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?









The US military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding homosexuals was officially rescinded.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




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




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.