Slate Quiz with Ken Jennings: Take the news quiz for the week of Oct. 10.

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

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

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
Oct. 9 2014 11:55 PM

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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 with the score of a Slate-ster whom I’ve talked into taking the quiz on the record. This week’s contestant is William Dobson, Slate’s politics and foreign affairs editor. Think you can ace my quiz and beat Dobson? Good luck!

The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings

Sometimes a long wait can pay off. Baseball fans waited a record six hours and 23 minutes for the Giants to outlast the Nationals on Saturday night. Twin Peaks fans waited 25 years for the show to be resurrected. The New York Historical Society waited a century to finally open the world's oldest time capsule. (Contents: nothing good.) Patience may be a virtue, but you'll need to be a little faster than that if you want a high score on this week's Slate News Quiz.

Question 1 of 12

On Monday, the first case of this Ebola outbreak to be contracted outside of Africa was reported where?

The patient is a nurse's aide who may have contracted the disease while removing her protective suit.

Question 2 of 12

An Austrian man this week offered to trade what for a new iPhone 6?

The seller is desperate to unload the unwanted house before tax auction season floods the market with foreclosure properties.

Question 3 of 12

Thanks to the Supreme Court's refusal Monday to consider a set of seven cases, a majority of Americans now live in states where what is true?

The non-ruling paved the way for same-sex marriages to be solemnized in 11 more states, including Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Question 4 of 12

The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded on Tuesday to the Japanese and American scientists who perfected what environmentally friendly technology?

Red and green diodes had been around for decades, but it only became possible to produce white light with LEDs when the blue diode was invented by these scientists in the early 1990s.

Question 5 of 12

Whose 62nd birthday was celebrated this week with a pop-up art exhibition depicting him re-enacting the 12 Labors of Hercules?

In this updated version of the Hercules myth, Putin takes on monsters like "Islamist terrorism" and "EU sanctions."

Question 6 of 12

A new study from the University of Chicago found that almost 40 percent of its subjects died within five years of what milestone?

The loss of smell is probably an early indicator of the breakdown of the body, say the researchers.

Question 7 of 12

Who reported last week that he'd been unable to refinance the mortgage on his house?

The former Fed chairman opined that lenders "may have gone a little bit too far on mortgage credit conditions."

Question 8 of 12

All eyes will be on the Workers' Party anniversary celebrations this weekend, at which what world leader might make his first public appearance after a long absence?

Kim hasn't been seen publicly in more than a month, leading to rumors of serious health problems or even a coup.

Question 9 of 12

What unusual situation in both South Dakota and Kansas has created an unexpected vulnerability for Republican Senate candidates there?

Greg Orman in Kansas and Larry Pressler in South Dakota have not revealed which party they would caucus with if elected.

Question 10 of 12

What nation refused to intervene this week in the ISIS siege of Kobani, a town just about a mile away from its border?

Turkey is unlikely to allow military action from its soil that would support Kurdish nationalists.

Question 11 of 12

On Wednesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta became the world's first sitting head of state to do what?

Kenyatta faces human rights charges over the violence that claimed 1,000 lives after Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election.

Question 12 of 12

Over the weekend, the Coast Guard was called in to rescue Reza Baluchi off the Florida coast, as he failed in his attempt at what quixotic feat?

Baluchi was running inside a homemade floating bubble he called the "Hydro Pod," but got only 185 miles north before the Coast Guard asked him to pack it in.

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Politics editor





A three-bedroom home in Detroit

A Soviet space capsule

A 1984 Motorola cellphone, the DynaTAC

His (eventual) firstborn son

Obamacare exchanges are unavailable

Abortion clinics will be closing

Gay marriage is legal

The McRib is back

LED bulbs

Wind farms

Electric car batteries

Solar-powered flashlights

Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin

Pope Francis

Mandy Patinkin

Their team won the championship

They quit smoking

A pet died

They lost their sense of smell

Roger Goodell

George Zimmerman

Ben Bernanke

Bill de Blasio

Kim Jong-un

Robert Mugabe

Bashar al-Assad

Fidel Castro

Voter registration laws have been voided

Independent candidates are polling well

They have been indicted

Both candidates on the ballot share a surname




Saudi Arabia

Succeed his own son in office

Propose drug legalization

Earn a martial arts black belt

Appear before the International Criminal Court

Communicating with whales

Raising Christopher Columbus' flagship

Running to Bermuda

Living for six months underwater


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