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The '00s: Top 50 Questions of the Decade
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Time magazine declared the first 10 years of the 21st century the "Decade from Hell" -- what else would you call a decade that started off with the deadliest terrorist attack in history and ended with global economic collapse? How well you remember the events that happened in the years from 2000 through 2009?

The merger of these two companies in 2000 was the first of the decade's many major corporate mergers and buyouts.

  • Disney and ABC
  • Time Warner and AOL
  • Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs
  • Yahoo and Microsoft
  • Time Warner and Microsoft
  • IBM and Apple

What was the final price of the massive U.S. stimulus program approved by Congress in 2009?

  • $462 billion
  • $588 billion
  • $691 billion
  • $787 billion
  • $856 billion

The epicenter of the earthquake that caused the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami was off the coast of which island in the Indian Ocean?

  • Sri Lanka
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sumatra
  • Borneo

Who won the 2008 Iowa Republican caucus?

  • Mitt Romney
  • Mike Huckabee
  • John McCain

What's the name of the pilot who successfully landed US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January 2009?

  • Chesley B. Sullenberger III
  • Charles F. Sullenberg Jr.
  • Charles D. Sullenberger
  • Chesley R. Sullenberg III

What were the names of Saddam Hussein's sons who were killed by U.S. troops in July 2003?

  • Usay and Quday
  • Uday and Qusay

From which airline was the first airplane to hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001?

  • United
  • US Air
  • American

Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House, is from what state?

  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • California
  • South Carolina
  • Washington
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Minnesota

The U.S. military perhaps came closest to capturing Osama bin Laden in late 2001, when he was reportedly hiding in caves in this Afghan region.

  • Baghran
  • Tora Bora
  • Kandahar
  • Mianeshin
  • Khakrez
  • Panjwai

Sarah Palin was the mayor of which Alaskan town?

  • Talkeetna
  • Chickaloon
  • Eagle River
  • Fishhook
  • Haines
  • Wasilla
  • Cicely
  • Tainaina

In President Bush's State of the Union address in 2003, he claimed that Iraq had bought this type of uranium from Niger in an effort to make weapons of mass destruction.

  • pound cake
  • yellow cake
  • shortcake
  • red cake

Which of these companies went bankrupt over the course of the decade?

  • GM, Kmart, United Airlines
  • Chevrolet, Toys 'R' Us, AirTran
  • Ford, Best Buy, Delta Airlines

Where did United Airlines flight 93 crash on Sept. 11, 2001?

  • Ligonier, Pa.
  • Shanksville, Pa.
  • New Lebanon, Pa.
  • Ulstertown, Pa.
  • Somerset, Pa.

Which presidential candidate effectively ruined his political career by yelling during a concession speech in 2004?

  • Richard Gephardt
  • Dennis Kucinich
  • John Edwards
  • Howard Dean
  • John Kerry

What song was playing during the final scene of "The Sopranos"?

  • "Panama" by Van Halen
  • "Patience" by Guns 'n' Roses
  • "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos
  • "Photograph" by Def Leppard
  • "Don’t Stop Believin'" by Journey

What investment bank's declaration of bankruptcy is considered to be the start of the global economic collapse of 2008?

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Merrill Lynch
  • JPMorgan Chase

The first major American military campaign against the Taliban was called Operation _______.

  • Afghan Freedom
  • Rescue Dawn
  • Mountain Thunder
  • Python
  • Desert Surge
  • Anaconda
  • Titan

How many bombs were detonated in the July 7, 2005, attack on the London public transportation system?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6

The U.S. government has labeled the widespread killing in this African region genocide, but the United Nations hasn't gone that far.

  • Darfur
  • Zaghawa
  • Haroun

In May 2003, Paul Bremer III, the White House envoy to Iraq, signed the second Coalition Provisional Authority order. What did it do?

  • allowed the bombing of Baghdad
  • disbanded the Iraqi military
  • put a reward on the head of Saddam Hussein

What category was Hurricane Katrina when it made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005?

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Who was the CEO of Enron during its dramatic downfall?

  • Bill Allen
  • Dennis Kozlowski
  • Kenneth Lay

In what year did Ronald Reagan die?

