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Title: Welcome to Academic WorldQuest 2009


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Welcome to Academic WorldQuest 2009
  • Presented By

Friday, January 30, 2009
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  • Presented By

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Sponsored By
The Wallin Foundation
Media Sponsor Minnesota Public Radio
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Prize Sponsors
Breadsmith Dorsey and Whitney, LLP Firelake
Grill-Radisson Plaza Hotel The Guthrie
Theater Minnesota Youth Symphonies Saint Paul
Chamber Orchestra Wet Paint
5
Round 1
Flags Capitals
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1. Which country does this flag represent?
  • A) New Zealand
  • B) Australia
  • C) Fiji
  • D) United Kingdom

7
2. ____ is the capital of Austria.
  • A) Linz
  • B) Vienna
  • C) Salzburg
  • D) Wels

8
3. Which country does this flag represent?
  • A) Argentina
  • B) Honduras
  • C) Nicaragua
  • D) Uruguay

9
4. The Capital of Brazil is____
  • A) São Paulo
  • B) Rio de Janiero
  • C) Curitiba
  • D) Brasília

10
5. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • A) Myanmar
  • B) Chile
  • C) Liberia
  • D) Samoa

11
6. The capital of South Africa is…
  • A) Cape Town
  • B) Johannesburg
  • C) Durban
  • D) Pretoria

12
7. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • A) Denmark
  • B) Dominican Republic
  • C) Tonga
  • D) Georgia

13
8. ____ is the capital of Laos.
  • A) Bangkok
  • B) Dhaka
  • C) Yangon
  • D) Vientiane

14
9. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • A) Suriname
  • B) Zimbabwe
  • C) Cameroon
  • D) Republic of the Congo

15
10. The capital of Yemen is…
  • A) Taizz
  • B) Aden
  • C) Mukalla
  • D) Sanaa

16
11. Which country does this flag represent?
  • A) Democratic Republic of Congo
  • B) Somalia
  • C) Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • D) Kosovo

17
12. The capital of Guinea is…
  • A) Dakar
  • B) Accra
  • C) Conakry
  • D) Coyah

18
13. Which country does this flag represent?
  • A) Nigeria
  • B) Turkmenistan
  • C) Comoros
  • D) Pakistan

19
14. ___ is the capital of Moldova.
  • A) Chisinau
  • B) Tiraspol
  • C) Balti
  • D) Tighina

20
15. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • A) Poland
  • B) Austria
  • C) Monaco
  • D) Indonesia

21
Thats all of the questions for the Flags
Capitals section of WorldQuest!
Please turn in your answer sheet!
22
Round 1 Flags and Capitals
CORRECT ANSWERS!
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Which country does this flag represent?
  • B) Australia

24
2. _____ is the capital of Austria.
  • B) Vienna

25
3. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • A) Argentina

26
4. The Capital of Brazil is____
  • D) Brasília

27
5. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • A) Myanmar

28
6. The capital of South Africa is…
  • D) Pretoria

29
7. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • D) Georgia

30
8. ____ is the capital of Laos.
  • D) Vientiane

31
9. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • B) Zimbabwe

32
10. The capital of Yemen is…
  • D) Sanaa

33
11. Which country does this flag represent?
  • D) Kosovo

34
12. The capital of Guinea is…
  • C) Conakry

35
13. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • D) Pakistan

36
14. ___ is the capital of Moldova.
  • A) Chisinau

37
15. Which country does this flag
represent?
  • D) Indonesia

38
Round 2
World Geography
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  • 1. Pyongyang is the isolated capital of which
    country, in a unique situation within the
    international arena since the collapse of the
    Soviet Union?
  • A) Mongolia
  • B) Vietnam
  • C) North Korea
  • D) South Korea

40
2. Which of these countries does NOT border
Lithuania?
  • A) Russia
  • B) Estonia
  • C) Poland
  • D) Belarus

41
3. The island of Aruba is an autonomous region
of which country?
  • A) Venezuela
  • B) Spain
  • C) Columbia
  • D) The Netherlands

42
4. Kumasi, Tamale, and Obuasi are all cities
in what country?
  • A) Senegal
  • B) Burkina Faso
  • C) Somalia
  • D) Ghana

43
5. Mozambique received its independence from
____ in 1975.
  • A) United Kingdom
  • B) France
  • C) Spain
  • D) Portugal

