What A Week: November 25-december 1

12 Questions
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday. What did the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, do in response? 
    • A. 

      Vowed to impose economic sanctions.

    • B. 

      Expelled Iranian diplomats from the United Kingdom.

    • C. 

      Called for military action against Iran.

    • D. 

      Invited striking public-sector workers to storm the Iranian embassy.

  • 2. 
    On Monday, Ginger White, a former Atlanta fitness instructor, said she had had a thirteen-year affair with Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain. What did Cain not say when denying the affair to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer?
    • A. 

      “I know that the court of public opinion is going to formulate its own opinion.”

    • B. 

      “Here we go again.”

    • C. 

      “I just don’t get why everyone is picking on me.”

    • D. 

      “I don't want to get into, you know, being pinned down on some things”

  • 3. 
    On Sunday, the Arab League announced that it was suspending Syria’s membership and imposing a range of sanctions in response to the country’s military crackdown on protesters. What will be excluded from the sanctions?
    • A. 

      A travel ban for top Syrian government officials

    • B. 

      Trade in consumer goods

    • C. 

      Transactions with Syria’s central bank

    • D. 

      Syrian government assets in other Arab countries

  • 4. 
    Bloomberg published figures—obtained after a lengthy Freedom of Information battle—showing which banks had profited from below-market-rate loans from the Federal Reserve. Which bank made the most off the loans?
    • A. 

      Wells Fargo

    • B. 

      Royal Bank of Scotland

    • C. 

      Citigroup

    • D. 

      Bank of America

  • 5. 
    Citigroup was also in the news this week when a New York federal judge struck down a settlement between the bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission. What was Citigroup accused of?
    • A. 

      Lending to customers it knew would be unlikely to pay back loans

    • B. 

      Betting against mortgage debt it was selling to its customers

    • C. 

      Giving unnecessarily large bonuses to executives

    • D. 

      Lying to shareholders about its financial health

  • 6. 
    After players and owners agreed to a deal on Saturday, the N.B.A. lockout was officially ended. What day will the truncated season get started?
    • A. 

      Christmas Eve

    • B. 

      Christmas Day

    • C. 

      New Year's Eve

    • D. 

      Michael Jordan's birthday

  • 7. 
    Hillary Clinton arrived in Burma on Wednesday for a three-day visit. The trip makes her the first Secretary of State to visit since who?
    • A. 

      George Marshall, in 1948

    • B. 

      John Foster Dulles, in 1955

    • C. 

      Henry Kissinger, in 1974

    • D. 

      Alexander Haig, in 1982

  • 8. 
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned of which possible problem for Europe on Wednesday?
    • A. 

      A surge of American students studying abroad.

    • B. 

      The separation of Belgium into Flanders and Wallonia.

    • C. 

      The breakup of the euro zone.

    • D. 

      A late-career renaissance for Roberto Benigni.

  • 9. 
    It was revealed this week that Siri, the new digital assistant for the iPhone 4S, is unable to answer which question?
    • A. 

      “Where can I get an abortion?”

    • B. 

      “Where can I buy a condom?”

    • C. 

      “Where can I find Viagra?”

    • D. 

      “Do you love me?”

  • 10. 
    President Obama pledged a fifty-million-dollar increase in H.I.V. and AIDS treatment in the U.S. What feature of this increase in spending did White House officials make sure to clarify?
    • A. 

      The funds will not require congressional approval

    • B. 

      The funds will be taken from savings in lowered defense spending

    • C. 

      The funds will require Congress to raise taxes

    • D. 

      The funds will be donated by private foundations

  • 11. 
    In which country did Bobby Valentine—the new manager for the Boston Red Sox—coach after leaving the Mets?
    • A. 

      Dominican Republic

    • B. 

      Venezuela

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      Canada

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: Adam Gopnik wrote about J.R.R. Tolkien’s influence on modern fantasy stories. Gopnik writes that Tolkien worked on his “Lord of the Rings” series in the evenings after getting home from which dull day-job?
    • A. 

      Teaching calculus at Cambridge

    • B. 

      Teaching economics at the L.S.E.

    • C. 

      Teaching Anglo-Saxon literature at Oxford

    • D. 

      Making replica swords at Renaissance fairs