Trivia Answers

Mar 18, 2021

Trivia Answers for April 2021 Newsletter

D.C. Statehood Quiz

1. Which of the following people is not from D.C.?
a) James Brown
b) Duke Ellington
c) Marvin Gaye
d) Goldie Hawn

2. How does the population of Washington D.C. compare to the population of Vermont and Wyoming?
a) D.C. has almost as many people as Vermont and Wyoming.
b) D.C. has more people than Vermont and Wyoming.
c) D.C. has more people than Vermont, but less than Wyoming.

3. How would statehood for D.C. be achieved?
a) Congress would pass an admission act.
b) Congress must pass a constitutional amendment.
c) D.C. must pay Maryland 500 billion dollars for the land.

4. What is the reason for the location of our nation’s capital?
a) The North/South compromise
b) Residence Act
c) Both A and B


Feb 16, 2021

Trivia Answers for March 2021 Newsletter

1. Who is the President of the Senate?

(U.S. Vice President)

2. Voters have elected their state senators since what year?


3. Which senator has served longer than any other in history?

(Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)

4. Who was the only former American president to serve in the United States Senate?

(Andrew Johnson)

5. Who was the first woman to serve in the Senate and in what year?

Rebecca Felton (D-GA); 1922

Oct 19, 2020

Trivia Answers for November 2020 Issues

1: The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., is the 17th Chief Justice of the United States, and there have been (102) Associate Justices in the Supreme Court’s history.

2: The first Black member of the Supreme Court was (Thurgood Marshall), who took the oaths of office on October 2, 1967.

3: The first female member of the Supreme Court was (Sandra Day O’Connor) who took the oaths of office on September 25, 1981.

4: The first Latinx member of the Supreme Court was (Sonia Sotomayor), who took the oaths of office on August 8, 2009.

5: The first Justice to be fully vested as a member of the Supreme Court was (James Wilson), who took his oaths on October 5, 1789.

Sep 17, 2020

Trivia Answers for October 2020 Issues

1.  How many electoral votes are necessary to elect the U.S. president?

a.            140       

b.            210       

c.            270

2. Who was the only U.S. president to serve two non-consecutive terms?

a.            Grover Cleveland

b.            Franklin D. Roosevelt

c.            Woodrow Wilson

d.            John Adams

3. The first presidential election took place in _____.

a.            1777    

b.            1789    

c.            1791

4. Every U.S. president since 1852 has been either a Republican or a Democrat.

a.            True     

b.            False

5. Match our country’s earlier presidents to their political parties.

No Party – George Washington

Federalist – John Adams

Whig – Millard Fillmore

Aug 06, 2020

Trivia Answers for September 2020 Issues

What's Your U.S. History IQ?

1: What is Old Glory?
a) A statue of George Washington’s horse
b) A nickname for the flag of the United States
c) Declaration of Independence

2: There have been  (19) Republicans and  (15) Democrats elected as President of the United States.

3: Which president was not a member of any party? (George Washington)

4: How many full terms can a U.S. president serve? (2)

5: Washington, D.C. didn’t become the nation’s capital until what year?  (1790)

Apr 17, 2020

Trivia Answers for May 2020 Topics

Surveillance Law

1. What member of the House of Representatives sponsored H.R.6172 or the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020?

a) Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
b) Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
c) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

2. H.R.6172 or the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 is a bill that would reauthorize provisions related to intelligence gathering under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) until what date?

a) Dec. 1, 2023
b) March 15, 2024
c) Oct. 31, 2024

3. Which of the members of Congress below did not support H.R.6172 or the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020?

a) Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT)
b) Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
c) Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)
d) None of the above

4. Which government agency was not created by executive action but rather by Congress’s passing of the National Security Act of 1947?

a) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
b) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
c) National Security Agency (NSA)

Equal Rights Amendment

1. To expand the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution to both women and men, the Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in 1923 by                           .
    a) Phyllis Schlafly
    b) Lucretia Mott
    c) Alice Paul

2. The only right that the Constitution guarantees specifically for women is the right to vote.
    a) True
    b) False

3.    According to the Fifth Amendment, a constitutional amendment can be proposed by either two-thirds of the members of both the House and Senate or at a convention called by _____ of the states.
    a) three-fourths
    b) two-thirds
    c) three-fifths

4. According to the United Nations, ____ out of 195 countries guarantee equality between women and men in their constitutions as of 2014.
    a) 143
    b) 110
    c) 101

5. The equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment was first applied to sex discrimination in __________.
    a) 1923
    b) 1964
    c) 1971

Mar 17, 2020

Trivia Answers for April 2020

Minimum Wage

1. The ____ is a federal labor law that created the right to a minimum wage and overtime pay when people work more than 40 hours a week.

a) Equal Pay Act

b) Fair Labor Standards Act

c) Fair Minimum Wage Act

2. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is ____ an hour.

a)  $2.13

b)  $4.02

c)   $5.45

3. Employers can pay workers under age 20 a “youth minimum wage” of only $4.25 an hour for their first 90 days of employment.

a) True

b) False

4. According to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Americans work an average of 34.34 hours per week. In Germany, however, people clock in an average of _____ hours per week.

