Quiz of the week's news


It's the Magazine's 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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak died this week. His best-known work Where The Wild Things Are - about a boy sent to bed without his supper - was very short. What is the last line?

  1. "I'm so glad to be home again!"
  2. "Into the night of his very own room"
  3. "And it was still hot"

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Olympic torch was lit at an elaborate ceremony in Greece as it began its journey to London. What was it lit by?

Olympic flame
  1. From a continuously burning flame
  2. The sun's rays
  3. A gold-plated matchbox

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Punch and Judy celebrated their 350th birthday this week. The earliest recorded evidence there is of Punch in England is a quote from which of the following?

Punch and Judy
  1. Samuel Pepys
  2. Oliver Cromwell
  3. John Milton

4.) Missing Word Question

WH Smith's * Knickers error

  1. Olympic
  2. Jubilee
  3. Queen's

5.) Multiple Choice Question

US President Barack Obama became the first president to back gay marriage. In the US, have more US states banned gay marriage or legalised it?

Gay rights sticker
  1. Banned
  2. Legalised

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Mitt Romney received lukewarm endorsements from defeated Republican candidates. Who said: "Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated."

Republicans debate
  1. Rick Santorum
  2. Newt Gingrich
  3. Ron Paul

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Pioneering hairdresser Vidal Sassoon died this week. Trademark styles included the bob and the geometric Five Point haircut. What was the style shown here known as?

Sassoon haircut
  1. The Greek Goddess
  2. The Isadora
  3. The Nancy Kwan


  1. It's "And it was still hot" - referring to the supper that is in Max's room at the end of his imaginative adventure.
  2. It was lit by the sun's rays reflected from a parabolic mirror. An actress played the part of the high priestess who lights the flame.
  3. It was Samuel Pepys. On 9 May 1662, after a trip to London's Covent Garden, Pepys recorded that he enjoyed "an Italian puppet play that is within the rayles there, which is very pretty, the best that ever I saw..." In Pepys' day, Mr Punch was a stringed marionette called Pulcinella but he later developed into the anarchic figure we know today.
  4. It's Queen's. An IT error at UK retailer WH Smith meant customers were issued with receipts saying "The Queen's Knickers - £5.99" for whatever goods they purchased. The Queen's Knickers is a children's book.
  5. More states have banned gay marriage. Eight US states have legalised same-sex marriage, but 30 have banned it, including North Carolina this week. A number of states recognise civil partnerships.
  6. It's Santorum, Romney's main rival who dropped out of the race last week. Gingrich also endorsed Romney, saying he would make a better president than Obama. Paul is still in the race but has yet to win a state.
  7. It was the Greek Goddess, a short perm inspired by what he described as the "Afro-marvellous-looking women" he admired in Harlem.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Short back and sides

4 - 6 : Mid-length

7 - 7 : Crowning glory

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