What A Week: January 16-20

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What A Week: January 16-20

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, ordered what correction to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Washington, D.C., last week?
    • A. 

      Inserting structural supports beneath the statue, which had begun to sink and pitch forward.

    • B. 

      Altering the position of the statue, so that it no longer glowers at the Jefferson Memorial.

    • C. 

      Filling a crack that had developed in the statue’s left leg.

    • D. 

      Making a King quotation etched into the statue more accurate.

  • 2. 
    More than a million petition signatures were submitted in Wisconsin this week to do what?
    • A. 

      Annex Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

    • B. 

      Relocate the capital from Madison to Milwaukee.

    • C. 

      Force the New York Giants to replay the Green Bay Packers in a winner-takes-all playoff rematch.

    • D. 

      Force a recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

  • 3. 
    On Tuesday Mitt Romney said that he paid what effective tax rate?
    • A. 

      “Definitely thirty per cent, I think.”

    • B. 

      “Probably closer to the fifteen per cent rate than anything.”

    • C. 

      “Exactly twenty per cent, if you round to the nearest twenty.”

    • D. 

      “Certainly less than all of you rubes.”

  • 4. 
    Which celebrity chef made what revelation this week?
    • A. 

      Mario Batali admitted that his surname is actually MacBatall, and that his family ancestry is Scottish, not Italian.

    • B. 

      Giada DeLaurentiis admitted she doesn’t particularly enjoy cooking.

    • C. 

      Paula Deen admitted to having type-two diabetes.

    • D. 

      Emeril Lagasse admitted that he writes catchphrases first, and then develops recipes around them.

  • 5. 
    Which pioneering U.S. company filed for bankruptcy on Thursday?
    • A. 

      Eastman Kodak.

    • B. 

      The Chrysler Group.

    • C. 

      Bain Capital.

    • D. 

      Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations.

  • 6. 
    Citing an inability to complete a full assessment within a time frame set by Congress, the State Department decided to reject a permit for the controversial Keystone XL heavy-crude-oil pipeline. What had been the Obama Administration’s timeline for completing the review?
    • A. 

      March 2012 (after the Super Tuesday primary elections).

    • B. 

      August 2012 (after The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week).

    • C. 

      September 2012 (after the Republican convention).

    • D. 

      2013 (after the Presidential election).

  • 7. 
    In response to mounting sanctions and threats of oil embargoes, Iran countered with a threat of its own to do what?
    • A. 

      Accelerate its nuclear-weapons program

    • B. 

      Close the Strait of Hormuz

    • C. 

      Raise oil prices

    • D. 

      Sell its nuclear secrets to Venezuela

  • 8. 
    What was the reason that Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, gave for leaving the ship and its thousands of passengers after it ran aground?
    • A. 

      “I was going to get help.”

    • B. 

      “I can’t swim.”

    • C. 

      “I tripped and ended up in one of the lifeboats.”

    • D. 

      “Survival is instinctual.”

  • 9. 
    The definition of which disorder is now being reviewed by the American Psychiatric Association?
    • A. 

      A.D.H.D.

    • B. 

      Dyslexia

    • C. 

      Alzheimer’s

    • D. 

      Autism

  • 10. 
    The New York Giants will face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday in the N.F.C. championship game. Why did the quarterback Eli Manning miss practice earlier in the week?
    • A. 

      He needed to rest after a night of partying.

    • B. 

      He preferred to watch game tapes.

    • C. 

      He had a stomach illness.

    • D. 

      He’d missed a flight.

  • 11. 
    Adele’s album “21” has been at the top of the U.S. Billboard chart for sixteen weeks. How many other records have reached that milestone in the past twenty years?
    • A. 

      Twenty-one

    • B. 

      Nine

    • C. 

      Four

    • D. 

      None

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: Ariel Levy begins her story about Newt Gingrich’s third wife by capturing the scene at one of Callista’s book readings. What is the title of her children’s book?
    • A. 

      “Sweet Land of Liberty”

    • B. 

      “Ellis, the Patriotic Elephant”

    • C. 

      “Growing Up Republican”

    • D. 

      “I Can Be President, Too”

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