WorldQuest New York 2008 Resource Guide
The resources listed below may provide assistance to advisors and students preparing to
play the third WorldQuest New York competition. You may also substitute in-class
resources, maps, and more to prepare for the competition.
Round One - Current Events
This round will feature questions about global leaders and individuals who have been
involved in major events from September 2008 through November 2008.
http://www.nytimes.com – The New York Times
Round Two – Global Population
This round will consist of questions about demographic shifts and surges taking place
around the globe.
http://www.prb.org/Datafinder/Topic/List.aspx?category=10 - Population
Reference Bureau DataFinder, World Population Trends
Round Three- Great Decisions 2008
Questions for this round will be drawn from the Great Decisions 2008 articles.
Great Decisions 2008
*Please contact FPA for copies of the Great Decisions 2008 briefing book
Round Four - International Film 2008
This round will be on international film festivals held in 2008, as well as the directors,
actors, and production companies involved in the movies premiering at the festivals, and
the winners of “Official Selection” accolades.
http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/festival.html - Cannes International Film
http://tiff08.ca/default.aspx - 2008 Toronto Film Festival
http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema - 2008 Venice Film Festival
Round Five – Global Business Technology
Students will be asked about the latest technological developments allowing businesses to
link to global markets to other institutions around the world.
http://blogs.wsj.com/biztech - Wall Street Journal Business Technology Blog
http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm - World Internet Usage Statistics
http://www.nsf.gov/about/history/nsf0050/pdf/internet.pdf - National Science
Foundation’s The Internet
Round Six- New York Times Upfront
Students will be asked general knowledge questions about the global news articles
appearing in selected issues of the New York Times Upfront publication.
The New York Times Upfront
*Please contact FPA for copies of The New York Times Upfront which
are not available online.
Round Seven- Lebanon
This round will consist of questions about the country of Lebanon; including its
government, economics, flags, geography, and languages spoken. Students should also
be prepared to answer questions related to news stories about Lebanon from 2008.
CIA World Factbook: Lebanon
http://lebanon.foreignpolicyblogs.com/ - FPA Foreign Policy Blog
non/index.html?scp=1&sq=topic%20page%20lebanon&st=cse – New York
Times Topic Page: Lebanon
Round Eight – Biotechnology and Genetics
This round will consist of questions about the development of genetics research and
biotechnology, including the Human Genome Project and the genetic engineering of
http://www.genome.gov/ - National Human Genome Research Institute
o http://www.genome.gov/10001772 - The Human Genome Project
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal?navid=BIOTECH – Agricultural
Biotechnology, United States Department of Agriculture
Round Nine - Water
This round will consist of questions about the impact of water scarcity throughout the
Great Decisions 2005 -*Please contact FPA for copies of this article
http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/water/map.html - “Atlas of a Thirsty
Planet”, Global Water Crisis, Nature Publishing Group
is/default.stm - “World Water Crisis,” BBC News interactive feature
Round Ten- Transnational Crime
This round will consist of questions about organized crime, global terrorism, and
trafficking in humans, drugs, and arms.
http://www.interpol.int - Interpol
http://www.unodc.org – United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime
http://www.fbi.gov/homepage.htm - Federal Bureau of Investigation
www.bbcnews.com – BBC News
www.nytimes.com – The New York Times
www.ft.com – The Financial Times
www.fpa.org/blogs/ - Foreign Policy Association blogs
www.state.gov/countries/ - U.S. Department of State
www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ - CIA World