“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of April 9-15, 2017

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Yoshie Fukushima, Nashville, TN

David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL

Yedla Pratik, Huntsville, AL

Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN

Alex Morgan, Nashville, TN

Patricia Paiva, Nashville, TN

Elizabeth Ashwood, Nashville, TN


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Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11 (Harper, 2008), which was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.

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We’ll post the answers and the names of the winner(s) in next week’s quiz.

Here’s last week’s questions and answers:


Week of April 2-8, 2017

1. When and where will the 9th annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival be held?

A. Saturday, April 8, at 9:00 a.m. at Nashville Public Square
B. Saturday, April 8, at 9:00 a.m. at Nashville Public Square
C. Saturday, April 8, at 9:00 a.m. at Nashville Public Square
D. Saturday, April 8, at 9:00 a.m. at Nashville Public Square

Correct Answer: A. Saturday, April 8, at 9:00 a.m. at Nashville Public Square

2. THIS leader who assumed power in a military coup was welcomed at the White House this week in what the New York Times characterized as more concern for the battle against international terrorism then “concerns over its brutal suppression of domestic dissent.”

A. Sudan President Omar al-Bashir
B. Tunisia President Beji Caid Essebsi
C. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
D. Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Correct Answer: D. Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

3. An apparent suicide bombing on a subway car killed 11 people and injured dozens in this European city on April 3rd.
A. Vienna
B. Berlin
C. St. Petersburg
D. Kiev

Correct Answer: C. St. Petersburg

4. U.S. military forces have stepped up attacks against terrorist targets in THIS country launching 20 strikes in less than a week, 70 since February 28th.

A. Yemen
B. Somalia
C. Nigeria
D. Libya

Correct Answer: A. Yemen

5. Exiled Turkish citizen Mahir Zeynalov told a Tennessee World Affairs Council Global Town Hall meeting last week about tactics used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to intimidate he and his colleagues before and after the June 2016 coup. What is Zeynalov’s profession?

A. Attorney
B. Journalist
C. Policeman
D. Army Officer

Correct Answer: B. Journalist

6. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May triggered her country’s exit, or “Brexit,” from the European Union last week and launched a two-year negotiation setting out the “arrangements for the withdrawal” and providing for the “framework for its future relationship with the Union.” The triggering mechanism is delineated in WHAT document?
A. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty
B. Section XVII of the Schengen Protocol
C. First Amendment to the 1963 Rome Treaty
D. Section 52 of the Brussels Agreement

Correct Answer: A. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty

7. The world little noticed when last week the number of refugees from Syria to neighboring countries and Egypt passed THIS mark:

A. 500,000
B. 1,000,000
C. 5,000,000
D. 10,000,000

Correct Answer: C. 5,000,000

8. Pakistan approved the appointment of one of its general officers to head THIS organization of several dozen countries cobbled together by Saudi Arabia with the professed aim of countering terrorism, although “it has taken no significant military actions, least of all fighting the Islamic State in Syria or Iraq,” according to the New York Times. THIS organization is called:

A. Islamic Military Alliance
B. Organization of the Islamic Conference
C. League of Arab States Militia
D. Muslim Military Coalition

Correct Answer: A. Islamic Military Alliance

9. In the wake of the UK “Brexit” Scotland is seeking a new referendum on independence. The first minister of Scotland responded to the March 29th triggering of Brexit with a letter to UK Prime Minister May that said “The U.K. government has decided to remove Scotland not just from the European Union but from the single market as well, and that’s clearly against the will of the majority of people who live here.” The first minister of Scotland is:

A. Gordon MacLeish
B. David McAllister
C. David Macpherson
D. Nicola Sturgeon

Correct Answer: D. Nicola Sturgeon

10. In the first demonstration of opposition defiance in years over 1,000 protesters were arrested after rallies over two-weekends in several cities including THIS capital:

A. Tehran
B. Minsk
C. Moscow
D. Ankara

Correct Answer: C. Moscow

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