It’s time to take the weekly news quiz and find out how much attention you’ve been paying to the news in the past week or so. To test your news knowledge each weekday, take our five-question daily quiz. Go to NewsOK.com and click on the quiz icon. Plus, each Monday in The Oklahoman and here on the newsroom blog, you’ll find the weekly quiz featuring some of the best questions from the past week’s daily quizzes along with some all-new questions, just to keep you on your toes. This week, we’ve got a 40-question megaquiz for you:
1. Nike last month unveiled a new athletic shoe geared toward American Indians, the Air Native N7. The wider taller shoe is based on American Indian foot structure and all proceeds go to fund programs to promote athletics on tribal land. Who will get to buy the shoe when it goes on sale Nov. 1?
a) Tribes that participate in Nike’s Native American business program.
b) Buyers on eBay.
c) Tribes with members in the American Indian National Sports Hall of Fame.
2. This past week, Cuba observed the 40th anniversary of whose death?
a) Woody Guthrie.
b) Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
c) Robert Oppenheimer.
3. Some San Diego residents want to know why the city didn’t tell them about:
a) A major landslide risk.
b) Recent shark attacks.
c) Increased gas prices.
4. The New Orleans Hornets played a preseason game at the Ford Center. Who were their opponents?
a) Houston Rockets.
b) Boston Celtics.
c) Seattle SuperSonics.
5. How many tremor-resistant homes have been rebuilt since the earthquake in Pakistan in October 2005?
a) About 80,000.
b) About 145,000.
c) about 210,000.
6. The Nobel Peace Prize in physics went to two scientists whose work in giant magnetoresistance allowed which popular device to proliferate?
a) Cell phone.
b) Cassette recorder.
c) MP3 player.
7. Midwest City officials had to close a stretch of Douglas Boulevard because of:
a) A multi-vehicle traffic accident.
b) A road collapse.
c) A gas leak.
8. Because of a request from a high school English teacher, Oregon schools are debating whether to allow:
a) P.E. teachers to assign laps.
b) Snazzy new uniforms with especially short skirts.
c) Teachers to carry guns.
9. General Motors’ OnStar system is expected to make it impossible to steal cars equipped with it because:
a) It will inform the police where it is.
b) It will allow the police to bring the vehicle to a stop.
c) It will lock the vehicle’s steering mechanism.
10. What country announced it would scale back its naval support for U.S. troops in Afghanistan?
11. Helena resident Bonnie Jantz, 67, received national recognition for doing what?
a) Being a teacher.
b) Observing the weather.
c) Making the world’s biggest apple pie.
12. What baseball team swept its AL playoff series?
a) Atlanta Braves.
b) Boston Red Sox.
c) Los Angeles Angels.
13. Last Monday, the state Health Department reported a record number of West Nile virus cases for Oklahoma. Which of the following plays a role in spread of the virus?
a) Humans most often catch it from being bitten by an infected skunk.
b) It can infect the brain of people who swim in warm, stagnant water.
c) It is carried by mosquitoes.
14. Which television show takes place in Oklahoma City?
a) “Saving Grace”
b) “Boston Legal.”
c) “Chicago Hope.”
15. The Dallas Cowboys pulled off a last-second win over the Buffalo Bills when:
a) Kicker Nick Folk made a 53-yard field goal.
b) Tony Romo threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens.
c) Patrick Crayton returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
16. What Central American nation is considering a trade pact with the U.S.?
a) Costa Rica.
c) Dominican Republic.
17. According to a state report, a convict who escaped from a private prison in Hinton told investigators it was easy. Why?
a) He said he was able to climb over a wall and swim away.
b) He said a tower was often unmanned and no one noticed when he rattled a fence.
c) He said friends sent him pies that contained wire cutters and fake ID papers.
18. Rebels seized an area in eastern Congo that serves as a wildlife refuge for what endangered species?
b) Mountain gorilla.
c) Albino rhino.
19. On Tuesday, Oklahomans began buying reservations for season tickets in hopes for:
a) A 3,000-square acre water park.
b) A Broadway-style theater.
c) A professional football team.
20. Ten people coming back from a skydiving event died when their plane crashed. Where was the crash?
a) The Canadian Rockies in Alberta.
b) The Cascade Range in Washington state.
c) The Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.
