The Week of January 31, 2021 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 ASIAN COUNTRY saw a military coup replace its democratically-elected government, asserting irregularities in November 2020 elections? The military ruled here from 1962 to 2011, when it implemented a transition to democratic rule.


Question 2

The Canadian government named what WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP as a terrorist organization? The Southern Poverty Law Center labeled it a hate group in 2019, prompting a lawsuit by founder Gavin McInnis.

Proud Boys

Question 3

Jeff Bezos announced that he would step down as CEO of Amazon, and will be replaced by Andrew Jassy, who has led what DIVISION of Amazon since its inception 15 years ago?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Question 4

Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted to keep what REPRESENTATIVE FROM WYOMING as the House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest ranking party member in the chamber? Her support for Donald Trump's second impeachment led some in the party to seek her ouster.

Liz Cheney

Question 5

The Fox Business Channel cancelled the show of what HOST - the most watched personality on the channel - a day after voting technology company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit that included the host as a named defendant? Similar to the Dominion lawsuit, the Smartmatic suit claims that Fox and various individual defamed the company through its claims of election fraud in the 2020 US Presidential election.

Lou Dobbs

Question 6

What COUNTRY saw former European Central Bank head Mario Draghi tapped to form a new government, after former prime minister Matteo Renzi pulled his party out of the governing coalition, toppling the government of Giuseppe Conte?


Question 7

PayPal announced that the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is investigating what PAYMENT APP over claims of unauthorized transfers?


Question 8

President Biden announced the US would no longer support Saudi Arabia’s involvement in a war with what NEIGHBORING COUNTRY, saying that the six year-old war needs to end?


Question 9

The US House of Representatives stripped what GEORGIA REPUBLICAN of her committee assignments based on past statements supporting violence against Democrats?

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Question 10

What CONSULTING FIRM agreed to pay at least $573 million to a consortium of states over its role advising Purdue Pharma in the manufacture and sales of OxyContin?

McKinsey & Co.

Question 11

What SECRETARY OF STATE under Ronald Reagan, who also served as Secretary of Labor and Secretary of the Treasury under Nixon, passed away at age 100?

George Schultz

Question 12

The US withdrew its support for a rival candidate, making Nigeria’s former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala the next head of what INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION? She will be the first woman and first African to lead the organization.

World Trade Organization (WTO)