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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

This week a boxing legend celebrated his 70th birthday. Born Cassius Clay, he changed his name in 1964. But before settling on Muhammad Ali, he briefly adopted which moniker?

Muhammad Ali
  1. Muhammad X
  2. Cassius X
  3. Muhammad Clay
  4. Cassius Ali

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Artist scooped three Golden Globes, but UK cinema chain Odeon announced it had given refunds to movie-goers disappointed by what aspect of the film?

Poster of The Artist
  1. It's French
  2. It's shot in black and white
  3. It's a silent film

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Fifa is insisting that beer be sold at all matches in the 2014 World Cup, despite a ban on alcohol at Brazilian stadiums. Which of the following football leagues has no beer ban?

Brazil football
  1. Champions League
  2. Scottish Premier League
  3. English Premier League

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Astronomers released infra-red images this week of this extraordinary eye-shaped celestial formation. What is it?

Celestial formation
  1. A nebula
  2. A black hole
  3. A quark star

5.) Missing Word Question

Ancient Peruvians 'ate * '

  1. popcorn
  2. pasta
  3. Parma ham

6.) Multiple Choice Question

South Tyneside in England's North East announced it was scrapping road signs hailing the area's links to a popular author. Which one?

  1. Catherine Cookson
  2. Maeve Binchy
  3. Jackie Collins
  4. Danielle Steele

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Adele's 21 has notched up 16 weeks at Number 1 on the US Billboard chart, a feat surpassed by only three albums in 20 years. Which was there longest?

  1. Some Gave All - Billy Cyrus
  2. Ropin' the Wind - Garth Brooks
  3. The Bodyguard soundtrack


  1. It's Cassius X. After defeating world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, the man nicknamed "The Greatest" announced he had joined the Nation of Islam and would be known by his new title. Shortly afterwards the Nation's leader Elijah Muhammad declared the boxer would be known as Muhammad Ali.
  2. They complained that it was a silent film. The company said it had given a "small number" of customers their money back after punters were unhappy about the lack of dialogue.
  3. It's England, although no alcohol is served during play. It's been banned in Scotland since riots in 1980 and Uefa has banned drinking at all Champions League matches.
  4. It's a nebula - the helix nebula, in fact, located some 700 light-years from Earth. The image was captured at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
  5. It's popcorn. Researchers say corn cobs found at an ancient site in Peru suggest that the inhabitants used them for making flour and popcorn 1,000 years ago.
  6. Visitors are no longer advised they are entering "Catherine Cookson Country". The signs had been in place for 25 years in tribute to the South Shields-born writer, who died in 1998.
  7. It's The Bodyguard soundtrack, which spent 20 weeks at the top in 1992-93. Cyrus got 17 weeks and Brooks 18. West Side Story soundtrack is out in front with 54 weeks (1962-63).

Your Score

0 - 3 : Out of the charts

4 - 6 : Highest climber

7 - 7 : Chart topper

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