“What in the World? Weekly Quiz” | October 19-25, 2020

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Janice Snow Rodriguez, Nashville, TN
Barbara Gubbin, Jacksonville, FL
Ansley Brock, London, England
Joseph Mendenhall, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Steve Friedberg, Boston, MA
Rich Buck, Peoria, IL
Jim Shepherd, Nashville, TN
Austin Travis, Nashville, TN
Sana, Phoenix, AZ
Angela, Peoria, IL
Shobha Varkey, Canberra NSW, Australia
Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN
Roger French, Washington, IL


Welcome Stephen from New Hampshire, yes it’s “Fun trying.” Roger in Washington (Illinois) said it was a “tough one” but did very well. Chip in Nashville, good to have you here. Yes, “There’s a lot out there to learn.” Angela in Peoria, there may be a couple of questions you “wanted to be correct” but sadly it doesn’t work that way — no “fake news” here. Jim in Nashville agreed with Joseph in Frankfurt, Germany that last week might have been tough. And Shobha from New South Wales, Australia, welcome and big hat tip for the long distance check in; Glad you thought it was a “great quiz.” 
p.s. Spain owns the Canary Islands. If you thought Portugal you might have been thinking about the Azores, an autonomous region.
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 12-18, 2020

1. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in Namibia’s capital to disperse demonstrators in a third straight day of protests to call for action to stop violence against women. With one of the world’s highest rates of reported rapes, Namibia also has over 200 documented cases of domestic violence each month. WHICH of the following cities is Namibia’s capital?

A. Asmara
B. Gaborone
C. Windhoek
D. Accra

Correct Response: C. Windhoek

2. In the span of 48 hours last week over 1,000 African migrants landed on the Canary Islands, 60 miles west of the continent’s Atlantic coast. The influx of migrants was the highest number reported since 2006, when the number of people who arrived in the Canaries from Africa reached 30,000 for the entire year. The Canaries belong to WHICH European country?

A. France
B. Portugal
C. Great Britain
D. Spain

Correct Response: D. Spain

3. North Korea held its first military parade since Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump met in 2018. According to experts on North Korea, the pre-dawn parade was held to showcase THIS:

A. North Korea’s annual celebration of Kim Jong-un’s birthday
B. New weaponry; this most recent parade featured a “monster” intercontinental ballistic missiles
C. The graduation of new military cadets
D. The nation’s purported COVID-free status

Correct Response: B. New weaponry; this most recent parade featured intercontinental ballistic missiles

4. Owners say that the Dukling, Hong Kong’s last original boat from the British colonial era, is struggling to stay afloat financially. Normally a tourist attraction that gives rides around Hong Kong’s world-famous harbor, the Dukling has fallen on hard times since the beginning of the pandemic. Although other boats like the Dukling exist, they are all replicas. The Dukling and her sister ships are commonly referred to by THIS term:

A. Junks
B. Catamarans
C. Sampans
D. Wherries

Correct Response: A. Junks

5. [USIP Question of the Week] “As people in Belarus continue massive protests against an autocratic ruler and a rigged election, risks are rising that Russia’s military could take a direct role, less visible than an overt invasion, projecting power westward toward NATO and threatening Ukraine from the north.” What is the one “critical” difference between the prodemocracy protests in Belarus from those in Ukraine?

A. Protestors in Minsk do not seek a sharp break with Russia.
B. Protestors in Kiev did not seek a sharp break with Russia.
C. Protestors in Minsk seek closer ties with NATO and the West.
D. Protestors in Kiev did not seek closer ties with NATO and the West.

Correct Response: A. Protestors in Minsk do not seek a sharp break with Russia.

6. The government of THIS European capital invoked constitutional authority to oppose a court ruling that overturned lockdown orders last week. In spite of city leaders’ protests, the capital is now under a state of emergency and must comply with a government-mandated 15-day lockdown to try and stop the spread of COVID-19 with an infection rate of more than 500 per each 100,000 residents:

A. Paris
B. Berlin
C. Madrid
D. London

Correct Response: C. Madrid

7. Conservationists in Costa Rica devised a way to thwart poachers who steal and sell sea turtle eggs by doing THIS:

A. They developed artificial eggs, called “InvestEGGators,” and outfitted with satellite transmitters to help track the eggs to the final consumers
B. They booby-trapped sea turtle nests with the same paint bombs used to thwart bank robbers
C. They offered an egg buy-back program, paying each end consumer double for turning in any eggs purchased
D. They enlisted the help of the Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny to raise awareness of how purchasing eggs further endangers the sea turtle population

Correct Response: A. They developed artificial eggs, called “InvestEGGators,” and outfitted with satellite transmitters to help track the eggs to the final consumers

8. The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to THIS UN agency:

A. the World Health Organization
B. the World Food Programme
C. the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
D. the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Correct Response: B. the World Food Programme

9. After a five-year trial, a court in Greece determined this week that the Golden Dawn Party was a criminal organization, convicting 68 party members of crimes, including murder. Golden Dawn is a part that espouses THIS political ideology:

A. Extreme Greek nationalism
B. Core tenets of violence, including the destruction of Turkey
C. Anarchy
D. Neo-Nazism

Correct Response: D. Neo-Nazism

10. The cabinet in Israel approved the normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates and Prime Minister Netanyahu has plans to meet the UAE’s leader. Who is the leader of the United Arab Emirates?

A. Sharjah Emir Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi
B. Ajman Crown Prince Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi
C. Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
D. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Correct Response: D. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan

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