The Washington Times - October 2, 2008, 05:05PM


Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been asked some tough questions. But as she told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show recently, “I’m not going to pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrelful. I’m going to take those shots and those pop quizzes and just say that’s OK, those are good testing grounds.” So here is a pop quiz for Mrs. Palin:


1.) Who is the head of the Department of Finance in the Swiss Federal Council and which national paramilitary event did he attend in July?

A.) Hans-Rudolf Merz; the National Boy Scout Jamboree of Switzerland.

2.) Yevgeny Shaposhnikov was an aide to the President of the Russian Federation with what retired general of the Ministerstvo Vnutrennikh Del who is now the State Duma deputy from Chechnya?

A.) Aslambek Aslakhanov, as every fifth-grader in Grosny knows.

3.) Gen. Xu Qilang, commander of the People’s Liberation Army’s air force, is a member of what Chinese governmental organization known as the Zhongyang Junshi Weiyuanhui in pinyin?

A.) The Central Military Commission, of course.

4.) Name three people who were born in Kulob, Tajikistan.

A.) Current Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov, Canadian media entreprenuer Moses Znaimer and Tajik pop singer Manija Dawlatova, who everyone knows as the Madonna of Central Asia.

5.) In the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, what was the name of the Radical Republican jurist who served pro bono as the lead counsel for the plantiff, Homer Plessy?

A.) Albion Tourgee.