As we enter the endgame for the election season, take a moment to savor the finer things in life and relax with our Week to Week News Quiz.
Here are some random but real hints: Keep the money, the business of America is business, it produces hellish destruction, and he’s going to shopping at Ikea, too. Answers are below the quiz.
1. On Friday, what did the FBI announce?
a. It is filing new charges against the recently acquitted Western ranchers in the Oregon wildlife refuge case
b. It is investigating Donald Trump’s foundation for money laundering
c. It is endorsing Jill Stein for president
d. It is reviewing more emails related to Hillary Clinton’s private server
2. Who said this week that “we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump”?
a. Newt Gingrich
b. Dr. Laura Schlessinger
c. Rudy Giuliani
d. Donald Trump
3. On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter ordered a halt to what controversial practice?
b. Forcing soldiers to repay improperly awarded enlistment bonuses in California
c. The practice of saluting the president and members of Congress
d. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
4. With exactly two weeks to go before election day, how did Donald Trump spend Tuesday?
a. Helping veterans retain their enlistment bonuses
b. Hiring a new director for his get-out-the-vote effort
c. Firing his new director for his get-out-the-vote effort
d. Holding a promotional event for his new hotel
5. What is Satan 2?
a. The new, improved, more health-conscious devil recently unveiled by the Vatican’s theologists
b. A new Russian missile that is “capable of wiping out … Texas or France” according to Russian state media
c. Donald Trump’s new nickname for Tim Kaine; you can guess who is Satan 1
d. The new Tesla
6. What political figure is the Clinton team reportedly considering for a cabinet position?
a. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry
b. First Lady Michelle Obama
c. Vice President Joe Biden
d. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
7. Who said that CNN and Fox News were “bad for democracy”?
a. The New York Times‘ executive editor
b. Donald Trump
c. Dan Rather
d. Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes
8. Who did the police escort off the stage during a debate between U.S. Senate candidates in Maryland?
a. An anti-Trump protestor who ran on-stage and unfurled a banner criticizing the TPP trade deal
b. Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who was filming a scene for his new movie, Americanize This
c. The Green Party candidate, who didn’t poll enough to be in the debate but who walked on-stage anyway
d. Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, who got lost and wandered on-stage accidentally
9. What is the latest comment by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to draw attention?
a. He says God told him to stop swearing
b. He told a Methodist women’s group that he had a mission to create an empire
c. He called Vladimir Putin’s girlfriend a “nasty woman”
d. He said he wanted to “get married again” to the United States
10. Where is Pope Francis going on Monday?
a. To Aleppo to rescue children stranded by the Russian air attacks
b. To his native Argentina so he can cast his vote in parliamentary elections there
c. To Sweden to kick off a commemoration of the Protestant Revolution that split the Roman Catholic church
d. To the Philippines to monitor President Duterte’s language
BONUS. On Friday, what issue did the U.S. Supreme Court agree to take up?
a. Transgender student bathroom rights
b. Citizens United
c. Appeals of the sentences given to the Western ranchers in the Oregon wildlife refuge case
d. Voter intimidation accusations by the Democratic Party against the Republican Party
6. c (leaked reports from the campaign are that Biden is being considered for secretary of state).
One more question: Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, November 7 in San Francisco for our next live (and lively) Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include the San Francisco Chronicle’s C.W. Nevius and the East Bay Times’ Dan Borenstein.
Explanations of the hints: Keep the money: he called off the controversial attempts to get soldiers to repay bonuses that had been paid to them improperly; the business of America is business: some critics have suggested that the line between his political campaign and his business empire is fuzzy; it produces hellish destruction: Satan 2 is a weapon; and he’s going to shopping at Ikea, too: the pope’s going to Sweden.