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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

The Time Person of the Year has been revealed to be "the protester". Who was second?

  1. Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton
    Duchess of Cambridge
  2. US Navy's William McRaven
    William McRaven
  3. Chinese Ai Weiwei
    Ai Weiwei

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest has failed in her attempt to make a comeback in the annual song-fest. She was hoping to sing for which country, the same as in 1956?

  1. Switzerland
  2. Ireland
  3. Luxembourg

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Sir Graham Watson, a British Member of the European Parliament, has challenged an EU Commissioner to a competition eating what?

  1. Pies
    pork pie
  2. Potatoes
  3. Prunes

4.) Missing Word Question

Hairy limbs keep * at bay

  1. bed bugs
  2. body odour
  3. cold

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists say they've found signs of the now famous Higgs boson. Higgs is a British theoretical physicist (pictured). Where did the word "boson" come from?

  1. A nautical term
  2. A physicist's name
  3. Unit of measurement

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Google has revealed some of the most popular search terms in the UK over the past year. The list of "fastest-rising searches" was topped by the Royal Wedding. What was second?

April calender page
  1. Yuri Gagarin anniversary
  2. iPhone 5
  3. Twilight

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery collection fetched a record-setting $115m (£74m) at auction in New York this week. Also up for sale was a print signed: "To my true love Elizabeth. I love you forever." From who?

Taylor auction
  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Richard Burton
  3. Elton John


  1. It was Admiral Bill McRaven, who masterminded the raid on Bin Laden's compound by Seal Team Six, the elite commandos of the US Navy. Weiwei and the duchess were on the shortlist.
  2. It's Switzerland. Lys Assia, 87, was hoping to become the oldest singer to take part in a contest that she previously won with the song Refrain. According to reports, her latest song lacked "modern elements".
  3. It's prunes - after the EU rejcted claims prunes have a laxative effect. The European Food Safety Agency is investigating the health claims made for food products.
  4. It's bed bugs. Hungry bugs placed on shaved arms were more likely to try to feed compared with those on unshaved arms, the journal Biology Letters reported this week.
  5. It's another physicist. Satyendra Nath Bose was an Indian physicist who collaborated with Albert Einstein.
  6. It was the iPhone 5, an object that didn't actually exist. After a long wait, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S.
  7. It was Michael Jackson. In terms of the jewellery, everything from her famous 33-carat diamond ring, a gift from Burton, to her charm bracelets sold for many times their estimates.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Bad

4 - 6 : Thriller

7 - 7 : Invincible

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