Were you paying attention this week? Test your knowledge of world events, the finer points of pants washing, and the exploits of America's most precocious young geographers with this week's news quiz. And, as always, tweet your results to @GlobeOpinion.
The military in _______ overthrew the nation’s elected government on Thursday, in what is believed to be at least the 12th military coup in the country since 1932. The new ruling junta ordered TV stations to suspend their normal operations, and instead play military announcements and _________.
Answer: D. US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed disappointment in the coup, saying "this act will have negative implications for the US-Thai relationship."
Police in Fall River asked for the public's help finding a man believed to have stolen a __________ from a public library on Saturday. Valued at _______, the missing item is described as relatively small, with a tortoiseshell covering.
Answer: D. Police have not established a motive in the theft of Franklin, the library's 13-year-old box turtle.
Late-night TV host David Letterman expressed remorse on Wednesday for his years of ridiculing ________. "I feel bad about my role in helping push the humiliation to the point of _________," he said.
Answer: C. "Myself and other people with shows like this made relentless jokes about the poor woman and she was a kid. She was 21, 22," Letterman said.
A city councilor in Methuen, Thomas Ciulla, was forced to deny a rumor that spread earlier this week that he was ______. "I am _____," he said in an irate Facebook post early Wednesday morning.
Answer: B. Ciulla asked police to investigate who started what he said was a hoax against his family.
A catcher for the minor-league Albuquerque Isotopes was suspended on Wednesday after he _____ one of his own teammates. The catcher, Miguel Olivo, reportedly grew angry after the teammate ____________.
Answer: C. The injured player, second baseman Alex Guerrero, had reconstructive surgery on Tuesday.
Akhil Rekulapelli, of Sterling, Va., won the National Geographic Bee on Wednesday after correctly answering three questions in the final round. The runner-up, Ameya Mujumdar, of Tampa, Fla., got one of the three wrong, failing to identify ________ as the country for which a new capital city called ______ is currently being built.
Answer: A. The new city, which will have a capacity of up to 200,000 residents, was the brainchild of longtime President Teodoro Obiang, who overthrew his uncle in a 1979 coup.
Tuesday marked the 141st anniversary of Levi's jeans. On the occasion, the company's CEO, Chip Bergh, surprised listeners at a conference when he said that jeans should never be _______. Bergh said that he followed his own advice, adding "I have yet to get _________."
Answer: A. Bergh said true denim aficionados preferred to use a sponge or toothbrush on their jeans.
After a 22-year-old woman reportedly punched a ______ at a children's baseball game in _____ on Monday, a city councilor called for adding signs to all the city's little-league fields reminding parents to behave. One such sign already in place in the city reads, "These are just kids; this is a game; coaches are volunteers; umpires are human; you do not play for the Red Sox."
Answer: B. The councilor, James Leahy, passed legislation to put up the signs last year, but only one has been erected so far.
The Internet reacted with skepticism to a chart that went viral on Monday claiming that Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses had the ________ of popular singers. According to the chart, _________ came in second.
Answer: D. Rose hit his lowest note in 2008's "There Was A Time."
Right-wing pundit Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that he made ________ to a candidate in a New York Senate race in 2012. A judge rejected D'Souza's contention that he was only being prosecuted because of his ________.
Answer: A. D'Souza, 53, faces up two years in prison for his scheme to funnel contributions to Republican Wendy Long.
A few days after collecting an honorary degree from Berklee, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page faced a lawsuit from representatives of the rock band _______ who accuse Page of lifting notes from their 1968 song "Taurus" for Led Zeppelin’s megahit "Stairway to Heaven." Worldwide, "Stairway" had earned an estimated ______ as of 2008.
Answer: C. Some observers have also noted similarities between the hit and a song by Chocolate Watch Band, "And She's Lonely."