a) 32.85

b) 30.94

c) 26.21

5. On July 18, 2019, the Raise the Wage Act (H.R.582) passed the House. The bill would increase the federal minimum wage for:

a) Tipped workers

b) Workers under age 20

c) Disabled workers

d) All of the above

War Powers

1. Congress has formally declared war for which of the following conflicts?

a) Mexican-American War

b) Vietnam War

c) Gulf War

d) All of the above

2. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (aka the War Powers Act) was passed by two-thirds each of the House and Senate, overriding the veto of the bill by President Gerald Ford.

a) True

b) False

3. Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (aka the War Powers Act), the president can declare war only in the following situations:

a) Declaration of Congress

b) Congressional authorization for use of military force (AUMF)

c) A national emergency created by an attack on the U.S.

d) All of the above

4. Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution gives ______ the power to declare war.

a) The President (executive branch)

b) Congress (legislative branch)

c) Supreme Court (judicial branch)

5. Despite the United States’ engagement in conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Iran, Congress has not declared war since _____.

a) 1917

b) 1942

c) 1960


Feb 17, 2020

Trivia Answers for March 2020 Topics


1. Refugees have the right to move anywhere in the U.S. after their initial resettlement, but at their own expense.

a) True

b) False


2. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there are approximately ________refugees in the world, more than half of whom are under age 18.

a) 25.9 million

b) 44.1 million

c) 70.8 million


3. The Refugee Protection Act of 2019 was bicameral legislation introduced in the House as H.R.5210 and the Senate as ____ on Nov. 21, 2019.

a) S.1088

b) S.2936

c) S.3048


4. According to Amnesty International, the list of the world’s top 10 refugee host countries doesn’t include which country or countries?

a) United States

b) Germany

c) A and B

5. Texas and Alabama were the only states to opt out of the refugee resettlement program for 2020, after President Trump gave states the option to opt out.

a) True

b) False


Fuel Standards

1.  The legislation enacted by Congress in 1975 that directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to establish CAFE standards for cars and light trucks was the _____.

a)  Clean Power Plan Act

b)  Energy Independence and Security Act

c)  Energy Policy and Conservation Act


2. The CAFE standards aimed to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil by increasing vehicle fuel efficiency. What does CAFE stand for?

a) Carbon Automobile Fuel Efficiency

b) Corporate Average Fuel Economy

c) Conservation Automobile Fuel Efficiency


3. California is the only state permitted to issue emissions standards under the federal Clean Air Act. Other states may choose to follow California’s standards, but may not set their own.

a)  True

b)  False


4. Some 13 states and the District of Columbia follow the stricter California standards. These states are known as _______ states.





5. Who is the lead sponsor of H.R.978, the Clean and Efficient Cars Act of 2019?


a)  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

b)  Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA)

c)  Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)

Jan 17, 2020

Trivia Answers for February 2020 Issues

Longer School Day


1. Per the National Center for Education Statistics’ 2015–16 National Teacher and Principal Survey, the average start time for public schools is 8:30 a.m.

a) True

b) False


2. Which of the senators below was not a co-sponsor of Sen. Kamala Harris’s legislation known as the Family Friendly Schools Act (S.2784)?

a) Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)        

b) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)    

c) Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-DE)

d) Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)


3. Which of the organizations below support the Family Friendly Schools Act legislation?

a) American Federation of Teachers

b) Center for American Progress

c) Institute for Educational Leadership

d) All of the above


4. The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to education in the United States and in foreign countries.

a) True

b) False


Balanced Budget Amendment

1. Of the three main categories of the United States federal budget, which category does Medicare fall under?

a) Mandatory spending

b) Discretionary spending

c) Interest on debt


2. Military and defense spending fall under mandatory spending.

a) True

b) False


3. The United States federal government shutdown of 2018–2019 lasted ______and was the longest U.S. government shutdown in history.

a) 19 days

b) 24 days

c) 35 days


4. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), annual mandatory spending will increase to about ___% of GDP by 2027.

a) 2.5%

b) 14%

c) 27%


5. According to Pew Research, since ______, Congress has never passed more than a third of its regular appropriations bills on time.

a) 1997

b) 2001

c) 2008


Nov 19, 2019

Trivia Answers for December 2019 Issues


1. What is the pseudonymous name used by the person or persons who developed Bitcoin and launched it in 2009?

            a) Satoshi Nakamoto

            b) Hal Finney

            c) Stefan Thomas

2. Due to the decentralized nature of the blockchain, cryptocurrency is not controlled by any government or traditional financial institution.

            a) True

            b) False

3. The first merchant transaction using Bitcoin was made in May 2010 by Laszlo Hanyecz, who paid 10,000 BTC in exchange for two Papa John’s Pizzas. As of May 2019, the value of 10,000 BTC is more than _________ .

            a) $22 million

            b) $53 million

            c) $8 million

4. What is the difference between Bitcoin and Libra?

            a) Bitcoin is decentralized, so no entity controls it whereas Facebook will have a large amount of control over Libra.

            b) Libra will be tied to national currencies while Bitcoin is not dependent on a government.

            c) Bitcoin’s blockchain is permissionless while Libra will run on a permissioned blockchain.

