Test your knowledge of the year’s events
From Russia with love
1. How many campaign officials, Trump associates, and Russians has special counsel Robert Mueller indicted thus far? Take credit for a correct answer if you get within five of the right number.
2. Legally speaking, what do the following former Trump associates have in common: campaign chairman Paul Manafort; deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates; foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos; national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen?
3. An FBI agent and a lawyer for the agency who worked in the early stages of the Russia investigation—while having an affair—sent text messages to each other sharing their fears about the possible election of Donald Trump, whom they called “an idiot.” Name them.
4. A grand jury indicted 29-year-old Maria Butina, an alleged Russian spy, after federal prosecutors said she infiltrated this well-known U.S. advocacy group on behalf of the Kremlin.
5. There is no crime called “collusion” in federal law. But statute 18 U.S.C. 371 defines a crime that could apply if anyone in the Trump campaign was working in cooperation with Russians to evade U.S. laws and influence the election. What is that crime called?
At the trough
6. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigned in July after an avalanche of scandals involving abuses of taxpayer funds and improper use of staff. One of the personal chores he had his security guards perform was driving to Ritz-Carlton hotel gift shops to buy a hotel-branded product he particularly liked. What was it?
7. This Democratic senator was re-elected in November despite being charged by federal prosecutors with doing political favors for a wealthy friend in exchange for trips on his private plane to an exclusive resort in the Dominican Republic and fancy hotel rooms in Paris. The senator’s corruption case ended in a mistrial. Name him.
8. This Republican congressman was re-elected despite being indicted for allegedly misusing more than $250,000 in campaign funds for such personal expenses as family vacations to Italy and Hawaii, clothes, food, and football tickets. The congressman blamed his wife, saying, “She handled my expenses.” Name him.
Strange but true
9. A U.S. state was briefly plunged into a state of panic after a state employee accidentally sent an emergency text message saying “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND…SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Which state?
10. This Fox News host has amassed a real estate empire worth at least $90 million, consisting of more than 870 homes and apartments in seven states—including many low-income apartments financed through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Name him.
11. After being elected senator from Utah, Mitt Romney became the first American with this distinction since Sam Houston in 1846.
12. Amid an epidemic of tick-borne illnesses in the U.S., one species of arachnid, the lone star tick, causes people it bites to become highly allergic to what?
13. President Trump said he “fell in love” with this foreign leader, who writes him “beautiful” letters and has “a great personality.”
14. After meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Trump conceded that U.S. intelligence agencies think it was Russia that hacked Democratic emails and interfered in the 2016 election, but added, “I don’t see any reason why it would be.” The White House later said Trump misspoke a word and meant to say what?
15. At the G-7 summit in June, Trump tossed a handful of Starburst candies at this foreign leader and said, “Don’t say I never give you anything.” Who was the leader?
17. What two African countries, locked in a frozen conflict since 2000, finally made peace this year, opening their borders and resuming rail and air traffic?
18. Britain’s Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony watched by millions around the world. What royal title did Queen Elizabeth II confer on Markle after the marriage?
19. The prime minister of what country became the second world leader, after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, to give birth while in office?
Arts and Letters
20. To Kill a Mockingbird, a new stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, was nearly scrapped when Lee’s estate filed a lawsuit alleging that the script portrayed Atticus Finch too negatively. Which well-known screenwriter wrote the script?
21. This popular Broadway show is a five-hour, two-part blockbuster that won the Tony Award for Best Play. What is it?
22. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a privately funded memorial that recognizes victims of lynching in the United States, opened in late April in which Southern city?
23. Which of these No. 1 New York Times best-selling books of 2018 was not about President Trump or his administration?
B. The Outsider
C. Russian Roulette
D. A Higher Loyalty
Sorry, Columbus: It’s not you.
24. Amazon sent cities and rural counties nationwide into a frenzied bidding war for its second headquarters, before disappointing them by picking New York City and a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Within 20, how many communities submitted bids?
25. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa was, until recently, perhaps best known outside of his home country for spending millions at record-breaking art auctions. With the help of Elon Musk, he hopes to achieve another first. What is it?
26. AT&T dropped a whopping $85 billion to make this controversial purchase that could reshape the media landscape. What did it buy?
They said it
27. “This is a circus. The consequences will be with us for decades. As we all know…what goes around comes around.”
28. “I actually really like Sarah [Huckabee Sanders]. I think she’s very resourceful. Like, she burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye.”
29. “I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives. Those who say that do not know me. I am an independent person and I am no one’s pawn.”
30. “I’m a single white male from South Carolina, and I’m told I should just shut up, but I will not shut up.”
31. “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”