News quiz for week ending 2/20/15

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on February 20, 2015

Questions

1. In 1971, Congress switched Washington’s Birthday holiday from his birthdate, Feb. 22, to the third Monday in February and it evolved into being called “Presidents Day.” The day now celebrates both Washington’s birthday and President ___________’s birthday, which is Feb. 12.
a) Andrew Jackson
b) Abraham Lincoln
c) John F. Kennedy
d) John Adams

2. George Washington is known as:
a) The Father of Our Country
b) The Great Emancipator
c) The Great Divider
d) A Man of Civility

3. A soon to be published British study has concluded that one in four new cases of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia could be the direct result of smoking high-potency cannabis, known as:
a) skunk
b) weed
c) hair of the dog
d) crack

4. The British study concluded that the strength of cannabis and the frequency of use play a crucial role in determining the mental health risks. It also noted that those who started smoking cannabis ____________________ had a higher risk of developing psychotic disorders than others.
a) after the age of 50
b) during college
c) before the age of 15
d) none of the above; age makes no difference

5. On Monday, a federal judge in Texas blocked President Barack Obama’s November 2014 executive action granting amnesty to 4 million illegal immigrants. The lawsuit was filed by _______________, and is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court in 2016.
a) 26 states’ union representatives
b) 26 states’ health departments
c) 26 states’ public universities
d) 26 states’ attorneys general and governors

6. The judge ruled that President Obama’s November amnesty violated the Administrative Procedure Act by ignoring Congress’s laws. The judge also wrote that the amnesty:
a) improperly imposed burdens on the federal government
b) improperly imposed burdens on the public education system
c) improperly imposed burdens on the states
d) improperly imposed burdens on the Congress

7. In a hearing this week, ________________________ told the House Homeland Security Committee they worry a potential terrorist could be hiding among refugees the United States is planning on taking in.
a) Secretary of State John Kerry and his staff
b) U.S. Border patrol agents
c) representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood of Syria
d) top U.S. counterterrorism officials

8. During the House Homeland Security Committee hearing this week, FBI Assistant Director Michael Steinbach said the U.S. intelligence community:
a) does not have the information they need to properly determine whether any refugee could pose a threat
b) does not want to share the information the State Department needs to properly determine whether any refugee could pose a threat
c) does not believe any refugee should ever be admitted to the U.S.
d) disagrees with the President on his immigration policies

9. The Obama administration this week announced it has changed its policy on export regulations for the sale of military drones. Critics are opposed for all but which one of the following reasons?
a) they say the drones lower the threshold for the use of military force by allowing countries to attack without fear of risking pilots
b) they say no other countries will ever obtain this drone technology if we keep it in the U.S.
c) they worry about the technology falling into terrorists’ hands
d) they are concerned they would be used by repressive governments

10. Those who support the Obama administration’s new policy on the sale of military drones to our allies do so for all but which one of the following?
a) prohibiting sales hurts the American aerospace industry
b) denies the U.S. any influence over how other countries use the technology
c) countries including Israel, Russia and China, manufacture military drones and will sell them to other countries if we don’t
d) our allies deserve to have all of the same military weapons that are at our disposal to make it an even playing field


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