The Week of January 5, 2020 by CoenM

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Instructions

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.)

This quiz is closed for grading, and you can no longer submit answers. When the author has finished grading, the results will be published on this page.

Questions

Question 1

Donald Trump warned of sanctions against what COUNTRY if it acted on a non-binding resolution to expel US troops?

Iraq

Question 2

What PRINCE announced that he and his wife would be stepping back from "senior" royal duties, in order to pursue financial independence while splitting time between the UK and North America?

Prince Harry

Question 3

The American Cancer Society reported a 2.2 percent drop in cancer deaths between 2016 and 2017, driven by an accelerated decline in mortality in the cancer of what ORGAN, which is still the leading type of cancer in both men and women?

lung

Question 4

Protests spread across Iran after its government, after two days of denials, confirmed that its military accidentally shot down a passenger aircraft from what COUNTRY, killing all 176 people on board?

Ukraine

Question 5

What COMPANY saw 10 million of its supposedly repaired airbags recalled, as the replacement inflators may still explode upon use?

Takata

Question 6

What US STATE announced a plan to make its own prescription drugs? The proposal would also create a single market for prescription drugs in the state, with companies then required to bid to sell drugs at a uniform price in the state.

California

Question 7

The two major parties in what CONSTITUENT COUNTRY of Great Britain agreed to return to its devolved government, more than three years after it collapsed?

Northern Ireland

Question 8

What EUROPEAN COUNTRY ushered in its first coalition government since the restoration of democracy, with the United We Can party joining the Socialists, just days after prime minister Pedro Sanchez passed a confidence vote in parliament?

Spain

Question 9

What CARIBBEAN ISLAND was hit with a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, cutting off water and power to nearly a million residents? The quake is part of an "earthquake swarm" that has seen over 950 earthquakes - many with a magnitude below 2 - hit the island since the start of the year?

Puerto Rico

Question 10

What US STATE became the first to decline to take in refugees as allowed by a Trump administration executive order? The state’s largest newspapers criticized governor Greg Abbott for the decision.

Texas

Question 11

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said was sworn in as the new leader of what COUNTRY after the death of his cousin Qaboos, who took the throne after deposing his father in 1970?

Oman

Question 12

Internal communication made public this week had Boeing employees call what AIRPLANE “designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys?”

737 Max