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

"Godfather of Fitness" Jack Lalanne died this week, aged 96. He is credited with popularising fitness in America, and was known for certain catchphrases. Which of these is NOT his?

Jack Lalanne
  1. Ten seconds on the lips, and a lifetime on the hips
  2. Feel the burn
  3. Eat right and you can't go wrong

2.) Multiple Choice Question

It is well documented that Frederic Chopin was hounded by hallucinations during his relatively short life. Which of the following do researchers now claim that he suffered from, along with depression?

  1. Opium addiction
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Migraines

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Our dinosaur discovery of the week is one that shares a close common ancestor with the T-Rex, but has a single claw on each hand instead of the more common three. What do scientists say the prominent claw was used for?

  1. Stabbing prey
  2. Preening
  3. Digging

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Lawmakers in New York are about to debate a bill that would crack down on pedestrians doing what as they cross the street?

New York
  1. Roller blading
  2. Listening to an iPod
  3. Reading

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Letters to a British friend from JD Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, have gone on display at the University of East Anglia. They show he was a fan of one of the following tennis players. Which?

  1. Tim Henman
  2. John McEnroe
  3. Billie Jean King

6.) Multiple Choice Question

In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama issued a plea to respect teachers. In which country did he say teachers twere regarded as "nation builders"?

  1. India
  2. Finland
  3. South Korea

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A grand piano has appeared on a narrow strip of land in the middle of stretch of water. It is close to somewhere that lends itself to a musical pun. Which?

Grand Piano
  1. Bass Rock (Scotland)
  2. Florida Keys
  3. Ivory Coast


  1. It's "feel the burn", which was a catchphrase popularised by Jane Fonda, who released a number of fitness videos.
  2. It's epilepsy. Chopin's tendency to drift off while at the piano was interpreted by his partner George Sand as "the manifestation of a genius full of sentiment and expression". But Spanish researchers say Chopin's hallucinations may have been due to temporal lobe epilepsy.
  3. It's digging. Linhenykus monodactylus, which stood just 60cm tall and weighed about the same as a large parrot, may have used its dino-digits to dig into insect nests.
  4. It's the iPod and other electronic gadgets. Democratic State Senator Carl Kruger, who is proposing restrictions, has been trying since 2007 to ban the use of mobile phones, iPods and other gadgets by pedestrians in major cities while crossing the street. He says he has sponsors in the state assembly.
  5. It was Tim Henman. In the letters "Salinger describes his day-to-day life, going on various coach trips around the States, chatting to people on these excursions, visiting restaurants, art galleries," says Professor of American Studies Chris Bigsby.
  6. It's South Korea. "In South Korea teachers are known as 'nation builders'. Here in America, it's time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect," Mr Obama said.
  7. It's Florida Keys. US authorities and local residents were puzzled when the piano appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay, Miami. It is located a short distance from the Keys.

Your Score

0 - 1 : Cacophony

2 - 4 : Unison

5 - 7 : Harmony

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 21 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: 14 January

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