How Much News Do You Know?

Think you know what's been happening in the news? Try our quiz and see how well you remember the major events of the week! Be sure to keep track of your answers. Then, when you're finished, click here.

Question 1: Incumbent GOP Senator Rick Santorum is trailing behind his Democratic challenger Bob Casey Jr. in the Pennsylvania Senate race. According to their campaign websites, on which of the following issues do Casey and Santorum have the same position?

A. Abortion — they both oppose it
B. The death penalty — they both support it
C. Embryonic stem cell research — they both oppose it
D. All of the above

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Question 2: In Connecticut, incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman was forced to run his re-election campaign as an independent after losing in the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont. There are actually five contenders in the race. Which candidate has the Liberal Party been encouraging people to vote for?

A. Joe Lieberman — CT for Lieberman
B. Alan Schlesinger — Republican
C. Ned Lamont — Democrat
D. Ralph Ferucci — Green

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Question 3: In the race for New Jersey's Senate seat, Republican challenger Tom Kean Jr. has shown himself to be a formidable opponent to incumbent Senator Bob Menendez, with polls showing the two neck and neck. How long has Menendez been in office?

A. Six months — He was appointed after the previous Senator passed away unexpectedly.
B. One year — He was appointed after the previous Senator moved on to a different public office.
C. Six years — He has served one full term after an election in which he ran unopposed.
D. Eighteen years — He has served three successful terms, although he has always won the elections by a slim margin.

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Question 4: Incumbent Virginia Senator George Allen's (R) re-election campaign was sailing along until he called a heckler "macaca" at a campaign rally and took a sharp dive in the polls. His opponent, Jim Webb (D), recently faced questions about his own moral character. What was revealed about Webb's past that prompted these questions?

A. He had an affair with a married woman that lasted for 10 years.
B. He used racial epithets while playing on his high school football team.
C. He was photographed talking with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
D. He authored several novels that included many raunchy sex scenes.

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Question 5: In Maryland, incumbent Senator Ben Cardin (D) has a narrowing lead over challenger Michael Steele (R), the current Lieutenant Governor. In a historically blue state, Steele began to grow in popularity after running a number of clever campaign ads, including one in which he said voters were likely to see ads "with grainy pictures and spooky music" accusing him of what?

A. Being a "rubber stamp" for the Bush administration
B. Not standing up for the people of Maryland
C. Being in the pocket of big business
D. Hating puppies

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Question 6: There's a struggle in the Ohio's 15th district as Deborah Pryce, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, goes against Mary Jo Kilroy, a local government official. The race is close, as Pryce continues to defend herself against Kilroy's allegations over her friendship with whom?

A. Lobbyist Jack Abramoff
B. Former President Bill Clinton
C. Former Rep. Mark Foley
D. All of the above

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Question 7: A proposed amendment to support stem cell research has heated up the Senate race in Missouri, with GOP incumbent Jim Talent firmly opposing the bill, and opponent Claire McCaskill staunchly supporting it. What actor became the focus of a celebrity-driven political debate on stem cell research that included a remarkable charge by conservative talk-radio commentator Rush Limbaugh?

A. Tom Cruise
B. Michael J. Fox
C. George Clooney
D. Jim Caviezel

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Question 8: In Tennessee, Republican Bob Corker and Democrat Harold Ford Jr. remain neck-and-neck in the race to replace whom in the U.S. Senate?

A. Lamar Alexander
B. Jon Corzine
C. Bill Frist
D. No one is retiring this Election year

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Question 9: On Thursday, President Bush fired up a Republican crowd in Montana during a campaign stop meant to give a boost to Sen. Conrad Burns' re-election hopes against Democratic challenger Jon Tester. Burns was falling behind in the polls, but less than a week before the election, he closed to within a few percentage points of Tester. Some say the reason can be found in Burns' television ad on the issue of what?

A. stem cell research
B. stocks
C. taxes
D. affirmative action

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Question 10: The money spent on the high-profile Central Valley, California contest pitting House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo against Democratic wind energy engineer Jerry McNerney has set a northern San Joaquin Valley record. Even though both Pombo and McNerney themselves already have spent more than $3.7 million in the 11th Congressional District race, which conservative group is taking their best shot at ousting Pombo?

A. Animal activists
B. Energy conservation
C. Family Research Council
D. National Right to Life

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