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

Bronze casts of a leader's death mask and hands were auctioned this week. Whom did they depict?

Napoleon Bonaparte, Tutankhamun, Queen Elizabeth I, Joseph Stalin
  1. Napoleon Bonaparte
  2. Tutankhamun
  3. Queen Elizabeth I
  4. Joseph Stalin


The casts were sold to an anonymous bidder for £3,600 at an auction in Shropshire. A bronze version of the Soviet dictator's withered left hand was among the macabre artefacts.

Bronze casts of Stalin's death mask and hands

2.) Multiple Choice Question

As Scots around the world celebrated Burns Night, a company was launched to make biofuel from by-products of a quintessentially Scottish export. Which one?

Postcards for sale on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
  1. Whisky
  2. Haggis
  3. Irn Bru

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Disney has relaxed its dress code for employees, allowing men to grow beards no longer than a quarter of an inch. What remains on the banned list?

Minnie and Mickey Mouse
  1. Sleeveless tops for women
  2. Tattoos
  3. Moustaches

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The Chinese celebrated the start of the year of the dragon, which this time has the elemental sign water. Who was born in the last year of the water dragon?

Chinese celebration
  1. David Cameron
  2. Angela Merkel
  3. Vladimir Putin

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A crowdsourced full-length remake of a movie classic, composed of hundreds of 15-second scenes recreated by fans, attracted a million views on YouTube in 72 hours. Which film is the source material?

  1. Napoleon Dynamite
    Napoleon Dynamite
  2. Star Wars
    Darth Vadar
  3. Reservoir Dogs
    Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Tents have been added to the list of banned items at the Olympics in London. Which of the following is NOT prohibited from venues?

  1. Sandwiches
  2. Flasks
  3. Whistles

7.) Missing Word Question

Mutant * 'could aid farmers'

  1. rice
  2. rats
  3. sheep


  1. It was Joseph Stalin.
  2. It's whisky. Edinburgh Napier University's Celtic Renewables says it will use the £4bn malt whisky industry to develop biobutanol as a substitute for fossil fuels.
  3. It's tattoos. Women have been permitted to go sleeveless since 2010, and neat moustaches have been permitted since 2000.
  4. It's Vladimir Putin, born in 1952. Both Merkel (1954) and Cameron (1966) were born in the year of the horse, although Merkel's elemental sign was wood and Cameron's was fire.
  5. It's Star Wars. The scenes were submitted to the website starwarsuncut.com and spliced together. According to reports, Lucasfilm, producer of the original, has supported the project.
  6. It's sandwiches. A spokeswoman said people would be allowed in with a sandwich but not a picnic hamper.
  7. It's rice. Scientists claimed a breakthrough in research on rice that could help farmers devastated by last year's tsunami in Japan.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Death Star

4 - 6 : Chewy

7 - 7 : Skywalking

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