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

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

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

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
Oct. 16 2014 11:45 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 Joshua Keating, who writes the World blog.


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The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings

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Question 1 of 12

"A nuclear settlement is certain," promised which world leader on Monday?

Only details remain to be ironed out on the deal, according to Rouhani, who said that "the world is tired and wants (the talks) to end."

Question 2 of 12

What timely Web domain is URL speculator Jon Schultz looking to sell for $150,000?

Schultz bought the domain in 2008 for $13,500 as part of his portfolio of disaster-related URLs. He says the asking price will remain high unless—God forbid—we cure Ebola.

Question 3 of 12

In recent weeks, police in Bakersfield, California, have fielded 20 reports of citizens being terrorized by what?

Some of the clowns are holding machetes or baseball bats, something that no one ever has terrible nightmares about. "We will make arrests on this," vow police.

Question 4 of 12

A 6-3 Supreme Court decision allowed 13 of what places to reopen in Texas?

The health centers had stopped performing abortions on Oct. 2 when an appeals court ruled that Texas could enforce its new abortion restrictions while courts considered them.

Question 5 of 12

Though top military officials dissed the name as "kind of bleh," what name did the Pentagon announce for its campaign against ISIS this week?

One member of the armed forces anonymously suggested "Operation Shiite Storm."

Question 6 of 12

After last week's awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, five of the last 12 winners now have what in common?

Co-winner Malala Yousafzai joins human rights activists Shirin Ebadi and Tawakkul Karman, IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei, and economist Muhammad Yunus.

Question 7 of 12

What Barcelona business used facial recognition software to unveil a groundbreaking new business model this week?

Attendance is up 35 percent now that audiences know that they'll pay nothing for an unfunny set.

Question 8 of 12

The British House of Commons voted 274-12 this week to officially recognize what?

The nonbinding vote was a symbolic move intended to kickstart the peace process and pressure Israel toward a two-state solution.

Question 9 of 12

Which company will be opening its first brick-and-mortar store this holiday season on 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, directly across from the Empire State Building?

Question 10 of 12

Archaeologists confirmed this week that a mound in Vergina called the Great Tumulus holds the bones of which man's famous father?

The tomb in northern Greece is now known to belong to Philip II, ancient king of Macedon.

Question 11 of 12

The city of Chicago has earned almost $8 million in revenue this year by shortening what?

The city instructed its vendor to issue tickets even when the yellow light duration slipped a tenth of a second below the city's three-second standard. An additional 77,000 tickets were issued.

Question 12 of 12

In a Vine video that went viral, Michelle Obama promoted healthy eating with what take on a hit song?

In what is surely a first in American history, the first lady is seen dancing with a turnip.

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October 17, 2014

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Joshua Keating

Foreign Affairs Blogger

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Russian President Vladimir Putin

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif


Scary billboards

Ice cream trucks


Border crossings

Voter registration centers

Voucher schools

Abortion clinics

Operation Secured Freedom

Operation Regional Stability

Operation Inherent Resolve

Operation Cocoa Butter

They are Muslim

They are heads of state

They are under 25

They are political prisoners

A bank with cardless ATMs

A gay bar that charges attractive patrons less

A coffee shop that makes your usual as soon as you enter

A comedy club that charges per laugh

The state of Palestine

Same-sex marriages

Scottish "fiscal autonomy"

English as a national language





Leif Ericson


Alexander the Great

Enrique Iglesias

The school day

Yellow lights

Its official email footer

Urinal flushes

"Holy Kale"

"Turnip for What"

"Beauty and a Beet"

"Blurred Limes"


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Foreign Affairs Blogger

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