. Which of the following was not one of the medical conditions that Russell is suffering from according to a statement released by Invisible Children?
    • A. 

      Exhaustion.

    • B. 

      Dehydration.

    • C. 

      Sunstroke.

    • D. 

      Malnutrition.

  • 9. 
    Reverend Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, announced his retirement on Friday. The process for selecting a successor involves many people, but who will have the final say?
    • A. 

      Prime Minister David Cameron.

    • B. 

      Queen Elizabeth II.

    • C. 

      Prince Charles.

    • D. 

      Pope Benedict XVI.

  • 10. 
    On the day of the new iPad’s release, customer lines around the world have been shorter than they were with the release of the iPad 2. What accounts for the discrepancy?
    • A. 

      Protesters have deterred customers.

    • B. 

      Customers don’t find the new iPad to be much different from the last version.

    • C. 

      Apple offered online pre-ordering for the iPad 3.

    • D. 

      The larger Apple stores will release the iPad 3 later in the month.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following was not a response to the killing of sixteen Afghani citizens by a U.S. soldier?
    • A. 

      President Hamid Karzai has called for the U.S. troops to pull out from rural areas in Afghanistan.

    • B. 

      Afghan military officials demanded that the suspected killer remain in the country to face trial.

    • C. 

      The Taliban has stepped away from peace talks.

    • D. 

      The soldier was transferred to a military hospital in Germany.

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: In the Financial Page of this week’s magazine, James Surowiecki points to the rise in new-car sales as an indicator of economic recovery. What does he say is a countervailing sign?
    • A. 

      Static unemployment.

    • B. 

      The decline in new households.

    • C. 

      Rising higher-education costs.

    • D. 

      The mounting national deficit.