“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | May 3-9, 2021

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Thanks to quiz master Pat Ryan for this week’s quiz.


David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL
Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
Steve Freidberg, Boston, MA
Charles Bowers, Nashville, TN
Melissa Davis, Nashville, TN
Johanne O’Reilly, Tel Aviv, Israel
Lewis Bellardo, Nashville, TN
Rich Buck, Peoria, IL
Roger French, Washington, IL
Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Jim Shepherd, Nashville, TN
Allison Hodgkins, Maine
Donald McKenzie, Nashville, TN
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Austin Travis, Nashville, TN
Herb Marsh, Lincoln, NM
Kevin O’Brien, Washington, IL

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May 2021 – Quiz Prize

On All Fronts takes the reader on a riveting journey of storytelling. . . From Russia to China to Syria, [she] navigate[s] the most intense of human experiences while finding the tools to stay emotional.”—Lynsey Addario, author of It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

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.

On All Fronts is the unforgettable story of one extraordinary journalist—and of a changing world.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Apr 26-May 2, 2021

1. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic THIS country was thought to be showing good outcomes, but now it is in the midst of a virus surge with world record setting case numbers three days in a row as of Saturday.

A. Russia
B. China
C. India
D. Brazil

Correct Response: C. India

2. The submarine Nanggala-402 was lost in the Bali Sea with 53 crewmen aboard last week. The Nanggala is a 40-year old submarine serving in THIS country’s Navy.

A. Malaysia
B. Indonesia
C. Thailand
D. Singapore

Correct Response: B. Indonesia

3. Leaders across the Third World, like South Africa’s President Ramphosa called for Covid-19 vaccine technology to be shared without intellectual property restrictions. The issue of wealthier countries having vaccinated disproportionately higher numbers in their populations is known as THIS.

A. Covax Inequity
B. Vaccine nationalism
C. Covid disruption
D. Jab monopoly

Correct Response: B. Vaccine nationalism

4. Australia’s Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, quashed an infrastructure agreement between the State of Victoria and China as being “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy,” opening another contentious issue between Beijing and Canberra. The agreement was to be an element of China’s global infrastructure project called THIS. [“Daily Chatter” Question of the Week]

A. Belt and Road Initiative
B. The New Silk Road
C. Indo-Pacific Marketplace
D. The Sino-Global Third Wave

Correct Response: A. Belt and Road Initiative
“Daily Chatter” Newsletter, April 23, 2021

5. Last week’s White House Leaders Summit called for global action regarding THIS issue that might have the side effect of inflaming conflict and instability especially in the area of 23 key minerals as discussed by USIP’s Tegan Blaine and Chris Collins.
[USIP Question of the Week]

A. Nuclear nonproliferation
B. Climate change
C. Global pandemic control
D. Foreign trade and investment

Correct Response: B. Climate change

6. The U.S.—and global—solar panel manufacturing industry is dependent on polysilicon production. However, 82% of polysilicon is produced in THIS region of China where the Chinese government has detained and oppressed the Uighur population through methods including forced labor according to CSIS.

A. Fujian
B. Tibet
C. Hainan
D. Xinjiang

Correct Response: D. Xinjiang

7. President Biden announced the United States considers the killing of about 1.5 million Armenians over one hundred years ago was a “genocide.” The declaration will likely infuriate the President of THIS country who has been vociferous in denials and down playing his nation’s role.

A. Russia
B. Hungary
C. Turkey
D. Syria

Correct Response: C. Turkey

8. An Oxford Institute announced trial results for a vaccine for malaria that is 77 percent effective. Large-scale trials are starting but this vaccine could be a “game changer” in combating the malaria affliction, MOST affects THIS continent.

A. Asia
B. Africa
C. South America
D. Australia

Correct Response: B. Africa

9. Militants fired scores of rockets from Gaza into Israel and violent protests erupted in the West bank and in THIS city that is at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Over 100 Palestinians and 20 Israeli police were injured and dozens arrested in the clashes there.

A. Ashdod
B. Tel Aviv
C. Ramallah
D. Jerusalem

Correct Response: D. Jerusalem

10. The United States is back in the business of launching manned rockets into space as the SpaceX Dragon capsule endeavor delivered four astronauts to the International Space Station. The astronauts represent the U.S., France and THIS country.

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

Correct Response: A. Japan

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