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

China is about to launch its first woman astronaut, Liu Yang, into space. What word is commonly used in English to refer to Chinese astronauts?

Liu Yang
  1. Sinonaut
  2. Taikonaut
  3. Shingonaut

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK's Royal Mail has been criticised for issuing a warning in Doncaster that mail would not be delivered on health and safety grounds because of what?

Royal Mail
  1. Aggressive cats
  2. Wet weather
  3. Hanging baskets

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A family member of which deceased singer has given the OK to plans to create a virtual image of the star that could perform duets and take part in concert tours?

  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Kurt Cobain
    Kurt Cobain
  3. Amy Winehouse
    Amy Winehouse

4.) Missing Word Question

Space 'not as * as thought'

  1. knotty
  2. bendy
  3. dusty

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Research focusing on which of the following was considered so shocking for Edwardian society that it was written in Greek and suppressed for a century?

Top secret stamp
  1. The lavatorial habits of bears
  2. Sex life of penguins
  3. Gorillas breastfeeding

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Comedian Russell Brand will share a stage in Manchester with the Dalai Lama on Saturday. Which of these is NOT on his list of questions?

Russell Brand and the Dalai Lama
  1. Why are we here?
  2. Where do you buy your glasses?
  3. Will West Ham [football cllub] stay up?

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A brooch worn by the Duchess of Cambridge over the Jubilee weekend is still being discussed in the media, which predicts it will become a big seller. What does the dolphin pin signify?

The Duchess of Cambridge
  1. The Royal Naval Reserve Units
  2. The Submarine Service
  3. The Sea Scouts


  1. It's taikonaut. The word has been described as a hybrid of the Chinese term "taikong" (space) and the Greek "naut" (sailor).
  2. It's the rain. The decision was taken after a postal worker slipped on a wet pavement. A letter to businesses in South Parade, Doncaster, stated: "Under the circumstances, mail deliveries to your address will be suspended in wet weather conditions such as persistent rain, snow or ice, for health and safety reasons."
  3. It's Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie Presley said she was happy for her father to be turned into a virtual image, similar to that of Tupac Shakur at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Billboard reported.
  4. It's knotty. Theories of the primordial universe predict the existence of knots in the fabric of space known as "cosmic textures". But the first full search by scientists has revealed no sign of the space knots.
  5. It's the sex life of penguins. Accounts of unusual sexual activities among penguins, observed by a member of Captain Scott's polar team, have been unearthed at the Natural History Museum and will be made available to the public.
  6. It's where he buys his glasses. The Dalai Lama is delivering a talk to thousands of young people and Brand, a fan of West Ham FC, is hosting the event.
  7. It's the Royal Navy's Submarine Service, which gave it to the duchess as a gift. According to the Daily Mail, by wearing it, the duchess was confirming that the "brooch is back".

Your Score

0 - 2 : Accessory

3 - 5 : Desirable

6 - 7 : Must-have

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