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The Week to Week News Quiz for May 18, 2012

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This was not a week for the weak at heart. It was filled with political hardball, Iranian threats, and French people speaking unexpected languages. Take our news quiz and see how much you are on top of current events. Then pour yourself a glass of something good, because you need a rest from this week.

Answers are at bottom of test.

1. Reacting to Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's decision to renounce his U.S. citizenship -- which could potentially save him hundreds of millions in U.S. taxes on his share of earnings from Facebook's IPO -- Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey introduced legislation that would do what?
a) Saverin would be barred from ever entering the United States again
b) Facebook would be declared "too big to fail" and broken up under anti-trust laws
c) The U.S. would "un-friend" Saverin
d) Saverin would be imprisoned

2. Wealthy conservative Joe Ricketts this week rejected a proposal for a big ad campaign that would have tried to tie President Obama to his controversial former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Ricketts is the owner of what well-known midwestern business?
a) Chicago White Sox
b) Chicago Cubs
c) Chicago Manual of Style
d) Chicago Tribune

3. Observers were keeping a close eye on every move by new French President Francois Hollande to try to figure out if his policy toward Germany would be accommodation or confrontation over the Eurozone financial crisis. One of the most important moves was his naming Jean-Marc Ayrault as prime minister. What is it about Ayrault that has given observers insight into future Franco-German policy?
a) He named his youngest son Charlemagne, after the ancient Franco-German emperor
b) He has a hot temper
c) He was born in Wisconsin
d) He speaks German

4. Two boxers are having a fight outside of the ring. Manny Pacquiao, who is also a legislator in the Philippines, is being criticized by Floyd Mayweather Jr. for opposing what?
a) Steroid use
b) Gay marriage
c) China
d) Voting rights

5. Birther conspiracy activist Orly Taitz hasn't left the public eye. What is she doing now?
a) She's seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by Dianne Feinstein
b) She's going to be on Celebrity Apprentice
c) She's creating a company to produce Christian video games
d) She's suing John Edwards

6. This week the music world lost Donna Summers, who died at the age of 63. What was she known as?
a) Dancing Queen
b) The Queen of Disco
c) The Queen of Hearts
d) The First Lady of Song

7. Iran is threatening to sue Google over what?
a) The Gmail accounts of top Iranian government officials have been hacked
b) Google Maps doesn't label the Persian Gulf
c) No one has invited Iran into a Google+ hangout
d) The Iranian Republican Guard's Android app keeps crashing

8. California Governor Jerry Brown has announced bigger-than-planned spending cuts. Why?
a) The state's deficit has grown from $8 or $9 billion to $16 billion in the past five months
b) Projected tax revenue from medical marijuana dispensaries has fallen off
c) The failure of Disney's film John Carter has reduced expected tax revenue from that company
d) The state spent it all at the casino after too much tequila and a hostess named Juliana

9. Americans Elect admitted defeat on Thursday. What was the group trying to do?
a) Fix the Iranian Republican Guard's Android app
b) Raise money for the Obama-Biden campaign
c) Infiltrate the Koch brothers' political efforts
d) Select an independent candidate for president

10. Golden Dawn, a right-wing extremist party whose leaders have openly praised Adolf Hitler and claimed that Nazi concentration camps did not use gas chambers, elected 21 legislators to the parliament of what country in recent elections?
a) France
b) Germany
c) Greece
d) Paraguay

BONUS QUESTION: Which of the following is not a headline of The Onion?
a) After Weeks of Media Pressure, Shia LaBeouf Still Refusing to Have Public Meltdown
b) Republicans Stalling Obama's Agenda By Speaking, Moving in Slow Motion
c) Diamond in the Rough: Man Swallows $20K Gem, Canada Cops Wait for Him to Expel It
d) German Luftwaffle Chain Offers Waffles, Overwhelming Air Superiority

Is that still not enough news for you? Join us for each of our Week to Week news commentary programs at The Commonwealth Club's San Francisco auditorium. See the Week to Week website for additional event dates, audio, and more.

ANSWERS: 1) a (they're calling it the Ex-PATRIOT Act). 2) b. 3) d. 4) b. 5) a. 6) b. 7) b. 8) a. 9) d. 10) c. BONUS) c.