Week to Week News Quiz for 8/15/14

There's fighting in the streets from Missouri to Iraq. Find out why by taking our Week to Week news quiz.

Here are some random but real hints: He was the obstacle he is removing; it's sort of a Caribbean Casablanca; you can count on her; and she gave him suggestions. Answers are below the quiz.

1. Why did the federal government tell 310,000 people they might lose Obamacare coverage?
a. They need to provide a complete record of their medical history
b. They had failed to donate to the president's SuperPAC
c. They need to prove they are legal U.S. residents or citizens
d. They are all UK nationals who are already covered under Cameroncare

2. Why did Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki say he was resigning?
a. To spend more time with his family
b. To lead a paramilitary counterinsurgency group that will "remove the ISIS threat from our land forever"
c. So he could retire to Switzerland
d. "...to ease the movement of the political process and the formation of the new government..."

3. Where is the United States sending 130 additional military advisors?
a. Kabul, Afghanistan
b. Egypt
c. Iraqi Kurdistan
d. Israel

4. Lauren Bacall passed away at the age of 89. In which movie did she first work with future husband Humphrey Bogart?
a. Key Largo
b. The Big Sleep
c. To Have and Have Not
d. Dark Passage

5. What was Stanford University professor Maryam Mirzakhani's achievement this week?
a. She is the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the highest award for mathematicians
b. President Obama named her the new U.S. ambassador to Russia
c. She has been hired as the new chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley
d. She is the first 15-year-old to earn a tenured professorship at Stanford

6. What has the World Health Organization approved to deal with the out-of-control Ebola outbreak?
a. Evacuation of the population of West Africa
b. Using untested drugs to treat patients
c. Faith healers and palliative care
d. Leeches

7. Who called President Obama to tell him not to take personally their criticism of his foreign policy?
a. House Speaker John Boehner
b. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
c. Russian President Vladimir Putin
d. Conservative commentator Sarah Palin

8. What did Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill agree on this week in the wake of the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri?
a. Teenager Michael Brown was at fault in his shooting by a police officer
b. The police officer's actions were racially motivated
c. The U.S. needs to "demilitarize" its police forces
d. The protests are a symptom of insufficient police authority and funding

9. Comic Robin Williams died this week at the age of 63. Which of the following is not a real Williams quote?
a. "How do I stay so healthy and boyishly handsome? It's simple. I drink the blood of young runaways."
b. "Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?"
c. "Do you think God gets stoned? I think so; look at the platypus."
d. "You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."

10. Florida police believe Pedro Bravo did what after allegedly killing his roommate?
a. Confessed the entire thing to his priest
b. Used his iPhone to ask Siri how to hide his roommate's body
c. Bragged about it on Facebook
d. Used his roommate's identity to claim his Social Security

BONUS. Which of the following is not a real beach rule?
a. In some Baltic German beaches, sand castles are allowed as long as they fit within a size limit
b. Some Italian beaches levy a €500 fine for couples kissing in a car
c. Some Italian beaches forbid feeding pigeons
d. French beaches won't hire lifeguards who speak English

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ANSWERS: 1) c. 2) d. 3) c. 4) c. 5) a. 6) b. 7) b. 8) c. 9) a (the quote is actually William Shatner's). 10) b. BONUS) d.

Explanations of the hints: He was the obstacle he is removing: Maliki's resistance to giving up power was blamed by many for the political and military disintegration in the country; it's sort of a Caribbean Casablanca: To Have and Have Not is set on Martinique and the story -- from an Ernest Hemingway novel and a William Faulkner-James Furthman script - has many Casablanca similarities; you can count on her: she's a math wiz; and she gave him suggestions: he reportedly asked the automated Siri voice service what to do with the body, and Siri reportedly suggested four possible places to stash it.