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2012 quotes quiz: Test your knowledge of the year's news events!

Clockwise from top left: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during presidential debate; Felix Baumgartner; Lance Armstrong; Seal and Heidi Klum; Gen. David Petraeus; Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Test your memory of some of the year's most prominent newsmakers by matching each quote below with the person who said it.

How well do you think you'll do? Scroll down when you're ready to see the correct answers!

1. “While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate, and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted.” 
a) Lady Gaga
b) Psy
c) Chris Brown

2. "I tripped and found myself inside the lifeboat with a number of passengers."
a)  Silvio Berlusconi
b)  Antonin Scalia
c)  Francesco Schettino

3. "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."
a)  David Petraeus
b)  Arnold Schwarzenegger
c)  Rupert Sanders

4. "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now."
a)  Lance Armstrong
b)  Paul Ryan
c)  Tiger Woods

5. “We screwed up, and we are putting the weight of the company behind correcting it.”
a) Rupert Murdoch
b) Tim Cook
c) Donald Trump

6. “While I do not believe I did anything illegal or ever thought I was doing anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong, and there is no one else responsible for my sins.”
a) John Edwards
b) Peter Madoff
c) Roger Clemens

7. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
a) Richard Mourdock
b) Todd Akin
c) Michelle Bachmann

8. “We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents.”
a) Katy Perry and Russell Brand
b) Heidi Klum and Seal
c) Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

9. “Gold medals are made out of your sweat, blood and tears, and effort in the gym every day, and sacrificing a lot that you have to do.”
a) Gabby Douglas
b) Ryan Lochte
c) Sanya Richards-Ross

10. "My maternity leave will be a few weeks long, and I'll work throughout it."
a) Reese Witherspoon
b) Kate Middleton
c) Marissa Mayer

11. “The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself and proud.” 
a) Ellen DeGeneres
b) Anderson Cooper
c) Chely Wright

12. “Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are.” 
a) Sir Richard Branson
b) Felix Baumgartner
c) Bill Maher

13. “I was born in Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.” 
a) Mitt Romney
b) Vice President Joe Biden
c) Paul Ryan

14. “The performance of the stock has obviously been disappointing.” 
a) Tim Cook
b) Brian Dunn
c) Mark Zuckerberg

15. “Under current law, on January 1, 2013, there's going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases.” 
a) Barack Obama
b) John Boehner
c) Ben Bernanke


Question 1: B, “Gangnam Style” star Psy in a December apology for a 2004 song that called for killing Americans.

International rap sensation Psy took to the stage to perform for the president at a charity concert despite online videos showing some anti-U.S. performances he did less than a decade ago. NBC's Peter Alexander reports.

Question 2: C, Francesco Schettino, captain of the sunken Costa Concordia, explaining in court why he didn’t go down with his ship in January.

The shifting ship is creating dangerous problems for the searchers who need to blast holes in the hull. NBC's Michelle Kosinski reports.

Question 3: A, David Petraeus in a statement announcing his resignation as CIA director in November.

The respected West Point graduate led combat forces in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring from the military and leading the CIA. On Friday, he made the startling admission that he had engaged in an extramarital affair, and announced he was resigning from his post. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.

Question 4: A, Cyclist Lance Armstrong, announcing in August that he was ending his fight against doping allegations. 

Top Talkers: Richard Haas joins a Morning Joe panel to discuss Lance Armstrong's refusal to pursue arbitration in the drug case brought against him. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and his 2000 Olympic Games bronze medal and was banned from the sport.

Question 5: B, Apple CEO Tim Cook, talking about the iPhone 5's glitchy maps application on “Rock Center” in December.

Steve Jobs' hand-picked successor, current Apple CEO Tim Cook, talks to Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams about Apple's battle with Samsung, glitches with its maps app, the prospect of Apple TV and the challenge of keeping Apple cutting edge.

Question 6: A, Former Sen. John Edwards after learning he would not be convicted of corruption charges in May.

The jury delivered a unanimous verdict on one of the six felony counts and found him not guilty of receiving illegal campaign contributions from heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon. The judge declared a mistrial on the five other counts. Edwards later told reporters that he knew he had not done anything illegal but that he was accountable for his behavior. NBC's Lisa Myers reports.

Question 7: B, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., in an August interview on his opposition to abortion in rape cases.

In a statement and a tweet, conservative U.S. Rep. Todd Akin says he "misspoke" during a local TV interview in which he made comments about "legitimate rape" and abortion. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports.

Question 8: C, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announcing their divorce agreement in July.

The Hollywood couple, whose five-year marriage was the subject of much speculation, issued a joint statement saying they were moving forward with daughter Suri's best interests in mind. NBC's Kristen Dahlgren reports.

Question 9: A, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas after her win in the individual all-around in August.

Fresh from her historic gold medal win in the gymnastics individual all-around, Gabby Douglas said "it's so meaningful" to be the first African-American woman to win the title and shares details of her phone call with President Obama.

Question 10: C, Marissa Mayer, revealing her pregnancy soon after being named Yahoo CEO in July.

The former Google executive was named CEO of Yahoo on Monday and made headlines for the fact that she is also pregnant, turning her into a test case of whether women can really have it all. TODAY's Natalie Morales reports, and Ivanka Trump and Rachel Campos-Duffy, author and wife of a congressman, discuss the motherhood balancing act.

Question 11: B, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in a coming-out email, in July.

In an email published by the Daily Beast website, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper ends years of speculation about his sexuality, acknowledging that he is "gay" and "proud." NBC's Mara Schiavocampo reports.

Question 12: B, Daredevil Felix Baumgartner after his 24-mile fall to earth in October.

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes a record-breaking jump from 24 miles above Earth, leaping from the edge of space to the New Mexico desert at speeds up to 833.9 mph. NBC's Tom Costello reports.

Question 13: A, Mitt Romney at an August rally in Michigan.

Msnbc's Mark Halperin talks about GOP candidate Mitt Romney's apparent ad-lib reference to President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Question 14: C, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a September conference, discussing his company’s May IPO.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, "The performance of the stock is obviously disappointing," during a "fireside chat" at the San Francisco Disrupt conference organized by technology blog TechCrunch. Watch the entire interview.

Question 15: C, Ben Bernanke at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in February. 

Top Talkers: A decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, two former senators -- Bob Graham of Florida and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska -- say they believe the Saudi government may have played a role in the attacks. The Morning Joe panel – including financier Steven Rattner and Donny Deutsch – discusses. The panel also discusses Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's warning about the economy.