Quiz of the week's news


It's the Magazine's 7 days, 7 questions quiz - an opportunity to prove to yourself and others that you are a news oracle. Failing that, you can always claim to have had better things to do during the past week than swot up on current affairs.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Tragedy struck Sir Richard Branson this week when his Caribbean island home was hit by lightning. No-one was injured and the island tortoise also escaped the fire. But what's it called?

Necker Island on fire
  1. ET
  2. Alfie
  3. Necker

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A piece of artwork - a neon sign - has been installed at No 10 Downing Street. But who created it?

  1. Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
  2. Gilbert & George
    Gilbert & George
  3. Tracey Emin
    Tracey Emin

3.) Multiple Choice Question

An Austrian woman has become the first woman to reach all the Himalayan summits above 8,000m (26,000 ft) without using bottled oxygen. How many peaks did she conquer?

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
  1. 14
  2. 10
  3. 6

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Rook salad hit the headlines this week when it was taken off the menu at a gastropub on the Isle of Wight. But which one of these three birds is a rook?

  1. Bird A
    Bird A
  2. Bird B
    Bird B
  3. Bird C
    Bird C

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The natural world contains about 8.7 million species, according to a new estimate described by scientists as the most accurate ever. What percentage of that figure has already been identified?

A coral reef in Australia
  1. 14%
  2. 25%
  3. 37%

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Health and Safety Executive has published a list of the 10 most "bizarre bans" over the past year. Which of these was not on the list?

Man wearing safety goggles
  1. Using pins to secure commemorative poppies
  2. Dodgem cars bumping into each other
  3. Paper aeroplanes in the classroom


The Health and Safety Executive said complying with health and safety regulations was often used as a "convenient excuse" for organisations to justify "unpopular decisions".

Dodgem cars

7.) Multiple Choice Question

"There are terrible things happening in the world but at least England is number one at cricket." Who said that?

England's Graeme Swann
  1. Hugh Grant
  2. John Major
  3. David Cameron


  1. It is ET, after Roald Dahl's book Esio Trot (tortoise backwards) from when the author visited Branson's Necker Island. Alfie was the name of the tortoise in Dahl's story.
  2. It's Tracey Emin and it reads "More Passion". Emin has created a series of neon works spelling out heartfelt messages.
  3. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner reached 14 summits, of which Mount Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga are the most famous.
  4. Bird B is the rook. Bird A is a jackdaw and Bird C is a raven.
  5. It's 14%. About 1.2 million species have been formally described, the vast majority from the land rather than the oceans.
  6. It's paper planes. The top bans also included kite flying on a beach and sack races at a school's sports day.
  7. David Cameron said it to US President Barack Obama in a phone call. Actor Hugh Grant and former PM Sir John Major are known to be big fans of the game.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Golden Duck

4 - 6 : Average Average

7 - 7 : Century

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