How worldly are you?
If you have a 100-lek note in your pocket, what country are you inâ¢
Which nation was born of a war between Pakistan and India?
How about something closer to home: Where was the first Hindu Temple built in the U.S.â¢
If you’ve got the answers, you might be ready for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s second annual pop quiz Oct. 5.
The inaugural quiz last year drew more than 200 participants from corporations, universities and social service agencies who competed in teams of four to six and flaunted their knowledge in current events, world leaders, cities and flags. It is modeled after a world affairs game created by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, N.C.
“It challenges, in a lighthearted way, each team’s awareness,” said quiz coordinator Elisa Vettier, the council’s director of community relations. “We wanted a neat community event enticing to international people and internationally minded people.”
This year Vettier is expecting nearly 300 participants. So far, many of the 70 or so early-bird registrants are veterans of last year’s quiz.
Among them is Nimo Tirimanne, who is now trying to recruit more of his colleagues at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh to take up the challenge.
But for Tirimanne, a Morningside resident and Sri Lanka native, “the subject matter is not intimidating.”
“I had multiple years of experience of being exposed to the world,” said Tirimanne. “Knowing the rest of the world — and keeping up with it — is like second nature.”
For Linda Plowman, academic director of advertising at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, the pop quiz links fun and education for her students.
“This is a fun way to enable them to test their knowledge. They want to know about world affairs, but it impacts them in the marketplace,” said Plowman. In no time, she assembled two teams of seven players, most of them students.
“The students are very excited about it,” she said. “It got a buzz around the school.”
And, the answers to the three questions are Albania, Bangladesh and Monroeville.
How to participate
Form your team of four to six players or come on your own to join other individual contestants. Registration is $20. Call the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh at (412) 281-7972 to register.