Now it's time for a new feature on this blog: the News Quiz! These are some questions about local (and some not-so-local) news events - whatever I find interesting.
1. So-called "Castle Doctrine" laws give citizens the right to do what?
A. Participate in medieval re-enactment.
B. Use lethal force to defend their homes.
C. Engage in collective bargaining over rent payments.
D. Build moats around their property.
2. Which of the following companies have been recently praised by gay-rights advocates, and why?
A. Verizon, for canceling a planned ad campaign that featured two characters getting "stuck" in a same-sex relationship due to a competitor's poor cell-phone service.
B. Bioware, a video game company, for announcing that the highly anticipated space-adventure video game sequel "Mass Effect 3" will provide the option to have the player's character engage in same-sex relationships with aliens.
C. Facebook, for giving users the option to set their Facebook status to "in a civil union" or "in a domestic partnership."
D. Wizards of the Coast, for printing a series of "Magic: The Gathering" cards that feature pairs of same-sex characters that get bonuses if you have both of them on the field at the same time.
3. A new iPhone app is designed to make it easier for religious believers to do what?
D. Find churches
4. The University of Illinois computer science department took it as praise recently when a report came out showing that the department is number one in what?
A. Academic integrity violations
B. Nobel Prize winners
C. Percentage of students using alcohol
D. Average number of Facebook friends