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  1. Junior/Senior Current Events Round 2

  2. 1. Science/ Technology

  3. Question One An announcement was made in July. Physicists said that they had discovered a new subatomic particle, a key to understanding why there is diversity and life in the universe. The particle was discovered through work by the Center for Nuclear Research using the Large Hadron Collider. What is the par-ticlenamed? • Higgs boson • Newton ion • Einstein neutron • Rolf particle.

  4. A. Higgs Boson

  5. 2. National News

  6. Question Two On September 10, 2012, more than 26,000 teach-ersand support staff of a large public school sys-tem went on strike over pay, benefits, evaluations, and job security. Over 350,000 students received a extra week of vacation before the union and the administration reached an agreement. Where is this school system? • New York City, NY • Los Angeles CA • Chicago, IL • Seattle, WA

  7. C. Chicago, IL

  8. 3. People in the News

  9. Question Three This woman died in July after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the first American woman in space and was later appointed to the commission that investigated the Challenger accident. Who was she? • Kathleen Sullivan • Christa McAuliffe • Peggy Whitson • Sally Ride

  10. D. Sally Ride

  11. 4. International News

  12. Question Four The French people chose this man to replace Nicholas Sarkozy as president in May. The man is a Socialist Party leader who ran on a program opposing the German austerity program for the European Union. Who is he? • Francois Mitterand • Charles Degaulle • Francois Hollande • Jacque Chirac

  13. C. Francois Hollande

  14. 5. People in the News

  15. Question Five This past summer, TV lost one of its most famous icons when the “World’s Oldest Teenager” died at age 82. This man’s career began with a show called American Bandstand. It was a groundbreaking show that represented teenagers and their interests. In his later years, he was a fixture on New Year’s Eve TV, famous for counting down the ball drop in Times Square. Who was this man? • Andy Griffith • Dick Clark • Ed Sullivan • Don Knotts

  16. B. Dick Clark

  17. 6. Sports

  18. Question Six This Olympian from South Africa was one of the heroes of the London games. His nickname is “Blade Runner.” He was the first amputee athlete to compete in the Olympics. Who is he? • Usain Bolt • Yohan Blake • Jesse Owens • Oscar Pittorius

  19. D. Oscar Pittorius

  20. 7. National News

  21. Question Seven Amid great controversy, this Supreme Court justice cast the tie-breaking vote to decide whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was legal. Writing the majority opinion for the case, he was able to give both sides concessions to claim a win. Who is he? • Justice Anthony Kennedy • Chief Justice John Roberts • Justice Antonin Scalia • Justice Elena Kagan

  22. B. Chief Justice John Roberts

  23. 8. International News

  24. Question Eight A terrorist plot or a reaction to a highly partisan film about Muhammad or both led to an attack on this African country’s U.S. consulate. Four Americans died, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Where did this attack occur? • Benghazi, Libya • Cairo, Egypt • Algiers, Algeria • Tunis, Tunisia

  25. A. Benghazi, Libya

  26. 9. People in the News

  27. Question Nine This man, wearing only a space suit to protect him, became the first person ever to break the sound barrier with just his body. He skydived out of a capsule teetering at the edge of space, 24 miles up, and fell to Earth at 833.9 miles per hour. He also set a new world record for jumping from the highest place ever. Who is he? • Richard Bransom • Criss Angel • David Blaine • Felix Baumgartner

  28. D. Felix Baumgartner

  29. 10. International News

  30. Question Ten This past June, Egypt elected a new president, a civilian leader. He won in a very tight race, repre-sentinga political party called the Muslim Brother-hood. This election was historic because it was the first time Egyptians got to vote for their leader in the country’s roughly 5,000 year history. Who is he? • Hosni Mubarak • Gamal Abdel Nasser • Mohamed Morsi • Anwar Sadat

  31. C. Mohamed Morsi

  32. Extra Question Business News

  33. Extra Question Book publishers struggle to find profits in the digital age. In late October, Penguin made an announcement that it will merge with another company. This merger will further narrow the book business to a handful of big publishers. What company is merging with Penguin? • Random House • Amazon • Harcourt • Avalon Books

  34. A. Random House