Weekly world news quiz


It's the World News 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much global news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Wendi Deng, media baron Rupert Murdoch's wife, leapt to defend her husband from a man wielding a shaving-cream pie during the parliamentary hearing in London. This earned her which nickname on Chinese websites?

Wendi Deng
  1. Smack Down Sister
  2. Kung Fu Tiger
  3. Rupert's Angel

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Atlantis completed the final space shuttle mission this week, bringing Nasa's 30-year programme to a close. Christopher Ferguson was the commander. He is also drummer in the astronauts' band, but what is it called?

  1. Mach 5
  2. Hypersonic
  3. MaxQ

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The Dalai Lama was a guest judge on Australia's TV cookery show Masterchef, but said he would not judge the food. Why?

Dalai Lama
  1. It contained meat, which he doesn't eat
  2. It was against his Buddhist beliefs to judge
  3. He had a cold

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Nepal is to measure Mount Everest to try to settle a dispute with China over its height. Some experts say both could be wrong and the mountain could be higher than previously thought due to...

Mount Everest
  1. Extra snow on the peak
  2. A possible new location for its base
  3. Shifting continental plates

5.) Missing Word Question

Russia classifies beer as *

  1. Food
  2. Fruit juice
  3. Alcoholic

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Gold has soared to a record price at $1,600 (£980) an ounce, as faith in paper currencies of the world evaporates. But which of the following currencies is still booming?

gold bars
  1. The Swiss franc
  2. The Chinese yuan
  3. The Brazilian real

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Protests at "trash" culture were triggered in China, after it was announced that the country was to get its first...

  1. National beauty contest
  2. Lottery
  3. Rodeo


  1. It's Smack Down Sister. "Her reactions were super-fast! She walks away as the only hero," wrote Zhang Xin. "When you marry, you should marry a Chinese woman. In times of danger, she will act," added Loulan Loulan.
  2. It's MaxQ and all members are Nasa astronauts. MaxQ stands for maximum dynamic pressure, the maximum airspeed the space shuttle can withstand without doing damage due to heat loads, according to Nasa. Mach 5 is five times the speed of sound and hypersonic relates to speeds of more than Mach 5.
  3. It's because it was against his Buddhist beliefs to judge. He said: "As a Buddhist monk, it is not right to prefer this food or that food," before adding that all the dishes he was presented with "had a special taste and beauty".
  4. It's shifting continental plates. Geologists say that the mountain is becoming higher as India is gradually pushed beneath China and Nepal because of shifting continental plates. The Chinese have argued it should be measured by its rock height. Nepal said it should be measured by its snow height - which is four metres higher.
  5. It's alcoholic. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a bill that officially classified beer as alcoholic. Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff.
  6. It's the Swiss franc. According to analysts, it has outperformed gold since the start of the year and has hit record highs against the euro.
  7. It's rodeo. Animal rights groups in China want to stop the show from taking place because of concerns about the welfare of horses and steers. But organisers defended the event, part of a cultural exchange between China and the US, saying the animals were used once a day for just eight seconds.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Saddle up

3 - 5 : Earning your spurs

6 - 7 : Ride 'em cowboy

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 16 July

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 8 July

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