What A Week: December 2-8

12 Questions
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Herman Cain announced on Saturday that he was “suspending” his Presidential campaign. From which movie did he quote when breaking the news to his supporters?
    • A. 

      “All the President’s Men”

    • B. 

      “The Ides of March”

    • C. 

      “The Manchurian Candidate”

    • D. 

      “Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back”

  • 2. 
    President Obama gave a speech on the future of the American middle class in Osawatomie, Kansas. Why did he pick the city as the venue?
    • A. 

      Kansas will be an important electoral state for Obama in 2012

    • B. 

      Osawatomie is the most economically unequal city in the United States

    • C. 

      The city was the site of a famous Theodore Roosevelt speech

    • D. 

      Obama wanted an excuse to visit the Osawatomie golf course

  • 3. 
    Russia held parliamentary elections on Sunday, and protests broke out in Moscow against claims of fraud by the ruling United Russia party. What did former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev propose in response?
    • A. 

      Putting an end to democratic rule in Russia

    • B. 

      A vigorous investigation by the country’s election commission

    • C. 

      Anulling the election results and holding a fresh poll

    • D. 

      Further direct action by protesters

  • 4. 
    What novel method did Occupy Melbourne protesters develop to try to circumvent a police order to clear their camp?
    • A. 

      They made tents out of newspaper

    • B. 

      They wore their tents as costumes

    • C. 

      They dug underground burrows

    • D. 

      They disguised themselves as dogs

  • 5. 
    The Canadian National Post reported on a scheme to smuggle Saadi Qaddafi, son of Muammar Qaddafi, into new accommodations. Where was he supposedly heading?
    • A. 

      A chateau in France

    • B. 

      A villa in Mexico

    • C. 

      A mansion in England

    • D. 

      A mobile home in Australia

  • 6. 
    The actor Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight after an altercation with a stewardess. Which popular iPhone game had she asked him to stop playing?
    • A. 

      Words with Friends

    • B. 

      Angry Birds

    • C. 

      Plants vs. Zombies

    • D. 

      Infinity Blade II

  • 7. 
    On Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answered questions from ABC’s Barbara Walters about the uprisings in his country. What piece of governmental wisdom did he have to share?
    • A. 

      “Being a President is a lot like a box of chocolates…”

    • B. 

      “Government by the consent of the people is a good idea, in theory.”

    • C. 

      “No government in the world kills its people, unless it’s led by a crazy person.”

    • D. 

      “Even ophthalmologists can lack political foresight.”

  • 8. 
    This week Iran lodged an official diplomatic protest over what alleged offense?
    • A. 

      The targeted killing of its nuclear scientists

    • B. 

      The continued existence of Israel

    • C. 

      Poor refereeing at the 2006 World Cup

    • D. 

      The violation of its airspace by a C.I.A. drone

  • 9. 
    Former U.S. Senator Jon Corzine testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture on Thursday. What did he say about his time as C.E.O. of the bankrupt commodities brokerage MF Global, from which hundreds of millions of investor dollars is missing?
    • A. 

      “This never would’ve happened at Goldman Sachs.”

    • B. 

      “I simply do not know where the money is.”

    • C. 

      “How big is ‘too big to fail’?”

    • D. 

      “It’s nice to be back among the one per cent.”

  • 10. 
    David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, walked out of talks on European integration early on Friday morning. What issue was he unwilling to concede power to Europe on?
    • A. 

      Funding a bailout of Italian banks

    • B. 

      European regulation of British banks

    • C. 

      The imposition of European taxes

    • D. 

      Charging for Eurostar rail tickets only in euros

  • 11. 
    The family of Robert Levinson, a retired F.B.I. agent held captive in Iran since 2007, released a video showing him alive. Who is holding him?
    • A. 

      The Iranian government

    • B. 

      An Al Qaeda cell

    • C. 

      A rogue Revolutionary Guard unit

    • D. 

      His captors are unknown

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: Lizzie Widdicombe went on a nature walk with former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in Central Park. Which metaphor did he deploy to describe ideal economic regulation?
    • A. 

      Sending a canary into a coal mine

    • B. 

      Removing buckthorn for prairie restoration

    • C. 

      Fertilizing the ground with horse manure

    • D. 

      The Amazon dumping fresh water into the ocean