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.

Graphic of the number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

The Queen viewed an aboriginal sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria, during a 10-day visit to Australia. What unusual gift caused confusion for Prince Philip, who was accompanying her?

The Queen
  1. A stick
  2. A bird's egg
  3. A feather

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi discussed this week what happens during a "bunga bunga" party. What did he claim was the principal activity at such an event?

  1. Eating
  2. Dancing
  3. Networking

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A court in the US has been asked to grant constitutional rights to which of the following, after a campaigning group argued they were being kept in conditions that violated the ban on slavery?

  1. Whales
  2. Horses
  3. Mice

4.) Multiple Choice Question

George Clooney's new political thriller The Ides of March is based on a play called Farragut North. What - or who - is Farragut North?

  1. The name of the main character
  2. A Washington DC metro station
  3. A gentleman's club

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The French rugby team have been fined £2,500 for doing what while New Zealand's All Blacks team performed the haka during Sunday's World Cup final?

  1. Advancing towards the New Zealand team
  2. Turning their backs on the All Blacks
  3. Joining in with one part of the haka


"As with other in-tournament breaches of the tournament cultural ritual protocol and as per pre-tournament communication with teams, RWCL will impose the standard sanction of £2,500," the IRB stated on Thursday.


6.) Multiple Choice Question

The world population is about to pass seven billion. When did it get its first billion people?

girl holding a globe
  1. 1804
  2. 1854
  3. 1904

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The M25 London orbital road was completed 25 years ago, and opened by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Which song was inspired by the M25?

Mrs Thatcher on M25
  1. Chris Rea's The Road To Hell
  2. The Talking Heads' Road To Nowhere
  3. Orbital's Are We Here?


  1. It was a stick. A student from a nearby school presented the Queen with a traditional eucalyptus stick, featuring a text inscription. But Prince Philip instructed the student to put the stick on the displayed nest, prompting laughter from gathered dignitaries.
  2. It's dancing. Mr Berlusconi claimed that bunga bunga was "nothing more than a dance". Critics of the leader have previously suggested that its meaning was more risque.
  3. It's whales at a marine park. The lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) says the killer whales were seized from the ocean as babies, then denied freedom and everything else that was natural to them. SeaWorld says the effort to extend the protections of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, beyond humans is baseless.
  4. It's the subway station, which serves downtown Washington.
  5. It's advancing towards the New Zealand team. The International Rugby Board issued the fine after Les Bleus advanced in a v-formation. They were supposed to have stayed behind the 10-metre line in their own half.
  6. It's 1804. The world's population is expected to pass 10 billion by 2100.
  7. It's Chris Rea's The Road to Hell. He apparently wrote it while sitting in a traffic jam on the M25. It was Orbital's name that was inspired by the M25.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Slow lane

3 - 5 : Middle lane

6 - 7 : Full speed ahead

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