Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Almost-Year-End Quiz

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Almost-Year-End Quiz

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Once we get past Thanksgiving, the year is pretty much over, right? There's hardly anything left of 2013 - just ask the House of Representatives, which has a grand total of four full workdays remaining on the calendar.

It's not too soon to start looking back over where we've been. And there's so much 2013 to remember: the government shutdown, Miley Cyrus, the Obamacare website, Ted Cruz. Before you block it all, let's see how much you can recall in this Almost-Year-End Quiz.

1. We now know that President Barack Obama travels with a special tent that can:

A) Create an eavesdropping-proof cone of silence.

B) Reduce expenses by housing low-level aides in the parking lot.

C) Screen out pollen during hay-fever season.

D) Attract publicity for the Yurts for Peace Program.

2. The "Filner headlock" is:

A) A professional wrestling move banned in Wisconsin.

B) A gigantic black hole in the Andromeda galaxy that may be moving our way.

C) Hold used on female staffers by the ousted mayor of San Diego.

D) Popular anti-car-theft device marketed on TV by former Sen. Fred Thompson.

3. Just before the government shutdown, Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., compared himself and his fellow repeal-Obamacare rebels to:

A) Brad Pitt in "World War Z."

B) Sandra Bullock in "Gravity."

C) Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

D) Everybody at the Alamo.

4. Another Republican mem- berof Congress, Mike Kelly of Butler, Pa., compared John Boehner to:

A) Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea.

B) Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards.

C) George Washington crossing the Delaware.

D) Jesus on Palm Sunday.

5. In the Virginia gubernatorial race, Ken Cuccinelli attempted to brand his opponent as a blowhard with the slogan:

A) "All puppy and no plan."

B) "All bunny and no basics."

C) "All otters and no organization."

D) "All cats and no categories."

6. Mr. Cuccinelli's opponent, Terry McAuliffe, won the governorship despite his background as a proud Democratic Party fundraiser. Mr. McAuliffe bragged in his autobiography that when his fifth child was born he:

A) Left the hospital before the delivery to attend a Washington Post party. …

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