The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings: Play the news quiz for the week of Feb. 15.

Think You’re Smarter Than Jeremy Stahl? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Think You’re Smarter Than Jeremy Stahl? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
Feb. 15 2013 12:00 AM

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With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.

Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings. 

Every Friday I’ll be testing your knowledge with 12 challenging questions on the week’s news events, big and small, including happenings in science, sports, politics, and culture both high and low. The questions are multiple-choice, and time is of the essence: You have 30 seconds to answer, and as the seconds tick away, the question’s point value drops from 50 all the way down to zero, so you’ll want to click on your answer as fast as you possibly can. There’s no penalty for an incorrect answer, so feel free to take a guess if your puny human brain fails you.

At the end of the quiz, you’ll be able to compare your score with that of the average contestant, as well as to the score of a Slate staffer whom I’ve talked into taking the quiz on the record. This week’s contestant is Jeremy Stahl, Slate’s social media editor.


Think you can ace my quiz and beat Stahl? Good luck!

This week on the Midway Atoll Wildlife Refuge, an albatross that scientists call "Wisdom" gave birth to a healthy chick, her sixth in the past six years. This is impressive because Wisdom is 62 years old, making her the world's oldest known wild bird. So, look: It's never too late. Even if you've been flummoxed by the Slate News Quiz in the past, this could be your week!

Question 1 of 12

On Tuesday night, who tweeted out a photo of the empty Poland Spring water bottle he'd needed so badly earlier in the evening?

Question 2 of 12

Fill in the blanks. On Wednesday, Bpost, the national post office of ______, announced that 500,000 of its new stamps will taste like ______ when licked.

Question 3 of 12

According to the United Nations, what totaled $3.9 billion in Afghanistan last year, more than twice the country's total domestic revenue?

Half of all Afghans reported having to bribe a civil servant in 2012.

Question 4 of 12

Beijing fireworks sales were down 37 percent this Lunar New Year. Why?

The Chinese government asked residents to cut back in hopes of reducing winter smog.

Question 5 of 12

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed an executive order allowing yearlong jail sentences for people caught doing what during last week's nor'easter?

It was the first traffic ban in the state since the Blizzard of '78, exactly 35 years before.

Question 6 of 12

What was being addressed by CBS's memo over the weekend that warned, "Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure"?

The memo also called side-boob "problematic" and banned lapel pins for celebrity causes.

Question 7 of 12

Who is "Banana Joe," suddenly a media sensation after his unexpected win this week?

The tiny black dog won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, prevailing over other, much more experienced finalists.

Question 8 of 12

When he resigns from office at the end of the month, Benedict XVI will have been pope for just seven-and-a-half years. Compared to other papal terms in history, this is ...

The average papacy over the history of the Roman Catholic Church lasted just 7.2 years.

Question 9 of 12

Where have there been recent reports of flooding, poverty, and famine so severe that one man was executed by firing squad for cannibalism?

Amid grisly reports that cannibalism is spreading, the Asia Press concludes that more than 10,000 people have died of starvation in the Hwanghae provinces alone.

Question 10 of 12

According to the account given by "The Shooter" in Esquire this week, to whom did he give the 27 bullets left over in the magazine that killed Osama Bin Laden?

"I hope you have room in your backpack for this," he says he told the agent who had located the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound.

Question 11 of 12

Republicans expressed skepticism at President Obama's State of the Union proposal to raise what to $9?

"When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it," House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday morning.

Question 12 of 12

An unnamed 28-year-old French woman was arrested last Thursday for writing a 9/11 "truther" slogan in what unusual place?

"AE911" refers to the site "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth." The Louvre reassured art lovers that the slogan, scrawled in black marker, "could be easily cleaned."

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Jeremy Stahl

Slate's social media editor

John Brennan

Marco Rubio

Bob Menendez

Chris Dorner

Belgium, chocolate

Brazil, coffee

Bangladesh, curry

Britain, horse meat

Drug trafficking income

Military expenditures

Government bribes

Counterfeit money circulation

Prices of skyrockets have skyrocketed

The year of the snake is the unluckiest in the Chinese zodiac

China's export boom in fireworks has led to a domestic shortage

Beijing's air pollution problem is worse than ever


Not shoveling sidewalks

Leaving pets outside


Mardi Gras in New Orleans

The Grammys' dress code

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

George W. Bush's self-portraits

The world's most prolific streaker

The banjo player in Mumford & Sons

A black affenpinscher

A wild-card finalist in Jeopardy!'s Teen Tournament

Much shorter than average

Slightly shorter than average

Slightly longer than average

Much longer than average

North Korea



The Carnival Triumph cruise ship

The Smithsonian

President Obama

A 9/11 families' benefit fund

The CIA agent called "Maya" in Zero Dark Thirty

The federal minimum wage

Cigarette taxes

Medicare prescription co-pays

Ticketmaster fees

A government minister's Facebook profile

Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People

The roof of her house, visible on Google Earth

Her drunk boyfriend's neck, as a tattoo


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