Quiz of the week's news


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

Who accepted a Silver Buffalo award from whom, for "distinguished service"?

Andrew Flintoff, Taylor Swift, Bill Gates, Tony Blair
  1. Andrew Flintoff, by Sir Ian Botham
  2. Taylor Swift, by Kanye West
  3. Bill Gates, by the Boy Scouts of America
  4. Tony Blair, by Bill Clinton

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Pope has started his four-day visit of the UK. The trip is the first to Britain by a pontiff since John Paul II in 1982. But what is the literal meaning of "pontiff"?

Pope Benedict XVI
  1. Deepest thinker
  2. Settler of feuds
  3. Greatest bridge builder

3.) Multiple Choice Question

"Oh dear, it was me." It was who?

  1. Imprisoned pop singer George Michael, when arrested
    George Michael
  2. British boy who sent abusive e-mail to Barack Obama
  3. Boxer Ricky Hatton, when confronted about a drug habit
    Ricky Hatton

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which proposed ban announced this week divided opinion in New York?

Manhattan skyline
  1. Outdoor smoking
  2. Pop songs at Catholic funerals
  3. Advert featuring a pregnant nun

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Still in New York, Victoria Beckham was the toast of the city's fashion week. Who did she say had influenced her collection?

Victoria Beckham at her fashion show
  1. Actress and activist Audrey Hepburn
  2. Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi
  3. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs


Obvious really... on the left is one of Brancusi's works - White Seal and, on the right, a new Beckham frock.

Brancusi and Beckham outfit

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Big Brother is no more in the UK, after a decade on our screens. But it continues in other countries, sometimes going by a different name. Which of these is NOT a version of the show?

Ultimate Big Brother winner Brian Dowling
  1. Secret Story
  2. Eye Spy
  3. Bigg Boss

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Who made a point of watching CBeebies this week?

  1. Union leader Bob Crow, at the TUC
  2. Wayne Rooney, dropped by Man Utd


  1. It was Bill Gates, who received the award in recognition of his leadership and philanthropy. Mr Blair got the Liberty Medal for leadership and pursuit of freedom. Swift, who was upstaged by West at last year's MTV awards, performed her new song at this year's event. Flintoff quit cricket.
  2. It's "greatest bridge builder". Pontiff comes from the Latin "Pontifex Maximus". In ancient Rome this was the high priest of the College of Pontiffs (Collegium Pontificum). This was the most important position in the ancient Roman religion.
  3. It was Luke Angel, a 17-year-old who was this week told by Bedfordshire police that as result of an "abusive and threatening" e-mail he was banned from ever entering the US. Michael was jailed for eight weeks for "drug-driving". Hatton faces a police probe after he was filmed apparently taking a class A drug.
  4. It's outdoor smoking, which would cover areas such as Central Park and Times Square. The pop songs ban was announced in Melbourne and the advert featuring the nun was banned in the UK.
  5. It's Constantin Brancusi. She cited the sculptor as an influence and said that she "wanted to celebrate curves". Brancusi (1876-1957) was one of the founding figures of modern sculpture. His carvings introduced abstraction and primitivism into the art form.
  6. It's Eye Spy. Big Brother is known as Secret Story in France and Bigg Boss in India.
  7. It's Bob Crow at the TUC. He turned on the television while the governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, was addressing the conference. Rooney was spared abuse at Everton, although some suggested it was a punishment for recent allegations.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Mr Tumble

4 - 6 : Wibbly Pig

7 - 7 : Something Special

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