Here are 40 questions to test your knowledge of the year’s events
Making America Great
1. President Trump’s infamous line “You’re fired!” was taken to another level this year, as more than a dozen high-ranking advisers and Cabinet officials were forced out or quit. Name the outspoken White House official who was fastest to be ushered out, after just 10 days.
2. In June, Trump explained a major reversal of previous U.S. policy by saying, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” To what was he referring?
3. After the Trump administration’s first two travel bans were blocked in the courts, the White House added these two non-Muslim nations to counter arguments the order was motivated by animus against a particular religion.
4. When Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, what reason did the president originally cite in the letter he released to the public?
(a) Comey had refused to drop an investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn.
(b) Comey had publicly criticized Hillary Clinton during the campaign for her use of a private email server.
(c) Comey was “biased” against Russia.
5. Several Trump campaign associates found themselves in hot water after failing to disclose meetings with the then Russian ambassador to the U.S. Name him.
6. Name the targets of the following tweeted Trump insults:
“The WORST abuser of women in U.S. political history”
“One of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood”
“The enemy of the American People”
The partisan fray
7. Who was the Republican who gave a dramatic thumbs-down to defeat the GOP’s “Skinny Repeal” bill to undo large parts of Obamacare?
8. Danica Roem, who campaigned mostly on local issues, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates this year, defeating an incumbent who called himself the state’s “chief homophobe.” What made Roem’s election historic?
9. Writer and actress Lena Dunham says that in 2016 she warned top aides to this prominent politician not to accept support and contributions from producer Harvey Weinstein because “Harvey’s a rapist, and it’s going to come out at some point.” Whose campaign does Dunham say ignored her warning?
10. Which airline was widely criticized after security officers were videoed forcibly dragging a screaming, bloodied passenger off an overbooked flight when he refused to give up his seat?
11. Americans became reacquainted with this 14th-century English term for a senile old person after North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un used the word to insult Trump.
12. This foreign leader engaged in a bizarre handshake with Trump that turned into a 29-second wrestling match of yanking and pulling in which neither man would let go.
13. Who coined the phrase “alternative facts” in defending Trump’s insistence that his inaugural crowd was far larger than the photos would indicate?
14. Two protesters stormed the stage during a play in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater this summer, shouting, “This is violence against Donald Trump!” What was the play?
15. Which former professional wrestler and current film star was touted by columnists on both the Left and Right as a “self-made American hero” and potential presidential candidate in 2020?
16. How many intercontinental ballistic missiles did the “Little Rocket Man” in North Korea test this year?
17. There was a celebration in the parliament and dancing in the streets when this southern African leader resigned after 37 years in power. Who is he and what country did he lead?
18. What European region voted for independence, prompting a police crackdown and sending the separatist leaders fleeing to Brussels?
19. More than half a million Rohingya, a Muslim minority group, fled a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar this year. Where did they go?
Arts and letters
20. After a historic mix-up at the 2017 Oscars led to three premature acceptance speeches from the producers of La La Land, this film was named the real winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
21. Historian Ron Chernow this year published an acclaimed biography that largely rehabilitates the reputation of which American president?
22. Salvator Mundi, a painting dating to circa 1500, smashed auction records in November when a Saudi Arabian buyer bid a whopping $450.3 million for it. Who supposedly painted it?
23. In March, the iconic Wall Street bull got company: a bronze statue commissioned by investment firm State Street Global Advisors to publicize the need for more women on corporate boards of directors. What is the statue called?
Dollars and cents
24. Apple’s iPhone celebrated what milestone this year?
25. A worker at what major tech firm set off a firestorm of outrage this summer by authoring a memo arguing that hiring or promoting people to create gender and racial diversity is “unfair, divisive, and bad for business”?
26. Which U.S. state agreed to give Taiwan-based Foxconn $3 billion in tax breaks, subsidies, and other incentives to build a factory there to make LCD panels for TVs and computers?
27. Which major credit bureau suffered a massive cyberhack, exposing the Social Security numbers, birthdays, and other personal data of 143 million Americans?
They said it
28. “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day-care center.”
29. “The statue of justice has a blindfold on because you’re not supposed to be peeking out to see if your patron is pleased with what you’re doing.”
30. “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”
31. “Women have been talking about Harvey [Weinstein] amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.”
ANSWERS Making America Great 1. Communications director Anthony Scaramucci 2. Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement 3. North Korea and Venezuela 4. (b) 5. Sergey Kislyak 6. Former President Bill Clinton, Meryl Streep, the “fake news” media The partisan fray 7. John McCain 8. She’s transgender 9. Hillary Clinton Oddities 10. United Airlines 11. Dotard 12. French President Emmanuel Macron 13. Kellyanne Conway 14. Julius Caesar 15. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson International 16. Three 17. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe 18. Catalonia, Spain 19. To a massive refugee camp in Bangladesh Arts and letters 20. Moonlight 21. Ulysses S. Grant 22. Leonardo da Vinci 23. Fearless Girl Dollars and cents 24. Its 10th birthday 25. Google 26. Wisconsin 27. Equifax They said it 28. Sen. Bob Corker 29. Former FBI Director James Comey 30. Jimmy Kimmel 31. Ashley Judd Whose Wit ’n’ Wisdom? 1. Founding father Samuel Adams 2. Author James Baldwin 3. Author George Orwell 4. Novelist Annie Proulx 5. Novelist Marilynne Robinson The year in covers 1. Trump announces he’s pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord 2. The Las Vegas shooting massacre 3. The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal erupts 4. The indictment of Paul Manafort
The year in covers
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