Week to Week News Quiz for 5/15/15

The thrill might be gone, now that B.B. King has passed away. Take our latest Week to Week news quiz and find out what else happened this week.

Here are some random but real hints: Those are Olympic-sized numbers; when Laura Ingraham blasts your answer, you've got problems with the base; unbelievable violence; and it also prevented him from flying away. Answers are below the quiz.

1. Blues legend B.B. King died aged 89. What did "B.B." stand for?
a. Beale Street Blues Boy
b. Big Band
c. Big Bass Man
d. Blues Babe

2. What diplomatic move is the Vatican preparing to make?
a. It is going to recall its ambassador to Ireland over new legislation relaxing restrictions on abortion
b. It will recognize Palestinian statehood in a new treaty
c. It will establish diplomatic relations with China for the first time since 1947
d. It is threatening to withdraw its ambassador from the Islamic State unless the self-styled caliphate stops massacring religious minorities

3. According to a report written by recently assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, how much has the conflict with Ukraine cost Russia?
a. $900 million
b. $1.5 billion
c. $55 billion
d. $1 trillion

4. Chris Christie said what and Jeb Bush said what?
a. Chris Christie said he would not have invaded Iraq knowing what we know now, and Jeb Bush said he would have
b. Chris Christie said he would not have dinner with George W. Bush, and Jeb Bush said he already has
c. Chris Christie said we should make all welfare market-based, and Jeb Bush said no
d. Chris Christie said he would never again hug President Obama and Jeb Bush said he agreed

5. What did Senate Democrats vote to deny President Obama?
a. Fast-track authority to negotiate a new trade agreement
b. Funding for his presidential library
c. A place on Mt. Rushmore until he apologized to Senator Elizabeth Warren
d. Campaign finance reform until he agreed to drop his negotiations with Iran

6. Who is Ananta Bijoy Das?
a. Kim Kardashian's latest boyfriend
b. The replacement quarterback who will play during the suspension of the Patriots' Tom Brady
c. An atheist blogger in Bangladesh who was killed by machete this week
d. The newly elected governor of Vermont

7. Where did an Amtrak train derail?
a. Philadelphia
b. Pittsburgh
c. Baltimore
d. Minneapolis

8. How did North Korea execute its defense minister after he was accused of treason?
a. Forced to drink hemlock
b. Forced to watch The Interview
c. Pushed off a 400-foot-tall statue of the Dear Leader
d. Fired an anti-aircraft gun at him

9. What health bill did the California state senate pass on Thursday?
a. An increase in penalties for residents who do not have health insurance
b. A vaccine mandate for all California schoolchildren
c. A ban on smoking anywhere except in single-family private homes
d. A so-called "chip tax" of between 25 and 50 cents on packages of potato chips, corn chips, and tortilla chips

10. What did the principal of a private school near Atlanta say at a graduation ceremony that got her fired this week?
a. "It's too bad that Susan won't be graduating with the rest of her class today, but I have to tell you that she's trash and always will be"
b. When she introduced Mayor Balyun at the end of the ceremony, she called him "our buffoon mayor man"
c. After slurring through her speech, she looked up from her script and said "I jes gotta get through dis so I can get back to the bar"
d. When some attendees started to leave, she said "Look who's leaving, all the black people"

BONUS. Why did ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos apologize this week?
a. He didn't disclose his $50,000 gift to the Clinton Foundation even though he continued reporting on it
b. He walked out of an interview with Jeb Bush
c. He was found to have lied about having flown a bomber during the Bosnian war
d. He overslept and missed his appearance on Good Morning America

1) a.
2) b.
3) c.
4) a (Bush later said he misunderstood the question and offered two different interpretations of his answer).
5) a.
6) c.
7) a.
8) d.
9) b.
10) d (she later apologized and said the devil made her do it).
BONUS) a (he later apologized but did not blame anyone else).

Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, June 8 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 KCBS Radio's Doug Sovern.

Explanations of the hints: Those are Olympic-sized numbers: Russian President Vladimir Putin had already spent an estimated $50 billion to stage the Sochi Olympics; when Laura Ingraham blasts your answer, you've got problems with the base: conservative radio personality Ingraham criticized Bush's initial answer, saying in part that if he would still have authorized the war even knowing what he knows now, "then there has to be something wrong with you"; unbelievable violence: being an unbeliever in some countries is to take a life-threatening stance; and it also prevented him from flying away: they reportedly used an anti-aircraft gun to kill him.