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.

7 days

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 another moniker. What was it?

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


After defeating world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, the man nicknamed The Greatest announced he had joined the Nation of Islam and would be known as Cassius X. Shortly afterwards, the Nation's leader Elijah Muhammad declared the boxer should be referred to as Muhammad Ali instead.

Muhammad Ali

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The Artist scooped three Golden Globes, but cinema chain Odeon announced it had given refunds to moviegoers disappointed by the film. What didn't they like about it?

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

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

Eye-shaped celestial formation
  1. A nebula
  2. A black hole
  3. A quark star

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The Metropolitan police spent £35,000 over the past two years ringing a telephone service. Which one?

Police officers from Kent Constabulary using portable radios in 1963
  1. The AA
  2. The speaking clock
  3. The Yellow Pages

5.) Multiple Choice Question

South Tyneside 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 Steel

6.) Missing Word Question

Ancient Peruvians 'ate * '

  1. popcorn
  2. pasta
  3. Parma ham

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Fifa is insisting that beer be sold at all matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, despite a ban at stadiums currently. In which of the following football leagues can you drink beer?

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


  1. It's Cassius X.
  2. It's a silent film. The company said it had given a "small number" of customers their money back after complaints about the lack of dialogue.
  3. It's a nebula - the helix nebula, in fact, located some 700 light-years from Earth. The image was captured by the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
  4. It's the speaking clock. Officers and staff made nearly 55,000 calls to find out the time in 2010-11, a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association revealed.
  5. 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.
  6. It's popcorn. Researchers say corncobs found at an ancient site in Peru suggest that the inhabitants used them for making flour and popcorn 1,000 years ago.
  7. 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 and European Championship matches.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Relegated

4 - 6 : Mid-table mediocrity

7 - 7 : Champions

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