What A Week: January 23-27

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January Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    The New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 on Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl against the New York Giants. Patriots wide receiver and prolific Twitter user Chad Ochocinco spent the following Tuesday evening tweeting at which official about what?
    • A. 

      N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell, to request tweeting privileges during the Super Bowl.

    • B. 

      Speaker of the House John Boehner, out of concern over his dour appearance during the State of the Union.

    • C. 

      Patriots owner Robert Kraft, about the specifics of the team’s playoff bonuses.

    • D. 

      Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak, to request a cameo appearance at the Oscars.

  • 2. 
    To which vacation destination did intermittent Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney compare President Obama’s State of the Union address, and why?
    • A. 

      Disney World’s Fantasyland, because he’s "detached from reality."

    • B. 

      Salt Lake City, because he "will leave taxpayers high and dry."

    • C. 

      Hawaii, because he’s "clearly still on a holiday."

    • D. 

      Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, because "we already shared the same health-care plan, why not the same vacation town, too?"

  • 3. 
    Why was Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas criticized by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick this week?
    • A. 

      He dismissively referred to Canada as "America’s hat," and Quebec as "America’s tiny beret."

    • B. 

      He skipped a White House event to protest the federal government.

    • C. 

      He left the ice to make a phone call during the pregame singing of "O Canada."

    • D. 

      He made derogatory comments about the left wing lock.

  • 4. 
    The Republican candidate Newt Gingrich declared what cosmic ambition for his potential Presidency on Wednesday?
    • A. 

      Sending astronauts to Mars.

    • B. 

      Reviving Ronald Reagan’s "Star Wars" satellite-defense system.

    • C. 

      Making Laser Floyd available to every citizen within driving distance of a planetarium.

    • D. 

      Establishing the first permanent base on the moon.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following films received the fewest Academy Awards nominations this week?
    • A. 

      "The Artist."

    • B. 

      "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

    • C. 

      "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

    • D. 

      "A Separation."

  • 6. 
    Outgoing Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank made what announcement on Thursday?
    • A. 

      He has a three-episode role as a liberal, loquacious advisor on the King’s Small Council in the upcoming season of "Game of Thrones."

    • B. 

      He’ll consider a Presidential run in 2016.

    • C. 

      He’s getting married.

    • D. 

      He and Newt Gingrich are golfing buddies.

  • 7. 
    The United Nations Security Council met on Friday to draft a resolution against Syria’s government and call for Bashar al-Assad’s resignation. Which country has announced that it will not sign the resolution?
    • A. 

      China

    • B. 

      Venezuela

    • C. 

      Russia

    • D. 

      Israel

  • 8. 
    On Friday, President Obama gave a speech in Michigan to follow up on which plan, introduced in Tuesday’s State of the Union address?
    • A. 

      Funding electric-car manufacturing.

    • B. 

      Rewarding colleges and universities that lower tuition.

    • C. 

      Increasing unemployment benefits.

    • D. 

      Accelerating the green-energy industry.

  • 9. 
    There was another Republican Presidential debate on Thursday night. How many have there been?
    • A. 

      Twenty-one

    • B. 

      Sixteen

    • C. 

      Nineteen

    • D. 

      Twenty

  • 10. 
    Vice-President Joe Biden made two public predictions on Friday. The first was that he and Barack Obama would win reëlection. What was the second?
    • A. 

      Unemployment will be down to seven per cent by the end of the year.

    • B. 

      The New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl.

    • C. 

      The Democrats will win back a majority in the House of Representatives.

    • D. 

      The New York Giants will win the Super Bowl.

  • 11. 
    Facebook will reportedly go public next week. Which investment bank is expected to be its lead underwriter?
    • A. 

      Goldman Sachs

    • B. 

      Barclays

    • C. 

      Morgan Stanley

    • D. 

      Citigroup

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: James Surowiecki writes about private-equity firms and the U.S. tax code in this week’s issue. Which of the following does he not offer as a possible solution to the disparity in the way the tax code treats private equity?
    • A. 

      Raise the carried-interest tax rate.

    • B. 

      Close the carried-interest tax loophole.

    • C. 

      Cap the deductibility of corporate debt.

    • D. 

      Tax money earned as personal income rather than as capital gains.

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