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News Quiz: What Do You Remember About 2021?

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Out with the old (year) and in with the new! It’s 2022… and that means it’s time for our annual TKN news quiz! Here’s a fun look back at the stories we covered in 2021 to see how much you remember about the year’s events. And hey, if you want to assign points and prizes go right ahead! (Be sure to let us know how you did, on our Facebook page.)

What did 2021 hold for TKN? Oh yes–that’s the year we won international recognition for our One Good Thing series. So that was one good thing, at least. If you’re looking for some good news, you can see our entire (ahem, award-winning) One Good Thing series here:

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Now, on with the quiz!

  1. In January 2021, someone who was then a world leader was banned from the social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. Who was it, and why were they banned? Click here for the TKN article that will give you the answer.

Key words: banned

2. On Jan. 20, 2021, a new leader was elected in the United States. Who was it? Who became his vice-president? Click here for the TKN article that will give you the answer.

Key words: vice president

3. On Feb. 18 2021, NASA’s newest rover landed on what planet? Why did it go there? Bonus point if you can remember the name of that rover. Click here for the TKN article that will give you the answers. Here’s another TKN article on exploration of that planet in 2021.

Key words: NASA rover

4. In February 2021, the Internet was abuzz with a certain basic food item that many Canadians had noticed a change in. What is that food item and how was it different? Bonus points: What are some people saying the reason for the change is? Click here for the answers in our TKN article.

Key words: farmers

5. In March 2021, the Suez Canal was blocked by something. Can you remember what blocked it, preventing more than 300 ships from using the canal to transport products? Bonus: What was the name of the thing that got stuck? Click here for the answers.

Key words: suez canal

6. A member of the British royal family passed away at the age of 99, in April 2021. What is his name and what was his relationship to the Queen of England? Bonus point: Name one of his many titles. Click here for the TKN article.

Key word: 99

7. What is a “Canadian tuxedo”? Why was it on display in 2021? Click here for the answers as well as the surprising “origin story” for this outfit. (Bonus point if you, someone in your family or your teacher have ever worn a Canadian tuxedo, whether you’re Canadian or not.)

Key word: tuxedo

8. In April 2021, a 10-year-old Saskatoon girl drew something that IKEA turned into a toy. What did Audrey Rogalski draw? Click here to find out.

Key word: ikea

9. In June 2021 our Science Reporter, Monique Conrod, reported on a type of animal that scientists believe can detect COVID-19. What animal is it and how does it identify the virus? Click here for the TKN article with the answers.

10. In July 2021, Mary Simon was chosen for an important job. What is her title? Name some of her many accomplishments. Click here for more information about Mary Simon.

Key words: Mary Simon

11. What is “AUKUS”? Click here if you can’t quite remember what AUKUS stands for or why it’s significant.

Key word: AUKUS

12. On Sept. 20, 2021, who was re-elected to form the government and lead Canada (name the political party and its leader)? Click here for more information about that election.

Key words: Canadian election 44th

13. In October, 2021, drug manufacturer Pfizer asked for (and later received) approval for a COVID-19 vaccine they could give which age group? Click here for the TKN article.

Key words: pfizer age

14. In November 2021, 120 world leaders met to discuss climate change. Where did they meet? What well-known activist stayed outside (and why)? Click here for the TKN article with the answers.

Key words: leaders climate change

15. TKN’s Science Reporter Monique Conrod assured pet owners that their dogs and cats don’t need a COVID-19 vaccine. Why is that? Click here for the fascinating article about why your pet is safe from the virus.

Key word: pets

16. In 2021, New York City in the United States discovered an unusual way to clean some of the pollution from its Hudson River. What are they using to do that and how does it work? Click here for the answers in our TKN article.

Key word: hudson

Well, that’s it! How’d you do? Did you remember them all? Did you check out our articles to help spark your memory and gather more facts?

We hope you enjoyed it! We’ll see you back here every week for a new article in 2022. And if you are enjoying and using TKN, please post photos and comments in our Twitter feed or on our Facebook page. Thank you!