Take a break from wondering how you would dress to meet the Pope and try your hand at the latest Week to Week News Quiz.
Here are some random but real hints: Kind of defeats the whole point of an alliance; only the president gets to do that, and then only to the Russians; he was preparing for a fall-back career in professional wrestling; and that makes two Jesuits who are hopeful about changing Trump’s mind on this issue. Answers are below the quiz.
1. During a summit with other leaders of NATO member countries, what did President Donald Trump refuse to do?
a. Speak only when spoken to
b. Affirm the alliance’s commitment to defend each other in case of external attack
c. Stop calling French President Emmanuel Macron “Frenchie”
d. Keep U.S. armed forces in Europe
2. What did the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refuse to do on Thursday?
a. Support President Trump’s revised travel ban
b. Order the Justice Department to stop investigating connections between Russia and the Trump campaign
c. Order the FBI to stop investigating connections between Russia and the Trump campaign
d. Declare the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional
3. According to the Congressional Budget Office, how many people would lose their health insurance under the health-care plan passed by House Republicans?
b. 5 million
c. 15 million
d. 23 million
4. Why was the UK’s prime minister angry with the United States this week?
a. Someone in the United States leaked details about the Manchester bomber
b. President Trump refused to renew the U.S. guarantee of Britain’s defense
c. The U.S. Trade Office turned down Britain’s request for a new bilateral free-trade agreement
d. Trump reneged on an agreement to help her campaign against the Labour Party
5. Why was Greg Gianforte, the successful GOP candidate for a congressional seat in Montana, charged with a misdemeanor the day before a special election?
a. He gave intelligence information to a Russian spy
b. He was charged with body slamming a reporter
c. He was registered to vote in three different states
d. He is married to two women at the same time
6. Who removed their name from the list of contenders to be the new FBI chief this week?
a. Former FBI Director James Comey
b. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
c. Former Senator Joe Lieberman
d. Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle
7. While President Trump headed to Brussels for the NATO meeting, who was speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin?
a. New French President Emmanuel Macron
b. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
c. Brad Pitt
d. Former U.S. President Barack Obama
8. About what did California Governor Jerry Brown say he expected Donald Trump to be a “realist” and not “as disastrous as we thought”?
a. Religious freedom
b. Defunding sanctuary cities
c. Climate change policy
d. Civil liberties
9. This week it was revealed that what person is now a focus in the FBI’s Russia investigation?
a. Donald Trump
b. Ivanka Trump
c. The Pope
d. Jared Kushner
10. In a meeting with European Union leaders, who did President Trump say was “bad, very bad”?
a. Russian intelligence agencies
BONUS. Who called Donald Trump’s presidency “a complete disaster” so far?
a. The Pope
b. Queen Elizabeth II
c. Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner
d. Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling
7. d (they spoke at a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation).
One more question: Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, June 5 in San Francisco for our next lively Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz (and chocolate prizes!) and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include Marisa Lagos, C.W. Nevius, and Randy Shandobil.
Explanations of the hints: Kind of defeats the whole point of an alliance: Trump refused to reaffirm American commitment to support other NATO member states that are attacked; only the president gets to do that, and then only to the Russians: someone leaked information about the Manchester bomber, and it’s only legal to declassify information on the fly if you’re president of the United States; he was preparing for a fall-back career in professional wrestling: he body slammed the reporter and won reelection; and that makes two Jesuits who are hopeful about changing Trump’s mind on this issue: The Pope, a Jesuit, and Gov. Jerry Brown (who spent three years in a Jesuit novice house in the late 1950s) have both tried to change Trump’s mind about climate change.