Weekly News Quiz: August 27, 2021

By AJ Willingham and Ivory Sherman

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The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine this week. What is the new official brand name of the vaccine?

Some people were puzzled by the vaccine’s brand name, Comirnaty. The moniker is a mashup of “Covid immunity,” “mRNA” and “community.”

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A controversial audit of presidential election ballots in this state was delayed after members of the team hired by Republican state senators contracted Covid-19. What state is it? (Hint: It was won by Joe Biden in the 2020 election, hence the audit.)

The audit focuses on 2.1 million ballots cast in the presidential election in Maricopa County, Arizona. State and national leaders have criticized the audit for its heavily Republican bent, saying the results will be “unreliable.”

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Thirteen US service members and at least 90 Afghans were killed in a bombing outside the Kabul airport this week, deepening the crisis sparked by the withdrawal of US troops from the country. An affiliate of which group has taken responsibility for the attack?

ISIS in Khorasan, also known as ISIS-K, has taken responsibility for the attack. The group has been active in Afghanistan for years, and is an enemy of the Taliban, who now rule in the country.

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The Paralympics are underway in Tokyo, featuring some of the world’s best athletes with disabilities. Two new sports are debuting in this year’s games, bringing the total number of Paralympic sports to 22. What two are they?

Badminton and taekwondo are making their debut in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Judo, rowing and table tennis are already established Paralympic sports.

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks, and pumpkin-spiced products are sure to be popping up everywhere as fall draws near. What spice is NOT typically part of a traditional “pumpkin spice” blend?

Pumpkin spice usually contains a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, dry ginger and clove or allspice mixed together. Though, of course, recipes may vary.

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“Dancing with the Stars” announced it will feature a same-sex dancing pair for the first time. Which celebrity contestant will be part of the historic duo?

JoJo Siwa, the teen dancing star who rose to fame on the show “Dance Moms,” will be competing with a female dance pro. Siwa identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

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The CDC has issued a warning over an increase in people ingesting ivermectin. The drug, which is not intended for human consumption, has been touted by right-wing influencers as a treatment for Covid-19. What is ivermectin’s intended use?

Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug used to treat livestock. The CDC says hospital visits and poison control center calls related to the drug have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

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Which sport was the center of a major legal decision this week, with the US Department of Justice awarding more than $200 million to the sports’ governing bodies after determining the sport had been overrun by decades of bribery schemes?

The DOJ awarded $201 million to FIFA and several other international soccer governing groups after concluding long-running bribery schemes had stunted the sport’s development.

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Civil rights leaders and thousands of activists are expected to attend a march in Washington, DC this Saturday. What issue is focus of the event?

Marchers are demanding Congress pass sweeping voting rights legislation to combat attempts at voter suppression. Civil rights leaders aligned the date with the 58th anniversary of the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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A person who appeared on the cover of an iconic 90’s rock album is suing the band, saying it is “child sexual exploitation.” What band is it?

Spencer Elden is suing Nirvana over the cover of the band’s 1991 album, “Nevermind.” Elden, now 30, appeared as a naked baby on the cover, and claims the work amounts to child pornography.

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