Weekly world news quiz

World 7 days 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 stayed lodged in the old grey matter.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father, although the baby's mother's identity is being kept secret. The baby will be named Ronaldo, but which Ronald is the footballer named after?

Cristiano Ronaldo
  1. Ronald McDonald
  2. L Ron Hubbard
  3. Ronald Reagan

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Two French ministers resigned this week for mis-spending state funds. What did Christian Blanc, state secretary for the Greater Paris region, spend 12,000 euros ($15,000) of taxpayers' money on?

Christian Blanc
  1. Havana cigars
  2. Private jets
  3. Fine wine

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK's top court ruled this week that two gay men from Iran and Cameroon have the right to asylum in Britain. In his ruling, the judge said homosexual men are to be free to "drink exotically coloured cocktails" and "enjoy themselves" going to whose concerts?

  1. Liza Minnelli's
    Liza Minnelli
  2. George Michael's
    George Michael
  3. Kylie Minogue's
    Kylie Minogue

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A solar-powered plane stayed airborne for a record-breaking 26 hours this week. On average over a 24-hour period its 12,000 solar panels produce about the same amount of power as...

Solar Impulse
  1. A small motorcycle
  2. A family car
  3. A Formula 1 car

5.) Multiple Choice Question

In Japan, which sport has sport has been engulfed in a gambling scandal, with funds allegedly being passed on to Japan's "yakuza" gangsters?

  1. Sumo wrestling
    Sumo poster
  2. Baseball
  3. Football

6.) Multiple Choice Question

One of the BBC's most popular stories this week made a reference to "radials". Which story did they feature in?

  1. A huge Roman coin find
    Roman coins
  2. The discovery of ancient stone tools in Norfolk, UK
    Stone tools
  3. A study showing that groups of meerkats "pass on traditions"

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Japan's Takeru Kobayashi was held in police cells overnight after his arrest for disrupting Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York. What did the former winner eat while in custody?

  1. A hotdog
  2. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  3. Sushi


  1. It's former US president Ronald Reagan. Apparently he was the footballer's father's favourite actor. The winger's full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.
  2. It was the cigars. The other minister, Alain Joyandet, state secretary for overseas development, drew criticism after he chartered a private jet for 116,500 euros ($142,500, £96,000) to attend a meeting in Martinique.
  3. It was Kylie. "To illustrate the point with trivial stereotypical examples from British society," Judge Rodger said. "Just as male heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and talking about girls with their mates, so male homosexuals are to be free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts, drinking exotically coloured cocktails and talking about boys with their straight female mates."
  4. It's a scooter, or small motorcycle. The HB-SIA plane, which took off from Switzerland, has the weight of a family car but the wingspan of a big airliner. The aim was to assess whether the plane can fly in darkness, using solar cells on its wings to generate enough power to stay in the air for 24 hours.
  5. It's Sumo wrestling. At the weekend, a wrestler and his coach were banned from the sport, because of allegations that they were involved in gambling on professional baseball.
  6. It's the Roman coins. One of the largest ever finds of Roman coins in Britain was made by a man using a metal detector. The hoard of more than 52,000 coins dating from the third century AD was found buried in a field near Frome in Somerset. A radial is a little bronze coin.
  7. It's the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. After his release, Mr Kobayashi said he had gone to the competition as a spectator this year, but jumped on stage when the crowd kept chanting "Let him eat!". He added: "I am very hungry... I wish there were hot dogs in jail."

Your Score

0 - 2 : Wurst

3 - 5 : Ketching up

6 - 7 : Best

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