The Week of April 18, 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

In a vote that ran along party lines, the US House of Representatives passed HR 51, which would establish a 51st state out of much of the District of Columbia that would be named for what FORMER SLAVE AND ABOLITIONIST?

Frederick Douglass

Question 2

Wisconsin entered into a new deal with what ELECTRONICS COMPANY to operate a facility in the state for a much lower tax incentive? The original 2017 deal offered up to $4 billion in incentives for the company to build a plant to make flat screen displays, which never happened.


Question 3

Several neighborhoods in Cape Town were evacuated due to a wildfire that started on what MOUNTAIN, burning several acres of forest and some university buildings?

Table Mountain

Question 4

What FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES under Jimmy Carter passed away at age 93?

Walter Mondale

Question 5

The US Justice Department announced it would investigate the policing practices in what CITY a day after one of its former police officers was found guilty of all charges in the murder of George Floyd?


Question 6

In a sign of worsening relations with China, Australia scrapped four agreements for projects in what INITIATIVE spearheaded by China to improve trade across Asia and Oceania?

Belt and Road

Question 7

What COUNTRY found its missing submarine KRI Nanggala-402, which went missing during an exercise earlier in the week, broken into three parts on the ocean floor?


Question 8

What TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST and former Olympic athlete announced that she would run in California's gubernatorial recall election as a Republican? A date has not yet been set for the election, though the conservative group behind the recall drive appears to have enough signatures to trigger a recall.

Caitlyn Jenner

Question 9

President Biden became the first US President to use the term 'genocide' to describe the killings of what PEOPLE at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915? The Turkish government responded by telling the US ambassador that it found the use of the term "unacceptable, totally rejects and strongly condemns it."


Question 10

Your HallR mini-theme of the week (TM): The Red Planet. What ROTOR WING ? became the first machine to undergo controlled, powered flight on a planet other than Earth when it executed a 40 second flight on Mars? It executed a second flight later in the week that included lateral movement.


Question 11

The Perseverance rover also made a first this week when it was able to produce what GAS by converting it from the gas that makes up 96 percent of the Martian atmosphere?


Question 12

What US STATE saw its state senate use its subpoena power to obtain all 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, along with voting machines and computer hard drives? They will be audited by a Florida company with no experience in elections whose founder supports conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate.