The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings: Play the news quiz for the week of May 17.

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

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

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
May 17 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 Slatester whom I’ve talked into taking the quiz on the record. This week’s contestant is “Dear Prudence” columnist Emily Yoffe.


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

In Great Falls, Mont., last week, several downtown buildings were evacuated due to the smell of natural gas. The culprit, however, turned out to be not a gas leak but some discarded boxes of scratch-and-sniff cards designed by the utility company to teach customers what natural gas leaks smelled like. Are your problem-solving skills just as sharp? Time to find out.

Question 1 of 12

A new CDC study has revealed that what behavior now kills more teenagers than drunk driving?

More than 3,000 teens died last year while texting, exceeding for the first time the 2,700 or so killed in alcohol-related crashes.

Question 2 of 12

Last Friday, Guatemala's Efraín Ríos Montt became the first former world leader ever to what?

Ríos Montt was sentenced to 80 years in prison for ordering the deaths of more than 1,700 Ixil Mayans when he governed Guatemala in the early 1980s.

Question 3 of 12

An Army sergeant who was a "sexual harassment/assault response and prevention coordinator" at Ford Hood, Texas, is being investigated by the Defense Department this week for what?

It's the second case in two weeks in which a DoD sexual assault prevention officer has been suspended or arrested for sexual assault.

Question 4 of 12

The German government is investigating allegations that a "Kartoffel Kartel" has engaged in a 10-year, billion-dollar conspiracy of price fixing on what?

Question 5 of 12

Republican senators floated a bill this week that would deny the president the $440 million in his budget for what?

The agency is even more unpopular than usual this week, due to charges that it improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Question 6 of 12

A John Currin painting of what unlikely subject sold at Christie's in New York for $1.9 million on Wednesday evening?

The late Golden Girls star never posed for Currin, who said the painting came to him in a vision while he was walking home from the subway in Hoboken, N.J.

Question 7 of 12

What is "The Liberator," plans for which were removed from the Internet by State Department order last week?

The censorship order has only raised awareness of the new plastic guns, and many online DIY-ers have already posted their own updates and improvements.

Question 8 of 12

A furor erupted last week when the Walt Disney Company attempted to trademark the name of what holiday?

Disney subsequently withdrew its trademark application, saying that Pixar's "Dí­a de los Muertos" project has since been retitled.

Question 9 of 12

On Saturday, what country held its first ever "peaceful" elections to transition between civilian governments, though 29 people died in election-related violence?

"The voting day went fairly smoothly, by Pakistani standards," said Pakistani columnist Cyril Almeida.

Question 10 of 12

On Wednesday, the White House released 100 pages of emails detailing the behind-the-scenes machinations on what controversial issue?

Question 11 of 12

The mission of NASA's Kepler space telescope, which experienced a possibly fatal malfunction this week, was to find what?

Question 12 of 12

Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner is said to be hiring staff for what?

According to reports, Weiner hired Danny Kedem, an organizer for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential run, as his campaign manager Tuesday.

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

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Emily Yoffe

"Dear Prudence" columnist

Driving while texting

Driving while high

Driving without seatbelts

"Tokyo drifting"

Run for president of another country

Be convicted of genocide by his own country

Come out of the closet as gay

Go into space

Possession of child pornography

Making obscene phone calls

Indecent exposure

Pimping subordinates as prostitutes



Airline tickets


IRS oversight of Obamacare

Carbon emission reduction

Planned Parenthood

Zach Braff's Kickstarter

Obama in Mexican wrestling gear

Pop-Tarts re-enacting the Civil War

Dinosaurs having sex

Bea Arthur nude

A top-secret U.S. drone

A 3-D-printable handgun

A cellphone-unlocking algorithm

A North Korean missile

Mother's Day

Rosh Hashanah

Día de los Muertos

Christmas Eve


The Philippines



The IRS tax-exemption scrutiny

The Benghazi attacks

The Justice Department's AP subpoena

Jay-Z's visit to Cuba

Earth-like planets

Black holes

Threatening asteroids

Water on Mars

A possible return to his House seat

A New York City mayoral campaign

A new consulting firm

Huh-huh. "Staff."


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