August 2014

Erdogan’s Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was inaugurated as Turkey’s first directly elected president on August 28. He had previously served as the country’s prime minister since 2003 and overseen a lengthy economic boom. We wonder: Where does Turkey now rank in terms of global economic competitiveness?

A. 17th
B. 44th
C. 53rd
D. 69th

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Eradicating Polio

The reemergence of the Ebola virus in West Africa has brought global attention to the tragic consequences of communicable diseases. One such disease, polio, was a dreaded presence throughout the 20th century — but has now been eradicated from all but a few countries. We wonder: Which three countries have never eradicated polio?

A. Afghanistan
B. Pakistan
C. Iraq
D. Nigeria

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Global Travel Champion

The peak summer travel season is well underway in the northern hemisphere. This means that shopping districts from Los Angeles to London to Berlin are full of people with their dollars and pounds and euros. We wonder: Which nation spent the most on international tourism in 2013?

A. United States
B. Germany
C. China
D. Russia

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Lights Out in Sub-Saharan Africa?

The ability to turn on a light, heat a home, use a computer, or keep food and medicine cold is something most people don’t think much about — until they lack the electricity to do these things. For many Africans, it is a daily problem. We wonder: What percentage of Sub-Saharan Africans have regular access to electricity?

A. 20%
B. 32%
C. 55%
D. 99%

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Africa Rising

In early August, U.S. President Barack Obama will host a summit of African leaders in Washington, D.C. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the state of Africa’s economy are correct?

A. Africa has more than half of the world’s fastest growing economies.
B. Foreign investment in Africa is at a record high.
C. External trade is booming, while internal trade is languishing.
D. Africa’s middle class is growing, but more slowly than the overall economy.

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