News quiz for week ending 2/5/16

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on February 5, 2016

Questions

1. One-hundred fifty-four Walmart stores closed last week in 27 states across the country. This a problem for the customers who shopped at those stores because:
a) they refuse to shop anywhere but Walmart
b) most of the stores that have closed are in mid-sized cities with few other shopping options
c) none of these customers drive
d) most of the stores that have closed are in small towns and rural areas with few other shopping options

2. Walmart said they closed the stores as part of a long-term strategy shift and also ________________________.
a) they no longer wish to operate such a large number of stores
b) due to the financial performance of these stores
c) they couldn’t find anyone to work in those stores
d) all of the above

3. Until recently, self-driving cars have been tested in relatively safe environments in ______________________, where the weather is generally clear.
a) California and Texas
b) Florida and North Dakota
c) Oklahoma and Kansas
d) Main and New Hampshire

4. Snow and ice negatively affect self-driving cars because they rely on all but ___________________________. In addition to the risk of snow or ice building up on external sensors, even an inch of snow cover on the ground could disrupt an autonomous vehicle’s sensitive systems.
a) cameras
b) humans
c) radar
d) laser-based sensing systems

5. The U.S. navy last week conducted a patrol around an island in the South China Sea claimed by _________________ (and Vietnam and Taiwan). The navy took this action as part of a series of operations challenging Beijing’s recent efforts to enforce maritime and territorial claims in the region known as a “freedom of navigation operation.”
a) Russia
b) North Korea
c) China
d) ISIS

6. U.S. officials said the recent exercise was conducted on the basis of “innocent passage”— which according to ___________________ Convention on the Law of the Sea allows naval ships to transit another nation’s territorial waters without prior notice if they don’t conduct threatening activity.
a) the United States
b) NATO
c) the United Nations
d) the European Union

7. The federal government agencies working with the FBI to investigate the Flint water crisis include all but:
a) the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division
b) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General
c) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General
d) the U.S. Postal Inspection Service

8. In its investigation, the FBI will determine whether any federal laws were broken. When asked, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said the water problem in Flint will be solved:
a) she told reporters she could not give a timeline for fixing the water problem in Flint
b) by the summer
c) when the next administration takes over in January 2017
d) in her lifetime

9. In a townhall moderated by CNN on Wednesday, Bernie Sanders cited all but which one when he said Hillary Clinton was not progressive:
a) her intentional decision to ignore government rules on record taking and use a personal server and email address
b) the fact that she has a super PAC and takes $15 million from Wall Street
c) Clinton’s vote in favor of the war in Iraq when she was a U.S. Senator
d) support for past trade policies and her reluctance to come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

10. When asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper why she was paid $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, Mrs. Clinton said:
a) “I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.”
b) “At this point, what difference does it make?”
c) “I don’t know. That is what they offered.”
d) “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”


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