Let’s get crazy

    My travels continue. In my absence, I invite everyone to take my 2010 Midterm Crazy Quiz. As I say in the print column: No fair looking up the answers online. Fun for the whole family! Amaze your pets!

    And since the wacko factor is so prominent this year, here are two extra questions, for blog readers only:

    14. Rich Iott, a Republican congressional candidate in Ohio and a tea-party favorite, has been known on many occasions to dress up as

    (a) a southern plantation slave owner
    (b) a uniformed Soviet KGB agent
    (c) an armed paramilitary extremist
    (d) a KKK grand cyclops
    (e) a uniformed Nazi SS officer

    15. Late last week, when asked to explain and defend his fascinating choice of extracurricular weekend hobby, Iott told the press that it was just

    (a) “a cool way to experience history”
    (b) “a harmless way to blow off steam”
    (c) “an exciting fantasy, what’s it to ya?”
    (d) “a father and son bonding thing”
    (e) “a surprisingly fun way to meet women”

    And wacko factor aside, here’s an extra bonus question:

    16. With the economy in the pits on the eve of a midterm election, the press predicts big losses for the president’s party. The president is saddled with high unemployment, and is widely assailed for failing to create jobs. In the words of one typical newspaper dispatch: “Despite official data showing two quarters of modest growth, the economy has failed to spurt ahead as many had anticipated it would by now.” As a result, the president takes a deep dive in the polls and his party takes a heavy hit on Capitol Hill. Name this president.

    (a) Jimmy Carter in 1978
    (b) Bill Clinton in 1994
    (c) Barack Obama in 2010
    (d) none of the above

    Answers:
    14 (e), with a hat tip to Joshua Green
    15 (d)
    16 (d) It was Ronald Reagan, 1982

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.