WORLD EVENTS 2006-7
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CURRENT EVENTS ROUND QUESTIONS – II

Current Events Questions – Part I

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS (EASY)
Commissioner Bud Selig asked former U.S. Senator George Mitchell to head an inquiry into steroid use by players in his sport. For which sport is he commissioner?
A. Basketball
B. Soccer
C. Baseball
D. Football



SPORTS (EASY)
On August 20, 2006, this golfer won the PGA Championship at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Who was that golfer?
A. Tiger Woods
B. Arnold Palmer
C. Sergio Garcia
D. Shaun Micheel

POLITICS (EASY)
On February 1, 2006, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ben Bernanke to replace Alan Greenspan as the head of which national agency?
A. Federal Reserve
B. Homeland Security
C. Central Intelligence Agency
D. FEMA

DISASTERS (DIFFICULT)
In January and February, 2006, the Bush administration cited confidentiality, when it refused to turn over storm documents and correspondences between White House staff that were requested by the Senate committee that investigated the response to Hurricane Katrina. Both Republican and Democratic members of the committee were sharply critical of the Homeland Security Chief. Who was that Homeland Security Chief?
A. Tom DeLay
B. Michael Chertoff
C. William Frist
D. Dennis Hastert



SPORTS (EASY)
On February 5, 2006, Super Bowl XL was played at Ford Field in Detroit. The Seattle Seahawks lost that Super Bowl by a score of 21 to 10. Which team was victorious?
A. Jacksonville Jaguars
B. Pittsburgh Steelers
C. New England Patriots
D. Oakland Raiders


PEOPLE IN THE NEWS (DIFFICULT)
Senator
Robert Byrd had reached a milestone and a record of eight terms as senator. In January of 2007, he passed Strom Thurmond of South Carolina as the longest-serving Senator in American history. Which state does Senator Byrd represent?
A. Iowa
B. West Virginia
C. Kentucky
D. Virginia

HEALTH (DIFFICULT)
Which three U.S. companies, in May 2006, agreed to limit the sale of sweetened sodas and other drinks from vending machines located on school campuses by the year 2009?
A. Starbucks, Red Bull and Cott Corporation
B. Suntory, Kraft and Nestle
C. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Cadbury Schweppes
D. Unilever, Danone, and Ocean Spray


POLITICS (EASY)
Tom DeLay
, a Republican from Texas, announced his resignation from Congress after it was disclosed that he had been involved with a lobbyist who was sentenced to six years in prison by a Florida judge. That lobbyist was found guilty of fraud and corruption charges related to the 2000 purchase of a gambling cruise-ship line. Who was that lobbyist?
A. Andrew Card
B. Randy Cunningham
C. Richard Thompson
D. Jack Abramoff



PEOPLE IN THE NEWS (DIFFICULT)
Upon Tom Delay's resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives, he was replaced as house majority leader by which of the following republican representatives?
A. Roy Blunt
B. Nick Rahall
C. George Allen
D. John Boehner

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (EASY)
The novel The Da Vinci Code sold more than forty million copies and was one of the best-selling novels of all times. The author was accused of stealing the theme of that novel from an earlier work, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, by British authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh. Who is the author of The Da Vinci Code?
A. Dan Brown
B. Clive Cussler
C. Michael Crichton
D. Allan Eckert

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (DIFFICULT)
On January 30, 2006, the Smithsonian announced that it had selected a location for a new national museum that will be located on the Mall near the Washington Monument. To which topic will that museum be dedicated?
A. New England Whaling
B. The Lewis and Clark Expedition
C. Immigration
D. African American History and Culture

Current Events Questions – Part I

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