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***What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- July 15-21, 2019***

The joint German-Russian space venture Spektr-RG launched this week with THIS mission:

To provide a signal boost for all German and Russian spy satellites
To map the most intense climate hot-spots to help coordinate and concentrate environmental rescue efforts
To map cosmic x-rays so that researchers can study the large-scale structure of space
To map electro-magnetic fields in space

Cuba’s parliament adopted a new electoral system that establishes THIS new government structure:


The office of president, limited to two consecutive five-year terms
The office of prime minister, limited to two consecutive five-year terms
The office of parliament deputy, limited to two consecutive five-year terms, and reduced to a total number of 474 seats, from 605
All of the above

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro drew sharp criticism this week by offering his third son THIS government position:


Ambassador to the United States
Secretary of State
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Two weeks after an airstrike on a migrant detention facility in THIS country killed more than 50 people, the United Nations called for the closure of all detention facilities in the country in question.  According to the UN refugee agency, conditions in the detention centers are “awful”:

United States

Officials delayed India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, because of a technical problem.  If successful, Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth nation to have a successful soft lunar landing.  Which of the following governments has yet to have a successful soft lunar landing?


Soviet Union
United States
None of the above

Tensions are running high again between Ottawa and Beijing after Chinese officials detained another Canadian citizen, and levied high tariffs on imports of Canadian beef.  The arrests and tariffs are retaliatory measures for the 2018 arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of THIS Chinese telecommunications giant:


Since June 21, soccer teams from 24 African countries have been battling it out in the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations, held this year in Egypt.  THESE two teams will meet in the final match on July 19:

Tunisia and Nigeria
Algeria and Senegal
Angola and Egypt
Kenya and Morocco

Officials determined that neither terrorism nor a cyber attack was responsible for a blackout that left over 70,000 people without electricity in THIS United States city:


Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
New York

France’s parliament approved the new “Gafa” tax, which will collect 3% of all annual revenue from companies that provide THESE services to French consumers, regardless of whether or not the companies are actually based in France:


Transportation services
Banking services
Technology-based services
Entertainment services

In keeping with the spirit of the French Revolution, July 14 celebrations in Paris this year were troubled by more protests from the “Yellow Vests,” many of whom were arrested for demonstrating without a permit. In English-speaking countries, the holiday that celebrates the 1789 storming of an infamous prison in Paris, commemorated each year on July 14, is called “Bastille Day.”  How do the French commonly refer to “Bastille Day”?

La fête de la liberté, or “Liberty Celebration ”
Le jour de la Bastille or “Bastille Day”
Le quatorze juillet, or “July 14”
La fête de la révolution, or “Revolution Day”
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