The Monitor's Weekly News Quiz for Sept. 18-23, 2011

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict reached a new milestone when President Mahmoud Abbas sought statehood for Palestinians through a UN vote. How many new states have been admitted to the UN since 2000?

None

 

6

 

11

 

15

 

The US military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding homosexuals was officially rescinded. What did the US Marine Corps do the very next day?

Announced an "order of the rainbow" medal for those who'd been dishonorably discharged under the policy

 

Set up a recruiting station at a gay center in Tulsa, Okla.

 

Hired a fashion consultant to design more "gay friendly" uniforms

 

Quietly filed a lawsuit in federal court

 

Afghan leader Burhanuddin-Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber this week. What was his role in Afghanistan?

Afghan ambassador to the United States

 

Vice president of the country

 

Leader of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council

 

Next in line to succeed President Hamid Karzai

 

President Obama has proposed a tax on the wealthy based on "the Buffett rule," billionaire Warren Buffett's observation that he – as a wealthy person – should be taxed at a higher rate than whom?

His secretary

 

His chauffer

 

His dog-walker

 

Bill Gates

 

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad released two American hikers on $500,000 bail each after holding them since 2009 on spy charges. Why now?

He felt it would be a nice thing to do

 

He's trying to challenge rival conservatives within his country

 

Hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were falling into ill health

 

He wanted to make an international goodwill gesture on the eve of his speech to the United Nations

 

Netflix is splitting its business in two – streaming video and DVDs. What will the DVD service be called?

Son of Netflix

 

DVDs 'R' Us

 

Movies 2 Go

 

Quikster

 

Seven Italian seismologists are being charged with manslaughter in Italy. Why?

For causing the 2009 L'Aqila earthquake

 

For withholding information about the 2009 earthquake

 

For failing to predict the 2009 L'Aqila earthquake

 

For reckless driving

 

American dependence on Middle East oil could be easing. Where is more of our oil coming from?

The Americas

 

The Arctic

 

Deepwater drilling offshore

 

Russia

 

Green brooms appeared on the famed resort beach Copacabana in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, this week. What were they for?

A wry protest to "clean up" the planet

 

A wry protest to "sweep out corruption" in Brazil's federal government

 

A housekeepers' union protest for increased benefits

 

A housewares promotion for a local Wal-Mart

 

General Motors and the United Auto Workers struck a deal that provides some good news for auto workers. What is it?

GM will close assembly plants in Mexico

 

GM is adding more than 6,000 more jobs.

 

GM will increase electric car production

 

GM will increase everyone's pay.