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1 Who did President Obama nominate as his next secretary of state?

(a) Former President Bill Clinton.

(b) Television political commentator Rachel Maddow (We can dream).

(c) U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

(d) U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

2 What does the anaerobic digestion process, now under consideration in Amherst, achieve?

(a) Weight loss without perspiration.

(b) Impressive use of vowels.

(c) One more cha-ching for the planet.

(d) Energy generation from waste organic matter.

3 A barn was torn down in Amherst in November. So what’s happening next month that has to do with this once barn?

(a) A better barn will be built on the spot.

(b) A barn vigil will be in its third month of mourning.

(c) TV political commentator Rachel Maddow will broach the subject on her show.

d) The action will be subject of a second demolition delay bylaw hearing by the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

4 State Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, said this of a constituent: “It’s the only present she wants.” What is the gift?

(a) Continued Saturday mail delivery.

(b) Stronger gun control in Massachusetts.

(c) Story’s re-election.

(d) A bus-stop bench.

5 Who was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year?

(a) Tennis pro Serena Williams

(b) Former Olymic long-distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton.

(c) TV political commentator Rachel Maddow (For going the distance during the election).

(d) Olympic gymnastics champion Gabbie Douglas.

6 Statistics show what change in Amherst community life this fall?

(a) A doubling in the number of street vendors.

(b) A majority of Town Meeting members are no longer Amherst natives.

(c) Leaf blowers now outnumber rakes.

(d) A nearly threefold increase in “nuisance house” violations.

7 The Northampton Center for the Arts will no longer sponsor First Night events in Northampton after this year. What headline did the Gazette use for this breaking story Thursday?

(a) Who’s On First Night?

(b) No More Dick Clark. No More First Night?

(c) Can TV political commentator Rachel Maddow save First Night?

(d) Last Night for First Night?

8 A new unit of the Northwestern District Attorney’s office targets what sorts of crimes?

(a) Financial.

(b) Metaphysical.

(c) Political.

(d) Musical.

9 Who have the Boston Red Sox landed as their newest closer?

(a) Dick Radatz of days gone by.

(b) Jonathan Pabelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies.

(c) TV political commentator Rachel Maddow (For throwing all those fastballs at the opposition).

(d) Joel Hanrahan of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

10 A makeover at the Tower Theaters in South Hadley gives customers what new option?

(a) Locally sourced popcorn.

(b) Alternative endings via iPad.

(c) Watching movies in Ford Mustang bucket seats.

(d) Viewing from home via Skype.

Answers: 1-d; 2-d, with credit for c; 3-d; 4-d; 5-d; 6-d; 7-d; 8-a; 9-d; 10-c

Monte’s answer: a

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