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

Britain was ranked the 28th best country in the world to live in by the UN this week, slipping two places on last year. Which of these countries is ranked higher?

Union Jack wellington boots
  1. Israel
  2. Greece
  3. Barbados
  4. They all are


Norway topped the list for the second year running, while the Democratic Republic of Congo was bottom. The 2011 Human Development Report, commissioned by the UN, assesses 187 countries on three areas of human development - life expectancy, education and the standard of living based on average income.

Girls with flags

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Popular children's show Sesame Street is being remade for Pakistan TV. Only one of the original characters is being kept in the show - which one?

  1. Big Bird
    Big Bird
  2. Elmo
  3. Oscar the Grouch
    Oscar the Grouch

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Nargis Kumar, born on Monday in India, is one of the babies chosen as the symbolic seven billionth person on Earth. In 1999, where was the symbolic six billionth baby born?

Nargis Kumar
  1. Bangladesh
  2. Bosnia
  3. Botswana
  4. Brazil

4.) Multiple Choice Question

It was a week for resignations. Who said, as they stood down: "We have all been put under a great deal of strain."

  1. Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osorio
    Antonio Horta-Osorio
  2. Graeme Knowles, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral
    Graeme Knowles
  3. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou
    George Papandreou

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Risico. The Hildebrand Rarity. The Property of a Lady. What are these?

  1. Previously unheard Amy Winehouse songs
    Amy Winehouse
  2. James Bond stories penned by Ian Fleming
    Daniel Craig
  3. Paintings looted by Nazis and sold this week at auction
    Klimt painting


A looted Klimt painting, called Litzlberg on the Attersee, was only recently returned to its owner. It sold at auction for $40m (£25m) this week. It was also announced that a new album of unheard Amy Winehouse material will be released in December.

Klimt's Litzlberg on the Attersee

6.) Missing Word Question

Clever birds plan for *

  1. the future
  2. offspring
  3. migration

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Finally, Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce after a mere 72 days of marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries. So who was married for the shortest time?

Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian
  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Eminem
  3. Nicolas Cage
  4. Renee Zellweger


  1. It's Israel, ranked 17th. Greece is one place below the UK at 29 and Barbados is ranked 47th.
  2. It's Elmo. The show has a new cast of local characters, led by a six-year-old girl named Rani who loves cricket and traditional Pakistani music. The show started filming last week and will air at the end of November.
  3. It's Bosnia. Adnan Mevic, born in Sarajevo in October 1999, was chosen by the UN to be the symbolic six billionth baby. For this latest landmark, the UN has not chosen a symbolic newborn itself, but charities have picked their own Baby Seven Billion born on 31 October.
  4. It's Knowles, who said growing criticism of the church's handling of the protests on its steps had made his position untenable. Horta-Osorio stood back as chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group on health grounds. Papandreou refused to resign, despite losing support for his referendum plan.
  5. They are titles of 007 books that have not - yet - been used for Bond films. On Thursday it was announced that the latest Bond film, the 23rd in the franchise, will be called Skyfall.
  6. It's the future. Experiments with Eurasian jays have shown that the birds store food that they will want in the future - "planning" for their impending needs, according to findings published in the journal Biology Letters. Previous claims that birds "plan" in this way have been controversial.
  7. It's still Kardashian. Eminem's second marriage to Kim Mathers lasted 82 days, Cage and Lisa Marie Presley were wedded for only 121 days, and Zellweger and Kenny Chesney for 121 days, according to reports. Britney Spears' marriage to Jason Alexander lasted only 55 hours.

Your Score

0 - 3 : I don't

4 - 6 : Always a bridesmaid

7 - 7 : I do

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