The Week to Week News Quiz for March 17, 2019: St. Patrick's Day Edition

Here are some random but real hints: She'll be the judge of that; Trump's favorite lender; a non-announcement; and no reservations. Answers are below the quiz.

1. What killed 150 people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe?
A. An outbreak of Ebola
B. A cyclone
C. Spillover from the civil war in Zambia
D. A terrorist attack

2. Who was pulled off the air and rebuked by her network after suggesting that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar adhered to Sharia law?
A. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow
B. CNN host Erin Burnett
C. CNBC host Morgan Brennan
D. Fox News host Jeanine Pirro

3. Why did a teenager crack an egg on the head of an Australian senator on Saturday?
A. The far-right senator had made anti-Muslim comments
B. The senator held a contest to come up with a slogan for his reelection campaign, and the winner would be able to smack an egg on his head
C. His history teacher dared him "to become famous"
D. Bad parenting

4. What two big European companies are in merger talks?
A. Gazprom and Polska Grupa Energetyczna
B. Sky and Bertelsmann
C. Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank
D. CBC Italia and Finnbank

5. If frontrunner Lori Lightfoot wins the Chicago mayoral runoff in early April, what milestone will she represent?
A. She will be the oldest person ever elected mayor in a major U.S. city
B. She will be the city's third African-American mayor, second female mayor, first African-American female mayor, and first openly gay mayor
C. She will be the city's first female mayor and first millennial mayor of a major U.S. city 
D. She will be the first Bay Area native to be elected mayor of Chicago 

6. Speaking of Chicago, where did this St. Patrick's Day quote come from: "If they can dye the river green today, why can't they dye it blue the other 364 days of the year?"
A. Late Mayor Richard J. Daley
B. The movie The Fugitive
C. Then-Senator Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign
D. A Trump tweet

7. The leader of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein was criticized for posing with a banner at the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City. What did the banner say?
A. "Ireland rejects Trump"
B. "No Brexit without representation"
C. "England get out of Ireland"
D. "America learned imperialism at the feet of England"

8. What gaffe landed Joe Biden back in the headlines this weekend?
A. "Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teaches our children."
B. "You work three jobs? . . . Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that."
C. "I'm told I get criticized by the New Left. I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the — anybody who would run."
D. "I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman."

9. Following the massacre of 50 people by a far-right gunman in New Zealand, what has the country's leader said the government will pursue?
A. Reducing immigration from Muslim-majority nations
B. Greater online surveillance of extremists
C. Increased gun regulations
D. A ban on religious displays in public spaces

10. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the first major speech of her presidential campaign will be delivered where?
A. In the employees' cafeteria of Chick-fil-A headquarters
B. In front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City
C. At the U.S.–Mexico border
D. Aboard the historic FDR presidential yacht in San Francisco Bay

BONUS. What controversial plans for a historic 13th century Italian mountaintop monastery have locals up in arms?
A. Disney has bought it and plans to turn it into a Little Mermaid theme park
B. The Italian government wants to tear it down because it doesn't comply with modern building codes
C. A Roman adult film company has bought it to use as its new headquarters
D. Steve Bannon is going to use it as a "gladiator school for cultural warriors" of the far-right

1. B
2. D
3. A (but for all we know, D might be correct, too)
4. C
5. B
6. B
7. C
8. C (A is from Dan Quayle, B is from George W. Bush, and D is from Arnold Schwarzenegger)
9. C
10. B

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Explanations of the hints: She'll be the judge of that: Pirro is a former judge in New York; Trump's favorite lender: Deutsche Bank loaned his company hundreds of millions of dollars when other banks refused to do business with him; a non-announcement: Biden hasn't officially declared yet; and no reservations: Gillibrand won't be checking into the hotel.