Quiz of the week's news


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

Scientists are calling for the new edition of the Times Atlas to be pulped after it incorrectly claimed Greenland had been significantly shrunk by the effects of climate change. But which of these is Greenland?

country profiles
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D


Greenland is shown in different shapes depending on the type of map. For example, both of these images show Greenland. Shape A is how it appears on the Times Atlas and B how it appears on most BBC maps.


2.) Missing Word Question

Light shed on deep-sea squid *

  1. Ancestors
  2. Diet
  3. Sex

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Two French Muslim women who continue to wear the full-face veil in defiance of a new law banning it in France have been issued with fines by a court. Which other country has already banned the veil?

  1. Italy
  2. Belgium
  3. Netherlands

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The European Court of Justice this week rejected a company's attempt to trademark which image?

  1. Marijuana leaf
  2. Che Guevara
  3. Hammer and sickle
    Hammer and sickle

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The number 194 was in the news this week in connection with the Palestinian push for full UN membership - why?

  1. A delegation of 194 Palestinians is in New York to argue the case
  2. Palestine would be the 194th member of the UN
  3. This is Palestinians' 194th bid to achieve statehood

6.) Multiple Choice Question

"Needed Foreign Ministerial intervention." So said Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd after a spot of bother at a US airport over a suspicious item in his luggage. What was he attempting to bring into the country?

airport security
  1. Vegemite
  2. Cherry Ripe chocolate bar
  3. Biltong

7.) Multiple Choice Question

US rockers REM are splitting up after 31 years, sparking headlines such as Out of Time and End of the World. What was the band originally called?

  1. Twisted Wives
  2. Twisted Minds
  3. Twisted Kites


  1. It's B. The publishers of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World say they will produce a new, revised map, based on all the available data, on a separate sheet that can be slotted into the existing atlas.
  2. It's sex. By studying footage from underwater vehicles, US researchers found that this rarely seen creature often engages in same-sex mating. They think this is because encounters with potential mates in the dark depths are rare, and the squid may be unable to tell the sexes apart.
  3. It's Belgium. The country followed France by banning the full veil. Italy and the Netherlands have been drawing up similar legislation.
  4. It's the hammer and sickle. The court ruled that the Soviet coat of arms, of the planet Earth ringed by the hammer and sickle and red star of the former Soviet Union, could not be used as a commercial trademark, because it was a "symbol of despotism".
  5. If it gained recognition, a state known as Palestine would become the 194th member of the UN. Flags have been flying in Palestinian areas bearing the number.
  6. It was Vegemite. US authorities are reported to have tried to confiscate the yeast extract spread. Prime Minister Julia Gillard also took a jar to the US in March, and got Barack Obama to try it. His verdict was less than enthusiastic - "a quasi-vegetable by-product paste that you smear all over your toast".
  7. It's Twisted Kites. The band played their first gig in a church on 5 April 1980 - they played a mixture of original material and covers, including the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen and Jonathan Richman's Roadrunner.

Your Score

0 - 3 : In a twist

4 - 6 : Twist again

7 - 7 : Twist and shout

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 16 September

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 9 September


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