April 2016

Women in Politics

Over the last several decades, considerable progress has been made when it comes to women in politics. In some countries, women account for nearly half of parliament members. Most other nations lag far behind. We wonder: Which country has the largest share of women in its national parliament?

A. Sweden
B. United States
C. Cuba
D. Rwanda
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Bees and Honey

Since about 2006, domesticated bee colonies in North America and Europe have been collapsing at high rates. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the global bee crisis are true?

A. It could could eventually devastate agricultural production.
B. The crisis has already reshaped global honey trade in recent years.
C. Use of some pesticides plays an important role.
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Antarctica’s Ice Sheets Melt

As the global warming trend continues, the deterioration of Antarctica’s ice sheets is fast becoming a matter of worldwide concern. We wonder: Which of the following statements related to the melting of Antarctica’s ice are true?

A. Sea levels have risen 7.5 cm (2.9 in) since 1997.
B. Recent meltwater could fill a US- or China-sized reservoir 10 cm (4 in) deep.
C. Sea levels could rise by 1.5-1.8 meters (5-6 feet).
D. Sea levels could rise by 13.1 meters (43 feet).
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