  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009

In what year did Gerald R. Ford die?

  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009

When did Pope John Paul II die?

  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009

For which movie did Halle Berry win the Best Actress Oscar in 2003?

  • "Monsters Inc."
  • "Monster"
  • "Monster's Ball"

A suicide bomb detonated in a Balinese nightclub on Oct. 12, 2002. What was the club's name?

  • Buddha Bar
  • Paddy's Pub
  • Moonshots
  • Spanish Fly
  • The Lotus Club

Ukrainian opposition leader and presidential candidate Viktor Yuschenko became disfigured in 2004, apparently by what type of poisoning?

  • radiation
  • arsenic
  • hemlock
  • food
  • anthrax
  • dioxin
  • lead

What was the magnitude of the earthquake that killed more than 70,000 people in the Sichuan region of China on May 12, 2008?

  • 7.9
  • 8.2
  • 8.6

How long after the 2000 presidential election was George W. Bush officially declared the winner?

  • 6 days
  • 11 days
  • 14 days
  • 25 days
  • 31 days
  • 36 days

How many crew members were killed when the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed upon reentry on Feb. 1, 2003?

  • 3
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

Who was the first American woman to die in the Iraq war?

  • Stacy Manzarek
  • Lisa Merriwether
  • Joanna Gould
  • Lori Piestewa

Which birthday did Elian Gonzalez celebrate in 2009?

  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17

What's the full title of the first Harry Potter movie, released on Nov. 16, 2001?

  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
  • "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
  • "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
  • "Harry Potter and the Demon Love Child"
  • "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
  • "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

What was the name of the hotel in Mumbai where hostages were held during the terrorist attacks of Nov. 2008?

  • Mumbai Grand
  • Star of India
  • Taj Mahal Palace
  • Bombay Palace
  • Mumbai Trident

Who played Jesus in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"?

  • Nick Stahl
  • Ben Chaplin
  • James Franco
  • Adrien Brody
  • Jim Caviezel

How many people died in the anthrax-letter attacks of late 2001?

  • 1
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 18

In which state was the first legal gay marriage in the United States performed?

  • California
  • Vermont
  • New York
  • Iowa
  • New Hampshire

How many people died in the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech in April 2007?

  • 17
  • 33
  • 42

How many months did Martha Stewart spend in prison?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5

Approximately how many American troops have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in this decade?

  • 500,000
  • 750,000
  • 1.5 million
  • 2 million

Terri Schiavo died on March 31, 2005. How long had she been on life support?

  • four years
  • seven years
  • 12 years
  • 15 years
  • 24 years

Where was American Airlines flight 587 headed on Nov. 12, 2001, when it crashed shortly after takeoff in Queens, N.Y.?

  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • Havana, Cuba
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Nassau, Bahamas

On March 11, 2004, 191 people were killed by train bombs in what city?

  • London
  • Tel Aviv
  • Cairo
  • Paris
  • Shanghai
  • Jakarta
  • Madrid

Michael Phelps beat Serbia's Milo Cavic by one one-thousandth of a second in what event to win his seventh gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games?

  • 200-meter freestyle
  • 400-meter individual medley
  • 100-meter butterfly
  • 100-meter breaststroke
  • 50-meter freestyle
  • 200-meter butterfly
  • 400-meter freestyle

The biggest blackout in U.S. history struck in 2003. How many states were affected?

  • four
  • five
  • six
  • seven
  • eight
  • nine

As of the end of 2009, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have how many biological children and how many adopted children?

  • three adopted, two biological
  • three adopted, three biological
  • four adopted, two biological
  • all adopted

Who was Florida's secretary of state during the 2000 presidential election?

  • Kathryn Harrison
  • Katherine Harris
  • Kathleen Harris
  • Kathryn Harrison
  • Kathleen Harrison

The 2004 Super Bowl became famous because of a wardrobe malfunction. What teams played in that game?

  • Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots
  • Saint Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles
  • New York Giants and Chicago Bears
  • Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots
  • Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals
  • Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles

Which former American Idol contestant has sold the most albums around the world?

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Chris Daughtry