            d) All of the above

Subminimum Wage

1. In the year 2017, only _______percent of non-institutionalized, disabled people (ages 18-64) were employed, according to statistics from the American Community Survey.

            a) 45%

            b) 37%

            c) 28%

2. Employers must obtain an authorizing certificate from the Wage and Hour Division prior to paying subminimum wages to employees who have disabilities for the work being performed.

            a) True

            b) False

3. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, to date, four states have eliminated the option of paying disabled workers a subminimum wage. Which of the states below is not one of those states?

            a) Pennsylvania

            b) Texas

            c) New Hampshire

4. In February 2018, which state became the first red state to bar employers from paying workers with disabilities less than the state’s minimum wage?

            a) Alabama

            b) Utah

            c) Alaska

Oct 18, 2019

Trivia Answers for November 2019 Issues


1. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, tobacco products cause ________ in annual health costs and productivity losses.
    a) $300 billion
    b) $500 billion
    c) $700 billion

2. The Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2017 reported that tobacco companies spent __________ marketing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in the U.S. in 2017.
    a) $5.8 billion
    b) $7.7 billion
    c) $9.36 billion

3. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulated e-cigarettes as a tobacco product since 2012.
    a) True
    b) False

4. As of Oct. 1, 2019, ________lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarette, or vaping, products had been reported to CDC from 48 states and 1 U.S. territory.
    a) 997
    b) 1,080
    c) 1,243

5. Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are also called vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mods, and ENDS.
    a) True
    b) False


1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting 29 doses of 9 vaccines (plus a yearly flu shot after six months old) for children aged 0 to six.
    a) True
    b) False

2. Which of the states below does not allow medical exemptions for vaccines?
    a) New York
    b) California
    c) None of the above

3.  In 1990, the CDC and FDA created the _________ , which collects information about vaccine-related adverse events via reports filed by anyone, including medical professionals and family members.
    a) Immunization Adverse Reporting System
    b) Vaccine Awareness Campaign Monitor
    c) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System

4.  A scientist named _________created the first smallpox vaccine using cowpox, a disease similar to smallpox that infects cows, in 1796.
    a) Louis Pasteur
    b) Edward Jenner
    c) Marie Curie

5.  Which of the senators below was not one of the co-sponsors of the VACCINES Act, introduced on May 22, 2019?
    a) Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
    b) Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
    c) Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)


Sep 18, 2019

Trivia Answers for October 2019 Issues

Prescription Drug Prices

1. The We PAID Act of 2019 would:

    a) Direct the National Academy of Medicine to complete a study on how to determine the reasonableness of drug prices.
    b) Establish a Drug Affordability and Access Committee to determine a reasonable price for each drug.
    c) Require proper disclosure of government support in the development of patented technology.
    d) All of the above

2. If passed, the We PAID Act would only seek to regulate future drugs on the market, which would apply to about ________ percent of prescription drugs.

    a) 20 to 25
    b) 40 to 40
    c) 50

3. Prescription drug prices in the United States are some of the highest drug prices in the world.
    a) True
    b) False

4. According to a study from the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, every one of the 210 drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration from 2010 to 2016 was based on research funded by the _______________________.
    a) Food and Drug Administration
    b) National Institutes of Health
    c) National Academy of Medicine

Alaska Drilling

1. Which Republican congressman co-sponsored H.R. 1146 along with Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) when it was introduced in the House in February?
    a) Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
    b) Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
    c) Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK)

2. Specifically, in which area of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would H.R. 1146 prohibit oil and gas drilling?
    a) Wilderness Area
    b) 1002 Area
    c) Arctic Village

3. Which U.S. president founded the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is a designation for certain protected areas managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?
    a) President Theodore Roosevelt
    b) President Richard Nixon
    c) President John F. Kennedy

4. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge inhabits land which sits on __________billion barrels of oil.
    a) 7.7 to 11.8
    b) 20.3 to 25.4
    c) 37.9 to 43.3

5. The 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a subsection of the area’s coastal plain.
    a) True
    b) False


Aug 16, 2019

Trivia Answers for September 2019 Issues



  1. The debt ceiling was first enacted in 1917 through the _________.

         a) Glass-Steagall Act

         b) Second Liberty Bond Act

         c) Federal Reserve Act


  1. When the debt limit is reached, the Treasury Department can use an accounting maneuver called ________ to avoid defaulting on the government’s obligations.

         a) Involuntary conversions

         b) Analytical procedures

         c) Extraordinary measures


  1. Which Democratic member of the House of Representatives sponsored H.R. 3877 or the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019?

         a) Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX)

         b) Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY)

         c) Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)


  1. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal budget deficit is about $900 billion in 2019, and it will exceed ______ each year beginning in 2022.

         a) $950 billion

         b) $1 trillion

         c) $1.5 trillion


  1. Prior to establishing the debt ceiling, Congress had to approve each issuance of debt in a separate piece of legislation.

         a) True

         b) False



  1. Under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the U.S. government apologized for Japanese American internment during World War II and provided reparations of $20,000 to each survivor.

         a) True

         b) False


  1. Aside from the U.S., other nations have also paid money to those who were historically wronged by their actions. Which of the countries below have paid reparations to certain groups of people?

