Quiz of the week's news


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.

Graphic of the number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

US President Barack Obama returned to his Irish roots this week. While visiting, he sampled a pint of Guinness and paid for it saying: "I just want you to know the president pays his bar tab." How much did he pay?

President Obama with Guinness
  1. 4 euros
  2. 18.20 euros
  3. 50 euros

2.) Multiple Choice Question

You either love it or hate it, say manufacturers. Now Marmite faces restrictions in Denmark. Why?

A sign at the Unilever Marmite factory in Burton on Trent, Stafffordshire
  1. It contains vitamins and additives
  2. Yeast is strictly regulated in Denmark
  3. The Danes just hate it

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Another volcano has erupted in Iceland spewing ash into the atmosphere. But how does the Grimsvotn eruption compare with Eyjafjallajokull last year, which closed airspace across Europe?

Eruption at Grímsvötn
  1. Bigger
  2. The same
  3. Smaller

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What's the significance of 21 October 2011?

  1. Outdoor smoking ban begins in New York
  2. Veteran talk show host Oprah Winfrey's final programme due to be broadcast
    Oprah Winfrey
  3. The revised date for the end of the world

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A life-sized toy tiger sparked a police alert this week after worried members of the public thought it was real. What has now happened to the toy?

Stuffed tiger
  1. Destroyed by police marksmen
  2. Treated as lost property
  3. Given to the children's ward at a local hospital

6.) Missing Word Question

Cats and dogs share grasp of *

  1. maths
  2. chemistry
  3. physics

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A Derbyshire couple were refused service at a McDonald's drive-through restaurant because of their choice of vehicle. What was it?

McDonald's sign
  1. Tractor
  2. Horse-drawn carriage
  3. Hovercraft


  1. He handed over a 50-euro note to barman Ollie Hayes, then left before getting his change. A pint of Guinness in Ollie's Bar costs 4.20 euros.
  2. By law, the Danish authorities must give their approval for food fortified by vitamins or minerals before sale. Ovaltine and some breakfast cereals have already fallen foul of these regulations.
  3. It's bigger. But experts say although Grimsvotn is spewing 10 to 100 times more ash into the atmosphere than Eyjafjallajokull, the ash particles are bigger and heavier and so more likely to fall back to earth quickly.
  4. It's the new end of the world date, according to evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping - who got it wrong at the weekend.
  5. It is now being kept as lost property. Armed officers were deployed and animal specialists in Hampshire were ready to overcome the "tiger" with tranquiliser darts before realising it was, in fact, stuffed.
  6. It's physics. Scientists have discovered that both animals use the same complex balance of inertia and gravity to lap up liquids.
  7. It was a horse-drawn carriage. The company said it could only serve certain types of vehicles for health and safety reasons. But Debbie Murden, 42, said she was surprised to be turned away from the Alfreton branch as she had used it before.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Soggy leftovers

4 - 6 : Regular fries

7 - 7 : Big Mac

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