What A Week: February 13-17

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February Quizzes & Trivia

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Mittsunderstanding: Mitt Romney caused a stir in Republican circles last week by using what puzzling term to assess his performance as the Governor of Massachusetts?
    • A. 

      “Severely conservative.”

    • B. 

      “Brutally honest.”

    • C. 

      “Repressively Reactionary.”

    • D. 

      “Ultimately Unlikeable.”

  • 2. 
    Which celebrity angered Brits by saying the United Kingdom should give up its “ludicrous,” “archaic,” and “colonialist” control of the Falkland Islands?
    • A. 

      Madonna.

    • B. 

      Ashton Kutcher.

    • C. 

      Sean Penn.

    • D. 

      Tim Tebow.

  • 3. 
    Mittstaken Identity?: An ad released this week by Romney rival Rick Santorum uses a Mitt lookalike to portray him as whom?
    • A. 

      Rich Uncle Pennybags (a.k.a. Mr. Monopoly), paying for a series of negative ads against Santorum.

    • B. 

      Brigham Young, pioneering the Utah territory.

    • C. 

      Rambo, shooting mud at Santorum.

    • D. 

      A thief, robbing taxpayers until he’s apprehended by “Sheriff Santorum.”

  • 4. 
    On Tuesday the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key mentioned what as a possible way of improving the efficiency of government?
    • A. 

      Severing all ties with Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth of Nations.

    • B. 

      Blocking Facebook from all government work computers and mobile devices.

    • C. 

      Contracting public sector work to Google.

    • D. 

      Sharing some administrative services with Australia.

  • 5. 
    The Mittigator: On Tuesday, a Nobel laureate called on Romney to use his stature to help end what practice?
    • A. 

      The capital gains tax.

    • B. 

      The posthumous Mormon baptism of Jewish Holocaust victims.

    • C. 

      The improper highway transportation of dogs.

    • D. 

      The employment of undocumented immigrants in lawn care.

  • 6. 
    The New York Knicks benefited this week from the surprising play of the undrafted point guard Jeremy Lin. What accomplishment is not associated with the player?
    • A. 

      He led the Knicks to a season-best winning streak.

    • B. 

      The share price of Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the Knicks, reached a record high during his second week as a starter.

    • C. 

      He’s scored the most points of any player in his first five career starts since the N.B.A. merged with the A.B.A. in the seventies.

    • D. 

      He is the first Harvard graduate to reach the N.B.A.

  • 7. 
    On Friday, Congress passed a bill that will extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. The legislation also makes other spending changes. What spending cut in the bill did one congresswoman call “the most dramatic blow to Obamacare yet”?
    • A. 

      A cut in preventive-health spending.

    • B. 

      A cut in subsidies for malpractice insurance.

    • C. 

      A cut in spending for electronic medical records.

    • D. 

      A cut in subsidies for organic-food markets.

  • 8. 
    On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed legislation that provided for what?
    • A. 

      Tighter gun control.

    • B. 

      A tax increase on wealthy residents.

    • C. 

      The legalization of same-sex marriage.

    • D. 

      The legalization of marijuana.

  • 9. 
    In Spain, protests are mounting owing to what crisis?
    • A. 

      The devaluation of the Euro.

    • B. 

      The Greek bailouts.

    • C. 

      Widespread housing repossessions.

    • D. 

      Rising unemployment.

  • 10. 
    On Friday, Amine el-Khalifi was arrested in Washington, D.C., for allegedly planning a shooting spree and suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol. How long had the F.B.I. been investigating Khalifi?
    • A. 

      One year.

    • B. 

      Three months.

    • C. 

      Two years.

    • D. 

      Six months.

  • 11. 
    Which company did President Obama visit and praise for hiring thirteen thousand employees in the past year?
    • A. 

      Starbucks.

    • B. 

      Apple.

    • C. 

      Boeing.

    • D. 

      General Motors.

  • 12. 
    Know your New Yorker: In this week’s issue, Emily Nussbaum writes that children’s television shows have employed the formulas of some adult programs. Which drama known for its cliffhangers does she say is most similar?
    • A. 

      “Law & Order.”

    • B. 

      “The Sopranos.”

    • C. 

      “The West Wing.”

    • D. 

      “Seinfeld.”