         a) Colombia

         b) South Africa

         c) Peru

         d) All of the above


  1. All of the states below, except one, has officially apologized for its involvement in the enslavement of Africans. Which state is the exception?

         a) Alabama

         b) South Carolina

         c) Virginia

         d) Florida


  1. In H.R. 40, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) purports to establish a commission to consider __________for slavery.

         a) National apology

         b) Proposal for reparations

         c) Affirmative action programs

         d) Both A and B

         e) Both B and C

Apr 18, 2019

Trivia Answers for May 2019 Issues

Green New Deal

1.   The primary climate-change goal of the Green New Deal is to reach net-zero greenhouse emissions in a decade. This means there would be no greenhouse gas emissions at all in 10 years.
    a)  True
    b)  False

2.    In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in a report that in order to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels—and thereby avoid many climate change impacts—the world would have to reach net-zero emissions of carbon dioxide by the year __________.
    a)  2030
    b)  2050
    c)  2070

3.    Who introduced their own version of a “Green New Deal” and in what year?
    a)  Hillary Clinton, 1999
    b)  Barack Obama, 2010
    c)  Jill Stein, 2012

4.    What is the name of the youth-led organization that advocates for a Green New Deal in Congress?
    a)  Youth for Environmental Action
    b)  Sunrise Movement
    c)  Champions for Climate


Capitalism v. Socialism

1.  The Laffer Curve is the theory that lower tax rates boost economic growth.
    a)  True
    b)  False

2.    In which of the following economic systems are factors of production owned by individuals?
    a)  Capitalism
    b)  Socialism
    c)  Fascism
    d)  Both A and C

3.    Which is not a characteristic of capitalism?
    a)  Free-market economy
    b)  Income equality
    c)  Supply and demand
    d)  Profit motive

4.    The mantra of which economic system is “From each according to his ability, to each according to his contribution?”
    a)  Communism
    b)  Socialism
    c)  Fascism
5.    In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friederich Engels outlined the characteristics of communism, which did not include _________.
     a) Abolition of property  
     b) Abolition of right of inheritance
     c) Abolition of command economy


Mar 21, 2019

Trivia Answers for April 2019 Issues

National Emergency

1.  Which Republican lawmaker originally announced he was against President Trump’s national emergency declaration and then later flip-flopped and cast his vote in support of the president’s declaration?
        a) Rep. Mark Meadows (R–NC)
        b) Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
        c) Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

2.    What is the name of the federal law that was passed in 1976 and formalized the emergency powers of U.S. presidents?
    a) Immigration and Nationality Act
    b) War Powers Resolution
    c) National Emergencies Act

3.    Since the above-named legislation was signed into law, how many national emergencies have been declared by U.S. presidents (as of February 2019)?
    a) 59
    b) 71
    c) 96

4.    Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, of the U.S. Constitution is referred to as what clause?
    a)  Separation of Powers Clause
    b)  Taxing and Spending Clause
    c)  Appropriations Clause

Civil Asset Forfeiture

1.    Equitable sharing refers to a program in which the proceeds of assets seized through civil forfeiture are shared between state and federal law enforcement authorities.
a)   True
b)   False

2.    Which law established the Assets Forfeiture Fund at the Department of Justice and the Equitable Sharing Program?
a)   Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act
b)   Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act
c)   Comprehensive Crime Control Act

3.    On March 16, 2017, which lawmakers introduced the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, a reform bill designed to protect innocent property owners from federal civil forfeiture? (circle all that apply)
a)   Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
b)   Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
c)   Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

4.    Critics of civil asset forfeiture argue that the practice:
a)   Disadvantages people of color and poor people
b)   Violates people’s constitutional rights
c)   Encourages law agencies to pad their budgets
d)   All of the above

5.    In civil proceedings, the government must prove the property’s connection to alleged criminal activity “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
        a)   True
        b)   False



Feb 15, 2019

Trivia Answers for March 2019 Issues

Gun Control Laws

1. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly _________ people in the U.S. were killed by guns in 2017.
    a) 30,000
    b) 40,000
    c) 70,000

2. Mexico has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world.
    a) True
    b) False

3. According to the Small Arms Survey 2018, the top three countries with the highest number of guns per civilian are:
    a) United States, Serbia, Canada
    b) United States, Finland, Lebanon
    c) United States, Yemen and Montenegro

4. Firearms are generally classified into what three broad types?
    a) Semi-automatics, pistols and rifles
    b) Handguns, rifles and shotguns
    c) Pistols, handguns and shotguns

5. A semi-automatic firearm fires multiple bullets with the single pull of the trigger while a fully automatic firearm fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled.
    a) True
    b) False


1. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of December 2017, ______states allowed philosophical exemptions for those who object to immunizations because of personal, moral or other beliefs.
a) 5
b) 13
c) 18

2. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children between birth and age six receive ______ different vaccines, including those for diphtheria, tetanus, influenza, measles and mumps.
a) 6
b) 14
c) 22

3. Children under 5 are especially susceptible to disease because their immune systems have not built up the necessary defenses to fight infection. Thus, CDC recommends immunizing by age 2.
a) True
b) False

