Weekly world news quiz

World Weekly 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

In an interview this week, President Obama was asked how he felt about the fact that people hated him. Complete this quote from his reply: "The people who dislike you...

  1. ...don't know you"
  2. ...dislike themselves"
  3. ...can be persuaded"

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A drug derived from which popular spice could be used to treat stroke patients, according to researchers in Los Angeles?

  1. Turmeric
  2. Ginger
  3. Cinnamon

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Christina Aguilera said she got "lost in the moment" when she messed up the American national anthem at the Super Bowl final. Which line is the wrong one?

Christina Aguilera
  1. "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?"
  2. "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming."


Not that Green Bay Packers fans will remember the incident. For them 2011 will be the year their team from Wisconsin won a fourth Super Bowl, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in a ding-dong thriller.

Green Bay Packers fans

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A Belgian MP is calling for a sex strike to push the country's leaders to form a government. The notion is inspired by the classical comedy Lysistrata - but which country did the MP say she got the idea from?

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  1. Italy
  2. Colombia
  3. Kenya

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"What was commonplace a few years ago can today be shocking," was said in reference to which story this week?

  1. The French scandal over ministerial holidays in north Africa
  2. The request for an immediate trial for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
  3. A proposal by President Obama to regulate greenhouse emissions

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which country has has ordered additional weapons be deployed to an island chain at the centre of a dispute with Japan?

  1. China
  2. Russia
  3. The US

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which animal did Russian President Dmitry Medvedev say would benefit from the country's decision to stay on permanent "summertime"?

  1. Bear
  2. Cow
  3. Horse
  4. Owl


  1. It's "don't know you." "The people who dislike you don't know you. The folks who hate you, they don't know you," Mr Obama said in an interview on Sunday. "What they hate is whatever funhouse mirror image of you that's out there. They don't know you."
  2. It's turmeric. A drug derived from the curry spice turmeric may be able to help the body repair some of the damage caused in the immediate aftermath of a stroke, researchers said.
  3. It's the second one. She took an earlier line, "What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming," and changed it slightly. The correct line, as all American schoolchildren know, is the first one.
  4. It is Kenya, where women announced a ban on sex in 2009 to try to force a political settlement. Talks between the Flemish and French-speaking parties on a coalition have been deadlocked since June, and Belgium is now close to the world record for failing to form a government after an election.
  5. It's the French scandal. French President Nicolas Sarkozy told his government to holiday at home in response to revelations that Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie flew on a Tunisian businessman's plane during the country's uprising. Also Prime Minister Francois Fillon admitted he took a new year break in Egypt, paid for by President Hosni Mubarak.
  6. It's Russia. Four islands in a chain that stetches north from the Japanese island of Hokkaido are known by Russia as the Southern Kuriles, while Japan calls them the Northern Territories. They were seized from Japan at the end of the World War II.
  7. It's the cow. From next autumn, Russia will stop putting its clocks back in winter. The move is aimed at sparing Russians the stress of the annual time change. Explaining that prolonged daylight would be be healthy for our country, the President referred to: "Unhappy cows or other animals who don't understand the time change and don't understand that the milkmaid is going to milk them at a different time."

Your Score

0 - 1 : Darkness

2 - 4 : Dawn

5 - 7 : Sunshine

The world news quiz is published every week, on a Friday.

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

Weekly world news quiz 4 February

And if you want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here is the quiz from the week before:

Weekly world news quiz 28 January

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