“What in the World?” Quiz – Week of June 6 Answers

“What in the World” Quiz – Answers & Winners

Congratulations to this week’s “What in the World” quiz winners.

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Week of June 6th Winners

Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN

David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL

Noah Lawing, Franklin, TN

Patricia Pavia, Nashville, TN

Jocelyn Hartley, Nashville, TN

Keila Franks, Nashville, TN

Dick Bowers, Nashville, TN

Carson Turner, Nashville, TN

Carlos Ruiz, Nashville, TN

Well done all!

Thanks to everyone who played the quiz.

Good luck next week to all.

Well done!


June 2016 QUIZ PRIZE

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From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives

by Jeffrey E. Garten

The story of globalization, the most powerful force in history, as told through the life and times of ten people who changed the world by their singular, spectacular accomplishments.

This is the first book to look at the history of globalization through the lens of individuals who did something transformative, as opposed to describing globalization through trends, policies, or particular industries. From Silk to Silicon tells the story of who these men and women were, what they did, how they did it and how their achievements continue to shape our world today. They include:

• Genghis Khan, who united east and west by conquest and by opening new trade routes built on groundbreaking transportation, communications, and management innovations.

• Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who arose from an oppressive Jewish ghetto to establish the most powerful bank the world has seen, and ushered in an era of global finance.

• Cyrus Field, who became the father of global communications by leading the effort to build the transatlantic telegraph, the forerunner to global radio, TV, and the worldwide Internet.

• Margaret Thatcher, whose controversial policies opened the gusher of substantially free markets that linked economies across borders.

• Andy Grove, a Hungarian refugee from the Nazis who built the company—Intel—that figured out how to manufacture complex computer chips on a mass, commercial scale and laid the foundation for Silicon Valley’s computer revolution.

Through these stories Jeffrey E. Garten finds the common links between these figure and probes critical questions including: How much influence can any one person have in fundamentally changing the world? And how have past trends in globalization affected the present and how will they shape the future? From Silk to Silicon is an essential book to understanding the past—and the future—of the most powerful force of our times.


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“What in the World” Quiz – Week of June 6, 2016

1. This group announced near blanket sanctions that go beyond UN efforts against North Korea, citing the pariah nation’s nuclear weapons and strategic missile programs as destabilizing.

A. Organization of American States (OAS)
B. Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
C. European Union (EU)
D. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)


2. President Obama shared what meal with CNN travel personality Anthony Bourdain while on a recent trip?

A. Noodles in Hanoi.
B. Puffer fish in Kyoto.
C. Kimchi in Seoul.
D. Balut in Manila.


3. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded angrily to a vote in the German parliament last week saying, “I am addressing the whole world. You may like it, you may not. Our attitude on [this] issue is clear from the beginning. We will never accept the accusations of genocide.” What group was referred to in the charges?

A. Azeris
B. Kurds
C. Chechens
D. Armenians


4. Starting on Sunday evening June 5th and lasting a (lunar) month the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims will fast during daylight hours. The holy month, which is meant to be a time of purification of the body, mind and soul, is known as:

A. Safar
B. Shawwal
C. Ramadan
D. Muharram


5. The Seine River peaked in Paris at a level not seen in the last 35 years, causing extensive flooding. Elsewhere in France floodwaters were at 100-year historic record levels. Beside France the other countries hit by flooding in Europe included Germany, Belgium and Romania. Where are these four countries on the map?

A. #3, #6, #1, #2
B. #2, #7, #4, #5
C. #6, #4, #2, #1
D. #1, #2, #3, #7


6. On June 4th 125,000 people flocked to Victoria Park in Hong Kong in remembrance of this event.

A. The Cultural Revolution
B. The founding of the Chinese Communist Party
C. The anniversary of Hong Kong reverting from Britain to China
D. The crackdown at Tiananmen Square


7. Two former Polish presidents led massive demonstrations in Warsaw opposed to:

A. Stationing US troops in Poland to support NATO
B. Policies of the new right-wing government
C. Poland’s exit from the European Union
D. Currency transition from the Zloty to the Euro


8. An off-shoot of Al Qaeda is gaining traction in southern Pakistan, in and around the port city of Karachi according to Pakistani officials. Last week one said they are “planning something big.” This group is known as:

A. Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS)
B. Al Qaeda in Pakistan (AQIP)
C. Al Qaeda in Sindh (AQIS)
D. Al Qaeda in Baluchistan (AQIB)


9. Retired US Air Force Colonel Thomas E. Schaefer passed away last week. Schaefer was the senior military officer at the U.S. Embassy during the 1979-1980 hostage crisis. How many days were the Americans held in Tehran?

A. 1 year, 79 days
B. 2 years, 3 months
C. 85 days
D. 11 months, 3 days


10. Western Sahara independence movement chief Mohammed Abdelaziz died last week after leading a decades-long struggle against Spain and then Morocco for self-determination of the so-called Sahrawi Republic. The movement Abelaziz headed is known as:

A. Ogaden
B. Riffian
C. Sahrawi Front
D. Polisario



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