4. What year did Dr. Jonas Salk and his team develop a vaccine for polio?
a) 1943
b) 1952
c) 1964

5. Which state passed a law (effective July 1, 2016) that closed the “vaccine exemption loophole” by eliminating personal or religious exemptions for children in that state?
a) California
b) New York
c) Vermont


Jan 09, 2019

Trivia Answers for February 2019 Issues

Troops in Syria

1. The Middle East is home to the three Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Judaism and _______________.

a) Bahá’í

b) Islam

c) Zoroastrian


2. In the first five years of the Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, approximately _______________ Syrians were killed, according to the UN Envoy for Syria.

a) 400,000

b) 650,000

c) 1.1 million


3. Bashar al-Assad has ruled Syria as president since 2000.

a) True

b) False


4. _________________ is the capital city of Syria and is sometimes called the “Jasmine City.”

a) Tripoli

b) Damascus

c) Beirut


5. The majority of Syrians belong to which religious group?

a) Druze

b) Shiite Muslim

c) Sunni Muslim


Food Stamps and Work


1. The SNAP program, commonly called food stamps, was first introduced in what year?

a) 1939

b) 1952

c) 1970


2. SNAP cost the federal government ____________ in 2017, according to the USDA.

a) $22.5 billion

b) $44 billion

c) $68 billion


3. Under current SNAP requirements, able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) must work or participate in an employment program for at least 20 hours a week to continue to receive benefits for more than ________ over a ____________ period.

a) six weeks/24-month period

b) three months/36-month period

c) four months/48-month period

4. Currently, states may request to waive the time limit in areas with an unemployment rate above 15 percent.

a) True

b) False


5. Which of these items cannot be purchased with SNAP EBT card?

a) Rotisserie chicken from deli

b) Energy drinks

c) Pet food

d) All of the above

Nov 13, 2018

Trivia Answers for December 2018 Topics

Birthright Citizenship

1. Federal regulation of immigration did not begin until ________.
    a)  1875
    b)  1939
    c)  1955

2. People who are born in the United States are automatically considered “naturalized” citizens of the country.
    a)  True
    b)  False

3. The three major rights of a citizen guaranteed under the 14th Amendment are:
    a)  Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
    b)  Life, liberty and property
    c)  Life, liberty and the right to bear arms

4. U.S. citizens are expected to fulfill certain responsibilities, including:
    a)  Paying taxes
    b)  Registering for the draft
    c)  Following the laws of the land
    d)  All of the above

5. Who is the sponsor of H.R.140 (Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017), which was introduced in the House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2017?  
    a)  Rep. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    b)  Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
    c)  Rep. Dick Durban (D-IL)


Balanced Budget Amendment

1. Of the three main categories of the United States federal budget, which category does Medicare fall under?
a)  Mandatory spending
b)  Discretionary spending
c)  Interest on debt

2.    Military and defense spending fall under mandatory spending.
a)  True
b)  False

3.    In what year did the last government shutdown occur as a result of disagreement over government spending?
a)  2008
b)  2011
c)  2013

4.    Since________, Congress has never passed more than a third of its regular appropriations bills on time.
a)  1997
b)  2001
c)  2008

5.    According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), annual mandatory spending will increase to about ___% of GDP by 2027.
a) 2.5%
b) 14%
c) 27%

6.    In fiscal year 2017, of all federal outlays, mandatory spending accounted for ___% of all federal outlays while discretionary spending totaled about ___%.
a) 48%, 45%
b) 52%, 41%
c) 63%, 30%



Oct 16, 2018

Trivia Answers for November 2018 Topics

Smoking Age

1. Evidence shows that nicotine dependence is not correlated with younger ages of smoking initiation.
    a)  True
    b)  False

2. Smoking kills more people than ______.
    a)  Alcohol and illegal drugs
    b)  Car accidents
    c)  Murders and suicides
    d)  All of the above combined

3. In 2015, which state was the first to raise the minimum legal sale age for buying tobacco products to 21?
    a)  California
    b)  Hawaii
    c)  Oregon

4. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the racial/ethnic group that has the highest rate of tobacco use among U.S. middle and high school students is ________.
    a)  American Indian/Alaska Native
    b)  White
    c)  Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
    d)  Black

5. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
    a)  True
    b)  False

Tech Regulations

1. The Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in order to increase political instability in the U.S. and to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign by bolstering which other candidate(s)?
a)  Donald Trump
b)  Bernie Sanders
c)  Jill Stein
d)  All of the above

2. The Honest Ads Act (S. 1989) was introduced in the Senate to promote regulation of campaign advertisements online. Which of the following senators was not a sponsor of this bill?
a)  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
c)  Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
d)  Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
b)  Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

3. The companies that drive a large amount of growth in technology are sometimes referred to as GAFTA, an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.
a) True
b) False

4. In March 2018, Cambridge Analytica harvested the sensitive data of __________ Facebook users without their explicit permission.
a) 50 million
b) 87 million
c) 22 billion



Sep 18, 2018

Trivia Answers for October 2018 Topics

Minimum Wage


1.     The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is ____ an hour and hasn’t been raised since 1991.

a)    $2.13

b)    $4.02

c)     $5.45


2.          Who was the first female secretary of labor appointed to a presidential cabinet?

a)   Eleanor Roosevelt

b)   Frances Perkins

c)   Jeannette Rankin


3. In 2017, workers in which country clocked the most hours per week, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development?

