The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings: Play the news quiz for the week of April 19.

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

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

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
April 19 2013 5:48 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 Slate’s national correspondent, William Saletan.


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

The Slate News Quiz is always on the hard side, but in a respectful salute to the great city of Boston, I made sure this week's quiz is wicked hahd. But if you paid attention to the news, you're going to do OK. (Unless you paid attention to the news on CNN, that is. In that case, all bets are off.)

Question 1 of 12

In a new survey on American attitudes toward gun control, which of these was the only item found to be more popular than background checks?

Ice cream had a 93 percent approval rating, but every other item was favored by considerably fewer Americans than the 90 percent that support at least some form of background checks.

Question 2 of 12

After Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, NBC reported that many runners, having just finished a 26.2-mile race, ran an additional two miles to get where?

Question 3 of 12

Who became a grandfather for the first time on Saturday, when Mila Hager was born in New York?

Mila is the first child of Jenna Bush and her husband, former White House aide Henry Hager.

Question 4 of 12

According to the United Nations, 50,000 refugees fled renewed fighting this week in what war-torn region?

Question 5 of 12

Mark Sanford, running for Congress in South Carolina, has been charged with trespassing at his ex-wife's house. Sanford says he had to sneak in, or else his son would have had to do what alone?

Question 6 of 12

The streets of what world capital were full all week of the sound of banging pots and pans?

Hugo Chávez's political heir, Nicolás Maduro, asked his followers to shoot off enough firecrackers to drown out his cookware-banging opponents.

Question 7 of 12

Of the about 170 Boston Marathon attack victims taken to local hospitals with injuries, how many were later pronounced dead?

Despite many critical wounds, all those not killed in the first moments of the explosions have survived, thanks largely to the disaster response procedures at eight nearby hospitals.

Question 8 of 12

What posthumous compliment was given to Holocaust diarist Anne Frank last Friday in Amsterdam?

Question 9 of 12

For what unusual reason did officials in Saudi Arabia deport three Abu Dhabi men attending a cultural festival in Riyadh?

"Commission members feared female visitors could fall for them," reported an Arab news daily.

Question 10 of 12

What alleged fatal slip helped lead to the arrest Wednesday of a Mississippi man in connection with the ricin-laced letters recently received in Washington?

The suspect's name is Paul Kevin Curtis, and the letters were signed, "I am KC and I approve this message."

Question 11 of 12

Who confused fans this week by claiming to be a "mother-father gentleman"?

That's the hook from the Korean rapper's follow-up to "Gangnam Style," which has already racked up well over 100 million YouTube views.

Question 12 of 12

A surprising infestation has hit southern Florida, with more than a thousand of what new, rat-size invaders being caught every week?

The snails carry meningitis and eat almost everything in their path—but, luckily, they do it very, very slowly.

You got 8 out of 12 answers correct in 20 minutes 30 seconds.

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Apple pie


Ice cream

To the site of the blast, to tend to victims

To the nearest hospital, to donate blood

To the edge of the cordoned-off crime scene, to investigate

To the nearest medical tent, to bring stretchers

George W. Bush


Donald Trump

Michael Jordan





Celebrate his birthday

Finish his science fair project

Shave for a swim meet

Watch the Super Bowl

London, during Margaret Thatcher's funeral

Pyongyang, to celebrate Kim Il-Sung's 101st birthday

Caracas, to protest election results

Havana, to welcome Jay-Z





Victoria Beckham called her "the first Spice Girl, really"

Heidi Klum envied her "pale, flawless skin"

Justin Bieber hoped "she would have been a belieber"

Lindsay Lohan sympathized that "house arrest can be tough"

They were too handsome

They tipped poorly

They were texting too much

They were vegan

He called a local radio station to brag

He signed the letters with his own initials

He warned his mailman to wear a surgical mask

He wrote the letters on the back of a gym application

Tiger Woods


Jon Hamm

Kid Rock

Monk parakeets

Central American giant cockroaches

Pygmy armadillos

African land snails


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