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2012 Year End Quiz
WHAT YOUR SCORE MEANS

46 - 50 Consider a 12-step program for information junkies.
36 - 45 You are well-informed and probably mentally stable.
26 - 35 Nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing to be proud of, either.
10 - 25 Maybe you had a bad case of nerves. Better luck next year.
0 - 9 Welcome back from Antarctica, or wherever you spent 2012.
1. Which magazine released the secretly-taped video in which Mitt Romney claimed 47% of Americans are dependent on government?
   The Crisis
   The Nation
   Utne Reader
   Mother Jones
   The Progressive
2. For the first time since 1965, what is not among the nation's top 15 causes of death?
   Cancer
   Murder
   Accidents
   Kidney disease
   Parkinson's disease
3. Whose little-watched show was jettisoned by CNN?
   John King
   Erin Burnett
   Piers Morgan
   Soledad O'Brien
   Anderson Cooper
4. After the July massacre in Colorado, ABC's Brian Ross erroneously reported that James Holmes was probably affiliated with what organization?
   Tea Party
   Ku Klux Klan
   Young Republicans
   Occupy Wall Street
   Westboro Baptist Church
5. Which nation now has the highest debt, measured as a percentage of its overall economy?
   Italy
   Japan
   Greece
   Iceland
   United States
6. The Society of Professional Journalists urged its to members stop using which word when describing certain people?
   "Black"
   "Illegal"
   "Terrorist"
   "Hispanic"
   "Homosexual"
7. Former U.S. Marine Cpl. Jon Hammar languished for four months in a squalid Mexican prison after being charged with what crime?
   Public intoxication
   Disturbing the peace
   Possession of marijuana
   Unlawful border crossing
   Posession of an illegal weapon
8. CNN's new boss Jeffrey Zucker spent most of his career at which network?
   FOX
   ABC
   CBS
   NBC
   MSNBC
9. Mitt Romney won only two states that John McCain had lost four years earlier. One was North Carolina; what was the other?
   Iowa
   Indiana
   Virginia
   Missouri
   Colorado
10. Americans have reached an all-time low in what category?
   Illiteracy
   Birth rate
   Net worth
   Church attendance
   High school graduation
11. Mohammed Morsi took over as head of what in 2012?
   Libya
   Egypt
   Taliban
   Al Qaeda
   Palestinian Authority
12. Which demographic group did Mitt Romney win handily?
   Men
   Jews
   Asians
   New voters
   All of the Above
13. Which region of Spain has taken steps to separate into an independent nation?
   Madrid
   Aragon
   Catalonia
   Andalusia
   Castile-Leon
14. Texas-based Hostess Brands declared bankruptcy in 2012. Which of the following is among its well-known products?
   Ho Ho's
   Twinkies
   Ding Dongs
   Drakes Cakes
   All of the Above
15. Prior to "All In," her biography of General David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell wrote a biography of which other Army general?
   Colin Powell
   Wesley Clark
   Tommy Franks
   Norman Schwarzkopf
   None of the Above
16. Los Angeles County voters approved a law requiring pornography actors to do what?
   Use condoms
   Get tested for HIV
   Obtain a special license
   Engage in simulated sex only
   Abstain from performance enhancing drugs
17. David Stern, head of which organization, announced that he's leaving his post after 20 years on the job?
   Fannie Mae
   Exxon Mobil Corp.
   The New York Times Co.
   National Basketball Association
   British Broadcasting Corporation
18. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted of what crime?
   Tax fraud
   Statutory rape
   Accepting bribes
   Stock manipulation
   Soliciting a prostitute
19. MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell used his show to challenge whom to a fistfight?
   Craig Romney
   Tagg Romney
   Josh Romney
   Mitt Romney
   Ann Romney
20. Which magazine pulled the plug on its moribund print edition?
   People
   Newsweek
   The Nation
   The New Yorker
   The Weekly Standard
21. The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to which organization?
   Greenpeace
   European Union
   Doctors Without Borders
   United Nations Children's Fund
   North Atlantic Treaty Organization
22. On what did Al Gore blame Barack Obama's poor performance in the first presidential debate?
   Romney's lies
   The moderator
   Global warming
   George W. Bush
   Denver's altitude
23. President Obama phoned in to a radio show in September to speak with a DJ who goes by what nickname?
   "Ho' with the Mojo"
   "Thug with the Rug"
   "Pimp with the Limp"
   "Crook with the Look"
   "Hood with the Goods"
24. Lyricist Hal David, who died in September at age 91, wrote the words to about 700 songs. Which was not among them?
   "My Way"
   "Walk On By"
   "A House is Not a Home"
   "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
   "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"
