Quiz of the week's news

World weekly quiz

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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Col Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, was captured this week trying to flee to Niger. Asked for his name, he replied: "Abdelsalam", meaning "servant of peace". What was his disguise?

Saif Gaddafi
  1. Camel herder
  2. Aid worker
  3. Desert rally driver


He is currently being held in the town of Zintan. The International Criminal Court in the Netherlands has indicted him on crimes against humanity, but it is likely he will stand trial in Libya, where he could face the death penalty.

Saif Gaddafi

2.) Missing Word Question

Swiss allowed to ban * hiking

  1. naked
  2. drunk
  3. solo

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The legendary Harry's New York Bar in Paris turns 100. It spawned a number of the same name around the world, including in Venice. Who was Harry?

Harry's Bar
  1. A Scottish barman
  2. An American jockey
  3. An English actor

4.) Multiple Choice Question

David Hockney was voted the most influential British artist of all time by his contemporaries this week. Which famous painter did not make the top 10?

David Hockney
  1. Banksy
  2. John Constable
  3. Lucian Freud

5.) Multiple Choice Question

St Andrews University's Conservative student association is to write a letter of apology to an international figure for burning an effigy of him on a local beach last weekend. Who is it?

  1. Barack Obama
    Barack Obama
  2. Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela
  3. Hugo Chavez
    Hugo Chavez

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Why was the figure of $80,000 in the news?

  1. David Beckham's win bonus
  2. Monthly cost of a coveted billboard space
  3. The salary of a president's 'body man'


For 12 years, the neon Yahoo billboard has greeted drivers eastbound on the I-80 freeway. Some locals expressed dismay at the news and a Facebook group was set up to campaign for its retention.

Yahoo billboard

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Two lists of moons and planets most able to harbour extra-terrestrial life has been drawn up by scientists. Which of the following - all outside our solar system - appeared on both lists?

A planet
  1. 51 Pegasi b
  2. Carot-Exo-7
  3. Gliese 581g


  1. It's camel herder. He was wearing traditional desert clothing and sporting a beard. His fingers were in bandages, from injuries he said were sustained in a Nato air strike last month.
  2. It's naked. Switzerland's highest court has ruled that local authorities can impose fines on people hiking nude in the Alps. The pastime is said to be increasing in popularity in Switzerland, much to the distress of more conservative locals.
  3. It's the Scottish barman. Based on the bar's address at 5 Rue Daunou, Harry's trademark advertising slogan was "Just tell the taxi driver: Sank Roo Doe Noo".
  4. It's John Constable, who drew more acclaim in France than in Britain during his lifetime, his work having a profound influence on the French Romantic painters. Freud was sixth on the list and graffiti artist Banksy ninth.
  5. It's Barack Obama. The effigy burning is reportedly held only occasionally, often targeting those perceived to be socialists. An effigy of Mandela was believed to have been burnt a few years ago.
  6. It's the billboard cost. A much-loved Yahoo neon sign in San Francisco is to be hauled down, and the space will be available at $80,000 a month. David Beckham lifted the Major League Soccer cup after LA Galaxy's 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo. And Barack Obama's personal aide, Reggie Love, is leaving his job.
  7. It's Gliese 581g (its sister planet 581e is pictured above), which is thought to reside some 20.5 light years away in the constellation Libra. It topped the Earth Similarity Index, while Saturn's moon Titan ranked highest in the Planet Habitability Index.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Close encounter

4 - 6 : Over the moon

7 - 7 : Out of this world

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