The Week of February 3, 2019 by CoenM



Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

Pope Francis made remarks acknowledging the widespread sexual abuse what type of RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY by priests and other clerics, specifically noting the 2005 closure of the Community of St Jean in order to remove its members from abuse?


Question 2

France withdrew its ambassador to Italy after a number of diplomatic squabbles, capped by Italian deputy prime minister Luigi di Maio's meeting with members of what PROTEST GROUP, known for its weekend rallies against French president Emmanuel Macron?

Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests)

Question 3

Donald Trump finally gave the State of the Union address, with what GEORGIA DEMOCRAT who narrowly lost the governor's race last year giving the party's official response?

Stacey Abrams

Question 4

Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor of what US STATE, pulled most of the National Guard troops off the border it shares with Mexico, claiming that they are not needed?

New Mexico

Question 5

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey rolled out a broad framework for what LEGISLATION which seeks to create jobs and boost the economy by shifting industry away from carbon-emitting practices?

Green New Deal

Question 6

What US SENATOR officially declared herself a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, days after a Texas bar application where she listed herself as "American Indian" came to light?

Elizabeth Warren

Question 7

The New York Police Department sent a cease and desist letter to Google to get it to stop showing the location of DWI checkpoints on what TRAFFIC APP?


Question 8

What BILLIONAIRE accused the National Enquirer of extortion and blackmail, saying they threatened to release naked photos of him if he didn't stop an investigation into how the tabloid came into possession of the photos and emails related to an extramarital affair?

Jeff Bezos

Question 9

Donald Trump announced a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the end of February in what ASIAN NATION?


Question 10

What FASHION COMPANY found itself in the hot seat due to a $900 black “wool balaclava jumper” whose neck extends to the head, making the wearer appear to be in blackface?


Question 11

Theresa May continued to work for a new Brexit deal, including a meeting with Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of what COUNTRY, who after meeting with May said that he believed a deal could still be done?


Question 12

In what COUNTRY did King Maha Vajiralongkorn block his sister, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, from running for prime minister, saying her candidacy was unconstitutional?