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Current Events Quiz, December 21, 2015

This activity contains 10 questions.

Question 1.
In a move widely anticipated by global markets, the US Federal Reserve bank last week

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Question 2.
After five years of conflict and an estimated 250,000 killed in the country’s bloody civil war, the United Nations Security Council last week passed a plan to resolve the ongoing conflict in Syria. Which of the following is NOT a component of the Security Council plan as outlined in its resolution?

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Question 3.
The government of China last week issued a public health warning to residents of Beijing, the first such “red alert” in the country’s history. What triggered the warning?

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Question 4.
Israel and ____________ last week announced they were restoring diplomatic relations, a sign of improving relations between the two countries.

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Question 5.

A surge by France’s far-right National Front party was pushed back last week in regional elections. While the party came in first place in many elections in the first round of voting, it failed to turn its advantage into seats in the second round of voting and was resounding defeated in all but three regions. What was the source of the party’s downfall?
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Question 6.
Dilma Rousseff, President of ___________, last week ordered the resignation of the country’s Minister of Finance, Joaquim Levy, amid a serious and ongoing recession in the country.

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Question 7.
Ethnic tensions appear to be on the rise in _____________ after the country’s security forces opened fire on ethnic Oromo protesters, killing an estimated 40 people. Protesters were demanding the government stop a planned expansion of its capital, Addis Ababa, into historic Oromia territory.

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Question 8.
A European Union summit this weekend brought heads of state together to address a wide variety of issues, including immigration. What policy outcome resulted from that meeting?

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Question 9.
The Danish government last week sparked outrage with a new policy aimed at refugees entering the country. If passed, the new law would permit the government of Denmark to

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Question 10.
A series of long-awaited reforms to the International Monetary Fund’s governing structure was approved by the US Senate last week. The reforms impose a number of new structures and processes on the institution, most notably increasing the voting power of _________ at the expense of ________.

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