Weekly world news quiz


It's the World News 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much global news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

A study of 24 European countries concluded that the fastest queues are in Sweden. But where are the slowest ones?

Long queue
  1. Russia
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Spain

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Pope Benedict XVI's UK visit looms, but what are spectators banned from taking with them to the organised events?

The Pope
  1. Torches
  2. Whistles
  3. Flags

3.) Multiple Choice Question

All 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for three weeks are alive. When audio contact was made with foreman Luis Urzua, what were his first words?

Telephone used to talk to miners
  1. 'Praise be to God'
  2. 'Luis here'
  3. 'Shift foreman speaking'

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A 150-year-old tree that brought comfort to Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis in World War II has fallen down. What kind of tree was it?

Anne Frank's tree
  1. Oak
  2. Horse chestnut
  3. Yew

5.) Multiple Choice Question

British government papers released this week gave details of a German spy, accused of stealing papers that led to the downfall of Norway. The spy was...

Troops at Narvik
  1. A ski champion
  2. A waitress
  3. A ballerina

6.) Missing Word Question

Criminal * terrorise South Africa

  1. Gangs
  2. Children
  3. Baboons

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Researchers have given details of a new species of frog discovered recently in Borneo. What is special about it?

Borneo frog
  1. It raises tadpoles in its stomach
  2. It's only 1cm long
  3. It cannot swim


  1. It's Russia, although the Bulgarian passport office had the slowest queue of all, taking six hours to process 36 customers. The research by Mystery Shopping Providers Association ranked Spain, Denmark and the UK in the Top 10.
  2. It's whistles, which the Catholic Church says "pose a threat". Also banned are gazebos, animals, musical instruments, alcohol and BBQs. Flags and battery-powered torches are fine.
  3. "Shift foreman speaking," announced Mr Urzua, a true professional even in times of crisis. The 54-year-old has taken charge, distributing food and allocating jobs to keep the men busy. It is expected to take four months to get them out.
  4. It was a horse chestnut. The tree, whose trunk was diseased and rotten, snapped and crashed into neighbouring gardens in Amsterdam. The Anne Frank House museum escaped unscathed.
  5. She was a blonde ballerina, Marina Lee. According to the files, Germany was close to pulling out of Norway before Lee passed on details of the allied battle plan.
  6. It's baboons. The animals are reported to be causing havoc on the Cape Peninsula.
  7. It's the world's smallest frog, about 1cm long. The researchers first discovered the diminutive red and orange amphibian on an expedition to Kubah National Park in 2004. They have now described the discovery in the journal Zootaxa.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Sinking

3 - 5 : Swimming

6 - 7 : Top of the tree

If you missed our world news quiz last week, you can catch up by clicking here:

World news quiz: 20 August 2010

And if you are really in the mood for fun and games, and want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here are two quizzes from the archive:

World news quiz: 13 August 2010

World news quiz: 6 August 2010

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

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