“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Mar 1-7, 2021

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Allison Hodgkins, Mars, HI
David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
Jim Shepherd, Nashville TN
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
Campbell Lahman, Nolensville, TN
Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Jack Hartert, Nashville, TN
Melissa Davis, Nashville, TN
Adam Leff, Bedford, ME
Sarah Knutson, Schenectady, NY
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Tom Rackmales, Saco, ME

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February 2021 – Quiz Prize Winner

Buddy Teaster, Nashville, TN

World in Danger: Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time

Wolfgang Ischinger

March 2021 – Quiz Prize

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

By Anne Applebaum

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Feb 22-28, 2021

1. “America is back,” according to President Joe Biden who addressed THIS group on February 19th. He said, “The transatlantic alliance is back,” in reassuring European allies that the alliance was the foundation on which “collective security and our shared prosperity are built.”

A. Group of Twenty (G-20) Summit
B. Munich Security Conference
C. NATO Supreme Council
D. United Nations Security Council

Correct response: B. Munich Security Conference

2. “We cannot afford to take our foot off the gas – even as we battle COVID, we must ensure capacity and financing for health security worldwide,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, referring to U.S. aid to fight an Ebola outbreak in Guinea and THIS country, the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.

A. Botswana
B. Democratic Republic of Congo
C. Tanzania
D. Ivory Coast

Correct Response: B. Democratic Republic of Congo

3. Europe’s most active volcano has erupted again. THIS stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily sent lava flows down its slope and launched ash over the city of Catania.

A. Mount Etna
B. Mount Amiata
C. Mount Solfatara
D. Mount Vesuvius

Correct Response: A. Mount Etna

4. Unrest erupted in Port-au-Prince after President Jovenel Moïse refused to acknowledge the end of his term in office and ordered the arrest of 23 opposition figures in THIS nation, among the poorest in the world. [“Daily Chatter” Question]

A. Dominican Republic
B. Haiti
C. Cuba
D. Venezuela

Correct Response: B. Haiti
“Daily Chatter,” February 19, 2021

5. President Joe Biden recently talked to THIS leader in China for over two hours in what was believed to be a “weighty and potentially heated conversation,” according to a USIP report. Jacob Stokes, writing for USIP, suggested six challenges for the Biden Administration such as “finding realistic ways to cooperate.”

A. Li Keiqiang
B. Xi Jinping
C. Zhang Dejiang
D. Yu Zhengsheng

Correct Response: B. Xi Jinping

6. Canada is continuing legislative efforts in reaction to a shooting rampage last year that left 20 dead in Nova Scotia. THIS prime minister announced a bill, which would allow Canadian cities to ban handguns and step up enforcement of border controls on guns arriving from the United States.

A. Emanual Macron
B. Justin Trudeau
C. Maxime Bernier
D. Tany Yao

Correct Response: B. Justin Trudeau

7. North Korea was caught by South Korean intelligence agencies trying to hack information about THIS.

A. Joint defense training plans for U.S.-ROK exercises
B. Coronavirus vaccine data
C. Rumored scandals among the ruling Liberal Democratic Party leaders
D. Disposition of troops aligned at the DMZ

Correct Response: B. Coronavirus vaccine data

8. THIS Japanese tennis star has claimed her fourth Grand Slam title beating Jennifer Brady at the Australian Open. She is 4 for 4 in Grand Slam finals, a feat achieved in the Open era only by Monica Seles on her way to nine total championships and Roger Federer on his way to 20.

A. Kurumi Nara
B. Mayo Hibi
C. Misaki Doi
D. Naomi Osaka

Correct Response: D. Naomi Osaka

9. “Mars 2020” is a Mars rover mission by NASA’s Mars Exploration Program that includes THIS rover and the small robotic helicopter Ingenuity. The rover landed on Mars’ Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.

A. Courageous
B. Persnickety
C. Perserverance
D. Observer

Correct Response: C. Perserverance

10. Australia is in a battle with THIS social media outlet after Canberra moved forward with legislation to require payments to news sources for use of their content. The provider responded with a news blackout and restrictions that impacted access to government emergency resources and nonprofit accounts, angering many.

A. Google
B. Tik Tok
C. Facebook
D. Instagram

Correct Response: C. Facebook

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