Slate Quiz with Ken Jennings: Test your knowledge of the news from the week of Oct. 24.

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

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

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
Oct. 24 2014 12:10 AM

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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 to the score of a Slate-ster whom I’ve talked into taking the quiz on the record. This week’s contestant is Slate staff writer Amanda Hess Think you can ace my quiz and beat Hess? Good luck!

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Question 1 of 12

Over the weekend, the Supreme Court agreed to stay an injunction, effectively reinstating Texas' strict new law on what issue?

Question 2 of 12

Last Friday, a cease-fire was announced in Chad that included an agreement to end which crisis?

The situation on the ground seems to have changed little in the days since the cease-fire between Nigeria and Boko Haram.

Question 3 of 12

What is 30 percent lower in vegetarians, according to a new study from Loma Linda University's medical school?

Sperm motility is also significantly lower. This could be a result of vitamin deficiencies or estrogen-like compounds in soy.

Question 4 of 12

The shooting on Ottawa's Parliament Hill on Wednesday was ended by a man better known for carrying what unusual weapon?

Eyewitnesses said the gunman was brought down by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, best known for the ceremonial mace he carries to open every session of Parliament.

Question 5 of 12

For the duration of the World Series, two San Francisco radio stations are refusing to play what artist's biggest hit single?

"Royals" will not be heard during the series, vow KFOG and KOIT. "We're all about the Giants here," said one program director.

Question 6 of 12

Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, started his new job this week, overseeing the U.S. response to what?

Klain was named the administration's new "Ebola czar" despite his lack of public health experience.

Question 7 of 12

The Swedish navy spent the week hunting for what suspected visitor to their waters?

Sweden intercepted a mysterious Russian distress call from its Baltic coast last week and says it's ready to defend its borders with force if necessary.

Question 8 of 12

On Monday, Florida's Michael Dunn received a life sentence for the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, in a trial often referred to by what nickname?

"I hate that thug music," prosecutors allege Dunn told his fiancee, shortly before firing repeatedly into an SUV full of black teenagers.

Question 9 of 12

What kind of animal was Suni, who died last week in Kenya, leaving only six of his kind left alive in the world?

Suni was one of two breeding males left in captivity. There are no northern white rhinos left in the wild, mostly due to poaching.

Question 10 of 12

Which state is on pace for the first ever $100 million Senate race, as money from out-of-state donors floods in for opponents Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis?

Question 11 of 12

What surprising group of people has been receiving millions of dollars in Social Security benefits over the decades, thanks to a legal loophole?

Even after leaving the country, at least 38 suspected Nazis were allowed to keep their benefits, says the Associated Press. Congress plans to close the loophole.

Question 12 of 12

What kind of family business in Saginaw, Michigan, has begun offering its services from a drive-thru window?

The Paradise Funeral Chapel has guests press a button and pull up to the second window, where a curtain pulls back, allowing them a three-minute viewing with the departed.

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October 24, 2014

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Voter ID


Police surveillance

The schoolgirl abduction in Nigeria

The civil war in South Sudan

The Ebola quarantine in Sierra Leone

The violence in the Central African Republic


Cancer risk

Sperm count

Annual income

A cavalry saber

Pepper spray disguised as a camera

A golden mace

A lumberjack's ax



Iggy Azalea

Sam Smith

Climate change



Mass shootings

A lost whale

A Russian sub

A pirate ship

A meteor

The "toy gun" trial

The "loud music" trial

The "baggy pants" trial

The "huge racist" trial

A northern white rhino

A Masai ostrich

A Grevy's zebra

A western lowland gorilla




North Carolina

Gen-Xers born on Leap Day

Unsuccessful presidential assassins

Coma patients

Nazi war criminals

A tanning parlor

A law firm

A strip club

A funeral home


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