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1. Which country finished last in the United Nations Human Development Index?

2. Who became Japan's prime minister?

3. In which country's election did the Left Party win 11.9 per cent of the popular vote?

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4. In Bishkek, the capital of which Central Asian country, did a bear from a visiting Russian circus turn on its trainers, killing one and wounding another?

5. Which honour did former prime minister Jean Chrétien receive from the Queen?

6. Who is actor George Clooney's latest girlfriend?

7. What is Alberta's share of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions?

8. Who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court?

9. Who was sworn in as a U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party on July 7?

10. According to a poll by Ipsos Reid, people in which province most often sleep naked?

11. Who won the Academy Award for best actor?

12. According to Canadean, a beverage market analysis firm, which country had the largest consumption of all varieties of whisky in 2009?

13. Who delivered the invocation, or opening prayer, at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration?

14. According to the World Airline Awards, which airline was voted best airline on transatlantic routes?

15. Which university did the 2009 U.S. News and World Report survey rate as the best public school in the United States?

16. Who became the premier of Manitoba?

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17. Who won the Governor-General's Award for Fiction?

18. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen married which National Football League star?

19. The government of which country celebrated the 50th anniversary of the revolution that brought it to power?

20. Trevor, the death row dog, was spared execution by a court in which Canadian jurisdiction, provided the Humane Society could find an owner willing to follow a strict management regime?

21. Who became head of the Central Intelligence Agency?

22. Which female apartheid foe, who served in parliament in South Africa for 36 years, died at the age of 91?

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23. Which Canadian citizen came back from Sudan where he had been in forced exile because the government refused to give him a passport?

24. In which country was an Australian writer sentenced to three years in prison for defaming a member of the royal family?

25. In which South American country did 62 per cent of voters approve a new constitution?

26. Germany celebrated the 250th anniversary of the birth of its national poet. Who?

27. Which European country finished first in the Reporters Without Borders Index of press freedom?

28. Who won the Nobel Prize for Literature?

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29. Which country's entry in the Eurovision Song contest, to be held in Moscow, pulled out when its entry was banned for taking a potshot at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin?

30. In which province was a former high-ranking cabinet minister sentenced to two years in jail for fraud and influence-peddling?

31. Which South American country expelled Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson, who had caused outrage worldwide by denying the extent of the Holocaust?

32. Which actress died in a skiing accident at Mont Tremblant?

33. Which team won the National Basketball Association championship?

34. Golfer Greg Norman separated from whom after just 15 months of marriage?

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35. Where is Canada's Ring of Fire?

36. What breed of dog did the Obamas buy?

37. Which band won Group of the Year for the fourth time at the Juno awards?

38. The Commonwealth fully suspended which country for refusing to commit to holding elections by October, 2010?

39. According to Statistics Canada's Crime Severity Index, which provincial capital city had the highest crime rate?

40. Who was China's president in 2009?

41. Who was awarded the Man Booker International prize for her lifetime achievement in fiction writing?

42. Which author whose most famous character popularized the line, "She who must be obeyed," died?

43. Which country led the World Tourism Organization's list for international tourist arrivals?

44. Which country's citizens, in the WTO list, topped the list of international tourism spenders?

45. Who was the deposed president of Honduras who set up camp next door in Nicaragua?

46. Members of which ethnic group rioted in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang?

47. The head of which company's iron-ore operations in China was detained on suspicion of stealing state secrets?

48. The Conservatives won a by-election in which Quebec riding?

49. Who died in 2009, having once said "The longer it takes for them to discover [who I am] the more famous I will be"?

50. Who was the Republican governor of South Carolina who disappeared for five days, then admitted to an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina?

51. Which province announced plans to open a new law school to complement the two it already has?

52. According to the United Nations, Afghanistan is the world's leading producer of opium poppies. Which country is second?

53. Where were two tonnes of whale meat distributed to celebrate a new era of self-government?

54. The United States and which country in the same hemisphere decided to re-

instate their ambassadors?

55. What does BRIC stand for?

56. Who is the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan?

57. Omar Bongo, Africa's longest-serving leader, died. What was his country?

58. Who finished second in the Iranian presidential election?

59. In which country did a former president commit suicide by jumping off a cliff?

60. Which U.S. state had its credit rating cut to Triple-B, only two levels above junk bond status?

61. Which film won six Genies?

62. In which country was the Speaker of the House of Commons forced to resign?

63. Which Canadian novelist wrote Galore?

64. Which former congressman, NFL player and Republican vice-presidential candidate died?

65. Ava was the most popular name for female babies in Canada. Which name, beginning with "E," was the second most popular?

66. Which country led the Global Peace Index rankings?

67. What is the name of Tiger Woods's wife?

68. Who said: "I think on a national level, your Department of Law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out"?

