It’s time to see how much attention you’ve been paying to the news in the past week or so. From The Oklahoman’s news copy editors and designers, here’s a quiz:
1. Former University of Oklahoma football coach John Blake now is:
a) Selling real estate in Texas.
b) Running a foundation to help children with leukemia in Florida.
c) Defensive line coach at North Carolina.
2. Bonnie Richardson, a track athlete at Texas’ Rochelle High School has won:
a) A University of Oklahoma track scholarship.
b) The girls’ 1A team championship, placing in the high jump, long jump, discus, 200- and 100-meter races.
c) A trip to Walt Disney World by using the letters in “championship” to spell 3,447 individual words.
3. Some school superintendents say they aren’t hiring the teachers they need because of:
a) A shortage of physical education teachers.
b) Rising transportation costs.
c) A recent study suggesting that larger classes are beneficial because students have to learn to do things themselves.
4. Kyle Busch, who is thriving in his role as NASCAR villain, soaks up fans’ anger. He has won:
a) His third Sprint Cup Series race of the season in Darlington, S.C.
b) A punch from an irate fan angry over wrecking Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Richmond race.
c) A place in the NASCAR racing hall of shame
5. Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the home of Anna Jarvis, who was:
a) The founder of Mother’s Day.
b) The first woman in Congress.
c) The last undecided superdelegate in Texas.
6. What did a real estate report say about Oklahoma’s housing market?
a) That prices of homes rose and the number sold declined.
b) That the prices of homes dropped and the number sold increased.
c) It needs to go on a diet.
7. The Oklahoma City School Board chose him as its chairman:
a) Ron Norick.
b) Kirk Humphreys.
c) Garth Brooks.
8. Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians became the 14th major league player to:
a) Hit four home runs in a game.
b) Complete an unassisted triple play.
c) Break a bat over his knee after striking out.
9. The House voted to dramatically expand GI benefits, offering:
a) Full-ride scholarships at any in-state public university and a housing stipend.
b) Clothing advice and allowances for up to five years after deployment.
c) Computer training and a free desktop for those attending college after service.
10. ProCure Treatment Center received a 120-ton piece of equipment from Belgium, called the cyclotron, to help fight:
11. Fifth-graders at a Ponca City school do what activity in class to give their brains a break?
a) Put their hands over their hearts and sing the school song.
b) Run laps around the cafeteria and then go in for a doughnut.
c) Stand up and dance.
12. If you filed your tax return after April 15, what does the government say about your economic stimulus payment?
a) Better luck next time — you should have filed on time.
b) Start looking for your check a minimum of six weeks after you filed.
c) You’ll get it, but the IRS is keeping 5 percent as a late fee.
13. Retired basketball star Charles Barkley has promised to do what?
a) Donate $4 million to a children’s hospital.
b) Pay off a $400,000 gambling debt.
c) Spend $4,000 on a hat in a New York boutique.
14. Congress has decided to do this in response to rising fuel prices:
a) Stop filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, freeing up more fuel for the market.
b) Take public transportation to Capitol Hill, setting an example for Americans with CNN footage of them on the Metro.
c) Stop collecting federal fuel taxes, saving drivers 18.4 cents per gallon.
15. In food circles, May is:
a) National Barbecue Month.
b) National Peanut Butter and Jelly Month.
c) A good time to plant your salad garden.
16. Muskogee’s new mayor is remarkable for his:
a) Age. He’s a 19-year-old who just finished his first year at the University of Oklahoma.
b) Family connections. His father was mayor in the 1970s and his grandfather in the 1950s.
c) Love of azaleas. He’s a natural fit for Muskogee.
17. David Cook, a man with Tulsa connections, has reached the finals of:
a) The World Series of Poker, winning in the semifinals with an inside straight.
b) NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, winning eight of the last 12 races.
c) “American Idol,” with a rendition of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”
18. OSU researchers say the lawn of a globally warmed future may well be:
a) Bermuda grass.
b) Triticale and oats.
c) Sand and rocks
19. A bunch of youths from Bixby have done something they’ve never done before:
a) Cleaned up the grounds of the high school, planted flowers and donated books to the library.
b) Eaten the world’s largest onion burger, washed down by the world’s largest milkshake.
c) Won the Class 5A baseball championship.
20. Democrat Barack Obama has picked up the endorsement of John Edwards. Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to stay in the race, saying:
a) “You don’t walk off the court before the buzzer sounds.”
b) “It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.”
c) “What, me worry?”
How did you do on the quiz? Here are the correct answers:
1-C; 2-B; 3-B; 4-A; 5-A; 6-A; 7-B; 8-B; 9-A; 10-B; 11-C; 12-B; 13-B; 14-A; 15-A; 16-A; 17-C; 18-A; 19-C; 20-A.