2011 Current Affairs Quiz

14 Dec

Quiz questions for 2011, compiled from various sources, are available in a scribd file for easier use at

Thanks to—Year-in-review
and google

There are some local questions, so leave these out, for non-Queenslanders and non Aussies.

Q1. Back to the beginning of the year, in February, NZ had a devastating earthquake registering 6.3 on the richter scale; in which city?

Q2. In March, a massive earthquake and tsunami killing or leaving missing 20,000 people hit which country?

Q3. Name 3 Arab countries where there were civil uprisings in 2011.

Q4. Prince William and bride Kate Middleton were married in April, 2011. What is their married title?

Q5. Osama Bin Laden was shot dead in May by US commandoes. How long had the US been looking for him?

Q6. What were the initials of the French IMF chief accused of sexual assault on a maid; an accusation that ruined his presidential ambitions?

Q7.The US space shuttle Atlantis cruised home in July on July 21. Name the 2 shuttles lost in accidents over the 30 year space program, ending in the deaths of 14 astronauts?

Q8. Eurozone leaders agreed to bail out what country in July to prevent it going bankrupt?

Q9. 77 people were killed in a massive bombing and shooting rampage by right wing extremist Anders Behrig Breivk in what country?

Q10. What specific incident caused rioting in England in August, with 5 people killed and many shops looted and burnt?

Q11. What dictator was killed in October after his country’s new rulers seized his hometown of Sirte after a 7 month campaign?

Q12. Over 2011, Obama announced the phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. How many US casualties have occurred in Iraq alone, during the 9 year campaign
a) approx 400
b) approx 4000
c) approx 8000

Q13. In October, over 60o people died in an earthquake in what country?

Q14. A landmark was reached in the world’s population in October. How many billion was this?

Q15. Conrad Murray got a maximum 4 year jail sentence for contributing to whose death in 2009?

Q16. What country had the worst flood in decades in November with over 600 people killed?

Q17. What was the name of the US rover sent on a 9 month journey to Mars to look for the existence of life?

Q18. Certain countries called for a rewrite of the EU treaty in November, in the face of threats of Standard and Poors ratings downgrades, if they failed to act on the Eurozone debt crisis. What country refused to sign the the new EU treaty on fiscal and economic reform?

Q19. What is 2011 in Roman numerals?

Q20. The UN designated 2011, the International Year of what? What is 2012 the UN International year of?

Q21. PM Gillard called 2011 the year of decision and delivery, and brought in 2 new taxes and changed superannuation. The new taxes are the carbon tax and the mining tax. The mining tax is also called MRRT. What does this stand for?

Q22. In December, the labour party changed its platform on gay marriage. What are the platforms of both parties on this issue?

Q23. In QLD, in 2012, a new party, Bob Katter’s Australian Party will contest seats for the first time. How many seats does it currently hold?

Q24. Campbell Newman will be trying to win 2 positions at this QLD election What are they?

Q25. At the UN conference in Durban on climate change in December, The 194-party conference agreed to start negotiations on a new accord that would ensure that countries will be legally bound to carry out any pledges they make. The deal doesn’t explicitly compel any nation to take on emissions targets, although most emerging economies have volunteered to curb the growth of their emissions.Currently, only industrial countries have legally binding emissions targets under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Those commitments expire next year, but they will be extended for at least another five years under the accord adopted Sunday — a key demand by developing countries seeking to preserve the only existing treaty regulating carbon emissions. When do these new arrangements take effect?

Q.26. Towards the end of 2011, Qantas ran a twitter ad competition to promote its luxury service. Users had to use the hashtag #Qantasluxury. Some examples (edited with poetic license) were:

#Qantasluxury is chartering a Greyhound bus which will arrive at your destination before your grounded flight.

#Qantasluxury: getting from A to B without the plane being grounded or an engine catching fire.

#virginluxury-getting an exit row
#tigerluxury-getting a biscuit
#Qantasluxury-getting a pilot, plane, engineers and baggage handlers

Why were customers angry?

Q27. How long was reality star Kim Kardashian married?
a) 12 days
b) 32 days
c) 52 days
d) 72 days
e) 92 days

Q28. The Brisbane Roar has had the greatest winning streak in Australian football history. How many matches were they unbeaten?

Q29. In 2010, Sheen was the highest paid actor on television, earning US$1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men. In February 2011, he was sacked . He said things like:
“I am on a drug, it’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.”
“I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words — imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists.
“[CBS] picked a fight with a warlock.”
“I will not believe that if I do something then I have to follow a certain path because it was written for normal people. People who aren’t special. People who don’t have tiger blood and Adonis DNA.”
Who replaced him on the show?

Q30. This is a quote from one of the highest rating 2011 TV shows. Name the show: “Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”

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