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 German man has admitted to smuggling hundreds of live tarantula spiders to the US. How did he do it?

  1. He strapped them to his body
  2. He sent them through the post
  3. He used a diplomatic courier

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Why has the EU suspended its carbon trading scheme - the biggest in the world?

  1. Because of a tax fraud
  2. It's been targeted by hackers
  3. Because of money laundering claims

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The upper chamber of Spain's parliament has sparked a row by allowing senators to debate in five of the country's languages. Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Valencian are four, which is the fifth?

Spanish parliament
  1. Extremadura
  2. Esperanto
  3. Euskara

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The European Union is threatening to prosecute a government for allowing the hunting of what?

wolf hunter
  1. Wolves
  2. Bears
  3. Wild boar

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"Very strong, beautifully made with a great past," said who?

  1. Eric Cantona, on his appointment as director of soccer at New York team Cosmos
  2. Ricky Gervais, introducing Angelina Jolie at the Golden Globe awards
  3. Musician Boy George, handing over an ancient icon to the Church of Cyprus
    Boy George

6.) Multiple Choice Question

President Obama welcomed his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao to Washington this week. What got lost in translation during a White House news conference?

Obama and Jintao
  1. The name of China's national anthem
  2. The Chinese president's full title
  3. A question about human rights

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Fifty years ago, President John F Kennedy took the oath of office as America's 35th president. What poem did the 86-year-old Robert Frost recite at the event?

  1. Dedication
  2. The Gift Outright
  3. The Road Not Taken


  1. It's the post. Prosecutors in Los Angeles said Sven Koppler was caught after he had posted tarantulas from Germany to federal agents posing as buyers. Court documents showed he had earned $300,000 smuggling spiders to dozens of countries.
  2. It has been hacked into, with millions of dollars' worth of carbon permits going missing. In the past two years, the scheme has been blighted by upsets including the re-sale of used carbon offsets, a phishing scam, hacking and continuing VAT fraud.
  3. It's Euskara, which is the Basque language. According to the Spanish media more translators will be required, at a cost of 12,000 euros (£10,000) for each day of debating.
  4. It's the wolves. The EU is threatening legal action against Sweden over a wolf hunt that allegedly breaches EU law. In 2009, the Swedish parliament decided to limit the wolf population to 210 animals and to permit licensed hunting up to the quota limit during January and February.
  5. It was Eric Cantona. The Cosmos, a former powerhouse which once boasted Pele and Franz Beckenbauer as players, folded in 1985 but relaunched last August. Boy George this week has agreed to return an icon he bought from a London art dealer without knowing its origin, and Ricky Gervais ruffled many feathers during the Golden Glob awards, which he hosted.
  6. It was the question about human rights. A human rights question was directed at Mr Hu, but the Chinese president didn't answer it, initially causing the impression that he was avoiding the topic. He said he hadn't heard the question because of translation problems that made the news conference long and at times confusing.
  7. It's The Gift Outright. Frost wrote Dedication for the occasion, and brought a handwritten copy with him, but he was unable to read it because of the glare of the sunlight on the snow. Instead, he recited The Gift Outright from memory.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Doggerel

3 - 5 : Limerick

6 - 7 : Sonnet

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

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

Weekly world news quiz 14 January

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

Weekly world news quiz: 7 January

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