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. In the first quarter, the United States exported 365,000 barrels of this each day:
a) Petroleum distillates, including diesel.
b) Milk from western dairies.
c) Light beer.
2. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation officials believe the black-chinned hummingbird is nesting in the state. One of these is true:
a) Hummingbirds rarely sleep.
b) They only eat sweet nectar.
c) The best way to see it is with a feeder.
3. The Phoenix spacecraft’s discovery of this is a promising turn in the search for extraterrestrial life:
a) What scientists believe is ice in the soil of the Martian arctic.
b) Messages in the white noise static.
c) What looks like footprints on Jupiter.
4. Officials are trying to draw tourists by:
a) Spending millions on long-overdue upgrades to state parks.
b) Giving out gas vouchers at state borders.
c) Raising camping rates to give people the idea they’re getting a good value.
5. In the last online auction for this, bidders paid $2.11 million to have lunch with:
a) Investment guru Warren Buffett.
b) GOP presidential hopeful John McCain.
c) Singer Britney Spears.
6. In order to throw a fastball, a pitcher uses 24 to 32 pounds of muscle, mostly in his back and thighs. How much horsepower can he generate?
a) 3 to 4.
b) 30 to 40.
c) 300 to 400, but only after years of steroids.
7. Your utility bills are liable to go up as soon as next month after the state’s two largest publicly regulated utilities asked for fuel cost adjustments. For now, we’ll be paying this much more:
8. A 3-year-old Guthrie girl knew to call 911 when her mother fainted because:
a) Her mother taught her a song with lyrics, “911 green. 911 green.”
b) Her play phone announced, “911, what is your emergency?”
c) She read a sign posted next to the phone.
9. Oklahoma’s fuel prices are lower than in some other states because:
a) Oklahomans are turning to other transportation methods.
b) Gas stations are taking less of a cut.
c) The state is home to oil refineries.
10. The Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on what?
a) High fuel prices.
c) Cell phone use while driving.
11. A hiker stranded in the Bavarian Alps attached this to a logging cable to attract the attention of lumberjacks and get help:
a) A note asking for help.
b) A six-pack of beer.
c) Her sports bra.
12. Bricktown’s water taxis will use these to secure the comfort of their passengers this summer:
a) $5 cold drinks.
b) Boat awnings.
c) Festive paint jobs.
13. China has announced plans to clear away what?
a) Tacky housing around Olympic venues.
b) Monks who criticize about Beijing.
c) Trash and climbing debris from 50 years on Mount Everest.
14. What did University of Oklahoma gymnast Jonathan Horton say impressed him during a visit to the White House?
a) He had his picture taken in the Oval Office.
b) President Bush said he read in the newspaper about Horton making the Olympic team.
c) Secret Service let him do flips over bushes in the Rose Garden.
15. Chinese officials have decided to do what with a lake that formed after an earthquake?
a) Invite Olympic swimmers to train there.
b) Turn it into a tourist attraction.
c) Ask residents to help remove debris that formed it.
16. AB Rafiki The Icon of Cool, CP’s Kick It Up A Notch and Major League Show-Me The Babe are:
a) Competitive show dogs.
b) Singers for Norman’s Jazz in June.
c) Nicknames of billiards champions to compete at Riverwind Casino.
17. The To save money on gasoline, Tulsa police officers will no longer be allowed to:
a) Idle in the lunchtime drive-through.
b) Patrol neighborhoods in cars. They’ll be using bicycles.
c) Drive their patrol cars to off-duty jobs.
18. Backers are disappointed the Legislature failed to budget for this attraction to the state Capitol grounds:
a) Renovations to the southside flags plaza to add more banners.
b) An African-American Centennial Plaza.
c) A memorial for veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
19. Drivers in some Midwestern states are saving as much as $1 a gallon by:
a) Paying with a credit card.
b) Using a blend that is 85 percent ethanol.
c) Buying American cars with a pay-less-for-gas deal.
20. This University of Oklahoma athletic department employee will be making $1.05 million a year:
a) Football coach Bob Stoops.
b) Basketball coach Jeff Capel.
c) Athletic director Joe Castiglione.
How did you do on the quiz? Here are the correct answers:
1-A; 2-C; 3-A; 4-A; 5-A; 6-A; 7-B; 8-A; 9-C; 10-B; 11-C; 12-B; 13-C; 14-B; 15-B; 16-A; 17-C; 18-B; 19-B; 20-B.