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The Week to Week News Quiz for Friday, July 13, 2012

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After a week of booing politicians and lots of political crossfire, it's time to test your knowledge of the week's events.

Here are some random but actual hints: Now they tell him the job requirements; it's purple looking for green; they do think different over there; and this is why all the kids have fled to Pinterest. Answers are at the bottom of the quiz.

1. The U.S. House of Representatives did what for the 33rd time?
a) Voted to send more troops to Afghanistan
b) Voted to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act
c) Voted to raise congressional salaries
d) Set a new record low in the popularity polls

2. After he was booed by the audience for his speech to the NAACP, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Fox News what?
a) He didn't hear the booing
b) He has "the support of the rich members of the African-American community"
c) He wishes he hadn't dissed Obamacare during his speech
d) African-American leaders told him privately that he has black supporters

3. Tennis legend Billie Jean King and actress Jane Lynch have joined other prominent supporters of what?
a) The struggling Chicago Cubs
b) Reform of the tax code to benefit performers
c) LPAC, a political action committee supporting women's and LGBT issues
d) Mitt Romney

4. After Syria's ambassador to Iraq defected and publicly urged the Syrian military to revolt, what was Syria's response?
a) It fired the ambassador for failing to defend the country
b) It threatened military action against Iraq
c) It broadcast faked news reports designed to make it appear that the ambassador was in Damascus meeting with government officials
d) The Syrian military revolted

5. What can you order in China (for 6,999 yuan) but not in the United States?
a) Photocopies of the complete Cruise-Holmes divorce settlement
b) The iPhone 5
c) The world's largest hamburger, including gold-tinted ketchup
d) A 350-square foot, completely prefabricated, house

6. The Iraqi government, unable to provide consistent electricity service, has done what?
a) Redefined the official daytime hours to coincide with sunrise and sunset
b) Put up billboards featuring unauthorized photos of Katie Couric to promote a government bulletin about electricity
c) Become the world's largest retailer of candles and portable power generators
d) Made it illegal to make public criticism of the electrical situation, punishable by a huge fine and 5 days in prison

7. New genetic research has indicated what about the first American settlers?
a) They contained at least 25 percent Icelandic DNA
b) They originated in Africa and came to South America via land bridges connecting those two continents with Antarctica about 50,000 years ago
c) Asians became the first Americans via a land bridge in three waves starting more than 15,000 years ago
d) The first Thanksgiving in the New World took place 19,500 years ago and involved roasted rats and boiled fish

8. In his own speech to the NAACP, Vice President Joe Biden also received boos. Why?
a) He mispronounced Barack Obama's first name
b) He mentioned a possible Romney administration
c) He hinted that Attorney General Eric Holder should resign to spare the president political heat
d) He thanked the audience "for this opportunity to address the National Association for the Advancement of You People"

9. Whose disappearance from public life since May was explained this week as being the result of a "mood disorder"?
a) Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
b) Jerry Sandusky
c) Tom Cruise
d) Newt Gingrich

10. Ross Mirkarimi, suspended from office by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to face misconduct charges, is accusing the mayor of what?
a) Removing him from the sheriff's office so his position could be filled by a campaign contributor
b) Being drunk during his testimony at the Mirkarimi hearing
c) Committing perjury in his testimony at the Mirkarimi hearing
d) Not being a full-time legal resident of San Francisco

BONUS QUESTION: A court in Germany required a mother to pay her 24-year-old daughter 600 euros in damages because of what?
a) The daughter deserved to be repaid for her mother's casino gambling debts, which the daughter had covered
b) The mother had led her daughter to believe she was adopted
c) The mother had taken her grandson to be circumcised, which was recently outlawed by a regional German court
d) The mother had posted photos on Facebook of her daughter in a bikini along with offensive comments about the daughter's weight

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 on Monday evening, July 30. See the Week to Week website for event dates, audio, and more.

ANSWERS: 1) b. 2) d. 3) c. 4) a. 5) b (Sellers are taking pre-orders for the phone on Chinese e-commerce site Taobao, featuring pictures and technical specs of the device). 6) b (One street vendor told The New York Times: "It doesn't give me hope about electricity, but I like to see her beautiful face.") 7) c. 8) b. 9) a. 10) c. BONUS: d.