News quiz for week ending 12/4/09

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on December 4, 2009

Questions

1. Hackers have broken into a server at the well-respected Climatic Research Unit in __________________ and posted hundreds of the organizations emails and documents online.
a) the United States
b) Copenhagen
c) Kyoto
d) Great Britain

2. Some climate change skeptics claim that the information hacked from the Climatic Research Unit website proves:
a) that governments should regulate the amount of electricity its citizens use
b) that some researchers have attempted to manipulate data and that scientists have overstated the case for global warming
c) that global warming is a hoax promoted by politicians who wish to control the people
d) that the work being done by Al Gore is the only hope for saving the planet

3. Responding to censure by the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, the Iranian government has:
a) announced it will build 10 additional uranium enrichment plants
b) agreed to meet the demands set forth by the Obama administration
c) announced it will test fire its first completed nuclear weapon into Israel
d) agreed to dismantle its nuclear weapons program

4. U.S. and U.K. officials responded to the Iranian government’s announcement by:
a) threatening to isolate the country from the rest of the world through severe economic, diplomatic and travel sanctions
b) offering to assist Iranian scientists with uranium enrichment
c) responding with good humor by dismissing what they called the “rants of that nut-job Ahmadinejad”
d) issuing stern statements about losing patience with Iran and calling the Iranian government’s latest move provocative

5. In a speech this week on Afghanistan, President Obama announced he would send 30,000 additional troops to that country, and would also withdraw the troops in 2011. What does the Obama administration hope to accomplish by setting a date for withdrawing the troops from Afghanistan?
a) The administration hopes to persuade the Taliban to give up its terrorist activities and work peacefully with the Afghan government
b) The administration hopes to appease the anti-war activists in the Democratic party to ensure President Obama’s re-election
c) The administration hopes setting a date for troop withdrawal will pressure the Karzai administration to reform its corrupt government
d) all of the above

6. Republican Senator John McCain disagrees with the President about setting a date to withdraw troops because: “A withdrawal date only emboldens Al- Qaeda and the Taliban, while dispiriting our Afghan partners and making it less likely that they will risk their lives to take our side in this fight.” What did Sen. McCain say he believes the correct exit strategy to be?
a) appeasement
b) success
c) partnership with the Taliban
d) getting the troops out of harm’s way as quickly as possible

7. After President Obama’s speech, British military officers said that British forces will:
a) also withdraw from Afghanistan in 2011
b) stay in Afghanistan for as long as it takes to achieve success
c) expect to remain in Afghanistan for another five years
d) cut and run

8. Once the additional troops President Obama has just authorized are deployed, the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be almost 100,000. How many of the additional 50,000 NATO troops stationed in the country are British?
a) 100
b) 1,000
c) 10,000
d) 49,000

9. A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people in Mogadishu, Somalia on Thursday at
a) a military training camp
b) a graduation ceremony
c) special forces planning meeting
d) daycare center

10. The group believed to be responsible for the attack in Somalia is:
a) al Shabab
b) al Aqsa martyrs brigade
c) Hezbollah
d) the Knights of Columbus


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