News quiz for week ending 9/5/14

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on September 5, 2014

Questions

1. Clean energy is defined as energy obtained from __________, __________ and __________ instead of energy from fossil fuels.
a) solar
b) wind
c) petroleum
d) flowing water

2. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource clean energy plant in the Mojave Desert last year and watched as birds burned and fell are urging California officials to:
a) close down the plant until a solution can be found
b) ban the use of mirrors in energy generation
c) halt the operator’s application to build an even larger plant
d) consider the big picture: no fossil fuels are being used, so what if a few birds are killed?

3. At the BrightEnergy plant, more than 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, reflect solar rays onto three boiler towers each looming up to 40 stories high. The water inside is heated to produce steam, which turns turbines that generate enough electricity for:
a) 140,000 homes
b) 140 million homes
c) 140 homes
d) every home and business in the Mojave Desert

4. During a welcome reception for new ambassadors last week, ______________________ warned the diplomats about ISIS, saying “If we ignore them, I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America.”
a) British Prime Minister David Cameron
b) President Barack Obama
c) Saudi King Abdullah
d) Russian President Vladimir Putin

5. The leader told the diplomats the only way to prevent further ISIS attacks is:
a) to completely annihilate ISIS down to the last jihadist
b) to end all support for Israel
c) with a strong international response
d) to sit down and have a beer together
e) to establish Sharia law in every country of the world

6. Starting this week, CVS stores stopped selling ________________ in all of its stores.
a) tobacco products
b) alcohol
c) Plan B pills
d) candy and soda

7. CVS has made this decision because it says the sales of these items:
a) caused the company to lose money
b) annoyed the people who don’t purchase them
c) conflicted with its health care mission
d) caused too much work for its employees

8. Following Vladimir Putin’s ceasefire agreement proposal, ____________________ denounced Putin’s ceasefire requirements as a plot to “ruin Ukraine and restore the Soviet Union.”
a) NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
b) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
c) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
d) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

9. Ahead of the NATO summit in Wales, ______________ said that Russia’s actions in Ukraine were undermining security in Europe.
a) pro-Russian separatists
b) a spokesman for the Kremlin
c) French officials
d) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

10. All but which one are included in the steps Vladimir Putin proposed as a way to ensure a ceasefire between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government?
a) Ukraine military to cease airstrikes
b) Russia to permanently end its military incursions into Ukraine
c) an “all for all” prisoner exchange
d) the separatists halt all offensive operations


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