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

Why was Chipolopolo in the news?

  1. It's how the striking police in Bahia, Brazil, came to be known
    Police protest
  2. It's the nickname for Zambia's triumphant football team
    Africa Cup of Nations trophy
  3. It's what the plague of rats overrunning South Georgia in the South Atlantic has come to be known as in South America

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Adele dominated the Grammys in Los Angeles, winning six awards and performing to a standing ovation. Which other UK female also scooped a gong?

Adele with Grammy awards
  1. Sade
  2. Annie Lennox
  3. Corinne Bailey Rae


The Grammys were watched by 40m Americans, a jump from 26m in 2011. This may have been due to the death of Whitney Houston, for whom tributes were paid throughout the night. A tearful Jennifer Hudson (left) sang Houston signature hit I Will Always Love You.

Jennifer Hudson

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Leaders' wives were in the news. Which one is getting a controversial 6ft (1.83m) statue?

  1. Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy
    Carla Bruni
  2. Singer Peng Liyuan, wife of China's Vice-President Xi Jinping
    Peng Liyuan
  3. Asma Assad, wife of the Syrian president
    Asma Assad

4.) Missing Word Question

* instruction posters at uni

  1. Spelling
  2. Sex
  3. Toilet

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The mayor of Barnaul in Siberia has banned what from protests about the forthcoming Russian presidential elections?

Protest in Moscow
  1. Placards
  2. Toys
  3. Mobile phones


And here is one of the offending toys. The banner reads: "I'm for clean elections!" Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was president in 2000-2008, is tipped to win the presidential poll on 4 March.

Toy in protest

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Australian singer Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know has topped the singles charts in nine countries, after clocking up 71 million YouTube views. How is his name pronounced?

  1. Go-TEE
  2. GO-ti-yay
  3. GOT-yee

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Atheist Richard Dawkins struggled to recall the full title of Darwin's seminal work. The title is: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection...

Charles Darwin
  1. ...or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
  2. ...or the Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation


  1. It's the football team, winner of the Africa Cup of Nations. Chipolopolo means "copper bullets", referring to Zambia's main export. Meanwhile, the strike in Brazil came to an end, and helicopters are scattering rat poison on the British territory of South Georgia.
  2. It's Corinne Bailey Rae, who won the best R&B performance for Is This Love. Amy Winehouse received a posthumous award and another Brit, Sir Paul McCartney, won an award for best historical album.
  3. It's Ms Bruni. There has been criticism about the 80,000-euro (£67,000) cost of the partly public-funded statue in Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris, which honours Italians who used to work in the town. Mr Xi visited the US without his famous wife, while Mrs Assad recently spoke out supporting her husband.
  4. It's toilet. Students at Swansea University have been subjected to a poster campaign teaching them how to use the toilet.
  5. It's toys. The mayor of Barnaul in Siberia ruled that toys could not be participants in a demonstration. Toys had sported tiny anti-Putin placards in the town's square earlier this month, in an effort to get around a ban on unauthorised protests.
  6. It's "Go-ti-yay" (or "Gauthier"). The singer cleared up any confusion by pronouncing it himself when appearing on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.
  7. It's the first option. Dawkins was discussing a survey that suggested around two-thirds of Christians don't know the title of the first book of the New Testament, when he was challenged to name the full title of Darwin's work. The Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation was published anonymously and influenced Darwin.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Descent of man

4 - 6 : Struggle for survival

7 - 7 : The fittest

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