The Great Big Squiz Quiz 2019 Edition
What a year it’s been… Give the Great Big Squiz Quiz of 2019 a go to see how well you were across the news. Here’s 25 questions on the news of 2019. Ready? Let’s roll…
1. What sparked protests and the biggest pro-democracy push in Hong Kong’s recent history?
Opposition to a proposed extradition bill that would see Hong Kong citizens sent to face charges in mainland China and Macau was seen by many as interference from Beijing. Like many disputes, they can quickly become about something much bigger...
2. Social media giant Facebook announced it would impose restrictions on its video live-streaming feature after which tragic event?
Following the live-streaming of the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand where 51 people were killed, Facebook said there would be a "one-strike policy" banning those who violate the new rules. Plenty of world leaders are still grumbling about this one.
3. Which country became the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage?
Taiwan got its equality on this year. It was a long road for campaigners, but laws to allow same-sex marriage took effect on 24 May 2019.
4. What was Cardinal George Pell’s maximum sentence for his conviction of abusing two choirboys in the 1990s?
Six years. And Pell’s non-parole period is three years and eight months. He is currently appealing his conviction in the High Court.
5. What was Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s profession before becoming the country’s leader?
Believe it or not, it's actor/comedian. And he was best known for a TV show where he plays a man who accidentally becomes president. Yep, that actually happened...
6. Why was Australian student Alek Sigley detained in North Korea, according to the country’s officials?
But he's not a spy, says Sigley. The only Aussie living in North Korea at the time, he says he was a student at a Pyongyang university and also ran a tour company. He's sad he can't go back. True story...
7. Which country granted asylum to 18yo Saudi Rahaf al-Qunun after she fled the country and was stuck in Thailand after a Saudi diplomat confiscated her passport?
Canada. Now known as Rahaf Mohammed, she had been trying to reach Australia via Kuwait and Bangkok. But she was granted asylum in Canada where she now lives.
8. Victoria became the first Aussie state to pass voluntary assisted dying laws. How long do patients have to be a resident of the state to access the scheme?
At least 12 months. And Victoria now isn't the only state to have such laws. Western Australia voted in favour of its own regime late in 2019.
9. Which celebrity is not connected somehow to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal?
That would be Katy Perry. What a story this one is… A former prime minister is accused of pocketing some of the US$4.5 billion that went missing from the state fund. Celebrities, diamonds and handbags also rate a mention. Our Squiz Shortcut is a good one if you're wondering where to begin.
10. Which big four bank is accused of allowing more than 23 million alleged breaches of the anti-money laundering and financing terrorism laws?
The scandal saw Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer resign and chairman Lindsay Maxsted commit to leaving the board earlier than he’d planned. Such is life.
11. Who voluntarily stepped down from their role/s as big tech disruptors this year?
Google’s Page and Brin announced they are vacating their executive roles with Google’s parent company Alphabet. What's next? Well, Larry Page has been tinkering with flying cars...
12. Which country elected the world’s youngest sitting prime minister?
Finland is right. At the age of 34yo, Sanna Marin stepped up to become her country's leader.
13. Why did former One Nation Senate candidate Steve Dickson resign?
Hanson backed Dickson and Ashby on their dealings with the NRA, but it was the strip club incident that saw Hanson cut him loose. You've got to draw a line somewhere...
14. Tennis champion Ash Barty became Australia’s first women's world number one since when?
1976. And the superstar from Ipswich, Queensland finished off 2019 by being awarded the Women's Tennis Association's (WTA) player of the year. Woohoo! Want to get to know Barty a little better? There's a Squiz Shortcut for that.
15. Which country was banned from all major international sporting events for the next four years?
Russia. Its athletes and officials are out of all major sporting events after the manipulation of its athletes' lab results were uncovered by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Oops...
16. Why did talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un break down in March?
It was the lack of progress towards denuclearisation was the problem. And for a relationship status update: it’s still complicated…
17. Why did America abandon its ally in the war against Islamic State, the Syrian Kurds, by announcing the immediate withdrawal of its troops in October?
Trump wants the US out. Note: 500 US troops have stayed in Northern Syria and are continuing to work with the Kurds against Islamic State cells that remain there.
18. Scott Morrison and his Liberal/Nationals Coalition won May’s election. After spending $60 million on advertising, how many seats did Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party win?
Zip. Zilch. Zero. Instead, the businessman claimed credit for the Coalition’s win saying his scare campaign targeting Labor and Bill Shorten was responsible for the swing against Labor.
19. What did a review of Labor’s election campaign say was the main reason for their loss?
Labor's elder statesmen Craig Emerson and Jay Weatherill undertook a review and said all three factors were important in the party's defeat.
20. Former PM Tony Abbott lost his seat in the federal election. How many other Liberals who were recontesting their House of Reps seats lost?
He was the only one. Abbott suffered a 12.6% swing against him, losing out to independent candidate Zali Steggall. He later noted there are "few happy endings in public life".
21. The drought. It's the pits… How much funding has the federal government provided to support farmers and communities during this current drought?
$7 billion. The Coalition was under pressure from farming groups for its 'ad hoc' response. But Morrison says more funding will be made available if and when it’s needed.
22. What sort of disaster did Queensland experience in 2019?
Please select 4 correct answers
Sorry, trick question. Queenslanders experienced all those things in 2019.
23. Looking at expected global temperature increases by the end of the century - what’s the current projection?
3.2C. The United Nations’ annual emissions gap report released in November said unprecedented cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are required to avert dangerous consequences.
24. Who was widely celebrated in 2019 as staging sports' greatest ever comeback?
After a few career and personal lows (to say the least…), Tiger Woods was crowned the ‘Comeback King’ when he won the Masters at Augusta in April. It was his first major victory since 2008.
25. Following the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, how many females are in the first 10 of the British throne’s line of succession?
Three it is. There’s Princess Charlotte (4th), Princess Beatrice (9th) and Princess Eugenie (10th).
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