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.

Number 7

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Actor Liam Neeson has drawn the ire of animal rights group Peta after discussing the making of his latest film The Grey, which features wolves. What did he say he did while filming in Canada?

Liam Neeson
  1. Ate wolf stew
  2. Helped trap a wolf
  3. Wore a wolfskin jacket

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What did Irish runner Richard Donovan reveal helped him become the only man to run seven marathons on seven continents in fewer than five days?

Marathon man
  1. Beer
  2. Burger
  3. A cigarette

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Which cat became an overnight sensation on Twitter this week?

cat generic
  1. A moggy who invaded the Anfield pitch during a match
  2. A puss purporting to be descended from Charles Dickens's beloved cat
  3. A "six-foot cat", caught on amateur video in Gloucestershire

4.) Multiple Choice Question

He is best known as leader of the UK Independence Party. But who did Nigel Farage reveal this week he voted for in the 1989 European Parliament elections?

Nigel Farage
  1. Labour
  2. Conservatives
  3. Natural Law Party
  4. Green Party

5.) Missing Word Question

Five killer whales * SeaWorld

  1. escape
  2. flood
  3. sue

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A city in which country is marking the death of Clash frontman Joe Strummer by naming a street after him?

The Clash
  1. Managua, Nicaragua
  2. Granada, Spain
  3. Marrakesh, Morocco

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists have evolved a new theory to explain why zebras have black-and-white stripes. What is it?

  1. Regulates temperature
  2. Deters flies
  3. Confuses predators


  1. It's the wolf stew. At a press conference promoting the film, in which oil workers are hunted by wolves, Neeson said it was suggested that he and some other members of the cast had eaten wolf stew to get into character. Peta is calling for a boycott of the film.
  2. It was beer - Heineken to be exact. Donovan said that he was "absolutely wrecked" by a combination of a lack of sleep, running and travelling through different time zones and temperatures. He said he had had one bottle of Heineken during the race "for some carbs" and one at the end.
  3. It was the tabby that wandered on to the Anfield pitch during a Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur game. Twitter accounts @AnfieldCat and @liverpoolfccat gained thousands of followers. Meanwhile, video apparently showing a massive cat roaming the Stroud Valleys has sparked interest from big cat hunters. The birth of Charles Dickens 200 years ago was marked this week.
  4. It's the Green Party. Mr Farage told sixth-form students that he believed the ecologists "had the best stance on Europe" at the time.
  5. It's sue. An animal rights group brought a lawsuit claiming that the whales were being held as "slaves" in violation of their constitutional rights. But later in the week, a judge in Florida threw it out, ruling that the amendment only applied to humans.
  6. It's Granada, after a campaign by Spanish fans, according to the Times newspaper. Strummer, who was 50 when he died, visited the city a number of times. The city's name features in the band's song Spanish Bombs.
  7. It's that they deter bloodsucking flies. But the researchers in Hungary and Sweden behind the study said it was likely to be only one factor, and it did not exclude long-held theories about temperature and predators.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Armagideon Time

3 - 5 : Should I stay or should I go?

6 - 7 : Rock the Casbah

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