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This week in FP's international news quiz: extreme weather, Afghanistan's future and a new discovery in the north.

A search and rescue team inspects homes that were destroyed in Grand Isle, Louisiana on September 2 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Win McNamee / Getty Images

September 3, 2021, 4:43 p.m.

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1. Extreme weather hit the eastern United States this week, with Hurricane Ida devastating communities from the Gulf Coast to New England. Ida is now considered to be the strongest storm that Louisiana has ever hit, alongside the last island hurricane of 1856 and Hurricane Laura of which year?

1930

1981

2004

2020

2. The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan this week, but it has not carried out any air strikes there. What term does the US military use to denote attacks from unknown locations in the Persian Gulf?

Strikes without a passport

Fast arrow hits

Strikes over the horizon

On-and-off strikes

3. Now that they are largely in control, who should the Taliban appoint as Afghanistan's new supreme leader?

Haibatullah Akhundzada

Mohammad Yaqoob

Abdullah Abdullah

Abdul Ghani Baradar

4. In order to prevent anti-government protests on Monday, the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir sent security forces to arrest demonstrators – and what tactics used in the 21st century?

Internet access disrupted nationwide

Identify protesters in real time using video surveillance cameras

Sending a fleet of drones to launch pro-government propaganda about the demonstrations

Issue an emergency alert to cell phone users asking them to stay home

5th U.S. President Joe Biden met with the world leader involved in the 2020 impeachment of former President Donald Trump this week. Think back – who was Trump accused of pressure to investigate Biden and his family?

French President Emmanuel Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Russian President Vladimir Putin

6. Talks between Venezuela's Maduro government and the country's opposition resumed this week. What is the name of the alliance of opposition parties?

Venezuelans together

The new coalition

Patriotic Venezuela

The uniform platform

Reply text: For more information on the Venezuelan opposition's new engagement, see this week's Latin America letter.

7. How long, according to a new report, could air pollution in India shorten the life expectancy of 480 million people?

Nine years

Nine months

Nine weeks

Nine days

8. In which state did a restrictive new abortion law go into effect this week?

Missouri

Colorado

Texas

Florida

9. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Friday that he would step down after a little over a year in office later this month. How many of his ten most recent prime ministers have made it to the two-year mark?

Nine

One

Three

seven

10. Researchers recently announced that they had discovered a new island that is believed to be the northernmost island in the world. Which country has claimed this far northern outpost?

Canada

Greenland

Russia

The United States

The tiny headland called Qeqertaq Avannarleq (Greenlandic for “the northernmost island”) “could disappear as soon as a strong new storm hits,” said the lead researcher of the team that discovered it.

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Are you a world news nerd? Try our weekly quiz!

1. Extreme weather hit the eastern United States this week, with Hurricane Ida devastating communities from the Gulf Coast to New England. Ida is now considered to be the strongest storm that Louisiana has ever hit, alongside the last island hurricane of 1856 and Hurricane Laura of which year?

1930

1981

2004

2020

2. The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan this week, but it has not carried out any air strikes there. What term does the US military use to denote attacks from unknown locations in the Persian Gulf?

Strikes without a passport

Fast arrow hits

Strikes over the horizon

On-and-off strikes

3. Now that they are largely in control, who should the Taliban appoint as Afghanistan's new supreme leader?

Haibatullah Akhundzada

Mohammad Yaqoob

Abdullah Abdullah

Abdul Ghani Baradar

4. In order to prevent anti-government protests on Monday, the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir sent security forces to arrest demonstrators – and what tactics used in the 21st century?

Internet access disrupted nationwide

Identify protesters in real time using video surveillance cameras

Sending a fleet of drones to launch pro-government propaganda about the demonstrations

Issue an emergency alert to cell phone users asking them to stay home

5th U.S. President Joe Biden met with the world leader involved in the 2020 impeachment of former President Donald Trump this week. Think back – who was Trump accused of pressure to investigate Biden and his family?

French President Emmanuel Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Russian President Vladimir Putin

6. Talks between Venezuela's Maduro government and the country's opposition resumed this week. What is the name of the alliance of opposition parties?

Venezuelans together

The new coalition

Patriotic Venezuela

The uniform platform

Reply text: For more information on the Venezuelan opposition's new engagement, see this week's Latin America letter.

7. How long, according to a new report, could air pollution in India shorten the life expectancy of 480 million people?

Nine years

Nine months

Nine weeks

Nine days

8. In which state did a restrictive new abortion law go into effect this week?

Missouri

Colorado

Texas

Florida

9. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Friday that he would step down after a little over a year in office later this month. How many of his ten most recent prime ministers have made it to the two-year mark?

Nine

One

Three

seven

10. Researchers recently announced that they had discovered a new island that is believed to be the northernmost island in the world. Which country has claimed this far northern outpost?

Canada

Greenland

Russia

The United States

The tiny headland called Qeqertaq Avannarleq (Greenlandic for “the northernmost island”) “could disappear as soon as a strong new storm hits,” said the lead researcher of the team that discovered it.

You scored

It's a big world out there! Keep up-to-date with what's happening around the world by subscribing to the Morning Brief, Foreign Policy's premier daily newsletter.

You scored

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Do you have any feedback? Email whatintheworld@foreignpolicy.com to let me know what you think.

Nina Goldmann is Assistant Lecturer at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @goldmannk

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