1. __________ has announced that a vast field of shale rock in West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the largest source of shale oil has ever assessed. The discovery at the Wolfcamp Shale geologic formation is nearly three times larger than the shale oil found in 2013 in the Bakken and Three Forks formations in the Dakotas and Montana.
b) the U.S. Geological Survey
c) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
d) Shell Oil Corporation
2. A geologist for the agency said, “The fact that this is the largest assessment of (unconventional) oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more.” Shale oil is extracted using advanced drilling or recovery methods, such as:
a) rock excavation
b) hydraulic fracturing
c) surface mining
3. Dictator Fidel Castro promised the Cuban people democracy when he overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Instead, he imposed Communist rule. Which one is not true of Castro?
a) he ruined agriculture by imposing collective farms
b) he eliminated dissenters with firing squads or long-term imprisonment
c) he caused a scarcity of doctors because so many are sent abroad to earn foreign currency
d) he built a glorious Communist utopia
4. Before Castro’s Communist dictatorship began, Cuba was developing but relatively prosperous. Which one is not true about Cuba BEFORE Castro seized power?
a) ranked third in Latin America in doctors and dentists and daily calorie consumption per capita
b) Cubans were among the most literate Latins and had a vibrant civic life with private professional, commercial, religious and charitable organizations
c) its infant-mortality rate was the lowest in the region and the 13th lowest in the world
d) it ranked highest in illiteracy in the world
5. Donald Trump announced this week that he has asked Tom Price of Georgia to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). All but which one are true of Tom Price?
a) he is a billionaire
b) he has served 6 terms in Congress
c) he is an orthopedic surgeon who practiced for 20 years
d) he is a U.S. Congressman
6. Rep. Price was one of the first Republicans to introduce an alternative to Obamacare when Democrats were debating health care reform. His proposed legislation, named the Empowering Patients First Act, was introduced in 2009. It includes all but:
a) high-risk insurance pools
b) health savings accounts
c) mandate that every American purchase health insurance
d) allowing interstate insurance sales
7. McDonald’s franchise owner Jim Delligatti died this week at the age of 98. Mr. Delligatti came up with the idea for the __________ in 1967.
b) Chicken McNuggets
c) Big Mac
d) Ronald McDonald
8. McDonald’s has sold __________ of Big Macs worldwide.
9. OPEC agreed to reduce output during its meeting in Vienna on Wednesday. OPEC stands for:
a) Organization of Countries with Excessive Petroleum
b) Organization of the Petroleum Eating Countries
c) Organization of Petroleum Exporting Communists
d) Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
10. It is believed that _________ challenges at home have caused OPEC members to finalize the agreement.
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