44
6. Which are the two largest cities in Brazil?
  • A) São Paulo and Rio de Janiero
  • B) São Paulo and Brasília
  • C) Rio de Janiero and Brasília
  • D) Salvador and Brasília

Salvador ?
Brasília ?
São Paulo ?
? Rio de Janeiro
45
7. The Petronas Twin Towers are located in what
city?
  • A) Singapore
  • B) Taipei
  • C) Kuala Lumpur
  • D) Shanghai

46
8. The only remnant of the former colonial
territory of New France that remains under French
control is known as what?
  • A) Guadeloupe
  • B) Martinique
  • C) Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • D) Ellesmere Island

47
9. The ____ biome, defined as a region
characterized by distinctive plant and animal
species, is the worlds largest terrestrial biome
and can be found in Europe, Asia, and
North-America.
  • A) Temperate, Broadleaf Forest
  • B) Taiga, or Boreal Forest
  • C) Tundra
  • D) Temperate Grassland

48
10. The tiny region of South Ossetias attempts
to break away from _____ resulted in major
military action from Russia.
  • A) Ukraine
  • B) Belarus
  • C) Georgia
  • D) Armenia

49
11. International shipping companies are
considering rerouting their ships around the Horn
of Africa to avoid pirates in the ____________.
  • A) Gulf of Oman
  • B) Gulf of Tonkin
  • C) The Persian Gulf
  • D) Gulf of Aden

50
  • 12. A team comprised of scientists from the UK,
    the US, Germany, Australia, China and Japan, is
    an international effort to find explanations
    about what mountain range in Antarctica?
  • A) The Gamburtsevs
  • B) The Antarctic Alps
  • C) The Verkhoyansk Range
  • D) The Urals

51
Bonus Challenge Question Rank the following
languages in order from most spoken to least
spoken as a first language worldwide.
1. Bengali 6. Arabic 2. Russian 7.
Japanese 3. Hindi 8. Standard German 4.
English 9. Portuguese 5. Mandarin Chinese 10.
Spanish
52
Thats all of the questions for the World
Geography section of WorldQuest!
Please turn in your answer sheet!
53
Round 2 World Geography
  • CORRECT ANSWERS!

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1. Pyongyang is the isolated capital of which
country, in a unique situation within the
international arena since the collapse of the
Soviet Union?
  • C) North Korea

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2. Which of these countries does NOT border
Lithuania?
  • B) Estonia

56
3. The island of Aruba is an autonomous region
of which country?
  • D) The Netherlands

57
4. Kumasi, Tamale, and Obuasi are all cities in
what country?
  • D) Ghana

58
5. Mozambique received its independence from
____ in 1975.
  • D) Portugal

59
6. Which are the two largest cities in Brazil?
  • A) São Paulo and Rio de Janiero

Salvador ?
Brasília ?
São Paulo ?
? Rio de Janeiro
60
7. The Petronas Twin Towers are located in what
city?
  • C) Kuala Lumpur

61
8. The only remnant of the former colonial
territory of New France that remains under French
control is known as what?
  • C) Saint Pierre and Miquelon

62
9. The ____ biome, defined as a region
characterized by distinctive plant and animal
species, is the worlds largest terrestrial biome
and can be found in Europe, Asia, and
North-America.
  • B) Taiga, or Boreal Forest

63
10. The tiny region of South Ossetias attempts
to break away from _____ resulted in major
military action from Russia.
  • C) Georgia

64
11. International shipping companies are
considering rerouting their ships around the Horn
of Africa to avoid pirates in the ____________.
  • D) Gulf of Aden

65
12. A team comprised of scientists from the UK,
the US, Germany, Australia, China and Japan, is
an international effort to find explanations
about what mountain range in Antarctica?
  • A) The Gamburtsevs

66
Bonus Challenge Question Answer Rank the
following languages in order from most spoken to
least spoken as a first language worldwide.
1. Mandarin Chinese 6. Portuguese 2. Spanish 7.
Bengali 3. English 8. Russian 4. Arabic 9.
Japanese 5. Hindi 10. Standard German
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Round 3
  • People
  • In the
  • News

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  • 1. Minnesota Wild star forward Marian Gaborik, a
    native of __________, returned to play in
    December after missing 27 games due to injury.
  • A) Slovakia
  • B) Lithania
  • C) Slovenia
  • D) Czech Republic

69
2. Ann Dunwoody, the first female promoted to
four star General works for what branch of the U.
S. military?
  • A) Army
  • B) Air force
  • C) Marines
  • D) Navy

