“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | October 12-18, 2020

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Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Himanshu Manchanda, Nashville, TN
Barbara A. Leaf, Washington, DC
Stephen Friedberg, Boston, MA
Jim Shepherd, Nashville, TN
Joseph Mendenhall, Bedford, TX
Connie Tomczyk, Peoria, Il


Was last week’s quiz too easy? Lots of 9’s and 10’s.  Stephen in Bean Town said it was “fun,” Joseph in Texas said, “good fun.”  Although Andie in San Diego thought it was a “tough one.” Peter in Peoria “enjoyed learning” which is what it’s all about. Good to see friend of TNWAC and Member, Jackie, back in the quiz hunt.
Thanks to all who are curious about the world every week.  Good luck this week.

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October 2020 – Quiz Prize


Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

Fareed Zakaria

Lenin once said, “There are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen.” This is one of those times when history has sped up. CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria helps readers to understand the nature of a post-pandemic world: the political, social, technological, and economic consequences that may take years to unfold. Written in the form of ten “lessons,” covering topics from natural and biological risks to the rise of “digital life” to an emerging bipolar world order, Zakaria helps readers to begin thinking beyond the immediate effects of COVID-19. Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World speaks to past, present, and future, and, while urgent and timely, is sure to become an enduring reflection on life in the early twenty-first century.

About the author

Fareed Zakaria has been called “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation” (Esquire). He is the Emmy-nominated host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor for The Atlantic, a columnist for the Washington Post, and the best-selling author of The Post-American World and The Future of Freedom. He lives in New York City.

What in the World? Quiz – Week of Oct 5-11, 2020

1. The President of Azerbaijan on Sunday said fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh would not end until Armenia withdraw from the embattled territory and surrounding Azeri areas. Who is the President of Azerbaijan?

A. President Ilham Aliyev
B. President Armen Sarkissian
C. President Serzh Sargsyan
D. President Nikol Pashinyan

Correct Response: A. President Ilham Aliyev

2. The interior minister of THIS country is taking a hard line on asylum seekers arriving illegally, saying the system is broken. Meanwhile the government is under fire over reports it was reviewing plans to house asylum seekers on idle offshore oil platforms, building floating sea walls or sending them to detention sites in Moldova or Papua New Guinea.

A. Turkey
B. Greece
C. France

Correct Response: D. UK

3. The U.S. National Security Advisor told the press Sunday he had warned Russia about interference in the U.S. election in November, but did not inform them the U.S. Intelligence Community has already said influence operations had already begun. Who is the National Security Advisor?

A. Robert O’Brien
B. Jared Kushner
C. Richard Grenell
D. John Bolton

Correct Response: A. Robert O’Brien

4. Negotiations between the United States and the Taliban over an Afghanistan peace agreement have been held at a third-party location in THIS place.

A. Doha, Qatar
B. Kuwait City, Kuwait
C. Singapore
D. Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Correct Response: A. Doha, Qatar

5. The U.S. Assistant Health Secretary Brett Giroir pressed THIS organization to make reforms and appeared to criticize China for failure to provide timely information about pandemic outbreaks, during his appearance before its Executive Board. President Trump previously directed the United States to withdraw from it by next July.


Correct Response: B. WHO

6. When President Trump embarked a US Marine Corps helicopter for his trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday an officer was seen carrying a briefcase believed to contain the codes required to initiate a nuclear weapons release. The briefcase is referred to as THIS.

A. The basket.
B. The football.
C. The torch.
D. The hot kit.

Correct Response: B. The football.

7. German’s foreign minister Heiko Maas said it is likely the European Union (EU) will sanction Russia for a violation of the International Chemical Weapons Convention. Maas called THIS incident a grave violation ahead of the October 15-16 EU Summit.

A. Deployment of Phosgene gas to Russian bases in North-East Syria
B. Assassination of former KGB Colonel Dmitri Ovechkin who defected to the UK with a polonium pellet injection.
C. Detection of Russian made Saran gas used to put down demonstrators in Minsk.
D. Poisoning of dissident Alexei Navalny with Novichok nerve agent on an airplane over Siberia.

Correct Response: D. Poisoning of dissident Alexei Navalny with Novichok nerve agent on an airplane over Siberia.

8. Thousands of protestors took to the streets over a new law preventing demonstrations more than 1 km from their homes during the pandemic. The protests continue the pressure on THIS Middle East leader over the handling of the COVID-19 crisis and charges against him for corruption.

A. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi
B. Jair Bolsonaro
C. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
D. Benjamin Netanyahu

Correct Response: D. Benjamin Netanyahu

9. New Caledonians voted on Sunday to reject independence for the second time and remain a part of THIS country which colonized it in 1853. The South Pacific archipelago has three opportunities according to a treaty to vote on the measure.

A. France
B. United Kingdom
C. Portugal
D. Netherlands

Correct Response: A. France

10. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with the new Emir of THIS country on Sunday and paid respects at the passing of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad. Esper said, “He will be remembered as a great man and a special friend to the United States,” recalling the U.S. effort to liberate THIS country in 1991.

A. Bahrain
B. Saudi Arabia
C. Kuwait
D. Oman

Correct Response: C. Kuwait

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