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2012 enters the record books. Were you paying attention? A news quiz.

The year 2012 brought no shortage of significant news, from scheduled political transitions in the US and China to unexpected tragedies, moments of human triumph, and more record-setting in the realm of social media.

It's gone by quickly. Were the London Olympics really just a few months ago? Test your knowledge of these events with the Monitor's 2012 news quiz.

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stand together before a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif Sept 7, 2011.
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Question 1 of 22

1. Which of these Republican presidential hopefuls never led the pack in the RealClearPolitics poll average during the primary season?

Rick Santorum

Ron Paul

Newt Gingrich

Mitt Romney