Quiz of the week's news

7 days quiz

It's the Magazine's 7 days, 7 questions quiz - an opportunity to prove to yourself and others that you are a news oracle. Failing that, you can always claim to have had better things to do during the past week than swot up on current affairs.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Teenager Joe Cotton got a standing ovation for his speech at the NUT conference. William Hague famously made a speech aged16 at the 1977 Tory Party Conference. How old is Cotton compared to the young Hague?

Joe Cotton
  1. Younger
  2. Same age
  3. Older


Hague hit the headlines after Margaret Thatcher described his 1977 speech, on the risk of socialism in the UK, as "thrilling". Cotton took to the stage at the teaching union's conference to defend the education maintenance allowance. The government is axing it for new applicants from September.

Margaret Thatcher and William Hague

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama has released his birth certificate from Hawaii to debunk rumours that he wasn't born in the US - speculation fanned by Donald Trump. But where was Trump born?

Obama's birth certificate
  1. West Palm Beach
  2. New York
  3. Mississippi
  4. Honolulu

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Tim Anderson has won MasterChef 2011. Judge John Torode said he provided the "best culinary explosion" the show had ever seen. One of his dishes featured "jellied ponzu". What's ponzu?

Tim Anderson
  1. Pickled plum
  2. A type of eel
  3. Japanese sauce made with seaweed and citrus juice

4.) Missing Word Question

India bank * eat piles of cash

  1. mice
  2. moths
  3. termites

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The deadline to apply for Olympic tickets passed this week and London 2012 received applications for 20+ million tickets from 1.8m people. How many were UK-based?

  1. 75%
  2. 85%
  3. 95%

6.) Multiple Choice Question

What do urban-dwelling birds have that is bigger than their rural cousins, according to scientists?

A blue tit
  1. Families
  2. Brains
  3. Waistlines

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Angelina Jolie has a record-breaking deal for a single advertising campaign, with Louis Vuitton reportedly paying her £6.5m. Who previously held the record?

Angelina Jolie
  1. Catherine Zeta-Jones
  2. Nicole Kidman
  3. Gwyneth Paltrow


  1. Cotton is younger, by one year. He's 15, and a pupil at Calder High School in Yorkshire.
  2. Trump - who also released his birth certificate - was born in New York's Jamaica Hospital on 14 June, 1946. President Obama's certificate states he was born in Kapi'olani Maternity Hospital, Honolulu.
  3. Ponzu is a Japanese sauce made with seaweed, rice wine and citrus juice. Tim crammed Japanese, American, Australian, and British influences into his winning menu.
  4. It's termites. The insects are believed to have chewed their way through notes worth some 10 million rupees ($225,000/£137,000).
  5. It's 95%. The deadline for applying for the 6.6 million tickets was on Wednesday. Those who have been successful will be notified by 24 June.
  6. It's brains. "Urban adapters" including tits, crows and wrens all come from families of related species that have large brains compared to their bodies, a new study found. Researchers studied 82 species of birds from 22 families.
  7. It's Zeta-Jones, paid £3.2m for promoting T-Mobile. Kidman pockets £2.5m a year to be the face of Chanel, and Paltrow has a deal with Estee Lauder worth a reported £1.9m.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Face for radio

4 - 6 : Scrubs up well

7 - 7 : You beauty

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