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1. President Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during the first leg of his overseas trip this week. In a historic address to 55 leaders of Muslim countries at the first Arab Islamic American Summit, President Trump said the one goal that “transcends every other consideration” is:
a) to rid the world of all nuclear weapons
b) to establish a job training program for Islamic State terrorists
c) to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism
d) to try to understand what the U.S. has done that causes people to become Islamic extremists
2. During his visit to Riyadh, President Trump addressed the leaders of 55 Muslim countries. He said all but which one of the following?
a) “But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. …A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and extremists.”
b) “Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.”
c) “We can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong – and if everyone in this room does their fair share and fulfills their part of the burden.”
d) “I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
3. Bodyguards working for Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked a peaceful group of mostly Kurdish-American and Armenian-American protesters this month who oppose Erdogan’s policies. The protesters were:
a) blocking the entrance to the residence of Turkey’s ambassador in Washington, D.C.
b) gathered at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
c) standing across the street from the residence of Turkey’s ambassador in Washington, D.C.
d) standing outside the president’s palace in Ankara
4. Video of the attack by the Turkish president’s bodyguards showed men in suits kicking people, including women, some while they were on the ground. The footage shows some victims covered in blood. Video appears to show that the bodyguards __________ the peaceful Kurdish-American and Armenian-American protesters.
a) took orders from President Erdogan to attack
b) quickly complied with police requests to stop kicking and beating
c) were very upset that they had to attack
d) decided on their own to attack
5. President Trump visited this week with the leaders of the world’s 3 major religions, as well as attending the NATO summit in Brussels and the G7 summit in Italy. When he visited Israel, he was the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall. In Israel he also:
a) visited Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem
b) visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
c) met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem
d) gave a speech at the Israel Museum
e) all of the above
6. During his address at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem this week, President Trump promised that his administration “will always stand with Israel.” He said the goal of his trip was “bringing nations together around the goal of defeating the terrorism that threatens the world, and crushing the hateful ideology…”
Which one of the following did he not say?
a) The Iranian mullahs are “nut-jobs” and “evil losers.”
b) We all, as civilized nations, should be united in our fight against extremists.
c) We are all threatened by terrorists.
d) The Saudis and the Israelis and the Palestinians want peace.
7. After a botched police attempt to capture the Islamic State leader of jihadist group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines this week, about a hundred jihadists mounted attacks across the city. They did all but ________ during their rampage?
a) torch buildings, take over bridges, a hospital, two jails, a church and a college
b) free 107 prisoners from the local prison, among them many Islamist rebels
c) take a Muslim Imam and several mosque attendees hostage and threaten to execute them
d) use snipers and booby traps to block government forces
8. Thousands of Filipino civilians fled their city on Wednesday after Islamist militants took over large parts of their city. The leader the police were attempting to arrest was designated by ISIS last year as its top man in Southeast Asia. He leads the Abu Sayyaf group. The Abu Sayyaf group is all but:
a) a Jihadist militant group that follows the Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam
b) notorious for piracy, banditry and for kidnapping and decapitating Westerners
c) based in the southwestern part of the Philippines
d) a militant group of Filipino-American Catholic priests
9. The group USMemorialDay and others suggest moving the observance of Memorial Day to May 30th, from the last Monday in May:
a) to give people the opportunity to spend the day barbecuing with their families
b) so the day will be observed on its original date, as it was intended, to honor those who died in military service
c) so that all Americans will be able to remember the date of Memorial Day
d) because the weather is usually better on that day
10. Suggestions for how Americans should observe Memorial Day include all but:
a) organizing barbecues for veterans
b) flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon
c) participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance“
d) visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes