Weekly News Quiz: Nobel Prizes, Las Vegas Investigation, Fast-Moving Wildfires – The New York Times – 2017

Weekly News Quiz: Nobel Prizes, Las Vegas Investigation, Fast-Moving Wildfires – The New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Above is an image related to one of the news stories we have followed this past week. Do you know what it shows? Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Have you been paying attention to the news this week? Last week, 97 percent of readers knew the recent mass shooting that killed 58 people took place in Las Vegas. Other questions, though, stumped many readers. See how you do on our weekly news quiz, covering events from Oct. 3 to 9.

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Fire consuming a home in Glen Ellen, Calif., on Monday. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Fast-moving wildfires raged across Northern on Oct. 9, killing at least 10 people, sending well over 100 to hospitals, forcing up to 20,000 to evacuate and destroying more than 1,500 buildings in one of the most destructive fire emergencies in the state’s history.





Janet Upton, a deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said that at least 15 separate fires across the region had destroyed more than 1,500 homes and businesses and burned about 94,000 acres since late Sunday night. At least 10 people had been killed as of Monday evening, she said: seven in Sonoma County, two in Napa County and one in Mendocino County.

Read “California Fires Kill at Least 10 and Destroy 1,500 Buildings” to learn more.

88% of readers answered this correctly.

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Harvey Weinstein apologized for behavior that he said “has caused a lot of pain.” Jean Baptiste LaCroix/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

, who has collected six best-picture Oscars and turned out a number of touchstones, from the films “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting” to the television show “Project Runway,” was fired on Oct. 8 by the film company he helped found after a New York Times investigation uncovered accusations of rampant sexual harassment.

Bill O’Reilly

Harvey Weinstein

Bill Cosby

Roger Ailes

Mr. Weinstein’s firing was an escalation from Oct. 6, when a third of the all-male board resigned, and the members who remained announced that he would take a leave of absence while an outside lawyer investigated the accusations.

Read “Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports” to learn more.

76% of readers answered this correctly.

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A move by the Trump administration to relax requirements that employers provide coverage for contraception has elicited fierce outcry and a raft of lawsuits. Above, a 2014 protest in Washington. Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Trump administration on Oct. 6 moved to expand the rights of employers to deny women insurance coverage for and issued sweeping guidance on religious freedom that critics said could also erode civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.



maternity services

drug and alcohol abuse

The twin actions, by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department, were meant to carry out a promise President Trump made five months ago, when he declared in the Rose Garden that “we will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.”

Read “Trump Administration Rolls Back Birth Control Mandate” to learn more.

68% of readers answered this correctly.

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Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, last week in Washington. Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said all of the following about President Trump in an interview on Oct. 8 EXCEPT:

He was treating his office like “a reality show.”

He could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”

He tweets out things that are not true.

He is a wise and judicious leader.

In an extraordinary rebuke of a president from his party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.”

“He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”

Read “Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’” to learn more.

68% of readers answered this correctly.

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The Lynx’ Sylvia Fowles at a game against the Liberty last month. She had 5 points in Minnesota’s 86-72 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Sylvia Fowles led the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven seasons with a victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Oct. 4. Fowles was named the most valuable player of the finals for the second time in three seasons.

Women’s Professional Soccer league

N.C.A.A. women’s basketball

United Women’s Lacrosse League


Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a key runner with 26 seconds to play, Lindsay Whalen had 17 points and eight assists and Seimone Augustus added 14 points, six assists and six rebounds to help the Lynx move into a tie with the Houston Comets for most titles in league history.

Read “Lynx Capture Fourth W.N.B.A. Title With Game 5 Win Over Sparks” to learn more.

57% of readers answered this correctly.

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The signing ceremony at the United Nations in New York last month for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize on Oct. 6 to a group that worked on .

an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons

helping to end the civil war in Colombia

building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia

supporting children’s education around the world

The group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a Geneva-based coalition of disarmament activists, was honored for its efforts to advance the negotiations that led to the treaty, which was reached in Julyat the United Nations.

