“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | May 10-16, 2021

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Youness Mizmani, Casablanca, Morocco
Kathy Ingleson, Brentwood, TN
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
Austin Travis, Nashville, TN
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN
Joseph Mc Namara, Cork, Ireland

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May 2021 – Quiz Prize

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The recipient of multiple Peabody and Murrow awards, Clarissa Ward is a world-renowned conflict reporter. In this strange age of crisis where there really is no front line, she has moved from one hot zone to the next. With multiple assignments in Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan, Ward, who speaks seven languages, has been based in Baghdad, Beirut, Beijing, and Moscow. She has seen and documented the violent remaking of the world at close range. With her deep empathy, Ward finds a way to tell the hardest stories. On All Fronts is the riveting account of Ward’s singular career and of journalism in this age of extremism.

Following a privileged but lonely childhood, Ward found her calling as an international war correspondent in the aftermath of 9/11. From her early days in the field, she was embedding with marines at the height of the Iraq War and was soon on assignment all over the globe. But nowhere does Ward make her mark more than in war-torn Syria, which she has covered extensively with courage and compassion. From her multiple stints entrenched with Syrian rebels to her deep investigations into the Western extremists who are drawn to ISIS, Ward has covered Bashar al-Assad’s reign of terror without fear. In 2018, Ward rose to new heights at CNN and had a son. Suddenly, she was doing this hardest of jobs with a whole new perspective.

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What in the World? Quiz – Week of May 3-9, 2021

1. Global Covid-19 cases doubled since March 1st with the average daily case numbers topping 800,000 for the past week. The surge has been led by THESE two nations/regions.

A. India, EU
B. South America, Africa
C. India, South America
D. Africa, EU

Correct Response: C. India, South America

2. Last week THIS nation launched the first module for its space station, the CSS, which will be manned by “Taikonauts” (space sailors) in coming missions.

A. Russia
B. The EU
C. China
D. Brazil

Correct Response: C. China

3. On April 26th Japan approved THIS trade agreement, the world’s largest, signed by 15 Asia-Pacific nations. The pact, expected to go into effect later this year, will eliminate tariffs on 91 percent of goods and sets investment and intellectual property rules in a zone covering about 30 percent of global GDP. It groups the 10 ASEAN members — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam — plus Japan, China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

A. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
B. Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
C. Comprehensive Pacific Trade Pact (CPTP)
D. Asia Pacific Economic Compact (APEC)

Correct Response: A. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

4. The Morena Party of THIS President of Mexico voted to extend the term of the Supreme Court chief justice drawing criticism that he was attempting to control the independent judiciary. The move marks another instance where the President has “challenged institutions created as part of Mexico’s transition to a pluralistic democracy,” according to “Daily Chatter.” [“Daily Chatter” Question of the Week]

A. Arturo Zaldivar
B. Andrés Manuel López Obrador
C. Evo Morales
D. Nicolas Maduro

Correct Response: B. Andrés Manuel López Obrador
“Daily Chatter” Newsletter, April 30, 2021

5. “Russian ships and trains are moving back the tens of thousands of troops massed on [THIS] border because, Russia’s defense minister said last week, their “surprise inspection” had “demonstrated their ability to ensure the reliable defense of the country.” In reality, the Kremlin stood down after its saber-rattling failed to unnerve the [THIS country]—and after President Biden warned President Vladimir Putin directly to drop the military threat, effectively calling the Russians’ bluff,” according to Dr. Donald Jensen at USIP. [USIP Question of the Week]

A. Turkey
B. Armenia
C. Ukraine
D. Belarus

Correct Response: C. Ukraine

6. President Cyril Ramaphosa of THIS nation is set to testify against former President Jacob Zuma, a member of his own party, charged with corruption. Ramaphosa said the African National Congress (ANC) party should have done more to address Zuma’s graft.

A. DR Congo
B. Mozambique
C. South Africa
D. Tanzania

Correct Response: C. South Africa

7. Ninety-three police officers were injured in Berlin during May Day rallies that turned violent. May Day is known as a spring festival but it also marks THIS.

A. International Workers Day
B. WWII Remembrance Day
C. Anniversary of the United Nations
D. Spring Equinox

Correct Response: A. International Workers Day

8. The deadliest civil catastrophe in the history of THIS nation struck last week when a stampede at a religious festival left 47 dead at Mount Meron. The aftermath has opened charges by former police officials that ultra-orthodox religious leaders ignore the authority of the state to regulate assemblies.

A. Portugal
B. Israel
C. Peru
D. India

Correct Response: B. Israel

9. Palestinians were set for parliamentary voting on May 22nd – the first elections in 15 years — but THIS leader of the Palestinian Authority announced a suspension over lack of guarantees for votes coming in from East Jerusalem. Israel has not yet indicated if it will allow Palestinians there to vote.

A. President Mahmoud Abbas
B. President Aziz Dweik
C. President Yasser Arafat
D. President Rawhi Fattouh

Correct Response: A. President Mahmoud Abbas

10. Seemingly implacable foes Saudi Arabia and Iran are said to have opened discrete talks to defuse tensions. The six-year war in Yemen is a major sticking point in the relationship with Iran backing THIS group against a Saudi organized coalition.

B. Al Qaeda
C. Houthis
D. Hezbollah

Correct Response: C. Houthis

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