What A Week: December 9-15

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What A Week: December 9-15

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Following a campaign by a group called the Florida Family Association, which home-improvement chain pulled advertising from TLC’s “All-American Muslim”?
    • A. 

      Lowe’s

    • B. 

      Home Depot

    • C. 

      True Value

    • D. 

      Ace

  • 2. 
    A man armed with a rifle and grenades killed four people in which Belgian city on Tuesday?
    • A. 

      Antwerp

    • B. 

      Bruges

    • C. 

      Brussels

    • D. 

      Liege

  • 3. 
    A survey revealed large gains in the pay of American chief executives in 2010. How much did the best-paid C.E.O. earn last year?
    • A. 

      $1.45 million

    • B. 

      $14.5 million

    • C. 

      $145 million

    • D. 

      $1.45 billion

  • 4. 
    Canada’s Environment Minister, Peter Kent, announced on Monday that the country is ending its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. What reason did he give for the move?
    • A. 

      A Canadian government study found no evidence for climate change

    • B. 

      Adhering to the targets was damaging the Canadian oil industry

    • C. 

      The government wanted to avoid $14 billion in penalties for missing its emissions targets

    • D. 

      Most Canadians would actually like it to be a bit warmer

  • 5. 
    This week Peter Figoski became the first N.Y.P.D. officer killed in the line of duty since 2007, when he was allegedly shot by a twenty-seven-year-old burglar. Where was Figoski killed?
    • A. 

      Cypress Hills, Brooklyn

    • B. 

      East Harlem, Manhattan

    • C. 

      Mott Haven, The Bronx

    • D. 

      Jackson Heights, Queens

  • 6. 
    President Obama marked the end of the war in Iraq with a speech at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Wednesday. How did Obama describe postwar Iraq?
    • A. 

      “No longer a threat to the United States”

    • B. 

      “A potential ally in the Middle East”

    • C. 

      “Sovereign, stable and self-reliant”

    • D. 

      “A nation in tatters”

  • 7. 
    On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it would take another politically charged case. Which topic is the court NOT getting into so far?
    • A. 

      Immigration

    • B. 

      Electoral redistricting

    • C. 

      Gay marriage

    • D. 

      Healthcare

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      “My sole focus was and will be how best to maintain the Hornets.”

    • B. 

      “My sole focus was and will be how best to prevent the Lakers from being too dominant.”

    • C. 

      “Don’t push me on this. I may feel another lockout coming on.”

    • D. 

      “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      George Papandreou, of embezzlement

    • B. 

      Silvio Berlusconi, of public lewdness

    • C. 

      Jacques Chirac, of corruption

    • D. 

      Gordon Brown, of profanity

  • 10. 
    Following the thirteenth Republican debate last night, Mitt Romney earned the endorsement from whom, in a strategic early-primary state?
    • A. 

      Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa

    • B. 

      Governor John Lynch, New Hampshire

    • C. 

      Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina

    • D. 

      Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

  • 11. 
    Congressional leaders avoided another government shutdown on Thursday. For how long will their temporary spending agreement have effect?
    • A. 

      Six weeks

    • B. 

      Nine months

    • C. 

      One year

    • D. 

      Until the 2012 elections

  • 12. 
    Know Your New Yorker: David Remnick wrote about the birth pains of civil society in Russia. Why did an attempt by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to burnish his tough-guy credentials at an ultimate-fighting event backfire?
    • A. 

      A Russian fighter was beaten by an American rival

    • B. 

      Putin tripped when he entered the ring to address the crowd

    • C. 

      The crowd jeered at Putin while he was praising the winner

    • D. 

      Putin was caught dozing between rounds