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Take the Globe Opinion news quiz, July 11, 2014

Were you paying attention this week? Test your knowledge of Somerville, public indecency in Uxbridge, and old-timey presidential sexting. Tweet your results to @GlobeOpinion.

  • President Obama was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for a video that he starred in with Zach Galifianakis to promote the Affordable Care Act. His competition in the ________ category includes ________.

    Answer: A. The award ceremony will air Aug. 25.
  • Responding to complaints by a local freight railroad company, the Uxbridge Police Department issued a notice on its Facebook page Tuesday warning residents not to _______ passing trains. The department said anyone caught in the act "will be charged with _______."

    Answer: C. "Yes you read that right," the department wrote. "We have no idea what would possess someone to drop their pants and poop on a passing train, but guess what it is happening."
  • In its humiliating loss to Germany on Tuesday, World Cup host country Brazil scored only a single goal, by one-named midfielder _______ . The victorious Germans scored _____ goals.

    Answer: B. Germany will face Brazil’s nemesis, Argentina, in the World Cup final on Sunday.
  • Temperatures as low as the 40s are expected in parts of the United States next week, the indirect result of a storm that hit Japan Tuesday called Typhoon _______. The storm altered the jet stream, causing cooler air to enter from ______.

    Answer: B. Boston will mostly be spared the abnormal temperatures, with the National Weather Service forecasting highs in the low 80s next week.
  • Heirs of the actor John Wayne sued Duke University last week, claiming they should be allowed to use the word "Duke" on a ________ branded with the word, which was also actor's nickname. Neither Duke nor John Wayne were the actor's real name, however: he was born ___________.

    Answer: B. The US Patent and Trademark Office recognizes more than 250 active trademarks that use the word "duke," which entered the English language in 1129, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Mayor Marty Walsh's office said Tuesday it was granting candidates an extra week to turn in applications to become Boston's honorary _________. Once selected, the winner will be expected to ________.

    Answer: A. Applications are now due on July 16.
  • Move over, California: The US state with the most earthquakes so far in 2014 is ______, which ranked only number 17 on the list as recently as 2003. The state recorded its largest earthquake ever in 2011; seismologists believe the seismic activity is probably due to the increase in _____ in the state.

    Answer: C. Oil and gas companies argue that further study is needed before linking the rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma to the rise in fracking.
  • On July 29, the Library of Congress is expected to release a series of explicit letters written by President _________ to his longtime mistress, a married woman named Carrie Fulton Phillips. Kept confidential for decades under the terms of an agreement with the president's family, in some letters that have already been published the president refers to his penis as _________.

    Answer: B. When Harding ran for president in 1920, the Republican National Committee paid Phillips and her husband around $25,000 to keep quiet about the affair.
  • Police in Somerville announced Tuesday they had levied a total of $40,000 in fines during a sting operation in June against drivers who __________. Each ticket written during the sting was for ________.

    Answer: C. The sting, which was conducted at seven locations across the city, came in response to the death of a 90- year old woman who was struck in a crosswalk June 12.
  • Taking advantage of a new __________, home-decor tycoon Martha Stewart published a series of photos Wednesday of her tastefully landscaped farm in Bedford, N.Y. The online spread included shots of Stewart's flower garden, pumpkin patch, and _______ paddock.

    Answer: C. "Controversial but fabulous, drones do a good job," Stewart wrote on Twitter.
  • A New York Yankees fan, Andrew R. Rector, sued ESPN this week, claiming announcers on the network "unleashed an avalanche of disparaging words" about him after showing him _________ in the stands during a game. He missed a 3-2 Yankees victory over the _________.

    Answer: C. Rector is seeking $10 million.

State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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