1. The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile that was launched from Brandenburg AFB in California this month landed in a target area in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific, 4,200 miles from Brandenburg. The missile traveled at speeds of up to 15,000 mph. The test took ______________________ to complete.
a) half an hour
b) a day and a half
c) one week
d) one month
2. The purpose of the test-fires was to demonstrate the Minutemen III’s nuclear arms capacity. The U.S. tests, conducted at least 15 times since January 2011, send a message to strategic rivals like _____________________________ that Washington has an effective nuclear arsenal. Deputy Defense Secretary Work said, “Anyone who is a nuclear power is sure to be watching these tests and has to be at least aware that the United States nuclear deterrent is as strong as it has ever been.”
a) Poland, Ukraine and Czech Republic
b) Russia, China and North Korea
c) Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria
d) Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines
3. It was reported this week that compared with the 2008 presidential primaries, Democratic turnout is down while Republican _____________________.
a) numbers are also down
b) numbers were the same as 2008
c) voters are voting in record numbers
d) numbers are even lower than Democratic turnout
4. Strong voter turnout is typically a sign of how _____________________ a party’s voters are. And generally, a party’s primary or caucus turnout is higher when its voters are engaged in the process and the race is competitive.
a) enthusiastic and engaged
b) apathetic and indifferent
c) disinterested and impartial
d) clueless and ignorant
5. _________________ reported this week that a massive data breach on their website in which social security numbers and other sensitive information may have been stolen is actually much bigger than was first realized.
c) the IRS
d) the Department of Homeland Security
6. In the wake of the hacking, the agency has done all but:
a) notify those who were hacked by mail
b) offer free identity protection for a year
c) work to restore the online service that was hacked with enhanced security to protect taxpayer identities
d) advise users to never give out their social security number
7. Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which has tens of thousands of billboards across the U.S., announced on Monday that it has partnered with several companies, including AT&T, to track people’s travel patterns and behaviors _______________________________.
a) by evaluating how much time they spend looking at a particular billboard
b) using drones
c) through their mobile phones
d) none of the above
8. With the data it collects, Clear Channel aims to provide __________________ with detailed information about the people who pass its billboards.
a) local law enforcement
c) the federal government
d) potential spouses
9. The Department of Defense is inviting vetted hackers to test its cybersecurity as part of a unique __________________________ competition.
a) “Hack the Pentagon”
b) “Catch the Hacker”
c) “All-Star Hacker”
d) none of the above
10. Defense Department systems get probed and attacked millions of times _________________________, officials say. Last year the Department of Defense suffered a cybersecurity breach after Russian hackers infiltrated an unclassified defense computer network.
a) a day
b) a week
c) an hour
d) a year