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News Quiz: What Do You Remember About 2020?

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Phew! Aren’t you glad 2020 is over? People all around the world heaved a sigh of relief at midnight on December 31, knowing that a truly terrible year was finally behind us. We could all look forward to a better year in 2021.

A lot happened in 2020, most notably the pandemic, of course. But not everything that happened in 2020 was bad. The pandemic brought out a lot of good in people, who shared and helped each other through their difficulties.

In fact, those “good things” inspired our series “One Good Thing.” Each “One Good Thing” post on TKN is about something wonderful or inspirational that happened during the pandemic. And each post is accompanied by an illustration by a Canadian children’s artist. You can read all of TKN’s “One Good Thing” articles here. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, they’re a great read.

Enjoy our 2020 News Quiz and see how many questions you get right. This year, for the first time in a decade, we’re not awarding points for right answers. We’re not deducting points for wrong answers. Let’s all just be kind to ourselves and take the pressure off. It’s been a tough year and we all deserve a break.

See if you can answer these questions about things that happened in 2020. The link beside each question will take you to the TKN article that will give you the answer. Have fun!

  1. Here’s an obvious one, but it has to be asked: What happened to people around the world in 2020 (for some, it started in 2019).
    Click here for a link to the March 2020 TKN article that answers this question.

    And here’s another link to a TKN article from earlier—January 27—about this as well.

    And in September we published this related article.
  2. In February 2020, a Zamboni driver did something really cool. Who was it, and what did he do that made him a “hockey hero”?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

3. In March 2020, protests began in British Columbia, sparked by something that Coastal GasLink was doing on Wet’suwet’en land. What was Coastal GasLink trying to do that caused outrage not just in BC but across Canada?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

4. In February 2020, Christina Koch made history. Who is she and what did she do?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

5. In February 2020, US president Donald Trump was found not guilty at his impeachment trial. What were the two things he was found “not guilty” of doing?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

6. BLM. What do these initials mean? Explain what it means to you.
Related: On May 25, 2020, something happened to a Black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that woke people around the world up to racial injustice against Blacks. What is his name?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

7. An inspirational judge with the interesting nickname “Notorious RBG” passed away in September 2020. Who was she and why was she so inspirational to so many?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

8. In October 2020, Canada’s government announced it would be banning something. What was it, and why was it banned?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

9. In October, New Zealanders elected someone by a huge margin—by a landslide. Who did they elect as their Prime Minister and why is that person so well-liked?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

10. Speaking of elections, voters in the United States elected a new president and vice-president, with more votes (74 million) than any other American president in history. Who will be sworn in on January 20, 2021 as the 46th president of the United States? Who will be that person’s vice-president?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

11. In early December 2020, 91-year-old Margaret Keenan in the UK was given something very special and extremely valuable. In fact, she was the first person to receive it. What did she get? And why is it significant?

Click here for the TKN article that answers this question.

Well, how’d you do? Did you learn something new? Have fun? We hope you enjoyed our 2020 quiz and we wish you a wonderful–and much improved–new year!