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

Actor Hugh Grant revealed a little-known middle name while appearing before the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics this week. What is it?

Hugh Grant
  1. Macarthur
  2. Malory
  3. Mungo

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The legendary Harry's New York Bar in Paris - which spawned a number of bars of the same name around the world, including one in Venice - turns 100 this week. Who was Harry?

Harry's Bar
  1. A Scottish barman
  2. An American jockey
  3. An English actor

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The Conservative student association from the University of St Andrews is to write a letter of apology to an international figure for burning an effigy of him on a local beach last weekend. Who is it?

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Hugo Chavez

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls revealed in an interview this week that he cries when he watches the Antiques Roadshow. Which film did he say has a particular scene which also makes him shed a tear?

  1. The Sound of Music
  2. The Railway Children
  3. Wuthering Heights

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"It was something of an added bonus." Who said that this week?

  1. A bird watcher who stumbled across an outdoor glamour shoot while trying to spot a rare bird
  2. French President Nicolas Sarkozy on his boost in opinion polls after the birth of his daughter
  3. A waitress who found a bag with nearly one million Australian dollars in it at a cafe

6.) Multiple Choice Question

David Hockney was voted the most influential British artist of all time by his contemporaries this week. But which famous painter did not make the top 10?

David Hockney
  1. Banksy
  2. John Constable
  3. Thomas Gainsborough
  4. Lucian Freud

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A list of moons and planets most able to harbour extra-terrestrial life has been drawn up by scientists. Which of the following - all outside our solar system - appeared on the list?

ET mask
  1. 51 Pegasi b
  2. Carot-Exo-7
  3. Gliese 581g


  1. It's Mungo. When asked by a member of the inquiry, Grant gave his full name as "Hugh John Mungo Grant". He told the inquiry that he was the victim of a series of intrusive leaked stories which had invaded his privacy.
  2. Harry MacElhone was a barman from Dundee. The bar was first bought by a former US jockey Tod Sloan. Harry was hired later to run it but eventually bought the business. Based on the bar's address at 5 Rue Daunou, Harry's trademark ad slogan was "Just tell the taxi driver: Sank Roo Doe Noo."
  3. It's Barack Obama. The effigy burning is reportedly held on an occasional basis - with the target often being those perceived to have socialist tendencies. An effigy of Mandela was believed to have been burnt a few years ago.
  4. It's The Sound of Music. "When the father brings the baroness back from Vienna... and the children sing The Sound of Music in harmony, with a guitar," said Balls. "He walks in and sings with them. He's coming to terms with the death of his wife and music being back in the household. That's the most tear-jerky moment of world cinema."
  5. It was the bird watcher. A number of twitchers descended on reclaimed coastland near Redcar, Cleveland, to see a rare Hume's leaf warbler but stumbled on a number of ladies taking part in a glamour shoot.
  6. It's John Constable. Freud was sixth, Gainsborough seventh and Banksy ninth.
  7. It's Gliese 581g - thought to reside some 20.5 light years away in the constellation Libra. It scored highly on two indexes - the Earth Similarity Index and the Planetary Habitability Index, which indicate how likely it is to support alien life.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Close encounter

3 - 5 : Over the moon

6 - 7 : Out of this world

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