Readings — From the June 2017 issue

Confirmation B.S.

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From a quiz drafted by the police department of Long Beach, California, and used as part of a training presentation. The quiz was cited in a report by the A.C.L.U. in February.

1. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot by

(a) Superman

(b) Jay Leno

(c) Harry Potter

(d) Male Muslim extremists between the ages of seventeen and forty

 

2. In 1979, the U.S. Embassy in Iran was taken over by

(a) Lost Norwegians

(b) Elvis Presley

(c) A tour bus full of eighty-year-old women

(d) Male Muslim extremists between the ages of seventeen and forty

 

3. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a sixty-nine-year-old passenger murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by

(a) The Smurfs

(b) Davy Jones

(c) The Little Mermaid

(d) Male Muslim extremists between the ages of seventeen and forty

 

4. The W.T.C. was attacked, killing 3,000 innocent people, by

(a) Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Wile E. Coyote

(b) The Supreme Court of Florida

(c) Mr. Bean and the Vicar of Dibley

(d) Male Muslim extremists mostly between the ages of seventeen and forty

 

5. The United States fought a war in Afghanistan with

(a) Enron

(b) Captain Kangaroo

(c) The N.F.L.

(d) Male Muslim extremists mostly between the ages of seventeen and forty

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