Well I finally figured it out...a day late but I got it eventually. I really do feel like a monkey with this camera sometimes. Did I mention the owner's manual is written in Spanish and the operating DVD is in Chinese? You can't make this up. :).
We had to intentionally blur the foreground and have the background clear. Next week's assignment is to shoot something moving fast. One shot needs to be clear and the other needs to show whatever is moving as a blur. No auto settings can be used. Wish me luck :)