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

The schooner is now legal in British pubs. The measure is being set in the UK at 380ml. Which of these measures is bigger than a schooner?

  1. Gill
  2. Quart
  3. Flanker

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A statue in honour of a former American president was unveiled to much fanfare in the Czech capital Prague this week. Who is it?

  1. Woodrow Wilson
  2. Ronald Reagan
  3. George W Bush


Wilson is held in high regard by Czechs and Slovaks for his role, at the end of WWI, in creating an independent Czechoslovakia.

Woodrow Wilson

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died this week. He often referred to the fact that he was a college drop-out, who quit after one term. He did, however, continue to take classes at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. What in?

steve jobs tribute
  1. Journalism
  2. Graphic design
  3. Calligraphy

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The tiny South Pacific island of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency because it's running out of drinking water. But what does the island specialise in that is sought after the world over?

  1. Stamps
  2. Tropical fish
  3. Salt

5.) Multiple Choice Question

One of Spain's richest women, the flamboyant 85-year-old Duchess of Alba, married a man 24 years her junior. She is distantly related to a number of well-known figures. But which one of these is she not related to?

Duchess of Alba
  1. Queen Elizabeth II
  2. Pablo Picasso
  3. Sir Winston Churchill

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following - who have ruled themselves out of the race for the US presidency - said their children had received a letter from a farmer telling them to urge their parent to make a bid and take a place in history?

  1. Chris Christie
  2. Sarah Palin

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has placed a US university at the top of the league. Which one?

  1. California Institute of Technology
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Stanford University


  1. It's a quart, which is two pints (1.1 litres). A gill is a quarter of a pint (142ml). A flanker is made up. Britain's strict laws on measurements in pubs were relaxed last weekend. The government hopes the new-size glass will curb excessive drinking.
  2. It's Woodrow Wilson. It is the city's second statue of the president - the original was destroyed nearly 70 years ago by the Nazis and melted down to make bullets.
  3. It was calligraphy. Jobs has said his calligraphy came back to him when the first Macintosh computer was being designed. He described it as the first computer with beautiful typography.
  4. It's stamps, which are popular with philatelists around the world because of their designs, and a key source of income for the island.
  5. It's Pablo Picasso. The Duchess has said that at 22, Picasso asked to paint her picture but she declined because of her husband's wishes. She is a distant relative of both Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Winston Churchill.
  6. It was Chris Christie. The governor of New Jersey said he'd thought long and hard about whether to stand adding: "Now is not my time." Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin also said the decision came after much thought, and that she and her husband Todd "devote ourselves to God, family and country".
  7. It's California Institute of Technology. Oxford University, in fourth position, was the highest-placed university in the UK.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Must try harder

4 - 6 : Satisfactory

7 - 7 : Top of the class

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 30 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 23 September


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