70
  • 3. In early fall of 2008, Zhai Zhigang became the
    first ______ astronaut to walk in space during a
    68-hour voyage on board the Shenzhou VII
    spacecraft.
  • A) North Korean
  • B) Japanese
  • C) Chinese
  • D) South Korean

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  • 4. With the help of his French counterpart
    Nicolas Sarkozy, Georgian President, _________,
    welcomed over 200 European Union monitors into
    Georgia after the 2008 conflict with Russia.
  • A) Sergei Lavrov
  • B) Vladimer Papava
  • C) Mikheil Saakashvili
  • D) Anatoly Khrulyov

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  • 5. The new Bond Girl in Quantum of Solace is
    played by Olga Kurylenko, a native of ______.
  • A) Georgia
  • B) Ukraine
  • C) Russia
  • D) Poland

73
6. Former Rwandan senior military official _____
was convicted in a UN tribunal of instigating
Rwandas 1994 genocide.
  • A) Theoneste Bagosora
  • B) Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir
  • C) Gratien Kabiligi
  • D) Paul Kagame

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  • 7. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the leader
    of which German political party?

A) Christian Democratic Union B) Christian Social
Union C) Social Democratic Party D) Free
Democratic Party
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  • 8. The UN Fund for International Partnerships was
    created due to a large private donation by
    ______, the founder of CNN.
  • A) Donald Trump
  • B) Ted Turner
  • C) Rupert Murdock
  • D) John Reith

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  • 9. In New Zealands November 2008 general
    election, voters elected John Key to replace
    __________, the Prime Minister since 1999.
  • A) Jennifer Shipley
  • B) Donald Brash
  • C) Bryan Gould
  • D) Helen Clark

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10. _____ was elected President of Lebanon by the
Lebanese Parliament in May.
  • A) Farid Abboud
  • B) Nabih Berri
  • C) Michel Suleiman
  • D) Elias Murr

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11. Liberian President, ________, Africas first
female head of state, has made a strong push in
fighting government corruption.
  • A) Dorothy Musuleng-Cooper
  • B) Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
  • C) Ruth Perry
  • D) Margaret Tor-Thompson

79
12. In December 2008, President Obama named
______, a Nobel-prize-winning physicist, to be
his energy secretary.
  • A) Steven Chu
  • B) John Holdren
  • C) Jane Lubchenco
  • D) Harold Varmus

80
13. On January 12th, 2009, President Obama met
with the President of Mexico______ to discuss
economic and security issues.
  • A) Vicente Fox
  • B) Erneste Zedillo
  • C) Felipe Calderón
  • D) José López Portillo

81
14. Following a decisive election with 70 voter
turnout, ____ was sworn in as Prime Minister of
Bangladesh earlier this month.
  • A) Suchitra Sen
  • B) Fareena Alam
  • C) Motiya Chowdhury
  • D) Sheikh Hasina Wajeb

82
BONUS CHALLENGE QUESTION Bono co-founded which
multinational non-governmental organization in
2002?
  • A) Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa (DATA)
  • B) International Charity for Africa (ICA)
  • C) GAVI Alliance
  • D) Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS,
    Tuberculosis and Malaria

83
Thats all of the questions for the People In
The News section of WorldQuest!
Please turn in your answer sheet!
84
Round 3 People In The News
  • CORRECT ANSWERS!

85
1. Minnesota Wild star forward Marian Gaborik, a
native of __________, returned to play in
December after missing 27 games due to injury.
  • A) Slovakia

86
2. Ann Dunwoody, the first female promoted to
four star General works for what branch of the U.
S. military?
  • A) Army

87
3. In early fall of 2008, Zhai Zhigang became the
first ____ astronaut to walk in space during a 68
hour voyage on board the Shenzou VII spacecraft.
  • C) Chinese

88
4. With the help of his French counterpart,
Nicolas Sarkozy, Georgian President, ______,
welcomed over 200 European Union monitors into
Georgia after the 2008 conflict with Russia.
  • C) Mikheil Saakashvili

89
5. The new Bond Girl in Quantum of Solace is
played by Olga Kurylenko, a native of ______.
  • B) Ukraine

90
6. Former Rwandan senior military official _____
was convicted in a UN tribunal of instigating
Rwandas 1994 genocide.
  • A) Theoneste Bagosora

91
7. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, was
re-elected as the leader of which German
political party?
  • A) Christian Democratic Union

