Current Events Quiz, January 5, 2015
This activity contains 10 questions.
The Russian government sharply increased interest rates last week in an effort to stave off an impending economic crisis. What is the most important factor affecting Russia’s economy today?
Western economic sanctions in response to Russia’s seizure of Crimea.
A massive governmental debt.
Low rates of consumption and high rates of unemployment.
Sharply declining global oil prices.
President Obama last week announced new sanctions against ______________ in response to the country’s alleged involvement in the hacking of Sony Pictures Studios and the release of its film, The Interview.
A merchant ship left unscrewed and floating off the coast of Italy was rescued and towed to shore by the Italian Coast Guard last week. The ship presented particular concerns as it was carrying
more than 1 million tons of asbestos.
more than 400 Syrian refugees.
nuclear waste from Ukrainian power plants.
more than 100,000 barrels of oil.
A stampede at a New Year’s Eve celebration in ______________, China, resulted in the deaths of 36 people and injuries to almost 50 as people rushed to pick up fake money thrown from the balcony of a local nightclub.
After the United Nations Security Council failed to approve a resolution calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state last week, the Palestinian Authority announced their next step would be to
appeal the Security Council decision to the International Court of Justice.
seek US approval for a plan to ensure Israel withdraws from the West Bank and Gaza.
appeal the Security Council decision to the United Nations General Assembly.
file a suit against Israel at the International Criminal Court for human rights violations.
A human rights group report issued last week concluded that 2014 was the deadliest year yet in the civil war in _____________, with more than 76,000 deaths last year.
the Democratic Republic of the Congo
_______________ officially adopted the euro as its national currency last week, making it the 19th country to adopt the currency and helping it move further away from Russia’s sphere of influence.
Suspected militants affiliated with Boko Haram kidnapped about 40 boys and men after a raid on a village in northern Nigeria last week. Boko Haram’s primary goal is to
unify West Africa under a single Pan-African government.
establish an Islamic State in Nigeria.
compel the withdrawal of US forces from West Africa.
secure control of Nigeria’s vast oil wealth.
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was sworn in for a second term last week. During her inaugural address, President Rousseff indicated her primary goals for the second term would be to
diversify the Brazilian economy and expand its export markets.
extend social programs and tackle corruption.
normalize relations between the United States and Brazil.
work more closely with China, India, and Russia—the other BRIC countries.
According to the Indonesian government, a preliminary investigation suggests that _____________ was responsible for the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 which resulted in the death of 162 people.
a terrorist attack
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