The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings: Play the news quiz for the week of Sept. 6.

Think You’re Smarter Than Slate’s International News Blogger? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Think You’re Smarter Than Slate’s International News Blogger? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
Sept. 6 2013 5:38 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-ster whom I’ve talked into taking the quiz on the record. This week’s contestant is Joshua Keating, who writes Slate’s new international news blog, the World.


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

Here's an interesting footnote to this week's push towards war in Syria: A website that created a popular "Where's Damascus?" game reported that 65 users had played the game from within the U.S. Department of Defense ... and only 57 percent of them correctly located Damascus on a map. Don't worry. We won't be asking anything as hard as that on the Slate News Quiz.

Question 1 of 12

What product will add a boldfaced safety warning to its packaging next month, since its main ingredient is the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure?

Tylenol faces more than 85 personal-injury lawsuits related to liver damage, a common side effect of its active ingredient, acetaminophen.

Question 2 of 12

Authorities in Sri Lanka are currently investigating photos taken last week of a group wedding held for nine couples. What was unusual about the couples?

Police are in hot water for staging a traditional Buddhist wedding for their breeding pairs of sniffer dogs.

Question 3 of 12

The Obama administration lobbied lawmakers this week for a "limited and tailored response" in Syria to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for what?

Question 4 of 12

A psychiatric hospital in Pennsylvania has become the first medical center in North America to offer an in-patient treatment program for what disorder?

Question 5 of 12

On Saturday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at a same-sex wedding. Coincidentally, one of the grooms had what very judicial name?

Roberts (no relation) married Ginsburg's close friend Michael Kaiser, who heads the Kennedy Center.

Question 6 of 12

This weekend, one of three finalist cities—Istanbul, Madrid, or Tokyo—will be announced as the next site for what?

Question 7 of 12

64-year-old Diana Nyad swam between Cuba and Florida this week. Her last two attempts, in 2011, had been aborted due to what danger?

In her successful fifth attempt, Nyad wore a full bodysuit and silicone mask to protect against box jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-wars.

Question 8 of 12

The rebel group M23 declared a ceasefire against UN peacekeeping troops last Friday, bringing a pause to the fighting that could still lead to war between what two countries?

Question 9 of 12

Why has a new skyscraper called the "Walkie Talkie" sparked outrage from its London neighbors?

The tower's curved front focuses sunlight just like a magnifying glass. The resulting scorching heat has melted cars, lit furniture on fire, and even fried eggs on the sidewalk.

Question 10 of 12

It was announced on Tuesday that a $320 million wall of ice, almost a mile long, will be built as a defense against what?

The underground ice barrier will prevent contaminated water from the leaking nuclear power plant to flow out to sea.

Question 11 of 12

According to a new Visa survey of American parents, what is the average amount left by the Tooth Fairy for a loose tooth?

That's a 23 percent rise over last year's average, substantially ahead of inflation.

Question 12 of 12

After being fired, who attracted media attention by performing a public self-crucifixion as a street protest?

The eight drivers, fired after striking for higher pay, have been nailed to wooden crosses outside company headquarters for three weeks.

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

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Sharpie markers


Red Bull

They were babies

They were police dogs

They were mannequins

They were dead

Torture of opposition leaders

Violations of UN no-fly-zones

Chemical weapons attacks

His weird little mustache


Social anxiety


Internet addiction

Anthony Kennedy

Clarence Thomas

Samuel Alito

John Roberts

The Winter Olympics

A Guggenheim art museum

The Summer Olympics

MTV's The Real World

Hurricane-strength winds

Shark attacks

Jellyfish stings

Leg cramps

Colombia and Venezuela

India and Pakistan

Rwanda and DR Congo

Mali and Algeria

In high winds it emits an ultrasonic squeal

It reflects scorching heat onto the street below

A huge colony of wasps lives in its mezzanine garden

All its signage uses the font "Comics Sans"

Radiation, in Fukushima

Rising sea levels, in Oslo

Grizzly bears, in Nome, Alaska

White Walkers and wildlings, in Westeros





Paraguayan bus drivers

South African gold miners

Filipino schoolteachers

Tim Tebow


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