“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Jan 11-17, 2021

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January 2020 WITWQ Prize of the Month

The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal

Ambassador William Burns

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Jan 4-10, 2021

1. As the United Kingdom completed “Brexit” and left the European Union, many feared for the chaos in cross border commerce that would come from it. With a new custom border in play, trucks from the UK smoothly made clearance from WHAT country before passing through the Eurotunnel?

A. Belgium
B. France
C. Netherlands
D. Ireland

Correct Response: B. France

2. Cuba has been on a dual currency system that “masked” government subsidies and now they are falling back on the single currency Peso at a single rate. Because of this, Cubans have seen increases in prices of goods and services and higher pensions and state sector wages. The Cuban Communist Party once resisted doing this because of THIS factor.

A. It will reduce Havanna’s political power.
B. It will decrease supply of goods.
C. It will increase Havanna’s political power.
D. It will decrease economic hardships for Cubans.

Correct Response: A. It will reduce Cuba’s political power.

3. The Drugs Controller General of THIS Asian country approved an AstraZeneca-Oxford developed drug, cheaper and easier to store, as their first COVID-19 vaccine. The Serum Institute has already stocked 50 million doses from AstraZeneca for distribution in THIS nation of 1.3 billion people.

A. Mongolia
B. Indonesia
C. India
D. Bhutan

Correct Response: C. India

4. The year 2020 saw positive prospects for democracy in WHICH of these countries? [“Daily Chatter” Question of the Week]

A. Thailand
B. Sudan
C. Belarus
D. Hungary

Correct Response: B. Sudan
“Daily Chatter” of January 1, 2021

5. A USIP report by Lauren Ballile and Rachel Vanderbrink, said it’s time to re-evaluate the “atrocity prevention toolkit,” in writing: “Documented evidence of large-scale human rights abuses in [THIS] region [of China] has painted a clear picture that Beijing is perpetrating mass atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim ethnic groups. But even in the face of transparent evidence, the strategies the international community and the United States typically deploy to prevent atrocities have failed to stop the problem.” [US Institute of Peace Question of the Week]

A. Xinjiang
B. Hong Kong
C. Hubei
D. Sichuan

Correct Response: A. Xinjiang

6. Australia’s national anthem “Advance Australia Fair” has changed a word in their national anthem to recognize the history and communities of the people who had first originated in Australia. What is the name more commonly known for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people?

A. Migrant Australians
B. Modern Australians
C. Indigenous Australians
D. Reformed Australians

Correct Response: C. Indigenous Australians

7. Leaders in Belgrade launched a new gas link to bring Russian gas to THIS country, rejecting U.S. calls to avoid dependency on Moscow.

A. Bosnia and Herzegovina
B. Serbia
C. Albania
D. Montenegro

Correct Response: B. Serbia

8. Scientists have connected the rise of deadly pathogens like Ebola in Africa to THIS phenomenon.

A. Tropical deforestation
B. Wildlife trade
C. Expansion of farmlands
D. All of the above

Correct Response: All of the above

9. Protesters in Israel took to the streets Saturday to demand the resignation of THIS Prime Minister because of alleged corruption and the mishandling of COVID-19 response.

A. Shaul Amor
B. Bennie Gantz
C. Yoram Aridor
D. Benjamin Netanyahu

Correct Response: Benjamin Netanyahu

10. The “Green Wave” movement passed controversial legislation in Argentina’s Congress providing for THIS, in defiance of the Catholic Church’s strong opposition. The vote may influence similar moves in other Latin American countries.

A. Abortion
B. Reform of guaranteed labor mandates
C. Closure of food banks
D. Taxes on religious institutions

Correct Response: Abortion

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