In a shocking electoral upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary in Virginia on Tuesday after a little-known opponent ran to Cantor's right and successfully painted him as soft on ________. Cantor’s loss marks a milestone: When he leaves Capitol Hill, there will no longer be any ________ House Republicans.
Answer: B. Cantor lost to David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, despite heavily outspending the challenger.
After a nationwide contest, a panel of judges named Boston’s ________ as the best-tasting in the United States. However, the city of ________ won a separate "People's Choice" award from a larger group of industry insiders.
Answer: C. Coincidentally, the panel of judges included Peter Howe, the business editor for New England Cable News.
A California Institute of Technology study published this month found that chimpanzees outperformed humans at a digital version of _________. The study's authors speculated that humans in the study may have lagged because chimps have superior _________.
Answer: A. The authors also hypothesized that chimps are more competitive, while humans are better at cooperation.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court unanimously permitted a false-advertising lawsuit to go forward against Coca-Cola, the maker of Minute Maid juices. The suit alleges that Minute Maid's pomegranate blueberry juice was actually almost entirely made from _______ juice, and contained only _______ pomegranate juice.
Answer: D. The Minute Maid beverage is 99.4 percent apple and grape juice, 0.3 percent pomegranate juice, 0.2 blueberry juice, and 0.1 percent raspberry juice, but features pomegranate, blueberry, and raspberry on the packaging.
Months after she was ousted from her high-profile job as __________, _____________ announced on Thursday that she would begin teaching at Harvard in September 2014.
Answer: D. The newspaper’s former executive editor will teach undergraduate classes in narrative nonfiction starting.
According to a recent American Red Cross survey, only about 46 percent of Americans actually __________. However, ________ of survey respondents claim that they do.
Answer: C. Nonetheless, about one-third of Americans said they planned to swim somewhere with no lifeguard this summer.
After years without publishing a poem, the former poet laureate of the United States, New Hampshire resident Donald Hall, published a three-line work in the Concord Monitor on Wednesday, breaking his silence with an attack on ________. "This is a ________, obviously," he said.
Answer: B. The poem read, in its entirety: "Get out of town / You featherheaded carpetbagging Wall St. clown / Scott Brown!"
On Thursday, former United States president __________ celebrated his birthday by announcing on Twitter that he would ____________, and then doing so later that day.
Answer: B. Bush, a World War II aviator, also jumped for his 80th and 85th birthdays.
Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of the new version of the television show "Cosmos," rejected a challenge issued by a critic last week to debate whether _________ was really ______. "As a general rule, I don't debate people," he said. "I don't have opinions that I require other people to have."
Answer: B. The challenger, NASA planetary scientist Alan Stern, who believes Pluto should be classified as a planet, criticized Tyson for dodging his invitation. "All scientists engage in debate over competing ideas," Stern wrote.