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. Due to record fuel prices, American Airlines plans to cut domestic flights, lay off workers and:
a) Charge for all checked baggage.
b) Launch lower-cost magnetic levitation train service to all its destinations in the continental United States.
c) Make extra money by using passenger planes for skywriting.
2. Law enforcement’s campaign to get people to wear their seat belts day and night has what as its slogan?
a) Click It or Ticket.
b) 24/7 or Heaven.
c) Buckle Up and Live.
3. Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers’ officials are trying to attract tips from a younger audience by using:
a) Rewards that include candy and video games.
b) Suggestion boxes in elementary schools so kids can rat on their parents.
c) Anonymous text messaging for crime tips.
4. The Heartland Flyer is looking at service between Oklahoma City and:
a) Kansas City by way of Newton, Kan.
b) Chicago, Ill., by way of St. Louis.
c) Austin, Texas, through Fort Worth.
5. China suspended Olympics torch relay because of:
a) Mourning for those who died in the May 12 earthquake.
b) Anti-China protests in Tibet and elsewhere that have made it too difficult.
c) Hot temperatures in Beijing that put the athletes in the hospital.
6. Which two baby names topped Oklahoma’s list of the most popular for 2007?
a) Emily and Jacob.
b) Emma and Ethan.
c) Tristan and Isolde.
7. The venom of the Malaysan pit viper is being investigated in Milwaukee as:
a) Murder weapon in four deaths.
b) Daffodil fertilizer.
c) Treatment for stroke patients.
8. The Oklahoma Climatological Survey says Oklahoma usually does this May 18:
a) Breaks 100 degrees for the first time.
b) Reaches the end of the spring rains.
c) Sees the perfect day to fly a kite.
9. NASA sent the $420 million Phoenix Mars Lander to search for:
a) Life, in the form of microbes.
b) Ice, and whether it has ever been water.
c) A good, cheap place to get pizza.
10. Sen. Tom Coburn wants to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture from spending $19 million on:
a) Subsidies for heirloom tomato farmers.
b) Research into uses of water.
c) Travel to places like Las Vegas, Orlando and Hawaii.
11. Japan’s tourist ministry has appointed a new envoy to China and Hong Kong:
a) Yoshiro Mori, former prime minister.
b) Hideki Irabu, former Yankee pitcher.
c) Hello Kitty, marketing icon.
12. A study finds women in Tulsa and Oklahoma City are at a greater risk for heart disease because:
a) Tornado weather patterns each spring can raise cholesterol levels.
b) They smoke too much, are overweight and don’t exercise enough.
c) Iron levels in Oklahoma’s soil negatively affect body chemistry.
13. A time capsule from 1958 recently was unearthed at Western State Hospital in Fort Supply. Which of the following was not found inside?
a) A dining hall menu.
b) A patient’s outfit.
c) A Plymouth sedan.
14. The Treasury Department is reviewing an appeals court ruling that paper money is discriminatory against:
a) People who are allergic to paper dust.
b) People without pockets.
c) Blind people who cannot tell the difference between denominations.
15. An earthquake survivor in China used what to keep track of time while he was trapped in the rubble of his office building?
a) His cell phone’s alarm, which rang once a day at 8 a.m.
b) His glow-in-the-dark watch, which he forgot to wind on the third day.
c) Marks scratched on the underside of his desk.
16. As biofuels become more attractive, restaurants are dealing with a growing number of more thefts of:
a) Take-out containers that can be composted.
b) Old grease.
c) Money from the register as minimum-wage workers try to fill their tanks.
17. Oklahoma City’s oldest law firm is recruiting the best student interns by:
a) Paying them competitive salaries.
b) Highlighting the contacts made by working at a prestigious firm.
c) Dressing up in funny outfits and pretending to be gladiators.
18. Having given Oklahoma State athletics $165 million in 2005, Boone Pickens now will give the school:
a) His papers, including his personal diary detailing how he became successful.
b) His personal book collection, to be added to the OSU library’s holdings.
c) Another big check, this time for endowed professors.
19. By July 1, gasoline retailers will be required to post this on their pumps:
a) The penalty for drive-off fuel theft.
b) Blended fuel’s ethanol content.
c) How much of the price goes to fuel taxes
20. To avoid controversy, the Edmond Visual Arts Commission has agreed to:
a) Ban religious billboards.
b) Sell the city’s stake in a Moses statue.
c) Lift its smoking ban.
How did you do on the quiz? Here are the correct answers:
1-A; 2-A; 3-C; 4-A; 5-A; 6-B; 7-C; 8-A; 9-B; 10-C; 11-C; 12-B; 13-C; 14-C; 15-A; 16-B; 17-C; 18-C; 19-B; 20-B.