The Week to Week News Quiz 6/9/17

We’ve got all of the news that you can discuss in an open Senate committee, so take the latest Week to Week News Quiz to see if you can tell truth from fiction.

Here are some random but real hints: Trump said it was karma; perhaps he paid for it out of leftover campaign funds; the recording god; and it turns out he’s funny after all. Answers are below the quiz.

1. Who told the a Senate committee that the White House “chose to defame me” with “lies, plain and simple”?

a. Hillary Clinton

b. Kathy Griffin

c. James Comey

d. Michael Flynn

2. Where did ISIS claim credit for an attack on Wednesday that claimed 17 lives?

a. Cairo, Egypt

b. Balochistan, Pakistan

c. Amman, Jordan

d. Tehran, Iran

3. Who said he’ll donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists?

a. Donald Trump Jr.

b. Newly elected GOP Representative Greg Gianforte

c. Ted Turner

d. Oprah Winfrey

4. What new internet meme was spawned by James Comey’s Senate testimony?

a. An emoji showing Trump burning tapes

b. #Compeachment

c. “Hip, hip, hip; I had a good job but I quit. First I got hired, then I got fired; that’s the reason I quit”

d. “Lordy, I hope there are tapes”

5. What economic news occurred during Comey’s Senate testimony?

a. Ford and GM each announced they would lay off between 10,000 and 15,000 employees

b. The Dow Jones hit a new record high

c. Last month’s jobless numbers were announced, showing a net increase of 300,000 jobs

d. President Trump signed a $40 billion bilateral trade agreement with Brazil

6. Why did former FBI Director James Comey say he wrote detailed memos about his conversations with President Trump?

a. “I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it was important to document it”

b. “I have a pen pal with whom I share all of my life moments”

c. So he could blog about it

d. “I needed it for my defamation lawsuit against Trump and his family”

7. Who will be Washington, D.C.’s newest residents beginning next week?

a. Melania and Barron Trump

b. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan

c. Russian goodwill ambassadors Igor Korobov and Sergey Shoygu

d. Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky

8. On Thursday, the U.S.-led coalition launched an airstrike against whom?

a. ISIS forces near Damascus, Syria

b. Pro-government forces near At Tanf, Syria

c. Alexandretta, Turkey

d. Baghdad, Iraq

9. After UK Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday’s election, with what party are they trying to forge an alliance so they can stay in power?

a. Labour

b. Liberal Democrats

c. Scottish National Party

d. Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party

10. As the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors intensifies, what is Turkey doing?

a. Demanding that all countries send representatives to Ankara to negotiate a settlement

B. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said his country will back Saudi Arabia “to the end of history”

c. It is sending troops, warships, and planes to support its ally Qatar

d. It has withdrawn all of its diplomats and other citizens from the region

BONUS. Former Secretary of State John Kerry helped negotiate the Paris climate accord. What was his response to Donald Trump’s claim that he was going to negotiate a better deal?

a. “You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment”

b. “I have a bad feeling about this”

c. “If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table”

d. “That’s like O.J. Simpson … saying he’s going to find the real killer”


1. c.

2. d.

3. b (Gianforte was the man who famously body-slammed a reporter a day before his election; Gianforte apologized).

4. d (this was Comey’s comment about President Trump having suggested that tapes might exist of a conversation between the two of them).

5. b.

6. a.

7. a.

8. b.

9. d.

10. c.


One more question: Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, June 19 in San Francisco for our next lively Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz (with chocolate prizes!) and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include Carson Bruno, Barbara Marshman, and Dan Schnur.

Explanations of the hints: Trump said it was karma: Trump tweeted that Iran had it coming because of its government’s support for terrorists; perhaps he paid for it out of leftover campaign funds: despite his attack on the journalist, Montana voters elected him to Congress; the recording god: Comey expressed his hope that a recording does exist about the conversation; and it turns out he’s funny after all: Kerry, derided in his presidential race as being too stiff, turns out to have a sharp sense of humor after all.

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