News quiz for week ending 2/19/10

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on February 19, 2010

Questions

1. George Washington’s wife Martha:
a) destroyed nearly all of George’s letters to her shortly before her death
b) saved nearly all of George’s letters to her and left them to the Smithsonian
c) published a book of George’s letters to her shortly after his death
d) never received any letters from her husband

2. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address began with the famous line:
a) When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…
b) With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in…
c) 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. …
d) That … all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…

3. Cargo truck thefts have increased greatly in the past few years as thieves:
a) hold up truckers at gunpoint when they stop to pay a toll
b) steal the trucks at rest stops when a driver goes in to eat or take a shower
c) run truck off the road and steal their cargo
d) pose as hitchhikers, then steal the truck when the driver is asleep

4. Thieves target all but the following cargos:
a) pharmaceuticals
b) livestock
c) electronics
d) cigarettes

5. City planners in Mumbai, India are installing skywalks as a way to:
a) give people some fresh air
b) beautify the city
c) give commuters a place to walk to help them get to work more quickly and easily
d) increase productivity

6. Mumbai planners say the skywalks are necessary because:
a) many streets do not have footpaths
b) existing sidewalks are in many areas blocked by illegal street vendors who are difficult to move
c) they need the revenue that advertisements on the skywalks will generate
d) both a and b

7. The government-backed Chinese Academy of Social Sciences released a report last month announcing that more than _____ Chinese men of marrying age could find themselves without spouses in 2020.
a) 240
b) 4 million
c) 24 million
d) 240 million

8. The Chinese study on the uneven number of male and female babies born in China blamed:
a) the large number of children Chinese families have
b) the average age of the mother
c) malnutrition
d) sex-specific abortions

9. Sumo champion Asashoryu made the surprise announcement recently
a) that he is getting married
b) that he is retiring from the sport
c) that he doesn’t like to wrestle
d) that he is taking a job with Toyota Motor Company

10. Sumo champion Asashoryu is from:
a) Japan
b) Mongolia
c) China
d) the U.S.


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