“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Feb 8-14, 2021

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February 2021 – Quiz Prize

World in Danger: Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time

Wolfgang Ischinger

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Feb 1-7, 2021

1. The march to democracy in THIS country was halted when the military detained the senior officials including Senior Counsellor and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and installed Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. The military said a state of emergency would be in place for one year.

A. Bangladesh
B. Laos
C. Vietnam
D. Myanmar

Correct Response: D. Myanmar

2. A U.S. Navy carrier strike group sailed through the Bashi channel between the Philippines and Taiwan to demonstrate “freedom of navigation” in THESE waters against claims by China of sovereignty of most of the maritime region, militarizing many of the tiny islands and atolls.

A. Strait of Taiwan
B. Senkaku Islands
C. Yellow Sea
D. South China Sea

Correct Response: D. South China Sea

3. This Central European country has moved to a near total ban on abortion. In response THIS country’s anti-government protesters have taken to the streets with nationwide protests?

A. Slovenia
B. Slovakia
C. Poland
D. Liechtenstein

Correct Response: C. Poland

4. Pakistan’s top court acquitted Omar Sheikh, the man convicted for organizing the kidnapping and murder of THIS American journalist in 2002, and ordered his immediate release from prison. Authorities have refused to release Sheikh, who has been in prison for 18 years, and American authorities announced interest in taking him in custody for a trial in the United States. [“Daily Chatter” Question of the Week]

A. Daniel Pearl
B. Richard Reid
C. Paul Johnson
D. Adam Gadahn

Correct Response: A. Daniel Pearl
“Daily Chatter” January 29, 2021

5. Demonstrations sweeping Russia broke out after the arrest of dissident Alexei Navalny but a report by USIP’s Dr. Donald Jensen suggests the surge of protests has a basis in these factors, EXCEPT one. [USIP Question of the Week]

A. Corruption
B. Insurgency in Ukraine
C. Foundering economy
D. Dissatisfaction with ruling elite

Correct Response: B. Insurgency in Ukraine

6. The Communist Party leader, Ngugen Phu Trong, has been nominated for a third time as President in THIS Southeast Asian nation in a process where the candidate list was secret. Prior to becoming President, he was the Chairman of the National Assembly representing Hanoi.

A. Singapore
B. Taiwan
C. Vietnam
D. Laos

Correct Response: C. Vietnam

7. As a result of a new security crackdown from Beijing the United Kingdom announced a special visa route for holders of British National (Overseas) passports in THIS city. On January 29 China announced it will not recognize the documents as valid for travel.

A. Hong Kong
B. Taiwan
C. Macau
D. Xi’an

Correct Response: A. Hong Kong

8. Two millionaires from THIS country flew to a different region of their country and posed as motel workers so they could receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This couple was then caught, fined, and face up to six months in jail.

A. Ireland
B. Canada
C. Mexico
D. Argentina

Correct Response: B. Canada

9. This organization just completed their two-week quarantine period and now they are in Wuhan searching for the origins of the coronavirus. THIS organization was founded in 1948 and has a primary goal of promoting the highest level of health.

A. International Red Cross
B. World Health Organization
C. Center for Disease Control
D. Doctors Without Borders

Correct Response: B. World Health Organization https://thehill.com/policy/international/china/536254-who-team-leaves-quarantine-in-search-for-virus-origins-in-wuhan

10. Israel announced that they will be send 5,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses HERE for frontline healthcare workers. It has been given high marks for coverage of its residents but has drawn criticism for ignoring needs in Israeli-occupied territory.

A. East Jerusalem
B. Gaza City
C. Palestinian Authority
D. Sinai

Correct Response: C. Palestinian Authority

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