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Question 1: In January, who was appointed as the 110th Supreme Court justice, replacing the Court's first female justice, Sandra Day O'Connor?

A. Josh Bolten
B. Harriet Miers
C. Samuel Alito
D. John Roberts

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Question 2: In April, who did Josh Bolten replace as White House chief of staff?

A. Karl Rove
B. Andrew Card
C. John Roberts
D. Robert Gates

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Question 3: In February, Iran recalled its ambassador to Denmark and a series of riots erupted throughout the Middle East, after what Danish newspaper printed a controversial cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammad?

A. The Jyllands-Posten daily
B. Danish Pioneer
C. Copenhagen Post
D. Copenhagen Calling

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Question 4: In February, who did Vice President Cheney accidentally shoot while quail hunting in Texas?

A. Dr. David Blanchard
B. Former Press Secretary Scott McClellan
C. Attorney Harry Whittington
D. Former President Bill Clinton

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Question 5: In late December, Robert Gates was appointed Defense Secretary; what government position did he hold under former President George H.W. Bush??

A. Secretary of State
B. Secretary of Homeland Security
C. Director of the CIA
D. White House Chief of Staff

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Question 6: In October, a pitcher for what Major League Baseball team was killed after his small plane crashed into a condo building?

A. New York Yankees
B. Boston Red Sox
C. New York Mets
D. Washington Nationals

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Question 7: This year, former Vice President Al Gore made it his mission to raise worldwide awareness of which environmental issue?

A. Air Pollution
B. Ozone Depletion
C. Rain Forest Destruction
D. Global Warming

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Question 8: In March, what Duke University athletic team was under public scrutiny, after members of the team were accused of raping an exotic dancer?

A. Soccer
B. Basketball
C. Lacrosse
D. Football

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Question 9: In November, Saddam Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq, was sentenced to death for what crime?

A. The 1982 killings of 148 Shiites in Dujail
B. The 1988 attacks on the Kurdish town of Halabja
C. The 1990 invasion of Kuwait
D. The 1979 arrest and torture of religious scholars and Islamic activists

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Question 10: In May, the White House released a 227-page plan to prepare Americans for a potential outbreak of what disease?

A. SARS
B. Avian Influenza
C. TB
D. Measles

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Question 11: In August, FNC journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were taken hostage and later released in what Middle Eastern city?

A. Ar Ramadi
B. Gaza City
C. Baghdad
D. Dubai

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Question 12: In September, an E. coli outbreak, which caused three deaths, led the FDA to warn people nationwide against eating what food?

A. Beef
B. Chicken
C. Spinach
D. Strawberries

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Question 13: In October, which state's Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the same civil rights as heterosexual couples, and left it to Legislature to decide on the formalities of marriage between homosexuals?

A. Massachusetts
B. Ohio
C. New Jersey
D. New York

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Question 14: In August, a thwarted terror plot led the U.S. government to ban which substances in carry-on luggage on commercial airliners?

A. Hair Gel
B. Toothpaste
C. Shampoo
D. All of the above

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Question 15: In February, at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, America won a total of 25 medals, making the U.S. runner up to what country's 29 total medals?

A. Italy
B. Germany
C. China
D. Switzerland

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Question 16: In November, North Korea conducted a test of a nuclear weapon; what possible repercussions might the Hermit Kingdom face as a result?

A. A ban on trade of materials that could be used to deliver weapons of mass destruction
B. A ban on trade in luxury goods and military items
C. A ban on financial transactions that North Korea could use for illicit activities
D. All of the above

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Question 17: In August, the International Astronomical Union reduced the number of planets in the solar system to eight. Which planet got the boot?

A. Air Pollution
B. Uranus
C. Pluto
D. Mercury

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Question 18: In May, what Al Qaeda conspirator was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, for his role in the 9/11 attacks?

A. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
B. Mohammed Atta
C. Marwan al-Shehhi
D. Zacarias Moussaoui

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Question 19: This year, the birth of which two celebrity babies sparked a media frenzy?

A. Brangelina's Suri and TomKat's Shiloh
B. Brangelina's Maddox and TomKat's Apple
C. Brangelina's Shiloh and TomKat's Suri
D. Brangelina's Kingston and TomKat's Zahara

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Question 20: In July, what two countries played in the championship game of the World Cup soccer tournament?

A. Italy and Brazil
B. Germany and Italy
C. France and Spain
D. Italy and France

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Question 21: In February, activist Betty Friedan died. She was famous for authoring "The Feminine Mystique" in 1963, and also for cofounding what feminist organization?

A. Planned Parenthood
B. The National Organization for Women
C. The League of Women Voters
D. Women Against Pornography

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Question 22: In January, former executives for which company went to trial for one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history?

A. AOL Time Warner
B. Halliburton
C. Enron
D. Tyco

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Question 23: In January, a coal mine explosion occurred in Sago, West Virginia, killing 12 miners. How many survived the disaster?

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4

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Question 24: In September, Pope Benedict XVI made controversial statements, creating riots and dismay worldwide, about which religious group?

A. Jews
B. Hindus
C. Muslims
D. Mormons

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Question 25: This year, what controversial movie about homosexual cowboys was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture and won an Academy Award for Best Director?

A. Crash
B. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
C. Brokeback Mountain
D. North Country

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Bonus: This summer, fighting raged in Lebanon as Israeli forces and Hezbollah militants traded rocket fire. What event sparked the conflict?

A. The assassination of Lebanon's Interior Minister Pierre Amine Gemayel
B. The kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants
C. The death of fifteen children, killed by a stray Israeli rocket
D. The forced relocation of Jewish settlers in Gaza

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