I've been solicited to take a number of current events quizzes on the internet lately, so I thought it might be fun to create one myself for our readers, so here it goes. Answers are at the end.

1. According to President Donald Trump:


a. He fired James Comey because of the Russia investigation.

b. He didn't fire Comey because of the Russia investigation.

c. The "Russia thing" is fake news and a witch hunt.

d. He approved the Office of Special Counsel's issuance of an indictment against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations because they interfered with the 2016 election.

e. All of the above.

2. As the country's demographics continue to evolve into something different than what we are used to, we should:

a. Build walls.

b. Hold tiki torch rallies.

c. Remember the values that underpin our nation and once attracted our ancestors.

d. Block multicultural education.

3. Which factor or factors have had the biggest negative effect on employment?

a. Immigrants stealing our jobs.

b. Factories that moved abroad.

c. Weakened labor unions.


d. Recurring recessions.

3. B, C and D.

4. A Republican Congress is most likely to address the impending budget deficit that, by 2022, threatens to exceed $1 trillion annually by:

a. Revisiting and revising the $1.5 trillion tax cut so businesses and wealthy households share the burden with the public.

b. Shrinking Social Security, Medicare and other safety-net programs.

c. Screaming about the growing deficit should the Democrats retake the House this fall.

d. B and C.

5. Trump has proven he is an effective executive because:

a. His administration had an unprecedented 34 percent turnover rate in personnel during its first year.

b. We still don't have ambassadors to hot spots like South Korea and Turkey.

c. He's gone through four communications directors in 15 months. (Barack Obama had four over four years.)

d. He hired family members for key positions.

e. All of the above.

6. Trump called the Trans-Pacific Partnership a "disaster" and pulled the U.S. out of it. This move may lead to:

a. Ceding trade leadership in Asia to China.

b. The loss of $357 billion in exports by 2030.

c. The need to abide by 11,000 current foreign tariffs on U.S. goods.

d. Maybe rejoining the TPP, per Trump's recent comment.

e. If D doesn't happen, then A, B and C.

7. According to the Congressional Budget Office, over the next 10 years, an average of 43 percent of the income generated from economic growth linked to the GOP tax plan will flow into foreign bank accounts and not American paychecks.

a. True.

b. False.

8. Political correctness:

a. "Is killing our country." — Donald Trump

b. "Is destroying our nation." — Ben Carson

c. "Needs to be shattered." — Jeb Bush

d. "Not having to relive our mistakes of the past, but learning from them" regarding all who were once outsiders and "mistreated, abused and taunted." — Kareem Abdul Jabbar

9. Recycling:

a. Uses less energy than manufacturing something new.

b. Results in products made from recycled content that are of lower quality.

c. Is a waste of time because all trash ends up in the dump.

d. Requires sorting bottles, metal cans and cardboard/paper separately.

10. When NFL players "took a knee" during the national anthem last season, they were:

a. Disrespecting the American flag.

b. Calling attention to the continued slaughter of unarmed black men by rogue police.

c. Disrespecting the military.

d. Acting like spoiled, rich brats who don't appreciate the opportunities they've been given.

11. The International Association of Chiefs of Police opposes a GOP-sponsored congressional bill that would allow gun owners with concealed-carry permits in one state to carry their concealed weapons in all 50 states.

a. True.

b. False.

12. To eliminate gun violence, especially in our schools, governments should:

a. Enforce harsher penalties for crimes committed with guns.

b. Arm teachers and/or have armed personnel in all schools.

c. Listen to the 65 percent of Americans who say laws governing the sale of guns should be stricter.

d. Invest more dollars in mental health care.

e. C and D.

13. Many companies like AT&T paid a generous, one-time bonus to employees after the recent tax reform. This was just as good as raising salaries.

a. True.

b. False.

14. High school students, some whom have witnessed and survived shootings, should:

a. "Learn CPR." — former Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Rick Santorum

b. Stop protesting and serving as tools of the radical left.

c. Continue to bring energy, fresh perspectives and eventual votes to the gun debate.

d. Stay silent because their thinking is too immature and uninformed.

e. Stop being attention-seeking "actors."

Answers: 1. e; 2. c; 3. e; 4. d; 5. e; 6. e; 7. True. 8. d; 9. a; 10. b; 11. True; 12. e; 13. False; 14. c.

Frank Batavick writes from Westminster. His column appears Fridays. Email him at fjbatavick@gmail.com.