The Week of November 9, 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

Name EITHER COMPANY that developed the Covid-19 vaccine that was reported to be 90 percent effective in preventing infection with the virus? Trials with over 40,000 people in six countries demonstrated that the vaccine hits the 90 percent effective mark seven days after a second dose.

Pfizer or BioNTech

Question 2

Donald Trump fired what SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, replacing him with Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center? Relations between Trump and the now-former secretary had soured when the secretary stated that he was against using the military to quell domestic unrest, such as in the protests and rioting following the killing of George Floyd.

Mark Esper

Question 3

What FOOD DELIVERY COMPANY backed by SoftBank filed for its IPO, bolstered by its 2020 performance? The pandemic helped the company triple its revenues compared to 2019, and it posted its first-ever profit in the second quarter of 2020.


Question 4

What CABINET OFFICIAL reflected the administration's non-accepatance of Joe Biden's win by stating that there would be a "smooth transition to a second Trump administration” during a press conference.

Mike Pompeo

Question 5

What FORMER BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT returned to the country a year after being forced out of office while mulling a go at a fourth term? He returned after his former economy minister, Luis Arce, was sworn in as president.

Evo Morales

Question 6

What US SUPREME COURT JUSTICE spoke about the Covid-19 pandemic, saying “Whatever one may think about the COVID restrictions, we surely don’t want them to become a recurring feature after the pandemic has passed?" He was also critical of two cases that supported limits on the number of attendees for religious services, saying they “blatantly discriminated against houses of worship."

Samuel Alito

Question 7

While Covid-19 gets all the attention, the World Health Organization announced that there were 870,000 cases of what DISEASE in 2019, the highest number in 23 years? Declining vaccination rates - estimated at 70-85 percent of the world population- fall short of the 95 percent required to prevent outbreaks.


Question 8

President-elect Joe Biden named Ron Klain to what WHITE HOUSE POSITION? He held a position with the same title for Biden and Al Gore during their vice presidencies.

Chief of Staff

Question 9

Three rockets were fired at the capital of what AFRICAN COUNTRY, pulling it into the fighting between the government of Ethiopia and its restive Tigray region? Tigray leaders allege that the country has sent in troops to support Ethiopia, which the country denies.


Question 10

Reports suggested that roughly 100 members of whatUS FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY has either contracted COVID-19 or are in isolation due to exposure to people diagnosed with the virus? The outbreak is believed to stem from Donald Trump’s series of rallies at the end of his re-election campaign.

Secret Service

Question 11

Thousands protested in what FORMER SOVIET REPUBLIC, calling for its October 31 parliamentary election to be rerun? Protesters cited vote buying and other irregularities as grounds to nullify the election, as well as the influence of the country’s richest person, Bidzina Ivanishvili, who backs the ruling party.


Question 12

The UK’s transport minister approved plans for a £1.7 billion tunnel that would run a two mile section of the A303 underground near what WORLD HERITAGE SITE? Supporters say it will reduce congestion and make the site more peaceful, while opponents fear damage to archaeological sites.