Weekly world news quiz


It's the world news 7 days, 7 questions quiz - an opportunity to prove to yourself and others that you are a news oracle. Failing that, you can always claim to have had better things to do during the past week than swot up on current affairs.

Planet Earth, seen from space

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Citizens of which country are now allowed to mark either M, F or X in the gender box on their passports?

  1. India
  2. Australia
  3. Brazil

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A San Francisco politician plans to crack down on nudists. Which one of these is his new law governing public nakedness?

Nudists in San Francisco
  1. No nude jogging in city parks
  2. Cover seats of public benches before sitting on them
  3. A ban on being naked while in a state of arousal

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists in Australia have discovered a new species of what?

  1. Dolphin
  2. Lizard
  3. Wild dog

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A Banksy mural was uncovered in Berlin this week, eight years after it was originally painted. It shows winged and armed soldiers with smiley faces. Where was it located?

  1. In an art gallery
  2. In a swimming pool
  3. In army recruitment offices

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Hardly a month goes by without scientists proclaiming that chocolate is good for you. This week it was claimed that dark chocolate contains an ingredient that has a positive effect on...

  1. Memory
  2. Muscles
  3. Mental health

6.) Missing Word Question

* ban for Malaysian ape

  1. Porn
  2. Cigarette
  3. Alcohol

7.) Multiple Choice Question

US actor Henry Winkler has been awarded the Order of the British Empire for educational work on dyslexia in the UK. He's best known as the Fonz in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, but what was his full name in the show?

The Fonz
  1. Arnold Harry Fonzarelli
  2. Albert Henry Fonzarelli
  3. Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli


Winkler has dyslexia, but it was not discovered until adulthood. He has toured the UK and addressed more than 24,000 pupils about the condition, which makes it difficult to learn to read, spell and write. He is the author of the Hank Zipzer children's book series, which features a young dyslexic protagonist.



  1. It's Australia. Australian passports will now have three gender options - male, female and indeterminate. The government announced that transgender people and those of ambiguous sex will be able to list their gender with an "X" if their choice is supported by a doctor's statement.
  2. It's protecting the benches. SF city superviser Scott Wiener wants nudists to cover the seats of public benches or seats before parking their bare posteriors. At present, the only restriction on nudity in the famously tolerant city is walking around while aroused. This is considered lewd behaviour, and is illegal.
  3. It's dolphin. The new species, which was found in Melbourne Harbour, was originally thought to have been a bottlenose dolphin. The new species has been given the name Burrunan dolphin, after a local Aboriginal word for large porpoises. Scientists say only three new dolphin species have been formally described and recognised. since the late 1800s.
  4. It was in an art gallery. The mural, called Every Picture Tells A Lie, was painted over in 2003 to create space for new works at the Kunstraum Bethanien gallery. It has been uncovered by artist Brad Downey, who also took part in the 2003 exhibition. Uncovering it is part of his new exhibition, What Lies Beneath.
  5. It's muscles. According to scientists, cocoa contains a compound called epicatechin, which boosts muscles in the same way as running or cycling.
  6. It's cigarette. Orangutan Shirley started smoking cigarettes thrown by visitors into her enclosure at a state-run zoo in Malaysia. She is now being sent to a wildlife centre on Borneo island to help her quit.
  7. It's Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli. The Fonz's main catch phrase was "Ayyy" accompanied with both thumbs up.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Whoa

4 - 6 : Correctamundo

7 - 7 : Ayyy

The world news quiz is published every week on a Friday.

If you missed it last week, you can catch up here: Weekly world news quiz 9 September

And if you want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here is the quiz from the week before: Weekly world news quiz 2 September


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