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1. The October 16, 2020 episode of "Real Time" closed with Maher criticizing one of his favorite targets: religion. He said that the United States Supreme Court had too many Catholics, considering that they are only 20% of the population but occupied 7 out of 9 seats and that the fastest-growing religion was actually "nones" (referring to atheism).
Which of these Supreme Court Justices had been nominated by Republican President Donald Trump in 2020 to serve in the highest court, prompting Maher to make this segment about the judge and their faith community, the People of Praise?
2. In August 2018, Maher used his editorial "New Rules" to criticize a growing group of supporters of then-President Donald Trump, claiming that "Republicans are now the conspiracy party". He referred to a mysterious figure at the center of a conspiracy theory who allegedly had a high security clearance and knew the secrets of the "deep state".
Maher then "revealed" that he was the leader of the movement, causing the audience to erupt in laughter. Which letter is associated with this conspiracy theory that Maher was mocking?
3. In the first episode of the 2019 season of "Real Time", Maher commented on the effects of a recent government shutdown on many Americans who were classified as middle class but were facing severe economic issues from missing a paycheck. He explained that when he was younger, the middle-class family represented having two cars, only one breadwinner, and a vacation, but that "little by little, the middle class got squeezed", and middle-class families now needed two breadwinners to survive.
Maher compared this practice of slowly losing the benefits of being in the middle class to which of the following industries, known for adding fees to previously complimentary services?
4. Evangelical Christians are often targeted in jokes by the politically incorrect host. In March 2019, a week after the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) took place, Maher pointed out that many were alluding to then-president Donald Trump as "chosen by God", and were comparing him to a certain biblical figure.
Which of the following, who was a ruler of Persia and was known in part for his liberation of Jewish people from Babylon, was featured in this "Real Time" joke?
5. The final New Rule for the September 13, 2019 episode of "Real Time" featured Bill ridiculing the practice of consumers rating and reviewing every service they receive, including platforms like Uber and Amazon and even experiences in airport bathrooms.
Which of the following products, sold by the brand Morton, did Bill use a review of to exemplify what he thinks is an absurd practice?
6. One of Maher's trademark stances is his view that political correctness is harmful to a free-thinking society (in fact, he used to have a show called "Politically Incorrect"). In 2018, Maher said that every generation could be called the "what were you thinking?" generation because people do things that in the future will be judged as insensitive or plain bad, but that we get better over time and that is all that should matter.
This criticism stemmed from recent instances of media commentators revisiting "troubling" scenes from older movies and TV shows like "The Breakfast Club" and "Friends". Which other TV show did Bill mention in this segment alluding to its characters Apu and Lisa?
7. Bill Maher has been known to denounce obesity and ask Americans to eat in a more healthy way than they do. In September 2019, Bill caused controversy because he said "fat-shaming doesn't need to end, it needs to make a comeback". His argument was that people who smoke or drink excessively are not celebrated, so those who eat unhealthy amounts of food shouldn't be praised either.
Maher made a politically charged comparison between the refusal of conservatives to study gun violence as a public health issue and liberals not acknowledging the dangers of obesity, saying that the latter group had become the NRA (National Rifle Association) of which condiment that pairs well with sandwiches?
8. In May 2017, Bill railed against tech companies like Facebook claiming that they were "selling an addictive product to children". He elaborated on the concept of "brain hacking" and how Silicon Valley companies purposefully design their products to be addictive. To which industry, also known for its addictive effects, did Maher compare social media? (Hint: he talked about Philip Morris in the segment.)
9. In June 2017, Bill used "New Rules" to propose a new holiday for single people: I Didn't Reproduce Day. One of his arguments was that not having children, though generally seen by society as something bad, had positive effects on the environment. Among other things, he said that not producing another child to consume valuable resources saved more than 9,000 tonnes of which element?
10. In May 2019, Bill cracked one of my favorite jokes when he expressed his dismay about the Mueller Report failing to convince the American people that then-President Trump had committed impeachable offenses. The segment was hysterical mainly because of the unique way he turned his grievances into a thought-provoking and funny segment.
Bill made fun of the situation through ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), an internet trend that gained popularity in 2019. Which of the following best describes what Bill did for half of the segment, attempting to emulate ASMR?
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