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

Who, in an interview this week, revealed that they had 600,000 friends on "the Facebook"?

  1. George W Bush
  2. Hillary Clinton
  3. Sarah Palin

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A new study suggests there could be three times more stars in the universe than previously thought, because scientists underestimated the number of dim stars. What are they known as?

Night sky
  1. White dwarfs
  2. Red dwarfs
  3. Sub-dwarfs

3.) Multiple Choice Question

"We did not suspect that this [criticism] could be made with such arrogance, with such rudeness." Who reacted thus to an unflattering description in a memo released by Wikileaks?

  1. Turkmenistan's Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov
  2. Russia's Vladimir Putin
  3. Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A birthday question: Jazz maestro Dave Brubeck will be 90 next week, but who collects the main royalties for his most famous hit, Take Five?

  1. Saxophonist Paul Desmond
  2. The American Red Cross
  3. The US Internal Revenue Service

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The EU annouced this week that it was planning to crack down on who or what?

  1. Commercial cold calling by tele-marketing firms
  2. Fake DOC (controlled designation of origin) food products
  3. European drivers who break the law in another EU member state

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which piece of history went under the hammer this week?

  1. Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin
  2. A diamond panther bracelet owned by Wallace Simpson
  3. A previously undiscovered Picasso portrait

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A new entry in the Oxford English Dictionary may have settled a dispute over whether Australia or New Zealand was the birthplace of the Pavlova. Who or what was the dessert named after?

  1. A dancer
  2. A flower
  3. A butterfly


  1. It was Mr Bush, who was speaking to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in an hour-long interview on the Facebook portal. When asked which technology he regularly used, however, he responded: "the Facebook".
  2. It's the red variety. Red dwarfs are smaller and dimmer than our own Sun; it is only recently that telescopes have been powerful enough to detect them.
  3. It was the Russian premier, Vladimir Putin, who was painted as Batman, while President Dmitry Medvedev was described as Robin. Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov was simply described as: "not very bright", while Hamid Karzai was reportedly "driven by paranoia".
  4. It's the American Red Cross. The tune was composed by Desmond who, before he died in 1977, accorded all royalties to the aid agency, which is said to earn $100,000 a year from it.
  5. It's bad driving - the EU reckons that foreign drivers account for 5% of traffic in the 27-nation bloc, but about 15% of speeding offences. India, meanwhile, is planning to impose heavy fines on tele-marketing firms who call people registered on a national "do not call" list.
  6. It was the wrist sparkler - decorated with onyx and designed by Cartier - that was auctioned in London this week. It achieved a dazzling £4.5m ($7m). Less glamorously, the coffin used to contain the body of Lee Harvey Oswald is to be sold at auction in Los Angeles in a few weeks time, with a starting price of just £640 ($1,000). In the south of France meanwhile, a legal battle about the ownership of previously unknown Picassos is about to begin, with the artist's former electrician claiming that he was given hundreds of works of art by the late artist.
  7. It's the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. According to the the dictionary, the dessert was most likely given its name to commemorate the dancer's 1926 tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Just desserts

3 - 4 : Sweet

5 - 7 : Piece of cake

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

World news quiz: 26 November

And if you want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here is the quiz from the week before:

World news quiz: 19 November

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

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