Here are 40 questions to test your knowledge of the year’s events
Through the looking glass
1. Seventeen candidates entered the Republican primary last year. Who were the last three standing this year—besides Donald Trump?
2. Which GOP presidential primary candidate’s father did Donald Trump link to the JFK assassination, based on a story and photo in the National Enquirer?
3. In a hacked email published by WikiLeaks, a longtime Clinton aide fretted that the then–secretary of state had promised to attend a meeting in Morocco if King Mohammed VI pledged $12 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton “created this mess and she knows it,” the aide said. Name the aide.
4. After the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted of sexually assaulting women became public in October, this high-ranking Republican official announced he would no longer defend or promote Trump’s candidacy, and said, “I am sickened by what I heard today.”
5. In the election, Clinton lost three delegate-rich Rust Belt states to Trump by less than 1 percent. Name them.
The culture wars
6. In April, the U.S. Treasury angered fans of former President Andrew Jackson when it announced that which historical figure would replace him on the $20 bill?
7. A cartoon amphibian has become the symbol of the white nationalist alt-right movement in the U.S. What is the animal’s name?
8. Name the prestigious university that sent a letter to incoming students rejecting a culture of political correctness and declaring, “We do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”
9. Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson teamed up with orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to write a Wall Street Journal op-ed this year. What did they jointly condemn as “an experiment in mass debasement”?
10. The Cincinnati Zoo came under widespread criticism for shooting and killing a gorilla after a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla’s enclosure. What was the gorilla’s name?
11. Which tech billionaire financed pro wrestler Hulk Hogan’s ruinous defamation lawsuit against Gawker.com?
12. What symbol of fun became an icon of fear this summer, after people in more than two dozen states reported sightings of sinister versions of these characters?
13. Beyoncé’s sexually charged mention of this national food chain during her performance in the Super Bowl halftime show was credited with a 33 percent spike in its sales.
14. This British leader called for the referendum that led to the country’s “Brexit” from the European Union, and then campaigned for his nation to stay.
15. What country clinched a peace deal this year to end a 52-year guerrilla insurgency?
The year in covers
Name the news stories from 2016 that inspired these covers of The Week.
16. Which recently elected world leader called both President Obama and Pope Francis a “son of a whore”?
17. What country has taken in the largest amount of Syrian refugees, at more than 2.7 million?
18. How many Syrian refugees did the U.S. accept this year?
19. Britain passed a law that posthumously pardoned thousands of men who were convicted of now-abolished homosexual offenses. The law takes its name from this gay British computer pioneer who cracked Nazi codes during World War II.
20. Italian satirical artist Maurizio Cattelan turned heads by installing an 18-karat-gold sculpture in New York’s Guggenheim Museum that he invited the public to use. What was it?
21. For the first time, a novelist from the United States won Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize, for his satire about American racism. Name the author and book.
22. Italian translator Anita Raja was unmasked as which pseudonymous author of a series of celebrated novels set in Naples?
23. The Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical went to a performer in Hamilton—but it wasn’t Lin-Manuel Miranda for the title role. Who was it?
24. What iconic tech device saw its sales decline for the first time since it was introduced in 2007?
25. Uber started to let customers hail rides from self-driving cars through a test program in which American city?
26. Microsoft agreed to acquire this social media company this year for $26.2 billion.
27. What innovation did McDonald’s consistently credit with boosting the company’s earnings this year?
Several major cultural figures died in 2016. Please identify the person who said the following:
28. “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human.”
29. “Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.”
30. “Braggin’ is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”
31. “I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain—and I feel soaked to the skin.”
ANSWERS Through the looking glass 1. John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio 2. Ted Cruz 3. Huma Abedin 4. House Speaker Paul Ryan. 5. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin The culture wars 6. Harriet Tubman 7. Pepe the Frog 8. The University of Chicago 9. Pornography Passing sensations 10. Harambe 11. Peter Thiel 12. Clowns 13. Red Lobster International 14. Former Prime Minister David Cameron 15. Colombia 16. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte 17. Turkey 18. (a) 10,000 19. Alan Turing The arts 20. A toilet 21. Paul Beatty, The Sellout22. Elena Ferrante 23. Leslie Odom Jr., for Aaron Burr Business 24. The iPhone 25. Pittsburgh 26. LinkedIn 27. All-day breakfast Not forgotten 28. David Bowie 29. Elie Wiesel 30. Muhammad Ali 31. Leonard Cohen Whose Wit & Wisdom 1. Margaret Atwood 2. Steve Jobs 3. Arthur Schopenhauer 4. Anna Wintour 5. Antonin Scalia The year in covers 1. Trump unstoppable in GOP primaries 2. Britain votes to exit European Union 3. GOP leaders unsure about supporting Trump 4. FBI Director James Comey announces bureau is examining more Clinton emails
Whose Wit & Wisdom?
1. “Why is that when we grab for heaven—socialist or capitalist or even religious—we so often produce hell?”
2. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
3. “Wealth is like seawater; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.”
4. “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.”
5. “A man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man.”