The Week to Week News Quiz for January 3, 2020

Here are some random but real hints: Toxic attire; complain to the top; what would Wesley say?; and they should use iPhones. Answers are below the quiz.

1. The United States announced it would send an additional 3,500 troops to the Middle East as tensions there increase following the assassination of whom?
A. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi
B. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the head of Islamic State (aka ISIS)
C. Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds military force
D. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Chief Commander Hossein Salami

2. Who is being sued by more than 500 employees of Delta Air Lines over complaints about their uniforms?
A. Delta Air Lines
B. The Federal Aviation Administration
C. Lands' End
D. International Cotton Holding Company LLC

3. Businessman Carlos Ghosn fled Japan for Lebanon rather than face trial for financial misconduct. Of what company was he previously the chairman?
A. Toyota
B. Nissan
C. Microsoft Japan
D. Sony

4. On Friday, police killed a man who had stabbed several people (leaving one dead) in what European city?
A. Paris
B. Hamburg
C. Rome
D. Copenhagen

5. More than 2 million people are in need of food aid in what African country that is facing drought and famine?
A. Zambia
B. Zimbabwe
C. Ghana
D. Tanzania

6. Who is Scott Morrison and why are Australians made at him?
A. He is Australia's biggest, baddest press baron, and he's under fire for racially insensitive comments he made in an editorial about Aboriginal people
B. He is the star of the new Netflix series "Way Down Under"; Aussies are angry that he speaks with a New Zealand accent
C. He's the mayor of Sydney who has cut public worker's wages by 20 percent to balance his budget
D. He's the prime minister of Australia, and he was confronted by angry citizens who have lost their homes due to out-of-control wildfires; they were critical of his weak climate change policies

7. If you're looking for a new home, you can rent a van (complete with non-flushing toilet) in Pleasanton, California, for what monthly cost?
A. $99
B. $125
C. $600
D. $2,000

8. What religious organization gave preliminary approval to split over disagreements about LGBT issues?
A. Campus Crusade for Christ
B. The Roman Catholic Church
C. The United Methodist Church
D. Christianity Today 

9. What important campaign move did Democrat Marianne Williamson make this week?
A. She laid off her campaign staff
B. She announced that she had raised $22.5 million in the previous quarter
C. She promised to have a Republican running mate
D. She performed a blessing of the animals for her staff

10. Who is mad at the Golden Globes awards program?
A. The beef industry is upset that the awards meal will be vegan this year
B. Disney is angered by the absence of any superheroes among the nominated films
C. Harvard University faculty are boycotting it over host Ricky Gervais' anti-Ivy League comedy special on HBO
D. Cowlton Forge, Inc., which makes the statuettes, is suing because it was never paid for last year's awards

BONUS. How is the Italian edition of Vogue magazine trying to show its dedication to the environment?
A. It will no longer be printed on paper but will instead use a thin dull plastic for its pages
B. It is publishing an issue without any photoshoots, claiming that photoshoots harm the environment
C. It has laid off all of the men on the staff because their carbon footprint is larger than women's
D. It is switching to a new non-toxic ink made from squid intestines

ANSWERS
1. C
2. C (they are claiming the uniforms made by Lands' End have caused physical illness)
3. B
4. A  
5. A
6. D
7. C
8. C
9. A
10. A
BONUS. B

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Explanations of the hints: Toxic attire: they say the Lands' End uniforms caused illness; complain to the top: Morrison is the prime minister; what would Wesley say?: Methodism was founded by John Wesley, an Anglican preacher; and they should use iPhones: according to The Guardian, the Vogue editor says a big photo shoot for the magazine can involve 150 people, "About 20 flights and a dozen or so train journeys. Forty cars on standby. Sixty international deliveries. . . . Food waste from the catering services. Plastic to wrap the garments." etc.

Photo at top of page: Qasem Soleimani received Zolfaghar Order from Ali Khamenei in March 2019. Photo by Khamenei.ir/Wikimedia Commons.