What A Week: November 4-10(Marathon Quiz)

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What A Week: November 4-10(Marathon Quiz)

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Geoffrey Mutai set a course record for the New York City Marathon on Sunday, crossing the finish line in two hours, five minutes, and six seconds. What is his nationality?
    • A. 

      Ethiopian

    • B. 

      Kenyan

    • C. 

      Tanzanian

    • D. 

      Ugandan

  • 2. 
    The Census Bureau unveiled a new, more comprehensive way of measuring poverty on Monday. How many Americans live in poverty according to the new approach?
    • A. 

      34.3 million

    • B. 

      46.2 million

    • C. 

      49.1 million

    • D. 

      86.5 million

  • 3. 
    In Tuesday’s elections, a ballot measure to do what was rejected by voters in Mississippi?  
    • A. 

      Approve a bill limiting collective-bargaining rights for public workers

    • B. 

      Redefine personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization

    • C. 

      Require voters to bring government-issued identification to polls

    • D. 

      Prohibit the state government from seizing private property by eminent domain, except for natural-disaster relief projects

  • 4. 
    The boxer Joe Frazier died on Monday at the age of sixty-seven. Where did his final fight with Muhammad Ali take place, in October, 1975?
    • A. 

      Kinshasa, Zaire

    • B. 

      Manila, the Philippines

    • C. 

      New York, New York

    • D. 

      Tokyo, Japan

  • 5. 
    What caused Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to pledge to resign on Tuesday?
    • A. 

      The yield on Italian government bonds passing seven per cent

    • B. 

      The defeat of a bill approving last year’s public accounts in the Italian legislature

    • C. 

      A call for a general strike by public workers in Rome

    • D. 

      The discovery of another sex scandal involving the octogenarian politician

  • 6. 
    A report released on Tuesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency found evidence that Iran has been actively testing computer models for nuclear explosions and suggested that the country’s weapons program might still be active. What argument did the Iranian government not offer in its rejection of the agency’s findings?
    • A. 

      That Iran did not need nuclear weapons to “cut off the hands of the United States”

    • B. 

      That I.A.E.A. director Yukiya Amano is a stooge of Washington

    • C. 

      That key evidence in the report was based on files from an old stolen Iranian laptop

    • D. 

      That Israeli agents had manufactured evidence for a missile program

  • 7. 
    After the Oscars co-producer Brett Ratner was pushed out over a gay slur and an overly candid radio interview about his sexual habits, the show’s host also walked out on Wednesday. Who was the m.c. supposed to have been?
    • A. 

      Eddie Murphy

    • B. 

      Ben Stiller

    • C. 

      Alan Alda

    • D. 

      Casey Affleck

  • 8. 
    On Wednesday night the Pennsylvania State University board of trustees fired head football coach Joe Paterno for his failure to effectively deal with allegations that his former defensive coördinator sexually abused children. What was the first press question after the board announced Paterno’s dismissal?
    • A. 

      Has the university made any attempts to reach out to the alleged victims or their families?

    • B. 

      How was Paterno informed of the decision?

    • C. 

      What measures are planned to prevent future misuse of the university’s facilities and reputation?

    • D. 

      Who will coach on Saturday?

  • 9. 
    Alabama’s Jefferson County filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Wednesday because of debt from:
    • A. 

      A new baseball stadium for the minor league Birmingham Barons

    • B. 

      A sewer system

    • C. 

      A renovation to the Birmingham Museum of Art

    • D. 

      The construction of the Western hemisphere’s largest indoor laser tag facility

  • 10. 
    Rick Perry’s “oops” made the biggest headlines after Wednesday night’s Republican debate. What did Perry have to say to reporters in the spin room after the debate?
    • A. 

      “I want to eliminate so many government agencies, I couldn’t pick just three.”

    • B. 

      “We all have senior moments, right brother?”

    • C. 

      “I’m glad I had my boots on tonight because I sure stepped in it out there.”

    • D. 

      “Looks like Romney’s got it now.”

  • 11. 
    A catcher for the Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, was abducted from his parents’ home in Valencia, Venezuela, which has prompted an investigation by the State Department and M.L.B.’s own department of investigations.  When did M.L.B. found its department of investigations?
    • A. 

      In 2007, to investigate performance-enhancing drugs

    • B. 

      In 1983, to investigate gambling

    • C. 

      In 2005, to investigate performance-enhancing drugs

    • D. 

      In 1992, to investigate recruiting practices in Latin America

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: Malcolm Gladwell wrote about Steve Jobs’s role as a “tweaker” – someone who improves existing technology. Where did Jobs get the original idea for the window and icon interface for the Macintosh?
    • A. 

      I.B.M.

    • B. 

      Xerox PARC

    • C. 

      Microsoft

    • D. 

      Cisco Systems