What A Week: May 7-11

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  • 1. 
    What development on Sunday morning cast a pall over the preceding day’s Kentucky Derby?
    • A. 

      A quarter of the horses in the field failed drug tests.

    • B. 

      A dead body was found in a barn at the track.

    • C. 

      A mint-julep-fueled melee erupted among several of the jockeys at a post-race party.

    • D. 

      Two of the horses that ran had to be put down.

  • 2. 
    The photograph below was taken on the evening of Sunday, May 6th, at Place de la Bastille, in Paris. What was the cause for the celebration?
    • A. 

      The election of the socialist candidate François Hollande to the French Presidency.

    • B. 

      The reëlection of the conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy to the French Presidency.

    • C. 

      The election of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to the French Presidency.

    • D. 

      The repeal of a prohibitively expensive levy on cheese.

  • 3. 
    The C.I.A. reportedly collaborated with Saudi intelligence to use a double agent to thwart a more sophisticated version of what terror plot previously attempted on December 25, 2009?
    • A. 

      A surface-to-air attack on a U.S. military aircraft.

    • B. 

      An attack on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

    • C. 

      The airborne detonation of explosives concealed in footwear.

    • D. 

      The airborne detonation of explosives concealed in underwear.

  • 4. 
    On Monday, Mitt Romney gave himself credit for what successful program, despite having publicly opposed it in a 2008 Op-ed for the New York Times?
    • A. 

      The expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    • B. 

      The creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    • C. 

      The auto bailout.

    • D. 

      National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month.

  • 5. 
    Which six-term Senator lost his bid for reëlection in a primary held Tuesday?
    • A. 

      Orrin Hatch.

    • B. 

      Richard Lugar.

    • C. 

      Bernie Sanders.

    • D. 

      Mark Udall.

  • 6. 
    What event sparked week-long protests in Russia? 
    • A. 

      The Bank of Russia’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged for a fifth consecutive month.

    • B. 

      The alleged beating of the imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

    • C. 

      The country’s unfavorable draw in the Eurovision Song Contest.

    • D. 

      The Presidential inauguration of Vladimir Putin.

  • 7. 
    Tom Barrett won a Democratic primary in Wisconsin on Tuesday. He will move on to the general election in hopes of unseating whom?
    • A. 

      Governor Scott Walker.

    • B. 

      Senator Ron Johnson.

    • C. 

      Congressman Paul Ryan.

    • D. 

      Senator Herb Kohl.

  • 8. 
    On Wednesday, O.W.S. protesters travelled to the headquarters of what bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, to occupy its shareholder meeting?
    • A. 

      Citigroup.

    • B. 

      Wells Fargo.

    • C. 

      Bank of America.

    • D. 

      Goldman Sachs.

  • 9. 
    Lionsgate, the studio that produces AMC’s “Mad Men,” paid two-hundred-and-fifty thousand dollars for the rights to use which song by the Beatles?
    • A. 

      “Hey Jude.”

    • B. 

      “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

    • C. 

      “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

    • D. 

      “Come Together.”

  • 10. 
    On Tuesday, voters in North Carolina supported a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage. In which other state were same-sex couples dealt a setback this week?
    • A. 

      Florida.

    • B. 

      Alabama.

    • C. 

      Arkansas.

    • D. 

      Colorado.

  • 11. 
    Besides continued political and economic turmoil, what big event took place in Greece on Thursday?
    • A. 

      Dominique Strauss-Kahn bought a new summer home.

    • B. 

      The Olympic flame was lit.

    • C. 

      Tourism revenue dropped to a historic low.

    • D. 

      The Parthenon collapsed.

  • 12. 
    Know Your <em>New Yorker</em>: In this week’s issue, Michael Specter explores possible solutions to global warming. What natural occurrence in 1991 have scientists used to propel theories for geoengineering?
    • A. 

      The eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, a volcano in the Philippines.

    • B. 

      A blizzard that covered the eastern United States.

    • C. 

      A decrease in the world’s sea level.

    • D. 

      Human population dropped by two per cent.