Try your hand at this week’s news quiz, and see how well you have kept caught up with events.
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. revved up a new phase in his career by:
a) Dropping “Jr.” from his name
b) Changing his number and sponsor
c) Leaving racing
d) Transferring to the IndyCar Series
2. Dan Rather filed a lawsuit against CBS over a discredited story about President Bush’s National Guard service. How much is he seeking from his former employer?
a) $20, since “it’s not about money”
b) $50 million
c) $70 million
d) $100 million
3. The University of Texas celebrated the 50th anniversary of which coaching legend?
a) Darrell Royal
b) Mack Brown
c) Barry Switzer
d) Rick Barnes
4. A storm that made landfall on the Chinese coast south of Shanghai was named:
a) Hurricane Kai-Shek
b) Typhoon Wipha
c) Jet-Stream Li
d) Monsoon Maurice
5. Under state law, once you put your name on this list, it will never expire — but you can still change your listing if you want. What is it?
a) Telemarketer Restriction list, prohibiting phone calls
b) Party Affiliation list, designating which political party you support
c) Organ Donation list, giving permission for transplants
d) Unclaimed Property list, assuring a phone call if your lost fortune is found
6. A study of road congestion in the nation’s urban areas suggests Oklahoma City drivers:
a) Would rather back up on the shoulder if they missed a turn
b) Spend an average of 21 hours a year stuck in rush hour traffic
c) Prefer to chat on cell phones rather than listen to audio books or radio
d) Get stopped by a red light more than three times the national average
7. Because of fears about spreading infection, British doctors have been banned from:
a) Wearing ties
b) Sneezing in operating rooms
c) Speaking to patients’ relatives in crowded emergency rooms
d) Ordering in pizza, and bringing delivery people into the wards
8. An Oklahoma City man named Rudolfo Cruz thought his relatives weren’t going to celebrate his 51st birthday. To cheer himself up, he went out and bought a:
a) New hybrid car
b) Powerball ticket worth $800,000
c) Ticket to the state fair
9. Hygiene researchers staking out public rest rooms found:
a) Women need more stalls
b) One-third of men don’t wash up
c) Federal lawmakers frequent them
d) Nobody should touch anything in there
10. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is planning to build a Henryetta area museum that will honor what industry in the state?
b) Farming and ranching
c) Smoke shops
d) Coal mining
11. The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee cut its target fund rate from 5.25 percent to what amount?
a) 5 percent
b) 4.5 percent
c) 3.49 percent
d) 4.75 percent
12. Who won the Bricktown Showdown, Triple-A baseball’s championship game?
a) Sacramento River Cats
b) Oklahoma RedHawks
c) Richmond Braves
d) Albuquerque Isotopes
13. What does Stephanie Canada, Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year, teach at Shawnee’s Will Rogers Elementary School?
c) Physical education
14. Which Oklahoman did Billboard magazine pick for its first “Woman of the Year” honor?
a) Reba McEntire
b) Patti Page
c) Lauren Nelson
d) Carrie Underwood
15. In its first month of business, a unique Arcadia establishment has sold more than 45,000 rare specialty sodas not ordinarily found in Oklahoma. What’s the name of the business?
16. A group of Tulsa entrepreneurs is planning to launch a business that will auction everything from homes to Hollywood memorabilia. What type of business is it?
a) Department store
b) Shopping mall
c) Web site
d) TV network
17. In reaction to Russia’s aggressive attempts to claim much of the Arctic Ocean bottom as Russian national territory, all but which of these countermeasures has been taken:
a) Canada says it will increase its icebreaker fleet and build two Arctic military facilities
b) Denmark has sent a team of scientists to Greenland
c) A U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker has set off for a research expedition
d) An Icelandic naval icebreaker has been sent to the North Pole area
18. A Russian Supreme Court justice was in Oklahoma to gain better knowledge of the U.S. court system because:
a) He wanted to study U.S. jury trials
b) He wanted to study U.S. criminal trials
c) He wanted to know Americans better
d) He wanted to study plea bargaining
19. “The Sopranos” became only the second television drama to win an Emmy for best series once its run was over. What was the first?
a) “Hill Street Blues”
b) “The West Wing”
c) “Upstairs, Downstairs”
d) “L.A. Law”
20. China recalled a tainted batch of drugs that treats what ailment?
a) Alzheimer’s disease
How did you do on the quiz? Here are the correct answers:
1-B; 2-C; 3-A; 4-B; 5-A; 6-B; 7-A; 8-B; 9-B; 10-D; 11-D; 12-A; 13-C; 14-A; 15-C; 16-D; 17-D; 18-C; 19-C; 20-D