The Week of February 14, 2021 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

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near what JAPANESE CITY, causing water leaks from its damaged nuclear reactor, though the leaks appear to be contained to the reactor site?

Fukushima

Question 2

While the pro-union Socialist Party claimed victory, the pro-independence coalition of three parties increased their majority in the parliament of what REGION OF SPAIN?

Catalonia

Question 3

The eighth and final wife of what RECENTLY DECEASED TALK SHOW HOST filed a lawsuit to contest his will, a handwritten document seeking to evenly split his estate between his five children?

Larry King

Question 4

The United Nations said they would investigate the alleged detention of Princess Latifah, a member of the ruling family of what CONSTITUENT EMIRATE OF THE UAE, who claims she's been held captive since a failed attempt to leave in February 2018?

Dubai

Question 5

President Biden issued a disaster declaration for what STATE, where a major storm caused a failure of its energy grid, leaving millions without power or heat? This also led to widespread water shortages and boil orders.

Texas

Question 6

What COUNTRY saw Facebook remove all local and global news sites for its users, in response to a proposed law that would force social media sites to pay for news content? The country's prime minister, Scott Morrison, said the government would not be intimidated, and urged Facebook to follow Google's lead in setting up payment systems.

Australia

Question 7

A halt in the recount to determine the second candidate in what SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY's presidential runoff election led to widespread protest? The leading candidate, Andrés Arauz, has the support of former president Rafael Correa, who is currently banned from running due to a corruption conviction.

Ecuador

Question 8

The UK Supreme Court ruled that workers for what RIDESHARE COMPANY are employees rather than self-employed? The ruling may allow the drivers to earn a minimum wage and holiday pay.

Uber

Question 9

What is the NAME of the machine in this picture?

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Perseverance

Question 10

The family of what ASSASSINATED CIVIL RIGHTS FIGURE announced they planned to press for an investigation into the killing after a letter written by recently-deceased NYPD officer Raymond Wood stated the he was tasked with detaining the leader’s security team?

Malcolm X

Question 11

What FORMER US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE announced he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer? The 97 year old added that he would start treatment next week.

Bob Dole

Question 12

What US STATE became the latest to enact a law banning most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, with governor Henry McMaster signing the bill into law less than an hour after it passed? A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order two days later in response to a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood.

South Carolina