Week to Week News Quiz for 5/8/15

As the world pauses with Tom Brady to "digest" the NFL report, take our latest Week to Week news quiz and find out what else happened this week.

Here are some random but real hints: Those numbers help Obama and Clinton; they fear the military equivalent of an own-goal; Je sues un espion; and David doesn't have to move. Answers are below the quiz.

1. What spurred Wall Street to move higher on Friday?
a. The jobs report showing 223,000 new jobs in April and a drop in the unemployment rate to 5.4%
b. Apple's market valuation reached $2 trillion for the first time
c. The Ford-GM merger got FTC approval
d. The drop in oil prices

2. What did Texas Governor Greg Abbott order the Texas State Guard to do this week?
a. Swear allegiance to Texas Governor Greg Abbott
b. Arrest any Republican who tries to run against him in the next election
c. Monitor the U.S. military to ensure that it doesn't try to invade Texas
d. Shoot down any flying dolphins that try to assassinate him

3. France's parliament overwhelmingly approved what new controversial bill?
a. A law mandating France's withdrawal from the eurozone by 2020
b. A law changing the name of "American cheese" to "fromage liberté"
c. A bill making it easier to elect stable governments
d. A law expanding domestic surveillance authority to track terrorists

4. Italy's parliament overwhelmingly approved what controversial new bill?
a. A law making it easier to elect stable governments
b. A law expanding domestic surveillance authority to track terrorists
c. A bill closing its maritime borders to undocumented African immigrants
d. The return to the Roman Catholic church of all lands confiscated from it when Italy was unified under King Victor Emmanuel II

5. According to a report from the Social Science Research Council, which state has the highest degree of income inequality?
a. New York
b. California
c. Florida
d. Montana

6. What did NFL investigators conclude?
a. It was "more probable than not" that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs in the playoffs
b. League officials knew of skyrocketing domestic abuse rates among players but paid police to keep it quiet
c. The latest collective bargaining agreement is unfair to team owners
d. The league should expand its hiring of female referees

7. What did comedian Stephen Colbert do with $800,000?
a. He paid sky writers to spell out "Colbert beats Letterman" above Manhattan on Tuesday
b. He paid for every single grant request by public school teachers in his home state of South Carolina
c. He mailed 75,000 copies of The Interview to random addresses in North Korea
d. That is his bill for redecorating the stage of The Late Show, which he will take over later this year

8. What did a three-judge federal appeals court rule was illegal?
a. The NSA's gathering of domestic calling data
b. Twerking
c. The Obama administration's negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program
d. California's mandatory water-conservation program

9. Who won the election in the United Kingdom on Thursday?
a. The Scottish National Party
b. The Tories (Conservatives)
c. Labour
d. It was a Tory-Labour tie

10. This week, Europe is marking the 70th anniversary of what?
a. Alan Turing's invention of the Enigma code-breaker
b. Josef Stalin's death
c. The defeat of Nazi Germany
d. The death of Italian dictator Mussolini

BONUS. How did an Auburn, Nebraska, woman use her self-declared power as an ambassador for God??
a. She sold all of her worldly possessions and became an itinerant preacher of the Gospel
b. When the metal-stamping plant she owns opened a new branch, she only hired unemployed immigrants
c. She filed a federal lawsuit against each and every homosexual on earth
d. She refused to work her shift at Kwik-E-Mart because it fell on a Sunday

1) a.
2) c.
3) d.
4) a.
5) b.
6) a (Tom Brady said he was still digesting the report).
7) b.
8) a.
9) b.
10) c.

Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, May 11 in downtown San Francisco for our next live Week to Week political roundtable with a news quiz and a social hour at The Commonwealth Club of California. Panelists include and Mark Z. Barabak, Carla Marinucci, and Josh Richman.

Explanations of the hints: Those numbers help Obama and Clinton: strong employment news is a boon not only to the current White House occupant but also for the Democrat who hopes to succeed him; they fear the military equivalent of an own-goal: numerous Texas conservative politicians as well as conspiracy theorists have been spreading rumors that a military exercise in the area is a pretext for an "invasion" of Texas by the U.S., of which Texas is already a part; Je sues un espion: that's French for "I am a spy"; and David doesn't have to move: Conservative leader David Cameron gets to stay in 10 Downing Street.