The Monitor's Weekly News Quiz for Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2011

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By the end of December, some 13,800 US troops will have left their seven remaining bases in Iraq. At the height of the war in 2007, how many US troops and bases were in Iraq?

105,000 troops on 300 bases

 

510,000 troops on 1,000 bases

 

171,000 troops on 500 bases

 

Exact numbers cannot be determined

 

A first round of elections held in Egypt this week was declared to have been a success. Which political faction is leading in the polls so far?

Muslim Brotherhood

 

The military

 

Secularists

 

The Tahrir Square coalition

 

Occupy Wall Street protesters were removed peaceably from two locations this week. Where?

Boston and Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles and San Francisco

 

Philadelphia and Los Angeles

 

Boston and Phliadelphia

 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first senior US official to visit Burma (Myanmar) in how many years?

Ever

 

23

 

35

 

56

 

A local gun club attracted national attention by inviting gun owners and their families to pose with Santa – with their guns. Where?

Amarillo, Texas

 

Santa Fe, N.M.

 

Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

Two deadlines are still holding Congress's feet to the fire on debt reduction. What are they?

The 2012 elections for Congress and president

 

The Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary

 

Congress's holiday recess and Ronald Reagan's birthday

 

The expiration of Bush's tax cuts and the onset of automatic spending cuts

 

The UN-sponsored climate-change talks taking place in Durban, South Africa, have one primary goal. What is it?

Reduce global greenhouse gas emissions

 

Entice the United States to sign onto the Kyoto Protocols

 

Require developing nations to take more responsibility for emissions control

 

Change the climate to something a bit more pleasant

 

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez repatriated a shipment of precious cargo. What was it?

Meso-American art and artifacts

 

Gold ingots

 

Priceless recordings of 1920s-era "joropo" music

 

Christopher Columbus artifacts from his third voyage to the New World in 1498

 

Worms may be the first travelers to Mars. Why on earth is that?

They could shed light on how humans might fare on such a trip

 

They have such minimal life-sustaining requirements

 

They seem to adapt well to microgravity environments

 

A poll found they would elicit the fewest complaints from animal-rights activists

 

The United Nations warned that the rebellion against Syria's Bashar al-Assad now teeters on civil war. How many are estimated to have died in the uprising?

900

 

1,200

 

2,400

 

4,000