Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
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On Monday two new studies and an expert panel's report reached identical conclusions: Multivitamin pills do nothing. "Enough is enough," wrote one medical journal. The very same day, the FDA announced that it was investigating the iffy claims of antibacterial soaps. Vitamin supplements, antibacterial soaps ... does nothing work anymore? I think you'll find that the Slate News Quiz is just as effective as ever.
Question 1 of 12
On Saturday, Jade Rabbit reached the Bay of Rainbows. Where did this history-making—and delightful-sounding—achievement occur?
Jade Rabbit is a lunar rover. China is now only the third nation to make a soft landing on the moon.
Question 2 of 12
Eldo Kim, a Harvard sophomore, allegedly went to what lengths to avoid a final exam this week?
Question 3 of 12
Hundreds are dead after a coup attempt failed to unseat President Salva Kiir on Sunday in the world's newest country. In what nation did the unrest take place?
Question 4 of 12
Who described his new career as a painter this week by saying, "My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors"?
Zimmerman's first painting, a blue American flag emblazoned with words from the Pledge of Allegiance, has earned six-figure bids on eBay.
Question 5 of 12
According to the New York Daily News, either Sasheer Zamata, Natasha Rothwell, or Kerry Coddett will soon break ground as an African-American what?
If one of the three comics joins the cast in January, as expected, she will become the first black woman on SNL since Maya Rudolph left in 2007.
Question 6 of 12
According to reports from Egypt on Friday, what fell in Cairo for the first time in over a century?
Question 7 of 12
A major diplomatic furor erupted between the U.S. and India this week when an Indian deputy consul general was arrested, strip-searched, and jailed in New York City on what charges?
India has called the arrest "despicable and barbaric," and has even retaliated by removing the concrete safety barriers that protect the American embassy in New Delhi.
Question 8 of 12
Dozens of hot-pink stickers reading "Poo, piss, toilet paper" appeared where this week?
Norwegian officials are hoping to remind residents of the only three substances approved to be flushed down the capital's toilets.
Question 9 of 12
On Wednesday, a presidential advisory panel recommended 46 sweeping changes to limit what?
Question 10 of 12
Great Britain's Prince Harry made headlines by spending the last three weeks engaged in what undertaking?
Last week Harry became the first British royal to reach the South Pole. It was a charity event for Walking With the Wounded, a veterans organization.
Question 11 of 12
A class of primary school students was evacuated from a swimming pool in England due to a scare over a "pedophile" that turned out to be what?
A disabled swimmer had left his artificial leg sticking out from a changing room cubicle, sending staff into a tizzy.
Question 12 of 12
Nicholas Hopkinson, a doctor at Imperial College London, has published a new article that blames vitamin deficiencies for the downfall of whom?
The dark forces of Middle-earth, also including orcs and Smaug, lost due to a lack of vitamin D, he argues, leading to less muscle strength and weaker bones. For foes conspiring in darkness, he recommends more sunlight or eating more eggs.
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Slate education columnist
Below the Gulf of Mexico
Faking his own death
Reporting a shrapnel-bomb hoax
Fortune 500 CEO
Woman on Saturday Night Live
Underpaying her housekeeper
Dealing prescription drugs
The prisons of Vietnam
The International Space Station
The national debt
An Antarctic expedition
Rescue efforts in the Philippines
A bass fiddle
The French flag
Slate education columnist
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