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January 2013 Current Events Quiz

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85th - The awards were first given in 1929.On February 24th 2013, the annual Academy Awards are to take place. Which ceremony will it be?

       a. 85th
       b. 86th
       c. 87th
       d. 88th

Russia - Depardieu called Russia 'A great democracy'.French actor Gerard Depardieu has recently become a citizen of which country?

       a. France
       b. Belgium
       c. Russia
       d. Switzerland

Bamako - Although Timbuktu is the biggest region of the country, the capital is Bamako.France recently started a military intervention in Mali. What is the capital of Mali?

       a. Bamako
       b. Gao
       c. Timbuktu
       d. Segou

Ben Affleck - Affleck won the award for his movie 'Argo'.Who won the Golden Globe 2013 for best director?

       a. Stephen Spielberg
       b. Ben Affleck
       c. Quentin Tarantino
       d. Ang Lee

J.J. Abrams - The plot has not been announced yet.Star Wars episode VII now has a director! Who is it?

       a. Gore Verbinski
       b. J.J. Abrams
       c. Stephen Spielberg
       d. Matthew Vaughn

Mega - The new website uses a special form of data encryption to protect the users from 'third party spies'.Millionaire Kim Dotcom, the creator of who clashed with the US government over copyright issues, has started a new website. What is it called?

       a. Fast Click
       b. Super Upload
       c. Mega
       d. Upload Mania

Maple leaf on the note belongs to a Norwegian species - The bills are made of a special plastic fiber, that lasts longer than the previous bills.A public debate over the new banknotes issued in Canada has ensued. What is the problem?

       a. The notes are too easy to counterfeit
       b. Maple leaf on the note belongs to a Norwegian species
       c. There is a typo on the bills
       d. The bills change their colour after a year.

He committed suicide - A hero to many, Aaron Swartz fought for a free Internet and free access to the academic resources.A famous Internet activist named Aaron Swartz appeared in the headlines of every major newspaper recently. Why?

       a. He laundered a huge sum of money
       b. He was murdered
       c. He committed suicide
       d. He was accused of hacking a government website.

Australian Open - The winner of 2013 Australian Open men's singles is Novak Djokovic, and Victoria Azarenka for women's singles.One of the most prestigious tennis tournaments occurred this month. What tournament are we talking about?

       a. Wimbledon Championships
       b. French Open
       c. Australian Open
       d. US Open

Women allowed in direct combat - Previously, the women were not allowed to be in the frontlines.What controversial decision has recently changed operations within the US army?

       a. Landmines are banned from usage
       b. Homosexuals allowed in the army
       c. Women allowed in direct combat
       d. Only robots can be used as minesweepers

Milos Zeman - Zeman was a member of the Communist Party, then - The Social Democratic Party, and finally - Party of Civic Rights.Who is the new president of the Czech Republic?

       a. Milos Zeman
       b. Karel Schwarzenberg
       c. Jan Fischer
       d. Vladimir Franz

Fire - The front line of the fire reached more than 100 km long.What natural disaster struck Australia?

       a. Fire
       b. Tsunami
       c. Flood
       d. Earthquake

Death - The riots forced president Mohammed Morsi to officially announce a crisis situation in the country.A riot broke out in Egypt over a court ruling. What were the football fans sentenced to?

       a. A life in prison
       b. Exile
       c. Death
       d. Public whipping

Davos, Switzerland - The meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists.Where is the economic forum taking place?

       a. London, UK
       b. Davos, Switzerland
       c. New York, USA
       d. Oslo, Norway

Cancer - Hugo Chavez has ruled Venezuela since 1999.The president of Venezuela was recently diagnosed with what illness?

       a. Cancer
       b. Lupus
       c. Alzheimer‘s disease
       d. Asthma

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