Here are the answers to our November quiz on key news topics, plus some additional background information.

1.  Canada is the first industrial country to legalize what?

Answer: a

Additional notes: Canada legalized recreational use of cannabis on October 17.

2. Who is Paul Allen?

Answer: b

Additional notes: Paul Allen, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft and Seattle sports mogul, died of cancer last month at the age of 65.

3. What company has IBM purchased for $34 billion?

Answer: b

Additional notes: Red Hat is a cloud-based company that will help IBM get into this larger market.

4. Which city experienced a violent attack on a synagogue?

Answer: b

Additional notes: 11 people were murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue. The alleged perpetrator was arrested after being shot by police.

5. Where did the longest cross-sea bridge in the world open?

Answer: a

Additional notes: The bridge connects Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland’s southern city of Zhuhai. Stretching 34 miles, included an undersea tunnel, it is the world’s longest cross-sea bridge.

6. The United States midterm election resulted in:

Answer: d

Additional notes: The midterms are an important opportunity for the people to show how they feel about the President two years into his term. Every two years the entire House of Representatives and one third of the Senate are elected.

7. How many women were elected in the US election?

Answer: b

Additional notes: 100 women were elected to the House, 12 to the Senate and nine as state governors. The total is up from 107.

8. How many US states have legalized recreational use of cannabis?

Answer: b

Additional notes: The states are Alaska, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Michigan, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine

9. Which federal politician was forced to resign due to sexually explicit messages he sent through social media?

Answer: a

Additional notes: Tony Clement claimed he was the subject of an extortion attempt involving sexually explicit messages.

10. What is a national securities regulator?

Answer: c

Additional notes: The Supreme Court of Canada endorsed legislation to create such a body.

11. How many educational institutions are on the top 100 employers list for 2019?

Answer: c

Additional notes: the are the University of Montreal, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick and Simon Fraser university

12. Which female hockey player was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Answer: b

Additional notes: She was a member of Team Canada and has won four gold and one silver Olympic medals.

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