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. Among the new words in the Merriam-Webster’s new edition of its Collegiate Dictionary is “mondegreen,” which means:
a) That fashionable color somewhere between seafoam and jute.
b) The squares of grass on traffic islands in New York City.
c) A word or phrase that results from mishearing.
2. This group of state employees alone was lucky enough to get 5 percent raises this year:
3. A motorcyclist should do this if a traffic light fails to detect him:
a) Get off the bike and jump up and down to express his anger.
b) Roll back and forth over the light’s sensor until it turns green.
c) Call the city’s action center to report a possible malfunction because the sensor should even detect a scooter.
4. More catalytic converters are being stolen because:
a) Commodity metal prices are rising.
b) More interest in the environment is raising the price.
c) They’re valued on the lucrative reconditioned converter market.
5. Boone Pickens wants to end the nation’s dependence on foreign oil by using natural gas to power vehicles and this to make electricity:
a) The sun.
6. A doctors’ group is recommending cholesterol-fighting medicine be given to children as young as 8 to:
a) Prevent future heart problems.
b) Help youngsters who wet the bed.
c) See whether it will help them get in shape.
7. General Motors is considering doing this with its brands Buick, Hummer, Saab and Saturn?
a) Selling them to Ford.
b) Merging them into one brand.
c) Eliminating them.
8. Studies find that college students, on average, drink only a bit more than adults in a week but they have this sometimes fatal difference:
a) Students save drinks for a single sitting.
b) Students drink more beer.
c) Students drink alone.
9. A Claremore man uses special equipment to take beautiful photographs of these difficult-to-see items:
b) Fashion models.
c) Celestial bodies.
10. Kevin Bookout says playing basketball at OU was a setback for his track and field aspirations. What is his goal now?
a) Winning a medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
b) Making the team for the 2012 London Olympics.
c) Becoming the head track coach at OU.
11. Federal officials are considering a proposal that calls for capturing or killing what in Yellowstone National Park?
a) Elk infected with brucellosis.
b) Bears that pester tourists for snacks.
c) The rising numbers of bison.
12. Google is opening a new service called “Lively,” in which three-dimensional software enables users to:
a) Go out for virtual coffee and save the calories of the real stuff.
b) Congregate in virtual rooms untethered to one Web site.
c) Get off the computer and play outdoors.
13. A Tipton truck owner’s vehicle got a makeover from “Trick My Truck,” to bring attention to the:
a) Perils faced by honeybees.
b) Contributions of wheat farmers.
c) Oil industry products
14. Danny McFarlane and Michael Blackwood, both former OU track stars, aren’t part of the U.S. Olympic team, but they’re in the spotlight because:
a) They’re going as broadcasters.
b) They’re going as coaches.
c) They’re going for Jamaica.
15. An environmental impact report says a $50 million suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge would alter the view, but each year it might save:
a) Four people.
b) Fourteen people.
c) Twenty-four people.
How did you do on the quiz? Here are the correct answers:
1-C; 2-B; 3-C; 4-A; 5-C; 6-A; 7-C; 8-A; 9-C; 10-B; 11-A; 12-B; 13-A; 14-C; 15-C.