“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | Mar 22-28, 2021

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Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Don Samford, Eureka, IL
Steve Freidberg, Boston, MA
Rich Buck, Peoria, IL
Angela Weck, Peoria, IL
Jim Shepherd, Nashville, TN
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Beth O’Brien, Washington, IL

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March 2021 – Quiz Prize

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

By Anne Applebaum

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Mar 15-21, 2021

1. U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense arrived in THIS city Monday to start talks focused on Indo-Pacific defense against Chinese expansion.

A. Seoul
B. Tokyo
C. Manila
D. Canberra

Correct Response: B. Tokyo

2. President Joe Biden met virtually with leaders of the so-called “Quad” to discuss jointly fighting COVID-19, cyberterrorism and climate change. THIS country is NOT part of the “Quad?”

A. Japan
B. Australia
C. India
D. China

Correct Response: D. China

3. European Union officials are considering adding Russia’s Sputnik vaccine to its Covid-19 vaccination program despite potential political consequences. The Sputnik vaccine takes its name from THIS.

A. A Moscow hockey team favored by President Vladimir Putin.
B. The name of the laboratory in St. Petersburg where the vaccine was created.
C. The first man made satellite to orbit earth.
D. The Russian company that developed the vaccine.

Correct Response: C. The first man made satellite to orbit earth.

4. The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom recently ruled that “gig” workers in the case of THIS company were employees. “Daily Chatter” noted, “From Uruguay to France, activists have gone to court to enforce laws that stop employers from siphoning off too much value for their workers’ efforts.” [“Daily Chatter” Question]

A. Amazon
B. Google
C. Uber
D. Door Dash

Correct Response: C. Uber
“Daily Chatter” March 11, 2021

5. “Secretary of State Antony Blinken proposed new plans to advance the peace process in a letter to THIS Afghan President. The letter recommends several efforts to “move matters more fundamentally and quickly” toward peace, according to a USIP report. [USIP Question]

A. Zalmay Khalilizad
B. Ashraf Ghani
C. Abdullah Abdullah
D. Mohammed Zahir Shah

Correct Response: B. Ashraf Ghani

6. Voters in Switzerland approved THIS ban targeting the Muslim community.

A. Construction of new mosques
B. Time off work on Fridays, the Muslim holy day
C. Wearing full face coverings
D. Decertifying “Halal” butchers

Correct Response: C. Wearing full face coverings

7. The World Health Organization continues to back THIS vaccine following some EU countries pausing their rollouts due to questions on safety.

A. Pfizer
B. Johnson & Johnson
C. AstraZeneca
D. Moderna

Correct Response: C. AstraZeneca

8. The global arms trade continued to be a lucrative business despite the pandemic with THIS country leading the world in military sales, increasing its share of international arms sales by 37% over the last five years.

A. United States
B. Russia
C. Germany
D. China

Correct Response: A. United States

9. The military in THIS Asian country shot dead 50 protestors in the bloodiest day there since the February 1 coup installed General Min Aung Hlaing, as countries like Japan consider increasing sanctions.

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

Correct Response: D. Myanmar

10. Gangs of jihadi fighters in the northern region of THIS country have terrorized residents who are fleeing the area after numerous beheadings of victims. Meanwhile, in the capital of Maputo, President Filipe Nyusi has shaken up the leadership of the military.

A. Mozambique
B. Angola
C. Ghana
D. South Africa

Correct Response: A. Mozambique

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