1. Gov. Brownback of Kansas announced this week that the state is withdrawing from the federal refugee resettlement program. Despite repeatedly asked the Obama administration for documentation on the screening process for refugees, the governor was not given that information. Gov. Brownback said, “Because the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurances regarding refugees it is settling in Kansas, we have no option but to end our cooperation with and participation in the federal refugee resettlement program.”
The federal government responded to the announcement by:
a) giving the governor the information he requested
b) vowing to provide detailed information on the background of each individual being resettled
c) ignoring Kansas’ announcement and their concern, with one official saying “refugee resettlement will continue in Kansas”
d) setting up a meeting between President Obama and all of the governors who have concerns over the program
2. Republicans and the majority of Americans are opposed to President Obama’s decision to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria because they are concerned that:
a) the refugees do not speak English
b) some of the refugees are economic migrants, not true refugees
c) violent militants could come into the U.S. posing as refugees
d) the refugees won’t like American food
3. ________________________ performed an “unsafe and unprofessional” barrel roll over a US Air Force jet above the Baltic Sea — the latest in a string of such incidents, the Pentagon announced on Saturday.
a) a Russian military plane
b) an amateur Russian flying club
c) a cosmonaut
d) Russian President Vladimir Putin
4. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed its pilot buzzed the Americans because the American jet’s transponder was turned off. Russia said in a statement, “All flights of Russian planes are conducted in accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace. The US Air Force has two solutions: __________________________________”
a) Either acknowledge that Russia has surpassed the U.S. as the #1 Superpower or permanently end all U.S. military presence in the Baltic region and Europe.
b) Either not to fly near our borders or to turn the transponder on for identification.
c) both a) and b)
d) neither a) nor b)
5. A survey (by a media non-profit) found that half of ______________ feel addicted to their mobile phones, with most checking the devices at least every hour and feeling pressured to respond immediately to messages.
6. A separate review on Internet and technology use found that multi-tasking can hinder the ability to form memories and the lack of human interaction can also ____________________________.
a) make it harder to find a job
b) make it harder to develop empathy
c) make people try harder to be outgoing
d) improve a person’s gaming skills
7. Facebook’s fairly new trending news section is run by people in their 20s and early 30s, most of whom graduated from Ivy League and private East Coast schools like Columbia University and NYU. According to former team members interviewed by Gizmodo, this small group has the power to __________________________.
a) choose what stories make it onto the trending bar
b) choose what news sites each topic links out to
c) neither a) nor b)
d) both a) and b)
8. _________________ said he wants Facebook Instant Articles to be the “primary news experience people have.”
a) Sergey Brin
b) Biz Stone
c) Jeff Bezos
d) Mark Zuckerberg
9. ______________________ is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. It is always held on the 27th day of the month of Nissan on the Hebrew calendar, which also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Israel on Holocaust Remembrance day, the sound of a siren is blasted across the country, stopping traffic and pedestrians in their tracks for a two-minute silence. This usually happens twice – once at 11am and once at sunset – a way of commemorating the dead.
a) Yad Veshem
b) Yom HaShoah
c) Rosh Hashanah
d) Yom Kippur
10. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated by a UN General Assembly Resolution in 2005, is held ________________________ and also marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps in 1945.
a) in September/October
b) on the same day as Israel’s day
c) on January 27 every year
d) none of the above