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Take the Globe Opinion news quiz, May 9, 2014

Were you paying attention this week? Test your knowledge of world events, collegiate hazing rituals, and cutting-edge chemistry. Tweet your results to @GlobeOpinion. And no, periodic tables are not allowed.

  • Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher, who sued the Massachusetts GOP after he was excluded from the _______ in a controversial move, reportedly demanded _________ in exchange for dropping the suit. The party declined, claiming such an agreement would be illegal.

    Answer: A. Fisher said the demand was to compensate him for the money he has spent running for office
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  • German physicists announced that they have confirmed the existence of an element with 117 protons, the heaviest yet to be confirmed. Created by smashing calcium into berkelium, the element is known for now as _______ and has a half-life of only ________.

    Answer: B. Under international rules, the element's discoverers will be allowed to suggest a permanent name for ununseptium.
  • The Supreme Court of New Hampshire ruled Wednesday that David Montenegro, a resident who legally changed his name in 2012 to ______, has a First Amendment right to a vanity license plate with the characters ________.

    Answer: D. One justice felt that if the state would grant a license plate with a message like COPS R G8T, it could not reject a different point of view.
  • For Mother's Day, the nonprofit group Save the Children compiled a ranking of the best countries to be a mother, based on factors like infant and maternal mortality. The United States came in ______ place out of 178 countries. Topping the list, _____ was the best country for mothers.

    Answer: C. As recently as 2006 the United States ranked sixth, but maternal death rates have actually been rising since the nonprofit began issuing its annual reports.
  • Senator Rand Paul raised eyebrows when he delivered an entire speech to a conservative group on Wednesday while wearing a ______. Paul explained that he was headed to a ______ after the speech and wore his outfit because he wouldn't have time to change.

    Answer: B. Paul joined his fellow Republicans to get ready for the this year's congressional baseball game. 
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  • According to a Saudi newspaper, a court in Jiddah convicted the operator of a website called Free Saudi Liberals of __________. As punishment, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ______________.

    Answer: A. Amnesty International condemned the sentence, saying that Badawi was "guilty of nothing more than daring to create a public forum for discussion."
  • In an unusual 800-year old tradition, the British government conducted a public examination last Friday called the Trial of the Pyx, ensuring that newly made __________ met specifications. The procedure is overseen by the _________, Britain's oldest judicial office.

    Answer: C. As recently as 1278, coin-makers were executed for failing to pass the trial.
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  • In a study of political activity by corporations, the maker of ___________ was revealed to be the most Republican-leaning company in the United States. All told, since 1979, _____ percent of donations from the company's PAC and its employees went to the GOP. 

    Answer: D. On the other side of the aisle, Citizens Financial Group's PAC devoted 77.5 percent of its donations to Democrats.
  • School officials shut down the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at the University of Connecticut amid allegations that new members were subjected to hazing rituals the included forcing recruits to "lay on the floor and ______." A sophomore also said she was pressured to play ______ until she passed out.

    Answer: A. According to reports, "sizzle like bacon" meant lying on the floor and wiggling.
  • Rhode Island's Roger Williams Park Zoo announced the birth of a rare tree kangaroo on Thursday, the first born at the zoo in 20 years. Baby kangaroos in general are referred to as _________; the zoo named the newborn ________.

    Answer: B. The joey belongs to an endangered species of kangaroos native to Papua New Guinea. There are fewer than 2,500 in the wild.

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