1. After weeks of protests and government sniper attacks on protesters in ____________________, President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal last Friday, aiming to end a violent standoff that left dozens dead and opening the way for a early presidential election this year.
2. President Yanukovich signed the peace deal with the opposition for all but which one of the following reasons?
a) ratings agency Standard & Poor’s cut the country’s credit rating for the second time in three weeks, citing the increased risk of default
b) ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said latest developments in the crisis made it less likely that the country would receive desperately needed Russian aid
c) EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels imposed targeted sanctions on the government and threatened more
d) Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered him to do so
3. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced this week his proposed spending cuts for the military, which include all but which one of the following?
a) shrink the U.S. Army to pre-World War Two levels
b) reduce the size of the Special Ops Forces, the elite military personnel charged with training foreign counterparts and carrying out often-secret missions
c) reduce military benefits including slowing the growth of tax-free housing allowances
d) retire the 50-year-old U-2 spy plane
4. Secretary Hagel explained the reason for the cuts by saying:
a) the military only wants to fight one war at at time and with a reduced force this will make it possible
b) President Obama wants to decimate the military
c) as the military winds down the war in Afghanistan and shifts its focus to the Asia-Pacific region it will no longer need a land Army of the size currently planned
d) fighting is dangerous; he wants to reduce the number of soldiers who are put in harm’s way
5. ________________ Governor Jan Brewer this week was deciding on whether to veto legislation that protects businesses, corporations and people from lawsuits if they deny services based on a sincere religious belief.
a) New Mexico
6. The main issue Gov. Brewer needs to decide is if:
a) the law is necessary to protect religious freedom
b) the law is necessary to allow same-sex couples to marry in Arizona
c) florists, photographers and bakers should be allowed to abide by a separate set of laws
d) she wants to risk losing the 2015 Superbowl after the NFL threatened to move it out of Arizona if she signs the bill into law
7. The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation announced last Friday that _____________________ in California’s Central Valley will get none of the water they requested this year from a federally controlled system because of the drought.
8. Those who will be negatively impacted by the Bureau of Reclamation’s decision include all but:
c) the Bureau of Reclamation
d) farm workers
9. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, which is believed to sell cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine in some 54 countries was captured in one of his safe houses in Mazatlan after eluding authorities for 13 years. “El Chapo” means:
d) the man with the mustache
10. The marines finally tracked Guzman down through a cell phone. They captured him in a pre-dawn operation on Saturday using ___________________ to pinpoint locations of everyone inside the condo and make sure they were asleep before going in.
a) Google maps
b) Google glass
c) infrared and body-heat scanners
d) drones they purchased on Amazon