1. Nicolas Sarkozy lost by a slim margin his re-election bid in France on Sunday, making him the first French president to be denied a second term since 1981. What is another first for a French president while Sarkozy held the office?
A. Marrying while in office
B. Divorcing while in office
C. Having a child born while in office
D. Reshuffling the government (after Christine Lagarde was appointed IMF head)
2. Mexico earthquakes have been rattling windows and nerves for more than a month. On Tuesday, May 1, the temblors continued, with the first one a 5.0-magnitude jolt offshore Baja California Sur. The second one registered 5.7 and was centered in the western Mexico state of Michoacan. No serious damage was immediately reported from either quake. What holiday in Mexico City had businesses closed for the day, minimizing reaction?
A. Labor Day
B. Independence Day
C. Revolution Day
D. Constitution Day
3. Eleven people have been charged with felonies in a Florida A&M University hazing incident involving the death of a drum major in the school's marching band. What do authorities say caused the student's death?
A. Consuming excessive amounts of water after a two-hour practice session
B. Beating about the chest and shoulders while running down the bus aisle
C. Having to run around the campus track in full marching uniform, carrying a different senior on his back on each lap
D. Heat stroke after being forced to march in high step while simultaneously blowing his whistle for five miles along a rural highway
4. A blind Chinese dissident created a stir in diplomatic relations with the United States over the past week or so with his desire to escape his homeland and seek refuge in the U.S. What activity in China earned him the reputation as a dissident?
A. Civil disobedience in helping to organize the infamous protest in Tiananmen Square
B. Objecting to China's fiscal policies that are aimed at strengthening the yuan in the global marketplace
C. Protesting restrictions on Internet access by the general public
D. Advocating for rights of rural women affected by the One Child Policy
5. Saturday marked the start of a war court proceeding for the accused plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States. While a simple arraignment was sought, the praying and protests of the defendants prolonged the process for more than 13 hours. When is the trial expected to start?
A. June 1, 2012
B. Nov. 7, 2012
C. Jan. 21, 2013
D. May 13, 2013
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