92
8. The UN Fund for International Partnerships was
created due to a large private donation by ____,
the founder of CNN.
  • B) Ted Turner

93
9. In New Zealands November 2008 general
election, voters elected John Key to replace
_____, the Prime Minister since 1999.
  • D) Helen Clark

94
10. ____ was elected President of Lebanon in May.
  • A) Michel Sulieman

95
11. Liberian President, ________, Africas first
female head of state, has made a strong push in
fighting government corruption.
  • B) Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

96
12. In December 2008, President Obama named
______, a Nobel-prize-winning physicist, to be
his energy secretary.
  • A) Steven Chu

97
13. On January 12th, 2009, President Obama met
with the President of Mexico______ to discuss
economic and security issues.
  • C) Felipe Calderón

98
14. Following a decisive election with 70 voter
turnout, ____ was sworn in as Prime Minister of
Bangladesh earlier this month.
  • D) Sheikh Hasina Wajeb

99
BONUS CHALLENGE QUESTION Bono co-founded what
multinational non-governmental organization in
2002?
  • A) Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa (DATA)

100
Round 4
  • Current
  • Events

101
  • 1. BRIC countries are some of the most rapidly
    expanding economic entities in the world. What
    does BRIC stand for?
  • A) Brazil, Romania, Ireland, China
  • B) Brazil, Russia, India, China
  • C) Bangladesh, Russia,
  • Indonesia, Canada
  • D) Brazil, Romania,
  • India, Canada

102
  • 2. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the
    worlds largest private development organization,
    gives more than half of its funding to what type
    of programs?
  • A) Poverty Prevention Programs
  • B) World Food Programs
  • C) Global Health Programs
  • D) Childrens Needs Programs

103
3. Three of the four main Russian political
parties are widely believed to be supported by
the Kremlin. Which party is not?
  • A) Fair Russia (aka Just Russia/Rodina Party)
  • B) Communist Party
  • C) Liberal Democratic Party
  • D) United Russia

104
  • 4. Which of the former Yugoslavia Republics is
    next in line for membership in the European
    Union?
  • A) Serbia
  • B) Montenegro
  • C) Kosovo
  • D) Croatia

105
5. The ____, an ethnic minority population in
Japan, recently have been recognized by Japans
Parliament as a people in their own right,
following over a century of forced assimilation.
  • A) Ainu
  • B) Yamato
  • C) Ryukyuan
  • D) Gaijin

106
  • 6. What nation outlawed smoking in all public
    places as of October of 2008?
  • A) India
  • B) Canada
  • C) Thailand
  • D) Kazakhstan

107
  • 7. December 10, 2008 marked the ____ anniversary
    of the United Nations Declaration of Human
    Rights.
  • A) 25th
  • B) 30th
  • C) 50th
  • D) 60th

108
  • 8. Led by Brazil, all 12 countries of South
    America have signed onto a regional integration
    project known as
  • A) Unisur
  • B) Mercosur
  • C) ALBA
  • D) The Andean Community

109
  • 9. Optimal Energy recently unveiled what
    countrys first locally developed electric car,
    expected to be on the market in 2010?
  • A) South Africa
  • B) Australia
  • C) South Korea
  • D) India

110
  • 10. In a November referendum, 75 of Greenlanders
    voted to loosen ties with ____, taking control of
    security, policing and justice, and mineral
    revenues.
  • A) Norway
  • B) Sweden
  • C) Finland
  • D) Denmark

111
  • 11. On November 15th 2008, world leaders met in
    _________ for the first of a series of world
    summits focusing on the global financial crisis.
  • A) Brussels, Belgium
  • B) London, England
  • C) Washington D.C., USA
  • D) Tokyo, Japan

112
  • 12. Gender equality is increasing in what Middle
    Eastern country, where for the first time ever,
    women will be integrated into the police force?
  • A) Turkey
  • B) Iraq
  • C) Iran
  • D) Kuwait

113
13. Bangladesh, home of Nobel Peace Prize winner
and MIC speaker Muhammad Yunus, held its first
general election in ___ years on December 29th,
2008.
  • A) 3
  • B) 7
  • C) 15
  • D) 25

114

14. Parts of the Pacific Ocean, Mariana Islands,
and Palmyra and Rose Atoll were recently declared
_________ by former President George W. Bush.
  • A) Off-shore drill sites
  • B) Marine Reserves
  • C) Missile testing sites
  • D) Hypoxic zone research

115
15. Over 100 countries collaborated on the Large
Hadron Collider, which collides particles to
simulate the big bang. However, there was the
risk of creating _____ as well!
  • A) A new planet
  • B) Loss of gravity
  • C) Rogue lasers
  • D) Black holes

116
Bonus Challenge Question The following countries
were the top medal winners at the 2008 Beijing
Olympics. Rank them in order from most gold
medals to least.
France Japan Germany Great
Britain Korea United States China Russia Ital
y Australia
(One point per correct answer) (Possible 10 total
bonus points!)
117
Thats all of the questions for the Current
Events section of WorldQuest!
Please turn in your answer sheet!
118
Round 4 Current Events
  • CORRECT ANSWERS!

