The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings: Play the news quiz for the week of April 12.

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

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

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
April 12 2013 5:15 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 Hanna Rosin, co-founder of Slate’s DoubleX and the author of The End of Men.


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

A heated debate raged in the pages of Nature magazine this month, as physicists tackled a pressing question: If you were to fall into a black hole, what would the cause of death be? Would you be stretched and squished via the process charmingly called "spaghettification," as has long been believed, or would you burst into flame as you crossed the event horizon? Luckily, that will not be one of the questions on this week's quiz, which hopefully you can escape without being crushed by gravity or burnt to a crisp.

Question 1 of 12

The U.S. Navy announced plans this week to deploy to the Persian Gulf a new system that, for the first time, can shoot down drones how?

Question 2 of 12

The Senate confirmed Sally Jewell, formerly the CEO of REI, as what on Wednesday?

Question 3 of 12

Activists in Germany have announced plans to occupy the 26,000-square-foot life-sized replica of what that is currently being built in Berlin's Alexanderplatz square?

"The Barbie Dreamhouse is the expression of a conventional role model that isn't OK," say organizers, who call the project sexist.

Question 4 of 12

Thanks to a Facebook campaign following Margaret Thatcher's death, what song entered the top 10 of the U.K. pop charts on Wednesday?

Question 5 of 12

Fill in the blanks. On Wednesday, _____ jointly announced an agreement to finally settle the longstanding and contentious issue of _____.

Question 6 of 12

Anne Smedinghoff, the first U.S. diplomat to die in the line of duty since the 2012 Benghazi attack, was killed last Friday while doing what?

Killed in a bomb attack, the 25-year-old foreign service officer volunteered last summer for the Kabul assignment after serving a tour in Venezuela straight out of college.

Question 7 of 12

In accordance with a Chilean court order, what happened to 1971 Nobel literature laureate Pablo Neruda this week?

Two members of Neruda's staff have speculated that he was poisoned by the Pinochet regime, and investigators aim to determine if he was murdered.

Question 8 of 12

On Friday, KFC announced a surprising brand reversal in which they will focus, for the first time, on buckets of chicken that don't contain any what?

The chain is calling the April rollout of its new "Original Recipe Boneless" flagship product its "biggest product introduction ... in modern times."

Question 9 of 12

Looming thunderstorms this week threatened recovery efforts following what disaster that struck Mayflower, Ark. on March 29?

According to a class-action lawsuit filed this week by residents, the rupture in the Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline has spilled more than 19,000 barrels of oil into their subdivision and surrounding wetlands.

Question 10 of 12

Target apologized last week for an "unintentional oversight," in which it carried a kimono-style dress in "Dark Heather Gray," but used what name for the plus-size dress of the same color?

Question 11 of 12

The appropriately named Sam Mullet was denied release from prison this week. Mullet led an unusual crime spree in 2011 by doing what?

Question 12 of 12

Many observers have linked North Korea's saber-rattling this week to their most important annual holiday, coming up on April 15. What is that holiday?

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Hanna Rosin

co-founder of Slate's DoubleX and the author of The End of Men

With ultrasound

From space

With giant rubber bands

With lasers

Secretary of the interior

United States treasurer

Head of the EPA

"Best-looking attorney general in the country"

The Millennium Falcon

Barbie's Dreamhouse

King Tut's tomb

The Playboy mansion

"Maggie May" by Rod Stewart

"Tramp the Dirt Down" by Elvis Costello

"A New England" by Billy Bragg

"Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz

China and Japan, the Senkaku Islands

Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin, gun background checks

President Obama and House Republicans, entitlement reform

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, racism in America

Delivering books to schoolchildren in Afghanistan

Giving a press briefing in Iraq

Monitoring an election in Azerbaijan

Working with federal police in Mexico

His citizenship was revoked

His poetry was carved into a glacier

His body was exhumed

His childhood home was burned

Secret herbs and spices


Artificial ingredients




A railroad collision

An oil spill

Battleship Gray

Elephantine Gray

Manatee Gray

Macy Gray

Holding up banks in a hockey uniform and mask

Blackmailing people with old yearbook photos

Cutting Amish people's hair and beards

Exposing himself to barbers and stylists

Eventual Victorious Reunification Day

Great Leader Kim Il-sung's Birthday

Day of Socialist Liberation Fervor

Glorious People's Income Tax Filing Deadline


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