The Week to Week News Quiz for October 8, 2019

Here are some random but real hints: Pride goeth before a fall; international currency; strength in numbers; and recharged. Answers are below the quiz.

1. In an effort to prevent wildfires, what is happening to hundreds of thousands of people in Northern California this week?
A. They are being evacuated from danger zones
B. They are being forced to pay a special tax to fund wildfire prevention
C. They are having their power cut for five days or more
D. They will participate in a new danger alert system that will send them text messages every time a smoke detector goes off in nine Bay Area counties

2. Who was invited by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to testify about Ukraine?
A. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
B. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
C. Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch
D. Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani

3. How did House Democrats respond to the State Department's refusal to let Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testify before Congress?
A. They tweeted a very tough but funny meme
B. They issued a subpoena for Sondland
C. They agreed to wait six months before requesting his testimony again
D. They had him placed under arrest

4. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a case involving whether workplace protections exist for whom?
A. Irish Americans
B. LGBT workers
C. Devout Christians
D. African Americans

5. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued what warning this week?
A. The UN is running out of cash
B. Saudi Arabia was spreading slanderous rumors about him
C. The world will end by 2050 unless the nations of the world unite with a serious climate change commitment
D. A meteor could destroy the Earth long before space agencies could issue a warning

6. The Italian parliament just voted to do something that Emperor Augustus did thousands of years ago. What did it vote to do?
A. Reduce the size of the legislature by hundreds of members
B. It decided against invading Britain
C. It approved a massive building program to remake the face of Rome
D. It voted to venerate the ancient gods of the country

7. This week, China's government rejected what request of the United States?
A. President Trump's appeal for them to investigate Joe Biden and his son
B. Resume trade talks
C. Convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons
D. Allow the NBA to play exhibition games in that country

8. President Trump was criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for what decision this week?
A. He invited Russia to rejoin the G7 (making it the G8 again)
B. His executive order withdrawing the legal rights to food and water for immigrants
C. His decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria, leaving Kurdish allies open to attack by Turkish forces
D. He set up a "war room" in the White House to respond to congressional impeachment inquiries

9. What was the reason for the United States imposing visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist party officials this week?
A. They are accused of being involved in the mass internment of more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities
B. They are believed to be involved in attempts to interfere with the 2020 election in the United States
C. China imposed restrictions on U.S. cabinet officials and major business leaders last week in a trade dispute
D. Stephen Miller wanted to make sure none of them immigrated

10. If a specific lawsuit isn't dropped, what might leave Oakland?
A. Alaska Airlines
B. Federal Express
C. Oakland University
D. The Oakland A's

BONUS. The 2019 Novel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists for the development of what?
A. The Impossible Burger
B. Chlorophyll
C. Lithium-ion battery
D. Coke Zero

ANSWERS
1. C
2. D
3. B
4. B  
5. A
6. A (Italy expects to save more than $1 billion over 10 years as a result)
7. A
8. C
9. A
10. D
BONUS. C

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Explanations of the hints: Pride goeth before a fall: great strides have been made in recent decades in LGBT rights, but the court could undo some crucial victories; international currency: the U.N. needs money from its member states; strength in numbers: the Italian legislature will be reduced significantly in size in an effort to save money and improve efficiency; and recharged: they invented the lithium ion battery.