25. What word did Mitt Romney never utter during his convention acceptance speech?
   Iran
   Bain
   Obama
   Medicare
   Afghanistan
26. Prior to Usain Bolt, who was the only man to win both the 100 and 200 meter sprints in two consecutive Olympics?
   Carl Lewis
   Jesse Owens
   Valeriy Borzov
   Donovan Bailey
   It had never been done
27. For the first time since 1944, neither party's presidential candidate was what?
   Lawyer
   Veteran
   Presbyterian
   Under 6' tall
   Over 60 years old
28. Which nation's leader announced his marriage in July?
   Felipe Calderon, Mexico
   Hugo Chavez, Venezuela
   Kim Jong Un, North Korea
   Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe
   Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan
29. San Francisco banned which French delicacy in July?
   Truffles
   Escargot
   Fois gras
   Croissants
   Duck confit
30. During her visit to the Egyptian city of Alexandria in July, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was greeted with what chant?
   "Allahu Akbar"
   "Monica, Monica"
   "Death to America"
   "Long live the USA"
   "Bring back Mubarak"
31. Which well-known Congressman got hitched in July?
   Paul Ryan
   Barney Frank
   John Boehner
   Charles Rangel
   Dennis Kucinich
32. The folks who run big-time college football finally agreed to institute what?
   A playoff system
   Payments for players
   Mandatory drug testing
   Limits on coaches' salaries
   Tougher academic requirements
33. The Secretary of Commerce resigned in June. What is his or her name?
   Hilda Solis
   Ken Salazar
   John Bryson
   Tom Vilsack
   Shaun Donovan
34. Congressman Darrell Issa, who spent much of the year warring with Attorney General Eric Holder, holds which distinction among all members of Congress?
   Tallest
   Shortest
   Wealthiest
   Only Ph.D. recipient
   Only former pro athlete
35. Which entertainer gave $1 million to a superPAC supporting President Obama?
   Bill Maher
   Alec Baldwin
   Julia Roberts
   Oprah Winfrey
   Paul McCartney
36. The U.S. reached what demographic milestone in 2012?
   More than half of all births are to unmarried women
   The average citizen is now 50 years old
   Most newborn babies are non-white
   The population is declining
   All of the Above
37. A former Saturday Night Live cast member (other than Dennis Miller) denounced President Obama for his "tax the rich" policies. Who?
   Jon Lovitz
   Joe Piscopo
   Jim Belushi
   Dana Carvey
   Kevin Nealon
38. Which entertainer sent the home address of George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin, to his Twitter followers?
   Spike Lee
   Sean Penn
   Bill Maher
   Alec Baldwin
   Danny Glover
39. The print version of which venerable book was discontinued in 2012?
   King James Bible
   Farmers' Almanac
   Encyclopedia Britannica
   Guinness World Records
   Merriam-Webster Dictionary
40. During her career as a law professor, Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren claimed to be part American Indian. What was supposedly her tribe?
   Sioux
   Seneca
   Navajo
   Apache
   Cherokee
41. Which on-air contributor was given his walking papers by MSNBC?
   Pat Buchanan
   Mark Halperin
   Michael Steele
   Donny Deutsch
   Eugene Robinson
42. Many employees of which media company were enraged because its departing CEO, despite a disastrous tenure, collected a $15 million parting gift?
   AOL Inc.
   Hearst Corp.
   Dow Jones & Co.
   Washington Post Co.
   New York Times Co.
43. Newt Gingrich won just two states in the Republican primary battle. One was his home state of Georgia; what was the other?
   Iowa
   Alabama
   Oklahoma
   Mississippi
   South Carolina
44. Which news organization deceptively edited George Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call to the police?
   CBS
   NBC
   CNN
   Al Jazeera
   All of the Above
45. The Los Angeles Police Department opened a separate prison reserved for whom?
   Obese inmates
   Child molesters
   The transgendered
   White supremacists
   Members of the Crips
46. ExxonMobil, long the world's leading oil producer, was surpassed by a company from which nation?
   China
   Mexico
   Venezuela
   The Netherlands
   United Kingdom
47. Which musical became the highest-grossing show in the history of Broadway?
   Chicago
   Memphis
   Jersey Boys
   The Lion King
   The Phantom of the Opera
48. Philip Humber, Matt Cain, and Felix Hernandez all accomplished what exceptionally rare baseball feat during the 2012 season?
   Pitched a perfect game
   Hit five home runs in a game
   Appeared in a game after age 50
   Committed four errors in one play
   Pitched two consecutive no-hitters
49. The scandal involving Secret Service agents hiring prostitutes took place in which South American nation?
   Chile
   Brazil
   Bolivia
   Colombia
   Argentina
50. Socialist French President Francois Hollande suggested abolishing what?
   Currency
   Fast food
   Homework
   Circumcision
   Nuclear energy



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