World weekly news quiz

It's quiz time!

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 stayed lodged in the old grey matter.

Earth from space

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists have found the fossilised skull of a prehistoric sperm whale that fed on other whales. Whose name has been incorporated into the official name given to the beast?

Artist's impression of giant whale
  1. Herman Melville - author of Moby Dick
  2. Thomas Hobbes - author of Leviathan
  3. Jonah - from the Biblical Jonah and the Whale

2.) Multiple Choice Question

An alliance of traditionally Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian countries backed Italy's appeal against a European ruling banning crucifixes in schools. Which country was not among the alliance?

  1. Russia
  2. Ireland
  3. Greece

3.) Missing Word Question

* in luggage locker delay US flight in Atlanta

  1. Maggots
  2. Snakes
  3. Newts

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Geoid was in the news this week. In which of the following stories did it appear?

  1. New satellite images of Earth's gravity
    Gravity picture
  2. The discovery of 2.1-billion-year-old fossils
  3. Plans to make aviation history in a solar-powered plane flown at night
    solar plane

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been ordered to testify at a war crimes trial being held in The Hague. What is she said to have been given by the former African president who is on trial?

Naomi Campbell
  1. A massive diamond
  2. A private jet
  3. A gun

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Wonder Woman has been given a makeover. Her previous outfit, including the iconic star-spangled shorts, made her look like an all-American crimefighter. But, according to the original story, she was in fact born...

new look
  1. A Celtic princess
  2. A Native American goddess
  3. An Amazon warrior

7.) Multiple Choice Question

News of the arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies in the US sent journalists scurrying to talk to incredulous friends of the accused. One neighbour said they could not have been spies because they were so good at...

New York newspapers
  1. Home baking
  2. Needlework
  3. Growing hydrangeas


  1. It's Herman Melville. Leviathan melvillei lived 13 million years ago, and grew up to 18m long. It was the same size as modern sperm whales - but had much bigger teeth, suggesting that it ripped chunks of flesh out of smaller whales.
  2. It's Ireland. Greece and Russia joined Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Romania, in appealing against a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. It had ruled in favour of an Italian woman who said the crucifixes violated her right to raise her children in a secular way.
  3. It's the maggots. US Airways said the maggots fell from an overhead bin from a container of spoiled meat that a passenger had brought on board.
  4. It's the images of Earth's gravity. A new map shows the Earth's "geoid" - the map of its gravitational pull. The map is drawn from delicate measurements made by Europe's Goce satellite, which flies so low it comes perilously close to falling out of the sky.
  5. It's a diamond - or more specifically a "blood diamond", the name given to those that are mined in rebel-held regions of Africa and sold to fund warfare. Prosecutors say former Liberian President Charles Taylor gave Ms Campbell a blood diamond, at a celebrity-packed 1997 reception hosted by former President Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
  6. She was born an Amazon warrior. Wonder Woman's original outfit was designed during World War II, which was why it had a patriotic feel to it.
  7. Yes, it's the hydrangeas. Earlier this week, a media scrum gathered outside the unremarkable, wooden suburban home of the couple known as Richard and Cynthia Murphy in Montclair, New Jersey, after their arrest. Jessie Gugig, 15, told the New York Times she did not believe the couple could be Russian agents.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Austin Powers

3 - 5 : James Bond

6 - 7 : George Smiley

If you missed our world news quiz last week, you can catch up by clicking here:

World news quiz, 25 June 2010

And if you are really in the mood for fun and games, and want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here are two quizzes from the archive:

World news quiz, 18 June 2010

World news quiz, 11 June 2010

The world news quiz is published every week, on a Friday.

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