News quiz for week ending 2/15/19

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on February 15, 2019

Questions

1. Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require all high school students to _______________ to graduate. A 2016 study by the University of Pennsylvania showed that only 26 percent of people could name all three branches of government. And nearly one-third could not name a single branch.
a) pass the U.S. citizenship test
b) run for political office
c) vote
d) agree not to vote

2. At least _______________ other states have enacted similar laws since 2015, including Arizona, North Dakota and Kentucky.
a) 1
b) 3
c) 13
d) none

3. Princess Ubolratana, a member of Thailand’s royal family, announced this week that she is:
a) challenging her brother’s coronation as king and establishing herself as queen
b) running for prime minister
c) marrying a commoner
d) becoming an actress

4. Thailand’s lese majeste law makes it a crime:
a) to take a photo of a member of the royal family
b) to criticize the royal family
c) to ask a member of the royal family to run for office
d) to marry a member of the royal family

5. California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the state will dramatically scale back a planned high-speed rail project due to:
a) cost hikes, delays and mismanagement
b) the Obama administration only gave California $3.5 billion towards construction
c) lack of interest by the public
d) taxpayer frustration over the out-of-control cost

6. In March 2018, officials forecast the costs for the California rail project would be _______________ and warned that the costs could be as much as _______________.
a) $7 million / $9 million
b) $77 million / $98 million
c) $7 billion / $9 billion
d) $77 billion / $98 billion

7. On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an order _______________ more than two-thirds of the state’s National Guard troops from/to the U.S.-Mexico border.
a) withdrawing
b) sending
c) both a) and b)
d) neither a) nor b)

8. _______________ said, “This whole border issue is a manufactured crisis. We are not interested in participating in this political theater.”
a) President Trump
b) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
c) California Governor Gavin Newsom
d) none of the above

9. Abraham Lincoln’s _______________ began: “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
a) Emancipation Proclamation
b) Thanksgiving Proclamation
c) Gettysburg Address
d) none of the above

10. When the Gettysburg National Cemetery was dedicated in 1863, the principal speaker was the renowned orator, Edward Everett. As was common for the day, his detailed speech lasted for over two hours. President Lincoln also had been invited to present “a few appropriate remarks” only as an afterthought. His remarks – the Gettysburg Address – lasted:
a) 2 hours
b) 2 hours and 2 minutes
c) 2 hours and 20 minutes
d) 2 minutes


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