2021 Year-End Round-Up Trivia: 21 questions (and answers) from our daily and weekly news quizzes about the tremendous news stories of 2021. What is sedition? How long has Angela Merkel served as chancellor of Germany? What was the United State’s longest war? And what’s the Havana Syndrome? Take the 2021 Big News Quiz, and find out!
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In his first address to congress as a president, President Joe Biden said some words, “No president has ever said.” Which were they?
Screenshot: CNBC“When I was vice president.”“Madam House Speaker.”“Madam Vice President.”"Gun violence has become an epidemic in America."
What is sedition?
Photo: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsThe action of alluring someone.The administering of a drug to produce a state of calm or sleep.The crime of betraying one's country.A conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state.
Which Prime Minister had a wealthy donor pay for the redecoration of his official residence in what became 2021’s “cash for curtains” scandal?
Photo: Адміністрація Президента України, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia CommonsIsraeli former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.Estonia’s former Prime Minister Juri Ratas.Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Which world leader, apart from Donald Trump, benefited from large donations made by Billionaire Sheldon Adelson?
Photo: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia CommonsBenjamin Netanyahu.Viktor Orbán.Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.Vladimir Putin.
Who was Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister?
Photo: U.S. Department of State, Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsDavid Ben Gurion.Yitzhak Rabin.Shimon Peres.Benjamin Netanyahu.
How long has Angela Merkel served as chancellor of Germany?
Photo: Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation), CC BY 2.5 AR, via Wikimedia Commons20 years.16 years.12 years.8 years.
Singer Rihanna took to Twitter to ask why aren’t we talking about India’s farmers' protests. What were they protesting?
Screenshot: Rihanna on YouTubeNew agricultural laws to modernize Indian farming.New agricultural laws protecting animal rights.Foreign individuals meddling in Indian politics.The government’s “undemocratic behavior”.NaypyidawBurmaPhnom PenhKuala Lumpur
Where was “Apple Daily” a newspaper?Silicon Valley.Austria.China.Hong Kong.
Which of these is right next to Iran's southern port city of Bushehr?
Image: Flag_of_Iran: VariousBlankMap-FlatWorld6: Frank Bennett, derivative work: Beao, Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsIran’s parliament.Iran’s nuclear power plant.The ruined city Persepolis.The 17th-century Shah Mosque.
Portland International Airport in Oregon hit the highest temperature ever recorded there since historical records began in 1940. What was it?
Photo: flypdx.com115°F (46°C)104°F (40°C)96°F (36°C)88°F (31°C)
What is REvil?
Image: Eliphas Levi, Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsA virtual systems/server administrator.A Turkish Marxist-Leninist computer hacker group.A Chinese large-scale cyber spying operation.A private Russian ransomware-as-service operation.
What is the Pegasus software?
Image: Johannes Hevelius, Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsGovernment quality spyware.Privately operated ransomware.Malware protection software.A VPN service.The end of Covid-19 restrictions.South African end of Apartheid.It’s the British Independence Day.The end of the British colonial era.
Who was the first person in history to take off in his own spaceship?
Photo: 2021 (c) Virgin GalacticElon Musk.Jeff Bezos.Richard Branson.Alan Shepard.
What is the Havana Syndrome?
Photo: Alberto Korda, via Wikimedia CommonsA virus infection hurting the immune system.A mysterious attack on U.S. diplomats.It’s when hostages bond with their captors.It’s when people visiting Cuba start believing they’re Che Guevara.
Which country had one of its athletes defect during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Screenshot: Reuters on YouTubeBelarus.Russia.China.Hungary.
What was the United State's longest war?
Photo: English: Cpl. Reece Lodder, U.S. Marine Corps, Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsThe Vietnam war.The Afghanistan war.The Gulf war.The civil war.
The neighboring Texas and Mexico both had significant changes to their abortion laws. What were the changes?Both prohibit abortions.Both decriminalized abortions.Texas prohibits abortions; Mexico decriminalized abortions.Mexico prohibits abortions; Texas decriminalized abortions.
What is Insulate Britain?
Photo: Insulate BritainA separatists protest group.An anticolonial protest group.A male-chauvinist protest group.An environmentalist protest group.
What was the message printed on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dress at the 2021 Met Gala?
Screenshot: NBC New York on YouTubeEqual Rights for Women.In Gay We Trust.Peg the Patriarchy.Tax the Rich.