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

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

Clockwise from top left: Toyota Prius, Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and Porsche
  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?

Woman using Twitter
  1. #japan
  2. #threewordstoliveby
  3. #tigerblood

3.) Multiple Choice Question

New Zealand has been ranked the least corrupt country, in a report. Rank these three countries in descending order (least corrupt first).

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

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which world leader said he had sport on his mind when making excuses for a gaffe?

  1. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera
    President Pinera
  2. US President Barack Obama
    President Obama
  3. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
    President Medvedev

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The deepest part of the world's oceans has been re-measured. Compared with the height of Mount Everest, is the ocean depth...

Mount Everest
  1. Bigger
  2. Smaller
  3. About the same

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Giant Pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang have arrived at Edinburgh Zoo, making it the 13th zoo in the world to have pandas. How many other European zoos have some?

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three

7.) Multiple Choice Question

"She's elegant and still knows how to have fun. I'm a fan of her style," said who about Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton)?

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


  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.
  2. It's #tigerblood, a hashtag coined by actor Charlie Sheen after being fired from US comedy Two And A Half Men. The #threewordstoliveby was third and #japan fifth.
  3. It's Australia, UK, US, according to the study by German watchdog organisation Transparency International. Australia was eighth, the UK 16th and the US 24th. Somalia and North Korea were tied at 182nd.
  4. It was Barack Obama, who mistakenly said he was in Texas when in Kansas. He blamed the slip on the basketball rivalry between the states' university teams, which he had been joking about. Pinera told a joke widely condemned as sexist and Medvedev's Twitter feed mistakenly retweeted an offensive remark.
  5. It's bigger. The bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific is about 10,994m below the surface. Mount Everest rises to 8,848m above sea level.
  6. It's three - Berlin, Vienna and Madrid. Tian Tian and Yang Guang 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.
  7. It was Madonna. The singer-turned-film-maker praised the royal's dress sense in an interview last weekend.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Papa Don't Preach

4 - 6 : Borderline

7 - 7 : Into the Groove

The world news quiz is published every week on a Friday.

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