The Week to Week News Quiz for September 6, 2019

Here are some random but real hints: Mexico joins the army; at least until the election; not helpful; and brotherly love. Answers are below the quiz.

1. The president of the United States used a Sharpie marker to alter a map so that it appeared to support what claim he had made?
A. California is not a part of the continental United States
B. Denmark is a part of the United States
C. Alabama was in the possible path of Hurricane Dorian
D. The UK is not part of England

2. How is the United States planning to pay for more construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexican border?
A. It will divert $3.6 billion from the military
B. It will freeze federal employee salaries for a year
C. Raise taxes
D. A reeeeaaaaalllly large bake sale

3. What did Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell say on Friday about the Fed's plans?
A. It would resume slowly inching interest rates upward to keep inflation in check
B. The national economy was dependent upon China's economy recovering from the tariff war
C. The Fed would "act as appropriate to sustain this expansion"
D. It would prioritize boosting U.S. stock prices

4. Vice President Mike Pence visited Ireland. What could go wrong?
A. The deputy White House press secretary boasted that Pence can't be anti-gay because he had lunch with the gay leader of Ireland and his partner
B. Irish media accused him of "humiliating" his Irish hosts by using his appearance to take the UK's side in a controversy over Brexit and Ireland's border
C. At President Trump's request, he stayed at a Trump-owned golf resort, more than 140 miles from Dublin
D. All of the above

5. According to documents leaked to The Guardian, how was Apple's Siri voice assistant programmed to deal with questions about "sensitive topics," such as feminism?
A. "Don't engage," "deflect" and "inform"
B. Play a 10-second cut from Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman"
C. Recommend a list of gender-nonspecific pronouns
D. Warn the user that their conversation can be intercepted by government security officials

6. Who ended a presidential bid this week before it even launched?
A. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
B. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
C. Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
D. Senator Ted Cruz

7. What defeat did British Prime Minister Boris Johnson not suffer this week over Brexit?
A. He lost his parliamentary majority
B. Opposition parties refused to give him the necessary votes to declare his desired early election in October 
C. His sister quit Parliament because of her fundamental disagreements with Boris over Brexit
D. Members of Parliament voted to take control of the Brexit process away from Johnson's government

8. Why did Whoopi Goldberg and others sharply criticize "Will & Grace" stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack this week?
A. Messing and McCormack suggested publicizing the names of people who attended a pro-Trump fundraiser in Hollywood
B. Messing and McCormack made an appearance on Goldberg's "The View" while clearly inebriated
C. The two stars appeared in a new series of commercials for the Teen Craze-brand vaping product
D. They announced a new season of "Will & Grace"

9. What is New York City's latest tool for battling rats?
A. They pay a bounty of $100 to children for each rat captured (not during school hours, of course)
B. Thoughts and prayers
C. A box that traps them and then drowns them in alcohol
D. Lulling them into passivity by playing Mozart and then stunning them with batons

10. What achievement put most sibling rivalries to shame?
A. Julia Serdon and her brother Aaron each bankrupted their startup tech companies in August
B. Boris and Jo Johnson serve as the leaders of two major European political parties
C. Twins Laura and Ashley Twivett each earned at least $10 million as social media "influencers" 
D. Sisters Maria Barrett and Paula Lodi are the first siblings in the 250-year history of the U.S. Army to both become generals

BONUS. After 150 years, what tradition is Japan's government re-adopting?
A. Mandatory military service
B. Writing a person's surname first, followed by the given name
C. Public executions
D. Revering the emperor as divine

1. C
2. A
3. C
4. D  
5. A (The Guardian reports that Apple ended the program last month "in response to privacy concerns")
6. A
7. C (it was actually Johnson's brother who quit)
8. A
9. C
10. D

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Explanations of the hints: Mexico joins the army: Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall, but this tranche of the money is coming from the U.S. military budget; at least until the election: Powell was accused of propping up the faltering economy to help President Trump win reelection in 2020; not helpful: the documents claim that Siri was programmed to be unhelpful for people searching for answers to these questions; and brotherly loveless: Boris's brother Jo quit as a member of Parliament over his "unresolvable" differences over Brexit.

Photo: White House video