World weekly 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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Reports of a missile launch off the coast of California left the Pentagon perplexed this week. Defence officials eventually said the trail filmed by a TV crew was most likely caused by...

  1. A plane
  2. A tornado
  3. Smog from a power station

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The number 92 was in the news this week. Why?

  1. It's the number of hours it took for radioactive waste to travel from France to Germany
  2. It's the number of books George W Bush claims in his memoirs to have read in one year
  3. It's the number of recruits a Swiss friary is seeking to boost its dwindling ranks

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A building in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii collapsed this week. It had something to do with the Armaturarum. What was the building?

  1. A public bath
  2. A school for gladiators
  3. A temple

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists have found a cricket species with testicles that amount to 14% of its body weight. If humans had these proportions, how much would an adult male testicle weigh?

  1. Three kilograms (6.6lbs)
  2. Five kilograms (11lbs)
  3. Seven kilograms (1st 1.4lbs)

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Renault won a court battle over naming its electric car Zoe, after two families said their daughters - Zoe Renault - could become figures of fun. Why Zoe?

Renault zoe
  1. It's the name of the Renault boss's daughter
  2. It means "life" in Greek
  3. It is the first in an electric car series named in reverse alphabetical order

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Angola has been celebrating the 35th anniversary of its independence. From which country did it gain its independence?

  1. France
  2. Italy
  3. Portugal

7.) Multiple Choice Question

"An important means of contributing towards the well-being of the most deprived citizens in the community." What?

  1. A new universal credit, in the UK
    Ian Duncan Smith
  2. Irish cheese
  3. An Elton John concert in Italy, paid for with EU funds
    Elton John


  1. It was the plane. Pentagon and Nasa experts determined that a billowing contrail seen streaking into the skies above Southern California was most likely to have been caused by a plane and not a missile.
  2. It was number of hours it took for the German radioactive waste to be returned from France, where it had been reprocessed. George W Bush revealed he had read 95 books, and Roman Catholic friars in Switzerland placed a job advert in a newspaper for 10 to 20 single men.
  3. It was a school for Gladiators. The collapse of the building provoked outrage and calls for Culture Minister Sandro Bondi to resign.
  4. They would be roughly equivalent to 5kg (11lbs) each. Scientists say the bushcricket's testicles are bigger than those of any other species, in relation to its body weight. The previous holder was a species of fruit fly - Drosophila bifurca - whose testicles to body weight ratio has been recorded as 10.6%.
  5. The name Zoe - which means "life" in Greek - was apparently chosen to underline the car's environmental credentials. The all-electric Renault Zoe ZE is set for launch in 2012. ZE stands for "zero emissions" - but this refers to carbon emissions rather than ozone.
  6. It was Portugal. The country emerged from four decades of civil war eight years ago and is one of the world's main oil producers. The World Bank estimates that Angola's economy will grow by 7.5% this year. Most Angolans, however, still live on less than $2 a day.
  7. It's cheese. Brendan Smith, the Irish agriculture minister, unveiled an EU-funded scheme to distribute 53 tonnes of Irish cheddar. UK Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith unveiled a new "simple" welfare benefit, while the Italian region of Campania came under fire for using EU funds intended to support local arts and crafts to stage an Elton John gig.

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