“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Apr 26-May 2, 2021

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Thanks to quiz master Pat Ryan for this week’s quiz.


Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Steve Freidberg, Boston, MA
Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Robert Kapanjie, Peoria, IL
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
R. Hillary Willett, Irvine, CA
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Herb Marsh, Lincoln, NM
Austin Travis, Nashville, TN
Jim Shepherd, Nashville, TN

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April 2021 – Quiz Prize Winner

Austin Travis – Nashville, TN

Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order

by Kathryn E. Stoner

May 2021 – Quiz Prize

On All Fronts takes the reader on a riveting journey of storytelling. . . From Russia to China to Syria, [she] navigate[s] the most intense of human experiences while finding the tools to stay emotional.”—Lynsey Addario, author of It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

The recipient of multiple Peabody and Murrow awards, Clarissa Ward is a world-renowned conflict reporter. In this strange age of crisis where there really is no front line, she has moved from one hot zone to the next. With multiple assignments in Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan, Ward, who speaks seven languages, has been based in Baghdad, Beirut, Beijing, and Moscow. She has seen and documented the violent remaking of the world at close range. With her deep empathy, Ward finds a way to tell the hardest stories. On All Fronts is the riveting account of Ward’s singular career and of journalism in this age of extremism.

Following a privileged but lonely childhood, Ward found her calling as an international war correspondent in the aftermath of 9/11. From her early days in the field, she was embedding with marines at the height of the Iraq War and was soon on assignment all over the globe. But nowhere does Ward make her mark more than in war-torn Syria, which she has covered extensively with courage and compassion. From her multiple stints entrenched with Syrian rebels to her deep investigations into the Western extremists who are drawn to ISIS, Ward has covered Bashar al-Assad’s reign of terror without fear. In 2018, Ward rose to new heights at CNN and had a son. Suddenly, she was doing this hardest of jobs with a whole new perspective.

On All Fronts is the unforgettable story of one extraordinary journalist—and of a changing world.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Apr 19-25, 2021

1. President Biden on Thursday charged the Russian government with last year’s extensive hacking attack against private and government institutions known by the name of THIS software service company. Biden announced extensive new sanctions on Moscow in retaliation.

A. GoDaddy
B. SolarWinds
D. Excellium

Correct Response: B. SolarWinds

2. Iran claimed Israel attacked its nuclear facility at Natanz last week but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would continue negotiations for the U.S. to resume participation in the 2015 nuclear deal. However, on Friday Iran announced it would increase uranium enrichment to THIS level in response to the Natanz attack.

A. 12%
B. 25%
C. 60%
D. 90%

Correct Response: C. 60%

3. Increased military activity by China including aircraft carrier drills and warplane incursions into THIS country’s air defense zone were intended as warnings to Washington in response to overtures of support.

A. Hong Kong
B. Taiwan
C. Tibet
D. Philippines

Correct Response: B. Taiwan

4. Egyptian authorities are demanding about $1 billion in compensation from the owners of THIS vessel that shut down the Suez Canal last month when it ran aground. The Egyptian claim includes $300 million for “loss of reputation.”
[“Daily Chatter” Question of the Week]

A. Lucky Victory
B. Valencia
C. Star of Bengal
D. Ever Given

Correct Response: D. Ever Given
“Daily Chatter” Newsletter, April 15, 2021

5. Close to 10 years after the French military intervention pushed al-Qaida affiliated fighters out of northern Mali, THIS region continues to make headlines with the world’s fastest growing Islamist insurgency and one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises. Across the region, insecurity and socio-political instability continue to reach new heights according to USIP’s Kamissa Camara. [USIP Question of the Week]

A. Sahel
B. Maghreb
C. Horn of Africa
D. Sudanian Savanna

Correct Response: A. Sahel

6. President Biden welcomed THIS leader to the White House last week, the first face-to-face meeting with another head of state.

A. President Emanual Macron
B. Prime Minister Boris Johnson
C. President Narendra Modi
D. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

Correct Response: D. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

7. Ukraine’s Defense Minister said Russia has massed over 100,000 troops near its border the largest mobilization against Ukraine since the invasion and eventual annexation of THIS Ukrainian region in 2014.

A. Moldova
B. Donbas
C. Crimea
D. Azov

Correct Response: C. Crimea

8. U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Moscow that there would be consequences if THIS prisoner, the leading opposition figure in Russia, were to die. He is on a hunger strike demanding proper medical treatment.

A. Alexei Navalny
B. Leonid Volkov
C. Anastasia Vasilyeva
D. Vladimir Novichok

Correct Response: A. Alexei Navalny

9. The United States and China agreed to cooperate “with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands,” following negotiations between Beijing officials and THIS American envoy for climate.

A. Al Gore
B. Jeffrey Sachs
C. Michael Bloomberg
D. John Kerry

Correct Response: D. John Kerry

10. The United States will end its military commitment to Afghanistan as of THIS date according to President Biden who said, “[I]t’s time to end America’s longest war. It’s time for American troops to come home.”

A. May 1, 2021
B. August 30, 2021
C. September 11, 2021
D. December 31, 2021

Correct Response: C. September 11, 2021

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