Quiz

This week in FP’s international quiz: the United Nations General Assembly, the big elections in Germany and new and old defense partnerships.


The United Nations building is seen on the first official day of the 75th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 22, 2020. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

September 17, 2021, 3:52 PM

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1. The United Nations General Assembly opened this week, with many delegations planning to attend virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. Which world leader, who is present in person, will deliver the first speech during the general debate next week?

US President Joe Biden


German Chancellor Angela Merkel


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro


Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune

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2. For some countries, organizing a delegation to the United Nations General Assembly has been complicated by unclear or contested leadership at home. Which of these nations is not faced with such a dilemma this year?

Burma


South Korea


Afghanistan


Guinea


3. Joint military exercises between Russia and Belarus ended this week. What are the common exercises, organized every four years, called?

Vostok


To break up


Yug


Zapad

Learn more about how Moscow is using Zapad exercises to bolster its military presence at NATO borders in this report from FP’s Amy Mackinnon.


4. Germany is in the home stretch of its campaign ahead of its federal parliamentary elections next week. Which member of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union, is standing in for her?

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer


Armin Laschet


Paul Ziemiak


Ursula von der Leyen

Read Peter Kuras’ analysis on why none of the German candidates for chancellor received much enthusiasm from the general public.


5. In an exclusive interview with Foreign police, Israel’s defense minister said he could “agree” to a new Iran nuclear deal. Who is this minister?

Benny Gantz


Karine Elharrar


Yair Lapid


Ayelet shaken


6. Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry sacked the country’s chief prosecutor this week. The prosecutor had investigated Henry in connection with the July assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

How did the Prime Minister describe the chief prosecutor’s revocable offense?

He has “gone beyond the framework” of his role.


He made a “serious administrative error”.


He “disrespected the legacy” of the former president.


He failed to “foster a collegial environment”.


7. A new BBC analysis has found that the number of extremely hot days per year – defined as when a place in the world experiences temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher – has increased by how much since the 1980s?

A third higher


A half higher


double


triple

“On average, between 1980 and 2009, temperatures exceeded 50 ° C around 14 days a year,” writes the BBC. “The number increased to 26 days per year between 2010 and 2019.”


8. North Korea and South Korea launched back-to-back missile testing this week, with South Korea showcasing its new submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Which country is also widely believed to have a similar submarine launch capability, although it systematically denies such claims?

Israel


South Africa


Pakistan


Germany


9. A new defense partnership with three countries ruffling the feathers in France this week?

Canada, United Kingdom and United States


Portugal, Spain and United States


Australia, United Kingdom and United States


Canada, Mexico and United States

Learn more about the new partnership, known as AUKUS, in this report from FP’s Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer.


10. A blackout that affected 300,000 homes in the German city of Dresden on Monday turned out to have been caused by which culprit?

A curious cat


A fallen statue


An overgrown houseplant


A small balloon

Authorities believe the incident occurred when a small aluminum balloon hit two live electrical conductors, causing them to short.

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Do you have a nose for the news? Test yourself with a new edition of our weekly news quiz!


1. The United Nations General Assembly opened this week, with many delegations planning to attend virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. Which world leader, who is present in person, will deliver the first speech during the general debate next week?

US President Joe Biden


German Chancellor Angela Merkel


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro


Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune

For an insider’s guide to the biggest diplomatic event of the year, sign up for UN Brief, a daily pop-up newsletter from FP’s Colum Lynch and Robbie Gramer.


2. For some countries, organizing a delegation to the United Nations General Assembly has been complicated by unclear or contested leadership at home. Which of these nations is not faced with such a dilemma this year?

Burma


South Korea


Afghanistan


Guinea


3. Joint military exercises between Russia and Belarus ended this week. What are the common exercises, organized every four years, called?

Vostok


To break up


Yug


Zapad

Learn more about how Moscow is using Zapad exercises to bolster its military presence at NATO borders in this report from FP’s Amy Mackinnon.


4. Germany is on the home stretch of its campaign ahead of its federal parliamentary elections next week. Which member of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union, is standing in for her?

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer


Armin Laschet


Paul Ziemiak


Ursula von der Leyen

Read Peter Kuras’ analysis on why none of the German candidates for chancellor received much enthusiasm from the general public.


5. In an exclusive interview with Foreign police, Israel’s defense minister said he could “agree” to a new Iranian nuclear deal. Who is this minister?

Benny Gantz


Karine Elharrar


Yair Lapid


Ayelet shaken


6. Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry sacked the country’s chief prosecutor this week. The prosecutor had investigated Henry in connection with the July assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

How did the Prime Minister describe the chief prosecutor’s revocable offense?

He has “gone beyond the framework” of his role.


He made a “serious administrative error”.


He “disrespected the legacy” of the former president.


He failed to “foster a collegial environment”.


7. A new BBC analysis has found that the number of extremely hot days per year – defined as when a place in the world experiences temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher – has increased by how much since the 1980s?

A third higher


A half higher


double


triple

“On average, between 1980 and 2009, temperatures exceeded 50 ° C around 14 days a year,” writes the BBC. “The number increased to 26 days per year between 2010 and 2019.”


8. North Korea and South Korea launched back-to-back missile tests this week, with South Korea showcasing its new submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Which country is also widely believed to have a similar submarine launch capability, although it systematically denies such claims?

Israel


South Africa


Pakistan


Germany


9. A new defense partnership with three countries ruffling the feathers in France this week?

Canada, United Kingdom and United States


Portugal, Spain and United States


Australia, United Kingdom and United States


Canada, Mexico and United States

Learn more about the new partnership, known as AUKUS, in this report from FP’s Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer.


10. A blackout that affected 300,000 homes in the German city of Dresden on Monday turned out to have been caused by which culprit?

A curious cat


A fallen statue


An overgrown houseplant


A small balloon

Authorities believe the incident occurred when a small aluminum balloon hit two live electrical conductors, causing them to short.

You scored points

It’s a big world there! Keep up to date with global news by subscribing to Morning Brief, Foreign policeflagship daily newsletter. And stay up to date with all the latest news from the United Nations General Assembly with UN Brief!

You scored points

Perfection! You are a professional who needs the in-depth information found in Situation Report, our national security and defense newsletter. Plus, get detailed updates from the UN General Assembly with UN Brief!


Do you have any comments? E-mail [email protected] to share your thoughts with me.

Nina Goldman is associate editor at Foreign police. Twitter: @goldmannk

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