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

Atheist Richard Dawkins struggled to recall the full title of Darwin's seminal work. Complete the title: 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

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?

  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.


3.) Multiple Choice Question

Richard Adams, author of the children's classic Watership Down, has criticised a decision to allow 2,000 homes to be built on the site that inspired the fictional Sandleford warren. In which county?

wild rabbit
  1. Shropshire
  2. Berkshire
  3. Leicestershire

4.) Multiple Choice Question

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

  1. Carla Bruni, wife of France's President Nicolas Sarkozy
    Carla Bruni
  2. Singer Peng Liyuan, wife of China's Vice-President Xi Jinping
  3. Asma Assad, wife of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
    Asma Assad

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The advertising watchdog has received complaints about Channel 4's ads for its latest Big Fat Gypsy Wedding series. But which ad sparked complaints but was not banned?

  1. One showing a near-naked Tamara Ecclestone
  2. RBS's "last bank in town"
  3. Ryanair's Red Hot Fares & Crew

6.) Missing Word Question

* instruction posters at uni

  1. Spelling
  2. Sex
  3. Toilet

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Australian singer Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know has topped the singles charts in nine countries - including the UK, after months clocking up 71m views on YouTube. But how is his name pronounced?

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


  1. It's or the Preservation of Favoured Races. Dawkins appeared on BBC radio this week to discuss a survey suggesting around two thirds of Christians don't know the title of the first book of the New Testament. The Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation was written in 1844 by a Scottish journalist and read by Darwin, whose Origins was published in 1859.
  2. It's Corinne Bailey Rae, who won for best R&B performance for Is This Love. Amy Winehouse received a posthumous award and another Briton, Sir Paul McCartney, won an award for best historical album.
  3. It's Berkshire. In Richard Adams's book, Sandleford was the site of the original rabbit warren that was destroyed by developers. Adams this week spoke of the "utter desecration of a beautiful piece of countryside".
  4. It's Ms Bruni. There has been criticism about the cost of the partly public-funded statue in Nogent-sur-Marne, near Paris, which honours Italians who used to work at a feather factory in the town. Mr Xi's visit to the US put his famous wife under the spotlight, while Mrs Assad recently spoke out in support of her husband.
  5. It was Tamara Ecclestone's ad for a fly-on-the-wall show Tamara Ecclestone: Billion Dollar Girl. The Advertising Standards Authority acknowledged it could be considered "distasteful", but did not objectify women. Ads for Ryanair were banned after complaints they were sexist, while the ASA concluded that an RBS ad for NatWest was misleading because in one town, despite their pledge they had closed a NatWest branch when there were no other banks remaining.
  6. It's toilet. Students at Swansea University have been subject to a poster campaign teaching them how to use the toilet properly.
  7. It's "Go-ti-yay" (or "Gauthier"). The singer pronounced it himself when appearing on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Out of tune

3 - 5 : Mid-range

6 - 7 : On song

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