News quiz for week ending 3/8/19

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on March 8, 2019

Questions

DIRECTIONS: For the bolded part of each statement, circle the correct answer.

1. In February, US District Court Judge Gray Miller for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the Military Selective Service Act’s male-only registration is constitutional / unconstitutional.

2. The district court judge noted that the Supreme Court, in 1981, excluded women from the draft because they were ineligible / unfit for combat duty, but since they are now eligible, and since a draft is typically required when combat positions need to be filled, excluding women from draft registration is incorrect.

3. U.S. and Israeli military officials announced this week that the U.S. military has deployed its THAAD system to Israel for the first time. The U.S. said it is intended "as a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to Israel’s / Iran's regional security."

4. The U.S. military’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is designed to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The THAAD is a missile interceptor that can hunt and blast incoming missiles with a 50% / 100% success rate.

5. The Trump administration announced it is terminating preferential trade status to India and Turkey in the next several months. Turkey has had this status since 2015 / 1975. The country’s designation was terminated because it is "economically developed and should no longer benefit from preferential market access."

6. India’s preferential trade status designation has been terminated because it has not assured China / the U.S. that it will provide “equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.”

7. U.S. Border Patrol officials held a news conference this week to announce a huge increase in the number of apprehensions being made by Border Patrol agents on the U.S.-Canada / U.S.-Mexico border. The commissioner said the situation is “clearly both a border security and a humanitarian crisis.”

8. The number of migrants apprehended at the border in the month of February doubled from last year: 7,610 / 76,103 migrants were apprehended at the border in the month of February 2019.

9. Philadelphia became the first U.S. city to pass a law prohibiting retailers and restaurants from accepting cash / requiring retailers and restaurants to accept cash as payment in their establishments and imposes fines on those that do not comply.

10. Lawmakers and supporters of the bill argue that banning cash in stores and restaurants is classist and discriminates against people who prefer to pay cash / minority groups of people, like senior citizens and the homeless.