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 new international airport has been named after James Bond thriller writer Ian Fleming in a place he had a special relationship with. Where is it?

  1. Jamaica
  2. Brazil
  3. Scotland
  4. Thailand

2.) Multiple Choice Question

One of Belgium's best-known actors, Benoit Poelvoorde, has urged his fellow citizens not to do what again until the country finally forms a government?

  1. Shave
  2. Drink Belgian beer
  3. Pay taxes

3.) Multiple Choice Question

10b featured in the name of something that was being introduced to the world this week. What?

  1. A discovery by Nasa of the smallest planet ever found outside our solar system
  2. A super-resilient material - to rival steel (pictured) - which is the first to combine strength and toughness
  3. A prototype of a Chinese stealth fighter jet that made its first test flight

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The citizens of south Sudan took part in a week-long vote on independence from the north. Which was the last new country in Africa to be recognised by the UN?

  1. Western Sahara
  2. Somaliland
  3. Eritrea

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A book dubbed the sequel to The Catcher in the Rye has been banned in the US over copyright issues. What is the Holden Caulfield character doing now?

  1. In a retirement home
  2. In banking
  3. A teacher

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A cross-eyed opossum in Germany called Heidi has become an internet hit, winning more than 65,000 admirers on Facebook. What was one of the reasons given for her crossed eyes?

  1. A traumatic delivery at birth
  2. Bad diet
  3. All baby oppssums are cross-eyed

7.) Missing Word Question

Birds died from *

  1. binge drinking
  2. lightning
  3. smoking


  1. It's Jamaica. Ian Fleming International Airport, which will be used by private jets and small commercial aircraft, is close to the scenic retreat Goldeneye, where the late author wrote his books. James Bond visits Rio de Janeiro in Moonraker, Khao Phing Kan is an island in Thailand that features in The Man with the Golden Gun and is popularly called James Bond Island, while Fleming emphasised Bond's Scottish heritage in his books.
  2. It's shaving. "Let's keep our beards until Belgium rises again," Mr Poelvoorde said on Belgian TV. A caretaker government has been running day-to-day business in the country since an inconclusive election on 13 June 2010.
  3. It was the planet, Kepler-10b. Scientists at the US space agency Nasa have discovered the smallest planet ever found outside our solar system, which is a rocky planet roughly the same size as Earth. China conducted the first test-flight of its J-20 stealth fighter.
  4. It was Eritrea, which emerged from its long war of independence in 1993. Somaliland and Western Sahara are not recognised by the UN.
  5. He's in a retirement home, or at least escaping from one, in New York. Caulfield is aged 76 in the work by Fredrik Colting, called 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.
  6. The zoo believes the marsupial's eye problem may be to do with her diet or because she is overweight, leading to fat deposits behind the eyes.
  7. It's binge drinking. Officials in Romania said birds that were thought to have died from avian flu instead died from alcohol poisoning after gorging on grape marc - the leftovers from the wine-making process.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Crash landing

3 - 5 : Sitting on the fence

6 - 7 : Flying high

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

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