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LKL Quiz of the Year 2007

As a bit of seasonal fun, here’s a little quiz to test your knowledge of the events of the past year.

Question 1: Corporate crooks and corruption

An easy one to warm up with. Match the alleged quote with the appropriate chaebol

  1. The conglomorate had run a vast network that bribed government officials, prosecutors, tax collectors, journalists and scholars
  2. I don’t want to take a gamble on causing a crisis in the country’s economy
  3. The sentence of one year and six months is a bit too heavy

A. Hanwha
B. Hyundai
C. Samsung

Question 2: Why was an octopus in the news this year?

  1. For causing the death of a vegetarian film critic, shocked by watching a scene from Oldboy
  2. For finding some Koryo dynasty pottery on the seabed
  3. For assaulting a Cheju Island diver (haenyo)

Question 3: What would you be doing if you were “toying with a duck’s legs”?

  1. Executing a particularly difficult b-boy dance manoeuvre
  2. Playing baduk – and about to be beaten by a particularly sophisticated strategy
  3. Engaging in some Joseon dynasty rumpy-pumpy

Question 4: Who is reported to have said: “I admit that even if I left the writing of my thesis to someone else, and that person plagiarized, the mistake is with me”?

  1. Shin Jeong-ah, apparently not only too idle to do her own work, but also careless enough to hire someone too idle to do the job properly
  2. Hyundai Motor chairman Chung Mong-koo, talking hypothetically in one of his lectures on corporate governance
  3. Junko Sagawa, the Japanese student propositioned by her professor

Question 5: Who has been named among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry?

  1. Jeon Do Yeon, following her performance in “Secret Sunshine”
  2. Kim Yun-jin, for her popular following in “Lost”
  3. BoA, for her continued chart success in Japan

Question 6: Who said: “Sexiness is my weapon” – and what war was she fighting?

  1. Ivy, in the battle of the K-pop charts
  2. Hyolee, in the battle to conquer Japan
  3. Shin Jeong-ah, in the battle for influence in the art world

Answers next week.

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