Weekly News Quiz: June 23, 2022

By Alexandra Meeks and Ivory Sherman

Which country announced a crackdown on rainbow-colored toys this week, saying the items promote homosexuality?

Saudi Arabian government officials on Tuesday said they are ramping up efforts to seize rainbow-colored toys and clothing from shops in the country’s capital, Riyadh, because they said the colors send a “poisonous message” to children. Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia, which adheres to a strict interpretation of Sharia law.

An anonymous bidder recently paid a record-breaking sum for a private lunch with legendary investor Warren Buffett. How much did the bidder pay?

The anonymous bidder paid $19 million for a steak lunch with Warren Buffett at Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse in New York City. The sale was part of an annual auction to benefit an organization combating poverty, hunger, and homelessness.

Where in the US is it illegal to pump your own gas?

In New Jersey and Oregon, it remains illegal for people to touch the gas nozzle. In New Jersey, drivers have been prohibited from pumping their own gas since 1949, ostensibly due to health and safety concerns. A similar ban on self-service gas has been in place in Oregon since 1951. But with soaring gas prices and a worker shortage, there have been renewed calls by some gas station industry advocates to lift the bans.

Which country elected its first-ever leftist leader this week?

Gustavo Petro will become Colombia’s first left-wing leader after winning the country’s presidential race on Sunday. In his victory speech, Petro called for an agreement to end violence in the country.

The IRS announced it will do what this week?

The IRS announced it will finally finish processing last year’s tax return backlog by the end of this week – meaning that if you’re among the millions of Americans who are still waiting on your tax refund from 2021, it will soon make its way to your mailbox or bank account.

Which embattled celebrity was found liable in a sexual battery case this week?

A Los Angeles jury found Bill Cosby liable in a civil case brought by Judy Huth, a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her as a teenager in the 1970s. The jury, comprised of eight women and four men, awarded Huth $500,000 in damages.

Which Ivy League school announced it will eliminate student loans for undergraduates?

Dartmouth College announced Tuesday it was eliminating student loans for undergraduates and replacing them with “expanded scholarship grants,” the university said in a statement. Dartmouth’s class of 2022 will be the first class to enter the school and benefit from the new program.

Which NFL star announced his retirement on Tuesday?

Eleven seasons and four Super Bowl rings later, Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement this week. This is Gronkowski’s second time retiring from the NFL, having previously hung up his cleats after playing from 2010 to 2018 with the New England Patriots before returning in 2020 to play two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Afghanistan was rocked by a powerful earthquake this week that killed more than 1,000 people and injured many others. What was the magnitude of the quake?

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan this week, flattening stone and mud-brick homes. The disaster comes at a difficult time for the Taliban-ruled country, which is currently experiencing an economic crisis and widespread hunger.

Covid-19 vaccinations in the US began for which age group this week?

Covid-19 vaccinations for children younger than 5 began across the US on Tuesday. Before this week, children under 5 – about 17 million people – were the only age group that wasn’t eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

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