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

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Steve Freidberg, Boston, MA
Allison Hodgkins, Cumberland Center, ME
Lee Maki, Peoria, IL
Sarah Knutson, Schenectady, NY
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Anne Was-Lyon, Mount Laurel, NJ
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Adam Leff, Bangor, ME
Jack Colwell, Chillicothe, IL
Parwan Machingal, Nashville, TN
Tommy Miller, Peoria, 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 1-7, 2021

1. President Biden ordered an air strike against militia facilities in eastern Syria on February 26th in response to rocket attacks against US forces and installations in Iraq. The U.S. attributed the attacks to militias backed by THIS nation.

A. Syria
B. Lebanon
C. Iran
D. Turkey

Correct Response: C. Iran

2. The U.S. Intelligence Community released a report concluding Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directly approved the 2018 killing of THIS American resident Washington Post journalist in Istanbul.

A Jamal Khashoggi
B. Mohamed bin Nayef
C. Adel al Ghamdi
D. Reem al Madani

Correct Response: A. Jamal Khashoggi

3. More than 300 school girls were abducted in the northwest of THIS African country that has been plagued by such crimes. Boko Haram and Islamic State militants were the earliest groups to engage in school girl abductions but there were no claims made for this attack.

A. Nigeria
B. Angola
C. Niger
D. Uganda

Correct Response: A. Nigeria

4. Demonstrators took to the streets last week in Yerevan to demand Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian step down over his handling of the six-week war over the breakaway region of Nagorno Karabakh against THIS nation. [“Daily Chatter” Question]

A. Turkey
B. Moldova
C. Azerbaijan
D. Chechnya

Correct Response: C. Azerbaijan
“Daily Chatter,” February 22, 2021, Question

5. The Biden administration is undertaking a rapid Afghanistan policy review to determine its overall strategy toward the slow-moving intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha, Qatar one year after the U.S.-Taliban agreement. The deadline for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan is THIS date. [US Institute of Peace Question]

A. April 15
B. May 1
C. October 1
D. December 31

Correct Response: B. May 1

6. The United States and THIS Middle East ally have decided to reconvene a strategic forum on Iran despite disagreements over how to approach its nuclear program.

A. Israel
B. Saudi Arabia
C. Turkey
D. Kuwait

Correct Response: A. Israel

7. The Canadian House of Commons voted to declare treatment of the Uighurs a genocide and asked the government to petition the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from THIS country.

A. China
B. Myanmar
C. Pakistan
D. Qatar

Correct Response: A. China

8. The U.S. Senate confirmed THIS career diplomat as United States Ambassador to the United Nations last week. When nominated by President Biden she said, “Multilateralism is back.”

A. Nina Maria Fite
B. Linda Thomas-Greenfield
C. Julie D. Fisher
D. Kelly C. Degnan

Correct Response: B. Linda Thomas-Greenfield

9. The four-month conflict between government forces of THIS country in the Horn of Africa and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front has resulted in hundreds killed and tens of thousands displaced and there are charges crimes against humanity may have been committed. The U.S. has urged the African Union to step in to resolve the situation.

A. Democratic Republic of Congo
B. Uganda
C. Ethiopia
D. Djibouti

Correct Response: C. Ethiopia

10. Alarm bells are ringing in THIS country as 2020 investment from China dropped 61% and exports slid. China is apparently retaliating over diplomatic friction stemming from Canberra’s call for investigation of Covid-19 origins and other relationship troubles.

A. New Zealand
B. United Kingdom
C. Canada
D. Australia

Correct Response: D. Australia

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