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

Fidel Castro gave a rare interview to a American journalist, in which he admited that the Cuban economic model no longer worked. What else did he say was vexing him?

  1. Tensions in the Middle East
  2. The struggle for the Arctic
  3. Korea's nuclear weapon programme

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Cambridge has ousted Harvard as the world's top university, in the annual QS rankings. British and US institutions filled the top 17 places. In which country is the university ranked 18th?

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Australia

3.) Multiple Choice Question

An auction house has announced that a rare book - known as the world's most expensive - is up for sale. What is the book?

  1. A Shakespeare folio
  2. A bird picture book
  3. Letters written by Queen Elizabeth I

4.) Multiple Choice Question

India's cabinet has approved a census dealing with questions of caste. When was the last time such a census was held?

census form
  1. Immediately after partition
  2. During the colonial era
  3. No previous census has mentioned caste

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Julia Gillard has won her battle to cling on as Australia's PM but as leader of a fragile minority government. The "kingmakers" who held the balance of power deliberated for some time. They were known as...

  1. The three musketeers
  2. The three degrees
  3. The three amigos

6.) Multiple Choice Question

In his new book, Prof Stephen Hawking says one all-encompassing theory can explain how the universe was created: M-theory. But what might M stand for, according to its originator?

  1. Master
  2. Mortality
  3. Matrix
  4. Map

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Who echoed a line from a Jimi Hendrix song when discussing criticism of his policies this week?

  1. French President Nicolas Sarkozy
  2. US President Barack Obama
    Barack Obama
  3. Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair


  1. It's tensions in the Middle East. Mr Castro invited the American journalist to Cuba to discuss a recent article he had written about the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran in the near future.
  2. It was Switzerland's ETH Zurich, placed 18th. McGill in Canada was next, then Australian National. The rankings are by QS academic advisory board, which said UK and US universities had an advantage because English is the language of academia.
  3. The book is a rare copy of John James Audubon's Birds of America. Only 119 copies remain, and all but a handful are in museums, libraries and universities. The sale will include letters written by Queen Elizabeth I and her ministers about the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a rare first edition of Shakespeare's plays.
  4. The Indian government is including questions about caste in a census for the first time since 1931 - under British Colonial rule. The Indian constitution bans caste-based discrimination, which derives from the hierarchy of social status assigned by the Hindu religion.
  5. It's the three amigos. There had been political deadlock in Australia since last month's inconclusive election. Two of the "three amigos" finally decided to support Ms Gillard's party.
  6. It's matrix, according to Edward Witten, who came up with the theory in 1995. He also said it could stand for "magic" or "mystery".
  7. It was President Obama. "They talk about me like a dog," Mr Obama said, echoing lyrics from Hendrix's Stone Free. It is not known whether the President knew it was a Hendrix lyric or not.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Purple Haze

4 - 4 : Ezy Ryder

5 - 7 : You Got Me Floating

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

World new quiz: 2 September 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: 27 August 2010

World news quiz: 20 August 2010

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