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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

A crash in Japan involving "supercars" is estimated to have cost 300m yen (£2.46m; $3.85m). It involved eight Ferraris, three Mercedes-Benzes, a Lamborghini, a Skyline and what?

Toyota Prius, Porche, Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5
  1. Toyota Prius
  2. Porsche
  3. Nissan Qashqai
  4. Mazda CX-5

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The top Twitter hashtag for the year was revealed to be #egypt. What was second?

  1. #japan
  2. #threewordstoliveby
  3. #tigerblood

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, gamely sent out Christmas cards adorned with a festive picture of a creature to which he has been disparagingly compared. Which one?

  1. Red-breasted robin
  2. Red-nosed reindeer
  3. Red squirrel


Ms Harman made her ginger rodent comment in October 2010 during an attack on the Liberal Democrats for forming a coalition with the Conservatives.


4.) Multiple Choice Question

New Zealand has been ranked the least corrupt country, in a report by German watchdog Transparency International. Rank these three countries in order with least corrupt first.

  1. UK, Australia, US
  2. Australia, UK, US
  3. Australia, US, UK

5.) Missing Word Question

So we stood alive in the river of *

  1. light
  2. love
  3. longing

6.) Multiple Choice Question

"She's elegant and still knows how to have fun. I'm a fan of her style." Who said this about Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge?

  1. Madonna
  2. US Vogue editor Anna Wintour
  3. Michelle Obama

7.) Multiple Choice Question

There was much excitement this week as giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived at Edinburgh Zoo. How many other European zoos currently have pandas?

Yang Guang
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three


  1. It's the Toyota Prius. The sports cars were being driven in convoy by a group of automobile enthusiasts. No-one was seriously hurt in the crash, but the road was closed for six hours after the accident.
  2. It's #tigerblood, a hashtag coined by actor Charlie Sheen after his sacking from US comedy Two And A Half Men. The #threewordstoliveby was third and #japan fifth.
  3. It's a red squirrel. In October 2010, Labour's Harriet Harman apologised after joking: "We all love the red squirrel. But there is one ginger rodent which we never want to see again - Danny Alexander." Mr Alexander later tweeted that he was "proud to be ginger".
  4. It's Australia, UK, US, according to the study, which put Australia eighth, the UK 16th and the US 24th. Somalia and North Korea were tied at 182nd.
  5. It's light. A memorial to the poet was unveiled in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner this week. The stone is inscribed with lines from his poem That Morning, which read: "So we found the end of our journey / So we stood alive in the river of light / Among the creatures of light, creatures of light."
  6. It was Madonna. The singer-turned-film-maker praised the royal's dress sense in an interview last weekend.
  7. It's three - Berlin, Vienna and Madrid. Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived from China on Sunday and are now settling in to their new home at Edinburgh Zoo. They are the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years. The eight-year-old pair will stay at the zoo for at least 10 years and it is hoped they will breed.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Bare minimum

3 - 5 : Bearing up

6 - 7 : Bear hug

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