Quiz of the week's news

World weekly quiz

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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

The Queen viewed an aboriginal sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria, during her 10-day visit to Australia. What unusual gift was she presented with?

The Queen
  1. A stick
  2. A bird's egg
  3. A feather

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi discussed this week what happens during a "bunga bunga" party. What did he claim was the principal activity?

  1. Eating
  2. Dancing
  3. Networking

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The world population is about to pass seven billion. When did it first reach a billion people?

  1. 1804
  2. 1854
  3. 1904

4.) Multiple Choice Question

According to his new biography, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was angry when, in 1976, the company's first president gave him employee badge No 2. Who was No 1?

Steve Jobs
  1. President Mike Scott
  2. Tim Cook, now chief executive
  3. Co-founder Steve Wozniak

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A court in California has been asked to grant constitutional rights to which of the following?

  1. Whales
  2. Horses
  3. Mice

6.) Multiple Choice Question

George Clooney's new political thriller The Ides of March is based on a play Farragut North. What is Farragut North?

  1. Name of the main character
  2. Washington metro station
  3. Drinking men's club

7.) Multiple Choice Question

France's rugby team has been fined £2,500 for doing what, while New Zealand performed the haka in the World Cup final?

  1. Advancing towards the New Zealand team
  2. Turning their backs on them
  3. Joining in the haka


"As with other in-tournament breaches of the tournament cultural ritual protocol and as per pre-tournament communication with teams, RWCL will impose the standard sanction of £2500," the IRB stated on Thursday. New Zealand won the match 8-7.



  1. It was a stick. A school pupil presented the Queen with a traditional eucalyptus stick, featuring a text inscription. Prince Philip, accompanying the monarch, suggested leaving it on the nest sculpture.
  2. It's dancing. Mr Berlusconi claimed that bunga bunga was "nothing more than a dance". Critics of the leader have previously suggested that its meaning was more risque.
  3. It's 1804, according to the United Nations. It's expected to pass 10 billion by 2100.
  4. It's Wozniak. In the book by Walter Isaacson, Jobs reportedly wanted to be No 1, but settled for badge No 0 as a compromise. Cook did not join the company until 1998.
  5. It's whales. An animal rights group claimed keeping the killer whales at SeaWorld was a violation of their rights under the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, which abolished slavery.
  6. It's a subway station which serves downtown Washington.
  7. It's advancing towards the All Blacks. The International Rugby Board issued the fine because Les Bleus were supposed to remain behind the 10-metre line in their own half.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Scrum down

4 - 6 : Try harder

7 - 7 : Champion

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