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

Commons Speaker John Bercow has unveiled his own coat of arms, which tells the story of his journey from humble beginnings as the son of a taxi driver. What do the four roundels represent?

John Bercow's new coat of arms
  1. His degree is astronomy
  2. His four children
  3. His love of tennis

2.) Multiple Choice Question

No women made it on to this year's 10-person shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year award, causing criticism. But who was the last female winner of the award?

  1. Dame Kelly Holmes
    Dame Kelly Holmes
  2. Zara Phillips
    Zara Phillips
  3. Jessica Ennis
    Jessica Ennis

3.) Multiple Choice Question

British film director Ken Russell died this week. Which actor did not star in one of his films?

Ken Russell
  1. Julie Walters
  2. Michael Caine
  3. Twiggy
  4. Hugh Grant

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Unions say up to two million public sector workers went on strike this week, drawing comparisons with the 1979 Winter of Discontent and the general strike of 1926. What was the latter over?

Striking public sector workers
  1. In support of miners
  2. In support of mill workers
  3. In support of tram drivers


In 1926 the aim was to get the government to act to prevent mine owners cutting wages and increasing working hours. Up to 1.75 million people are estimated to have walked out in May. It lasted nine days, after which the miners struggled on alone. By the end of November most were back down the mines, working longer hours for less.

Strikers in 1926

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"I am proud at the way everyone rallied around." Who said this week?

  1. Woman who sparked a 12-hour rescue of what turned out to be a toy cat
  2. Official in India after an angry snake charmer let loose dozens of snakes in a tax office and sparked chaos
  3. Boy who received offers of help from the US after blogging about his missing pet chicken

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Meryl Streep is tipped to add to her 16 Oscar nominations after winning an award for her latest role as Margaret Thatcher. Her last Oscar was for which film?

Meryl Streep
  1. Julie and Julia
  2. Sophie's Choice
  3. Doubt
  4. The Devil Wears Prada

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A copy of the first issue of Action Comics, featuring Superman's debut, became the world's most expensive comic, fetching $2.16m (£1.4m) at auction. What did it originally cost?

First issue of Action Comics
  1. One cent
  2. 10 cents
  3. 50 cents
  4. One dollar


  1. It's his love of tennis. He has three children, not four, and a degree in government, not astronomy. The ladder represents his journey upwards and the scimitars represent Essex, where he went to university. The pink triangles and rainbow colours highlight his role in championing LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - rights. The coat of arms was paid for out of public money.
  2. It was Zara Phillips in 2006. Dame Kelly Holmes won it in 2004 and Jessica Ennis came third in 2010 and 2009. The shortlist is compiled by a panel of 27 sports editors from national and regional newspapers and magazines. The BBC says it will review the nomination process for next year's award. This year the shortlist includes Alastair Cook and Rory McIlroy.
  3. It's Julie Walters. Michael Caine starred in the 1967 spy thriller Billion Dollar Brain. Twiggy won two Golden Globes for her role in his 1971 film The Boy Friend. Hugh Grant was in The Lair of the White Worm, released in 1988.
  4. It was in support of miners. The strike resulted in many schools being shut and hospital operations being cancalled. Ministers have put the number of people who actually went on strike closer to 1.2 million.
  5. It's Jasmine Hazelhurst who sparked a 12-hour rescue after hearing what she thought was a trapped cat in a recycled clothes bin. Firefighters, the RSPCA and locals in Moelfre, Anglesey, all helped in the bid to free the feline, which turned out to be a toy. The snakes were eventually caught and Ginger the chicken was found.
  6. It was Sophie's Choice in 1982. She has racked up 13 Best Actress nods and three for Best Supporting Actress, winning two Oscars. Her first nomination was for Deer Hunter in 1979.
  7. It's 10 cents. It's the first time a comic book has broken the $2m barrier. Action Comics No 1 was published in 1938 and only about 100 copies are thought to still be in existence. Only a handful of those are in good condition.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Holding out for a hero

4 - 6 : Average joe

7 - 7 : Flying high

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