News quiz for week ending 3/18/16

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on March 18, 2016

Questions

1. Former rival Ben Carson announced his endorsement for Donald Trump at a news conference with Trump in Florida last Friday. Dr. Carson explained his support by saying, “There are two Donald Trumps. There’s the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences, and there’s the Donald Trump behind the scenes. They’re not the same person. One’s very much an entertainer, and one is actually a ____________________ individual.”
a) wealthy
b) shy
c) thinking
d) amazing

2. After acknowledging Dr. Carson’s expertise in medicine, Donald Trump said he will get Carson’s advice in what other area of expertise?
a) foreign policy
b) education
c) finance
d) morality

3. The state of Vermont could become the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use through __________________ by 2018 if the House passes the bill by the end of May.
a) legislation
b) voter initiative
c) judicial ruling
d) executive action

4. If the bill becomes law in Vermont, the law would allow adults over 21 to purchase and smoke marijuana beginning in 2018. The law would impose a _____________________ on sales of the drug.
a) 1 percent tax
b) 25 percent tax
c) 90 percent tax
d) the purchase of marijuana would be tax-free; lawmakers are not motivated by the tax dollars legalizing marijuana would bring to the state

5. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. This in turn caused a __________________________ that resulted in over 15,000 deaths, nearly 400,000 buildings as far as 2 miles inland being damaged or destroyed and the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, about 150 miles northeast of Tokyo, suffered a partial meltdown.
a) drought
b) hurricane
c) tornado
d) tsunami

6. Much has been accomplished in Japan since 2011. About 53 million tons of debris was hauled off to massive landfills and incinerators. New roads and rebuilt bridges dot the coastal area. Permanent housing has been found for nearly half of the evacuees, and residents have been allowed to return to some of the areas surrounding the Fukushima plant. But there have also been some delays in reconstruction. These delays appear to be from a shortage of construction workers and materials diverted to:
a) projects for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
b) the massive repair of the Fukushima nuclear plant
c) both a) and b)
d) neither a) nor b)

7. A reporter from Britain’s Sky News has obtained tens of thousands of documents, containing names, addresses, telephone numbers and family contacts of Islamic State jihadis. The reporter obtained the information on a flash drive from __________________ during a meeting at a secret location in Turkey.
a) the head of ISIS
b) a disillusioned former Islamic State fighter
c) Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
d) Edward Snowden

8. Additional information contained in the files that were obtained by the Sky News reporter included all but which one?
a) a file marked “Martyrs” detailed a brigade manned entirely by fighters who wanted to carry out suicide attacks and were trained to do so
b) the identities of a number of previously unknown jihadis residing in the UK, across northern Europe, much of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in the U.S. and Canada
c) the dates and locations for upcoming ISIS terrorist attacks
d) the name of the ISIS ‘fixer’ who ‘recommended’ the individual, giving intelligence officials a better idea of who runs the group’s recruitment network

9. The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security told a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing this week that it will take another three years and $1 billion more to automate the immigration system and this lack of progress:
a) is compromising border security
b) looks worse than it is
c) is no big deal
d) is not surprising

10. Which one of the following was not a statement made by Mr. Roth?
a) The immigration system is “more suited to an office environment from 1950 rather than 2016”
b) The current system allows “known human traffickers” to use work and fiancé visas to bring victims into the country.
c) “We may be admitting individuals who wish to do us harm, or who do not meet the requirements for a visa.”
d) “We need to get businessman Donald Trump elected to come in and clean up this mess.”


Free Answers — Sign-up here to receive quiz answers each Monday afternoon.