What A Week: March 19-23

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What A Week: March 19-23

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    1. Which unusual seasonal event struck which part of the United States earlier this week?
    • A. 

      Grapefruit-sized hail in Massachusetts.

    • B. 

      A plague of locusts in Illinois.

    • C. 

      A snowstorm in Arizona.

    • D. 

      A tornado in Alaska.

  • 2. 
    On Tuesday, Rick Santorum’s campaign announced it had sold three thousand of what?
    • A. 

      Political favors, which the campaign is terming “plenary indulgences.”

    • B. 

      Official campaign sweater vests.

    • C. 

      “J.F.K. Makes Me Want to Throw Up, Too” bumper stickers.

    • D. 

      Digital downloads of “Game On,” the song written for the campaign by the Oklahoma sister act “First Love.”

  • 3. 
    Which social-media service celebrated its sixth birthday on Wednesday?
    • A. 

      Facebook.

    • B. 

      Google Plus.

    • C. 

      YouTube.

    • D. 

      Twitter.

  • 4. 
    Mitt Romney’s team provided Republican rivals and late-night comedians with material when a senior staffer compared the Romney campaign to what classic toy?
    • A. 

      Silly putty, because “it just copies whatever material it’s pushed up against.”

    • B. 

      An erector set, because “it’s cold and mechanical.”

    • C. 

      Etch A Sketch, because after the primaries the campaign will “shake it up and start all over again.”

    • D. 

      Monopoly, because he’s going to “bankrupt Gingrich and Santorum, and then party on Park Place.”

  • 5. 
    A patent that Nokia obtained this week raises the possibility that at some point in the future you could be connected to your cell phone through what?
    • A. 

      Customized smell-tones that smell like the person who calls or texts.

    • B. 

      A tattoo that vibrates to signal incoming calls.

    • C. 

      An “eye phone” implant that lets users see a live image of whomever they are speaking with.

    • D. 

      A waterproof wristlet phone that never needs to be removed.

  • 6. 
    Following the revelation of new photographic analysis, a July expedition was announced this week to try to solve what mystery?
    • A. 

      The whereabouts of the Loch Ness monster.

    • B. 

      The New York Jets’ signing of Tim Tebow.

    • C. 

      The fate of the lost colony of Roanoke.

    • D. 

      The disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

  • 7. 
    On Friday, President Obama announced his nominee to lead the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim. What is Dr. Kim’s current job?
    • A. 

      President of Dartmouth College.

    • B. 

      Deputy Secretary of State.

    • C. 

      Deputy Treasury Secretary.

    • D. 

      Vice-President of the World Heath Organization.

  • 8. 
    Friday marks the second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act into law. How did President Obama celebrate the occasion?
    • A. 

      He delivered a speech to the American Medical Association.

    • B. 

      He invited newly insured Americans to the White House.

    • C. 

      He did not make public remarks about it.

    • D. 

      He held a beer summit with two doctor friends.

  • 9. 
    “Mad Men” returns to television for its fifth season this Sunday. How long was the show’s hiatus?
    • A. 

      Three years.

    • B. 

      Seventeen months.

    • C. 

      A year and a half.

    • D. 

      Nineteen months.

  • 10. 
    On Friday morning, two bags of cash holding over five thousand dollars fell out of an armored truck along a major highway in Maryland. The truck kept moving, but motorists stopped along the highway to pick up the money. How much money has been returned to the state police?
    • A. 

      None.

    • B. 

      Four thousand dollars.

    • C. 

      Nine hundred dollars.

    • D. 

      A hundred dollars.

  • 11. 
    What announcement about Saudi Arabia’s participation in the summer Olympics was made this week?
    • A. 

      The country will allow women to participate.

    • B. 

      The country will not allow women to participate, despite international pressure.

    • C. 

      The International Olympic Committee has banned Saudi Arabia from participating until it allows women athletes to compete.

    • D. 

      It wants to host the games in 2024.

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: In this week’s issue, John Seabrook writes about the process of making a hit pop-music song. Which artist does he say rarely writes her own songs?
    • A. 

      Lady Gaga.

    • B. 

      Rihanna.

    • C. 

      Adele.

    • D. 

      Kelly Clarkson.