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Batavick: Time to test your knowledge with a current events quiz

OK. Listen up! It’s time for your annual current events quiz. Pencils ready? Begin! (And no fair hiring a stand-in to take your test for you. This isn’t the SAT.) Answers are at the end.

1: True or False? In November 2013 under President Obama, America hit a milestone of energy independence. It produced more oil domestically than it imported from foreign sources and the U.S. became the No. 1 natural gas producer in the world.

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2: Which of these statements is true? Many Evangelical Christians…

a) Believe the president’s pattern of lying about almost everything is OK because we are all sinners.

b) Believe the president’s past adultery is a private matter between a husband and wife and not as serious as what Bill Clinton did with that intern.

c) Believe that declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel brings us closer to Judgment Day.

d) All of the above

3: According to the Treasury Department, since the 2017 Republican tax cut bill and in the first four months of fiscal 2019, the U.S. budget deficit widened 77%, hitting $310 billion, up from $176 billion a year ago. This proves:

a) "tax cuts will pay for themselves"

b) the “trickle down” theory of economics works

c) Democrats were right about the devastating impact of the tax cut on the deficit.

4: Which event warranted the most investigations and hearings on the part of congressional Republicans?

a) The 2003 Iraq War which began with bogus claims of weapons of mass destruction and eventually killed 460,000 people, 4,424 of them Americans.

b) The 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack in which four Americans died.

c) The 2017 Niger, Africa ambush in which four Green Beret soldiers died.

d) The 2019 Sri Lanka terrorist attack in which four Americans died.

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5: Tariffs …

a) Are paid by countries exporting goods and contribute dollars to the U.S. Treasury.

b) Are paid by U.S. companies who import foreign goods and the costs are passed on to American consumers.

c) Are simply not understood by our “stable genius” president.

d) b & c

6: President Trump has proven his mastery of the “art of the deal” by:

a) Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel without using this as a bargaining chip to get Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians.

b) Declaring Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights without using this as a bargaining chip to get Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians.

c) Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal without using this as a bargaining chip to get Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians.

d) All of the above

7: The Republican pro-life and pro-family stance is best illustrated by:

a) Attempts to roll back Roe v. Wade.

b) Support for an immigration policy in which children are snatched from parents; some never to be reunited again.

c) A refusal to ban the sale of military-style semi-automatic weapons, thus ensuring more Sandy Hooks and Columbines.

D) All of the above

8: Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has asked, “Will we pursue the search for truth or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth? I am of course referring to the investigation into serious allegations of illegal conduct by the president of the United States — that the president has engaged in a persistent pattern and practice of obstruction of justice. The allegations are grave, the investigation is legitimate and ascertaining the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the unqualified, unevasive truth is absolutely critical.” He was referring to:

a) President Clinton

b) President Trump

9: First Lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” initiative attempts to combat bullying and name-calling that diminishes and disrespects others. She should first focus on:

a) The Oval Office

b) Talk radio

c) Fox network commentary shows

d) all of the above

10: Which of these statements is true?

a) Democrats changed the name from “global warming” to “climate change” when weather got cold and the term “global warming” just wasn’t working any more.

b) Scientists have established two different physical phenomena: “global warming,”the long-term trend of a rising, average global temperature; and “climate change,”changes in global climate, like extreme weather, which result from this rising average global temperature.

c) The Bush-Cheney White House implemented an industry-formulated disinformation campaign designed to actively mislead the American public on global warming and to forestall limits on climate polluters.

d) b & c

11: True or False? In 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tehran was on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon in less than a year. The 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, negotiated by Obama and five other world powers, forestalled Iran’s plans by 15 years, and ongoing inspections since proved it was working.

12: True or False? Public education, public libraries, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, the WIC program and food stamps are all forms of socialism.

Answers: 1-True; 2-d; 3-c; 4-b; 5-d; 6-d; 7-d; 8-a; 9-d; 10-d; 11-True; 12-True.

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