The Week of May 10, 2020 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

What WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL returned to work on Monday rather than self-isolate after his press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for Covid-19?

Mike Pence

Question 2

In what US STATE did the governor order two Sioux tribes to remove checkpoints set up to check people entering tribal land for Covid-19? The tribes refuse to do so, saying that a Covid-19 outbreak in tribal areas would overwhelm available medical facilities.

South Dakota

Question 3

The state university system in what US STATE, with an estimated 770,000 students, announced it hold most of its fall classes online?


Question 4

The US Supreme Court heard arguments over state laws that would punish people known by what TWO WORD TERM who do not vote for the presidential candidate that won their state?

Faithless elector

Question 5

Divers found the wreckage of what US BATTLESHIP 75 miles off of Oahu, the lone ship to get underway during the attack on Pearl Harbor? It would later survive two nuclear bomb tests at Bikini Atoll before being sunk in 1948 during target firing?

USS Nevada

Question 6

What US GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL became the first representative of a foreign government to visit Israel since January, making a day-long visit to discuss Israel's relationship with China, Iran, and the planned annexation of land in the West Bank?

Mike Pompeo

Question 7

The supreme court of what US STATE threw out the "safer at home" emergency declaration made by governor Tony Evers, marking the first time a state's highest court invalidated emergency orders related to Covid-19?


Question 8

What US AGENCY released six one-page "decision tool" documents to help organizations decide when and how to re-open, less than a week after a more-detailed and longer guidance document was shelved by the White House?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Question 9

What RETAILER filed for bankruptcy, citing losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic? The 118 year old company plans to close a number of its 846 stores as part of its reorganization.

JC Penney

Question 10

The White House announced on Friday night the firing of Steve Linick, who held what POSITION in the State Department? People in this position at the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, and for the intelligence community, have all been fired over the last six weeks.

Inspector General

Question 11

Survivors of the 1994 genocide in what AFRICAN COUNTRY celebrated the arrest of FĂ©licien Kabuga, who is accused of financing the ethnic violence?


Question 12

What COUNTRY saw its number of Covid-19 cases climb to over 230,000, giving it the fourth-most number of cases worldwide? This came a week after health minister Nelson Teich resgined due to disagreements with the country's president on how to tackle the virus.