“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | May 30-Jun 6, 2021

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Thanks to quiz masters Merry Holland and Keira Larson for this week’s quiz.


Patricia Miletich, Nashville, TN
Linda Snider, Corpus Christi, TX
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Frederick Rudolph, Nashville, TN
Peter Sharadin, Blandon, PA
Bernie Drake, Peoria, IL
Steve Freidberg, Boston, MA
Daniel Getz, Peoria, IL
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
Austin Travis, Nashville, TN
Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Christine Laemmar-Faber, Brookfield, WI
Rich Buck, Peoria, IL
Beverly Ketel, Peoria, IL
Jim Shepherd, Nashville, TN

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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 May 24-30, 2021

1. A jetliner enroute from Greece to Lithuania was diverted over THIS country to permit the arrest of a journalist who has been a persistent critic of the President, accused of election rigging. Roman Protasevich was detained in THIS country after the jet was diverted due to a supposed bomb scare and escorted by warplanes.

A. Poland
B. Latvia
C. Belarus
D. Ukraine

Correct Response: C. Belarus

2. THIS country, home of a legally binding climate agreement signed in 2015, is in the process of passing a controversial climate law that would include banning short distance flights and limiting the amount of meat served at state-funded events.

A. Hungary
B. France
C. Brazil
D. Canada

Correct Response: B. France

3. Protests in THIS country started due to widespread dissatisfaction with a proposed tax bill that would have placed additional strain on workers during Covid-19. Thus far, more than 50 people, mostly in Bogota, have died as a result of violent interactions with police and military personnel sparking international calls for restraint.

A. Myanmar
B. Israel
C. Colombia
D. New Zealand

Correct Response: C. Colombia

4. As the violence between Hamas and Israel approached the two-week mark, THIS country brokered a ceasefire agreement in order to end Israeli air strikes in Gaza and Hamas rocket attacks against Israel.

A. Egypt
B. Jordan
C. United Kingdom
D. Morocco

Correct Response: A. Egypt

5. THIS country is cracking down on journalists reporting about the conflict in the Tigray region such as a New York Times reporter losing press credentials over human rights reporting.

A. Ethiopia
B. Colombia
C. Burkina Faso
D. Lebanon

Correct Response: A. Ethiopia

6. Mount Nyiragongo erupted Saturday with little warning, consuming villages in THIS country with lava flows. At least 15 died and over 500 homes were destroyed – although the toll is as yet unknown – but the nearby city of Goma was spared from damage.

A. Indonesia
B. Guatemala
C. Rwanda
D. DR Congo

Correct Response: D. DR Congo

7. Forced evictions from THIS neighborhood recently sparked outrage across social media, accusing the governing authority of ethnic cleansing and resulting in wider violence.

A. Wang Burapha (Bangkok)
B. Chueca (Madrid)
C. Gigiri (Nairobi)
D. Sheikh Jarrah (Jerusalem)

Correct Response: D. Sheikh Jarrah (Jerusalem)

8. What news organization is reviewing its governance in the wake of a report critical of a 1995 interview with Princess Diana?

A. British Broadcasting Corporation
B. Murdoch Broadcasting Corporation
C. EuroNews Network
D. The Telegraph Cable Corporation

Correct Response: A. British Broadcasting Corporation

9. Secretary Blinken slammed THIS country over militarization of THIS region and threatening to use force over vessels that did not comply with demands for permissions and maritime pilots.

A. China, South China Sea
B. Russia, Arctic
C. Yemen, Bab el Mandeb Strait
D. Turkey, Bospurus

Correct Response: B. Russia, Arctic

10. Troops from Egypt arrived in Sudan for joint military exercises in response to THIS development that Cairo has called an existential threat.

A. The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that could restrict flow of the Blue Nile River.
B. Ethiopian military forces pursuing Tigrayan rebels into Sudanese territory.
C. A resurgence of Dufari separtists and the Sudan Revolutionary Front threatening Khartoum.
D. A threat from ISIS extremists to foul the Nile River watershed with biological agents.

Correct Response: A. The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that could restrict flow of the Blue Nile River.

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