Hardball politics and litigious businesses don't take a break for the Fourth of July. If you didn't take a break this week from the news, then try our quiz and see how you score.
Here are some random but actual hints: So many places to search for answers; the "dirty digger" is now the "dirty tweeter;" she doesn't have to worry about getting sick -- she's covered; follow Tom if you want to live; and apparently there really was no substitute. Answers are at the bottom of the quiz.
1. A judge set new bail terms for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman charged with killing Trayvon Martin. What is the amount of the new bail?
d) $1 million
2. Apple convinced a federal judge to ban sales in the United States of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone because of what alleged patent infringement?
a) Its universal search feature
b) It's a phone
c) Its connection to iTunes
d) It can be held in the hand of the user
3. Meanwhile, a British judge rejected Apple claims that smartphone manufacturer HTC had infringed upon patents owned by Apple. For three of the four claims, including the use of a "slide-to-unlock" feature, the judged ruled what?
a) HTC was the rightful patent owner
b) Apple had not filed the patent applications correctly
c) The features were too obvious to warrant patent protection
d) The two parties should settle their problem out of court
4. Historians reportedly discovered what in a castle in Milan, Italy?
a) The skeletons of the first Christian crusaders
b) Silvio Berlusconi
c) 100 heretofore-lost paintings by Caravaggio
d) The earliest known written texts from the Roman Catholic Church
5. Who took to Twitter this week to attack Mitt Romney, Scientology and David Cameron?
a) Piers Morgan
b) Rupert Murdoch
c) Angelina Jolie
d) Lady Gaga
6. Which of the following was not claimed by Ann Romney?
a) Obama's campaign plan for her husband is "Let's kill this guy"
b) Mitt Romney is considering female running mates
c) Romneycare's individual mandate was a tax
d) Her M&M cookies "smell delicious coming out of the oven"
7. U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh was in hot water this week after video appeared showing him criticizing whom?
a) President Barack Obama for "spreading socialism" and "turning our kids gay"
b) His Democratic opponent, double-amputee veteran Tammy Duckworth, for talking too much about her injuries sustained in combat in Iraq
c) Mitt Romney, Scientology, and David Cameron
d) House Speaker John Boehner for failing to "heed the revolutionary wisdom" of the Tea Party wing of the party
8. Florida lifeguard Tomas Lopez was fired. Why?
a) He refused to save a drowning swimmer
b) He saved the life of a swimmer who was drowning outside of Lopez's assigned area
c) His employer found out that "Tomas Lopez" does not exist and hasn't reported to work in six years
d) He was running for Congress while on lifeguard duty
9. Volkswagen is shelling out $5.6 billion for what?
a) The "Grün-vergnügen Projekt" to build a solar-powered family car
b) The rest of sports car maker Porsche that it didn't already own, making it possibly the largest automaker in the world
c) Several members of Congress
d) Penalties for faulty break lights in cars sold in Asia and North America
10. Raul Castro was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents last month. Why was this embarrassing?
a) He is the president of Cuba
b) The agents had accidentally wandered into Mexican territory
c) He is the 96-year-old former governor of Arizona and former ambassador to Argentina
d) He was shipping more guns to Mexican drug lords
BONUS QUESTION: After an Independence Day speech by President Obama at the White House, the Marine Corps Band played Rodney Atkins' "It's America." Only one problem. What is it?
a) It's Mitt Romney's campaign theme song
b) The song was written by a Russian
c) The band forgot the tune halfway through
d) Apple is suing Atkins for infringing on its patent for America
Is that still not enough news for you? Join us for our next Week to Week news commentary program at The Commonwealth Club's San Francisco auditorium. See the Week to Week website for event dates, audio, and more.
ANSWERS: 1) d. 2) a. 3) c. 4) c. 5) b. 6) c. 7) b. 8) b (his employer then fired six of his coworkers who said they, too, would have done the same thing as Lopez). 9) b. 10) c. BONUS: a.
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