The following questions provide a review of some key topics and issues that have been in the news in December.

  1. What is the Montreal Carbon Pledge?
    1. A commitment to measure the carbon footprint of the investments made in a portfolio
    2. A commitment to a carbon tax based on consumption
    3. A vote of confidence for the Paris climate conference
    4. None of the above
  2. Canada is the most educated country in the developed world.
    1. Yes
    2. No
  3. Which city issued its first ever smog red alert?
    1. Montreal
    2. Beijing
    3. Bangkok
    4. Calgary
  4. What is COP21?
    1. Climate conference in Paris
    2. Annual conference of parties
    3. The membership of the UN framework on climate change
    4. All of the above
  5. Which Canadian garnered the most nominations for the 2016 Grammy awards?
    1. Justin Bieber
    2. John Legend
    3. The Weekend
    4. Alanis Morissette
  6. The World Trade Organization ruled that Canada can impose $780 million in retaliatory tariffs against which trading partner?
    1. USA
    2. Mexico
    3. China
    4. India
  7. What is the sharing economy?
    1. The swapping of goods and services between individuals or organizations
    2. Collective purchasing
    3. Shared ownership of something of value
    4. Crowdfunding
    5. All of the above
  8. What major breakthrough did researchers at Cornell University have?
    1. Successful in-vitro fertilization of a dog
    2. The birth of the world’s first test tube puppies
    3. The discovery of a technique that can be used to help breed endangered species in captivity
    4. All of the above
  9. What are negative interest rates?
    1. Lenders pay borrowers to borrow money
    2. There is no interest paid on any savings devices
    3. A conventional monetary policy used around the world
    4. The central bank offers an interest rate below zero to other banks
  10. How many Syrian refugees has the Canadian government committed to accepting?
    1. 25,000
    2. 10,000
    3. 6,000
    4. 100,000

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