21. U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, celebrated which event last week:
a) The passage of his bill to increase agricultural aid in Oklahoma.
b) His marriage to Andrea White, the sister of Heisman Trophy winner Jason White.
c) The birth of a daughter, Janna Lou.
22. Although plans currently are on hold, what kind of car was a Chinese company going to make in Ardmore?
a) Morris Minor.
c) Rolls Royce.
23. What decision did the Oklahoma City Council make regarding the recently attention-getting topic of pet fish?
a) All fish must be kept in aerated aquariums — no fishbowls.
b) Tattooing fish is illegal.
c) It is illegal to flush even tiny dead fish down the toilet because they clog city sewer lines.
24. Health researchers found a bad marriage can put you at greater risk of a heart attack because:
a) Bad personal relationships cause stress.
b) It causes you to overeat, especially high-fat pizza.
c) The vigorous activities of home maintenance wear on your heart.
25. Which of the following Oklahomans was not among the nominees for the American Music Awards?
a) Wayne Coyne.
b) Joe Don Rooney.
c) Toby Keith.
26. Two American scientists and a Briton won the Nobel Prize in medicine for groundbreaking work in:
a) Enzymes that cause heart trouble if you don’t floss.
b) Manipulation of mouse genes for cardiac research.
c) Infant vaccines and making shots hurt less.
27. University of Oklahoma basketball player Courtney Paris has received what honor before the start of the 2007-08 season?
a) Big 12 Player of the Year.
b) Selected to the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team.
c) Associated Press’ best-ever basketball list.
28. Which European country faced a deadlock over forming a new government because of a dispute over portions of the country that speak different languages?
29. Bulk purchasing and reselling of tickets to the Oklahoma City Hannah Montana concert has led some people to pay more than they expected for tickets. Who is Hannah Montana?
a) A country music performer who was a 2002 finalist on “American Idol.”
b) A Disney Channel character who is played by a 14-year-old girl.
c) One of the original Woodstock singers who is trying to stage a comeback.
30. Immunologists at Duke University formulated what theory about the appendix:
a) It is still a useless organ.
b) It makes good germs.
c) Everyone should have it removed.
31. Organizers of an annual cook-off in Eufaula expected things to really heat up on Saturday. What food was to be the focus of the competition?
32. There were how many head of cattle on the drive that ended this month:
a) None, there wasn’t a cattle drive.
b) Started at 450, with that many returning.
c) Started at 450, ended up over 600 because of cattle that joined along the way.
33. Boeing has further delayed the launch date of its 787 airliners. What’s the other name for the plane?
34. Who won the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday?
a) Dr. Seuss, author of “The Lorax.”
b) L. Ron Hubbard, author of “Dianetics.”
c) Doris Lessing, author of “The Grass is Singing.”
35. What is all the sticky, stringy material that’s floating around the state?
a) It’s cotton candy that was thrown away after the state fair.
b) It’s caused by spiders and an increase in their population.
c) It’s coming from research airplanes’ contrails.
36. Gov. Brad Henry planned to visit what touristy site in Florida that is featuring a showcase on Oklahoma food until Nov. 11?
a) Walt Disney World.
b) Kennedy Space Center.
c) Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
37. Relations between Turkey and the United States are in a state of confusion, with Turkey calling its ambassador back home. What’s the cause of the tension?
a) America’s support of Iraqi Kurds in a border skirmish with the Turks.
b) Turkey’s refusal to allow a U.S. cruise ship to enter its waters.
c) A House resolution criticizing the World War I murders of Armenians.
38. A state conference Oct. 16 and 17 will focus on development of alternative fuels. Which of the following crops are researchers growing as a possible ethanol source?
a) Green algae.
39. What church is considering the sale of 24.5 acres to Integris Health so a hospital might be built?
a) St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
b) Henderson Hills Baptist Church.
c) Church of the Servant.
40. Some of the top athletes in the world were in Oklahoma City over the weekend for a competition. What sport were they participating in?
How did you do on the quiz? Here are the correct answers:
1-A; 2-B; 3-A; 4-A; 5-C; 6-C; 7-B; 8-C; 9-B; 10-C; 11-B; 12-B; 13-C; 14-A; 15-A; 16-A; 17-B; 18-B; 19-C; 20-B; 21-C; 22-B; 23-B; 24-A; 25-A; 26-B; 27-A; 28-A; 29-B; 30-B; 31-A; 32-B; 33-C; 34-C; 35-B; 36-A; 37-C; 38-B; 39-B; 40-C