What A Week: March 5-9

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  • 1. 
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew cheers from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and criticism from the Israeli press, for equating which two things in a speech on Monday?
    • A. 

      America and Syria.

    • B. 

      Newt Gingrich and David Ben-Gurion.

    • C. 

      Nazi Germany and Iran.

    • D. 

      Iran and the Obama Administration.

  • 2. 
    On Wednesday, Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay held a joint press conference to announce Manning’s release. What caused Manning to miss all of last season?
    • A. 

      An intense, months-long preparation to audition for “Dancing with the Stars.”

    • B. 

      Recovery from neck surgery that fused two of his vertebrae.

    • C. 

      His commitment to Oreo’s “Double Stuf Racing League.”

    • D. 

      The prolonged effects of post-concussion syndrome.

  • 3. 
    This week the European Union intervened in a dispute between Italy and India over the jailing of two Italian marines. For what alleged act are the marines being detained?
    • A. 

      The shooting death of two Indian fishermen they believed to be pirates.

    • B. 

      Smuggling cultural artifacts out of India.

    • C. 

      Tampering with Indian witnesses in the trial of the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

    • D. 

      The destruction of electronic financial records from the Borsa Italiana that are stored in Mumbai.

  • 4. 
    On Wednesday Sara Blakely joined the Forbes World’s Billionaires list as the youngest woman in the group to achieve her wealth independently. How did Blakely make her money?
    • A. 

      Creating the bitly URL shortening service.

    • B. 

      Inventing the Spanx slimming undergarment.

    • C. 

      Inventing the Chia Pet.

    • D. 

      Developing the Red Bull energy drink.

  • 5. 
    The director James Cameron announced this week that he is close to attempting which feat, depicted in which of his movies?
    • A. 

      Basic C.I.A. field training (“True Lies”).

    • B. 

      The creation of a cybernetic organism (“Terminator”).

    • C. 

      Entering outer space (“Aliens” and “Avatar”).

    • D. 

      Diving to the depths of the ocean (“The Abyss”).

  • 6. 
    On Tuesday, Marcy Kaptur defeated fellow incumbent Dennis Kucinich in the primary for Ohio’s redrawn Ninth Congressional District. Whom will she face in the general election?
    • A. 

      The businessman Gordon Gund.

    • B. 

      Samuel (Joe the Plumber) Wurzelbacher.

    • C. 

      The former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar.

    • D. 

      Anthony (Krayzie Bone) Henderson of the hip-hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

  • 7. 
    Goldman Sachs has dramatically increased its work force in which city, while scaling back in others?
    • A. 

      St. Louis.

    • B. 

      Pittsburgh.

    • C. 

      Salt Lake City.

    • D. 

      Portland.

  • 8. 
    The February jobs report was released on Friday. If over two hundred thousand jobs were added last month, why did the unemployment rate stay at 8.3 per cent?
    • A. 

      New requests for unemployment benefits do not register until a month later.

    • B. 

      The number of people looking for jobs has increased.

    • C. 

      The unemployment rate is just a guess.

    • D. 

      The unemployment rate is recalculated every other month.

  • 9. 
    Which singer became the latest in the past year—after Adele—to cancel a tour owing to throat surgery?
    • A. 

      Taylor Swift.

    • B. 

      Rihanna.

    • C. 

      John Mayer.

    • D. 

      Lady Gaga.

  • 10. 
    Sunday marks one year since the earthquake in Japan that set off a tsunami and several meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Though some researchers say that because of swift evacuations health effects from radiation are not a great risk, which oft-overlooked issue do they say should be of high concern?
    • A. 

      The continued reliance on nuclear power.

    • B. 

      Psychological trauma.

    • C. 

      Environmental damage.

    • D. 

      Dependence on foreign emergency aid.

  • 11. 
    Apple introduced its latest iPad on Wednesday. Which of the following is not a feature of the new tablet?
    • A. 

      A high-definition screen.

    • B. 

      A faster wireless-Internet connection.

    • C. 

      Voice-directed e-mail.

    • D. 

      Siri.

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: In the Talk of the Town this week, Calvin Tomkins discusses which trend that has made its way to the roof of the Whitney Museum?
    • A. 

      Urban sunbathing.

    • B. 

      Rooftop beekeeping.

    • C. 

      Rooftop gardening.

    • D. 

      Painting the roofs of cityscapes.