What A Week: October 7-13

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  • 1. 
    Republican Presidential candidates debated the economy at Dartmouth College on Tuesday night. What was the most used phrase in the debate?
    • A. 

      9-9-9

    • B. 

      Taxes

    • C. 

      Jobs

    • D. 

      Obamacare

  • 2. 
    A plan to expand the eurozone bailout package stalled this week when which country’s parliament voted it down?
    • A. 

      Slovakia

    • B. 

      Finland

    • C. 

      Greece

    • D. 

      Portugal

  • 3. 
    The first two weeks of the N.B.A. season were canned because of an ongoing dispute between players and owners over revenue sharing. What percentage of revenue went to players last season?
    • A. 

      Twenty-four per cent

    • B. 

      Forty-three per cent

    • C. 

      Fifty-seven per cent

    • D. 

      Seventy-six per cent

  • 4. 
    The Justice Department revealed details of alleged Iranian-backed plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States in a Washington, D.C., restaurant. Who was supposedly going to carry out the hit?
    • A. 

      The Mexican drug gang Los Zetas

    • B. 

      The Russian mafia syndicate Solntsevskaya Bratva

    • C. 

      The Yemeni terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

    • D. 

      Los Angeles-based members of the Crips

  • 5. 
    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was jailed over a gas deal with Russia. How long of a prison term does she face?
    • A. 

      Five years

    • B. 

      Seven years

    • C. 

      Nine years

    • D. 

      Eleven years

  • 6. 
    At least twenty-four people were killed in Cairo over the weekend when the Army opened fire on whom?
    • A. 

      Muslim Brotherhood activists

    • B. 

      Coptic Christians

    • C. 

      Cairo police officers

    • D. 

      Protesters in Tahrir Square

  • 7. 
    Israel announced on Wednesday that it had agreed to exchange more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners for the release of Gilad Shalit, a sergeant in the I.D.F. How old was Shalit when he was captured in June, 2006?
    • A. 

      19

    • B. 

      21

    • C. 

      23

    • D. 

      25

  • 8. 
    On Thursday, Raj Rajaratnam, the head of Galleon, a hedge fund, was sentenced to eleven years in prison for insider trading. What method—used for the first time in an insider-trading investigation—did the government use to obtain the critical evidence against Rajaratnam’s defense?
    • A. 

      Government officials traced all of his bank accounts.

    • B. 

      Government officials waterboarded his sources.

    • C. 

      Government officials wiretapped his cell phone.

    • D. 

      Government officials read his e-mails.

  • 9. 
    Brookfield Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park, the site of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, attempted to clean the space early Friday morning. What was not among the complaints Brookfield C.E.O. Richard Clark made about protesters to N.Y.P.D. Commissioner Raymond Kelly in a letter leaked to the press on Thursday?
    • A. 

      "Garish costumes"

    • B. 

      “Offensive odors”

    • C. 

      “Ongoing noise at all hours”

    • D. 

      “Lewdness, groping, drinking, and drug use”

  • 10. 
    On Tuesday the City Council of Topeka, Kansas, voted seven to three to repeal the law against which local misdemeanor?
    • A. 

      Domestic violence

    • B. 

      Promoting or permitting hazing

    • C. 

      Interference with parental custody

    • D. 

      Lewd and lascivious behavior

  • 11. 
    Gay-rights pioneer Franklin Kameny died on Tuesday. Which event in the gay civil-rights movement was he not a part of? 
    • A. 

      A. Lobbying for the American Psychiatric Association’s delisting of homosexuality as a sickness

    • B. 

      Coining the slogan “Gay Is Good”

    • C. 

      Drafting the bill that repealed the District of Columbia’s sodomy law

    • D. 

      Designing the Rainbow Flag

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: Adam Gopnik looks at the children’s classic “The Phantom Tollbooth” fifty years after its publication. What was author Norton Juster's career path before writing the book?  
    • A. 

      He was an aviator turned lawyer

    • B. 

      He was an explorer turned accountant

    • C. 

      He was a sailor turned architect

    • D. 

      He was a train driver turned doctor