The Week of August 23, 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

Deep state opponents or not, the US Food and Drug Administration approved an emergency use authorization for what TREATMENT for Covid-19, made from blood products donated by people who have survived the disease?

convalescent plasma

Question 2

What ADVISOR to Donald Trump announced she would be leaving the White House at the end of the month? Her husband, George, is also stepping away from his role with the anti-Trump Lincoln Project.

Kellyann Conway

Question 3

Jerry Falwell, Jr. stepped down - eventually - as the president of what UNIVERSITY, after it became public that his wife was having an affair with another man - with Falwell's apparent consent?

Liberty University

Question 4

What HURRICANE reached Category 4 status before hitting the US Gulf Coast, killing 22 in southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas? Thousands are still without power, and may not get it back for weeks..


Question 5

What PRIME MINSTER OF JAPAN announced he would be stepping down due to health reasons? He also stepped down from his first stint as prime minister in 2006 due to his health.

Shinzo Abe

Question 6

What WISCONSIN CITY saw several nights of protest and related violence after the police shooting of Jacob Blake? The city also saw an Illinois teen cross state lines and allegedly kill two protesters.


Question 7

What US SENATOR's speech at the Republican National Convention noted that his family "went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime?" The speech was part of a broader theme of portraying the diversity of the party.

Tim Scott

Question 8

What AUTHOR returned her Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, due to numerous statements the author made online that organization president Kerry Kennedy said were transphobic?

J. K. Rowling

Question 9

Name ANY ONE of the three companies that are being removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, to be replaced by Salesforce, Amgen, and Honeywell. The move was made to offset the impact of Apple's planned stock split.

ExxonMobil or Pfizer or Raytheon

Question 10

Movie fans were stunned at the death of what ACTOR, best known for playing the title role in Black Panther, who passed away at age 43 after a four year battle with colon cancer?

Chadwick Boseman

Question 11

The Russian military held exercises in international waters off of the coast of what US STATE, with 50 ships and 40 aircraft participating? The US Air Force also intercepted two Russian maritime patrol aircraft that were within 50 nautical miles of the state, though it was unclear if they were part of the exercise or a routine patrol.


Question 12

The Italian coast guard removed 49 of of the over 200 migrants on board the Louis Michel, a rescue boat funded by what BRITISH ARTIST? The boat, which is still seeking a port to dock in, continued to request assistance as it cannot move.