Week to Week News Quiz for 3/18/16

Take time out from mourning your losses in the Mini-Super Tuesday primaries by taking our latest Week to Week News Quiz.

Here are some random but real hints: You can't hit a piñata if you won't even see it; she might have to create a lot more cabinet posts; he declared victory and went home; and not much difference win or lose. Answers are below the quiz.

1. What did Turkey and the European Union agree upon this week?
a. Returning migrants from the EU to Turkey for $6.6 billion in aid and other concessions
b. Entry into the EU for Turkey next year
c. A military pact
d. A free trade deal expected to facilitate $400 billion in annual trade between the EU and Turkey

2. Who did President Barack Obama warn Republicans not to treat like a "political piñata"?
a. Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton
b. First Lady Michelle Obama
c. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland
d. Secretary of State John Kerry

3. Whom did former Speaker of the House John Boehner say should be the Republican presidential nominee?
a. Donald Trump
b. Paul Ryan
c. Hillary Clinton
d. Mitt Romney

4. How did Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff help out former President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva, who is being prosecuted in a corruption scandal?
a. She granted him a pardon
b. She ordered the arrest of the state prosecutors
c. She appointed him as her chief of staff, which shields him from prosecution
d. She rewrote the constitution to legalize corruption involving sitting presidents

5. What surprise announcement did Russian president Vladimir Putin make on Monday?
a. He is pulling most of his troops out of Syria
b. He is endorsing Donald Trump
c. He is sending short-range nuclear missiles to Syria
d. He is funding anti-Merkel propaganda in Germany

6. Sarah Palin's husband Todd was injured this week. How was he injured?
a. Bar fight
b. Snowmobile crash
c. Hunting accident
d. Gun-cleaning accident

7. On Monday, President Obama helped the nation celebrate what math-related day?
a. The 3,000th anniversary of the Pythagorean theorem
b. Birthday of Alan Turing
c. Pi Day
d. Common Core Story Problempalooza

8. How is Maryland changing its state song?
a. It is removing a reference to the "going price in new slaves"
b. It is replacing references to "northern scum" and the "despot" Abe Lincoln with a poem about the state's scenic beauty
c. It is adding the words "sovereign nation of" before any reference to "Maryland"
d. It is making the entire song gender-neutral

9. Where did police arrest Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive from November's terrorist attacks in Paris?
a. Brussels, Belgium
b. Lyon, France
c. London, UK
d. Istanbul, Turkey

10. What did Bernie Sanders decide not to contest?
a. A speeding ticket his campaign bus received in Illinois
b. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's description of him as a "rumpled Marxist"
c. The U.S. Senate's plan to cancel all further legislative sessions until after the election
d. Hillary Clinton's razor-thin victory in the Missouri Democratic primary

BONUS. Why did Chinese internet users make fun of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg?
a. He released a video praising Beijing while speaking Cantonese
b. He called Chinese President Xi Jinping "Mr. Mao Xiaoping" during a televised official greeting ceremony
c. He was photographed braving Beijing's air pollution jogging in Tiananmen Square without a mask
d. During his recent visit to China, he wore a hoodie emblazoned with Chinese characters for the words "choo-choo banana king"

ANSWERS
1. a.
2. c.
3. b.
4. c (to make matters even more interesting, President Rousseff is also facing impeachment).
5. a.
6. b.
7. c.
8. b.
9. a.
10. d.
BONUS. c.

Want the live news quiz experience? Join us Monday, March 21 in downtown 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 will include Daniel Borenstein, Carla Marinucci, and Dr. James Taylor.

Explanations of the hints: You can't hit a piñata if you won't even see it: most GOP senators are refusing to even meet with the president's nominee; she might have to create a lot more cabinet posts: there are a great number of corruption accusations and charges swirling around Brazil's current and former leaders; he declared victory and went home: Putin decided it was time to get out of Syria; and not much difference win or lose: it wasn't worth spending money to have a recount in Missouri that even if successful might have meant a difference of maybe one delegate.