World weekly 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

Nuclear attack codes - known as the nuclear biscuit - went missing "for months" during Bill Clinton's presidency, according to a memoir by a former aide. What is the case containing instructions for launching a nuclear weapon called?

  1. The football
  2. The biscuit
  3. The baseball glove

2.) Multiple Choice Question

On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made headlines by stating that attempts to build multiculturalism in Germany had failed. But which country accounts for the biggest immigrant group in Germany?

  1. Turkey
  2. Poland
  3. Morocco

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Benoit Mandelbrot, the French mathematician who discovered mathematical shapes known as fractals, died this week at the age of 85. Which vegetable did he famously use to illustrate his mathematical principle?

  1. Garlic
  2. Celery
  3. Cauliflower

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Britain's coalition government outlined the sharpest cuts to public spending since World War II, in an attempt to clear record debts. But what was one of the few areas to escape unscathed?

  1. Overseas aid
  2. Defence
  3. Welfare

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Chile's president, Sebastian Pinera, came to London this week and gave Prime Minister David Cameron a rock from the San Jose mine. He didn't leave empty-handed, but with 33 what?

pinera visit
  1. Robinson Crusoe novels
  2. Bottles of beer
  3. Football shirts


Mr Pinera was presented with the Birmingham City football shirt by the team's Chilean player Jean Beausejour, during a visit to the 2012 Olympic Park in east London.

football shirt

6.) Multiple Choice Question

This 20-year-old student - who describes herself as lacking in experience - has been given the job of police chief in what has been described as one of the world's deadliest areas. In which country?

  1. Colombia
  2. Mexico
  3. The US

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Why does the leopard have its spots?

  1. To attract mates
  2. To camouflage in dense forests
  3. As a social signal to tell which cats are and aren't in their prides


  1. It's the football - apparently named after an attack plan code-named "Drop kick". The briefcase is carried by military aides. The "biscuit" card is thus named because of its shape and colour.
  2. It's Turkey. Turkish migration to Germany stems from 31 October, 1961, when a labour recruitment agreement was signed between the two countries.
  3. It was the cauliflower. In his work Fractals: Form, Chance and Dimension and The Fractal Geometry of Nature he argued that seemingly random mathematical shapes in fact followed a pattern if broken down into a single repeating shape. "If you cut one of the florets of a cauliflower, you see the whole cauliflower but smaller," he wrote.
  4. It was overseas aid. The government said it would honour its commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on overseas aid by 2013.
  5. It's the beer. The UK prime minister gave Mr Pinera 33 bottles of British beer and pint glasses, along with one early edition of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, which was inspired by a Scottish castaway on a Pacific island off Chile.
  6. It's Mexico. Marisol Valles, a 20-year-old criminology student was made police chief in a border town in one of Mexico's most violent areas. She got the job in Praxedis G Guerrero, in the northern state of Chihuahua, following an invitation from the mayor.
  7. It's for camouflage. Leopards' spots and tigers' stripes are a camouflage closely tied to their habitats, according to research published in a Royal Society journal. "The pattern depends on the habitat and also on how the species uses its habitat - if it uses it at night time or if it lives in the trees rather than on the ground, the pattern is especially irregularly spotted or complexly spotted," an author of the study told the BBC. .

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