119
1. BRIC countries are some of the most rapidly
expanding economic entities in the world. What
does BRIC stand for?
  • B) Brazil, Russia, India, China

120
2. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the
worlds largest private development organization,
gives more than half of its funding to what type
of programs?
  • C) Global Health Programs

121
3. Three of the four main Russian political
parties are widely believed to be supported by
the Kremlin. Which party is not?
  • B) Communist Party

122
4. Which of the former Yugoslavia Republics is
next in line for membership in the European Union?
  • D) Croatia

123
5. The ____, an ethnic minority population in
Japan, recently have been recognized by Japans
Parliament as a people in their own right,
following over a century of forced assimilation.
  • A) Ainu

124
6. What nation outlawed smoking in all public
places as of October 2008?
  • A) India

125
7. December 10, 2008 marked the ___ anniversity
of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
  • D) 60th

126
8. Led by Brazil, all 12 countries of South
American have signed onto a regional integration
project known as
  • A) Unisur

127
9. Optimal Energy recently nveiled what countrys
first locally developed electric car, expected to
be on the market in 2010?
  • A) South Africa

128
10. In a November referendum, 75 of Greenlanders
voted to loosen ties with ___, taking control of
security, policing and justice, and mineral
revenues?
  • D) Denmark

129
11. On November 15, 2008, world leaders met in
____ for the first of a series of world summits
focusing on the global financial crisis.
  • C) Washington D.C., USA

130
12. Gender equality is increasing in what Middle
Eastern country, where for the first time ever,
women will be integrated into the police force?
  • B) Iraq

131
13. Bangladesh, home of Nobel Peace Prize winner
and MIC speaker Muhammad Yunus, held its first
general election in ___ years on December 29th,
2008.
  • B) 7

132
14. Parts of the Pacific Ocean, Mariana Islands,
and Palmyra and Rose Atoll were recently declared
____ by former President George W. Bush.
  • B) Marine Reserves

133
15. Over 100 countries collaborated on the Large
Hadron Collider, which collides particles to
simlate the big bang. However, there was the risk
of creating ___ as well!
  • D) Black holes

134
Bonus Challenge Question Answer The following
countries were the top medal winners at the 2008
Beijing Olympics. Rank them in order from most
gold medals to least.
  • China 6. Australia
  • Unites States 7. Korea
  • Russia 8. Japan
  • Great Britain 9. Italy
  • Germany 10. France

135
Tie Breaker Name the Currency in each of the
following countries
  • 1. Brazil 6. Japan
  • 2. China 7. Malta
  • 3. Ecuador 8. Pakistan
  • 4. Georgia 9. Switzerland
  • 5. Indonesia 10. South Africa

136
Tie Breaker Answer Name the Currency in each of
the following countries
  • 1. Réal 6. Yen
  • 2. Yuan Renminbi 7. Euro
  • 3. US Dollar 8. Pakistani Rupee
  • 4. Lari 9. Swiss Franc
  • 5. Rupiah 10. Rand

137
Tie Breaker 2 Name the President that appointed
each Supreme Court Justice
  • 1. _________________ 4. ________________________
  • John Paul Stevens Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Steven Breyer
  • 2. _______________
  • Antonin Scalia
  • Anthony Kennedy 5. ____________________
  • John Roberts
  • Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr
  • 3.________________
  • ClarenceThomas
  • David Souter

138
Tie Breaker 2 Name the President that appointed
each Supreme Court Justice 1. President Gerald
Ford 4. President Bill Clinton John Paul
Stevens Ruth Bader Ginsburg Steven
Breyer 2. President Ronald Reagan Antonin
Scalia Anthony Kennedy 5. President George
W Bush John Roberts Samuel
Anthony Alito, Jr 3. President George H. W. Bush
ClarenceThomas David Souter
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