Weekly world news quiz


It's the World News 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.

Planet Earth, seen from space

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Tragedy struck British tycoon Sir Richard Branson this week when his Caribbean island home was hit by lightning. No-one was hurt and the island tortoise also survived. But what's it called?

Necker Island on fire
  1. ET
  2. Alfie
  3. Necker

2.) Multiple Choice Question

An Austrian woman has become the first woman to reach all the Himalayan summits above 8,000m (26,000 ft) without using bottled oxygen. How many peaks did she conquer?

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
  1. 14
  2. 10
  3. 6

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The natural world contains about 8.7 million species, according to a new estimate, described by scientists as the most accurate ever. What percentage of that figure has already been identified?

A coral reef in Australia
  1. 14%
  2. 25%
  3. 37%

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A piece of artwork - a neon sign - has been installed at the home of the British prime minister, No 10 Downing Street. Who created it?

  1. Andy Warhol
    Andy Warhol
  2. Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
  3. Tracey Emin
    Tracey Emin

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A report from the US Department of Defense this week described China's growing military might as a threat to stability. But China described the idea as...?

Chinese warships
  1. Hogwash
  2. Cock-and-bull
  3. Codswallop

6.) Missing Word Question

Neolithic Arabians ' * horses'

  1. Ate
  2. Worshipped
  3. Tamed

7.) Multiple Choice Question

"There are terrible things happening in the world but at least England is number one at cricket." Who said that?

England's Graeme Swann
  1. Hugh Grant
  2. John Major
  3. David Cameron


  1. It is ET, after the book Esio Trot by Roald Dahl. "Esio Trot" is "tortoise" backwards - but the name of the tortoise in Dahl's story is Alfie. The author once visited Branson's island, Necker, in the British Virgin Islands.
  2. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner climbed 14 summits, of which Mount Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga are the most famous.
  3. It's 14%. About 1.2 million species have been formally described, the vast majority from the land rather than the oceans.
  4. It's Tracey Emin and it reads "More Passion". Emin has created a series of neon works spelling out heartfelt messages.
  5. It's cock-and-bull. "The allegation is an utterly cock-and-bull story about the Chinese military based on a wild guess and illogical reasoning," said an English-language commentary published by the state news agency, Xinhua.
  6. It's Tamed. Excavations in Saudi Arabia are said to indicate that horses were domesticated there in 7,000BC. Up to now the received wisdom has been that horses were first tamed in Central Asia some 3,500 years later.
  7. David Cameron said it to US President Barack Obama in a phone call. Actor Hugh Grant and former PM John Major are known to be big fans of the game.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Golden Duck

4 - 6 : Average Average

7 - 7 : Century

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

If you missed it last week, you can catch up here: Weekly world news quiz 19 August

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 12 August


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