News quiz for week ending 9/18/15

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on September 18, 2015

Questions

A quiz with questions relating to the week’s Daily News Articles.

1. A recent Marine Corps study on integrating women into combat units found all-male ground combat units were more effective than teams that included women: all-male ground combat squads were tested on all but whether they were _______________ than units that included women.
a) smarter
b) faster
c) stronger
d) more lethal

2. The study has raised concerns because ______________________ face a deadline the Pentagon has set for requiring them to open all specialties to women, including infantry and special operations forces, beginning January 1.
a) the Marine Corps
b) the Army and the Marine Corps
c) the Marine Corps and the Air Force
d) all branches of the military

3. Regarding the Marine Corps study on integrating women, were all of the following shown to be true or false?
a) During simulated casualty evacuations involving a 200-pound dummy, mixed-gender groups were notably slower at the task, except in cases when a single Marine would move the dummy using a fireman’s carry.
b) On marksmanship, men who had not been through infantry school hit targets 44% of the time with M4 rifles, besting infantry-trained women, who hit targets 28% of the time.
c) The women suffered higher injury rates during physically demanding training.
d) Women struggled with obstacles designed to test upper body strength in simulated combat.

4. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is:
a) a retired investment banker who is best known for coming up with the idea of reality TV shows
b) a retired military commander who is best known for designing the strategy for invading Iraq
c) a retired neurosurgeon best known for being the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate twins who had been joined at the head
d) the third member of his family to run for high public office

5. On economic issues, Ben Carson wants to _____________________ and cut government-run social assistance programs in favor of supporting the work of charitable donations.
a) reduce hedge fund taxes
b) increase taxes on the rich only
c) increase taxes on Americans making over $100,000 a year
d) repeal taxes

6. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has proposed all but which one of the following as programs he will implement if he is elected president?
a) government-run healthcare program that covers every American
b) free tuition at public colleges
c) provide part-time jobs for all teens with guaranteed pay of $15/hour
d) extensive repairs to roads, bridges and airports

7. Senator Sanders is running for president in the Democratic party, although he is the longest-serving independent in Congress and identifies himself as a:
a) conservative
b) communist
c) democratic socialist
d) left-leaning libertarian

8. More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of CENTCOM have formally complained to the Pentagon’s inspector general that their reports on ____________________ were being inappropriately altered by senior officials.
a) ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria
b) the presidential primaries
c) the migrant crisis in Europe
d) Iran’s nuclear program

9. The analysts’ complaints allege:
a) the reports were changed by CENTCOM to portray the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are
b) the reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS
c) in some cases key elements of intelligence reports were removed, resulting in a document that didn’t accurately capture the analysts’ conclusions
d) senior-level leaders, including James Clapper, the director of intelligence and his deputy in CENTCOM, changed their analyses to be more in line with the Obama administration’s public contention that the fight against ISIS and al Qaeda is making progress
e) all of the above

10. An official familiar with the CENTCOM report said that of the analysts who complained:
a) some were urged to retire and some agreed to leave
b) they were fired by the Director of Intelligence and immediately escorted from the building
c) all 50 were dismissed as crackpots and lunatics by the inspector general
d) they all received a tweet from President Obama saying Thanks for speaking truth. It’s what makes America great. Want to visit the White House?”
e) all of the above


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