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

As London marked one year until the opening of the Olympic Games, the much coveted gold, silver and bronze medals were revealed. The Greek goddess Nike features on them - what does she represent?

Olympic medal
  1. Strength
  2. Victory
  3. Speed

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Ford has announced it will phase out which item from its Focus model next year?

  1. Exhaust pipes
  2. CD players
  3. Car keys

3.) Multiple Choice Question

France says that it will have to fell 42,000 trees that line the banks of the Canal du Midi - a 240km (150 mile) long waterway - over the next 15 years. Why?

File photograph of the Canal du Midi
  1. The trees have a fungal disease
  2. Health and safety issues
  3. To build a road

4.) Multiple Choice Question

As we age, our brains get what, according to a new study?

File image of a brain scan
  1. Lighter
  2. Wider
  3. Heavier

5.) Multiple Choice Question

What kind of pet has been found alive in the rubble more than five months after the Christchurch earthquake?

File photograph of earthquake damage in Christchurch, New Zealand
  1. Python
  2. Hamster
  3. Goldfish

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Lewis Hamilton this week complained the British national anthem is too short. But which nation's anthem, according to a composer arranging them for the Olympics, is the world's shortest?

Lewis Hamilton
  1. Uruguay
  2. Moldova
  3. Uganda

7.) Missing Word Question

Long winters 'led to bigger * '

  1. hairs
  2. bottoms
  3. eyes


  1. It's Victory. On the medals, she is pictured stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon to arrive in the host city.
  2. It's the CD players. Ford will instead offer a USB connection point for Apple iPods and other digital music storage devices, according to reports this week.
  3. It's the fungal disease. The trees have been struck by an outbreak of Ceratocystis platani, a virulent, incurable microscopic fungus. The trees will be felled and replaced over a period of 15 years.
  4. It's lighter. By the age of 80, the average human brain has lost 15% of its original weight, according to the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  5. The answer is goldfish. Two goldfish were found in a fishtank in the rubble of an accountancy firm in downtown Christchurch. They are thought to have lived off algae and bacteria in the water.
  6. It's believed to be Uganda's, which is a mere eight bars long.
  7. It's eyes. Humans living at high latitude have bigger eyes and bigger brains to cope with poor light during long winters and cloudy days, UK scientists revealed this week.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Bird Brain

3 - 5 : Brains

6 - 7 : Brain-ache

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 23 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 16 July

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