“The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement.

Read “Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Group Opposing Nuclear Weapons” to learn more.

60% of readers answered this correctly.

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Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at a news conference last week. He is leading the criminal investigation into the mass shooting on Oct. 1 that left 58 dead. Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Still unable to identify five days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, local and federal officials sounded increasingly desperate for leads on Oct. 6, announcing plans to erect billboards with the message, “If you know something, say something.”

a motive

the shooter

the murder weapons

the gunman’s location

In the days since the attack in Las Vegas — a shooting rampage that left 58 dead and hundreds seriously wounded — what drove the gunman has remained a mystery, vexing the public and putting enormous pressure on federal and local investigators to find answers.

Read “No Manifesto, No Phone Calls: Las Vegas Killer Left Only Cryptic Clues” to learn more.

79% of readers answered this correctly.

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Senators John Cornyn, left, and Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, said they would consider supporting a ban on so-called bump stocks. Al Drago for The New York Times

Top congressional Republicans, who have for decades resisted any legislative limits on guns, signaled on Oct. 4 that they would be open to banning .

machine guns

AR-15 semi-automatic rifles

5.56-millimeter M855 “green tip” rifle rounds

“bump stocks”

For a generation, Republicans in Congress — often joined by conservative Democrats — have bottled up gun legislation, even as the carnage of mass shootings grew ever more gruesome and the weaponry ever more deadly. But in the massacre in Las Vegas, lawmakers in both parties may have found the part of the weapons trade that few could countenance: previously obscure gun conversion kits, called “bump stocks,” that turn semiautomatic weapons into weapons capable of firing in long, deadly bursts.

Read “Republicans Open to Banning ‘Bump Stocks’ Used in Massacre” to learn more.

59% of readers answered this correctly.

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Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. chief, at the White House in June. Al Drago/The New York Times

The Trump administration announced on Oct. 9 that it would take formal steps to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to , setting up a bitter fight over the future of America’s efforts to tackle global warming.

plant one million trees on previously forested public land

curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants

install solar panels on every American house or apartment building

close all nuclear power plants by 2020

At an event in eastern Kentucky, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that his predecessors had departed from regulatory norms in crafting the Clean Power Plan, which was finalized in 2015 and would have pushed states to move away from coal in favor of sources of electricity that produce fewer carbon emissions.

Read “E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule” to learn more.

65% of readers answered this correctly.

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Nic Lehoux

Three of the business-related news stories below were recently published in The New York Times. One is from the satirical site The Onion. Which is the fake news story?

Apple’s New Emojis: Dinosaurs, Dumplings and ‘ILY’

Connoisseurs Rejoice: Colgate Is Releasing Its 85-Year Barrel-Aged Signature Reserve Toothpaste For A Limited Time

Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism

‘Rick and Morty’ Fans Wanted Their Sauce. McDonald’s Underestimated Just How Much.

“First put in casks during the Hoover administration, Colgate 85 promises an exclusive tooth-brushing experience with a complex and aggressive flavor profile that finishes smooth with tartar control. While younger toothpastes are very mint forward, the nearly 90 years that this signature paste has been aged in oak casks has brought vanilla and almond notes to the fore, with a pungent nose of hibiscus and mouthwash,” writes The Onion site, Clickhole.

The Times articles?

Apple’s New Emojis: Dinosaurs, Dumplings and ‘ILY’”; “Dove Drops an Ad Accused of Racism”; “‘Rick and Morty’ Fans Wanted Their Sauce. McDonald’s Underestimated Just How Much.

62% of readers answered this correctly.


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The mystery photo? From the Oct. 5 article "No Manifesto, No Phone Calls: Las Vegas Killer Left Only Cryptic Clues." The caption reads, "Fifty-eight wooden crosses bearing the names of shooting victims were set up as a memorial along Las Vegas Boulevard."


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