The Week to Week News Quiz 5/12/17

If you haven’t been fired by the president, then you should still be feeling chipper enough to take the latest Week to Week News Quiz.

Here are some random but real hints: Sessions is the new Bill Bennett; where’s Rose Mary Woods when you need her; most of them were fine after they paid $300; and that’s a novel idea. Answers are below the quiz.

1. Whom did President Trump fire this week?

a. Chief Strategist Steve Bannon

b. Spokesman Sean Spicer

c. CIA Director Mike Pompeo

d. FBI Director James Comey

2. This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to seek the maximum punishment for what type of offense?

a. Sex

b. Drugs

c. Animal cruelty

d. Conflict of interest

3. Washington journalists are angry that what organization was the only press allowed to photograph a meeting between President Donald Trump and the Russian ambassador?

a. Fox News

b. Breitbart News

c. Russian government-owned TASS

d. Disney Kids News

4. What did White House spokesman Sean Spicer refuse to deny several times on Friday?

a. Trump secretly records his conversations

b. The president would spend the weekend at another of his golf resorts

c. The president has extensive indirect income from Russian sources over the past 20 years

d. Trump has been notified that he is under investigation by the FBI

5. What did at least 74 countries have in common on Friday?

a. They were all hit by a massive cyberattack using ransomware allegedly stolen from the National Security Agency

b. They all signed a pledge to pull out of the Paris climate accords if the United States did

c. They were listed as “currency manipulators” by the Trump administration, which is frustrated with U.S. trade deficits with their economies

d. Travelers from those countries to the United States will no longer be able to bring laptops or smartphones on the airplane

6. What honor was given to Donald Trump’s tax law firm, which recently issued a letter saying Trump had no significant ties to Russia?

a. A 2017 Darwin Award

b. Variety’s Entertainment Law Firm of the Year (2015)

c. Russia Law Firm of the Year (2016)

d. Its staff won the New York Legal Community Softball Tournament (2016)

7. President Trump said he might release his tax returns under what conditions?

a. He’s no longer in office

b. He is indicted

c. The Supreme Court orders him to do so

d. Congress passes his massive tax-cut legislation

8. At a dinner earlier this year, who refused to give a personal pledge of loyalty to Donald Trump?

a. German Chancellor Angela Merkel

b. FBI Director James Comey

c. First Lady Melania Trump

d. Wall Street Journal owner Rupert Murdoch

9. Former President Bill Clinton is writing a book. What is it about?

a. His efforts to bring peace to the Balkans

b. His impeachment

c. It’s a thriller about the president going missing

d. His wife’s 2016 presidential campaign

10. Only one other president has fired an FBI director. Who was it?

a. Richard Nixon

b. James Buchanan

c. Bill Clinton

d. Ronald Reagan

BONUS. Scientists recently debunked a long-held belief about humans and dogs. What did their research show?

a. Dogs also have nine lives

b. Dogs can see color, but are unable to see in 3-D

c. Humans can smell just as well as dogs

d. Dogs are not humans’ best friend


1. d.

2. b.

3. c.

4. a.

5. a.

6. c.

7. a.

8. b.

9. c (his co-author is novelist James Patterson).

10. c.


One more question: Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, May 15 in San Francisco for our next lively Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include Dan Borenstein, Bob Butler, and Carla Marinucci.

Explanations of the hints: Sessions is the new Bill Bennett: Bennett launched the modern War on Drugs when he was President George H.W. Bush’s drug czar; where’s Rose Mary Woods when you need her: Woods was President Nixon’s longtime secretary who took the blame for erasing part of the infamous missing 18.5 minutes from his Oval Office recordings; most of them were fine after they paid $300: computer users who were affected by the ransomware were charged $300 to restore their systems; and that’s a novel idea: the former president is collaborating on a novel about a president who goes missing.

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