Quiz of the week's news

7 days 7 questions

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


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Stella McCartney is the new creative director of the 2012 British Olympic team. But which other fashion designer has created outfits for their country's Olympic team?

Mark Foster carrying the Union Jack at the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  1. Ralph Lauren for US team
  2. Paul Smith for GB
  3. Jean Paul Gaultier for France

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Who in Lord Mandelson's new book was compared, by Tony Blair, to firebrand Scottish politician George Galloway?

George Galloway
  1. Peter Mandelson
  2. Gordon Brown
  3. Ken Livingstone

3.) Multiple Choice Question

French MPs this week voted to approve a ban on certain Islamic veils in public places. Which of these will you not see if the bill becomes law?

Hijab, chador and niqab
  1. Hijab (left)
  2. Chador (centre)
  3. Niqab (right)
  4. All of the above

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A Native American sporting team was barred from entering the UK because their Iroquois tribal passports were not accepted. Which world championship, in a sport they helped invent, were they to attend?

Badminton, hockey, lacrosse
  1. Badminton
  2. Hockey
  3. Lacrosse

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Paul the Octopus became a sensation during the World Cup for correctly predicting the outcome of as many matches as he has legs. What is he going to do with his new-found fame?

Paul the octopus
  1. Nothing, just retire
  2. Go to Spain to be a mascot
  3. Make a film

6.) Missing Word Question

Big hips * women's memory

  1. Immobilise
  2. Impair
  3. Improve

7.) Multiple Choice Question

It's official - England's World Cup performance is their worst ever in the tournament. They still, however, rose one place to seventh in Fifa's world rankings, but which team rose the most?

Steven Gerrard
  1. Ghana
  2. Uruguay
  3. New Zealand
  4. USA


  1. It's Ralph Lauren. He was responsible for the opening ceremony outfits for Team USA at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Appointing a designer to come up with the entire kit is a first for the British team.
  2. It was Peter Mandelson himself. According to his memoirs, The Third Man, Mr Blair made the joke in the run-up to the Iraq War, when Mandelson said that many Muslims couldn't see a link between the 9/11 attacks and the proposed invasion of Iraq.
  3. It's the niqab, along with the burqa, which is not pictured. The bill would make it illegal to wear garments which incorporate a full-face veil, anywhere in public. There are estimated to be only about 2,000 women wearing the full veil in France.
  4. It's lacrosse, which was invented by Native Americans some 1,000 years ago. The team has always travelled on documents used by the Iroquois people, rather than US or Canadian passports, as an expression of their Iroquois identity.
  5. Paul's going to retire. A spokesman at Germany's Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium said Paul would "do what he likes to do best... delight children who come visit to him."
  6. It's impair. According to US researchers, a woman's body shape may influence how good her memory is. Although carrying excess weight anywhere appears to impair older women's brains, carrying it on the hips may make matters worse, they say.
  7. It's New Zealand, who have climbed 24 places to 54th after remaining unbeaten in South Africa. The performance was not, however, good enough to see them through to the last 16.

Your Score

0 - 4 : 1974

5 - 6 : 1990

7 - 7 : 1966

For a complete archive of past quizzes and our weekly news quiz, 7 days 7 questions, visit the Magazine page and scroll down. You can also do this quiz on your mobile device. Find out how to get the BBC News website on your mobile device

More on This Story

In today's Magazine


Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.