The Week of September 20, 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

What US SENATOR - locked in a battle to retain her seat against Democrat Sarah Gideon - was the first Republican senator to publicly commit to waiting after the general election to confirm a new Supreme Court justice?

Susan Collins

Question 2

Name ONE OF THE THREE CITIES named in a Trump administration memo as "anarchist cities" that may lose federal funding for not controlling violence related to protests over the summer.

New York, Seattle, or Portland

Question 3

Mars Foods announced that it would be retiring the image and the word "Uncle" from Uncle Ben's rice, and will add what WORD to the product's name?

Original

Question 4

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was released from the hospital, but will remain in what COUNTRY to continue his recovery?

Germany

Question 5

In what US STATE did the governor sign an executive order that would phase out the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035?

California

Question 6

Charles Scharf, the CEO of what BANK, apologized for comments made earlier in the year stating that there is a limited pool of minority candidates for executive positions?

Wells Fargo

Question 7

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman and first person of the Jewish faith to lie in state at the US Capitol, but what SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE was the first member of the Court to lie in state at the Capitol, albeit in recognition of a previous office he held?

WIlliam Howard Taft

Question 8

In what MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY did prime minister-designate Moustapha Adib step down after its two main Shiite parties, Hezbollah and Amal, demanded to retain the foreign ministry and name all of the Shiite members of the next Cabinet?

Lebanon

Question 9

Several communities around what TEXAS CITY, all served by the Brazosport Water Authority, were put under an order to not use their tap water for anything other than toilet flushing after tests showed the presence of the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri in the water supply?

Houston

Question 10

Donald Trump named what APPELLATE COURT JUDGE from the 7th Circuit as his nominee to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court?

Amy Coney Barrett

Question 11

Conservationists led 108 pilot whales to the sea, a victory after roughly 350 whales died in a mass beaching in what AUSTRALIAN STATE? Officials now need to determine how to clear Macquarie Harbour of the dead whales, hoping that they can be buried at sea.

Tasmania

Question 12

None of the six police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor killing were charged with crimes in her death, but one was indicted on three counts of what OTHER CRIME, due to shots he fired going through a wall and into a neighboring apartment?

wanton endangerment