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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama hosted David Beckham and the rest of the Los Angeles Galaxy team at the White House. Which of the following was the president quoted as ribbing the football star about?

  1. His tattoos
  2. His moustache
  3. The underwear range he designed

2.) Missing Word Question

Whales can adjust their *

  1. Odour
  2. Diet
  3. Hearing

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Which creature came under suspicion in Turkey for being an Israeli spy?

  1. A bird
  2. A monkey
  3. A dog

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What has the government been distributing to every state school in England this week?

  1. The complete works of Charles Dickens
  2. A Bible
  3. A bust of the Queen
    The Queen

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Greece's new caretaker Prime Minister, Panagiotis Pikrammenos, has joked about his surname, which means what in Greek?

  1. Vengeful
  2. Embittered
  3. Hysterical

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Jacob was the most popular name for baby boys in the US in 2011 for the 13th year running, with Sophia the favourite for girls, according to a new official list. Which of the following made it into the top five on either list for the first time?

Baby crying
  1. Mason
  2. Harper
  3. Suri

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A parliamentary committee hearing on long waits at British airport immigration heard from Immigration Minister Damian Green. Which unpredictable factor did he say was responsible for some of the delays?

  1. Wind
  2. Dust
  3. Migrating birds


  1. It's the range of underwear. Obama joked about Beckham's age, his injuries and his outside interests, saying it was a "rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear".
  2. It's hearing. Whales hunt and navigate by listening for echoes. Scientists have now found that, for some whales, this sense is adjustable. Researchers in Hawaii measured the hearing of a female killer whale and found that she could fine-tune her most crucial sense.
  3. A bird. It was reported that a migratory bird - a common European bee-eater - caused alarm in a village in south-eastern Turkey after it was found dead in a field with a metal ring around its leg stamped "Israel". Amid fears it might be carrying a microchip, it was examined by a government official and was declared safe.
  4. It's a King James Bible. Around 24,000 Bibles are being given out to schools by the Department for Education to mark last year's 400th anniversary of its publication.
  5. It's embittered - although the actual word has only one "m". Pikrammenos joked that his name made him uniquely suited for the post.
  6. It's Mason. The name, which was placed second on the boys' list, has seen a recent surge in popularity. Commentators suggested this could have something to do with reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian naming her son Mason.
  7. It was wind. Arriving passengers could be subject to factors such as tailwinds and headwinds, which could affect the times when planes arrived and where they joined the immigration queue, Green explained. "That will depend on the wind, over which, with the best will in the world, airlines and the Border Force don't have the control," he said.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Grounded

4 - 6 : Taking off

7 - 7 : Soaring

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