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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which country is considering offering thousands of free flights to foreigners?

  1. Japan - to encourage tourism after Fukushima
  2. Bhutan - in celebration of the 31-year-old king's wedding
  3. North Korea - which is to open a mountain resort

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What traditional musical instrument did Bob Dylan buy after a gig last weekend?

  1. Bagpipes
  2. Bodhram
  3. Balalaika

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Which part of the world is keen to redesign its lion flag - often depicted with bloody claws - because of fears that it projects an unflattering image abroad?

  1. Wales
  2. Flanders
  3. Latvia

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Self-styled Seattle "superhero" Phoenix Jones has been accused of using pepper spray and arrested. What is the name of the crime-fighting group he belongs to?

Phoenix Jones
  1. Seattle Supersonics
  2. Rain City Superhero Movement
  3. Storm City Superheroes


Now something of a celebrity in the US, Phoenix Jones - or Benjamin Fodor to use his real name - started his crime-fighting crusade earlier this year. He is reportedly driven around in a Kia by a female sidekick who does not get out of the car.

Actor Rainn Wilson, Phoenix Jones and film producer James Gunn

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A $5m (£3,180,000) award for good leadership in Africa, which has not been awarded for a couple of years because of a lack of qualified candidates, was finally bestowed on the former leader of which African nation?

  1. Comoros
  2. Cape Verde
  3. Central African Republic

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank has expressed deep regret at attending whose star-studded birthday party?

  1. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov
  2. Saif Gaddafi
  3. Syria's Bashar al-Assad

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Finally, Paul McCartney married US heiress Nancy Shevell in London. One of her relatives is a famous US television star, but who is it?

  1. Martha Stewart
    Martha Stewart
  2. Ellen DeGeneres
  3. Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters


The pair tied the knot at Marylebone Old Town Hall and then enjoyed a noisy post-wedding celebration at their London home. DJ Mark Ronson had to turn down the volume after complaints from neighbours and a visit from council noise officers.

Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney


  1. It's Japan. The country's tourism agency has proposed offering 10,000 free flights in order to lure tourists back. In return, tourists would be expected to write online about their experiences.
  2. It was bagpipes. According to Reuters, a representative for the 70-year-old singer was dispatched to buy a set of traditional Scottish pipes - complete with a beginners' handbook - after a concert in Glasgow.
  3. It's Flanders. Belgium is edging closer to forming a government bringing together its Flemish and Walloon parties, after the collapse of the administration in 2010. Flemish protesters demanding the break-up of Belgium have been brandishing the lion flags during demonstrations. A competition has been launched to find a more "positive" image.
  4. He reportedly is the leader of the 10-strong Rain City Superhero Movement. The Seattle Supersonics were the city's NBA basketball team and the Storm City Superheroes do not exist.
  5. It's Cape Verde. Pedro Verona Pires was said to have helped the tiny country out of poverty during his presidency, which ended earlier this year. He was commended for helping turn it into a model of democracy and stability. The prize was created in 2007 but this is only the third time it's been presented, with the committee saying in 2009 and 2010 that no leader had met the criteria.
  6. It was Ramzan Kadyrov. The Chechen leader and his forces are accused by human rights activists of torture and murder of opponents. Ms Swank issued the statement after Human Rights Watch criticised her, along with fellow guests Belgian actor Jean Claude Van Damme and British violinist Vanessa Mae.
  7. It's US journalist, author and television presenter Barbara Walters - who is her second cousin. She was among the guests at the wedding.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Help

4 - 6 : We can work it out

7 - 7 : I feel fine

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 7 October

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 30 September


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