a)   Costa Rica

b)   South Korea

c)   Mexico


4. What is the average number of hours worked per week by workers in Germany?

a)   26 hours a week

b)   33 hours a week

c)   40 hours a week


5. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, although workers under age 25 represented only about one-fifth of hourly paid workers, they made up about half of those paid the federal minimum wage or less in 2016.

a)   True

b)   False


Fuel Efficiency Standards


1.     According to the Environmental Protection Agency, diesel gasoline creates about ___% more carbon dioxide per gallon than regular unleaded.

a)    5% more

b)    15% more

c)     25% more


2.     Per the EPA, a typical passenger vehicle emits about _____metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, assuming the vehicle has a fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon and drives 11,500 miles a year.

a)    4.6 metric tons

b)    7.5 metric tons

c)     10.2 metric tons


3.     What is the name of the regulations that were enacted by Congress in 1975 to improve the average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks in the U.S.?

a)    Clean Power Plan (CPP)

b)    Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule

c)     Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)


4.     California is the only state permitted to issue emissions standards under the federal Clean Air Act. Other states may choose to follow California’s standards but may not set their own.

a)    True

b)    False

5.     Who is the lead sponsor of the Clean and Efficient Cars Act of 2018, which would block federal agencies from creating loopholes in emissions standards?

a)    Sen. Kamala Harris

b)    Rep. Carolos Curbelo

c)     Rep. Doris Okada Matsui



Aug 17, 2018

Trivia Answers for September 2018 Topics

Supreme Court

1. Inscribed above the 16 marble columns of the U.S. Supreme Court Building’s front entrance are the words_______________________.
a)  Guardians of the Constitution
b)  Equal Justice Under Law
c)   Iura Novit Curia (The Court Knows the Law)

2. The number of justices who sit on the Supreme Court is determined by Congress and is currently set at eight Associate Justices and one Chief Justice.
a) True
b)  False

3. Who was the first female Supreme Court justice?
a)  Sandra Day O’Connor
b)  Ruth Bader Ginsburg
c)  Elena Kagan
d)  Sonia Sotomayor

4. In April 2017, the Republican-led Senate lowered the number of votes needed to end debate on Supreme Court nominations to 51 instead of 60. This is commonly called what?
a)  Quorum call
b)  Filibuster
c)  Nuclear option

5. Which of the following Supreme Court nominees was either rejected by the Senate or withdrew their candidacy?
a)  Robert Bork
b)  Clarence Thomas
c)  Harriet Miers
d)  Both A and C

Bullying Laws

1. The definition of bullying recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes which of the following characteristics?
a)  Intentional aggression
b)  Power imbalance between aggressor and victim
c)  Repetition of the aggression
d)  All of the above

2. What  type of bullying is the most common form of bullying?
a)  Physical
b)  Verbal
c)  Cyber
d)  Sexual

3. How do you recognize someone who bullies?
a)  Size
b)  Gender
c)  Behavior
d)  Age

4. Who are young people most likely to report bullying to?
a)  Teacher
b)  Friend
c)  Family member
d)  Boyfriend or girlfriend

5. Boys are primarily bullied by boys and girls are primarily bullied by girls.
a)  True
b)  False


Apr 19, 2018

Trivia Answers - May 2018

Digital Privacy

1. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides expanded and new rights for EU individuals such as the right of ________, sometimes called the “right to be forgotten.”

a)    Restriction

b)    Notification

c)     Deletion


2. Facebook’s practice of tracking, collecting and storing users’ internet surfing data (even when they are not logged in) is a violation of European privacy law because Facebook did not have user _____.

a)    Consent

b)    Portability

c)     Opt-in


3. The European Union’s GDPR replaces the _________ of 1995 under which each of the 28 EU member countries operate their own interpretation of this law.

a)    Electronic Communications Privacy Act

b)    Data Protection Directive

c)     Privacy Regulation Proclamation


4. This November, California voters will vote on a ballot measure called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which gives Californians certain privacy rights, including:

a)    Right to say no to sale of personal information

b)    Right to Know What Personal Information is being collected

c)     Right to know whether personal information is sold or disclosed and to whom

d)    All of the above


Trade War


1. In a trade war, the involved countries often resort to an increased number of protectionist policies. This causes both nations to move toward a position of _____ or self-sufficiency.

a) Absolute advantage

b) Closed economy

c) Autarky


2. Which international organization is now responsible for developing and maintaining the system of international trade rules and dealing with trade disputes?

a) International Monetary Fund

b) World Trade Organization

c) The World Bank


3. What is the name of the ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West and was established during the Han Dynasty of China?

a) Silk Road

b) East West Corridor

c) Persian Royal Road


4. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, trade expansion benefits U.S. families and businesses by:

a) Supporting more jobs in our export sectors

b) Expanding the variety of products available to purchase

c) Encouraging investment and more rapid economic growth

d) All of the above


5. The official name of China’s currency or money is the yuan, which means the people’s currency. The renminbi is a unit of the currency.