69. Where did the Olympic torch relay begin?

70. Who said: "I handled - I admit it - but I'm not the referee"?

71. Which 71-year-old actress, still attractive, said: "I owe 30 per cent to genes, 30 per cent to good sex, 30 per cent because of a healthy lifestyle. For the remaining 10 per cent, I have to thank my plastic surgeon"?

72. Who said, "I am an international leader, the dean of Arab rulers, the king of kings of Africa, and the imam of Muslims. My status does not allow descent to a lower level"?

73. Which airline's plane was landed safely on the Hudson River with no fatalities?

74. Which Canadian province has the lowest smoking rate, according to the Canadian Tobacco Monitoring Survey?

75. Green Party leader Elizabeth May won the nomination to run in which riding in the next federal election?

76. Seymour Schulich donated $20-million to which law school east of Manitoba?

77. Which team did Queen's defeat to win the Vanier Cup?

78. Which team won the Memorial Cup?

79. Who was commission counsel in the Brian Mulroney/Karlheinz Schreiber inquiry?

80. Japan's emperor visited Canada. What's his name?

81. What was the first country visited by Hillary Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State?

82. Who said, "Do you really believe that the world, with the unprecedented crisis that it is going through, needs division, needs hatred"?

83. Who was host of the Academy Awards show?

84. Where was the Commonwealth heads of government meeting held?

85. CBC Radio 2 prepared a list of the 49 best Canadian songs for U.S. President Barack Obama. Which song by Stompin' Tom Connors made the list?

86. According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian eats how much sugar each year? 10 kilograms? 17? 20? 23?

87. How many litres of wine do Canadians over 15 drink each year?

88. According to the World Health Organization, how many people in the world are living with AIDS?

89. In which African country did the army open fire on demonstrators in a stadium, killing at least 150 people and wounding perhaps another 1,200?

90. Which Canadian journalist was released by kidnappers in Somalia?

91. Who won the NCAA men's basketball championship?

92. Which team won the English Premier League soccer championship?

93. What's the title of Orhan Pamuk's latest novel?

94. Martha Stewart wrote a book about which kind of dessert?

95. Elton John tried unsuccessfully to adopt a child from which country?

96. The Pulitzer Prize for history was won for a book about which Founding Father and his mistress?

97. According to the Fraser Institute's Generosity Index, which province had the highest proportion of taxpayers giving to charity?

98. A congressman from which state yelled, "You lie!" during a speech to Congress by President Barack Obama?

99. According to Statistics Canada, what proportion of Canadians is obese?

100. Which ethnic group in Canada sends the largest amount of remittances back to their country of origin?

ANSWERS

1. Niger 2. Yukio Hatoyama 3. Germany 4. Kyrgyzstan 5. Order of Merit 6. Elisabetta Canalis 7. 32 per cent 8. Sonia Sotomayor 9. Al Franken 10. Quebec 11. Sean Penn 12. India 13. Rick Warren 14. British Airways 15. University of Michigan 16. Greg Selinger 17. Kate Pullinger 18. Tom Brady 19. Cuba 20. Yukon 21. Leon Panetta 22. Helen Suzman 23. Abousfian Abdelrazik 24. Thailand 25. Bolivia 26. Friedrich Schiller 27. Denmark 28. Herta Mueller 29. Georgia 30. Newfoundland 31. Argentina 32. Natasha Richardson 33. Los Angeles Lakers 34. Chris Evert 35. Ontario 36. Portuguese water dog 37. Nickelback 38. Fiji 39. Regina 40. Hu Jintao 41. Alice Munro 42. John Mortimer 43. France. 44. Germany 45. Manuel Zelaya 46. Uyghurs 47. Rio Tinto 48. Rivière-du-Loup 49. Michael Jackson 50. Mark Sanford 51. British Columbia 52. Myanmar 53. Greenland 54. Venezuela 55. Brazil, Russia, India, China 56. Stanley McChrystal 57. Gabon 58. Mir Hossein Mousavi 59. South Korea 60. California 61. Passchendaele 62. Britain 63. Michael Crummey 64. Jack Kemp 65. Emma 66. New Zealand 67. Elin Nordegren 68. Sarah Palin 69. Victoria 70. Thierry Henry 71. Jane Fonda 72. Moammar Gadhafi 73. U.S. Airways 74. British Columbia 75. Saanich-Gulf Islands 76. Dalhousie 77. Calgary 78. Windsor Spitfires 79. Richard Wolson 80. Akihito 81. Japan 82. Nicolas Sarkozy 83. Hugh Jackman 84. Trinidad 85. The Hockey Song 86. 23 kilograms 87. 15 litres 88. 33 million 89. Guinea 90. Amanda Lindhout 91. North Carolina Tar Heels 92. Manchester United 93. The Museum of Innocence 94. cupcakes 95. Ukraine 96. Thomas Jefferson 97. Manitoba 98. South Carolina 99. 17 per cent 100. Filipinos

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