Quiz of the week: 26 September – 2 October

Test your recollection of the events of the last seven days with MoneyWeek's quiz of the week.

1. Coronavirus has contributed to the deaths of over one million people around the world. In descending order, which countries have the highest death tolls?

a. Brazil, India, US, UK, Mexico, b. India, Brazil, US, Mexico, UK, c. US, Brazil, India, Mexico, UK, d. US, India, Brazil, UK, Mexico

2. Which world leader and his wife tested positive for Covid-19 this week?

a. Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, b. Donald Trump and Melania Trump, c. Jair Bolsonaro and Michelle Bolsonaro, d. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Beatriz Gutierrez Muller

3. Which US state, the first to do so, passed legislation to start paying reparations for slavery?

a. New York, b. Colorado, c. Oregon, d. California

4. An unprecedented demand for what lifted profit forecasts for British retailer Halfords?

a. Camping equipment, b. Car parts, c. DIY tools, d. Bicycles

5. Which stock exchange suffered its worst outage in over 20 years this week, shutting down for an entire day due to a glitch in its electronic system?

a. Tokyo Stock Exchange, b. Hong Kong Stock Exchange, c. New York Stock Exchange, d. Beijing Stock Exchange

6. “Will you shut up, man?” is a quote from the chaotic presidential debate that took place this week between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Who said it?

a. Donald Trump, b. Joe Biden

7. SNP MP Margaret Ferrier was suspended from her party this week, and is facing multiple calls to resign. Why?

a. She stayed at a pub past 10pm, b. She hosted a party with 12 people in her garden, c. She took a five hour train journey after testing positive for coronavirus, d. She coughed on Nicola Sturgeon after testing positive for coronavirus

8. Chinese war movie The Eight Hundred, set in Shanghai during the 1937 Japanese invasion of China, became the world’s top box office hit this year. The film raked in over $428m in its first month in cinemas. What movie did it bump down to second place?

a. American action comedy film and third instalment in the Bad Boys trilogy, Bad Boys for Life, b. Video game adaptation film Sonic the Hedgehog, c. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, d. Super-villain spin-off for DC anti-hero Harley Quinn, Birds of Prey

9. Turkey and Poland were removed from the quarantine-free list of travel destinations this week. Which country is it still safe to travel to?

a. Denmark, b. Jamaica, c. Switzerland, d. Italy

10. It was revealed this week that Donald Trump had paid no income taxes in ten of the past 15 years and paid just $750 in 2016, the year he was elected as US president. Which US national broke the story?

a. The Boston Globe, b. The New York Times, c. The Los Angeles Times, d. The Washington Post

Answers

1. c. US, Brazil, India, Mexico, UK. Over 206,000 people have died from covid-19 related deaths in the United States, 143,000 in Brazil, 98,000 in India, 77,600 in Mexico and 42,143 in the UK.

2. b. Donald Trump and Melania Trump. Donald Trump, 74, and his wife Melania tested positive for coronavirus after Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, tested positive.

3. d. California. Governor Gavin Newson signed the landmark bill this week that creates a task force to develop proposals for how the state could make payouts to the descendants of enslaved people and those affected by slavery.

4. d. Bicycles.

5. a. Tokyo Stock Exchange.

6. b. Joe Biden. “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential… Keep yapping, man.” Is the full quote, which Biden said to Trump after he was interrupted for the umpteenth time. Biden also called Trump a “clown” among other names. The debate was one of the most “despicable, embarrassing clown acts Americans have ever seen on national television”, said Daniel DePetris in the Spectator.

7. c. She took a five hour train journey after testing positive for coronavirus. Margaret Ferrier travelled by train from London to Glasgow after testing positive for coronavirus.

8. a. American action comedy film and third instalment in the Bad Boys trilogy, Bad Boys for Life. The belated action sequel starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence raked in $424m.

9. d. Italy Italy remains a part of England’s travel corridor list at time of writing.

10. b. The New York Times

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