“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Jun 7-13, 2021

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Allison Hodgkins, Cumberland Center, Maine
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Steve Freidberg, Boston, MA
David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
Basil Smith, Jacksonville, FL
Robert Kapanjie, Peoria, IL
Rich Buck, Peoria, IL
Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN
Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Leslie Fort, Atlanta, GA
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
Aashni Jain, Arlington, VA
Tim Douglas, Nashville, TN
Julie Lydon, Nashville, TN
Amnah Dhailia, Albany, NY
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA

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Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, At Home and Abroad

John O. Brennan, Former Director of the CIA

In this brutally honest memoir, Brennan, the son of an Irish immigrant who settled in New Jersey, describes the life that took him from being a young CIA recruit enamored with the mystique of spy work, secretly defiant enough to drive a motorcycle and sport a diamond earring, and invigorated by his travels in the Middle East to being the most powerful individual in American intelligence. He details his experiences with very different presidents and what it’s been like to bear responsibility for some of the nation’s most crucial and polarizing national security decisions.

He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of the Agency, describing the selfless, patriotic, and invisible work of the women and men involved in national security. He also examines the insularity, arrogance, and myopia that have, at times, undermined its reputation in the eyes of the American people and of members of other branches of government. Through topics ranging from George W. Bush’s intervention in Iraq to his thoughts on the CIA’s controversial use of enhanced interrogation techniques to his eye-opening account of the planning of the raid that resulted in Bin Ladin’s death to his realization that Russia had interfered with the 2016 election, Brennan brings the reader behind the scenes of some of the most crucial moments in recent U.S. history. He also candidly discusses the times he has failed to live up to his own high standards and the very public fallouts that have resulted. With its behind-the-scenes look at how major U.S. national security policies and actions unfolded during his long and distinguished career—especially during his eight years in the Obama administration—John Brennan’s memoir is a work of history with strong implications for the future of America and our country’s relationships with other world powers.

Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad offers a rare and insightful look at the often-obscured world of national security, the intelligence profession, and Washington’s chaotic political environment. But more than that, it is a portrait of a man striving for integrity; for himself, for the CIA, and for his country.

John O. Brennan was one of President Obama’s most trusted national security advisors during all eight years of the Obama Administration, first as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism and then as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Brennan had previously worked in the CIA from 1980 to 2005, where he specialized in Middle Eastern affairs and counterterrorism and served as President Clinton’s daily intelligence briefer. Mr. Brennan received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fordham University in 1977 and a master’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of May 31-June 6, 2021

1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be forced from office if THIS ultranationalist leader is successful in cobbling together an alternative ruling coalition.

A. Yair Lapid
B. Tzipi Livni
C. Reuven Rivlin
D. Naftali Bennet

Correct Response: D. Naftali Bennet

2. President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. Intelligence Community to further its
investigation of the Covid-19 origins, “whether it emerged from human contact with an
infected animal, or from a laboratory accident.” The facility in question is THIS Chinese

A. Beijing Pathogens Institute
B. Shanghai Center for Infectious Diseases
C. Wuhan Institute of Virology
D. People’s Institute of Disease Control

Correct response: C. Wuhan Institute of Virology

3. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister warned, “The Americans must assume that a number of signals from Moscow … will be uncomfortable for them, including in the coming days.” The threat comes in advance of THIS event.

A. June 22nd celebration of “Remembrance and Sorrow” in Russia
B. June 16th Biden/Putin summit in Geneva
C. July 4th Independence Day NATO exercises in the Baltic States
D. June 20th meeting of the G-7 minus Russia

Correct Response: B. June 16th Biden/Putin summit in Geneva

4. Mr. Ebrahim Raisi is the current judiciary chief of THIS country, but he is expected to win the contest to replace President Hassan Rouhani, as he has just received the Guardian Council’s critical, official endorsement for his candidacy.

A. Iraq
B. Lebanon
C. Iran
D. Oman

Correct Response: C. Iran


5. The president of THIS country is undergoing political pressure from his home province of Rize along the Black Sea after proposing plans for a quarry in the area. The quarry would eradicate 220 acres of woodland, sparking outrage among environmentalists and locals in Rize.

A. Greece
B. Italy
C. Syria
D. Turkey

Correct response: D. Turkey

6. The 50-day Kumbh Mela festival is thought to be a large factor in the spike in Covid-19 cases in India last month as the festival is known for bringing many tourists, travelers, and priests for ritualistic gatherings of THIS religion in the Ganges River.

A. Islam
B. Hinduism
C. Buddhism
D. Sikhism

Correct Response: B. Hinduism

7. Carrie Symonds married this Englishman over the weekend in a surprise ceremony at London’s Westminster Cathedral.

A. Prince Andrew
B. Paul McCartney
C. Boris Johnson
D. Richard Branson

Correct Response: C. Boris Johnson

8. Couples in THIS country will be allowed to have up to three children after a census report warned of a declining birth rate, despite the 2016 reversal of one-child limits to two-children per family.

A. China
B. India
C. Japan
D. North Korea

Correct Response: A. China

9. Thousands of protestors gathered in front of Brasilia’s Congress building in outrage against THIS president as the country endures a surge in Covid-19 deaths and infections that has left the medical system on the verge of collapse.

A. Jair Bolsonaro
B. Evo Morales
C. Christina Fernandez de Kirchner
D. Mauricio Funes

Correct Response: A. Jair Bolsonaro

10. The U.S. State Department and human rights groups have accused THIS country of “the worst kind of child labor” abuses. Last week Pyongyang’s news agency said, “dozens of orphan children rushed out to the Chonnae Area Coal-mining Complex to fulfil their oath to repay even just a millionth of the love the party showed”.

A. Azerbaijan
B. North Korea
C. Colombia
D. Morocco

Correct Response: A. North Korea

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