Weekly world news quiz


It's the World News 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much global news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Roger Federer received a standing ovation at the US Open after pulling off a spectacular through-the-legs winner in the third set of his first-round match against Argentina's Brian Dabul. What is this shot called in tennis?

  1. Rider
  2. Tweener
  3. Legover

2.) Multiple Choice Question

US President Barack Obama has given the Oval Office a makeover. Which of the following items did he keep from George Bush's time in office?

Oval office
  1. The coffee table
  2. Two table lamps with blue ceramic bases
  3. Two mahogany armchairs

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientist Stephen Hawking says in his new book that the laws of physics are sufficient to explain the creation of the universe. Physics created the "big bang", he says, and it is "not necessary to invoke God" to do what?

big bang
  1. "Light the blue touchpaper"
  2. "Create order out of chaos"
  3. "Set the wheels in motion"

4.) Multiple Choice Question

In memoirs released this week, who did former British Prime Minister Tony Blair describe as a "manipulator" like himself?

  1. Princess Diana
    Princess Di
  2. Gordon Brown
  3. Peter Mandelson
    Peter Mandelson

5.) Missing Word Question

Drinking a glass of * can stop garlic breath

  1. milk
  2. orange juice
  3. sparkling water

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which country has introduced a second smoking ban in a year, after previous efforts to persuade Europe's heaviest smokers to stop smoking in public were largely ignored?

Cigarette butt
  1. Spain
  2. Italy
  3. Greece

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists analysing one of football's spectacular goals - Brazilian Roberto Carlos's 1997 free-kick against France - say it was not a fluke, as previously thought. An equation describing the ball's trajectory, defines it as what kind of spiral?

  1. Snail-shell spiral
  2. A false spiral
  3. A triple spiral


  1. It's a tweener. Federer was within a few feet of the back fence when he whipped the shot back through his legs, while facing the wrong way. He did a similar shot against Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of last year's US Open. The shot is also sometimes called a "hotdog".
  2. It's the two mahogany armchairs, although he has had them reupholstered with caramel-colored leather. The marble-tiled coffee table is new, replacing the wooden one used by Mr Bush. The two table lamps with blue ceramic bases are also new.
  3. It was lighting the touchpaper. In his forthcoming book The Grand Design, Professor Hawkins writes: "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touchpaper and set the universe going."
  4. It was Lady Diana. In the autobiography entitled A Journey, Mr Blair describes the Princess of Wales as down to earth, charming and intelligent, but also stubborn and prone to be over-emotional. "We were both, in our own way, manipulators," he writes.
  5. It's milk. In tests with raw and cooked cloves, scientists discovered milk "significantly reduced" levels of the sulphur compounds that give garlic its flavour and pungent smell.
  6. It's Greece. The new socialist government hopes fines and vigilance will work after a similar attempt in 2009 largely failed. Many people, however, doubt the ban has a chance in a country where more than 40% of the population lights up.
  7. It's a snail-shell spiral. The ball curved so sharply that it left goalkeeper Fabian Barthez standing still and looking puzzled. A French team of scientists say the goal could be repeated if a ball was kicked hard enough, with the appropriate spin and, crucially, the kick was taken sufficiently far from goal.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Downward spiral

3 - 5 : Upward spiral

6 - 7 : Dizzying

If you missed our world news quiz last week, you can catch up by clicking here:

World news quiz: 27 August 2010

And if you are really in the mood for fun and games, and want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here are two quizzes from the archive:

World news quiz: 20 August 2010

World news quiz: 13 August 2010

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