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 interim successor to departing Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is tipped to be former European Commissioner Mario Monti. Can you identify him?

  1. Left
  2. Middle
  3. Right

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A cleaner in Germany damaged an art installation worth $1m (£624,000) after mistaking it for an eyesore that needed a good scrub. Which one of these is a detail of the work in question?

Art installation
  1. Wheel
  2. Stairs
  3. Tray


The overzealous cleaner at Dortmund's Ostwall Museum tried to scrub away a deliberate patina on Martin Kippenberger's When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling. It was meant to look like a puddle beneath a rubber trough placed under a stacked tower of wooden slats. The installation remains on display.


3.) Multiple Choice Question

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order cutting down on "swag". What is it?

President Obama signs
  1. Staff smartphones
  2. White House trinkets
  3. Employee chauffeurs

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The Academy Awards has been looking for a new host after Eddie Murphy pulled out of February's ceremony. Comedians have dominated Oscar hosting. After Bob Hope, who has hosted the most?

  1. Billy Crystal
    Billy Crystal
  2. Whoopi Goldberg
    Whoopi Goldberg
  3. Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson


Eddie Murphy resigned after his friend Brett Ratner quit as the ceremony's producer. It was hoped Murphy would pep up the Oscars after the widely-derided 2011 ceremony, hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

Eddie Murphy

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Football's world governing body Fifa relented after considerable pressure from the UK over its ban on poppies being worn during internationals. Who said the policy was "outrageous"?

Tottenham shirt with poppy
  1. Prime Minister David Cameron
  2. Prince William

6.) Missing Word Question

He Whom the * Love

  1. Teeth
  2. Rains
  3. Cows

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry messed up in a TV debate when he forgot the name of which government department he wants to axe?

Rick Perry
  1. Education
  2. Energy
  3. Commerce


  1. He's the man on the right. The new Greek interim PM is Lucas Papademos, pictured in the middle, while the man on the left is Klaus Regling. He's chief executive of the eurozone bailout fund and he recently went to China to ask for cash assistance.
  2. It's the tray. The wheel is from Bill Woodrow's artwork Humpty Dumpty (expletive removed). It's part of the new Wonderland exhibition at the Tate Galley in Liverpool. The stairs are actual stairs from the Tate Modern in London.
  3. It's the trinkets - the branded mugs, T-shirts and key-rings given away as promotional gifts. Government departments have also been told to cut down on the issuing of electronic items.
  4. It's Billy Crystal, with eight. As Murphy's replacement, that will soon be nine. Carson hosted five and Goldberg four. Hope has the record, 19.
  5. It was Mr Cameron. The prince's letter to Fifa has not been publicised. Fifa compromised by allowing the British teams to wear poppies - which honour those killed in war - on black armbands, but not stitched on to the shirt like in the Premier League (pictured).
  6. It's cows. The title can also be translated as The Helper of Cows. In full it is "he whom the cows love so much they call for him when they are in times of distress".
  7. It was the energy department. The other two are also on his hit list but he correctly named those during the debate in Michigan.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Rick-rolled

4 - 6 : Lost for words

7 - 7 : Lone star

The world news quiz is published every week on a Friday.

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