Were you paying attention this week? Test your knowledge of world events, breakthroughs in candle technology, and erotic Danish cartoons. And, as always, Tweet your results to @GlobeOpinion.
Alec Baldwin was arrested in Manhattan Tuesday morning after police caught him __________. In an angry tweet after his release, the actor said “New York City is a mismanaged ________ that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”
Answer: B. Police issued Baldwin two summonses, one for disorderly conduct; he is due in court July 24
After an outcry, the Danish parliament withdrew a cartoon video posted on its Facebook page Monday that featured a superhero named Voteman who encouraged young people to vote. Critics objected because the Voteman video featured ________ sex and acts of violence against _______.
Answer: D. “I acknowledge that the parliament as an institution, should be more careful in the future about what we put our name on,” Danish parliament chairman Mogens Lykketoft said after withdrawing the video.
Mayor Marty Walsh signed an agreement on Monday formally designating _________ as Boston’s newest international sister city. In the announcement, Walsh hailed the “historic connection, genuine ties, and ________” shared by the two cities.
Answer: C. The city already had sister city agreements with Kyoto, Japan; Strasbourg, France; Barcelona, Spain; Hangzhou, China; Padua, Italy; Mebourne, Australia; Taipei, Taiwan; and Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana.
Just in time for Father’s Day, the Deerfield-based Yankee Candle Co. added a new _________-scented candle to its “Man Candles” collection. The company also reintroduced a candle that smells like _________.
Answer: B. The line of candles, introduced in 2012, also includes a green “Riding Mower” candle.
In a data-mining marketing glitch, the online photo service Shutterfly sent an email to customers, announcing – often incorrectly – that it knew they just got a new ______. The email, which perplexed some and offended others, suggested it was time to buy _______.
Answer: D. Shutterfly apologized after women who struggled with infertility complained that the emails were hurtful.
A school board president in Mahopac, N.Y., announced his resignation on Wednesday after a video surfaced that showed him calling a parent “________” during a community meeting. “My words were inappropriate and do not reflect my _________,” he said.
Answer: B. The president, Raymond Cote, also dropped out of an upcoming school board election.
According to the MIT student newspaper, The Tech, fraternities at the school have banned all parties held on _______. “This could have a serious effect on _______ wanting to come to MIT in the future,” warned one fraternity officer who was critical of the move.
Answer: D. The school’s interfraternity council took the action in an effort to defuse tensions with the City of Boston, which has cracked down recently on parties at MIT frats.
On Monday, state and local officials gathered in Jamaica Plain to celebrate the eradication of _______ from Boston. The scourge first appeared in 2008, and is believed to have originated in _______.
Answer: C. The appearance of the invasive species led to the destruction of tens of thousands of trees in Massachusetts.
In the latest bid by Vladimir Putin’s government to enforce its sweeping anti-gay laws, Russia cracked down on a new target, punishing the cultural artifact _____ for the purported sin of ______.
Answer: A. Russia slapped the Russian version of EA’s new video game with an adult-content rating because its characters can enter same-sex relationships.
In a homily on Monday, Pope Francis said he would be willing to baptize ________, should they appear at the Vatican and ask for his blessing. He described the prospective converts as “________, with a long nose and big ears.”
Answer: D. Francis said baptism should be available to anyone. “Who are we to close doors?” he said.
On Tuesday, a Provincetown-based underwater explorer who discovered a mysterious shipwreck off Haiti in 2003 claimed that the vessel was in fact the _______, one of the three ships in the fleet that Christopher Columbus sailed in his famous voyage to America in 1492. The boat was abandoned during Columbus’s return trip after striking a _______.
Answer: C. The shipwreck lies 10 to 15 feet underwater, on a reef off northern Haiti.