The Slate Quiz with quizmaster Ken Jennings: Play the news quiz for Oct. 9.

Think You’re Smarter Than a Slate Staff Writer? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Think You’re Smarter Than a Slate Staff Writer? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Test your knowledge of the week’s news.
Oct. 9 2015 2:30 AM

Play the Slate News Quiz

With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.

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Ken Jennings.
Contestant Ken Jennings attends a press conference to discuss the upcoming Man V. Machine 'Jeopardy!' competition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on January 13, 2011 in Yorktown Heights, New York.

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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 Slatester whom I’ve talked into taking the quiz on the record. This week’s contestant is staff writer Jim Newell, who covers politics.

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