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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Singer-songwriter PJ Harvey made history this week by becoming the first person to win the Mercury Prize twice. Which year did she previously win it?

PJ Harvey
  1. 1998
  2. 2001
  3. 2003

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex-wife 10,000 euros (£8,500) for sexual inactivity during their marriage. What did he say prevented him from being active?

  1. Tiredness
  2. Health problems
  3. Both
  4. Neither

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Sir Stuart Bell, Labour MP for Middlesbrough, has hit the headlines after it was revealed he has not held a surgery for local constituents for how many years?

Sir Stuart Bell
  1. 10
  2. 12
  3. 14

4.) Missing Word Question

* speeds up fat loss

  1. Drinking tea
  2. Socialising
  3. Crying

5.) Multiple Choice Question

One in seven High Street shops are now boarded up, according to a new report. Which "large centre" has the highest shop vacancy rate in the UK?

Empty shop
  1. Stockport
  2. Blackpool
  3. Grimsby


Leigh Park in Havant near Portsmouth - classed a small centre - has the worst figure in the UK regardless of size, with 36.4% of shops vacant. The first half of 2011 was only as bad - rather than worse than - 2010, with retailers hoping vacancy rates may have plateaued.

Empty shop

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery collection is to be put up for sale. A key piece is La Peregrina, a pear-shaped pearl given to her by Richard Burton. Which other couple is linked to it?

La Peregrina
  1. Napoleon, Josephine
  2. Horatio Nelson, Emma Hamilton
  3. Spain's Phillip II, England's Mary I

7.) Multiple Choice Question

As players arrived in NZ for the Rugby World Cup, one was fined NZ$400 (£140) for not declaring which item, in breach of the country's strict bio-security laws?

  1. Herbal muscle building remedy
  2. Pair of muddy rugby boots
    Rugby boots
  3. A banana


  1. She won in 2001 for her album Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. Her latest winning album Let England Shake is a conceptual work about conflict and war. It beat strong competition from Anna Calvi and James Blake.
  2. It's both. The 51-year-old man was fined under article 215 of France's civil code, which states married couples must agree to a "shared communal life". The judge ruled this law implies that "sexual relations must form part of a marriage".
  3. It's 14. Sir Stuart says he has not held a surgery after being threatened in 1997. He told the BBC that instead he visits people's homes in Middlesbrough every Friday.
  4. It's socialising. A study of mice found that a socially active lifestyle can dramatically speed up weight loss.
  5. It's Stockport, where 27.7% of shops are vacant, according to the report by the Local Data Company. Blackpool and Grimsby are joint second with 27.5%.
  6. It was King Phillip and Queen Mary I. The pearl was presented to Mary before their marriage in 1554. Taylor's ex-husband Burton was fond of historical pieces.
  7. It was the muddy boots. Each team had its bags searched in a private area of Auckland airport. Another did not declare a pot of honey.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Sin bin

4 - 6 : scrum

7 - 7 : Winning try

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