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The Fareed Challenge

'The Fareed Challenge' is a weekly quiz that will test how much you know about what's happening in the world today. Check back every week for a new quiz.
'The Fareed Challenge' is a weekly quiz that will test how much you know about what's happening in the world today. Check back every week for a new quiz.
  • Take this quiz to find out how much you know about what's going on in the world
  • This week's quiz features India, Italy, the UK and more
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Have you been paying attention to the news? Answer these questions and find out.

1) Analysts have fears over what something called PIIGS might do to the world economy in coming days and weeks. What does the unique acronym PIIGS stand for?

a. Profit Investment Inter-related Growth Status
b. Proto-Independent Investment Gaming Scenarios
c. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain
d. Penguins, Ice Floes, Igloos, Greenland and Snow

2) Italian PM Berlusconi was hit in the face this week with a souvenir model of what Italian landmark?

a. Rome's St. Peter's
b. Rome's Pantheon
c. Florence's Duomo
d. Milan's Duomo

3) What nation tested a missile this week that is said to have a range of 1,200 miles and a code-name meaning "baked clay"?

a. Iran
b. Israel
c. North Korea
d. Myanmar

4) Abkhazia is a break-away region of Georgia whose independence was recognized first by Russia, then by Venezuela and Nicaragua. A somewhat surprising 4th nation recognized Abkhazia's independence this week. What nation?

a. Georgia
b. United States
c. Palau
d. Nauru

5) An international incident was in the making early in the week when a British court issued an arrest warrant for an Israeli politician who was about to travel to the U.K. Who was the politician?

a. Ehud Barak
b. Ehud Olmert
c. Tzipi Livni
d. Benjamin Netanyahu

6) Parliaments are supposed to be prim and proper. But in one nation's parliament, the F-word was heard this week -- twice, in succession. It turns out this august body bans many words, but that isn't one of them. Which nation?

a. South Korea
b. South Africa
c. England
d. Ireland

7) While the U.S. House voted this week in favor of stronger sanction on petroleum, the U.S. government also released some sanctions on Iran this week. Which restrictions were relaxed?

a. Wheat imports
b. Software downloads
c. Personal money transfers
d. Milk imports

8) Which wily dictator's government ordered new restrictions recently on hair-do's in his nation, with admonishments telling citizens to keep their hair "tidy and simple" and not to look "foreign"?

a. Kim Jong-Il
b. Moammar Gadhafi
c. Robert Mugabe
d. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad

9) A spiritual sect in India wants to wipe out the scourge of sex work and prostitution in the country. What is it encouraging men to do in order to accomplish this goal?

a. Hire prostitutes to teach them to read
b. Invite prostitutes for a home-cooked meal
c. Marry prostitutes
d. Kill prostitutes

10) Local police here have turned to Interpol to help them find the missing body of the nation's former president -- his remains were stolen last week. Which Mediterranean country is this?

a. Cyprus
b. Malta
c. Montenegro
d. Albania

Answer Key: 1) c 2) d 3) a 4) d 5) c 6) d 7) b 8) a 9) c 10) a