Thunder Quiz 2: Current Events
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This quiz is a study of the events that occurred in 2015. How well do you know what happened last year?
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Question 1 of 15
1. Question5 points
On Jan. 7, a terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper ___________________ left 12 people dead.
Question 2 of 15
2. Question6 points
Also in January, an outbreak of _______________ in California, which began at Disneyland, was attributed in part to the disease’s being spread by children who had not been vaccinated. In June California passed a law requiring schoolchildren to receive vaccinations unless there are medical reasons not to do so.
Question 3 of 15
3. Question5 points
Speaker John A. Boehner’s unilateral invitation to Prime Minister _______________ to address Congress on March 3 turned a foreign policy issue that has had near unanimous support in both parties — Israel — into a political showdown that inflamed relations between the United States and Israel for more than a month.
Question 4 of 15
4. Question3 points
Gov. Jerry Brown on April 1 ordered mandatory water use reductions for the __________ time in California’s history, saying the state’s four-year drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls.
Question 5 of 15
5. Question5 points
An Olympic gold medalist and member of the Kardashian family, ended months of speculation in April when he announced that he identified as a woman and was making the transition from male to female. Caitlyn Jenner made her public debut on June 1 on the cover of Vanity Fair. What name does this person’s former wife call them?
Question 6 of 15
6. Question4 points
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.8 shook this country on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people, flattening sections of the city’s historic center and setting off avalanches around Mount Everest, where at least 18 climbers died. In what country did this occur?
Question 7 of 15
7. Question2 points
David Letterman left the “Late Show” on May 20, after a 33-year run in late-night television. Three months later, on Aug. 7, another late-night host, __________________ , said goodbye to “The Daily Show” after 16 years of taking satirical aim at the hypocrisy of politics and the fatuousness of the news media.
Question 8 of 15
8. Question4 points
On June 6, American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes to earn horse racing’s ________________ for the first time since 1978.
Question 9 of 15
9. Question5 points
After nine years and three billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zipped past _______________, sending back data and images that astronomers will ponder for years.
Question 10 of 15
10. Question7 points
On July 20, the United States formally reopened the embassy in this country that it had closed in 1961 over a communist revolution. Name the country.
Question 11 of 15
11. Question10 points
On Sept. 3, a clerk in Rowan County, Ky., who has become a symbol of religious opposition to same-sex marriage, was jailed after defying a federal court order to issue licenses to gay couples. The county began issuing the licenses the next day. What is this person’s name?
Question 12 of 15
12. Question8 points
The Environmental Protection Agency accused the German automaker ____________ in September of using software that could be used to cheat on emissions tests.
Question 13 of 15
13. Question6 points
In a historic transformation of the American military, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said in early December that the Pentagon would open all combat jobs to ___________________.
Question 14 of 15
14. Question9 points
On Dec. 7, Donald J. Trump called for the United States to bar all ____________ from entering the country.
Question 15 of 15
15. Question10 points
2015, expected to be the hottest year on record, closed with a string of weather anomalies all over the world. Rain in the central United States was so heavy that major floods began along the Mississippi River and are likely to intensify in early 2016. California may lurch from drought to flood. Most serious, millions of people could be threatened by a developing food shortage in southern Africa. Scientists say the most obvious suspect in the turmoil is the climate pattern called _____________________, in which the Pacific Ocean dumps immense amounts of heat into the atmosphere.