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Do you consider yourself up-to-date when it comes to current events and news?

Test your knowledge on how much you know about the Syrian civil war, Acorn worms and rap-singing whistleblowers with this quiz on current events from the past few weeks.

What is the total death toll for the gas attacks in a Damascus suburb?
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1) 1,000

2) 1,300

3) 1,700

4) 2,100

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The attack occurred in the morning hours of Aug. 21, when several rockets filled with a deadly sarin gas hit a rebel held suburb in Damascus, the capital city of Syria and seat of Bashar al-Assad's government.

Most of those affected were civilians, including numerous women and children.

Which country's head of foreign affairs has come out and called the gas attacks an "unprecedented atrocity?"
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1) United Kingdom

2) Israel

3) United States

4) France

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France — which orchestrated the main NATO push against Moammar Gadhafi in the Libyan civil war — has called for strong actions to be taken against the attack. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned that the "chemical massacre committed by the Syrian regime" would not go "unpunished."

What new name has the U.S. Army soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning chosen?
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1) Emily

2) Rachel

3) Chelsea

4) Monica


Manning has asked to undergo hormone treatment in prison to complete the change from a male to a female. Whether or not he will be granted the request of having the prison pay for the treatment remains to be seen, although it appears unlikely.

In which state was a "mermaid" recently severely injured?
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1) Mississippi

2) California

3) South Carolina

4) Florida


Last Friday, 24-year-old mermaid Samantha Maywell was severely injured when she fell off a boat and hit the propeller, suffering sever injuries and nearly severing her left leg, or fin, authorities said. Her two friends in the boat, also mermaids, were unharmed.

What stopped U.N. Inspectors from investigating the gas attack sites in Syria?
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1) Sniper fire

2) Artillery fire

3) Mines on the road

4) Lingering gas

Sniper fire
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Sniper fire is said to have kept U.N. inspectors from reaching the site of the sarin gas attack on a rebel held Damascus suburb. Allegations that it was either the rebels firing or government forces trying to keep the inspectors from the attack site are as of yet unconfirmed.

Eventually the inspectors would reach the site and take samples, despite continued sniper fire.

In what country did Buddhists ransack Muslim owned businesses and burn down Muslim houses?
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1) Indonesia

2) Myanmar

3) Philippines

4) Bangladesh

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The Buddhist 696 movement is an organization of radical Buddhist monks who preach radical policies regarding the country's Muslim minority.

So far over 200 people have died in the clashes between the 696 movement and Muslims.

How long has it been since the Acorn worm was last seen?

1) Five years

2) 75 year

3) 100 years

4) 140 years

140 years

The deep sea worm hasn't been seen since 1873, when it was dredged up from 3.5 miles below the ocean's surface.

In 2009, fragments were dredged up again, and after careful DNA analysis, it was determined that they were the fresh remains of the long unseen worm.

How much does it cost to throw tomatoes out of the back of a pickup truck?
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1) $10

2) $5

3) $1,002

4) $553


That's how much the Spanish city of Bunol charged this year to throw tomatoes down the streets of the city at their annual Tomato Festival. The city has charged admission to the Festival of the Tomato for the first time ever this year.

What was the full name of the March on Washington 50 years ago?
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1) The March on Washington

2) The March on Washington for Freedom

3) The March on Washington for Civil Rights

4) The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
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Organized by several white socialist organizers and labor unions, the March on Washington was originally just as much about jobs as it was freedom, something which civil rights leaders at the time saw as linked. Today the jobs aspect is largely forgotten.

Which nation has called up its reservists in the wake of rising tensions over Syria?
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1) Turkey

2) Jordan

3) United Kingdom


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Israel has called up reservists specialized in home defense as tensions over Syria rack up and Israeli citizens line up to receive gas mask in case of an attack.

Israel attacked Syrian government forces earlier this year with an air strike, though they have made it clear they do not back the rebels, who have active radical islamic troops in some units.

Which infamous whisleblower recently sang a rap song?

1) Edward Snowden

2) Julian Assange

3) Chelsea manning

Julian Assange
Which United States city was the famous "Running of the Bulls" event announced to come to next year?
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1) Washington, D.C.

2) Los Angeles, Calif.

3) Salt Lake City, Utah

4) Huston, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah
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Running of the Bulls USA last week announced their intention to create a running of the bulls event in Salt Lake City for 2014.

True or False: The U.S. has moved military elements within striking distance of Syria.
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced that the United States has moved at least four ballistics cruisers into the waters around Syria and is ready to strike if given the order.

True of False: The Ft. Hood shooting suspect is contesting his trial.
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Nidal Malik Hasan

Maj. Nidal Hasan, guilty of the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting in which 13 military personal and civilian contractors prepping for deployment were attacked and killed by Hasan, has refused to offer any defense as the jury deliberate the death sentence.

True or False: Ron Fournier recently wrote an article in The Atlantic praising the political possibilities of the millennial generation.
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Fournier wrote a piece questioning the millennial's ability to work with a system that they find incompetent, and he ends up assuming that millennial's won't bother running for political office. Many have taken issue with the article.