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— A merica's Gross Domestic Product grew by 7.2 percent in the third quarter, marking the biggest growth in this economic indicator since what year?

A. 1984

B. 1986

C. 1994

D. 1995

2. In the course of losing to the Chicago Bears 20-7, Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer pulled starting quarterback Drew Brees during the fourth quarter, substituting with 41-year-old quarterback Doug Flutie. For which NFL team has Flutie never played?

A. New England

B. Chicago

C. Green Bay

D. Buffalo

3. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Baghdad, signed a flat income tax order for Iraq. According to the order, the highest rate is not to exceed:

A. 30 percent

B. 25 percent

C. 20 percent

D. 15 percent

4. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan to fill what post?

A. State Finance Director

B. Secretary of Education

C. Indian Gaming Commissioner

D. State Supreme Court Justice

5. In its first major action in response to the Do Not Call list, the FCC levied a fine of $780,000 against which corporate giant for making unwanted phone calls?

A. Citibank

B. Wells Fargo

C. AOLTimeWarner

D. AT&T

6. Out of the 26,000 acres in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, approximately how many were not burned in the Cedar fire?

A. 100 acres

B. 400 acres

C. 800 acres

D. 1000 acres

7. Joan Kroc left a bequest of $50 million to USD's Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. For which other religious-affiliated college did she give $50 million?

A. Notre Dame

B. BYU

C. Wellesley

D. Boston College

8. Which Democratic presidential candidate said that he wanted "to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks"?

A. John Kerry

B. Wesley Clark

C. John Edwards

D. Howard Dean

9. The County Board of Supervisors has endorsed a proposed property-tax increase for the March primary ballot, which would raise money to fund an agency that would purchase and operate firefighting helicopters. According to the proposals, how much more would property owners pay per year to fund the agency?

A. $5

B. $20

C. $45

D. $50

10. Gary Ridgeway pleaded guilty in the 1980s' Green River killing spree, making him one of the most prolific convicted serial killers of all time. How many young women did Ridgeway confess to killing?

A. 29

B. 36

C. 48

D. 51

11. A recent survey shows that enrollment at California's community colleges has dropped for the second semester in a row, a phenomenon some attribute to rising fees from budget cuts. What are the current fees at community colleges?:

A. $30 per unit

B. $24 per unit

C. $18 per unit

D. $11 per unit

12. In an interview with ABC's 20/20, Martha Stewart maintained that she had broken no rules nor done anything illegal. Martha Stewart faces trial January 12 on charges that she:

A. committed fraud

B. manipulated stock prices

C. purchased stocks based on illegal insider tips

D. lied to federal investigators about stock sales

13. On November 5, San Francisco voters approved a measure raising the city's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, giving San Francisco one of the highest minimum wages of any city in the nation. What is the federal minimum wage?:

A. $5.15

B. $5.25

C. $5.75

D. $6.25

14. The police chief of which local city was arrested twice within a three-week period in October for drunk driving?

A. El Cajon

B. National City

C. Escondido

D. Carlsbad

15. In what members called a "triumph for diversity," Cuffs, a student bondage club, was granted funding by the associated student body at which college?

A. University of Nevada Las Vegas

B. University of Miami

C. Iowa State University

D. University of Chicago

16. British medical journal The Lancet published a study that finds taking a marijuana pill can relieve some symptoms of what disease?

A. AIDS

B. multiple sclerosis

C. herpes

D. lupus

17. The supreme court of which country condemned their nation's representative/contestant in the Miss Earth contest for exposing her body?

A. Iran

B. Tunisia

C. Pakistan

D. Afghanistan

18. On November 4, which movie set a new record for first-day video sales?

A. Finding Nemo

B. The Lion King (Platinum Edition)

C. The Matrix Reloaded

D. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

19. Robert Guccione, 72, recently resigned as CEO of the business empire that he founded. What is the mainstay business of Guccione's corporation?:

A. fast food

B. pornography

C. tire manufacturing

D. lingerie

ANSWERS:

1. A, 1984

2. C, Green Bay

3. D, 15 percent

4. B, Secretary of Education

5. D, AT&T

6. B, 1000 acres

7. A, Notre Dame

8. D, Howard Dean

9. B, $ 20

10. C, 48

11. C, $18 per unit

12. D, lied to federal investigators about stock sales

13. A, $5.15

14. B, National City

15. C, Iowa State University

16. B, Multiple Sclerosis

17. D, Afghanistan

18. A, Finding Nemo

19. B, pornography

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