Hardest World Today Quiz


1 - Senator Jim Jefford left the US Republican party in 2001, throwing control of the US Senate to the Democrats until 2003. What state was he from?

2 - What happened to Chechen rebel Akhmed Zakayev in November 2003?

3 - Which country is shown in red below?

4 - Which French daily was accused of conflict of interests and biased objectivity in a best-seller published in 2003?

5 - What is the name of the pedophile whose arrest shocked Belgium in 1996?

6 - In 2002, Lula da Silva won the Brazilian presidential election. What other candidate did he beat in the second round?

7 - What is the second most populated member of the Commonwealth (after India)?

8 - Name the highest political office in Hong Kong.

9 - During Putin's first term, Russia re-adopted the old Soviet national anthem, although with new lyrics. Why had the original post-Soviet anthem fallen out of favor?

10 - Which is the northernmost Chinese province?

11 - Where is the Asian Development Bank headquartered?

12 - Which is the oldest currently existing guerrilla group in Latin America?

13 - Which activity as a student and young adult helped shape Chief Justice Margaret Marshall's (of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court) views?

14 - Who was the only president in U.S. history to fill that office without having been elected either President or Vice-President?

15 - Who were the two vice-Presidents of the Prodi European Commission?

16 - With which nation did Japan recently conclude a Free Trade agreement?

17 - How were French departements originally numbered?

18 - Roughly how many French soldiers are currently enforcing the cease-fire in Ivory Coast, as of early 2005?

19 - Of the various European countries who voted on adhesion to the EU in 2003, which voted in favor with the biggest margin?

20 - Which Dutch Prime Minister resigned in 2002, along with his governement, following the publication of a report accusing his governement's mismanagement of Dutch peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia of having provoked the Srebrenica massacre?