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1. This cartoon character became a political icon in 2008 when his candidacy for President of the United States was announced.
Stewie Griffin
Stan Smith
Ralph Wiggum
2. Which of these American Idol contestants did not lose their record contract in 2008?
David Archuleta
Taylor Hicks
Blake Lewis
Katharine McPhee
3. The career of this 1980s pop star received an unlikely boost when his music became the inspiration for the title of every episode of Eli Stone, a show in which he also guest starred.
Bryan Adams
Rick Astley
George Michael
Rick Springfield
4. If you are the president of the Al Kaplon fan club, you're a huge fan of the portly actor who played the tournament referee in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. You probably also would have been a devotee of this competition TV show, which featured your man Al as the official:
American Gladiators
Greatest American Dog
I Survived a Japanese Game Show
5. This smartie/hottie published a book in August called Kiss My Math:
Jeri Ryan
Christina Applegate
Danica McKellar
Tori Spelling
6. Which of the following Rolling Stone covers is not from an issue published in 2008?

7. Which of the following was NOT a celebrity baby name from 2008?
Bronx Mowgli
Sunday Rose
Buster Timothy
Barack Maxwell
8. "The taste of her cherry Chapstick" was mentioned in a hit song by which artist?
Katy Perry
Leona Lewis
Kanye West
9. Which magazine ran a controversial cover depicting Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim?
New Yorker
The Weekly Standard
The Atlantic
10. Which daily comic strip ended its original run in August 2008, but continued publication by re-telling its original story?
Rose Is Rose
The Boondocks
For Better or Worse
11. Which of these classic TV shows was not revived in 2008?
American Gladiators
Happy Days
Knight Rider
12. Advertising for which TV show emblazoned with "OMFG" caused controversy?
Gossip Girl
America's Next Top Model
13. Which musical act was featured in a documentary by Martin Scorsese?

14. Which funnyman mounted a campaign to see his Christmas album topple Kanye West's release from the top of the iTunes chart?
Stephen Colbert
Craig Ferguson
Jay Leno
David Letterman
15. Guns N' Roses finally released its Chinese Democracy album right before Thanksgiving. Aside from Axl Rose, who was the only Gunner who had contributed to the Use Your Illusion albums to play on Chinese Democracy?
Gilby Clarke
Izzy Stradlin
Dizzy Reed
16. Who appeared on the cover of the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?
Ana Beatriz Barros
Marisa Miller
Tori Praver
The Denver Broncos
17. Which singer had a Top 20 hit that shared a name with a film that spent multiple weeks at the top of the box office in 2007?
Taylor Swift
Mary J. Blige
18. Vanity Fair caused a stir when it ran a topless photo shoot, directed by Annie Leibovitz, of which young star?
Sabrina Bryan
Miley Cyrus
Vannessa Hudgens
Dakota Fanning
19. Which actress had a recurring guest role in a CBS sitcom and starred in commercials in which she was plagued by ill-fitting underwear?
Sarah Gilbert
America Ferrera
Brittany Snow
Sarah Chalke
20. The word "uncool" was pivotal in the trumped-up feud between which two famous people?
Angelina Jolie & Jennifer Aniston
Elisabeth Hasselbeck & Joy Behar
Lauren Conrad & Heidi Montag
Jessica Simpson & Carrie Underwood
21. Which music star/act passed Elvis Presley for the second most No. 1 singles on the Billboard singles chart, and is now behind only The Beatles on the all-time list:
Carrie Underwood
Mariah Carey
22. Scarlett Johansson had a busy year. She appeared in movies. She auctioned off a mucus-encrusted tissue for charity. And she released an album featuring covers of which singer/songwriter?
Leonard Cohen
Tom Waits
Joni Mitchell
Elvis Costello
23. Which video game title released its World Tour edition?
Grand Theft Auto
Rock Band
Call of Duty
Guitar Hero
24. We saw some cool album covers in 2008. Which correctly pairs the album cover with its music act?
Taylor Swift:

The Killers:

Kanye West:

Tom Petty:

25. Right after the premiere of his big film, this star was detained by British police in connection with verbally assaulting his his mother and sister (the charges later evaporated):
Christian Bale
Harrison Ford
Robert Downey, Jr.
Shia La Boeuf

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