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Mastermind Club

Quiz 2020

No 29


Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Jeb Bush, a candidate in the 2016 US Republican presidential primary, was governor of which state from 1999-2007?  


2/ In May 2015, Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the President of which African country, after he defeated the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential elections?


3/ The politics of which European country is dominated by its three largest political parties : Fidesz, MSZP and Jobbik? It has been said that the radical ultra-nationalistic Jobbik has forced the current Prime Minister Viktor Orban (of Fidesz) to shift his policies towards the right, e.g. in its response to the current refugee crisis.


4/ Before being elected as Vice-President in 2008, Joe Biden was the senator for which of the  states of the USA from 1973 onwards? 


5/ Coined by Robert Ward of the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2009, the acronym CIVETS refers to six favoured emerging markets countries due to their young populations, controlled inflation and reasonably sophisticated financial systems. Which country does the 'C' in this acronym refer to?


6/ Pushing the favorite Hillary Clinton all the way in the 2016 US Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders is the incumbent US senator from which  state of the USA? Assuming office in 2007, he had been the longest-serving independent senator in US congressional history before becoming a Democrat in 2015.


7/ In early 2012, under the presidency of Anote Tong, which country purchased the 2200-hectare Natoavatu Estate on Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji as a possible refuge for its population due to fears of adverse events arising from climate change?


8/ Born in 1962, Manuel Valls was the Prime Minister of which country from 2014 to 2016?   


9/ Which Director of the FBI found himself in controversy when his public communications about investigations into Hilary Clinton's emails were alleged by some to have influenced the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections?  


10/ In which country was Pedro Pablo Kuczynski sworn in as president in July 2016, succeeding Ollanta Humala?


11/ The political parties known as Law and Justice (PiS) and Civic Platform (PO) are the two main parties in which European country?


12/ Ousting his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema in a coup in 1979, Teodoro Obiang has been the president of which country since then? He is currently the longest-serving president in the world.


13/ With respect to the 2020 US presidential election, California has the largest number of electoral college votes (55), followed by Texas (38) and New York & Florida (29 each). Name the two states that come next, with 20 electoral college votes each?


14/ The national intelligence agency of which country is known as Mossad?


The Prime Minister of which European country is known as the

Taoiseach ?


16/ What is the nationality of Ban Ki Moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations?


17/ The founding Prime Minister of which Southeast Asian city-state, Lee Kuan Yew, died at the age of 91 on 23rd March 2015?


18/ Code-named Operation Neptune Spear, the covert operation launched on May 2nd, 2011 resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad – in which country?


19/ The trigger point, or catalyst, of the Arab Spring of 2010 is considered to be the self-immolation of the vegetable-seller Mohamed Bouazizi – in which country did this take place?  


19/ Rejected by the Obama administration in Nov 2015 after more than six years of review, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have carried oil from the tar sands of which Canadian province (through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska) to join existing pipelines that eventually lead to the Gulf of Mexico?


20/ Coined by Graham Allison, a Harvard professor and defense policy expert, what two-word alliterative term refers to the situation where a rising power causes fear in an established power that escalates toward war?  The term derives from the observations made by an ancient historian on the causes of the Peloponnesian War.

21/ Selected by Donald Trump to be his running mate in the 2016 US Presidential Election, Mike Pence was the governor of which state of the USA?    


22/ Leader of the UK Liberal Democrats party from 1999 to 2006, which politician lost his parliamentary seat in the 2015 general election, and died (aged 55) less than a month later due to a massive hemorrhage related to alcoholism?


23/ Created in 2008 as a polling aggregation website with a blog by the US statistician Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight (538) focuses on areas such as opinion-poll analysis, politics and economics. What is the significance of the name of the website?        


24/ One of the candidates to succeed Ban Ki Moon as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Irina Bokova is a former Bulgarian foreign minister, and also the formerDirector-General of which UN special agency?


25/ Barack Obama was a senator from which US state before he was elected President?     


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