Quiz for January

Thanks to Daniel Kurtzman, a San Francisco writer and former Washington political correspondent, for the questions. His political-humor site is located at http://politicalhumor.about.com.

1. When Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his gubernatorial candidacy on The Tonight Show, what did he say was the only decision in his life that was more difficult?

(a) Deciding to come clean about his use of steroids in the 1970s (b) Deciding to get a bikini wax in 1978 (c) Deciding to support the campaign of Austrian president and former Nazi Kurt Waldheim in 1986

2. President George W. Bush inspired a toy manufacturer to create what product?

(a) A special edition of Monopoly featuring Bush’s top corporate contributors (b) A special edition of Scrabble featuring Bush’s special words (c) An “Elite Force Aviator” doll to commemorate Bush’s landing on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (d) A “nation-building” Lego starter kit to commemorate Bush’s pre-emptive war doctrine

3. During the California recall campaign, former Governor Gray Davis said his vision was for California to become a state that would be home to:

(a) “People from every planet on the Earth” (b) “The Gray Davis Presidential Library” (c) “A great Austrian-born dictator” (d) “Fewer people who hate me”

4. Four of these headlines appeared in the satirical weekly The Onion. Which one appeared in a U.S. newspaper?

(a) Bush Re-election Campaign Creates Thousands of New Jobs (b) Bush Diagnosed with Attention-to-Deficit Disorder (c) Bush Bravely Leads 3rd Infantry into Battle (d) Latest Leak: Bush Orders an End to Leaks (e) Bush Asks Congress for $30 Billion to Help Fight War on Criticism

5. Match the statement about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction with the Bush administration official (Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Ari Fleischer or Paul Wolfowitz) who said it:

(a) “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” (b) “We found the weapons of mass destruction.” (c) “I think the burden is on those people who think he didn’t have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are.” (d) “U.S. officials never expected that we were going to open garages and find weapons of mass destruction.” (e) “The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on, which was weapons of mass destruction, as the core reason.”

Answers: 1: b; 2: c; 3: a; 4: d; 5: a-Rumsfeld, b-Bush, c-Fleischer, d-Rice and e-Wolfowitz.