The Global News Quiz

By Tom Nagorski

Jun 1, 2012 12:50pm

As always, all taken from this week’s Global Note. How carefully have you been reading?

QUESTIONS

1) Where did 60 quakes strike Tuesday?

 2) What is the name of the super-powerful computer virus – discovered this week – that’s believed to have infiltrated official computers in Iran?

 3) What did a group of Egyptians do to show their anger over the strong performance of former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in the country’s presidential vote?

 4) Who is Pablo Gabriele – and why was he in global headlines this week?

 5) What’s the special feature on a new Japanese mobile phone that may make it a big seller in that country?

 6) What sold for $17.4 million at auction in Hong Kong this week?

 7) Who made news by going home – and appearing on television?

 8) How did the Russian government communicate its displeasure with the U.S. Ambassador to Moscow?

 9) Who is the new – and highly controversial U.N. special envoy for tourism?

 10) What did Kim Jong Un do – that seemed a bit off for the leader of a nation suffering from severe drought and hunger?

 11) What did Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi do – for the first time in a quarter century?

 12) Why is a Norwegian prison looking to hire people to play hockey with accused mass killer Anders Breivik?

 13) What is “lamprey pie” – and why will it be given to Queen Elizabeth II?

 ANSWERS

1) Northern Italy. Three of these were at 5.0 or greater on the Richter Scale.

2) It’s called “Flame”.

3) They set fire to his campaign offices.

4) Gabriele was the butler in the Vatican suspected of taking sensitive documents from the Papal chambers.

5) It has a radiation detector.

6) A rare Martian Pink Diamond. It’s about 12 carats in size – named by famed American jeweler Ronald Winston in 1976, the same year the US sent a satellite to Mars.

7) Nelson Mandela.

8) Via Twitter. The Russian Foreign Ministry fired off a string of furious tweets Monday blasting Ambassador Michael McFaul for “deliberate distortion” of U.S.-Russian relations and called his conduct “unprofessional.”

9) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe has been widely accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorizing opposition, controlling the media and presiding over a collapsed economy. Even more ironic, Mugabe himself is under a travel ban.

10) He visited a new amusement park.

11) She left her country. For two and a half decades she had refused to leave – convinced it would compromise or end her fight for freedoms. This week Suu Kyi addressed the World Economic Forum in Bangkok.

12) According to reports, the Ila prison hopes to find people willing to play hockey, chess and otherwise interact with Breivik. These so-called “friends” would be trained experts as Breivik, 33, is feared to be too dangerous to mix with other prisoners.

13) It’s a pie made of a slimy, parasitic eel-like fish known for sucking the blood out of its prey. The Wall Street Journal reported that this so-called “Jubilee Pie” comes from Gloucester, about 100 miles northwest of London. In a tradition dating to the Middle Ages, the city sent lamprey pies—which it considered a delicacy—to the monarch every Christmas and when kings or queens ascended to the throne. Queen Elizabeth II will be given a lamprey pie in honor of her 60 years on the throne.

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