a) True

b) False

Mar 21, 2018

Trivia Answers for April 2018 SGAP


1. The top three countries with the highest number of armed civilians are:

a)   United States, Yemen, Switzerland

b)   United States, Canada, Iraq

c)   United States, Serbia, Saudi Arabia


2. A semi-automatic firearm fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled while a fully automatic firearm fires multiple bullets with a single pull of the trigger.

a)    True

b)    False


3. According to the FBI’s “Expanded Homicide Data Table” for 2016, roughly 16,459 murders were committed in the U.S. in 2016. Of these, ___ were committed with firearms.

a)    64%

b)    73%

c)    85%


4. What are the three main types of firearms?

a)    Semi-automatics, pistols and rifles

b)    Pistols, handguns and shotguns

c)    Handguns, rifles and shotguns


5. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report,” dated Feb. 3, 2016, handguns comprised 62% of all new guns sold to civilians and law enforcement in 2014.

a)    True

b)    False



1. In a November 2017 report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that states and municipalities could gain ___________ in annual revenue if they could require online retailers to collect sales tax. 

a)   Between $500 million and $1 billion

b)   Between $1 and $4 billion

c)   Between $8 and $13 billion


2. Forty-six of the 50 states have a statewide sales tax.

a)   True 

b)   False


3. During the past three Congresses — including the 113th Congress (2013-2014), 114th Congress (2015-2016) and 115th Congress (2017-2018) — four internet sales tax bills were proposed. Which bill was approved by the Senate but not the House?

         a)   Marketplace Fairness Act 

         b)   Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2017 

         c)   Online Sales Simplification Act 

         d)   No Regulation Without Representation Act 


4. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 accounted for _____ of total retail sales. 

         a)   10.5% 

         b)   21%

         c)   29.4%


5. The Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement was created by the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures in the fall of 1999 to simplify sales tax collection.

a)    True

b)    False

Feb 16, 2018

Trivia Answers for March 2018

Offshore Drilling 1. The U.S. border is actually _________miles away from the coastline. This area around the country is called the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Jan 17, 2018

Trivia & Quiz Answers – February 2018

Net Neutrality 1. Appointed by President Donald Trump, ____is the current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman who supported the repeal of the net neutrality rules. a. Betsy DeVos b. Ajit Pai c. Jeff Sessions 2. According to the U.S. Internet Association, internet service provider investment showed no decline as a result of the net neutrality rules established in 2015. a. True b. False

Nov 08, 2017

Trivia & Quiz Answers - December 2017

Charter Schools 1. Which state passed the first laws allowing charter schools in what year?

Oct 18, 2017

Trivia Answers – November 2017 Newsletter

North Korea  

Sep 20, 2017

Trivia Answers – October 2017 Newsletter

War in Afghanistan 1. Since 2002, Congress has appropriated more than ____ for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, representing the largest expenditure to rebuild a country in the United States’ history.

Aug 10, 2017

Trivia Answers - September 2017 Newsletter

Dreamer Immigrants 1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released data that showed more than ____ Dreamer immigrants have received work permits and deportation relief since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created.

Apr 20, 2017

Trivia Answers – May 2017 Newsletter

SYRIAN MISSILE STRIKES 1. During the U.S. missile strike, 59 _____ cruise missiles were launched from the guided-missile destroyers USS Ross and Porter in the eastern Mediterranean.

Mar 20, 2017

Trivia Answers – April 2017 Newsletter

1. According to Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, does the President have the sole power to negotiate and sign a treaty? a.   Yes b.   No, the President must have the advice and consent of two-thirds of the Senate. c.   No, both the House and Senate must approve.

Feb 20, 2017

Trivia Answers – March 2017 Issue

Sanctuary Cities 1.  Which states have the largest populations of unauthorized immigrants?

Jan 19, 2017

Trivia Answers – February 2017 Issue

Charter Schools 1.  Which state passed the first laws allowing charter schools in what year?

Nov 22, 2016

Trivia Answers – December 2016 Issue

Vaccines 1. Polio was eliminated in the U.S. by 1979, due to vaccination efforts.

Oct 20, 2016

Trivia Answers - November 2016 Issue

Greater Sage-Grouse  1. According to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, at one time the greater sage-grouse population numbered in the millions, but is estimated to have dwindled to between ______ to _______ birds range-wide.

Sep 21, 2016

Trivia Answers – October 2016 Election Issue

Electoral College

Aug 18, 2016

Trivia Answers - September 2016

Net Neutrality 1. Which U.S. Senator called net neutrality “the First Amendment issue of our time,” referring to the right to free speech guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution? a. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) b. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) c. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) d. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

Apr 13, 2016

Trivia Answers – May/June 2016

Mar 22, 2016

Trivia Answers - April 2016

Apple v. FBI 1. Which of the following technology leaders have publicly supported Apple’s position? a. Sundar Pichai – Google CEO b. Bill Gates – Microsoft Co-Founder c. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook CEO d. A and C e. All of the Above

Feb 26, 2016

Trivia Answers - March 2016

Presidential Authority

Jan 22, 2016

Trivia and Resources - Feb. 2016


Nov 30, 2015

November/December 2015 Trivia and Resources

Student Loan Debt

Nov 03, 2015

October 2015 Trivia and Insights

Minimum Wage Issue

Oct 06, 2015

September 2015 Trivia and Insights

Restore the Oath of Allegiance Act:

Sep 15, 2015

August 2015 Trivia

Nov 20, 2014

November 2014 Trivia

Q. Who was the first Republican president to be elected?

Oct 10, 2014

October 2014 Trivia

Trivia Answers October, 2014 1. Lewis & Clark: (National Archives) In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson guided a splendid piece of foreign diplomacy through the U.S. Senate: the purchase of Louisiana territory from France. After the Louisiana Purchase Treaty was made, Jefferson initiated an exploration of the newly purchased land and the territory beyond the "great rock mountains" in the West. Jefferson chose his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, an intelligent and literate man who also possessed skills as a frontiersman. Lewis in turn solicited the help of William Clark, whose abilities as draftsman and frontiersman were even stronger. Lewis so respected Clark that he made him a co-commanding captain of the Expedition, even though Clark was never recognized as such by the government. Together they collected a diverse military Corps of Discovery that would be able to undertake a two-year journey to the great ocean. (From the National Archives) 2. A sudden thunderstorm, called a tornado by some: (Public Broadcasting System)  While historians and meteorologists can’t quite commit to whether D.C. experienced a serendipitous hurricane, tornado, tropical storm, or severe thunderstorm, they all agree that the weather turned quite nasty on the redcoats. According to one British account of the day the White House burned: Of the prodigious force of the wind it is impossible for you to form any conception. Roofs of houses were torn off by it, and whisked into the air like sheets of paper; while the rain which accompanied it resembled the rushing of a mighty cataract rather than the dropping of a shower. The darkness was as great as if the sun had long set and the last remains of twilight had come on, occasionally relieved by flashes of vivid lightning streaming through it; which, together with the noise of the wind and the thunder, the crash of falling buildings, and the tearing of roofs as they were stript from the walls, produced the most appalling effect I ever have, and probably ever shall, witness. This lasted for nearly two hours without intermission, during which time many of the houses spared by us were blown down and thirty of our men, besides several of the inhabitants, buried beneath their ruins. Our column was as completely dispersed as if it had received a total defeat, some of the men flying for shelter behind walls and buildings and others falling flat upon the ground to prevent themselves from being carried away by the tempest… 3. A potato famine: (National Archives) Between 1845 and 1850, a devastating fungus destroyed Ireland's potato crop. During these years, starvation and related diseases claimed as many as a million lives, while perhaps twice that number of Irish immigrated — 500,000 of them to the United States, where they accounted for more than half of all immigrants in the 1840s. Between 1820 and 1975, 4.7 million Irish settled in America. In 2002, more than 34 million Americans considered themselves to be of Irish ancestry, making Irish Americans the country's second-largest ethnic group.

Sep 09, 2014

September Trivia

Trivia During the Civil War, no flag became a more popular symbol of Union loyalty than the worn and imperiled standard belonging to 19th-century sea captain William Driver. His defiant flying of it—from his Nashville, Tennessee, household during the midst of the conflict— made national news. 1. One of our nation's most treasured relics is Old Glory. What is it? During the Civil War, no flag became a more popular symbol of Union loyalty than the worn and imperiled standard belonging to 19th-century sea captain William Driver. His defiant flying of it—from his Nashville, Tennessee, household during the midst of the conflict— made national news. 2. What is it? Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance? The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. 3. Presidents Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays are now officially celebrated as one federal holiday called "Presidents' Day." When is it? President’s Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated every year on the third Monday of February to honor George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and also all the Presidents of the country. 4. In the patriotic song, what did Yankee Doodle call the feather in his hat? Here are the words to the patriotic song: Yankee Doodle went to town Riding on a pony; He stuck a feather in his hat, And called it macaroni 5. Why were there 13 stars on the first flag? The first official national flag, was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. It contained 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies. 6. The Great Seal of the United States is a bald eagle. What two items does it hold in its claws? In one claw is an olive branch, while the other holds a bundle of thirteen arrows. The olive branch and arrows “denote the power of peace and war.”  

Aug 28, 2014

Trivia Answers - May 2014

Trivia Answers: Midterm Elections - November 4, 2014: The Senate will hold elections with 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested. Winners will serve six-year terms from January 3, 2015 to January 3, 2021. The House of Representatives will hold elections for all seats. Winners will serve two-year terms and will be considered for reelection every even year. In 36 states and three territories, elections for governors will be held. Additionally, special elections may be held to fill vacancies that occur during the 113th U.S. Congress. Q. When was the first quadrennial (recurring every four years) American election? Hint: The election spanned from a Monday, December 15 to a Saturday, January 10. A. 1788-1789 The United States presidential election of 1788–1789 was the 1st quadrennial presidential election. It was held from Monday, December 15, 1788 to Saturday, January 10, 1789. It was the first presidential election in the United States of America under the new United States Constitution, which was adopted on September 17, 1787, and the only election to ever take place partially in a year that is not a multiple of four. In this election, George Washington was unanimously elected for the first of his two terms as president, and John Adams became the first vice-president. Q. How old do you have to be to vote in a federal election in most, but not all, states? A. 18 The Twenty-Sixth Amendment reads: The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. Q. Do you have to show proof of American citizenship to vote? A. No