It's been a bad week for tea partiers, African health officials, and Saudi TV anchors. Find out why by taking our Week to Week news quiz.
Here are some random but real hints: Wrong house; he's afraid of the T-1000; no more kicking him around; and oh, the things you find rummaging through the closet. Answers are below the quiz.
1. Where did President Obama authorize air strikes on Friday?
a. Hamas weapons caches in Gaza
b. Along the Ukraine-Russia border to take out rocket launchers
c. Against ISIS Islamist militants in Iraq
d. Taliban encampments along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border
2. How did Hamas mark the end of a three-day truce with Israel?
a. It extended it for another three days so Egypt-sponsored talks could continue
b. It fired rockets into Israel, which responded with air strikes
c. It declared its struggle had entered a new phase that would not involve sending missiles into Israel
d. It declared "there is no military solution" and said it would continue the peace talks as long as it takes
3. Saudi Arabia joined what group of nations this week?
a. The World Trade Organization
b. Countries reporting suspected deaths from Ebola
c. Countries with rotating seats on the UN Security Council
d. Countries that are slated to host the summer Olympics
4. James Brady, President Reagan's spokesman, died at the age of 73. Which one of the following is not true?
a. Most major media outlets wrongly reported that he had died in March 1981 while Brady was undergoing surgery
b. He was one of four people shot during an assassination attempt on President Reagan
c. Before becoming Reagan's spokesperson, he was the deputy spokesperson in the Carter White House
d. After becoming disabled, he retained his title, with his successors being called "acting" or "deputy" presidential spokespersons
5. What did Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk say could be "more dangerous than nukes"?
a. Artificial intelligence
b. A facial rejuvenation injection based on the Ebola virus
c. A Twitter-Facebook merger
d. Amazon's use of drones to deliver packages
6. This Saturday, August 9, is the 40th anniversary of what?
a. The U.S. began its withdrawal of troops from Vietnam
b. Richard M. Nixon resigned from the presidency
c. California Governor Ronald Reagan challenged Gerald Ford for the Republican presidential nomination
d. Spiro T. Agnew resigned from the vice presidency
7. What happened on Tuesday at a British-run military academy near Kabul, Afghanistan?
a. President Hamid Karzai handed over power to his elected successor
b. President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed protocols for the end of NATO involvement in the country
c. The U.S. began its withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
d. An Afghan soldier killed a U.S. Army general and wounded 15 others, including a German general
8. Why did Saudi news channel Al Ekhbariya issue an apology for one of its anchors?
a. The anchor had tweeted photos of himself at a pro-democracy rally
b. The anchor married a Christian woman while on assignment in France
c. The female anchor appeared on a news broadcast without wearing a headscarf
d. The anchor mispronounced "Al Ekhbariya" on the air
9. Who stole 1.2 billion online usernames and passwords?
a. Edward Snowden
b. The NSA
c. A Nigerian prince
d. A Russian criminal gang
10. Who lost an election in Tennessee this week?
a. House of Representatives candidate Al Gore III
b. Senator Bob Corker
c. Senator Lamar Alexander
d. Former Saturday Night Live cast member and tea party activist Victoria Jackson
BONUS. U.S. World War II veteran Richard Marowitz died at the age of 88. What is he remembered for doing?
a. He had tea with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini
b. He escorted Japanese Emperor Hirohito to the armistice signing table
c. Before joining the U.S. Army, he led isolationist opposition as a U.S. representative from Oregon
d. He found Adolf Hitler's top hat
Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, August 11 in San Francisco for our next live Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include Hoover Institution's Bill Whalen, CBS SF's Melissa Griffin Caen, and the San Francisco Chronicle's C.W. Nevius.
ANSWERS: 1) c. 2) b. 3) b (but just for the curious, the UN Security Council actually has a page listing all of the countries that have never been elected to a seat on that body). 4) c. 5) a. 6) b. 7) d. 8) c. 9) d. 10) d. BONUS) d.
Explanations of the hints: Wrong house: he didn't serve in Carter's administration; he's afraid of the T-1000: the T-1000 was the cyber-villain of Terminator 2: Judgment Day; no more kicking him around: Nixon famously told members of the press "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore" after he lost the California gubernatorial race -- more than a decade before he resigned from the presidency; and oh, the things you find rummaging through the closet: Maroqitz, a Jewish soldier, found the top hat while searching Hitler's apartment.
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