What A Week: February 20 - 24

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What A Week: February 20 - 24

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Presidential Elections One: In Wednesday night’s Republican debate, the moderator, John King, asked the candidates to describe themselves in a single word. Which candidate-word pair was not a reply?
    • A. 

      Newt Gingrich: cheerful.

    • B. 

      Rick Santorum: courage.

    • C. 

      Mitt Romney: competent.

    • D. 

      Ron Paul: consistent.

  • 2. 
    Presidential Elections Two: Yemen held an election on Tuesday to replace its first and only president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, after a thirty-three-year reign. (1) How many candidates stood for the election, and (2) where is Saleh now?
    • A. 

      Three candidates; Saleh is in Argentina.

    • B. 

      One candidate; Saleh is in New York City.

    • C. 

      Two candidates; Saleh is dead.

    • D. 

      Two candidates; Saleh is in Somalia.

  • 3. 
    Presidential Elections Three: Venezuela’s elections were made more complicated this week by what development?
    • A. 

      President Hugo Chavez’s admission that his cancer may have returned.

    • B. 

      The approval of new voting regulations requiring photo identification.

    • C. 

      Upheaval in the oil market, due to sanctions against fellow OPEC member Iran.

    • D. 

      The opposition candidate’s assertion that “Satan has his sights on Venezuela.”

  • 4. 
    Which action triggered fatal protests across Afghanistan this week?
    • A. 

      The accidental publishing of a cartoon depicting Mohammad in an Army newspaper.

    • B. 

      The accidental targeting of civilians in a C.I.A. drone strike.

    • C. 

      The accidental incineration of Korans.

    • D. 

      Vice-President Mohammad Fahim’s assertion that “Satan has his sights on Afghanistan.”

  • 5. 
    This week marked the start of Lent. Which tech-savvy approach to the season has Pope Benedict XVI embraced for the first time?
    • A. 

      An app for the wireless management of Lenten sacrifices.

    • B. 

      A single Papal tweet for each of Lent’s forty days.

    • C. 

      Online confessionals, with virtual absolution.

    • D. 

      Live video streaming of the stations of the cross.

  • 6. 
    Barney Rosset, the provocateur publisher of Grove Press, died on Tuesday. Which of the following controversial books was not published by Rosset?
    • A. 

      “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”

    • B. 

      “Tropic of Cancer.”

    • C. 

      “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

    • D. 

      “Lord of the Flies.”

  • 7. 
    The United States Postal Service announced a cost-cutting plan on Thursday. How many jobs could be eliminated under the plan?
    • A. 

      Fifty thousand.

    • B. 

      Thirty-five thousand.

    • C. 

      Sixty thousand.

    • D. 

      A hundred thousand.

  • 8. 
    On Tuesday a Wisconsin law that requires individuals to present valid identification in order to vote went into effect. Which is not an acceptable form of I.D.?
    • A. 

      A driver’s license.

    • B. 

      A military I.D.

    • C. 

      A birth certificate.

    • D. 

      A student I.D.

  • 9. 
    On Thursday, Vladimir Putin caused some controversy by holding a rally in support of his reëlection campaign on the same day as a national holiday. Which group was being celebrated by that holiday?
    • A. 

      Soldiers and veterans.

    • B. 

      Presidents.

    • C. 

      Civil servants.

    • D. 

      Mothers.

  • 10. 
    In a Thursday interview, what did President Obama mention as something he would advocate for in his second term?
    • A. 

      Education reform.

    • B. 

      Immigration reform.

    • C. 

      Another stimulus bill.

    • D. 

      Tax reform.

  • 11. 
    Ryan Braun, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, became the first Major League Baseball player to do what?
    • A. 

      Win the lottery.

    • B. 

      Successfully appeal a positive drug test.

    • C. 

      Injure his self on the first day of spring training.

    • D. 

      Hit a home run blindfolded.

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: David Denby writes about the lost art of silent filmmaking. According to him, what are the years during which the form thrived?
    • A. 

      1912 – 1929

    • B. 

      1905 – 1932

    • C. 

      1916 – 1928

    • D. 

      1921 – 1937