Week to Week News Quiz for 1/22/16

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Here are some random but real hints: It could poison their relationship; Ed Wood would have a great title for this planet; untreated water did it to the pipes; and we wonder what Liddy thinks. Answers are below the quiz.

1. What action by Donald Trump did rival Jeb Bush's campaign highlight this week?
a. Trump received the endorsement of former wrestler Hulk Hogan
b. Trump suggested making Pee Wee Herman his running mate
c. Trump retweeted an anti-Bush message from a Neo-Nazi who uses the online name "WhiteGenocideTM"
d. Trump had his gardeners uproot all of the bushes surrounding his various Trump properties

2. The Kremlin rejected the results of a British investigation that concluded what?
a. Russia was funding anti-establishment political parties in Europe
b. Russian troops were behind the fighting in eastern Ukraine
c. Russia's population will decline to fewer than 25 million by the end of the century
d. Vladimir Putin "probably approved" the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko

3. Where did Islamic militants kill at least 20 people in an attack on Wednesday?
a. A university near Peshawar, Pakistan
b. A multiplex cinema near Baghdad
c. A police training complex in Istanbul
d. A rival terrorist training camp in Chechnya

4. What did astronomers find?
a. Evidence of alien life around the nearest star, 36 Ophiuchi 3
b. A ninth planet, far outside of Neptune's orbit
c. The first return signal from Voyager 6
d. Signs of water on the moon

5. What will actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith be avoiding?
a. Gluten
b. The Academy Awards
c. Any movie that stars their son
d. Each other

6. How did former presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham describe the choice between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump?
a. "Tweedle dee and Tweedle really dumb"
b. "It's the worst-yet sequel to Dumb and Dumber"
c. "It's like being shot or poisoned. What does it really matter?"
d. "All the difference of A-to-B"

7. In a speech to fundamentalist Liberty University students on Monday, what did Donald Trump promise to do if elected president?
a. Be the first rich man to drive a camel through the eye of a needle
b. Defend Christianity and make saying "Merry Christmas" popular again
c. Only have evangelical Christian contestants on The Apprentice
d. Make Jesus an honorary Supreme Court justice

8. What was the latest victim of ISIS's campaign of reducing historic sites to rubble?
a. The ancient Persian capital of Persepolis
b. The Temple of Doom
c. The 1,400-year-old St. Elijah's Monastery of Mosul
d. Carthage

9. Why have residents of Flint, Michigan, been unable to drink their water?
a. They sold all of the water rights to Nestle
b. It was poisoned by a nearby nuclear plant
c. It has dangerously high levels of lead
d. Winter Storm Randy has frozen the city's reservoir and pipes

10. Who called Senator Ted Cruz an "extremist" whom "nobody likes"?
a. Sarah Palin
b. Hillary Clinton
c. Pope Francis
d. Former Senator Bob Dole

BONUS. How did a Kent State University professor respond to an FBI investigation over his alleged connections to ISIS?
a. "Haters gonna hate"
b. "There's no law against it"
c. He accused the FBI of a "macro-microaggression" against him
d. He said he was being framed ... by ISIS

1. c.
2. d.
3. a.
4. b (and no, it's not Pluto).
5. b.
6. c.
7. b.
8. c.
9. c.
10. d.

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Explanations of the hints: It could poison their relationship: Litvinenko died from poisoning; Ed Wood would have a great title for this planet: some wags have referred to this as Planet Nine from Outer Space, mimicking the title of one of Wood's most infamous films; untreated water did it to the pipes: untreated water stripped lead from the pipes and sent it to the water consumers; and we wonder what Liddy thinks: Bob Dole's wife, Elizabeth "Liddy" Dole, also served in the U.S. Senate for one term from North Carolina.